Sonntag, 7. April 2013

The first reviews...

So, they're in, and we're off to a good start!

5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced and creepy story 5 April 2013
The house in wales was a cracking story. There was a genuine creepiness to it (especially as Danny was so alone) and some nice gory parts. I read this in a couple of days as I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Danny.
The story itself was great, involving Satanic rituals and sacrifice. The writing was fluid and made for a very quick read. There were a few small typos but nothing that detracted from the story. I will definitely read more by this author.


5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover, well screen to screen actually!! 5 April 2013
Well this is the second book from RR Jones that I've read and it could not have been a more differing plot. Although still as captivating, read on an iPhone in two days to show my commitment to it!!! Great read I look forward to the next book!!!!

I remember the first ones I had for "Division". At that time I didn't care, other people's opinions, (outside of my family and friends) haven't really meant anything to me for a while now. However, nowadays, for some obscure reason, I scan Amazon about four times a day for any new ones.
I don't know, I really don't. Yes praise is always nice, but reviews are opinions and EVERYONE has their own opinion. The One Star review I was awarded was from someone I never knew, nor will I ever know, and I honestly cannot fathom why it took so much of my attention?

Whatever, the first two are down for The House in Wales and they're good. I just thought I'd let you know in case you're interested.
Have a good week.

Mittwoch, 3. April 2013

Sex feedback..

It's hard for me to explain how important feedback is for someone who has just released a book. So I'll paint a picture for you using the vehicle of sex.

Imagine the situation.
You've fancied someone for a long time. Finally he asks you out/she says yes to a date. 
The courting, (love that word, so old fashioned) moves along smoothly with no horrible surprises, (He's a "violent, bigoted drunk", she has a "psycho crush on a boy band" sort of thing) and all seems set for the last hurdle, (or first with some girls... if you're lucky...) into an unknown future together.
So the hour of intimacy is upon you and the act is consummated. Contented and spent, you lie back and ponder on what just happened. For you it was great, every thing you thought it would be and more, but how does your partner feel?

"How was it for you darling?" (I never use the word Darling, unless quoting Blackadder, of course).

Wordlessly he/she stands up and leaves the room.

... and that's how it is when you release a book. Months of slow build up while you write, (courting), thinking what would please the reader, (buying gifts), fine tuning and editing, (making yourself presentable) and then finally release... literally!

But after the release, after you've burst messily all over the public platform, what then? Is it good, will it sell or is the magic simply not there?

That's where I am right now.
The book is out there but the bathroom is silent. 
OK, admittedly it's only been out since Good Friday and Amazon did have me down as Ricahrd Rhys Jones so my fans had no way of finding it... ahem, (coughs) but it's out there.
However, apart from the feedback from my great beta readers, Bob and Dixie, who gave me the standard, "Yeah, s'alright", and George who corrected my laughable grammar and bounced ideas at me, I have nothing to go on.
She's still in the bathroom either weeping her disappointment or whooping at the mirror in exhausted, sweaty glee!

Well, OK, that's not strictly true actually.
Yesterday I received two very encouraging messages on Facebook, (the only contact I have with the outside world while I'm working. I lead such a troglodyte existence). I'll not name names but the two gentlemen informed me that they have the book and not only that, but they're enjoying it too!

It's not quite a whoop from the bathroom yet, but it is the shuffle of feet doing a happy dance.
The real test is what she tells her girlfriends...

Take it easy. (Wish I could).
Reg :-)