Last Tuesday I received an email. Okay, that is nothing new. I receive emails all the time, 99% of them about St. Louis. I do not know why since I have never lived there. However, this email was not junk mail.  It was to notify me that my first book, CHARADES WITH A LUNATIC, had been reviewed by Christine Speakman, Senior Acquisition Editor and Executive Administrator of MuseItUp Publishing.

Wow. Now THAT is a job title. Way, waaaaay above Walmart executive and just a smidgen below Superhero.

She is also the Chris behind ChrisChat Reviews – http://www.freewebs.com/chrischatreviews/

When you hover over the tab, Who is Chris Chat Reviews?, you get a little blurb that says, Why the Elephant? . . . no doubt refering to the tiny photo of an elephant in the corner.  Then, when you click on the tab, you get the word BIO.  And nothing else. Her site is still in the middle stages of being revamped. Either that, or she really is a superhero with a secret identity. Anyway, back to the point of this blog . . .

She had gotten a copy of my first book and had written the following review:

“I guess it’s not enough to just write: I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and was totally wrapped up in the story and couldn’t figure out how the author would finish it.

Truthfully, this has been one of the hardest reviews to write because there’s just so much fun going on within these pages. Yes, it’s jam-packed. Yes, it’s bizarre and at times you’re running around with the female lead wondering what the heck?

And isn’t that what you want in a read.

I don’t want to be left outside the pages and watch the story; I’ll turn on the television for that. I want to dive into the world either between the pages or in the eReader. I want to feel the emotions of the characters. I don’t want to know what’s coming next or know the ending beforehand. No, give me a read that loses my hours; messes with my sense of reality vs. fictional; makes me bark at anyone who dares interrupts my reading time.

Does my editor brain want to rework and tweak bits? Sure, that’s what my editor brain does (and does fairly well) But, I want to do that with most books I read.

Ask me if I want to revisit Ms. Phipps’ world? Ask me if I want more. Ask me did I get frustrated and angry when CHARADES WITH A LUNATIC ended… the good frustration and angry. The ones where you’re peeved cause the story ended.


And now with this review finally written, I need to move on to the next review; the next book. But, I’ll never let go of CHARADES WITH A LUNATIC.”


Woo-hoo!!  That review had me dancing in the street. Or, it would have if we didn’t live next to a house with a red porch light. . .  and I could dance.

Do you have any of your own writing stories you want to share?  Or even an unforgettable compliment? Yes, you say, but wouldn’t that be ‘tooting my own horn?’  No, that would be when you give yourself the compliment.

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5 Responses to WHY THE ELEPHANT?

  1. Chris says:

    Any time, Thea, any time…now get back to writing (and thanks ;)

  2. Thea says:

    :) Did you see that? Did anyone see that? Was she wearing a cape?

    Thank YOU,Ms. Speakman.

  3. Neta says:

    WOW!! Congratulations! And yes, I did see that.

  4. snuffygump says:

    Third attempt. Awesome review. Ms. speakman will really LOVE The Doll in the Wall, which will in turn, only make her want ever more stories of Bella and et al! Are your books legal? They seem rather addictive.

  5. Thea says:

    Thank you, Snuffygump!

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