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Reviews and Roses

If you are a writer, you will relate to what I have to say today. As you may know, the initial premise for my novel, The Brevity of Roses, came to me in a dream. At first, it seemed a simple story, but the more I wrote, the more I disturbed the placid surface and uncovered treasures in the depths. I fell in love with my characters’ story, and tried my best to do it justice.

Like you, I’m sure, I wondered how well the wonderful story in my head had come through the keyboard. Would readers see only a shadow of the story I had intended to tell them? My critique partners and beta readers reassured me it was all there, but I figured they were too close to the story, too close to me. Then last night, I read this review by Christa Polkinhorn and finally quit holding my breath.

This is a turning point for me. Yes, I know, my reviews won’t all be good ones. No one writes a book that everyone loves. But it’s enough to know that some readers will “get” the story I meant to tell. I can live with that.

Contest news! Congratulations to Dorte H who won the e-book from Cathryn Grant’s contest. I hope you enjoy the read, Dorte.

For the rest of you, I hope you enjoy your weekend, a holy time for many. I’ll take some time to revel in my roses, the spring bloom smells the sweetest.

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26 thoughts on “Reviews and Roses”

  1. Congratulations on the favorable review. (“You like me. You really, really like me!” Sally Fields.) I thought Brevity was a romance novel, but it sound like a Love Story! I may yet have to read it.

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    1. Thank you, John. You must not have been around here the dozen times I’ve blogged about how I feared Brevity would be mistaken for a Romance Novel. 🙂 A story about love, yes, a Romance Novel, no.

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  2. This is a wonderful review Linda. Obviously the reviewer ‘got it’. That is so wonderful when it happens. can’t wait to reda it. Have a fabulous Easter!

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  3. You keep just following your heart and this will all turn out fine. Take a second and look back and see how far you have come. When you started it was about your dream long before anyone else knew one thing. You still have that in your heart and nobody can take that from you.

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