To follow up on yesterday’s Beauty of a 3 Star Review post, I wanted to give you one about the friggin’ awesomeness that is 5 star review. Distinctive from the obligatory flattery of friends and family–vague ‘great job’s and ‘awesome book’s—a true 5 star review means you’ve landed the excitement and captivation of a complete stranger who thinks your book works like “gangbusters”.
Being reviewed by someone who totally ‘gets’ your vision feels like winning the lottery. For a book like Blood Toy that doesn’t fit neatly into the category of urban fantasy or dark erotica, but might be mistaken—badly mistaken—for paranormal romance at a cursory glance, finding exactly the type of reader for whom I wrote it is so exciting. These readers get that I didn’t set out to write love story and that Christopher Desollador—who steals the show as well as any romantic superhero—is, in fact, a Villain, with a capital V. An unredeemable and unapologetic sadist. And that Diane’s and Desollador’s relationship is just a part of her struggle. Because Blood Toy is also not one dimensional torture porn. There are actually only three sex scenes in the whole book, and one of them doesn’t really count (you’ll see why if when you read it).
The first iteration of Blood Toy—a nice, PG young adult novel—was called Mice of the Maze because Desollador (and the rest of Blood Toy’s bad guys—there are quite a few) have a penchant for playing with their victims like a cat with a mouse. Cat and mouse is defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as “a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes” and alternately “the act of toying with or tormenting something before destroying it.” Having seen Not-My-Cat torture a mouse to death (or more accurately happen upon said torture too late to save the mouse), I can attest to the fact that the poor mouse never escapes this game unscathed. And often said cat gets overzealous and the mouse doesn’t survive at all. Doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? Yeah, they get that.
And last but not least, a 5 Star review is friggin’ awesome, because it means I wrote something that truly entertained a reader…and that is everything I set out to do. If you think you might be entertained by it too, you can pre-order today and read it on Monday! Two more days. Eeek!!!