SEEKER OF SHADOWS, the 6th book in my dark paranormal “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series from Pocket Books is a return to sultry New Orleans and the unique characters that populate its Shifter community. You’d think after 50+ books I’d be fairly blasé about release week, but it never gets any easier. Because with a new book comes a new avalanche of reviews: the good, the bad, and the sometimes painfully ugly.
One thing every writer needs to pack for release week is a bulletproof vest to deflect those anticipated slings and arrows of sometimes outrageous misfortune. Don’t read them, you might suggest. But how can you not at least take a peek? Reviews can be ego-boosting, insightful, mean, or just miss the mark. Think how you’d feel if you carried your new baby from the hospital and all your friends and family grimaced then politely smiled. Ouch. Only with publishing, every stranger has an opinion (as well they should) and feels free to express it.
Sometimes, we authors just want to duck and cover until it’s all over but the royalties.
But the power of the review is that it’s an expression of impact. Your writing has made someone feel (or not!) enough of a reaction to share it with others. And word of mouth is the best possible advertising, even if it’s not positive (Hello, Shades of Grey!). Reviews can be treated as a learning experience, as a scourging, or avoided altogether. It’s all in how you look at them.
Maybe I’m a glutton for stress and punishment, but I love Release Week. I devour the feedback on Goodreads and Amazon and have been known to (Gasp, I admit it!) Google my title. If I don’t know what the readers are thinking, how can I give them the books they want to read? So I populate my week (or two) with blog visits and even request (!) the anxiety of a Blog Tour from my publishers. Go ahead. I can take. I’m not just a writer, I’m a mom and I work for an attorney. Skin doesn’t get much thicker.
Of course it helps when this is your first review:
Says Publishers Weekly: “Rich and complex. Gideon delivers. Series fans are rewarded with critical developments layered on previous books, while enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh. Newcomers can still enjoy the well-crafted prose and page-turning tension.”
Whew! That’s a load off. My job is done … almost. Then there are still two more books in the series to come, beginning with BETRAYED BY SHADOWS on 12-18-12, a Pocket Star, e-exclusive and PRINCE OF SHADOWS which I’m currently writing.
What can readers look forward to in SEEKER OF SHADOWS? Here’s a tease:
How can he trust his future to the woman who stole his past?
Shifter club owner, Jacques LaRoche is fiercely protective of his freedom. Stripped of his memories of a former life, he instinctively longs for the mate stolen from him. Until a mysterious visitor from the North stirs desire in a heart he thought belonged to another.Pursuing an unexpected key to her research, Chosen geneticist, Susanna Duchamps risks discovery in New Orleans when her presence ignites a deadly clan confrontation. Forced to choose between the rediscovery of forbidden passion and the fate of a species, can she risk all to reclaim the love of the man she’s never forgotten? Or will she have to betray him once again in order to save the secret she protects?
If he knew the truth, would he still claim her?
“This dark and seductive story is rife with the delicious possibility of a happily-ever-after for an unlikely pair. Conflict keeps things exciting and plunging forward as the plot twists and turns. Don’t blink, the book will be over before you know it.” Romantic Times Book Reviews
To follow me on my blog tour, hop on board at: http://nancygideon.blogspot.com for a list of destinations on June 7.
How about you? Do you read reviews? Do they color your buying decisions? Are you a reviewer? What do you look for in a good read and what makes a truly bad one, in your opinion? One commenter, chosen at random, will win a copy of SEEKER OF SHADOWS.
***Nancy's winner is Erin! Please email me at email@example.com with your full name and mailing info!***