If you love character driven romantic suspense, pick this one up! The female lead (Imara) and her good friend (Rayle) jump off the page. The male lead (Lièrén) takes a while to shine, but when he does, I think he’ll win your heart. Particularly since he finds a way to help the woman he’s fallen for _without_ taking over. Building on her strengths rather than flaunting his own. This is very refreshing to see.
This is a very sex-positive story but does not delve too far into ‘hot’ romance (which I appreciate – I’d rather focus on the romance, not the sex). I also appreciate the proper accenting of the pinyin used for Chinese names and dialog! (This is a pet-peeve of mine :) )
Minder Rising is the second book of the Central Galactic Concordance series by Carol Van Natta. You may want to start with the first book Overload Flux. Personally, I wanted to read #3 Pico’s Crush, but was advised to read Minder Rising first to get some background, and I’m glad I did.
As authors, we become embedded in the literary world. We’ve read hundreds of reviews and written scores. We forget sometimes that not all readers are this hard-core, and are a little trepidatious about dropping a review online.
What you may not know as a reader is how your review makes our books more visible to other readers. A certain number of reviews are required to enter promotional lists on Amazon and elsewhere (this bar keeps rising). Readers also say the total number of reviews (not the rating) is a primary factor in deciding to take a closer look at a book.
Honest: Be bluntly honest. Leave a review for other readers, not the author. If you don’t mention a problem you’re just setting another reader up for disappointment and potentially generating worse reviews for the author in future.
Fair: Try to evaluate the book thinking about that other reader. What do they need to know to choose this book over another (or not)? If there was something that bothered you, try to make it explicit, Eg:”There wasn’t enough romance for me” rather than “It was boring.” (Also, if you received a free book, an ARC or a review copy, it’s good practice to mention this at the start of the review.)
Size Doesn’t Matter: Make your review as long or short as it needs to be. If you have an essay in your heart inspired by the book, go ahead. If you just want to drop a quick note saying you enjoyed the read, go ahead. Generally positive reviews can be shorter because they don’t need to explain (Tolstoy effect).
Where To Leave Reviews:
The best place to leave a review is Amazon:
Goodreads is also a great place to leave reviews:
Goodreads: Chaos Bound
Goodreads: Curse Bound
Links to other stores, both online and off, can be found on the book pages:
Please also consider voting for our books on Goodreads lists. Readers often use these lists to find other books in a specific genre.
Duplicate Reviews: It is completely appropriate to duplicate your review across multiple stores/sites if you would like to reach a broader audience. For example: Reviews on Amazon local stores (ie. Amazon.ca) will not show up on Amazon.com.
A Special Note on Cultural Awareness / Appropriation:
We want to represent multicultural societies in our writing, but we’re well aware that we can’t know everything there is to know about cultures outside of our European-Canadian upbringing. We’re bound to make mistakes. We encourage feedback in these areas and promise to take it as a learning experience.
The podcast we recorded with Philip Caroll is up! (And shockingly, we sound reasonably coherent)
Many thanks for Philip for guiding us through the process and taking the time to speak with us about our books and the process of writing. Make sure to subscribe to the YA Books Podcast to hear from other great YA authors.
I hit a snag publishing Curse Bound to Ingram Spark. Their file check flagged a missing embedded font. I checked the Fonts tab of the file Properties in Acrobat Reader and it looked like all the custom fonts we’re using embedded OK.
It took me a while to realize the problem:
Notice how “Times New Roman” at the bottom of the list does not have “(embedded subset)” after the name.
This is because Word 2013 does not embed the Times New Roman font into PDFs when it creates them. This is reasonable behaviour in most cases where someone simply needs to read the doc, since T.N.R is available everywhere, but it confuses the Ingram scanner since it requires that all fonts be embedded.
The solution here was to find the few lines where we’d accidentally left the font set to T.N.R. It’s not actually used in the book, It was just lingering in a few blank lines and couple of the section headers.
Word’s Advanced Find feature was handy for finding where T.N.R was being used. There’s a “Format…” button at the bottom of the Advanced Find dialog where you can select a font to find and it will show you all the places in the document where that font is used. (Just make sure there’s no text in the “Find what:” field, or Word will search for that instead of the format).
Publishing a book is never going to be easy, but this second book was less traumatic than the first. In large part due to our friends, new and old, who have continued to help us improve our writing and have confidence in our stories.
Our editor Penelope Jackson somehow managed to be even more amazing this time, going above and beyond to suggest adding two extra scenes that hugely improved the flow of the story.
And thanks again to Derek Murphy for another gorgeous cover. This is Adriaan’s new favourite, though Rebecca is still partial to the Chaos Bound cover due to her adoration of the colour green.