Say Grace

It’s been a busy week for reviews, and you won’t hear any complaining from me. My collection, DARK DREAMS, PALE HORSES, managed to get only one review (albeit a good one—check THIS SUCKER out) over at FEARNET. It didn’t even get a Goodreads review, dammit to hell. So yeah, I know all too well what it’s like to be bone-hungry. Thus, I have learned to bow my head, join my hands, and say grace: “For the reviews I am about to receive, may the Outer Gods make me truly thankful.”

I have four reviews to share with you, all for WESTLAKE SOUL. Let’s start with MIDNYTE READER, who had a great time with my new novel—and any time that happens, I’m extra thankful. You can check out her review right HERE.

Review #2 takes us to Christina at JUST A GIRL GEEK! Again, Christina had nothing but good things to say, God love her. My appreciation for her geekiness—and geeks in general—knows no bounds. See why right HERE.

Sometimes, when saying grace, you’re not always faced with the meal you want to eat … and with that we go to Lauren Smith at VIOLIN IN A VOID. Lauren knows how to write a review. She is extremely thorough and professional—clearly an avid reader and book lover. Alas, she didn’t love my book. She didn’t exactly hate it, either. WESTLAKE SOUL hit the middle ground with her. The lukewarm water. Click HERE to see where Lauren thought I was out of tune.

Finally, we go over to BARNES & NOBLE, who know a thing or two about books themselves. And the reviewer—Paul Goat Allen—isn’t exactly a freshman when it comes to writing reviews. Check out his credentials:

“Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.”

Holy crap, right? I’m glad I didn’t know Mr. Allen was reading WESTLAKE SOUL for review; I would have been a nervous wreck. But did I have good reason to be nervous? You can find out for yourself right HERE.

Why post these reviews? Partly because I want to catalogue them myself, but also because—assuming you have some interest in my work—they may help you decide whether or not you want to buy my book. I’d like to say that reviews, good or bad, don’t affect me, but that isn’t true. I’m not long enough in the tooth, or so unfeeling about my work, that I can detach myself completely. These are my babies, after all. What I do believe, and always have, is that any review is solely the opinion of one individual … and that if you really want to find out whether or not a book is any good, you just have to read it yourself.

Chow down, baby.

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