The notoriously critical reviewer

A slight detour before I continue the adventures of Liz and Jack.

A man who commented on one of my stories on this blog decided to buy and read my book, The Man from the South. He let me know in a comment, and then alerted me to the following caution: he is a self-proclaimed, notoriously critical reviewer.

I thought, okay, thanks for the warning. Although I was intrigued, I admit the caution left me a little bit unsettled. Who is this man, and how can he say something like this before he even read my book? It’s almost as if he expected my very first book to be mediocre.

Today, Smashwords notified me that I have received my first review.

I almost fell off my chair.

If you can’t read this review due to the font size, click here and scroll down to read it on my Smashwords page.

For years, I hesitated publishing a book. The fear was crippling. When I finally did it, I thought for sure I would just blend in with the rest of the erotica, of which there is so much out there.

But a small part of me knew that I was different from the mainstream erotica niche. The cover, which I designed myself, is the first testament to that – it is unusual and not typical of many other erotica covers.

As far as the story is concerned – well, you tell me what you think.

Some of you have read some chapters on the blog when I had it posted here, which was my first step at delving deeper into this niche beyond the tight-knit sex blogger community. I communicated with some of you at times for inspiration and clarification, which I mentioned in this post. Thank you again (and I may bug you again). 😉

So Manfred, thank you for your genuine and honest review of my very first self-publishing experience. You have made my day.

If you’d like to buy my book on your kindle, please choose mobi format.

As always, thank you for reading. Now if you’ll excuse me, Liz and Jack are waiting…

16 thoughts on “The notoriously critical reviewer

    1. The BDSM subject matter, even softer versions, is tricky for some people to read or visualize. I appreciate knowing that someone who doesn’t typically read this sort of kink still gave me such a glowing review.

      Thank you Matt for your vote of confidence. 🙂

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  1. First, congrats on publishing your book! I loved reading Man of the South. And two… I appreciate that he at least said why he was giving it four starts…but seriously….why is he reading BDSM if it isn’t his thing? This does show the degree of excellency of your writing though…congratulations, Cassandra!!!

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  2. Good one. Even an unsolicited, weird good review is a review… and it wasn’t that weird. Four stars is GREAT. Anything above three is good. Four is fantastic. I hope you can use it to your advantage. -Michael

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  3. I knew you were a fine author from the first blog I read. You are often understated, which is a rarity to find in erotica. You don’t just tell us what happened, you create an atmosphere. You delve into the emotions of the protagonist and bring your readers into her mind as she experiences these things. Relative to the feelings, actions are only a mechanism to provoke the feelings. You get the feelings right so I can vicariously experience them. Anais Nin has nothing on you.

    If I weren’t into B&D already, I certainly would be by the end of this story. I only wish I could write like you – but from a man’s perspective.

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    1. Well wow, I’m flattered… you mention Anais Nin even? Lol…I remember reading her when I was a teenager and I had no idea what erotica was at the time. 😉

      Thank you for the kind words. I do admit I have a soft spot for Leah. I have some plans for her…
      It makes me happy to read that people relate and enjoy the story.

      Thank you.


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