Thursday, July 12, 2012
It Is a wonderful thing to discover a fantastic new review of your work when you first get up in the morning. I know it has made my day!
A.E. Drury "Ed Drury" had this to say about Vengeance Is Mine while giving it 5 stars on Amazon:
What makes this story so gripping is that cults such as the one described in this story really do exist, as do the abuses described. The story is riveting as the patterns of abuse are passed from father to son. Vengeance is not a concept I support, and as it turns out, that it is not what the main character seeks either. She is rather a conduit for retribution. The story is very well written and I would venture to guess aspects of it were carefully researched. Paranormal aspects aside, the so called normal events of the cult are quite in keeping with several known cults in the US. I found it impossible to put down once I opened it on my kindle. "just one more chapter and I will take a break," I kept telling myself. Great little ghost story with a surprising conclusion.
It is so gratifying as an author to read a review from a reader who gets exactly what you were attempting to say in your story. And this one did. And I thank him.
Now, I know it's only a matter of time until I get a bad review on one of my stories. It's going to happen because the tales I tell are not for everyone. And that is just the way it is in this storytelling world. Yet, when that happens, reviews like this one (and the other 4 & 5 stars I have) will definitely help take the sting out and put a smile back on my face quickly.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Finished with round three paper edits/revisions on Beneath the Tor yesterday afternoon. I think my eyes were crossed all night long. Now it's time to do the revisions in Word - print it out - and do it all over again.
Slightly disappointed that I didn't get everything done in June, but with any luck I'll have it done by the end of July and ready to go. Really looking forward to the covers that the amazing and talented Neil Jackson is creating for both this book and its sequel The XIII. The man does extremely awesome at designing beautiful and provocative covers that force a person to pick up the book - even if only for the artwork.
Now I could say that I like revising and editing, but that would be a lie. A big, bold faced one. But, I also know how necessary it is. I have read more than enough Indie books to know that many writer's do very little, or no editing at all. And their work suffers for it. I can't count the number of times I've simply moved on to another book on my Kindle because the writing was so bad. (Not to say mine is perfect, but it is as close as I can make it)
Watch this space, I'll announce the release of Beneath the Tor very soon.
Btw, if you need a great cover for your book - Contact Neil Jackson on Facebook. You can find samples here: