Blog Tour Day 20: My Goodreads Q&A

As my blog tour approaches its end, I thought I’d give readers a chance to ask me questions about King of Paine and my writing in a live venue and also introduce those of you who haven’t found it yet to Goodreads. It’s the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world, with more than 6 million members added since its launch in 2007.  Users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs, interact with authors and much more. It’s an amazing site!

I’ll be live on Goodreads in a designated Q&A forum today (Tuesday 12/20) from 1-2pm and  7-8pm. You can browse the discussion topics without joining Goodreads, but you’ll need to become a member to post a question. Questions can be posted at any time, but I’ll only be responding live at the designated times.

I highly recommend joining Goodreads if you love books. Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their “friends” can see what they thought of it. The common sense theory is that people are more likely to get excited about a book recommended by someone they trust than a suggestion from a stranger. Even if you don’t know other members to begin, you can become friends or fans of other members whose reviews speak to your tastes. And if you prefer to browse in private, you can see all reviews and ratings for books that interest you even if you’re not visible to others.

I’ll walk you through the sign-up process if you’re thinking about joining. Start at the Goodreads New User page, where you’ll enter your email address and a new password. You’ll then be guided through four pages that will help optimize your Goodreads experience, but all of these pages can be skipped if you just want to participate in my Q&A or otherwise want to browse the website.

The first page will allow you to find friends by searching your facebook, twitter, gmail, yahoo and hotmail address books–but only if you request it. Then you’ll be asked to select your favorite genres to improve your browsing and recommendation experience. You’ll then have an opportunity to rate books you’ve read, and the last page produces recommendations based on your favorite genres and book ratings. You can always return to these pages from your home page if you skip them and later decide to become a more active user.

Give it a try–you may soon find yourself addicted!

I hope you’ll join me for the Q&A this afternoon or tonight and then again tomorrow when we wrap up the tour with a review, interview and book giveaway on Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews. And don’t forget to submit your entry for the King of Paine Kindle Giveaway Contest by midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 12/21)–time is running out!

One comment on “Blog Tour Day 20: My Goodreads Q&A

  1. I really enjoyed yesterday’s Q&A session on! I learned some things from your answers to Ellie’s and Stacey’s that I thought very interesting.

    I can’t remember now how I found out about GoodReads (not all that long ago) but I’m certainly glad I did. I have many more books to add that I have read to date and it is a great place to hear about other books as well as reviews.

    Once again, thank you for inviting me to your Q & A session regarding your novel and your style of writing as well as your thoughts. Peace, joy and love to you and your family this time of year!

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.


    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.


    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.


    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.


    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.