The reviews are coming in…
It’s funny how reviews are an author’s life-blood but they can be a double-edged sword. There are always going to be haters and those are actually quite easy to forget about. In the words/lyrics of Taylor Swift, “Shake it off, shake it off,” and I do.
I’ve received quite a few 5-star reviews for HEAT and I couldn’t be happier. I am noticing a pattern, though. Many are mentioning that they don’t like what happens with the heroin at the end of the book. I totally understand. I actually don’t want a formulaic ending that people see from the start of the book. In this series, I want you to be disturbed.
When I begin developing a series in my head, I know where it’s going if not all the intricate parts that get it there. My characters talk to me and things change. I’ve learned to stop fighting the voices and just write what they tell me.
In the Dragon Series (writing as D’Elen McClain) this worked so well. And, like the Dragon series, people were unsure of why I did what I did until they read the last chapter of book 4. The Hotter than Hell Series (HEAT, SIZZLE, BURN) is similar.
Each book is a complete story with an HEA. It’s also a story within a story and you learn a little more about the past characters in each book–the reasons I sculpt each one as I do.
My avid readers know this and their reviews have been more than generous. They trust me to lead them from the dark and make them smile at the very end (usually with a few tears along the way). My new readers aren’t so sure and that’s okay because it’s much sweeter when the light finally clicks and they “get me.”
SIZZLE is on schedule for an April release. I’m not sure about BURN, though it’s planned for 2016. Until then, I’ll be seeing you on the dark side!
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Here are the buy links if you haven’t read HEAT. I promise it’s Hotter Than Hell:
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q
iBooks – http://tinyurl.com/gmczv4u
Nook – http://tinyurl.com/goeec5g
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/hbk7hja