I have been left speechless…

I have been working very hard to promote the New Life series, and it has been quite an exciting and time consuming endeavor. Tiring would be another way of putting it. I work 40+ hours per week at my job, plus every waking moment that I possibly can on my books. Even when I am not ‘working’ on them, I am thinking about them, and I am consumed by the story that will not let me go until I have spilled it all onto the pages. I have thought of this story every day for years, and once I started putting it down, I found that it does in fact have a life of its own. I have 2 books left to write of the 7, and I have often wondered if working this hard is really worth it, or if I am really just wasting my time.

Today, I had two reviews posted for CAPTIVE that have answered that question for me. In essence, these two ladies had left me speechless, and I have been thinking of little else all day. I knew I was going to make a post for this. I have not had time to make posts regularly in ages, but for this, I will make an exception.

The first review I found as I was leaving for the school, and was accompanied by an email apologizing for how long it has taken for her to read and review my book. No apologies are needed. Every review that is given, I appreciate from the bottom of my heart, but I would never want anyone to feel obligated to provide a review. The second I found when I arrived at work and was finally able to log into my computer and peek at Amazon to check my rank and facebook before the the mad rush of my day. That is my routine; I center down and see where I stand, then set it all aside and spend 8 hours straight being a teacher, with a 24 minute lunch. After that, I get to go home, and work on this until I go to bed, and am very pleased to do so.

Today, I realized that so many people love my story. I already knew that many people liked it. I have gotten good reviews before, and have fans that have become like friends because of facebook and the way it lets us get to know each other, even though we live across the country and around the world. Today was different. Today, one of those ladies called my work ‘a masterpiece.’ That my friends, took my breath away.

I am not going to post the reviews here. Instead I am going to give you a link at the bottom, and you can go and see all of the reviews that my books have been given. All of the heartfelt comments that my followers have left upon my wall at Amazon. That is after all what I want you to do when you read my stories; feel something. Feel angry, feel scared, feel happy. If you don’t, then I am not doing something right, and that is the hardest part for me, accepting that I am doing it right.

The two reviews that were posted today are moving, as are many others, and I am finally able to say, I did a good job. Maybe now, I can stop worrying about what I should have done to make it better, and just let the rest of the story be what it is.

In the end, I hope that you enjoy all of my story, but I already know that you won’t. I chopped it up into 7 parts. Some parts are graphic; some are painful. A small amount is sweet, and there is even some sad. There will be tension filled pieces to the tale, and there will be times of peace, growth and introspect. The eye of the hurricane is what I call book 3, and I know it is the best so far for some, and too slow and calm for others. I smile to myself when you tell me these things, because I know things I cannot share, as far as what is in the past and what lies ahead for our growing cast.

It wouldn’t be fair for me to spoil this journey that you are now on, this path that my books will lead you down. So instead, I will leave you with a word of thanks. Thank you for reading and sharing my world with me. Thank you for your reviews and for your messages. I appreciate every single one, and every one of you.

And remember, you aren’t going to like everything that happens to our girl Tori, or everything that she has or will do, by the time we reach the end. But, I can pretty much guarantee that one thing is safe to say – there will be parts that you love, and you won’t be sorry that you read it, either.

 

Amazon review links…

Captive –  http://www.amazon.com/Captive-Book-Formerly-Life-Recovery-ebook/product-reviews/B00J1AO3JE/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

A New Life: Life of Recovery (original title and cover) – http://www.amazon.com/A-New-Life-Recovery/product-reviews/1493104322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

 

Bound – http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Book-Formerly-Life-Doubt-ebook/product-reviews/B00J1AO2C2/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Life of Doubt (original title and cover) – http://www.amazon.com/Life-Doubt-Book-Two-New/product-reviews/1493106902/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

 

Entwined – http://www.amazon.com/Entwined-Book-New-Life-Series-ebook/product-reviews/B00J7F2NTA/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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