I connected with English author Tinsley Collins over GoodReads. He saw that I had written a ghost story and wondered if I might be interested in doing a review exchange. I gladly accepted, being a big reader (and obviously, a huge paranormal fan). Also, when you’re in the independent author business, you never turn down a chance for a good review! Even if it isn’t a positive review, as long as it’s well thought out and constructive, it’s a good review.
Mr. Collins wrote me a very good and positive review for Cemetery Tours, and I was very happy to reciprocate. His book, Seance, is awesome. I enjoyed it so much that I will be buying a copy for my own collection (I have a section in my personal library for authors that I know/fellow indie authors) on Friday as soon as I get my next paycheck. The main story takes place in a little London-based bookshop. Although I have never been to London, I am very much in love with the idea of the city, so it was easy for me to imagine and enjoy not only the story, but the scene and the characters as well. I imagined Theo as sort of a Tom Hiddleston, and honestly, who doesn’t love Tom Hiddleston? The story kept me guessing and engaged right up until the very shocking end. I think I actually gasped out loud.
I’ve never considered myself a very good “reviewer,” just because I ramble and I don’t think I’m very good at formal writing. I’m much more of a conversationalist writer. But, for what it’s worth, here is the review that I posted on Amazon and intend to post on GoodReads when it goes up.
“At first glance, Seance was right up my alley: a young man working in a London based old and rare book store meets a shy young woman asking if he had any books on ghosts, spiritualism, or seances. London, ghosts, and romance? I’m already sold.
But it turns out that Seance, the second novel by author Tinsley Collins, is so much more than your typical paranormal romance. Yes, it tells the story of the skeptical and offbeat Theo, who, despite his quiet charm, has never fully found his place in the world or with people, and his strange connection with the equally awkward and timid Lucy, an avid believer in the paranormal. But it also follows the journal of Mary Bulstrode and her life as a new bride in the late 1800s.
These two lonely souls, set a century apart, connect in a beautiful and poignant way that will leave readers breathless, haunted, and eagerly absorbing ever riveting detail, from first encounter to heart-stopping last goodbye. Seance has it all, ladies and gentleman; true love, deep mystery, eccentric and profound characters, ruthless murder, and lost souls, desperately seeking comfort, peace, and simply, someone to hold.”
It has a pretty neat cover also. Check it out.
I think the coolest thing about it is that Mr. Collins’ daughter designed it! Isn’t it awesome?
If you’d like to order Seance, you can find it here:
Happy Monday, everyone! We’re expecting snow… again.