Friday, December 19, 2014

Another 5 Star Review from the UK Amazon

I found a beautiful surprise on the UK Amazon site. 
Another 5 Star Review from the UK Amazon.
 I'm moving over there. Thank you, Sistine.
Julien Callier

Shane O'Rourke

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This review is from: Bend Over (Kindle Edition)

What a thought provoking, intelligent and well-crafted read. The author Brina creates a story that can be read again and again; finding with each read more layers of meaning. The text challenges the reader and doesn’t shy away from addressing complex issues.

What made this book for me so special are the two men at the center of the story. The author has created characters that are well rounded and thought out. They make mistakes and don't always behave as they should, which of course makes them and the story line so much more interesting!

Julien and Shane’s relationship is fascinating to watch unfold. Julien finding himself attracted to Shane sets out with the intellectual aim of educating and testing Shane’s boundaries. Shane is always looking for the next high, fuelled by his upbringing and sexual confusion. In Julien he finds the perfect foil to explore these needs. There are some lovely touches of humour, as seen from Shane’s point of view, of the world and events around him. Due to some unresolved issues, I am hoping there may be another book to follow.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Feeling about Reviews

Good Morning,

I don’t know how I feel today, but it’s not on the plus side of the line. I wrote two books and published them. When I wrote the second book, I tried hard to make it different than the first book. As a new writer, I haven’t found my style yet. I think each story warrants something a bit different. Reading reviews hasn’t really benefited me in the way I thought it would. They leave me confused. Opinions vary that you can’t pinpoint where you actually need improvement. It’s difficult to trust someone with your work. I have a few I do trust.

Last night, I looked through other writers’ reviews. I came upon one review of a 2 star because the book had too many gay characters. What?

I had one who reviewer read the entire book, said it had good sex scenes, but she felt I did not finish all the loose ends, so she wrote in her last sentence that she will return the book. What? You read the book, don’t like the ending, so you return it. Interesting. She also said she didn’t like when I skipped an afternoon. I wonder how she would feel about a family saga that lasted generations. I mean you can’t show every minute of the character’s day. It would be a soap opera. Then you read other reviews that say it could be cut down, and not to show every detail.

So which is it? I have no idea. At this point, I don’t know what method to trust to improve my writing. I go by what I like in a book.

I read an article yesterday explaining that many authors pay for positive reviews. I don’t think that’s fair at all, but this is a free market and a free market isn’t always fair.
Writing Erotica has its own issues with people who have specialized kinks and taboos. I ask myself who is my audience? How do I make sure I enlarge my audience circle? I first write for me.

There is a fine line when you stop promo and begin to write. Some writers can do both, but unfortunately I’m not one of them. I have to focus on one thing at a time.
I think I need a vacation very soon away from people.

Brina Brady