Win Gathering Mist

Karla BrandenburgThis week, Booklover’s Bench welcomes new member, author Karla Brandenburg, to our “Let’s Talk” feature. Karla is the author of seven contemporary romances, a card-carrying cookie-holic, and enjoys baking and travel. Welcome, Karla!


How do you choose your next book to read?

Brandenburg bookshelf

There are certain times of the year when I read more than others. The beginning of the year comes to mind. Often I’m given gift certificates over the holidays for iBooks or Kindle or Barnes & Noble, and I take advantage of those to stock up. I also like to read (perversely) when I’m busiest at work, so as to take my mind OFF of my day job. I also commute to work on the train, which is prime reading time for me. But how do you decide which books to choose?

One of my favorite places to find new books is I enter the giveaways when something catches my eye, or I see the name of an author I’d like to try but whose work I’m not yet familiar with. I’ve found some bestselling authors this way as well as some up-and-coming authors, including some that I would “auto-buy.” I’m also old-fashioned enough to hang out at the library and browse some of my favorite sections. But what is it that makes me say “that looks like a good one?”

Well, there’s the title, for starters. And I’m a blurb reader. The cover isn’t usually what grabs me, although I know people who are more visual and go to that first. I also love when an author posts a snippet from the story on their Facebook page that gives me an “inside look.” Some people go strictly by recommendation, although that doesn’t always work for me. Reading is such a personal thing, so subjective, that what one person loves, another person might not “get.”

My interests vary from historical, to thriller, to horror, to mystery, to romance. Generally speaking, once I’ve found an author I enjoy reading, I’ll stick with them for several (or all of their) books.

Gathering Mist, by Karla BrandenburgIn a world where our reading choices seem to be exploding exponentially, how do you decide which book to buy? Do you download samples? “Look inside” at Amazon? Or are you lured by a good cover? Do you look for a catchy title and/or a blurb?

Be sure to leave a comment for an extra chance to win a download of my newest release, Gathering Mist.




a Rafflecopter giveaway


The fine print:
No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.By submitting your entry, you agree to be entered into each Booklover’s Bench author’s email newsletter list, as well as the list of the host of this contest. We will not share your information with anyone else, and you may unsubscribe at any time.

Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter from all entrants for the prize. Winners will be notified by email. Booklover’s Bench authors are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned email. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days or they will be forfeited.