Posts Tagged ‘reviews’

Carolyn’s Tips For Reviewers

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Lately, there’s been a lot of tweeting and other discussion over a blog post by an author in which she gives helpful tips about how to review books AND remain besties with the author.

I thought I should weigh in with my own tips, so here they are:

  1. You should give your honest opinion of the book.

You’re welcome.

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My Dangerous Pleasure – Two Lovely Reviews!

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

From Fresh Fiction: A Cunningly Crafted Urban Fantasy Series With Plenty of Plot Twists

I enjoyed Jewel’s ability to create complex and unusual characters. Even the bad guy has a few redeeming qualities, and you are never quite sure even those who fight on the ‘positive’ side are purely good. MY DANGEROUS PLEASURE is Book Four in Carolyn Jewel’s My Immortals series and a solid continuation from the previous entries. Further developments in plot lines started in earlier books reward faithful readers without confusing the issue for first timers. The plot in book four is cleverly constructed, with a surprise ending. The romance that forms between Iskander and Paisley is handled well, with the intense love scenes not rushed but in perfect pace with the rest of the book.

Diana Troldahl Fresh Fiction

Nightowl Reviews – Top Pick 4.75 Stars

This is the fourth installment in Ms. Jewel’s My Immortal series. This is a story about two people who have been hurt by love before. Ms. Jewel brings these amazing characters to life. She is able to blend the two different worlds together with ease. There is enough action and romance to balance the story out. The characters are interesting, even the villains. Ms. Jewel’s My Immortal series should be on everyone’s reading list. She is an auto buy for me.

Robin, Nightowl Reviews

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Heroes and Heartbreakers Reviews My Dangerous Pleasure

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

What stands out most after reading My Dangerous Pleasure, fourth in Carolyn Jewel’s Immortal series, is this: The hero, while totally the alpha male you’d expect a demon to be, is also incredibly sweet to the heroine, a human with latent magic being threatened by a mage.

The typical urban fantasy/urban fantasy romance hero is usually pretty slutty, with a bad-ass attitude to match. He’s generally pulled into helping/saving/working with the heroine, often begrudgingly, and…yada, yada, you know the drill. Iskander, Jewel’s hero, fulfills the slutty part of the equation, but even though he never planned any sort of involvement with Paisley Nichols, he brings no pissed off, sullen, or I’m-the-boss-of-you attitude into their relationship.

His behavior is adorably, utterly, cluelessly male …

Laurie Gold, Heroes and Heartbreakers

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Review of My Dangerous Pleasure

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Jeanna, the winner of one of the ARCs of My Dangerous Pleasure, has written this review, as I said I would do for anyone who didn’t have an official place to post.

What an unbelievably excellent book!! Carolyn Jewel has outdone herself once again with her newest book “My Dangerous Pleasure”. The fourth installment in this series has an incredible mix of magic, sensuality and the power to suck you right into their world. I love ‘watching’ the almost Too Hot To Handle, fiends, witches and mages come alive through her imagination!
In the fight of good vs evil, this time around she manages to twine together a story of two souls who really connect with each other on a level that most people never reach and it let’s them pull together and kick some ass to save the ones they thought lost to their kind forever. It’s a thoroughly slow and enjoyable ride…. with a whole lot of lust, action and passion thrown together that should make it #1 on your list of what to read next. 🙂

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An Experimental Offer

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

So, I have this idea.

My Experimental Offer To You

1. I wrote this really short (2000 words) but pretty erotic historical story. It’s so short I feel bad about charging $0.99 for it and haven’t put it up anywhere for people to read except this one Erotica blog where I was invited to write something, well, erotic and did.

2. I have this other somewhat longer but possibly filthy paranormal story.

3. Both of these stories technically involve demons.

4. The second story is massively open-ended and one of these days I will write what I think is a pretty filthy conclusion so it’s tied up all neat and sexy.

5. I have a very pretty cover for the first story.

6. If you are 18 or older, and if you post a review for one or more of my ebooks (Lord Ruin, The Spare, Future Tense) at Amazon and/or B&N, I will send you the eBook file for those two stories with the pretty cover. Just write your review (your HONEST opinion, please) and send me a link when it posts along with your email so I can send you the file. I can pull off the major formats without too much headache I think.

What do you think?

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Great Reviews of My Immortal Assassin and Hell Freezes Over

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Some people are saying Nice Things About Me

No, that’s not the indication that hell has frozen over! People say nice things about me all the time. Like, uh, that time. You know. Stay tuned, cold hell is coming . . .


Over at Book Reading Gals, they’re doing a giveaway, and have this to say:

Carolyn Jewel is a master storyteller. The world that she has created is in this reviewers humble opinion one of the best in the paranormal and romance genre. The conflict between the fiends and the mages is a perfect combination. The hero and heroine are a perfect complement to each other.
. . .
If you like a great paranormal story with a great romance and excellent characters than I recommend picking up this series.
. . .
Grade A

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More Nice Things

Over at Renee’s Book Addiction there’s this:

One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the originality of the world. The demons (known as the kin, among themselves) are engaged in a struggle with the magekind. Dark mages use enslaved demons to provide power and as coerced minions. Witches, too, often get caught in the crossfire, becoming pawns for the dark mages.

