I just realized I needed new ways to title series posts. I do far too many writing challenges to not have a better titling system in place. It's the same for my Indie Author Interviews. I'm thinking of calling those "The Independents" in general. I may also create a separate page for them to be shared. Though if I do that, I will possibly end up creating more work for myself... Decisions, decisions!
Anyway, read on for the challenge responses.
#AuthorsChallenge2019 Days 10 - 14
#AprilAuthorInspiration Days 10 - 14
#WWFChallenge2019 Days 10 - 14
Ripples - Children of Y'Dahnndrya Book 1 by Robin McElveen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I never had any intention to write a review for my own book. But the #wwfchallenge2019 challenges the participants to do just that. So here it is. Ready for some honesty? Here goes...
Overall Content: I'm giving myself an extra star for the hard work I put in. But if I'm honest about the overall content, I think it's probably closer to four stars.
Characters: My favorite character is Tsadok. He doesn't speak unnecessary words and he's careful when he does speak. He's a quiet, faithful companion who isn't afraid of hard work. And he's a man of integrity. One of the side characters who I find fun is Bazhbet Mehya. You'll find him in the seaside village of Chefvna. He's like across between Santa Clause and an uncle who's strange in the best of ways. You don't always know what he's thinking or how he's going to answer your questions, but you know he'll do his best for you.
Plot: I'm not sure how I feel about the plot. It works well enough as a lead-in, which is what the story is - an introduction to the world of Y'Dahnndrya. I think there are probably ways this could be improved. Ok. For real, there are definitely ways this plot could improve. (I am so hard on myself, I guess. ) It did create a good base for the rest of the stories to branch off from. Since it's a stand-alone that will be connected later in the series, I'm wondering how the whole story arc is going to look once it's all in print.
Scenes: Since I'm biased, I love the scenes. But I can see them already in my head. I'd love to hear what others think about them. I see a rich world full of epic views and varied landscapes. I love how Yetsye's (the MC's) journey takes me to different places in my mind. My favorite part is the perilous mountain trail where Yetsye wakes up to find herself being carried carefully by Tsadok. It's a subdued romantic scene and I love the tension I sense when I read it. It's the same as when I was writing it, which makes me feel I did a good job there.
And...this is why I don't want to write reviews on my own books. LOL Overall, I love what I ended up with in print. There's room for improvement in my work, I know. But I like this story. It still makes me thrill and cry and tense up when I read it. I still get to visit new places that fill out more and more every time I open the cover. Those things, to me, make a good book. I hope fantasy-lovers and those who enjoy clean reads will give this book a try.
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Stay tuned for part three of The Indie Interview Corner with C.H. Knyght. (I think I like this name better so expect to see it showing up very soon!) That post will be out on Wednesday with the final portion coming on April 24th. It's gonna be great. You don't want to miss it!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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