Thursday, July 19, 2012


I have now received three reviews for Lancaster House. These reviews are from book reviewers and not from friends or family. I have many more reviews to come and I look forward to hearing what people think about my novel.

Two of the reviews were amazing. One, however, was not bad, but it wasn't great either. As a newbie author, a not-so-great review is . . . well, devastating. But, it's part of the business and something I have to learn to live with!

The funny thing about this not-so-great review was this: the reviewer (who I did not ask for a review from, she did it all on her own--which is exciting, she actually bought my book!) didn't like a certain paranormal element in Lancaster House. It ruined the book for her. She felt it was unnecessary. Little did she know that this paranormal element was the topic of many discussions before I published my novel!! I repeatedly discussed with my husband and my daughters (and my son--but he didn't care either way) how to remove this certain paranormal element. We worried that it was an overused paranormal element right now, maybe even a FORBIDDEN ELEMENT because of all the hype. (Sorry, no spoilers allowed!)

After much debate, we all concluded that it couldn't be removed and still have the story make sense! And while I admit that this certain paranormal element does come out of left field and is very unexpected in the novel, it is NECESSARY to the story. It was also meant to be in the story from the very beginning. It wasn't an afterthought. I wanted it to be a surprise.

Okay, I feel better. I just had to get that off my chest. Thanks for listening!

What do you think? Do you like the unexpected paranormal twist in Lancaster House?



  1. I have to post because I read that particular review and I was like "WHAT??!!!". That was one of the things I LOVED about the book, it was totally unexpected and in my opinion, is not at all an overused element. Your twist on it is totally unique and made the book that much better for me.

  2. Oh and I should also mention that I thought it was kind of rotten for that reviewer to put that spoiler in her review with out a warning.

    1. Thank you, Shelly!!! I LOVE YOU! You are always kind when you review books and I appreciate that so much. I admit, I am very disappointed that a huge spoiler is now on goodreads AND amazon. Thanks for your thoughts on this--I feel so much better about the whole thing--and love that you're on my side!