One of the things that made My Immortal Assassin a stand out in the series for me is the relationship between Gray and Durian. More than any other book in the series, there is a give and take to their relationship that is really refreshing. While Grey has “submitted” (not in a D/s way, but in a magical way) by binding herself to him, rather than being subservient to him, she is pledged to protect him, and becomes his bodyguard. As Gray increasingly comes into her power, she assumes a more protective role toward Durian that male heroes more typically take on. I really liked this shift in traditional power dynamics.

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Has Hell Frozen Over?

I think maybe it has, because my day job and my writing job have gotten married and produced (dun dun dun!!) a parody! Bear with me, because this actually gets interesting.

Over at the SQL Server Simple Talk newsletter, the mysterious Phil Factor (that’s SQL humor, by the way) has written Parodist, a SQL Server “application” that will create a parody of text you provide. Note: This ONLY works if you happen to have SQL Server installed, so unless it’s installed on your web server or for some reason you have access to SQL Server, it won’t do much good to check the link. Unless you want to satisfy idle curiosity or look at T-SQL code. The application consists of two procedures, one to accept the text and stick it in a database and another to spit out the parody, which SQL builds like this, in the words of Phil Factor, describing what you would have to do if you did this by hand:

You have the starting word of a sentence: Then, you would find the second word in another sentence that started with that initial word. Once you had the third word, by proceeding likewise, you would be ready to start. You find, at random, a sentence containing the previous two words, adjacent and in the same order; and you take this third word and append it. As authors tend to have mannerisms, and use favourite phrases, this technique seems to pick them up: One gets clichés strung together. The more text you have the better the parody. with small amounts, it just sticks to the sentences it selects, but the richer the text bank, the more creative it gets.

So, you can see that SQL Server is doing some pretty interesting text manipulation. What does this have to do with My Immortal Assassin? Well, I fed Parodist Chapter 1 and got this:

Not any of it. Obtain a sanction on me. There was the rest of her head. She had impressive control. Just as he watched. Her eyes lost focus again and she let out a puff of air. They were not at liberty to disclose that information. That ought to be in her late twenties maybe early thirties. She wasn’t stupid. Her magic flared up– the magic inside. If you answer my questions. Her expression hardened to ice. I’m not saying I didn’t kill anyone. A wild bitterness edged the sound. Most mages of sufficient ambition considered it worth the risk and there were indeed significant dangers. She pushed herself to a sitting position.

Personally, I think it’s hilarious. What do you think?

Also, please go buy My Immortal Assassin. You’ve read the parody, now read the real thing.

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My Immortal Assassin . . . Review

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Romantic Times has given My Immortal Assassin 4 1/2 stars! Yay! Here’s a link to the Romantic Times review of My Immortal Assassin. If you’re not a subscriber, you won’t be able to view the page and will have to wait for the January issue. I’ll post the whole review once the issue is up but here’s my fav line:

Jewel provides her fans with a terrific tale that has action aplenty and drama to spare. Great stuff!
Jill M. Smith

For more information, to pre-order this book or read chapter 1, my website has everything you need!

About this time, I make a point of avoiding review sites and rely on trusted friends to let me know when a review is safe for me to read.

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Oh. A Review of Indiscreet

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Just wanted to share this:

Ms. Jewel has written a wonderfully emotional story. The characters are interesting and engaging. Their pasts have formed them as they are in this book. The story is packed with adventure and danger. Over every other emotion, the reader will experience the depth of the love between Edward and Sabine. This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I would highly recommend it to others.
Leanne Davis — Fresh Fiction

Read the full review Leave a comment, too. If you feel like it.

I try to bask in the good reviews because, well, it feels good and it makes up for the small number of copies out there for people to buy. If you haven’t bought Indiscreet yet, hey, can you resist now?

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Review of Indiscreet

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

The attraction and tension between Foye and Sabine is palpable as the story advances, and Carolyn Jewel does a remarkable job at keeping their attraction and sexual tension building throughout the story. Both Foye and Sabine are in denial of their feelings, and both have emotional obstacles to surpass before they are free to love each other. [ …]

Indiscreet has the perfect balance of intrigue, action, romance and desire to keep the reader hooked from page one to conclusion. Readers will find themselves rooting for Foye and Sabine and hopeful that they can overcome the odds to find the true love they each so deserve. Indiscreet is deliciously sensual and suspenseful in turn, a perfect formula for a wonderful romance novel.
By: Joyce Greenfield

Read the full review: Reader to Reader

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Indiscreet

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

From RT Book Reviews

RT Rating: 4 Stars
Category: HISTORICAL
Setting: 1811 Turkey
Publisher: BERKLEY SENSATION
Published: October 2009
Type: Historical
Two British subjects meet while traveling in Turkey — an intelligent but naive spinster trying to outrun rumors of a scandal and a nobleman who not only recognizes her, but is partially responsible for the scandal. Jewel places strong, likable characters in a part of the world where they’re challenged at every turn. After a slow start, the pace picks up, leaving the reader breathless by the end.

Summary: Miss Sabine Godard is traveling in the Far East with her elderly uncle, who is writing a book about the area. When she meets the Marquis of Foye at a local assembly, she recognizes him as the friend of the man who ruined her reputation.

Against all odds, Sabine and Foye become friends. Both have vowed never to marry, but their attraction becomes heated. When a political leader invites Sabine and her uncle to his palace, Foye realizes that the pasha’s intentions are to add Sabine to his harem or sell her as a white slave. Can he rescue her before the pasha carries out his evil plans?

(BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 293 pp., $7.99) HOT
Linda Roberts

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