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Sunday, 14 October 2012

The effects of a marvellous review.....

I crawled out of bed this cold, wet, Autumn morning NOT a happy bunny. For today I have to do edits on a story I am finding incredibly difficult. I thought it was going fine, my editor thought not - so I have to make a major plot change and rewrite. That and a couple of rejections lately have made me feel it might not be worth carrying on writing. Then, there was a Google alert. It took me to this, completely unsolicited review of my book The Sanctuary, on the review site Paperbacks and Frosting by Juliette Brandt. "This was an absolutely wonderful story. Everything about it made me feel like I could go out and do something to improve my life. I really enjoy stories like this that make you feel inspired. I wanted to go out and start taking care of animals even though that’s really not something I would have ever seen myself doing before! I felt like I was in Kimberley’s shoes and I could feel how the stress of everything else in her life was weighing down on her. This story was short and I read it in one sitting, but it was definitely worth the read. If you’re looking for something that you can read to escape your own life for a while and something that will make you feel better and more inspired to go out and do the things you want to do, then pick this book up.........I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for something sweet and quick to read. I’d love to read more by this author." That, to an author, is like getting a shot of adrenalin straight to the heart. It is so nice to know that someone has read and enjoyed one of my books and taken the time to tell people. I cannot tell you how it has inspired me to get down and tackle those edits. Juliette's review which you can read in full here, came at just the right time to turn things around for me. I can now go off with a lighter heart knowing that with some hard work and hard editing it will all be worth while!!!! Thank you so much Juliette and all you hard working reviewers out there.

5 comments:

Wendy's Writing said...

What a great review - no wonder it made you feel better(just like dancing!)

Judy Jarvie said...

Fabulous Cara - that's the sort of review you dream of. Well done, very well deserved! And keep the faith but I know what you mean re the disheartening times (am just out of writing cave myself!) Judy

Rena George said...

We all know that dark place, Cara, when just to continue writing feels like an insurmountable mountain to climb …and then something like your fabulous review comes along to put it all back in perspective.
Like Judy says…so very well deserved. x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a heart-warming review - I'm so glad it came at just the right time for you, Cara!

Debs Carr said...

What a fabulous review, I'm glad you saw it just when you needed it most.