Friday, April 24, 2015

Reader Reviews

**To those of you who have read Intent, I thank you for your support. I hope that you will take the time to post a review on Amazon and spread the word--my readers are the ones who keep this story alive.

Reader Reviews:

"This is a well-written story that captivated my interest from the first paragraph. So much happens throughout the book... each event shaping and transforming Raylee Johnson (the main character) in both expected and unexpected ways. I read this book in less than 24 hours, not wanting to put it down."

"I read this book the day I got it! I was unable to put it down. It's captivating! Raylee, the main character, is somebody who everyone can relate to in one way or another. Just when you think you have the characters figured out you realize that you don't! I recommend this book 100%. I spent my entire evening reading Intent with the intention of starting it and finishing in a few days but I just finished it. It was so captivating I couldn't put it down. Krista Wagner did an amazing job in vividly explaining the characters, scenes and backgrounds. Raylee has characteristics that a lot of people will be able to relate with...I know I did. The way the story line develops and not to mention the plot twist! Amazing! Above all, I especially enjoyed how she incorporated Christ and the consistency through out the book. I will be recommending this book to friends and family. As a matter of fact one of my friends has already asked to borrow it."

"Great book. Very hard to put down, read it in three sittings. Can't wait for her next book."

"Great book easy to read and all can relate one way or another to what this gal goes through"

"The characters are interesting and believable. It's an unpredictable ride to find the truth that keeps you wanting to read more."

"Intent is a fast-paced mystery-thriller with a riveting plot and stunning characters. With danger lurking around every corner, Intent keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end."

"Intent by Krista Wagner is an excellent book. Buckle your seat belt and hang on tight as this novel twists and turns through suspense filled pages. I loved it!
Intent by Krista Wagner is a great read. The element of surprise and intrigue are utilized throughout this entire book. As the protagonist, Raylee Johnson, pushes through a seemingly monotonous dead end job and begins to reach the conclusion that her life is without meaning, she is catapulted into a maze of events that leave her reeling. The courage and strength that Raylee finds during this tumultuous and precarious period of her life unfold with dramatic flare.
The reader is led astray several times as the plot unravels down narrow paths of apprehensive action. Clues are scattered like finely sifted granules of sand across the grand canyon. As with any good mystery novel, the reader is never quite sure who's behind it all until the very end. Wagner's ability to infuse the reader with hope and encouragement through a relationship with Christ is worked into the story in a clear manner without being intrusively overboard. There is not a "preachy" feel to this read, as the author takes advantage of her talent for subtlety and cohesively delivers sound Christian doctrine through some of the lives of the minor characters. This book is sure to help the reader effortlessly transfer some healthy prospective into their life. If you enjoy reading a good mystery that has an element of reality without creating nightmares, I highly recommend that you read, Intent by Krista Wagner!

"Enjoyed this book immensely. From a Pastor's and a Professor's perspective this is well written. I can and do highly recommend this to both young and old audiences."

"Very well written. Really enjoyed the twists and turns that happen along the way. The author does a great job of revealing stuff at just the right moments which keeps the reader guessing until the end."

"I found Intent to be a fast reading tale of romance, betrayal, mystery, and truth. I recommend it to our friends without reservations. We give Intent a 5 star rating!"

"Great storytelling that moves the book along and captures the readers attention."

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Get Your Book Known

If you are a newly published author, then you know how difficult it is to get your book out there before lots of people. Sure, the publisher will help you--a little bit--, but most of the promoting is up to YOU.
Family and friends are typically wonderful supports, and when you publish your first book, they rush to purchase a copy. But our worlds are so small and soon, the people we know run out. What then? How do we keep the pages of our story fluttering?
Here are some of the things that I have seen, in my short career, work the most effectively in terms of getting larger groups of peoples' interest:

1. Make appearances. If you have children in school or you teach at a school or you know someone who teaches, request a guest visit to discuss your book. This visit can lead to many types of discussions like how you got a publisher, your favorite part of writing the story, some of the challenges you faced, how to not give up on your dream, etc,.

2. Do an inteview-- is an online radio broadcast that allots you a fifteen minute Q&A slot about your novel. I posted the interview on all my social media sites and received a lot of interest and shares.

3. Participate in a book/library event. There's not enough publicity of the physical book these days, and people love to be reminded of the tangible. One of the colleges I work at hosted a library/book event to celebrate reading, and in its one hour venue sparked student and staff interest. It was an awesome way to connect with other avid readers.

4. Contests are amazing. People love to win things. My publisher entered two copies of Intent into a goodreads contest and nearly 800 people entered!

5. I thought that most people preferred to buy books online, through Amazon, for instance. So I was surprised to discover that when I brought copies of my book to church that my Sunday School friends were anxious to buy directly from me. I even sold a copy to my local video store clerk. You never know.

6. When Intent was first released, I purchased 250 bookmarks to promote it. I have handed them out to students, to an In&Out worker, to anyone who seems interested. I keep them in my car and in my work bag because you never know who you might run into.