A little while ago I answered an interview question about what I thought was the 'least popular published story' in my (small!) back catalogue. I picked out Sleeping Bears, which, at the time, had attracted no reviews that I knew about, no reader emails, no nothing.

Since then, I've had Sleeping Bears first sales statement* and a brace of reviews. I love knowing that people are reading, and it's an honour that people would spend time and energy reviewing my stories.

Night Owl Romance Reviews give it a 2/5 score

Rainbow Reviews gibe it a 3/5

Literary Nymphs give it a 4.5/5


It's interesting to get such a wide range of scores, especially when the reviewers seem to pick out similar things about the story. I guess it really is a case that what's frustrating to one person is intriguing to another.

I kind of want to answer all of them, but I shall resist, and instead concentrate on making the stories I'm writing at the moment** the best I can make them.

What I will say, though, is that if you read Sleeping Bears and you have questions, please drop me an email or leave me a comment, and I'll be happy to talk.


* (thank you to everyone who bought it - I hope you enjoyed the story!)
** (If you enjoyed Favour and Staytape, you might like to know that I have two new Tawnholme stories on the boil at the moment)
A little while ago I answered an interview question about what I thought was the 'least popular published story' in my (small!) back catalogue. I picked out Sleeping Bears, which, at the time, had attracted no reviews that I knew about, no reader emails, no nothing.

Since then, I've had Sleeping Bears first sales statement* and a brace of reviews. I love knowing that people are reading, and it's an honour that people would spend time and energy reviewing my stories.

Night Owl Romance Reviews give it a 2/5 score

Rainbow Reviews gibe it a 3/5

Literary Nymphs give it a 4.5/5


It's interesting to get such a wide range of scores, especially when the reviewers seem to pick out similar things about the story. I guess it really is a case that what's frustrating to one person is intriguing to another.

I kind of want to answer all of them, but I shall resist, and instead concentrate on making the stories I'm writing at the moment** the best I can make them.

What I will say, though, is that if you read Sleeping Bears and you have questions, please drop me an email or leave me a comment, and I'll be happy to talk.


* (thank you to everyone who bought it - I hope you enjoyed the story!)
** (If you enjoyed Favour and Staytape, you might like to know that I have two new Tawnholme stories on the boil at the moment)
alexdraven: (Luke - scatter_pattern)
( Oct. 18th, 2008 09:41 pm)
Back in 2005, Torquere published their second anthology of shape shifters, Shifting Too, which contained one of my stories, Sleeping Bears Lie. In 2007 that story was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, just after the anthology went out of print.

Since then the story's been extended - it's now about one-third new material - and it's just been published as a stand-alone Single Shot.

Set in Alaska, Sleeping Bears Lie is a story about how lying to keep secrets can screw things up, but then, so can telling the truth. It's about identity, and what it means to know someone, and if you need to know someone's history to love them in the present. It's about a relationship that's not easy, but might be worth it anyway.

It's an unusual perspective for me - first person present tense - but I wanted the reader to be riding long with Dan, seeing Matt through Dan's eyes.

The whole idea for the story came out of thinking about were- and shape-shifter stories, and how often, even in stories where humans aren't supposed to know anything about supernatural creatures, the person who gets involved with the werewolf / vampire / witch / etc finds out pretty early on and normally takes the news pretty calmly.

You could say this story started from a 'what if' - what if the shifter partner did hide their true selves. How would that work? Could that work?

You'll have to read Sleeping Bears Lie to find out what the answer was for Dan and Matt, but to get you started, there's an extract from the start of the book up on the Torquere site here , and a second snippet, from the following morning, under the cut tag.

Read more... )

You can buy Sleeping Bears Lie, in a variety of electronic formats, direct from the Torquere Press website for the princely sum of $2.49.

I love hearing from readers and my inbox - and comments box - are always open.

Happy reading!
alexdraven: (Luke - scatter_pattern)
( Oct. 18th, 2008 09:41 pm)
Back in 2005, Torquere published their second anthology of shape shifters, Shifting Too, which contained one of my stories, Sleeping Bears Lie. In 2007 that story was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, just after the anthology went out of print.

Since then the story's been extended - it's now about one-third new material - and it's just been published as a stand-alone Single Shot.

Set in Alaska, Sleeping Bears Lie is a story about how lying to keep secrets can screw things up, but then, so can telling the truth. It's about identity, and what it means to know someone, and if you need to know someone's history to love them in the present. It's about a relationship that's not easy, but might be worth it anyway.

It's an unusual perspective for me - first person present tense - but I wanted the reader to be riding long with Dan, seeing Matt through Dan's eyes.

The whole idea for the story came out of thinking about were- and shape-shifter stories, and how often, even in stories where humans aren't supposed to know anything about supernatural creatures, the person who gets involved with the werewolf / vampire / witch / etc finds out pretty early on and normally takes the news pretty calmly.

You could say this story started from a 'what if' - what if the shifter partner did hide their true selves. How would that work? Could that work?

You'll have to read Sleeping Bears Lie to find out what the answer was for Dan and Matt, but to get you started, there's an extract from the start of the book up on the Torquere site here , and a second snippet, from the following morning, under the cut tag.

Read more... )

You can buy Sleeping Bears Lie, in a variety of electronic formats, direct from the Torquere Press website for the princely sum of $2.49.

I love hearing from readers and my inbox - and comments box - are always open.

Happy reading!
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