I'll be blunt: I wouldn't mind if readers of Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotica novel that's causing a sensation all over the literary world, took a look at The Taker. Not that my novel is erotica. But it does have something of the dynamic that women are drawn to in Fifty Shades. From what I've heard, women are as drawn to the novel for its male lead, Christian Grey, as they are to the sex. And a couple readers told me that they saw similarities between Christian Grey and Adair, the villain in The Taker--which is what got me and the team surrounding the Taker Trilogy thinking about comparisons.
And apparently it's not just us: the fine folks at Barnes and Noble's blogs have brought it up, too. Melanie Murray, the moderator for the romance forum, had this to say: "I've been inundated with "books for people who loved Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1) " Some have looked promising, some have seemed less than that. But the one that has really caught me up is Alma Katsu's The Taker..."We also got a nice mention in the Barnes and Nobles' romance blog, Heart-to-Heart, in a post on "If you like Fifty Shades of Grey...".
I know, I know...some of you are sick and tired of hearing about this book. But it is a bonafide phenomena, and that says something about the state of reading in America. I spoke to booksellers today, and they told me that people were buying five or six copies at a time for their friends who were too embarrassed to be seen buying the book in their neighborhood store. Women want to read it. When was the last time you saw anyone buy five or six copies of one book? Let me tell you, it doesn't happen often. It is tough to sell books today. As one bookseller said to me, it's hard enough to get someone to buy one copy of a really popular book.
So Fifty Shades is good for the book industry. Hats off to E.L. James and for what she's doing both for women readers and, hopefully, her fellow women writers.
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message 1: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Parker I'm so glad readers are drinking The Taker koolaid. Great book. So glad to have met you.


message 2: by Michelle (new)

Michelle LOVED, LOVED, LOVED "The Taker" !!!! Can't wait to read the sequel, and I've been recommending it to everyone I know. I'm half way through the 2nd book in the Fifty Shades trilogy (you just can't ignore the hype), and I'm enjoying those books as well, but it's not even remotely on the same level. I agree, there are some elements of James' books that can be found in yours, but I'm not sure I'd spend a lot of time comparing them (though I understand you are trying to get people to your books, and hopefully this will help). Your book is far superior, and on a completely different level, intellectually. I don't mean that as a slam against the lovely Ms. James or her books...it's just a fact. That said, I will continue to devour the Fifty Shades trilogy...it's a very fun read. And of course, I'll still keep recommending "The Taker" as a fantastically fun read, and a delight for the senses. People should be buying 5 copies of your book and giving them away! (I did buy one as a gift, if that helps...) ;-)


message 3: by Alma (new)

Alma Katsu Oh Michelle, thank you so much for your kind comments! You have buoyed my spirits tremendously. Authors spend so much time trying to get people interested in their books, and I often wonder if anyone is actually reading the book... Notes such as help push all the self-doubt away. Thank you for telling your friends, too.

best, Alma

Michelle wrote: "LOVED, LOVED, LOVED "The Taker" !!!! Can't wait to read the sequel, and I've been recommending it to everyone I know. I'm half way through the 2nd book in the Fifty Shades trilogy (you just can't..."


message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Absolutely my pleasure, Alma. It's the least I can do for the hours of reading pleasure you provided me. I also pinned your lovely book to my Pinterest board, so hopefully you'll get some exposure there.

As a side note, and since you were looking for books that might have something in common with "The Taker", I should tell you that I happened to read, at about the same time as "The Taker", "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" (YA fiction), by Laini Taylor, and "A Discovery of Witches", by Deborah Harkness. Both were very good, and I'm also looking forward to their sequels. I have to say, all three books seemed to have a similar flavor (a little magic and a great storytelling journey in all three books), and it wasn't something I was looking for, on purpose. I just got lucky, I guess. They went well together, and I would easily (and did) recommend them to my friends.

Granted, they didn't get the press that "Fifty Shades" got, but not much does. Maybe YOUR publicist should plant a story in the London tabloids "outing" you as a racy writer of pervy stories. LOL...food for thought!


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