Thank you to Jessica at The Bookworm Chronicles
For a lovely review of By Sword and Storm
Two sentences really stood out and encouraged me – ‘Each time the narrative switched, I found myself emotionally torn, as I was rooting for them both.’ and ‘All in all I thought By Sword and Storm was another wonderful, historical rollercoaster ride, that had me gripped from start to finish.’
The splitting of the story over two countries and timelines was a bit of a gamble in case folk wouldn’t engage with that (and technically challenging to mesh them together and still remain true to the historical dates when specific events happened) so I was very pleased that it worked for her. Here’s hoping it works for others!
It was also the first time that I’ve seen what the title page of By Sword and Storm looks like on a kindle… The publisher has sent me files, but for some reason I haven’t managed to access them properly and haven’t got round to asking for them to be re-sent.
That was interesting because I use the same font for the chapter headings in the Katharina books – the second of which, Fortitude, is due out at the end of July and I was totally unaware until very recently that kindle readers don’t get the benefit of that wee refinement because the kindle programme has limited fonts at its disposal. – That makes me a little sad. For those who mightn’t know the font I’m referring to it is called Morpheus and is a rather lovely ‘church-style font, which suits the subject matter of Katharina ideally.
It was found by my cover designer – well done him! Here it is:
Katharina: Fortitude is currently with my editor and two days ago I got a lovely preliminary sentence from him – ‘I’m loving what I’ve read so far. The writing is so rich, so distinctive and so evocative. I’m looking forward to this journey.’ It is always a scary time when waiting for an initial reaction from a professional, who really knows their job, so this is extremely encouraging. I’m looking forward to the end of July now…
Sometimes you get one of those reviews that really lifts your spirits and you know that what you’ve written has given a lot of enjoyment to a reader – this was one of those reviews.
4.0 out of 5 stars Where’s My Plaid!, March 9, 2015
By The Just-About-Average Ms. M (North Florida) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Turn of the Tide (Kindle Edition)
‘ The plot moves at a good, steady clip for those readers who prefer to be jostled along, but it also pauses from time to time to allow the setting to take a bow, or the weather, or the sometimes haunted—and haunting—ruminations of Munro, his wife, and a number of other characters. The slower parts are well-crafted, the descriptions those of someone who has been there, seen it all, and doubtless has several tee shirts to prove it. When the action escalates, which it often does, take a deep breath because you will feel the rush. Once you sort out who is who, and feel pretty certain you know not only how this story will progress but also how it will end, prepare to be embarrassed. Prepare to be amazed, rather, because you won’t see it coming.’
The full review can be seen here.
Well, I was told, warned even, to brace myself for a 1* review when I undertook to let Turn of The Tide go on free download for c5 days. I’m not sure exactly when the free download period is ending, but as of now – midnight on the 5th day – it’s still in the top 20 on both the US and UK site. So I’m quite chuffed with that.
But more importantly, far from the 1* I was dreading, I have had two new reviews today on the US site – at least one of which is as a result of someone downloading the free book. And what a review – detailed, structured, comprehensive, literate and all round wonderful.
I don’t know Kate Martyn, but I am going to follow her blog – and will value her reviews of other books in the future.
And though I know the 1* may (and probably will) come, just now I’m feeling very encouraged and feel that the promo would have been worth it, just for those new reviews.
I continue to be moved by the comments that folk are leaving on my book page in http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=927 It makes the nomination for the competition worthwhile, whatever the outcome, to see that folk are enjoying my writing. And an added impetus to get on with the sequel!
Follow the link or check out the reviews page here under Turn of the Tide for some examples.
I’ve read so many times and in so many places that good reviews are important so a heartfelt plea to the writers who have commented there having read the whole book, please, please add your comments on Amazon (and Goodreads if you are involved there.)
I would really appreciate it.
My thanks to the reviewer for New Books Magazine for a positive and well thought out review. I’m chuffed…
All I need now is a book group or two to decide to read and then I might get lots of feedback…
Review of Turn of the Tide by Bookbag – Thank you!!
Review of Turn of the Tide By Larry Augsbury, Clan Cunningham Chairman can be found here
How generous is that? Especially when William Cunningham is my primary villain!