Tags: JMS Books, reasonable force, reviews
I’m delighted to report that Cole from Brief Encounters Reviews gave Reasonable Force an A- rating. He says:
…what I most enjoyed about this story is the fact that I’m not given the answers. It’s not great, vast plotline. It’s a pretty simple short story actually. But that style of storytelling lets the reader’s imagination become more active in the story. I like a story that is different to me than anyone else, and I have a feeling that that might be true with this story…I’d recommend this one and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as I did!
What a lovely way to round off my weekend. Thanks to Cole and BER!
Tags: cover art, dreamspinner, equilibrium, real life, reviews
At the end of this week I’m going to have quite a lot of work to do, because I’ve got publisher edits on a novella due and I’m also trying to write something new in time for a deadline of September 1st. So of course I’m procrastinating like my life depends on it. I do have a cover art questionnaire open even as I speak, but I keep getting distracted by pictures of the West Australian outback and lovely panoramic photos of Perth. But if I don’t write down anything about these photos I’m looking at on the questionnaire, then I won’t get them on my cover, will I? No. No, I will not.
But mostly I’m thinking about getting a puppy. An opportunity has presented itself, and while it’s the absolute worst time for me to be getting a pet I am seriously considering it. Because I am the least practical person in the world when it comes to tiny, supercute little puppies. And I haven’t had a dog in a long time and I’m finally starting to miss it.
Anyway. I’ll make that tomorrow’s problem.
Today’s problem, which is not a problem at all, is that Equilibrium has gotten a lovely review on Amazon. Greek Reader gave it 5 stars and said:
I liked this one a lot. Both main characters and those surrounding them are described in well-rounded and lively detail. Michael has flaws and issues, some of which he’ll always struggle against, but he tries not to wallow and ultimately won’t be defined by them. Ryan has led an easier and more charmed life, but he has a streak of realism that allows him to understand Michael and to stand by him.
It’s a rather quiet and tender love affair, as they often are in real life, but never boring. Highly recommended.
So that’s got me all warm and fuzzy today! Puppies and a good review = a pretty good day, really.
Tags: dreamspinner, equilibrium, reviews
In its first non-Goodreads review, Raine from Reviews by Jessewave gave Equilibrium 3.75 stars out of 5. In her very fair and balanced review, she describes Equilibrium as having “Great Australian background detail with a real sense of place”, and says:
This book displays a very good breadth of view in beautifully recreating an unusual environment filled with details of different social lives. For me the main hero wasn’t appealing enough to lift the book onto another level. However there is a lot here that is enjoyable and other readers had none of my particular problems with Michael.
Yeah, she didn’t like Michael very much, but that’s totally OK! Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, and I am fully aware of the potentially unlikeable aspects of Michael’s personality, so it’s no surprise to me to find that someone doesn’t like him. She loved Ryan, which is great because I love Ryan too; in fact, my favourite Goodreads review describes Ryan as a “superfine outback cowboy”, which just makes me laugh like a lunatic every time I think about it.
So, yes. Reviews! They never get old, and I appreciate every single one I get.
Tags: eyes wide shut, reviews, writing
Ugh, I’m sick. Finally all the viruses and colds that have been circulating the building at work have caught up with me. Typically, I’m sick on the weekend and not during the week when I could take sick leave. Annoying.
What’s not annoying is that Eyes Wide Shut has been getting some nice reviews around the place, and that makes me very happy.
At Reviews by Jessewave, Lynn gave it 4.25 out of 5, and said, “I enjoyed this well-written short, with two likable protags and secondary cast members with whom we spend time (Carol, Adam’s nurse, and Sally, an FRDS pilot). There’s quite a bit packed into the 28 pages— character development, smexxin, some action, angst — and I found the inclusion of the prejudices against the Australian Aborigines that still exist in that country interesting and sad, with a very minor sub-plot around Sally, who has an Aboriginal mother.”
Tam from Tam’s Reads, who’s reading all the charity sips this year, says about EWS, “Another nice story set in another location. I felt for Adam as he coped with being a dirty little secret.”
And finally, Penny from Blackraven’s Reviews rated EWS 5 ravens, and said, “Ms. Shayne has done a great job of making the characters in her story come to life and seem very real. It is easy to understand Chris’ reluctance to come out while working in the male dominated mining industry but it is also easy to see how this affects Adam too.”
I woke up this morning to find that because of its 5 ravens rating, Eyes Wide Shut is actually a Top Pick of the Week at Blackraven’s reviews, so yay to that. Readers actually get to choose their favourite book of the week from those Top Picks, so there’s a poll HERE where people can vote. Not that I’m suggesting that anyone go over and vote for EWS or anything, that would be crass of me and I am absolutely above that. *cough* 😉