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A Little Twist of Texas: 01/10/08
A Little Twist of Texas is a delightful and quirky memoir of a solo bike ride from California to Texas. Linda Moore rode "Beastie" to attend the BookCrossing convention held in Texas in 2005. For active BookCrossers or bikers or BookCrossing bikers, Moore's book is a must read.
I am a regular reader of Raven's Roads, the blog that inspired the trip that in turn inspired the memoir. Besides Raven's Roads, she also runs Raven's RV, Raven's Rides, Raven's Range, and the Markeroni Site and blog. One of her goals for 2008 is to sell 1000 copies of her book. You can buy it at any of the major online vendors or you can buy it directly from any of her websites. If you buy it directly, she will autograph it for you.
I enjoyed riding along and seeing the photographs and maps. Unfortunately, I've been spoiled by her recent blogs. She has grown as a writer and A Little Twist of Texas isn't as strong as her recent posts. There are times when I wanted more: more about the towns she was visiting, more in the way of introductions to the people she was either riding with or visiting, and more on what it takes to be a biker.
What I'd really like to see if a follow up book. The tag line of Raven's Road is "Living an interesting life" and I know there's another book or two in there.
Comment #1: Friday, January, 11, 2008 at 10:36:03
I have this on my TBR pile... I'll have to read it soon :) "
Comment #2: Sunday, January, 13, 2008 at 12:54:00
Thanks for this. :)
Regarding growing as a writer: practice makes perfect. :: grin ::
I actually have at least two books in development already, but I can't publish any of them until I at least break even on this one.
I've been considering digging out the full write-up of the BX convention and releasing it as a supplemental ebook--kind of like "deleted scenes." I cut much of it out because the major question one must ask with a book is "Who cares?" Book Crossers would care, but my biggest audience, I think, is still riders.
Part of the problem, too, is that some of the interactions I had with people were just too personal to publish. :)
Is it okay if I reproduce your review in "reader comments" with full credits and a link, of course? If not, I'll just link. "
Comment #3: Sunday, January, 13, 2008 at 11:35:22
Yes, you can put the review on your 'reader comments.'"