From The Ashes gets 5 hoots!

Hi all,

Having your book sent out for review is right on up there with handing a complete stranger a photo of you in your bikini, and asking them to rate you out of 10… and then post that rating on their social media site. It really is putting yourself out there in the most public of ways, all the while hoping that aforementioned complete strangers will like what they read. Or at least, won’t be too brutal when they say why they didn’t like it.

I know that not everyone is going to like my books. And I know that a less-than stellar review isn’t personal. It’s just one person’s opinion, after all.

And all authors know that in the grand scheme of things, a not-so-hot review of your book doesn’t mean diddly. Romance readers are an intelligent and savvy bunch who prefer to form their own opinions. And I’ve read over and over again from readers that they will not let a ‘bad’ review stop them from buying a book.

I know this intellectually. But deep down, like all authors I’m sure, I secretly do hope that a reviewer will like my book and give it a good review. Because heck, that book is something I’ve poured my heart and soul into and dammit I want everyone to love it as much as I do! (Yes, we authors are such speshul snowflakes.)

So, when you’re having one of those days where the school online stationery ordering system that’s supposed to make everyone’s life soooo much easier is doing your freaking head in, and you’re feeling crappy but you still have to drag the kids out to buy school sandals before all the sizes get sold out, and you have to stop off at the library before the books you ordered get put back on the shelves, and you have to buy some groceries because you’ve run out of a number of essentials, having a Google alert notification from a review site pop up in your inbox is just gonna be the proverbial nail in the coffin. Unless….

Unless it’s a good review. What are my chances of that, given the way today’s been panning out?

Pretty darned good, as it turned out *VBG*

Check out this “5-Hoot!” review from Nocturne Romance Reads:


At first I forgot that I had requested this book. Then upon looking at my list, I remembered it and thought, yikes, I have to read that by the end of the week. Well no worry there. I read it in one night and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I had an immediate image of the two-phallus man and the “sex-capade” direction that the book could have gone. But no, the lust was there certainly, but the story and more importantly the plot was excellent and the characters well developed.

I enjoyed Asher’s twist on the slave mentality in that he wanted to be the man Calista could love so badly that he was ready, willing and able to become her master. The mental and emotional bond between these two was so powerful that when bonded, neither could tell where one ended and the other began. The imprinting was deeper and stronger than anything Asher had been programmed to understand. What could it mean? Both he and Calista struggled to understand the bond and the feelings. But since neither had known true love before, they were in uncharted ’space’.  Speaking of space, Calista’s ex, Nate, is hunting them all over the universe trying to capture “the cargo”, aka Asher, and sell him into slavery, just as he attempted to do to Calista. The two fight together and Calista finally learns to trust another and in turn together they save their lives, their freedom and their love.

Reviewed by Karia

My reaction to Karia’s review?

WOOHOO! (Followed by an air-punch or two.)

Hoot-fully yours,


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11 Responses to “From The Ashes gets 5 hoots!”

  1. Lo says:

    Yay! I adored the book Maree and you are spot on in saying that a review is simply some person’s opinion.

    Ok so having said that when it’s a good one pat yourself on the back for a job well done and if it’s a bad one just think…well I got me published and it doesn’t get better than that for an author.

    I give you 5 out of 5 stars and I loved me some Asher. Woot Woot!

  2. Congrats Maree!!! So obviously your book is a hooting good time :D

  3. rowena says:

    Fantastic review Maree. I’m so proud of you.

  4. Eleni, well, I figured it was best I got it over with *g*

  5. Lisa Flaus says:

    Wow I hope I ever would receive a review as good as that!! Love your story and the “speshul snowflakes” bit! LOL Congrats so much to you :-)

    • Thanks, Lisa! I know that in the grand scheme of things, reviews shouldn’t have that sort of power, but darnitall, for me they kinda still do. Not quite at the stage where I can shrug my shoulders and not care either way. I’m told that will come… one day!