New Vision: ‘The Second Tree’ a “captivating tale”

New Vision: The Second Tree, a captivating tale of two different worldsUganda’s most widely-circulated newspaper, New Vision, just wrote a great review of my book ‘The Second Tree’!  The review is great and mentions the movie and our film partners at AFWS!

My favorite lines from the article:

“In a story of fascinating intrigue and unrelenting greed…”

“Adventure, intrigue, fun, voracity permeate through this captivating story that successfully marries two otherwise different worlds. From the rustic depths of Rwenzori to the posh suburbia of Manhattan, Butziger’s fast-paced narrative transcends national boundaries, reflecting the challenges of human folly and the struggles of daily living.”

“Through lively characters and a bubbly atmosphere, Butziger’s work is one roller-coaster ride of intense emotion and heart stopping suspense. Some chapters end just when your mind is racing with questions: “what happens next?”, “did he get up from the fall,?” did he break his limbs?”.”

“It is this tendency to hold the reader to ransom that keeps you wanting to turn the pages.”

“You will enjoy the plot of this story as much as you will the descriptive, very colourful style of its author.”

Read the full review from New VisionThe Second Tree, a captivating tale of two different worlds

Mama Luvs Books recommends ‘The Second Tree’

Mama Luvs BooksThanks to Tony and Kristin Wheeler for the great review of ‘The Second Tree’!

“The book tells a story as old as the devil tempting Adam and Eve with a forbidden apple but in a layered and compelling way.”
– Tony Wheeler

Kristin’s site, Mama Luvs Books, is a site devoted to providing parenting tips, giveaways, book reviews, product reviews, and personal posts.

Kristin Wheeler is a Rhode Islander who was an educator of eight years, has a Masters in Middle School Education. In her own words, she’s a “mom, wife, blogger, and social media community manager who enjoys and tries to balance it all!”

Read the full review from Mama Luvs BooksThe Second Tree by John Butziger.

Kirkus Review and Other Stuff

Wow – A lot of activity lately, and a lot of irons in the fire! Marketing a book is a lot of work, and it seems like you need to take a shotgun approach.

First, the Kirkus review of ‘The Second Tree’ – it was great! Kirkus is one of the two main book review journals in the US. View the full review on the Kirkus website.

Here are some excerpts:

“Greed, exclusivity and rampant, aggressive commercialization are all themes brilliantly explored in Butziger’s brisk narrative…”

“…the fiery final confrontation is a captivating end to the first volume of this mystical-thriller series.”

“An immensely promising start to a new thriller series.”

-Kirkus Reviews

Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have been great too.

The book is also now for sale at Symposium Books in Providence and East Greenwich. I’ll be doing a book signing / Author event there on Sept. 20th. Anne-Marie, the owner there, is wonderful! She runs a great bookstore – check it out!

I got some great press in the Warwick Beacon and in the East Greenwich Patch. New Vision, Uganda’s most widely-circulated paper, is reviewing the book as well.

I’ve been in discussions with AFWS (African Film and Writer’s Society) about a possible project for a screenplay. They do some great work combating illiteracy in Uganda and work with local screenwriters and actors.

I’m setting up a fun appearance on NESN’s Dining Playbook, a TV show that films your experience in a restaurant then interviews you about the experience on the radio show. I hope to drop a quick plug there.

Charlie Hopkins’ excellent book review blog (areadingmachine) caught my attention and I sent a book out to him. He’ll read it and write a review. Similarly, Stefani Pollack’s awesome food blog (cupcake project) seemed like a good fit given the culinary aspect of the book, and I hoping for a review from her as well, and also from Dani at slyrooster, where you can find great recipes!

Kristin Wheeler’s great book review blog (mamalovesbooks) might review the book soon, which would be awesome as well. We had the pleasure of hanging out with Kristin, her husband Tony and their kids recently – they are wonderful!

I’m expecting a review from another review site as well – Reader Views. Currently the review is pending, but hopefully it will be accepted and moved to the “Coming Soon” list.

Abby Rego, Vine and America’s Got Talent phenom, will hopefully make a vine of the book soon. She just recently hit 100,000 followers! Congrats, Abby!

The book has been checked out constantly from the local library system – I donated some copies to my local branch, the EG Free Library, which is a library I grew up in as a kid. I’ve always loved that library. Sort of a Hogwarts feel to it…I always went there with my mom and Grandparents when I was little.

As you can see, its a lot of little things. Hopefully some will stick and lead to some great attention!

Fingers crossed!

Kirkus Review of ‘The Second Tree’

Kirkus: The Second Tree by John ButzigerI received a review from Kirkus today (one of the two major industry book review journals in the US) – here are some excerpts:

“Greed, exclusivity and rampant, aggressive commercialization are all themes brilliantly explored in Butziger’s brisk narrative…”

“…the fiery final confrontation is a captivating end to the first volume of this mystical-thriller series.”

“An immensely promising start to a new thriller series.”

The full-length Kirkus review should be up on their review site within a week is now live on their site. The excerpts above are ones that I’ll use in marketing materials on the Amazon page, etc.

I’m pretty stoked!

Read the full review from Kirkus: The Second Tree by John Butziger