Thursday, August 03, 2006

4 stars!

I'm a person who doesn't get too wrapped up in reviews.
Many established authors follow the same philosophy, that a review is only one person's subjective opinion and doesn't correlate with sales usually.

In the romance world, most of us like to hear what Romantic Times have rated our book (or not, as the case may be!) With RT, 4 and half stars is a 'top pick' and I'd like one of those one day please...

However, I'm thrilled with my first 4 star review from them, more for the lovely comments than that one little extra star itself (I usually rate a 3.)

A chance meeting with wealthy businessman Darcy Howard could be just the thing to make life coach Fleur Adams' own business take off. But once Darcy hires her, Fleur discovers that motivating his staff will be impossible -- unless she can persuade him to mend his workaholic ways. Surprisingly, Darcy's open to the idea, and as their relationship develops, Fleur has to keep reminding herself that it's strictly business. Darcy has other plans, but Fleur's not interested in settling down. Nicola Marsh's Contract to Marry (4) has a well-developed conflict and plenty of snappy dialogue. More than that, Darcy and Fleur are handled beautifully.

I love my dialogue so to hear it called snappy is a huge compliment to me. And I like hearing I'm handling my characters beautifully too.

A great boost, especially considering the revisions have me plagued with doubts as usual. "Will this book be any good? Have the revisions improved it? Will my ed like it?"

The highs and lows of being an author. Gotta love it!


Serena said...

WHOOO HOOO on your 4 star review from RT!! No wonder you're chuffed :)

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Serena :)

allyblake said...

Great review Nic! And I loved this book. Fleur was utterly lovely. I might have to go find out on my kepper shelf and hava re-read now!


Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Ally!

This book was one of my faves too. I liked the older stuffy hero/younger sassy heroine bringing him out of his shell.

Hmm...might have to revisit it too :)