E-mail Review of “The Blood” Encourages Author

Allynn: Rarely has a book (The Blood) kept me reading until 2:00A.M. purely on it’s own merit. A fantastic read. My Wife brought it back from the last C.I.P.A. (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.) meeting in Denver. 

 Thank You ,  Ted Fawcett

I was delighted to receive the above e-mail this morning, 1/28/2015. The CIPA meeting he mentioned was on January 17,  2015. His wife, an author and publisher, purchased the book from me after hearing my editor talk about the process we had gone through to get it to publication and that it had garnered three EVVY Awards in August 2014. She loved the cover & interior design and was intrigued by the story blurb on the back cover. I am glad she shared the book.The Blood - proof copy full cover 04-12-14

Ted’s reaction is similar to other readers who speak to me directly. So far I am more likely to receive a verbal review/reaction to The Blood than I am to receive an e-mail as above or a review posted on Goodreads or Amazon. How do I encourage readers to post their review/reaction? I feel awkward posting what they tell me in person as it feels like I am making it all up. Really, I would not do that. I have heard from many readers that they have stayed up very late to finish chapters or even the book after reading for an entire day. They couldn’t put it down.

It is an incredible feeling, knowing that something I have written has impacted the lives and sleeping habits of others. I hope that the second book, The Balance, is received as well. Planned publication for it is mid to late 2015. Much to the consternation of some I am not rushing through the process to get this second book out before it is truly ready. I am fortunate that the interior and main elements of the cover design are already set. That alone will save months of time.

If you want to find out why Ted stayed up so late, go to Amazon and use the “Look Inside” feature to read most of the first four chapters. You can then order the paperback and the Kindle versions. The Blood is also available through Tattered Cover Book Store in the Denver metro area and at The Bookworm in Gunnison, Colorado. Though aimed at ages 14 and up, several younger readers have expressed how much they have enjoyed the story. The parents of those younger readers were pleased that there was no overt sex or over-the-top violence, just a great story.

Have you posted a review lately? What did you think of The Blood? Have you shared your copy of The Blood with family members or friends? What one thing would you like to see in book two, The Balance?

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About TimberDark Writer

Simply, I am passionate about writing and dancing. I love reading, quilting and hunting. I have written stories since childhood. I have a degree in English, taught in a parochial school, substituted K-12, raised three daughters, coached and refereed youth soccer, square danced since I was seven, created and quilted award winning quilts. When not writing I assist my husband teach square dancing 3-4 times a week, co-coach an historical dance exhibition team and I hunt with my family and friends to fill the freezer. My first novel, "The Blood,"published in May 2014 is a multiple award winner and received a four star review by Foreward Clarion Review in May 2016. The second novel, "The Balance" was published September 1, 2016. These are the beginning installments of the science fiction/fantasy crossover series, "The Stone's Blade." Book three, "The Blades" is under construction. My TimberDark Writer blog is a part of my writing process. You are invited to share in the journey.
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