Thursday, April 26, 2012

World on Fire reviews--Readers are "getting it!"

I can't speak for other authors, but there's nothing I love more than reading a review where the reader really "got" the story. The reader understood my intentions behind the world I built and saw the characters through their actions and the world around them. And lately it seems World on Fire has been read by such readers.

Where many reviews complained about the POV and Lucian's strangeness remaining a mystery for much of the story, Blip on Goodreads saw through the frustration.
"Cole is a very withdrawn soul at the beginning of the book, and he stays that way throughout most of it. Slowly he becomes more present, but it's very slow, and his emersion into presence comes in a rush on the heels of epiphany. Until that moment though, the writing style serves to make the reader feel every bit as confused (and kind of withdrawn) as Cole feels. And therein lies the beauty of the book. Cole changes from this withdrawn man to an engaged man and we, the readers, are able to experience the journey with him."
Nikyta on Amazon saw the intention as well. The book isn't built around plot. The characters are the plot. Especially Cole's growth from the first page to the last page.
"Like I said, it's a strange book and it won't appeal to a lot of people because nothing extravagant happens until the end. BUT I think that was one of it's charms for me. It was a slow book, that focused on understanding a man who had an extraordinary talent who possibly is not at all sane."

Just because I picked out these two reviews doesn't mean I don't appreciate all the reviews. These had points that made me grin. The readers "got it" and that feels so good! Thank you to Blip and Nikyta and all readers spending time to write a review. Thank you! Thank you!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Water Waltz excerpt - Romance

Water Waltz is a mix of genres. It has fantasy aspects (demons, angels, a devil), a hint of thriller genre with political espionage, and a touch of a historical novel. The main romance between Triste and Varun is caustic and they two spend much of the story apart--in love but unable to be together. They've been separated for two years. Varun picked up a lover that's strictly physical and carries the same need of a loving touch without emotional involvement. Triste is swayed back into an ex-lovers arms for the same relief from heartache.

This excerpt from Water Waltz is after Triste's ex-lover makes an appearance, reminding Varun that he had lost Triste.

Triste found Varun in the study sitting in the leather chair with his violin in his lap. He plucked at the strings and stared across at the bookshelf without seeing anything. Triste cleared his throat and gained Varun’s unhappy stare.
“What is it?” Varun questioned. “Is my guest here?”
Triste remembered Fremont’s appointment at nine. “No. I’m here to ask about your other guest.”
“The stray is to remain in the guest room until you’re told otherwise, Triste.”
“I know. But this human knows STAR. He refuses to tell me why, but clearly—”
“Do you still love him?” Varun interrupted.
“Who?” he questioned carefully.
“Zephyr.” Varun stood up from the chair and walked around it to the desk where he placed his violin into its case.
“Why would you ask me that?” Triste whispered. “Have I ever betrayed you?”
“I didn’t ask if you would betray me. I asked if you love him.” Varun looked up and caught Triste’s gaze with his. “You and I are over. If you love Zephyr, it isn’t betrayal.”
“You believe I still harbor something for Zephyr. After everything. After staying at your side—”
“Your reason behind removing yourself as my lover was never clear. Maybe you had always wanted Zephyr.”
Triste stared incredulously at Varun. Anger swelled in his chest. “How dare you suggest I longed for my ex-lover during my time with you.”
“Do you love me, Triste?” The latches locking on the violin case seemed to echo in the silence that followed his question.
“Even if I did,” Triste said in a hushed whisper, “it would change nothing.”
“How are you so sure?”
“Fremont should be arriving soon. Shall I show him into the study or bedroom?” Triste asked in a tone far from respectful.
Varun studied him for a moment before replying. “Are you upset I replaced you?”
The question stuck Triste, causing him to take a single step backward. “Is that how you see Fremont?”
“You can leave, Triste. Nothing is holding you here. Is it pride that keeps you at my side?”
Triste knew Varun was aiming to hurt him now. “What makes me remain is the same thing that keeps you from sending me away.” Triste didn’t know what bound Varun to his butler, but it fit his lie well enough. “Now, I came here about Elden. Why are you keeping him?”
“That isn’t something a butler needs to know.” Varun turned his back toward Triste. “Prepare dinner and dessert. Fremont will arrive close to nine.”
Triste bit his tongue. “Yes, sir.”
[Water Waltz available from Dreamspinner Press]