As anticipated, self-promotion is very difficult, but I've got to get From the Chrysalis out there or nobody will ever find it. I feel like an ant pushing a bread crumb up a mounting pile of books, though. It wouldn't surprise me if a thousand new novels get published on Amazon every day, most really bad, but some very good. I don't know which is scarier--that so many bad novels get "published" or that even some really good books can't find traditional publishers. What are the authors thinking!? Well, it can't be about money, that's for sure and if they're anything like me, authors just want people read their book and maybe fall in love with their characters.
On the subject of falling in love with characters, reviews have started to trickle in for my hybrid novel and it is indeed fascinating to get unsolicited opinions from complete strangers:
The characters were lifelike and the storyline intense. It is a story that will captivate readers and cause them to think.
Much of the book is centered around the prison riot of 1971 in Maitland,
Ontario. Dace Devereux, residing there at the time, is a key player in the riot.
It was at this point of the novel that I fell in love with the
character of Dace. His perseverance and resilience, whether making good
or bad decisions, can’t be matched. The riot is based on the real life
Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971, one of the largest riots in
Canadian history. Mixed in among the fiction are some true details that
lend a sense of believability to the plot. I could have happily read a
complete novel based around this event and Ms. Black’s characters in the
prison. This was by far the most entertaining and fast paced section of
the entire book. I was completely enthralled. It was also the part
where we truly get to know the character of Dace.