Kaily Hart, a seemingly straight-laced mother of four left corporate America and a high-powered, lucrative career to be a stay at home mom. Ha! That lasted about four weeks, during which time she realized she had a deeply repressed dream – to write. Romance! By day, Kaily plays conservative wife and soccer mom, but at night crafts hot and steamy tales of romance and love with gorgeous heroes who wouldn’t dream of leaving the toilet set up. Ever. She’s smart and sassy, at least in her own mind, and is trying her best to bring the alpha male solidly back to contemporary romance, one hot story at a time. Two years ago she never would have thought she’d be doing this, but now that she is? It just feels so right…
Before I was published I used to think about, dream about, fantasize about all the fantastic reviews I’d get LOL. When I published my first book, I received a lot of reviews. I thought they were all great (thankfully J) and very gratifying. I read and re-read many of them, loving how the book was interpreted, how the characters came across and I enjoyed hearing how others had enjoyed something I’d actually written! It was a great treat and a wonderful experience. Since then, I’ve come to realize that while reviews are fantastic and validate to some degree the writing, what really matters is what general readers think. At least to me. I recently had my second book, PAY UP come out from Ellora’s Cave. When I say recently, I mean that literally, as in last Friday! It’s early days for the book of course, but I’ve received some incredible comments so far from readers. One in particular had me smiling so much, I thought I’d share it and say why it struck me so strongly.
This book made me whimper…seriously, whimper! Wow, talk about intense! Two very sweet characters who finally hook up together and the sparks fly. What was really awesome though was how amazingly well the emotional connection came through from start to finish. (My husband’s going to thank you for this one when I get done with him!)
I love this comment, I really do. Why? I can tell she connected with my characters. The intensity I was aiming for came through in the story for her. The characters, although not perfect, are sweet in a way, although the hero is unquestionably alpha. Rio is a little different than my typical (rough, tough, mega-alpha) hero. He is a little sweeter, a little ‘nicer’, and I wrote him deliberately that way. I’m so glad that came across. The most important thing for me when I write romance (and erotic romance especially) is the emotional thread of the story. I work hard at getting that right—through dialogue, actions, and the sex/love scenes in particular. The characters aren’t just connecting physically, they’re merging in other ways. It’s the core of the story for me and my goal is to create an emotionally satisfying read. I think that came through for this particular reader. It seems like she thought the sex was hot (yay!) but I think I touched her emotions (and other things) as well J. I really was so delighted to read this. She made my day, my week and possibly my month!!
It’s had me thinking a lot about feedback over the last couple of days. Receiving comments like this is so touching, so special. They just mean so much. When I read it, I was immediately inspired and energized to get with it and complete the current book I’m working on. It had me wanting to get something else out there that someone else could enjoy and perhaps this reader would also like. As a relatively new author, I don’t get a great deal of these comments. I hope that increases over time because I just love hearing from people who’ve read a book of mine. SO, it had me wondering…do you leave comments on publisher or book seller sites? Send comments directly to authors? Why/why not? Do you take notice of other comments left about a book from others?
PAY UP is available now from Ellora’s Cave – http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8747-pay-up.aspx
by Kaily Hart
Neighbor. Friend. Lover.
At least that’s what Carly Wagner wanted Rio Reyes to be. She’d settled for two out of three for almost a year and it just wasn’t enough. Not anymore. When Rio proposes a shockingly sexual bet, she knows it’s out of character and he’s not really serious, yet she can’t resist. The pay off could be finally getting her hands on the gorgeous firefighter she’s drooled over since she moved in next door.
The timing had never seemed right for him and Carly, but that hadn’t stopped Rio from imagining wild and wicked things about her. It had been a joke—sort of, but Rio’s shocked when she takes him up on the dumbass bet. Now he’s in a world of hurt, because regardless of who wins, he might be crossing a line he never thought he would and jeopardize a friendship that means more to him than anything.
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