The value of a genuine book review

Written by J.K. Kelly on February 14th, 2019

After my first novel, FOUND IN TIME, was published I paced the floor in my home office waiting for word from reviewers. The first that came in was from the prestigious MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW commenting, ”A truly riveting read from cover to cover, “Found In Time” reveals author J. K. Kelly’s genuine flair for originality and a deftly crafted novel that is unreservedly recommended…” Soon afterward, a retired U.S. Army intelligence officer wrote more good things and then a U.S. Marine wrote simply, “Wow!”

A year later I released FUELIN’ AROUND and it was running fast before it ever got to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Motorsports editors from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. published their thoughts and they included favorable comments like, “A page-turner you’re going to try to read in one shot,” and from another, “Fascinating and enjoyable stories. I laughed out loud more than once. Fuelin’ Around is a story of the American Dream of success, courtesy of hard work and determination.” Special thanks to John DiBartolomeo at DRAG RACING EDGE magazine and Andy “Tog” Rogers from EURODRAGSTER.COM. None of these reviews were paid for. Not an ounce of quid pro quo where advertising was purchased in exchange for a review. These were all genuine and sincere and consequently most meaningful and relevant. Track owner Howard Commander called to say he really enjoyed it. NASCAR Modified Tour driver Mike Christopher texted, “I stayed up all night and couldn’t put it down.” NHRA Funny Car Champion Bruce Larson wrote on Facebook, “your book is great,” and another internationally known racer was kind enough to write a note that read, “Best Books!” A few weeks ago, STREET MACHINE UK magazine wrote good things and the Febuary 7th issue of AUTOSPORT magazine gave a review that means so much to me.

Here’s another review that I hold in high regard.

“FUELIN’ AROUND is a must read if you are into racing, fast cars, or the concept of an entrepreneurial, whatever it takes workplace. The insight into the motorsports industry is worth the price of admission alone. But the peek inside, at the growing pains and corporate nuances of VP Racing Fuels, adds the spice to this great read. For book lovers and those who rarely pick one up, FUELIN’ AROUND is hard to put down.” Bob Merz, former Vice President, Advertising & Promotions, Pennzoil Products Company.

Now that you’ve read some of the reviews perhaps you’ll give one a go. James Patterson told me, “give the reader what they want,” and I think I have.  FOUND IN TIME is a military thriller in which U.S. Marines are able to go back in time, settle a few scores, and then get into something only a miracle worker could help with. FUELIN’ AROUND is non-fiction and tells the story of a young man who fell in love with motorsports and the road and the inner conflict that caused both him and his family. It’s set against a classic David versus Goliath story where he, yours truly, helped a very small company grow to take on some big players in motorsports. Either way let me know what you think at


"A truly riveting read from cover to cover." - Midwest Book Review

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