Road to Publication #25 – One week to Release Day – And the Reviews are in…. Deep Breath

I think I’ve mentioned that people have contacted me to say that they liked the story.  Yeah, that gave me the grins and giggles.  But the actual reviews have now started to pop up on Goodreads. (Amazon is not live until the actual release date.)

When I heard, my hands shook.  “Nope, not going to look.”  I was a wreck.  Then I got a nudge from a friend telling me that I should definitely look.

Here are the reviews of “Make Believe” so far on Goodreads… cutting out just the parts that mention Last Winter Red. Links are included in case you want to see the full review.

Brook – 4 Stars

Last Winter Red was probably my most favorite story. I am really into dystopian literature and this definitely had that underlying theme. I loved the world building that went on. And I liked the separation of the “classes” in the two different worlds, which is something you see in all dystopian novels. I could definitely see this story sprouting into a book or even a series. And I loved the twist to this story, it was one I was not expecting!

Jill – 4 Stars

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton … was an interesting story. It reminded me a little of Brave New World. We have to civilizations living apart from each other both thinking the other is diseased and living a strange lifestyle. This follows a girl that is moving from one civilization to the other and the discoveries she makes about her life and herself. This is one of the top stories in the anthology.

Danielle Villano – 4 Stars

This was such a great premise for a story! “Last Winter Red” had a significant dystopian feel that was not present in the other pieces, and so it stands out in my mind. While Emily is a bit whiny as a main character, her personality is completely justified: her upbringing has her believing that she is entitled to a certain way of living, and a certain caliber of privilege. As she leaves the boundaries of the Red and enters the world of the Gray, she is faced with the fact that she is “different,” and not cut out for the hardened Gray lifestyle. The twist in this story was very well-done and I enjoyed it immensely.

Rachael Morgan – 4 Stars

MAKE BELIEVE is a magical collection of short stories. Just the right size for someone like me who falls into bed too late every night and doesn’t have much time (or energy) left to read! It was a pleasure to escape into so many diverse fantasy worlds, some completely different from our own, others familiar but with a dash of the paranormal. All the stories were well-written, but I think my favourite was LAST WINTER RED, followed by BIRTHRIGHT. Those two captured my attention the most, and kept me clicking through the pages when I should have been switching off my light and sleeping! Overall, an enjoyable escape from the real world. Fantasy-lovers should definitely check this one out.

Jen – At Random – 5 Stars      (Loved it overall and didn’t comments on any story specifically.

Aimee Lane – 5 Stars

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton 4/5
Another self-sacrifice story, but one mixed in with selfishness (on some people’s parts) and a totally different world in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting. I liked that this was totally different than the rest with its settings and purpose.

Sans – 5 Stars on Amazon

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
This one is a kind of dystopian tale in that Terra is surrounded by a wall to keep out the “diseased”, the people inside are known as Reds. Reds are supposed to marry and have many children to increase the population as they all seem to die young. Outside the people are known as Grays, or vermin. The two are not supposed to mix ever. There’s a “red” doctor trying to help the grays and give them health care as they seem to be living to older ages and have age related ailments that need medical help. Emily is a Red besotted with the doctor who ferrys the doctor supplies from Terra to Outside. Emily’s husband died before they have children so she now needs to find a new husband and begin having children to contribute in Terra and be considered a good valued Red.
I enjoyed this as the dystopian genre is one of my favourites. I would also love
to read more about these characters too. Maybe this short story could be the
start of a series?  So I would give this story a 5/5 I want more!

Wow.  Ya gotta love that!  But I’m a realist, so I will now stop reading them again until someone nudges me.

This really helps me moving forward, though.  Maybe I should step out of my comfort zone more often!

How about you… have you had success with something that was far different from anything you’ve done before?


26 responses to “Road to Publication #25 – One week to Release Day – And the Reviews are in…. Deep Breath

  1. Those are fabulous reviews, Jennifer! Congratulations! I do agree that there is room to write more about Emily and what happens next, if you ever decide to jump out of your comfort zone again. I could easily see you blowing up the city or something in a sequel! lol

  2. Way to go! Those are some fantastic reviews!

  3. good to see you had some nice positive reviews. the good ones are always nice to see, it’s the other ones that help toughen up the skin. of course those can be the ones that can be the most useful. all others goes to the disregard basket.

  4. Congratulations! … feels great doesn’t it?

  5. Congrats!!! Can’t wait to read it next weeK:-)

  6. I know I’m looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  7. You know how I feel already. Keep tooting your horn. You deserve it.

  8. That’s fantastic!!! I’m so happy for you. 🙂 What wonderful encouragement good reviews are.

  9. Excellent stuff! Well done. 🙂

  10. Awesome! Getting good reviews makes it all worth while 🙂

  11. The reviews for your story are excellent. Congratulations. I’ve bought my copy, I’m looking forward to sitting down and reading your story.

  12. Great reviews Jen, congrats! And yes, back in 2003 when I first started writing erotica, a friend dared me to write a story that wasn’t based on something I’d experienced myself, something totally made up. I wrote The Devil & Mrs. Jones and it won Literotica’s Best Erotic Horror award in 2003.

  13. Julie Catherine

    Kudos, Jennifer, awesome reviews! This book is so on my “want to read” list! You’ve really done yourself proud with your writing this year, and I’m so delighted for you! ~ Julie 🙂 xox

  14. That’s a very nice collection of reviews. Congrats!

  15. Great reviews. Certainly makes me want to read “Last Winter Red”.