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J.S.Watts' short stories, poetry and book reviews appear in a variety of publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and the States including Abandoned Towers, Acumen, Envoi, The Journal, Mslexia, Orbis and Visionary Tongue and have been broadcast on BBC and independent Radio. Her debut poetry collection "Cats and Other Myths" ISBN 9781907276644 is published by Lapwing Publications. It is poetry that finds contemporary relevance in the echoes of myth and legend and the mythic in the day to day world around us. Lapwing has subsequently published a poetry pamphlet by J.S.Watts, "Songs of Steelyard Sue" ISBN 9781909252028, an SF tinged poetry sequence which has attracted a fair bit of attention and a hat trick of awards and award nominations.A while back, the first 11 chapters of A DARKER MOON were uploaded here. Rather wonderfully, the book is now published by the US publisher, Vagabondage Press and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all the other usual outlets - ISBN 978-0615706528. J.S. is now working on her second novel, Witchlight.Please don't spam me as I'll only ignore you and then you'll get upset.
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A right, rollocking read that reminded me of the books of Georgette Heyer and other writers from the romantic end of the historical novel section.
I did wonder whether the punctuation was a little spartan in the opening paragraphs, but it didn't distract from this alluring tale of romance and mel...
I’m not a regular reader of YA (I’m far too old) but this seems well pitched for the age group and reflects what I’m told are their interests.
Two possible negatives that I’d pick up on:
1. Your long pitch is more of a plot summary than a pitch. You might want to consider re-writing it as if ...
Interesting read. I wondered if the prologue could be shortened and tightened up a little and likewise the first chapter. I think there is potential for gripping the reader harder and faster than at present, should you want to do so.
An interesting premise.
Had you thought of beginning Chapter one at the fifth paragraph, it might make for a good opening?
I think this would make a good book for young teens, but you might like to think about ensuring the story progresses through action and dialogue. We need to see the girls...
An interesting subject and what I’ve read rings true to the theme. Scenes feel authentic. It is perhaps, though, not the most riveting of opening chapters. The writing feels a little distant, as if it is still trying to decide whether it wants to be factual reporting or a fictional story. If you wan...