Grace released a month ago.
I thought I had thoughts about that, but now I’ve been staring at a blank screen for twenty minutes, so maybe I don’t. But if you’ve read Grace, and you want to read an extra scene from it, I hid one up in the Scribbles section. Click the link or check the menu at the top of the site.
I try not to read reviews, because I don’t need other people’s critical voices in my head — my own critical voice is loud enough. But I glanced at Goodreads and was pleased to see some of the more negative (but thoughtful) reviews there. I really liked the one that said Grace gets short-changed in her own romance. So true, so true! I’m also really glad that there are more positive reviews than negative, of course. 🙂
But reviews aren’t meant for authors, they’re meant for other readers, to help them find books, so this is your one-and-only nudge from me — if you’d like to help other readers find my books, writing a review really helps. Of course, you might not want to help other readers find my books and that’s totally fair. You might not even read my books! You might be here hoping to find out what I think about Nova Scotia, or what I’m cooking in the van lately, or even just to see cute dog pictures. She is a very cute dog, after all.
Short answers: Nova Scotia is beautiful, still stuck on quinoa bowls; and yes, she is cute.
Oh wowsers… just finished the extra scene — I remember it from proofing it before, and it still hits me and makes me want to cry. Hugs to you… Just answered my own question — do your characters make you laugh or cry?? Yep, I bet they do. Huggers, T
They do sometimes! Not that one, though. But there’s a scene with Grace that’s gotten me more than once. (With the character Grace, not the book.) Also, I was very surprised to read Ghosts and cry in the scene where Zane’s mom comes back.
Oh yes… I think that’s why I’m so attracted to your writing — you ‘live’ in your characters as though they were alive, and it makes your readers do the same. 🙂
Just loved it!
Thank you, I’m glad to hear that!
Oh! Thankyou for that scene. Also really love Z pics cause she is too cute! I have pet envy.
🙂 I’ve been taking more Zelda pics lately, I think mostly because I’m feeling so grateful that she is doing well. But she has a charming tendency to come lick my face as soon as it’s clear to her that I’m looking at her, so most of her pics have to be of her tail.
Roberta Carichner said:
Thank you for sharing that extra scene from Grace – it ties up a loose end from the book.
Or at least a thing one might have been curious about! I have to admit, I’m also curious about Noah’s conversation with his mom. We might someday have to learn more about that! Thanks for reading. 🙂
Kyla Bendt said:
I gave you 5 stars on Amazon. But I have to admit that review-writing is not a good genre for me at all. Some people write such wonderful, descriptive reviews and mine are always more like ‘Great book!’. Probably less than informative for somebody trying to figure out if they should read something, other than just seeing that one more person liked it.
Some people are really just so much better at writing reviews than me. I am often impressed by the items on Amazon people can write descriptive reviews on… underwear, cat food, pencils… how do they have so much to say?
Thank you! I hope that does mean you enjoyed it — I know that you’re here for the camping, not the books. 🙂 But I know just what you mean about review writing. I actually had a job writing reviews for a while and so I know the true magazine structure for a certain type of review — summary of review, overview of product, specific strength(s) or weakness(es), conclusion — but that doesn’t mean I like writing them. It’s easy to get the emphasis. Like the book I read yesterday. I so want to argue with the author about the choices that the heroine made, but on the other hand, the book caught me enough that I really want to argue about it. Is that a good review or a bad review? It would probably sound negative, but it shouldn’t. She actually did a really good job of creating a heroine who’s really a villain in disguise.
Kyla Bendt said:
I’m definitely here more for the camping than the books, but I have read all of the Tassamara series and enjoyed them all. I’m also here for the cute dog pics, the food descriptions and random stuff. I’d keep reading even if you ‘settled down’ and weren’t camping anymore.
🙂 My only blogging regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner. I wish I had R’s life saved in this format. I’ve got little scraps of things I wrote in journals and scrapbooks along the way, but I never wrote down the routine things, the day-to-day, like I do here, and I’d love to be able to look back and be randomly reminded of things.