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Just a Note About Reviews

6 Jul

Hi there,

I hope you’re all having a fabulous holiday week!  I’m personally on vacation this week, but I wanted to write a little reminder about reviews.

I’ve had SO MANY people write me emails this week and tell me how much they loved Dante’s Girl.  And that makes me so incredibly happy.  VERY VERY VERY FREAKISHLY HAPPY.  🙂   THANK YOU so much for not only reading my book, but also taking the time to write me and tell me.  SO nice of you!!

I was feeling so blessed today thinking about that.  And then shortly after, I noticed that Dante’s Girl only has a handful of reviews.   And so many people have told me that they loved it.  So, I pondered that for a bit.  And then I decided that readers probably don’t truly understand how important their opinions are about books.

Reviews are like GOLD to authors, particularly on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  So many other readers base their sales decisions off of what other people say about a book.  They scroll down through the reviews and if there are enough good reviews, they choose to take a chance on the book. (or vice versa– if the reviews are horrible, they choose not to buy).

Basically, this is a note to ask that if you read a book and you love it, take just a few minutes and write a quick review for that author- whether it is me or anyone else.  Besides helping a book’s rank, authors really do like to receive feedback on their work.  If you don’t like something, don’t hesitate to say that, too.  We do like the feedback.   We don’t enjoy it so much when it is hateful or mean as I have seen from time to time, but if it is honest, tactful feedback, we love it.  Not only do we love it, but it does help us become better writers.

We’re all busy- I know that.  And so as a thank you for taking time out of your hectic day to write a review for Dante’s Girl on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I would like to offer you a signed cover glossy.   (Basically it is a 4×6 glossy print of the cover signed by me).  All you have to do is email a link to your review– to my email: and include your mailing address.

I really appreciate you guys!!  So, SO SO MUCH.   Thank you for reading my work, thank you for telling me that you love it and thank you for any reviews that you might write- whether it is for me or for any other writer.  I know that I can speak for writers as a whole when I say that we SOOOO appreciate it!   And you.

Have a fabulous holiday week!!



Review of: Don’t Fear the Reaper

21 Nov

So, Michelle Muto, an awesome author in our Paranormal Plumes Society, has an amazing book out right now called Don’t Fear the Reaper.  My TBR stack is amazingly tall… like teetering in the air, getting ready to fall over tall, but when I read the premise of this book, I was fascinated and put it at the top of the stack (carefully, so that I didn’t tip anything over….) 

Anyway, I sat down yesterday to read it– my plan was just to read for a few minutes and then clean for Thanksgiving– and I would read the rest later.  Um….it didn’t quite work out that way.  I didn’t get up until I had finished it (along with half a bag of chocolate chips).  It was the kind of book that you just don’t put down.  I’m really struggling with figuring out how to explain why this book is so good. I know that I can’t simply say “It just is” and you’ll take my word for it.  You want details, right?  

 Part of the draw for me is this author’s amazing writing style.  It’s dark and haunting, but beautiful and delicate even while dealing with a sensitive, ugly subject.  It certainly grabs you by the front of the shirt from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until you finish reading.  It takes a skilled author to do that. 

 I’ll tell you right now, the subject matter is a bit dark.  Keely, the main character, commits suicide in the first chapter. She is tortured by her twin sister’s murder and takes her own life.  But this author doesn’t glorify suicide or make it appear as a great ‘get out of jail free’ card.  Rather, she shows its ugliness, its hopelessness.  Keely is forced to come to terms with her death- and there isn’t a moment that she doesn’t regret her actions. 

Keely goes on to purgatory, where she works with her Reaper and a demon to find her sister in the afterlife and fulfill her purpose.  Muto’s take on the afterlife is fascinating and sucks you in with exquisite detail.  Can there be a Happily Ever After when a book starts with the main character’s suicide?  The answer is yes, when the author is skilled enough to make you actually like a demon, she is skilled enough to make the ending satisfying. 

I’m really hoping that there will be a sequel (and I just heard from Michelle that YES, there will be– sqeaaaaaalll), because folks, I’m just going to be honest.  I think this is my favorite book of 2011.  You should definitely read it.  I’m giving it five stars. I would give it more, if I could.  And as a special surprise, I will be interviewing Michelle tomorrow.  Yaaayyy!!  See you then!!

Review: Madly and Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

26 Jul

So… I had the pleasure of reading M.Leighton’s new book, Madly and Wolfhardt, before it was released to the public. I know.  Go ahead and hate me now.  But don’t hate me too much– because it’s availalbe for download now.  I’ll give you those details here in a bit. 

But first, because it’s my nature, I must give you my opinion on this book.  And because it’s my nature, I’m not going to hold back– I’m going to tell you what I really thought.   I. Loved. It.  I don’t really even know how to describe it to you… it’s ethereal, original, light, airy, beautiful.  And when I say that it is light and airy, I don’t mean that is lacks meat in the plot.  There’s plenty of plot to sink your teeth into.  Rather, it just has a magical quality throughout the book. 

Here is a brief blurb:

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

 Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea.   A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

 The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods.  After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death.  And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

 Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth.  But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart.  Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt?  Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Before I go any further, I have to make a confession.  Out of all of M.Leighton’s leading men, Jackson is my new fave.  Hands down, no question.  He’s sooooo sexy.  Tall, handsome, protective, lethal… yikes.  Is it hot in here?   He’s just my kind of guy.  So, I call dibs!  🙂

Mady is different from anything else that M.Leighton has written to date. It’s lighter and oh-so-unique.   I adore this storyline.   M.Leighton’s imagination shines in this book, and she backs it up with the stellar writing abilities that we have come to expect from her.   Honestly, not only is Jackson my new fave leading man, but Madly is also my new fave M.Leighton book.  It has everything in it that you could possibly want in a paranormal romance:  Mystery, magic, romance, steamy leading man, imagination, strong herione. 

