The title of this post was something that Awesome Indies Approved reviewer Tammy Dewhurst said about my book, Lethal Inheritance. It's always nice to be compared to a famous writer. Here's some other things she said about it. "I was hooked from the moment Ariel watches as her mother is kidnapped. The brilliant economy of words employed by Newland in conveying the event magnify the terror felt by a girl in hiding and her mother who does not know what has become of her." "Newland provides us with a depth to even the briefest of encounters. Her settings are so rich and wonderfully described that a reader can feel as though they’re approaching Diamond Peak." To read the rest, visit her review blog, Rabid Readers Too. http://www.rabidreaderstoo.com/lethal-inheritance-diamond-peak-1-by-tahlia-newland/ … [Read more...]
5 stars: A great sequel & skillful word use – what every writer wants to hear
Blog tour participant Ruthanne Reid posted a 5 star review on Amazon titled 'A Great Sequel.' Among other things she says - "She has a skill for choosing words that deftly avoid passive-verb problems, skillfully weaving her impressive world-building and unique system of magic and power." Since I'm always on about how to avoid passive writing, it's good to hear someone affirm that I have some skill in it myself. … [Read more...]
Step one achieved
There it is. The email I’ve been waiting for for nearly two weeks. The one I stopped checking my emails for. Why? Because, so long as I don’t know what the answer is, a positive outcome is still a possibility. Does the agent like my novel? Take a deep breath, drop the hope – fear slides away with it – and click. I leap off my seat and spin around. I laugh and jump up and down. I really do. Then I text daughter Kimberley and husband Chris. Hubby sends a message back – whoopy do, bananas and cream! That’s an in joke for those who’ve read the ms ( manuscript in publishing world speak). Kimberley sends lots of WOWs and other Neanderthal syllables that mean roughly the same thing. Here’s the cause of the excitement. I have read the ms and think it could be for me. It was hard to put down! Please note that it is a very crowded and difficult market and it is hard to get publishers to read manuscripts in a timely manner. I'd like to talk to you about the ms and how we should … [Read more...]
What if you knew Stephanie or JK before they got published?
What if you knew Stephanie Meyer or JK Rowling before they became famous? What if you had the opportunity to support them on their journey into print? What a buzz that would be, to share the excitement, the hope and the fear. What a special relationship you would have with them, their first fans. Maybe that will happen here, with my novel, Lethal Inheritance, or maybe not. It's up to you. See my previous post below or the 'Make it happen' page to find out how you can make it happen and read the 'Lethal Inheritance' page to find out about the story. … [Read more...]