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OK – it’s an absurd question. We love libraries — in Arizona, we have some of the most compelling bibliophilic architecture I’ve encountered in all of my travels. Libraries are blessings! And we love amazon. I remember when it was new in the realm of book-lovers — in the days of noisy dial-up modems and Usenet — it rocked my world.
I was writing my first novel, living on a dirt road at the foot of the Huachuca Mountains in Southeastern Arizona, a short drive from the boarder of Mexico. The nearest big bookstores were two hours away in Tucson and the closest cool bookshop was an hour away in Bisbee. Having stacks of craved books and obscure titles arriving at my door was pure bliss. Yeah. I worshipped amazon.
These days I’m grateful for amazon because it carries my own novels. And I lament amazon because it buries them in the maze of more aggressively marketed titles.
Yesterday I learned a local library refused to stock one of my novels because it “doesn’t have many reviews on amazon.”
A Phoenix Public Library patron filled out an online form asking the library to purchase The LOOK. The response they gave baffled him: in a pithy email, a person explained they had rejected his request because “it hasn’t been professionally reviewed yet” and because it didn’t meet an unspecified number equating to “many reviews on amazon.”
This news came to me in the wake of another confounding experience — amazon’s algorithm deleted a cluster of positive reviews from the book’s listing over the weekend. The reviews were legitimate and they were glowing. Now they’re gone — five remain. Sadly, the library in my city would have thought they were important.
It would make sense had the library replied it has a limited budget and can’t stock new items right now. It would have made (semi)sense if they’d come back to him saying they don’t stock paperbacks, or applied some other technical justification. But to say they depend on the number of amazon reviews to make their decision…? It feels wrong.
I have no desire to be the romanticized underdog in a competitive landscape.
I’ve written the books I wanted most to read — books I myself would buy when I discovered them on amazon. Fans have written to me privately expressing gratitude and deep insights received after reading and re-reading the books. They haven’t rated them publicly, but they’ve confirmed to me my love of Amie is not one in a million, but one among many.
Helping a novel and its characters reach a wider audience is important. From the moment it’s published, the novel belongs on shelves the author has never seen. It belongs in readers’ hearts and minds the author may never get to know personally. I have no doubt The LOOK and its sequels belong to the universe of readers who want to experience what Amie and Sunny and D and The Actor and Eurydice and Attar and Connor and Kate and Sammy and Faas and Orpheus go through as their lives fall apart and come together.
The person who rejected the library patron’s request has not read the book and has no clue why the patron thought it was worthy of being listed in their catalog. Someday, that will change. Amie’s world and the reading world will interweave and expand unlimited.
Since I mentioned them above: here’s a small sample of the gorgeous libraries we enjoy in the Sonoran Desert. If you’re in town, be sure to check them out.
Thank you for reading today!
Readers make the imagined world possible.
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You have a body. A life forms around it. Consciously or obliviously, you experience yourself in structures held in place by myths your active presence here creates.
In the context of a room, a neighborhood, a city block, the spinning planet, a galaxy uncharted: you seem quite small and inconsequential in your fleshy vehicle.
This is the deception you’ve agreed to — a willful forgetting keeps you safely tucked into a pocket of existence your brain can functionally fathom.
Souls are big.
What do you imagine when I say big?
A soul’s much more than that.
Poets speak of mansions; mystics speak of infinite space between the lines of a good poem. I’m saying: it’s not that, either. A soul can house a planet. And the giant star round which it orbits. The spiraling tendrils of our Milky Way, tacky with enormous stars and icy comets burning through: a single soul can hold that, too.
306 Pages | ISBN 1523664339 | Amazon
What if we could break the paradigm of war, strife and human suffering within our lifetime? What if love and saner choices really could prevail?
What if you had the power to set that degree of sweeping change in motion?
Novel | ISBN 1986913783 | 438 pages | Sequel to The LOOK
He knew when it happened, it would be strange and woefully wonderful.
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“Strangely intimate. Strangely nuclear and cosmic at the same time – time that you point out is circular in the prologue, ‘We are not wired to process.’ Strangely euphoric in the way it hits secret passworded buttons that open niches, cracks and gates to hidden gardens in the mind that unveil insights. Beautiful.” ~P. Shukla
“This book is a masterpiece! It should be made into a movie! It has the fire, it has the spark we all crave. I do not read many novels any more, but this… this book pulls you inside and you can’t put it down… You will want to BE the main character. The books starts in a poetic way and it only gets better. One may think it’s fantasy, but if you are working in certain field, you know that what for one may be impossible- for another is a possibility and a reality.” ~Amazon Reviewer
“…a fantastical trip through the possiBilitiEs,,, smashing illusions, holding space for us to realize the expansiveness of our souls place in this human experience… what a gift she offers us, right here and NOW.!!! I love Amie Martine and so will you…” ~N. Halberstadt
“This novel is so beautiful! I certainly hope the author shares much more of her work with us all. Wonderful writing. It is luminous!” ~M. Schaller
“Every few pages, there’s a line that cracks me wide open. Or an experience that is exactly as I experience things. Or a way of describing something that fits precisely something I’ve been trying to understand, or at least hoping I’m not the only one who sees it that way.” ~M. Chai
“It’s like you are writing me as Amie… The being of the person. It’s incredible how you write similar to my experiences… I love it!” ~T. Wry
The LOOK of Amie Martine by Laurie Perez | ISBN 1523664339
The Amie series: novels for lightworkers, filmmakers, saboteurs, vodka drinkers, poets, myth lovers, Phoenicians, paradigm shifters, travelers, creatives, people who are stuck, people who are rising, introverts, extroverts, women, men, human beings – (yes, you!).
Indulging a second cup of coffee in new territory – lines, scenes, mosaics of dialogue leveraging a rare moment of unfettered solitude in the wake of a great night out… I feel the second book as palpably as I felt the first — one exists on paper, the other nags me from the ether.
Once broken open
don’t endeavor to crawl back in.
Expand, raw and unscripted,
decisive and blurry in clear purpose.
Love the rise, your presence becoming.
Nothing has a hold on you, this I promise.
Supernova – quiet dream unchained – heart
awakened: let’s be stars to each other!
Where light dims, shine simply
because you remember now
what it’s like