So, in all the craziness of last week (end of year! start of year! finishing manuscript! living life!), I got fantastic news about DARKBEAST! My middle-grade traditional fantasy novel, written under the pen name Morgan Keyes, has gone into its second printing!
(This means that the publisher has almost sold out of the initial print run of the hardcover novel. They see sales continuing strongly enough in 2013 that they’ve decided to print additional hardcovers, before the trade paperback version becomes available on 9/24/13. This is a tremendous vote of confidence from my publisher, and it has me walking on air!)
I’m still intent on spreading the word about my novel. Therefore, I am asking, no, begging readers who have finished the book to post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads. The reviews can say anything — whatever your honest reaction was to the book. Here are some convenient links: Amazon | B & N | Goodreads
And just because I’m so giddy over the news, I figure I should share a few reviews that have appeared recently:
Kiss the Book says: “It was an interesting and well-crafted story. I think students will enjoy this book, especially if they like animals.”
Rising Shadow says: “Darkbeast is a beautifully written and touching coming of age tale for children and young adults…. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl when you read this book, because Keara’s problems will be of interest to both boys and girls. In today’s overcrowded YA fantasy market Darkbeast is like a beautiful rose bush in the middle of a garbage heap.”
Intergalactic Medicine Show says: “This was a gorgeous little story, melodic and well-told…”
The Book Nut says: “… I have a lot of respect for Darkbeast; it’s a solid coming of age novel, with some genuine conflict and heartfelt emotion.”
Semicolon says: “a cracking good story” (and has some interesting discussion about DARKBEAST in the context of Biblical scapegoats.
SFRevu says: “DARKBEAST is a perfect gift to give to a 10-13 year old girl reader who has become too old for children’s books but not quite ready for YA. It is a fun read with a strong female role-model” (and has some interesting discussion about DARKBEAST in the context of classic middle-grade and YA fantasy novels).
And, finally, I (as Morgan Keyes) was interviewed over at Aine’s Realm, where I answered a variety of questions about DARKBEAST: http://ainesrealm.blogspot.com/2012/12/a
Thanks so much for sharing my excitement about this book of my heart!
Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.