Friday, June 11, 2010

My First Review!

Lilly (daughter of John Noble)

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt.,

oil on canvas, 1864.

I have been desperately afraid.

Readers are the final judge. Readers are the ones who plunk their hard-earned money down, hoping to be transported and entertained.

What if readers disliked Dark and Disorderly? What if I totally disappointed them?

This morning my google alert brought up the review site Reading with Tequila.

She gave it five shots which means she "absolutely loved it." You can read the entire review here.

Some of her comments:

I never had a clue what was coming next...It was fantastic. Every twist and turn was a complete surprise and you just don't get those kind of experiences often enough...

I loved Lillie. She's strong, determined, has been through hell and she's not going to take it anymore. Still she cries for others pain and vomits in the face of grisly death. She is a balanced, realistic character that's easy to fall in love with.

I could go on at length about how wonderful this book is but the point is that (D&D) is a twisted and completely unexpected paranormal thriller that shocked me time and again. Bernita Harris is a fantastic new voice in the paranormal genre.

She liked the book. She loved Lillie.

I think you all know how much this first review means to me.


Angie said...

Excellent review! Congrats hon! [hugz]


fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I'm so happy for you! That's a truly wonderful first review. You need to print it and frame it, and then you need to look at it every time you start to doubt your own ability to write.

I'm even more desperate to read D&D now! It's a long wait till it's officially published.

Liz Fichera said...

Congrats! Your book is already loaded into my Nook and on my TBR list for this summer! :-)

raine said...

This has to be the biggest smile I've managed all week. :)

So happy for you, Bernita!!
(but not at all surprised).

sex scenes at starbucks, said...

That is awesome!!

laughingwolf said...

smart woman, that tequila reviewer!

grats, m'dear... like i said many times, you need never worry about your writing abilities :D

Sarah Hina said...

It's scary, isn't it? I wasn't prepared for the amount of fear.

Wonderful, Bernita. I'm so, so happy for you. Reviews don't get any better than that.

Liz Fichera said...

Pre-ordered, I should have probably mentioned. With B&N, it will go right to my Nook on the release date. Cool, eh? :-)

Anonymous said...

wow, talk about a rave review!!! fantastic and exciting!!!

anne frasier

Precie said...

Yay!!! So happy for you. Congrats and best wishes for more reviews like that one!

Bernita said...

Hugs back, Angie!

Thank you, Fairy. That's what I was thinking! No matter if the book is slammed after this ( and it will be) and I cry as little because I had failed that particular reader, I have this one.

Oh, Liz, that is so nice of you!

People, Liz has historical fiction coming out from Carina about the same time as mine.

Dear Raine! I am surprised though!
I never thought I'd get a review this good.

That's the word, Bets! Thank you!

Oh, LW, one does though! But she "got" it, everything I was trying to suggest/imply.

Thank you, Sarah! Really fearsome, isn't it?...waiting for the book to land with a great big dull thud!

Anne, I can't imagine a better review for D&D than this one!

Bernita said...

Precie, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Well done! That was a lovely review :)

Bernita said...

Alex, thank you! I just never expected anything like this.

Barbara Martin said...

Bernita, you shouldn't really be so surprised. All your posts are well done. You take great care in what you write, and all that hard work you did on the story shows off in the review!

Well done! I look forward to reading the story when I get it.

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Congrats Bernita!! I'm thrilled for you!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Wonderful! Hurray!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Barbara!
Hard work and careful craft don't automatically generate a good review, however.
You will notice that ghosts, for example, is normally something she doesn't care for in novels but found a reason to like in D&D...another reader/reviewer might not be so fair.

Kelly,thank you!
Kelly's "Criminal Instinct" is available now from Carina.
Meant to mention that Liz's historical title is "Captive Spirit."

I think it is so great that readers can check out a free chapter before they decide to buy.

Charles, thank you!
Five shots! I can't quite believe it still!

Bernita said...

Ugh! "Ghosts" are . Thinking of ghosts as a single element in the novel betrayed me into using an inappropriate singular.

BernardL said...

Outstanding! Make sure it goes up with your book on the website, and if you can link it into Amazon it will mean a huge lift in sales. Add it into your blog permanently with the cover. This is the time you have to splash it everywhere you can for the release.

archer said...

You so rock. Yay!

Bernita said...

Bernard, thank you! That's great advice!
I think Tequila links with Amazon and I'll ask Carina about linking good reviews!

Thank you, Archer. The next review might be really, really bad though.

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations, hon! Well deserved. Keep up the good work!

Bernita said...

Lana, thank you. It's only one person's opinion but it's very sweet!

SzélsőFa said...

congratulations! this is wonderful news!

Bernita said...

Thank you, SzelsoFa! A review like this is pure gold.

Stacia Kane said...

That's wonderful!! Congratulations! {{{hug}}}

I'm not surprised in the slightest, though. :-)

Travis Erwin said...

Awesome, but then again not surprising given your talent.

Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Sounds more and more intriguing; as soon as I get done with part 1 of my final paper (grad school, yeesh!) I plan to dive in. Can't wait!

Bernita said...

And hugs back,Stacia, my darling, generous girl!

Travis, thank you. That's a kind thing to say.

I remember the sheer sweat of that, SWN! Hope it goes well, and thank you.

Natasha Fondren said...

Woo-hoo! Lillie rocks. Two more weeks! I can't wait for the release! I am so excited for you, Bernita!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Natasha! I was really pleased with how she described Lillie!

Anonymous said...


So cool to get the first one out of the way and have it be positive.

Bernita said...

Jason, I just hope I haven't used up all my luck with this one review!

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