Monday, August 08, 2011

In Praise of Devoted Fans

Every writer just lives for people to read their books. Of course we always hope that the people who read our books will like them and we especially love it when they have good things to say about them. Without reviews from readers our books go nowhere and when a reader takes the time to write a review -- even a few sentences -- and post them to online book sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, etc. it really thrills most of us. Sometimes when I get a new review I get all weepy to know that someone cared enough about my work to take time out of their day to post about it.

I'm especially touched when a new reader finds my books, reads several of them, and then posts about them. This happened with a woman named Naomi Blackburn whom I met through Goodreads when she read Each Angel Burns and left a lovely review for it. She then went on to read The Old Mermaid's Tale and left an even better review. Over the weekend I discovered she had also left reviews for 2 more books of mine:

For The Crazy Old Lady In The Attic:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Kathleen Valentine in short form!August 6, 2011
This review is from: The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic (Kindle Edition)
OK, I must confess to the reader of this review that I am a bit biased to Kathleen Valentine's writing. I fell in love with it in her book, The Old Mermaid's Tale and with almost every piece I have read of hers since. Her range of writing, from women's lit to this piece of work which she classifies as a psychological thriller, is spectacular. Her character development...always superb! This piece of work has a specific aura of sarcastic wit to it, which adds to the vibe of the story. I also tend to devour this "feeling" in books that I read. I always feel when I pick up a Kathleen Valentine work that I am picking up an authentic adult piece of literature...

Another thing I must confess to the reader of this review..I am your typical type A personality who loves to classify things...Kathleen Valentine is certainly on my list of top 10 contemporary authors

And for Arthur's Story: A Love Story:

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Heartwarming...all in 25 little pages!August 7, 2011
This review is from: Arthur's Story: A Love Story (Kindle Edition)
Another winner from Kathleen Valentine. In Arthur, she has developed a character, in a novella, nonetheless, that you want to wrap your arms around. This short story, all of 25 written pages, had me in tears at the end, as it was both heart-breaking and heart-warming, at the same time.

I'm very touched by and grateful for her reviews. My other new fan/reviewer is Leslie Galacar whom I met recently and who began reading my books. She posted reviews on Amazon for 2 of my books and they are so kind:

5.0 out of 5 stars The old mermaids taleJuly 18, 2011
Leslie Galacar (GLOUCESTER, MA, US) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Old Mermaid's Tale (Paperback)
I loved this book from the very first page. The characters, the setting and the story drew me in. Claire was
my hero; her boldness and her curiosity for the "dark side of town" made me want to know her. From the corn fields of the Midwest to the lakeshore of the Northeast, Claire grows into a strong young woman who captures the heart of the legendary musician Baptiste. The love story between the two is so beautifully written. It's poetry to read.
Baptiste's wild side and Claire's insatiable appetite for him make for a beautiful and sexy tale.

I loved Kathleen Valentine's style of writing in this book. Her characters have such depth; you feel like you've met them before because they are so real. And the story is so captivating, I couldn't wait to find out what happens at the turn of each page.

I hated for the book to end, but the best part was the epilogue that Kathleen left me with. I was so satisfied at how the story comes full circle. You won't be disappointed with this book!


5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner.August 2, 2011
Leslie Galacar (GLOUCESTER, MA, US) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Each Angel Burns (Paperback)
This book had everything I love in a story; intrigue, love, sensuality, friendship, an amazing setting and very real characters. Maggie is my favorite.

The backdrop to the story is an old abandoned convent on the rural coast of Maine. Maggie has been resurrecting the abbey for three years and
has chosen to live a solitary life as an artist in the abbey rather than wait for her mostly vacant and abusive husband, Sinclair. She has finally found her strength to live her own life with the help of her artwork and her friendship with Father Pete. (which has it's very own back story...)

The folklore surrounding the abbey with it's many underground tunnels, caverns and crypts adds a mysterious layer to the story. While the bubbling cauldron of different love conflicts between friends, wives, past lovers, lovers and God keeps you turning the pages....quickly.

The ending was a total surprise to me and happened just the way I wanted it to.
Kathleen 's stories always tie up the loose ends and make me feel so satisfied.
I loved this book!

Finding new readers for our books is getting to be more of a challenge all the time for writers so we are especially grateful when readers help by posting their lovely reviews. To all who have made the time to do this, thank you so much! You make me want to keep on writing.

Thanks for reading.

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