Many of you have heard me say how difficult it is for me to cope with the indie author necessity of shameless self-promotion. I’m going to start calling that crowing pains.
However, my excitement is making it a lot easier. Why the giddiness? Atonement, Tennessee just received a five-stare review from (drum roll)… none other than the Story Reading Ape himself — Chris Graham!
When I wrote Atonement, Tennessee I followed some old advice that I continue to use in anything I write — let the story be whatever it needs to be. Even so, I wondered if having mostly women as the main characters would limit the audience, but I shrugged it off, and let the story be what it was. With that in mind, I’ve been delighted to see that it is well received by men as well as women… and Apes too!
Here’s what Chris wrote. He posted it at Amazon.com.
This story deserves a sequel
By Chris Graham on September 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A great fantasy with Celtic tones, set in modern days.
I loved the characters who are well described and believable:
Ralda (full name Esmeralda) has had unfortunate personal experiences with life and love before moving into the ‘Local Haunted House’ of Atonement, Tennessee; which, incidentally, has an ancient graveyard as part of the estate…
Her nearest neighbour is the beautiful and friendly Lacey, whose husband Ralph is not the most pleasant of people.
Other characters include two handsome, but strange, young men who seem to be vying for Ralda’s attention, two other women, one of whom is a Goth, also become Ralda’s friends and a Small Town Sheriff with an unfortunate nickname locally.
Not forgetting Lilith, Ralda’s curious calico cat who sees more than her mistress and Puddles, Lacey’s mischievous dog.
I found this story easy to read, enjoyed the interaction between the characters and am left hoping that the author intends to write a sequel.
Now do you see why I’m practically dancing a jig, just like one of the Ape’s naughty chimps?
To reward you for putting up with my crowing pains, here is the original Crowing Pains… followed by all my purchase information (wink).