Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wrapping up November

The book business was good to me in November and I'm really grateful. The month ended with well over 5,600 book sales -- most of them digital -- and lots of good reviews. I'm still awed and grateful for the people who buy my books, read them and then take the time to give me feedback. I have several new projects in the works and I'm looking forward to a Writing Winter! So far the feedback on the Belsnickel book has been so heart-warming that I am contemplating a series of stories set in Marienstadt all of them individual stories but with the same background, recurring characters and locations, some funny, some romantic, some scary. I have a lot of ideas now I just need the time to write them all down. 


The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic stayed in Amazon's Top Ten bestsellers in Horror and Psychological Thrillers all month and is still there. Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter has remained in the Top Twenty Ghost Stories all month and has been in the Top Ten much of that time. I'm so happy.


So I thank all of you and I am posting some of the kind words from Amazon reviews below. December is looking good for sales and I'm very excited about 2012!


Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter:
4.0 out of 5 stars: Great short read!, November 29, 2011
By Vicki Z (Old Bridge, NJ)
This review is from: Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter (Kindle Edition)
This novelette was a quick read about a women stuck in a run down beach town during the winter so her husband could write his novel. The character development was quite strong and I found even in such a short piece that I walked away with strong sense of Layla. I found the story line interesting and I quite enjoyed this short read. 


5.0 out of 5 stars: Awesome short ghost story, December 2, 2011
By Stacey 
This review is from: Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter (Kindle Edition)
This was another wonderful read by Kathleen Valentine, possibly a new favorite author. Yesterday I discovered her by accident by browsing on my Kindle, and the two shorts I've read so far have blown me away. The detailed settings, great characters, and interesting story lines of both kept me reading without breaking until I reached the end. Can't wait to read more. Keep telling your stories, Ms. Valentine. 


The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic:
5.0 out of 5 stars: Couldn't stop reading!, November 29, 2011
By C L Crampton (Dallas area, Texas) 
This review is from: The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic (Kindle Edition)
This short story kept my attention from the very beginning. The author does a great job of painting a picture with her words--I could really see that stately old mansion and eerie ballroom as I was reading, and imagine the fine ballgowns and items inside! I felt instantly connected to the characters and what they were up to. My only complaint is that it WAS a short story! It could have been even better as a full length novel. It would also be great expanded into a movie!! 


5.0 out of 5 stars: Immensely enjoyable read, December 2, 2011
By Stacey 
This review is from: The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic (Kindle Edition)
I stumbled upon this writer by accident and am sure glad I did. Having downloaded two of her short stories and read them one after the other, and enjoying them both immensely, I am anxious to read more. The characters in this story were well drawn and the plot kept me frantically turning the pages to find out how it was going to end. It's a story that will stay with you because of the interesting characters and well thought-out plot. 


love, murder, etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars: Kathleen Valentine is a wonderful storyteller, November 28, 2011
By Skye Alexander 
This review is from: love, murder, etc. (Kindle Edition)
From the very first time I read Kathleen Valentine's stories, I was hooked. If you love mysteries, I encourage you to check out this collection--you won't be disappointed. 


The Old Mermaid's Tale
5.0 out of 5 stars: A rich and fascinating world, November 28, 2011
By Skye Alexander
This review is from: The Old Mermaid's Tale (Paperback)
Kathleen Valentine creates a rich, vibrant, and fascinating world in The Old Mermaid's Tale. Her characters and settings are more than believable--you feel you know them intimately. You won't want to put this one down!


5.0 out of 5 stars: 10 stars, November 19, 2011
By LINDA M RISTENBATT (Colorado)
This review is from: The Old Mermaid's Tale (Kindle Edition)
I'd give this book 10 stars if I could. It's not only a great story, it has life lessons that aren't soon forgotten. Sometimes what you want most isn't always the best thing for you...you just have to be able to see it. The memory of this book will stay with me. Bravo, Ms. Valentine!


Each Angel Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars: A Fascinating Story, November 28, 2011
By Skye Alexander 
This review is from: Each Angel Burns (Paperback)
I've been a fan of Kathleen Valentine's work for a number of years, and this is one of her best. Lyrical prose and intriguing characters make plunging into her book a delightful adventure. Valentine is one of the most talented writers/artists I've encountered in a long time.


The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars: Couldn't put it down!, November 29, 2011
By kt4 
This review is from: The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood (Kindle Edition)
I just finished this book via my kindle, non stop - could not put it down! Such a wonderful "must read". Really enjoyed all the familiar memories, names, landmarks, etc that I seem to share with the author - from being from the same area of Pennsylvania. Such a wonderful story to begin the Christmas season! This is the first book i've read from this author and will now add all of hers to my list of books I can't possibly pass up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars: Wonderful, November 26, 2011
By clueless
This review is from: The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood (Kindle Edition)
This was a wonderful book to read,it brought many memories of my childhood. This book is written with a back round and many traditions of the area in which I live. I could not put it down.


4.0 out of 5 stars A Grown-ups Christmas Tale, November 25, 2011
By N. Blackburn "neb0512" (Elgin, IL)   
This review is from: The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood (Kindle Edition)
I don't want to call this book cute, because I think that would be demeaning Kathleen's level of writing, but it was heart-warming and cozy, like a warm cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace on a cold snowy evening. Although, it wasn't my favorite Kathleen Valentine story (that award goes to Arthur's Story) it is a warm you from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes Christmas story.

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