Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Writing Wednesday: Should You Read Your Own Reviews?

I recently returned from a vacation in Mexico (yes, it was wonderful and fabulous and you should all be uber-jealous) and during the first week I got a lot of writing done on my young adult WIP. It's the third book in my Son of a Mermaid series, and I'm pretty excited about the way the action is moving along.

But then...

Sometime in the second week (again, go ahead and send all those jealous curses my way. It was worth it.) I got a Google alert about a new review on Goodreads.

I made the mistake of clicking the link.

It was not a good review.

And yes, I read it several times, trying to parse it out. Feeling worse each time I read it. The sinking feeling in my gut had little to do with the tequila I'd had the previous night, and more to do with self-doubt. Why was I wasting my time trying to get my characters to cooperate?

I didn't open my manuscript for the last few days of the trip, nor have I returned to it since getting back home. Now, granted, I've been crazy busy catching up with work that piled up at my day job, as well as organizing the bake sale for the high school musical and cooking dinner for 50 for the drama department fundraiser and opening the pool for the season.

But I've found enough spare time to read 5 other books and write two reviews.

Just not work on my WIP.

Has this ever happened to you? What do you do to snap out of it? How do you let the criticism roll off your back - or do you?

How do you deal with negative reviews? Please share your strategies, because I need a boost.

And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Book Review: Her General in Gray, by Linda Nightengale

Her General in Gray, by Linda Nightengale
Published April 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

About the Book:
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.

After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?

My Take:
This short novel jumps right in without much preamble, presenting us with a Yankee heroine confronting the ghost of the Confederate general who haunts her Southern mansion. Just what every new homeowner dreams of, right? Well, maybe, but only if all ghosts could be as handsome and charming as General John Sibley Allen.

Autumn Hartley moved to South Carolina to start over, never considering the ghosts of someone else's past might also come haunting. General Allen was shot in the back by a traitor and his angry spirit is unable to move on. Which doesn't fully explain why he's so drawn to the new owner of his ancestral home. The pair have natural chemistry, and with every passing moment they spend together, their relationship grows stronger, but actually being in love with a ghost from a different time period? An interesting concept to explore in a romance for certain!

This sweet novella is told in alternating points of view, between the General and Autumn, and makes for a fast fun read. I hope the author writes more with these characters because I'd totally love to see where this romance leads.

If you like ghostly romances, check this one out. Grab a copy on AMAZON

Monday, May 15, 2017

#HunkstotheRescue - Preorder Today! #Giveaway

Title: Hunks to the Rescue
Authors: Margo Bond Collins, Author Krista Ames, Raine English, Tamara Ferguson, Aileen Harkwood - Author, Lynda Haviland, Katie O'Sullivan, Author, Constance Phillips, Romance Author, Stephanie Queen, Nancy Segovia, Emily Wilder, Jan Romes, Debbie White Books, Michelle Jo Quinn

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC

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Unreachable Heart by Aileen Harkwood. Mountain rescue expert Hart Renker isn’t counting on sharing a tent in a blizzard with the stunning survivor he pulls from a plane crash, but the heat between them could melt the bitterest cold.

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Breaking the Rules by Katie O'Sullivan. Undercover at a 5-star resort, police detective and rule-breaker Jake Campbell finds the prime suspect impossible to resist.

Falling for Captain Hunk by Stephanie Queen. Always one to go for the wrong damsel-in-distress, Captain Colin “Hunk” Lynch worries his attraction to a fellow law-enforcement professional could be the mistake of his life…if it prevents him from saving hers.

Fire and Ice (A Sunnydale Days Novella) by Constance Phillips. If only someone warned injured firefighter Brian his old flame, Charlene, would walk into his physical therapy session. He should still be angry with her, but instead, he wants nothing more than to rekindle the flames of passion.

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Coaching the Sub by Debbie White. Substitute teacher Shannon has her hands full with bullies in her classroom until Coach "Brock" Andrews gives an assist, while also teaching Shannon a thing or two about love.

Path to Grace by Wilder and Quinn. Daughter of a mob boss, Carina wants nothing to do with the family business until she becomes a target in need of a rescue. Enter Matteo, the Family's “cleaner,” tasked with handling messes of the dangerous variety, and the passion between them is most definitely messy.

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Nancy Segovia

Debbie White

Author Quinn

Emily Wilder

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