Hi, everyone. I got back from vacation yesterday–and it was a good one! I went to the Seychelles for the first time, staying in a resort on Mahe, the largest island. I’m not certain, but I believe I may have been the only American guest. I know I didn’t run into any Yanks personally, but it was a rather big place so perhaps one or two were lurking in a corner somewhere and we didn’t get introduced.
I was able to get much of the rest and relaxation I craved. But drat it all, I didn’t get a whole lot done on Impressions. I spent quite a bit of time in front of my computer (more time than I probably needed to, given the resort’s crazy slow internet connection). But nearly all of that was focused on finishing up Out of the Ashes and getting it ready for publication. If Amazon cooperates, it should be available August 1st.
I think I’m in good shape there. The manuscript itself has been polished to within an inch of its life. Per the editor’s suggestion, I added nearly 2,000 words to the book, fleshing out Matthew’s half of the story some and answering some questions she had about character motivation.
I sent out review requests to various sites and have gotten some nice responses. The wondrous Wave has said he’ll/she’ll (I’m still not sure of gender here–can anyone clue me in? I feel like a dolt because Wave has been nothing but a superstar to me in what limited correspondence I’ve had with him/her.) send the book’s blurb out to Reviews by Jessewave‘s reviewers this weekend (Pick me! Pick me!). Janna at Rarely Dusty Books wrote to say one of her reviewers is interested (Thank you!). Gabbi at Top2Bottom Reviews has agreed to review not only Ashes, but Redemption too. Better yet, she’s asked me to be one of her spotlighted authors for September. How cool is that?
But perhaps best of all, Ashes has its first review–posted a week before its release! Lucy at Hearts on Fire must have been in the mood for a modern fairy tale, because less than 24 hours after receiving a copy of the book, she posted her review. She liked it! It got four hearts, which on the Hearts on Fire scale means Be Still My Heart. Some of the very nice things she had to say included: “It’s very well written and Noah is a lovely character…a very nice take on a classic fairy tale.”
But why read only excerpts? Here is the entire review.