Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Impromptu


Got a review for Lovers' Stone today from Christine at Simply Romance Reviews. And since I believe in being honest, I'm going to post all of her comments, not carefully edited ones. Though I'm not above highlighting the good parts.



While I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of suspense, romance and eroticism, I wish I had known it was part of an ongoing series. I felt the author assumed I knew more about the universe the story took place in than I actually did. The ending was rather abrupt as well. That said, I thought the story well-written. The romance and meeting of the main characters was magical, and the conflict needed for a short story such as this was indeed present. The author created a universe I want to read more about, and if you choose to read this installment, do yourself a favor and be sure you have the previous ones as well.


Thanks, Christine, for your nice words about the way the story was written and the main characters. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Lovers' Stone is part of a trilogy of stories. The first two books (Mating Stone and Lovers' Stone) are not marked as part of a series on the Ellora's Cave Website and as I understand it won't be until the third (Soul Stone) is released. After three books, EC let's you mark it as a series.


And truthfully, this trilogy "Jewels of Ursus" is a trilogy within a greater world that I write in both as Jacqueline Roth and as Elyssa Edwards. For those who want to know more about the trilogy from Ellora's Cave please visit: The Jewels of Ursus. For more about the world see: The Children of Semira.

So, how about a little help. Impromptu contest. Anyone who leaves a comment over the next three days will be entered to win a copy of Mating Stone. If you've already read it and would like a different title if your name is drawn, just let me know.


The review staff at eMuse online literary magazine is currently working on a feature on historical novels for our September issue. We've been reading, and in some cases passing around several novels. When one is particularly good, we make sure we tell the rest of the staff. I just finished one that is actually up for review by another reviewer but wanted to share my thoughts on it. It is a particularly excellent story.



Song of a Druid Princess by Jean Hart Stewart was a lovely romantic story. I enjoyed coming to know her heroine and hero. Gabriel Jourdain, the dashing musician and war hero was charming and heart wrenchingly conflicted. Kate Dellafield, one of a set of Druid twins introduced in Druid's Daughter is sweet and gentle with enough of a spark to make her a strong young woman. Her strength is the kind I admire most in literary characters. The wise-cracking, hard as nails heroine has her place, but has of late gotten a bit cliche. Kate is the type of young woman whose poise and confidence shows through in a way that is real and exactly the right foil for her hero.

The story is filled with romance and suspense as the insanity of the truly obsessed stands in the way of their happiness. There is a strong link between this book and Stewart's book My Darling Druid which tells the story of Kate's twin. These are part of an ever growing series by Stewart called Garland of Druids and is available from Cerridwen Press.

Up next for me is a book by another talented writer, Sandra Cox. I'm thrilled to have a good reason to push her Silverhills up on my to be read list.

Be sure to check out the blogs by Anny Cook, Amarinda Jones and Kelly Kirch along with those listed along the side over here. Many have contests as well as witty and sparklingly wonderful blogging. I promise you won't find any of them pukable.

20 comments:

Anny Cook said...

Excellent reviews my dear! Always enjoy reading what you think about books.

Amarinda Jones said...

Well done...good show of common sense from you and good taste from the reviewer.

dcreager said...

Still trying to leave a comment.

Sandra Cox said...
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Sandra Cox said...

'The meeting of the characters was magical'. VERY NICE.

Great review of Jean's book.

Thanks for the honorable mention. It put a smile of pleasure on my face:)

Jacquéline Roth said...

eMuse will feature a formal review of Jean's story in September. Our list of historicals keeps growing. I'm going to need a reading break after this issue.

Pamk said...

congrats on the review.

Jennifer L. said...

I think that it's awesome that your book was well received! It's not your fault the reviewer wasn't up on her reading. I'm not familiar with this particular series, but all of the books are now on my TBR list

Kelly Kirch said...

Oh geez, another book for the TBR apparently. But that certainly won't stop me from entering the impromptu contest.

Molly Daniels said...

Congrats on the review! I'm slowly getting to your books:)

ddurance said...

This series looks intriguing and congratlations on your good review!

Deidre
deidre_durance@hotmail.com

Cathy said...

I've had this series on my wish list for a while now, and this review just makes me want to read it even more. Would love to start with The Mating Stone.

DawnM said...

Now, I've read Mating Stone and hoped that you were going to continue it as a series, I like the idea of Luke getting his comeuppance and I'll be glad to see Tarris getting his own story...you made me feel so sorry for him. I didn't twig to the fact that Measure of Healing was part of the overall world (imagine rant about authors using multiple pen names--although I suppose it shows my tastes are consistent because I seem to find an authors other books without even realising). So I'm glad to find that out. I loved that book. Damian's speech make such a powerful prologue.

Jacquéline Roth said...

Thanks everyone.

Yes, the books are tied together, the "stone" books being linked as a trilogy and Measure of Healing coming in the same world. In fact, the second book in the Children of Semira series has been contracted with Cerridwen Press and follows the young Wolf, Kira, who appears at the end of Measure of Healing. That book, Circle of Wolves, is currently in my editor's hands and also provides the first look at the world of the "gifted", human mages who supposedly protect us regular humans from dark creatures.

Breia B. said...

Very nice reviews.My TBR just keeps growing...:-)

Lisa said...

Congrats on the review. Looks like a great book and I can't wait to read it!

Kimmie said...

Hi, just stopped by to read your review, awesome! I can't wait to read the book. Thank you, Kimmie

TamiC said...

This is a great contest. I love how you put the whole reviews and didn't sugar coat things, but highlighted the praises. I am just a reader and I would like authors to be more specific if books are stand alones or part of the series. Not saying that all authors don't specify, but big bold letters would be great!!! Have a wonderful day.

Regina Carlysle said...

I think it's too bad that books in a series arent' listed as such SOONER. If the reviewer had known, she could've read the others. She DID like the story however. Maybe now she'll look at the rest of your great work.

Great review, Jean!

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