I have been a published author for a little over a year now and when I first started out I was so nervous at the response I would get. Would anyone actually like what I had to offer? To my surprise the answer is yes. When I first started out my proof readers missed a hell of a lot of mistakes and because of this I have lost stars or two here and there but on a whole I have had reviews saying that the reader could look past the reviews because I had written such a great story. Do you know how much of a great feeling that is to hear? Words can not explain. After the release of my third book I was able to find a really good Editor. Since then I have managed to re-release books 1 & 2 in my series and the reviews since then have been great. The following review I ended up punching the air:
I was given this book for an honest review.Wow, this is a great beginning for a young adult or new adult series. Even the young at heart would enjoy this. I hope I can get the others in this series to do reviews for because I would love to know what happens next.I can relate well to Erin as I sometimes felt awkward about my appearance and felt like I didn't fit in with my peers. But this is about Erin and her ups and downs as she discovers who she really is and how it will effect her life. In some ways it is a coming of age story about growing up and facing new things. Yet in other ways it is about a unique adventure that centers around a town or maybe I should say city as it seems to hold more venues than my own small town.I found myself eagerly reading and turning the pages to devour this story. It was so well written that I easily could become Erin and live her story as I read. This is a mark of a truly gifted author. It was also well edited as I found nothing grammatically wrong with it, not even a typo to be found and I have seen many of those lately.
I have highlighted the last bit to show you what I meant. How great is that? After so many reviews where the reader picked up on the grammar I wanted to cry with joy.
My best review of all time is a very recent one. Now I cherish all the reviews I receive and I always take the time to read each and every one of them, but this particular one made me squeal so much that I have to share it with you all.
Lavina Urban is the queen of cliff hangers. She builds up this amazing storyline. Then, right as you read the climax... BAM... the story ends. I checked my kindle twice to ensure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me.At this point, my heart bottomed out as I am not ready to let the story go. Torment is one of those stories that you feel you have become apart of. You want to see the conclusion of the tale your fictional friends live.HeartbreakLoveRebirthTorment touches your heart and sings to your soul. I think I have have just moved Erin Fire Goddess up to one of my top 5 favorite series. It stands among Harry Potter and Twilight.Now, I just need to get my hands on the paperbacks... art for my bookshelves.I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
A day or two after I received this review I received a phone call from my aunt. Now a lot of us authors are really nervous hearing what our family members have to say about our books. When I first started my nan told me I wasn't a real author. She even said that after she had a copy of my first book. It definitely made me chuckle. Well my aunt had read the first book which my cousin had and she loved the story. She told me it is not the normal type of book she reads but it is a great story. Well when she phoned me it was a nail biting moment. She said something along the lines of 'Oh my God. I have just finished the third book and you can not leave it like that. I need the next book as in yesterday.' I informed her that I can not perform miracles but book 3.5 will finish soon. She wasn't happy, that is a good thing right? lol.
I often receive messages from readers from all over the world. The fact that they are outside of the UK makes me giddy :) The messages have been so lovely that I want to reach inside the computer and hug each and everyone of you. You are all the reason I continue you to write.
So I was sitting there the other day and I decided that I wanted to write a blog to thank you all. You are all absolutely amazing and each of you may only be one person, but you all took the time to read one or all of my books, so far. I am so grateful that you chose my books and I really hope that you continue reading them and leaving me such great reviews.