This post is a part of the week long “A Summer Reader’s Dream” promotion! Right now you can purchase Twisted Illusions for $2, AND you can purchase Point of Infliction by Veronica N. Davis. FOR TWO DOLLARS!
So someone definitely asked me why they should buy my book. I blinked at them like ten times. Who asks an author that? Then, I realized… Everyone asks that when they walk into a bookstore. So I thought for a second on the simplest way to answer the question and it was that simple for that person. “Because you live in Chicago!” He tilted his head sideways in confusion and for fifteen minutes, I discussed with him why I thought every Chicago resident should own a copy of Twisted Illusions. Needless to say, he bought a copy and he also agreed with me. He even added some points I didn’t explain to him. So, if you’re from Chicago… I’ve got seven reasons why you should own a copy of Twisted Illusions!
7: The book is 50/50 dialogue and description. I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, what?” Well, when you’re reading a book with your headphones on to drown out the morning sounds of Chicago (Whether it’s the busy highway or your coworkers), it can be hard to read the description thoroughly, especially if there’s a lot of it. The dialogue also pays a lot of homage to the slang that is exclusive to the city of Chicago. I had someone read my book and ask me what “treated” meant, and I thought to myself, “only in Chicago is that an actually renowned term.”
6: Twisted Illusions has chapter endings and mid chapter breaks that makes it perfect for commute reading. Part of the reason ASRD started was because of the immense people I saw reading on the L. Public transportation is big here, and sometimes it’s nice to be able to have something good to read to take you to another world while on the long trip from the end of the red line to the blue line. (I’m guessing here, I don’t know where you live!) There’s so many “stop points” in the book that you could literally stop, bookmark, switch lines and then start again without feeling like you have to rediscover where you left off.
5: It’s got a character from almost every race. Chicago is a melting pot of diversity and growing up in the center of it made it so easy to showcase it throughout this book. There’s no racism, no slanderous speech, and honestly some of the relationships/sibling matches in this book are going to surprise you.
4: The book takes on one of Chicago’s most controversial topics. It definitely touches a lot on gang violence and the dangers of it but not directly in your face. It subtly reminds you of how alive and thriving gang violence and the fear of drug trafficking affects our youth. It’s the kind of book you can give you a relative to remind them how much they mean to you. It could help you reach out.
3: Being a struggling artist is extremely common among the city of Chicago. We can all admit it. We’ve rummaged our pockets for that loose change for the artist who is struggling to pay back tuition or the one you know who is actually homeless standing in the bunch of people knocking on your car windows. This book conveys reality, one that is all too real. This story is a comedic spin on one of the most scariest reality questions of all time… What if I fail?
2: It’ll be fun trying to spot all the subtle references to Chicago. They’re in there! It’s not like “Eyyyy, deep dish,” but there are moments when the character asks another character where he’s from and there’s reference to the dangerous “SOUTH SIDE”. It’s a wink but you’ll know all of the red lights when you see them.
Finally, the most important but possibly the most obvious:
1: The writer of the book is from Chicago. It’s an easy way to get a book signed or shake her shoulders for the next installment of the trilogy. Born and raised, despite traveling a lot Twisted Illusions is based off of where I grew up, what I dealt with… What I saw my friends deal with and I’m always willing to sit down and have coffee with my fellow Chicagoan and talk about the real world.
B O N U S:
Right now, the most important reason for you to own Twisted Illusions is that is exactly $2 on Amazon right now for the Kindle/Kindle app! The cool part about it being a part of ASRD is that if you buy it and review it on Amazon, you can win another book for $1! Huge right? So buy yourself a copy for $2 until next Tuesday night and tell your friends to buy one too. Then get a gang load of people to beat me up after you finish the book. We’ll all laugh about it in ten years.
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