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Interesting Feedback from Reader

ThruBetterWorse2_PreFinalFCTrimSzWeb To Have & To Hold, a Continuing Montana Love Story, Front Cover

Got interesting feedback from a new reader of, both, Through Better & Worse and To Have & To Hold. She read them back to back. She suggested I was more sympathetic to my male characters than to my female characters. I asked her why she thought that, and she told me: “…because you give them so many good scenes.”

I scratched my head on that one, a bit, then asked her if I didn’t give my females good scenes. She said, I did, but that she was more used to books where the female got most of the good, juicy scenes, and the men “not so much.”

Then she gave me a real grin, because she said: “I got more giggles and laughs from seeing how the men reacted. The books are great.”

Too bad she didn’t post reviews. Oh well. Most don’t.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013AUZTCK Book 1, Through Better & Worse

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0181KADYI Book 2, To Have & To Hold

To Have & To Hold in Final

Front cover for To Have & To Hold, a Continuing Montana Love Story, book 2 of the Country James Novels.

Front cover for To Have & To Hold, a Continuing Montana Love Story, book 2 of the Country James Novels.

So, I’m in the final stages of prepping the second novel in the Country James series of Montana Love Story books. The interesting thing about this book for me is that I literally laughed out loud writing parts of it. But, when I look at the book from an outsider’s eyes, I know very few are going to have the same reaction. Very few will “get it”, because you have to know the culture – have lived it – to understand. You have to know the people to grasp their reaction to something. Even re-reading the book over and over as I go through to add and subtract little things, I still find myself laughing so hard I have to stop to catch my breath. Too bad I can’t let you in on the humor. But, that’s the way of things.

The other thing that strikes me about this novel is that even fewer will understand the underpinnings and subtle signifiers. That doesn’t matter. The story still holds as a straight-forward tale. But, all in all, though I planned to write something purely linear, purely entertaining, I didn’t. I wrote myself…which, admittedly, is sometimes a bit wickedly warped…with no apology. At least it’s in simple, straight-forward language. 😀

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