My recommendation:  Right now, this second, click here to buy it on Amazon and start reading it today.  You won’t regret it.  You’ll be sucked in from the very first page.  What?  You need it from Barnes and Noble for your Nook?  Okay.  Click here. 

About M. Leighton:

There’s more to M. Leighton than the fact that she’s one of my fave people in the world.  Michelle is a native of Ohio, but she relocated to the warmer climates of the South where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: writing fiction. Six of Michelle’s novels can now be found on Amazon, as well as several other sites. She’s currently working on sequels, though her mind continues to churn out new ideas, exciting plots and quirky characters. Pick one up and enjoy a wild ride through the twists and turns of her vivid imagination.

Other M.Leighton books:

  • Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
  • Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
  • Caterpillar
  • The Reaping
  • Wiccan

Find M. Leighton:

Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire

30 May

Oh. My. Gosh.  I have to tell you– one of the biggest perks of being a writer is having writer friends.  Annnnddd reading their awesome writing.   I am SO LUCKY because I was able to read an advanced copy of Blood Like Poison:  Destined for a Vampire… the long awaited sequel to Blood Like Poison:  For the Love of a Vampire by M. Leighton. 

Three words.  So. Freaking. Awesome.   I literally couldn’t put it down!  I stayed up way past my bedtime reading it.   All the way through, I was texting Ms. Leighton, saying things like.. OMG- you didn’t or OMG- PLEASE don’t kill off ____.   But when I had turned the last page, I was one satisfied little reader.  And I know you will be too.  The book will be released on Friday, June 3 and will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.  Trust me, you will want to buy a copy.    But just in case you need some reasons, I’m going to give you a few.

1.  You will love Bo even more in this book than you did in the first one.  Seriously.   A sizzling hot, super sweet, oh-so-sexy vampire. What’s not to love?  I’m in love with him and I’m not afraid to admit it. 

2.  Ridley is one kick-a$& independent main character.  She isn’t afraid of anything.  And I love that about her.  Yay Girl Power! 

3.  My fave character, Savanna, takes a larger role in this book. She’s super funny, super sweet and you will adore her.  Or you will answer to me.  Kidding.  But I think you will love her. 

4.  Ms. Leighton is the Queen of Twists. This book is no exception.  There is a surprise waiting for you.   And you will like it.   Well, I guess I shouldn’t make assumptions.  Let me rephrase.  Unless you are some kind of strange, you will like it.

5.  And lastly, you will love it because it is awesome topped with awesomesauce.  Period.   If you loved Blood Like Poison:  For the Love of a Vampire (and who didn’t??) then I know you will love LOVE this sequel.  Can you tell that I love it?   I’ve been told that I hide my feelings too much.  (Not.  My family only wishes that were true).

I wish I could give you specifics, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  But wait- I can give you a short synopsis in M. Leighton’s own words:

“Ridley Heller thought that all her problems would be over if she could have Bo back—back from the dead.  But what Ridley didn’t know was that her wish would come at a price. 
Bo survived a condition that would have killed a lesser vampire, or any vampire for that matter.  The only reason he didn’t die is because of who he is, someone Ridley doesn’t know at all.  Someone Bo himself doesn’t know at all.
As Ridley gets closer to finding out Bo’s true identity, she discovers that loving him could also come at a price, a price much higher than she ever could have imagined.  The question is:  is there any such thing as a price too high to pay for Bo?  For his love, for his safety, for eternity in his arms?”

Ooh- and you know what else I can give you?  An excerpt:

       “I was skirting the writhing mob of dancers when I felt a familiar tug in my belly.
I stopped in my tracks and looked around.  Immediately, my heart sped up, banging like a drum, keeping time with the erratic expansion of my lungs as I grew more and more breathless.
     I searched the faces for the one that occupied far too many of my thoughts, but I didn’t see him.  I could’ve almost convinced myself that I’d been mistaken, but the magnetism that I felt intensified with every breath, assuring me that it was no mistake.  Those invisible strings were pulling me, no dragging me into the middle of the crowd, where bodies were crushed together so tightly they moved as if they were one.
     Weaving my way through perfumed and cologned figures, I felt like I was getting lost in the fray when I saw a tall, darkly cloaked figure watching me through a break in the mob. 
     He was dressed as Dracula.  His robe was ebony satin with a blood red lining and the hood that covered his head shadowed all but his mouth. 
My breath hitched in my throat and burned in my lungs.  My pulse thumped wildly and my skin tingled in response to a presence that I couldn’t forget.  It was Bo.  Beneath the hood that concealed most of his face and the cloak that concealed most of his body, I knew it was him.  I’d know him anywhere.  I’d love him always.”

Yikes.  OMG Amazing, right??  But there is one more, teeny-tiny little thing I can give you. 

How about the ACTUAL BOOK ITSELF?  And maybe, oh, I don’t know… the first book, too!!!  Yes, that’s right.  Having writer friends comes with perks.  Ms. Leighton has given me permission to give away the two e-books as a pair.  OMG.   Have I mentioned that Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire is currently number 5 on Amazon’s Kindle Bestseller’s list?  Yeah.  She’s just that awesome. 

You have until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3rd to email me at courtneycolewrites (at) to enter.  I will do a random drawing and the winner will receive a personal email from M.LEIGHTON HERSELF.  Squeal!  You really should just enter now.   So, until Friday, my friends, read on, write on and don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do.  And yes, I realize that that doesn’t limit you much.  But that’s sort of the point.   Have a great week!!