Friday, January 11, 2013

Thoughts on Lisa Greer's Novel...and More...

Found on GoodReads...



Come to the Tower, Love

By Lisa Greer


As I was pulling together my thoughts for writing this review, I noticed that Greer included the Editor, Mark A. Lewis and T. L. Smith as the Illustrator and Designer... in her byline... Then I noticed that one of the reviewers indicated that there were lots of errors in the book...

It really bothers me that an author's work is evaluated on the combined involvement of a number of people. So, those who read my reviews know I get a personal word in "once in a while..." LOL So, here goes, if there are errors in Greer's book, I choose to give a "Boo-Hiss" to Mark A. Lewis... As to the cover? T. L. Smith needs to review covers of other books. Although I love the conceptual thoughts behind the cover and found it interpretative of the story, I thought the work was a bit amateurish in the actual creation. With graphics these days, I was immediately surprised when I saw it...Just my opinion...

And then I stopped over at Goodreads and discovered a truly beautiful cover...What Gives?
I don't know about you but covers are part of the whole book for me...Was this because of the Kindle copy as well? All I can say is that this type of problem must be straightened out if ebooks are to survive!

On to the novella...which shoulda', coulda' been much better as a novel...

I've been reading gothic romance for nearly 50 years, so it was no problem to pick out the bad guy, even if I didn't know the "why"... One of the reasons was that because of the length, there were not many characters to choose from! Really should have been a novel...

The story was good but not great, Morgan inherits a large estate from a father she had not known and comes to live there, hoping to have it updated and opened to the public. There are only two male characters, other than the real estate agent. Both of them declare they've fallen in love with her...

One is a priest... The other is the gardener who has lived on the grounds for years and comes in and out of the house, at first, whenever he wants...

Now the key thing about the story is that Greer has created the gothic atmosphere, the suspense, the fear, the suspicion, the guilt, and the romantic tension that keep us all reading! I encourage Lisa Greer to consider rewriting and expending into a novel...that's how good the general overall story is...I was Gothicked!


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About the Author
Do you have a passion-one you might have kept secret for a long time? I do. Earning an M.A. in literature only brought my favorite things into sharper view. My passion is gothic romance: reviewing it and writing it. If you like romance that will make you quiver and a hint of the supernatural to make you shudder, you're in the right place.
I write gothic romance reminiscent of the early authors of the genre, but my heroines have cell phones and Facebook-unless I'm writing historicals, of course. I've penned a couple regular romances, but my characters usually want graveyards, murder, mouldering ancestral mansions, and isolated spaces.
So, curl up in your chair and stay a while. Thanks for spending time with me today. Go ahead and grab a free read at my website, too: www.lisalgreer.com