Syl and I were talking about reviews the other day, and I mentioned I was curious to see what numbered review BLOOD RIGHT was going to get from RT (Romantic Times). BLOOD RIGHT is book two in my Blood Moon Rising trilogy. And it’s—crazy complicated.
I told Syl, “It can only be one of two numbers, either a 1 or a 4.5. I’ll be very disappointed if I get a 2,3 or 4.” Here’s why: BLOOD RIGHT is one of those stories, you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. No, “It was ok.” Or “It was meh.” From page one to The End, BLOOD RIGHT is the mother of all emotionally-charged- line-crossing- in-your-face roller coaster rides.
Yeah, I did it. I crossed some self-imposed boundaries and you know what? It felt damn good! I did it because it’s what my characters wanted. It’s part of their human and lycan DNA. So who am I, the lowly person they chose to tell their story, to argue with what they want?
I wasn’t about to let them down just because I wasn’t comfortable with what they wanted to do. But I’m not gonna lie. I balked at first and wrote it the safe way aka the boring way. I sat there for a long time reading the boring version and said, “Karin wtf are you doing? There are no story police outside waiting to come bash your head in. Write the damn story the way it’s supposed to be told!”
The night I crossed my first self-imposed line, I felt like I had sprung the lock on my jail cell. The second line I crossed, I felt like I was running toward freedom, albeit with an ever watchful eye in the rearview mirror. The third line I crossed, I was headed for the border and not looking back!
There was no room for maybes, almosts, nearlies or it felt likes. It was all or it was nothing. No grey areas. This story gut punches you and you either throw up or you gulp for air and masochistically beg for another punch.
And that’s why, if I garnered a 1 from the reviewer I would be ok with it. I did my job. I evoked such a visceral emotion from her she threw up a 1. Seriously.
Obviously, I’d prefer that the reviewer braced herself for another it-hurts-so-good-I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-reading gut punch. Yeah, pour some of that heart-wrenching, emotional, sexy-ass rawness on me, (sing that to the tune of Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard!) and give me that 4.5!
(check out Def Leppard! Go on, click on it, then crank it up!!!)
So when Syl said, “Hey, I just got my RT, let me look and see what they said.”
I was like, “Go for it.”
Here’s the review: “It’s brother against brother in this tale of heartbreak and newfound chances. Intensely emotional and action filled, Tabke’s novel will pull you in from the beginning. The characters are passionate and multifaceted and complement the sizzling story. The ending will surprise those expecting a happy ever after.” Oh and 4.5 Stars!
Pour some of that heart-wrenching, emotional, sexy-ass rawness on me! While I have been told by one of my editors, I’m not the best of writers (she did apologize, but I know what she means), she did go on to say, “But there’s just something about your characters that make me want to turn the page.”
Uh, huh, Pour some of that heart-wrenching, emotional, sexy-ass rawness on me!
Seriously, if Syl had told me that BLOOD RIGHT had garnered anything other than a 1 or a 4.5, I would have felt as if I had failed Lucien, Falon and Rafael. I would not have felt as if I told their story the way they wanted it told.
I read a lot of forgettable characters. I read a lot of stories that when I read the last word on the last page, I say to myself, “Meh.” I don’t want to be meh. I don’t want my stories to be meh. I want to get in a reader’s face, head and heart. I want them to take a bottle, shake it up and sing, Pour some of that heart-wrenching, emotional, sexy-ass rawness on me!
I know, that was corny but it’s how I feel at the moment, and instead of forgetting this blog post the minute you read the last word and click open another page, you’ll be humming, Pour some of the heart-wrenching, emotional, sexy-ass rawness on me! Or like I’ve been doing for the last three days since I wrote this blog, Pour some sugar on me!
So, to a commenter goes a digital or print copy of BLOOD RIGHT, but to be eligible, answer me this: What was the last story you read that as you were reading it you said out loud, “Oh, know she did not just do that!” She, being the author.
I’ll pick a random commenter and post the winner Sunday!
PS, BLOOD RIGHT doesn’t release until April 3rd, so the lucky winner will have to wait until then for zee book or digital copy.