Attending the 2019 James River Writers Conference

Thoroughly enjoying the conference this year, which is no surprise. It’s my favorite time of year on my literary calendar. The best part is meeting wonderful, creative, supportive fellow writers.

Looks like Shadows Within is in good company!

Books for sale, including Shadows Within by J. P. Cane
Books for sale, including Shadows Within by J. P. Cane

Riffle Expert Suggestions

I have been a member of Riffle, though I’ve not been as active there as I have on GoodReads. Recently, Riffle invited its members to try out a new feature where you can get personal book recommendations from people, not bots.

I signed up. What followed was quite easy. You receive an email, follow the link, then click through a chat-like interface, selecting general categories to describe the type of book (fiction, non-fiction, audience, etc…), then optionally add books that are similar to the type of recommendation you’re seeking, and add any comments to help. Takes a minute.

As I’m ever hunting for good vampire novels, I requested one of a more upmarket/literary bent. Submitted my request. Later when I checked my inbox, I found three recommendations. I was delighted. The Riffle expert explained each of her recommendations and offered to look for more if either I had read them already or they did not match my interest.

No worries — these were great. I had not heard of any of the novels before, and each story appeared better than the last. So I added them all to my to-read list and will grab one as soon as possible.

My first run with Riffle’s Expert Suggestions was a great experience. I recommend that you try it if you can. If you do, let me know about it.

In case you’re curious, the novels recommended are:

  • The Stress of her Regard by Tim Powers
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen
  • Suffer the Children by Craig Dilouie