Happy spring, everyone! Flowers are bursting out everywhere (and weeds too), and nothing beats being able to take a walk AFTER dinner and have it still be light out. Love this.
SO busy here, what with all the writing, and visiting conferences, plus doing literary agent stuff like reading queries, pitching books to editors, etc. All is SO exciting, but most exciting are some of the recent reviews I’ve been getting for my novels. Before too much time sweeps by too quickly, I wanted to take a moment to share them with you all…
I’m seriously thrilled that my new paranormal novel DRAWN has been selected as a Night Owl Top Pick! The reviewer said such amazing things, things I only thought my parents would say (if you know what I mean). The review raved, “This is a thoroughly enchanting novel. The characters are beautifully written, and the story is witty, charming, and an utter delight to read. I could not put it down. This is a fantastic romantic and tender story that will continue to enchant readers for years to come.” Okay, I admit I’m blushing a little… For the complete review, you can go here.
Nearly all reviews for DRAWN have been positive, which is so gratifying. When you spend over 2 years writing a book, hearing readers say it was all worth it means more than I can say. I was pretty disappointed to receive an only 3 star review, therefore, from Romantic Times Magazine this past week. Blah. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I think it’s important for folks to know that writer’s lives have ups and downs and that it’s okay. We understand that one book isn’t for everyone. Still, it does sting a little when it feels like you’ve gotten the reviewer who doesn’t “get” what you’re doing. And when you’ve paid big bucks (well, big bucks for me) to have an ad in that magazine when the review pops up. Double blah. Still (I note with a raise of an eyebrow), that review site also allows for readers to post their own review of DRAWN right there on the page. So if you could add your own perspective on that site by visiting here, it would mean a ton.
For that matter, if you enjoyed DRAWN, you can really make a huge difference in supporting this title by simply posting your review of it on its Goodreads page here, or adding your review on its Amazon page here (did you know that DRAWN is currently ranked #87 in its category? Huzzah!) or on its Barnes and Noble page here. Even clicking “like” on the Amazon page and agreeing with the book’s tags helps other possible book buyers to see it. (Don’t ask me how it does…it’s all very mysterious.) You can do this sort of thing for any book you fall in love with, and truly help that author. (Why do I feel like saying “Clap if you believe in fairies”? Not sure!) My heartfelt thanks to anyone who goes the extra mile. You are an author’s rock star!
Okay, back to the positive stuff now… Also just a few days ago, I got this phenomenal review for DRAWN from Clean Romance Reviews: “The characters are all wonderful, filling in two worlds with real people and making you feel like you’re there. The main romance is heartrendingly sweet and will curl your toes.”
There. I’m feeling better now.
By mentioning this review, I’m jumping the gun a little here, since the review won’t officially post until 3/28, but consider this a heads up, and check out this great romance review site in the meantime! After the site reviewer contacted me with the contents of the review, she wanted to know if I’d run a giveaway on her site…my response? HECK YEAH! There will be a DRAWN giveaway on Clean Romance Reviews which will run April 19-27th, so check back there for a chance to win.
And to wrap this up on another cheery note… My other novel, the contemporary YA Over My Head, has some great news of its own. This book recently cracked the top 10 in its category on Amazon twice in the past few weeks! I’m over the moon about this (or, perhaps, over my head?). And it may have something to do with a really insightful review posted by highly respected book blogger Stephanie Su. On her site StephSuReads, she says: “The YA world very clearly needs more books like OVER MY HEAD, where the main character is of mixed race, culture is an important part of the story, but the story itself is not about accepting one’s culture or battling people’s ignorance of your culturally different family…Marie Lamba gets numerous kudos for portraying the Jumnal family in such an empathic and rich way…younger readers will most likely find a bit of themselves, their frustrations and their desires, in Sang, and cheer this promising young lady on.” She’s a discerning reader and a serious critic, and I appreciate her thoughtful comments and perspective about Over My Head. To see the full review, and add your own thoughts to the conversation, you can go here.
That’s it for now on the book front. Now get outside everyone and enjoy the flowers, deeply inhale that springtime air, and get some sunshine on your face!
congrats. i hope someday i can say the same about my books.
With writing it’s all about moving forward, and going for it. Best of luck!
doing that now. going for it. three novels finished. one in a 3rd draft. about to start querying. good thoughts. sample chapters are on my blog in the menu at the top, each with an intro if you care to peek.
That’s awesome. We writers put in a ton of work, and readers see just the tip of that in the end.
you know much more about that than i have learned thus far, but i’m working on it. after 25 years of teaching reading and writing, it’s time for my own.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Marie. It’s as true with pitching as it is with point-of-purchase: we all have different tastes in books, and thank goodness for it! And if a favorable review feels good to you after two years of work, multiply that by four (should my book get published and should I be so lucky to receive a good review) and you’ll know how I’ll feel!!!!!!!! (Eight exclamation marks to illustrate the math, lol). Congratulations on the success of these books. Well deserved.
Thanks so much for your kind words. You’ll be getting the great reviews in a blink of an eye 🙂
Marie, all wonderful news! So glad to see DRAWN take off and its journey..as well as your other books having continued success. I love how the one reviewer said we need more books like Over My Head too.
Oh thanks, Donna! That was one wise reviewer 😉
Well done sis in law this is simply BRILLIANT, a must read, I could not put it down………just selected in for my book club!!! Look forward to seeing you soon!
Thanks 🙂 And thanks so much for your help with “Britishisms” throughout the book. Looking forward to the book club!