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Review Roundup

I always said I would never read reviews if, and when I got published. I also said I’d stop biting my nails, exercise every day and only ever eat chocolate at the weekends.

Yeah, right. That was always going to work.

A few kind friends offered to vet them for me first but I can’t help myself so every so often I head over to Amazon and Goodreads to have a nosy. As a first time author I wasn’t sure whether getting bad reviews would be worse than getting none but as Oscar Wilde said ‘There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’

I handed my revisions for book 2 in today so have got a bit of headspace to think about what book 3 is going to be, and reading reviews is a good way to focus my mind on why I write. There is something wonderful about knowing that something I’ve done has given people some enjoyment. If I had feedback like this in my other job then writing end of year reports would be much more fun!

I’m collating reviews from different places here so I can find them again easily and for anyone else who wants to have a look. Some of them were written by people I gave copies to but asked for their honest thoughts. What really pleased me about those was a couple of them admitted to not being the target audience but liked it anyway. One is from an author which makes it extra special. none of them (as far as I know) is from my mum.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23120083-falling-for-her-captor#other_reviews

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/0263909891/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

http://www.amazon.com/Falling-for-Her-Captor/product-reviews/0263909891/ref=pr_all_summary_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

I’m very excited by this one below because it is on a blog by someone who reads a huge number of books and who knows a lot about what she likes. She’s tough to please so I read it through my fingers but came out smiling at the other side.

http://wendythesuperlibrarian.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/falling-for-her-captor.html

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go do a press-up and eat a Malteser.

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Liebster Awards

The fabulous Ms Moem of http://msmoem.com has nominated me for a Liebster award.  Thank you Ms Moem!

 

The Liebster Award is for bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and uses the following guidelines:

  • thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog
  • display the award “badge” on your blog
  • answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • list 11 random facts about yourself
  • nominate up to 11 bloggers and let them know you have nominated them
  • set 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  • post a comment on the blog post of the person that nominated you so they can read the post

To find out more about the award and rules: The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award.

 

So without further ado, on to my  to Ms Moem’s questions

  1. What kind of lottery winner would you be? A very happy one.  I’d love to be able to travel and take a few chances with different jobs.
  2. Which 6 famous people would you invite to a fantasy dinner party? Assuming as it’s fantasy the dead can rise again I’d want Jane Austen, Douglas Adams and Spike Milligan.  Stephen Fry and Sue Perkins always look so much fun and I’d like Hugh Jackman simply to gaze at.
  3. Where do you find inspiration for your blogging? I only post when things occur to me.  I’m writing about my writing mainly so it depends when anything interesting happens I think people would want to read about.
  4. What is your favourite season and why? Summer because I love the long, warm evenings sitting in the garden with a glass of wine.
  5. What is your favourite word? I’ve got 8 and 7 year olds, so ‘bedtime’!
  6. Do you have a hobby, and if so, what is it?  Skiing is my main love, but I can only do that once a year.  Up until recently I’d have said writing but I’m getting paid to do that now so I don’t think it counts.  I’ve had a number of them that I never stick to for long.  Bellydancing, fencing, zumba, painting, the list goes on.
  7. If you were an animal, what would you be? A lemur.  I’d love a tail to wrap around myself.
  8. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Don’t worry about not fitting in with the crowd.  Why bother trying to impress people you don’t want to spend time with anyway?
  9. Who was your favourite popstar when you were a teenager? I had a bit of a thing for Jon Bon Jovi.
  10. What is your favourite part of the day? The evening, when I can sit down with a cat on my lap (and occasionally on my laptop) and write.
  11. What is the most important thing you’ve ever said? “Please can I borrow your laptop”.  See https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk/2014/02/26/the-day-i-came-out/ for why.

Now here are random facts about me

 

1. I named my son after a Pixies song and my daughter after a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

2. I’m still trying to invent the perfect sweet pasta dish.

3. If I could only eat one cuisine forever it would be Thai.

4. I have a nose piercing.

5. I’m a huge fan of vintage clothing.

6. I can still remember the song I sang in the school play when I was six.

7. I am incapable of recognising Tom Petty.

8. I can say ‘I love you’ in Danish and Greek.

9. I am a huge fan of graphic novels and getting a retweet by Warren Ellis made my day.

10. My dream job is owning a ski chalet and cooking for the guests.

11. I could happily eat my own bodyweight in strawberry bonbons.

 

  Now I’d like to  the following blogs

 

http://railynstone.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.rachael-thomas.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.avriltremayne.com

http://rainbeaubelle.wordpress.com/

http://weightwars.co.uk

http://thecampervanman.blogspot.co.uk/

http://undomesticaited.wordpress.com/

And here are my  for them.

1. What thing do you always carry with you?

2. How are you with chopsticks?

3. Warner Brothers or Looney Tunes?

4. What is the first line of poetry that comes into your head?

5. What made you start a blog?

6. What was your first car?

7. If you had to get a piercing would you choose nose or eyebrow?

8. Which artist, alive or dead, would you ask to paint your portrait?

9. Fantasy date- who, where, what would you eat?

10. What is your favourite childhood book?

11. Can you roll your tongue?

 

Over to you then, nominees.  Hope you have fun answering the questions if you decide to carry it on.