Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Til The World Ends is Reviewed!

I have a strict personal policy never to read reviews of my books. It messes with my head too much. I'm not one to stand on ceremony when it comes to the opinions of others, but today is different. Today is special.

Yesterday was release day for Harlequin Luna's much-anticipated anthology of three dystopian novellas, 'TIL THE WORLD ENDS. My novella, SUN STORM, is one of them. I'm humbled to be included in a book that showcases the work of two widely read best selling authors, Julie Kagawa and Ann Aguirre. And today we were favorably reviewed by USA Today!


When I saw the tweet this morning from Harlequin editor Tara Parsons, I almost didn't click the link. But her tone was too enthusiastic to ignore, so I decided to take the risk. And I'm so happy I did.

The reviewer, Jessie Potts, said: "When anthologies are well done, they're by far my favorite books to read. You not only get prequels and half stories from favorite authors, but you discover new authors as well... This is the first work I've read of Karen Duvall's, and I'll be putting more of her books in my queue." This is definitely cloud 9 worthy, and I've been floating on that cloud all day!

I don't toot my horn often, and would rather never toot at all, but I'm indulging myself today. My blood, sweat and tears over my writing is slowly paying off.

I'm not a best selling author, but if I work hard enough, perhaps someday I will be. For those of you working your bodonk-a-donks off to be better writers, you have good stuff to look forward to. And always remember:

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. -- Salvador Dali

I hope I this blog post will inspire some of you writers out there to keep up the good work. :)


12 comments:

Paty Jager said...

Congrats, Karen! Well deserved!

Danita Cahill said...

So cool, Karen. Looking forward to reading the anthology. And I love the Salvador quote.

Karen Duvall said...

Thanks, Paty and Danita! :) I really needed this. My agent called to congratulate me, and that's special, too. I'm so lucky to have such great supportive friends. Hugs!

Chris Devlin said...

Karen, congrats to the nth power! That is SO great. You are definitely an inspiration to us all.

Karen Duvall said...

Thanks, Chris! :)

Peg Brantley said...

Wonderful! What an affirmation of hard work and dedication!

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Karen, awesome. So pleased for you. Love your philosophy about reviews. But you're right... about this one... you gotta be happy they're so smart!

Daven Anderson said...

Your inspiration will travel with me as I fly to Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow for my first book signing! =-D

Great review and interview, Karen!
Congratualtions to infinity!

Karen Duvall said...

Thank you, Peg and Donnell. :)

Have fun at your book signing, Daven! Good luck! :)

Sarah Raplee said...

I'm so excited for you!!! What an AWESOME review!!! And thanks for the inspiration and for being so generous with your time helping other writers.

Karen Duvall said...

Thanks so much, Sarah!

Julie Golden said...

I hear your horn tooting all the way across the country...it's a sweet sound! Congratulations.