I must admit, it’s a relief to see a few reviews trickling in and reactions on Goodreads to ‘Oracle’s Fire’. That first month or so after publication is a bit of a nail-biter for me. I never know how people are going to react to the books – not because I doubt the relative merits of the stories, but because I wonder whether I’ve managed to ‘click’ with my readers this time. It isn’t a given.
There’s always a subtle interplay going on in a book, between the story an author wants to tell and the story people want to read. Believe me, this isn’t the same thing! Readers come with personal tastes, baggage, expectations, and so it should be. A decent author can usually win a reader over to ‘their’ version of the story, even if it isn’t the one the reader expects or likes. But that doesn’t happen every time… and even the best of books can fail to ‘hook’ us for some reason.
Luckily, the folks at Kiwireviews appear to be hooked: Oracle’s Fire review
Good readers, gentle readers, thank you. Thank you for expressing your reactions, support, constructive criticism, wholehearted appreciation… whatever it is. Thank you for writing me a note, even if it’s just a line, to say how much you enjoy the books. This is gold.
Now… back to work. 🙂