Thursday, 28 January 2010

Reviews - a celebration

It's time to look over some of the reviews we've received over the past year or so. Here we go, Lindsay first:

I found out only late about a four-star review for A Knight's Captive from Lauren Calder at Affaire de Coeur, which gave me a lift. After a plot summary, it ends:

'Good solid writing and a steady paced tale draw the reader into the story. Ms. Townsend has a talent for entertainment and a flair for telling tales of knights in shining armor.'

A couple more encouraging reviews came in for A Knight's Captive - one from Single Titles (who also did an interview with me) and one from Manic Readers.

I also had a B for Blue Gold from Dear Author.

It's a while since Flavia's Secret came out, so I was delighted to find this in the November issue of Romantic Times:

'The ancient locale that is now modern Bath lends a vivid backdrop to a tender love story surrounded by mystery, danger and deceit. Readers will appreciate Townsend's thorough research and fluid style. Well-written secondary characters complement the action.'

- Donna M. Brown

The full review is here.

I was thrilled with this 4.5 Red Roses review for my historical romance, Bronze Lightning! Here's what Linda Sole said: (Thank you, Linda!)

"This is a remarkable book in that it takes you back in time. It is well written so that you get a glimpse of the world at that time and it gives you a wonderful mystery as to who is behind the attacks and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. The many twists and turns keep you engrossed as you try to figure out who is behind all the mishaps that keep happening. I give this one 4-1/2 Red Roses."

And now Linda Banche:

Here are my reviews for Lady of the Stars, my Regency time travel and a 2010 EPIC EBook Competition finalist in Science Fiction Romance.

4 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews: (contains spoilers)
"This is a quick read and a delightful short romance. The time-travel aspect is well done, and the characters are nicely fleshed out. The ending brings everything to a comfortable and relatively believable conclusion."

4 1/2 books from Long and Short Reviews (LASR): (contains spoilers) "Lady of the Stars is a very good story that makes one wonder "what if?". I thoroughly enjoyed this first story by Ms. Banche and look forward to her next release. I just know I'll love it as much as I did Lady of the Stars."

Now for my reviews for Pumpkinnapper, my Regency Halloween comedy.

5 Wings from Classic Romance Revival Reviews:
"From its amusing, explosive opening in Lindsell, England in 1816, Linda Banche’s delicious Pumpkinnapper kept me enthralled."

LASR 4 ½ Books: "It's a Regency era All Hallows Eve tale full of hilarity, a dashing hero and a darling heroine, a nuisance of a goose and possibly a spirit or two. What's not to like?"

Blurbs and excerpts here:


Lindsay Townsend said...

Congratulations to one and all on your wonderful reviews!!

Kaye Manro said...

What great reviews! Congrats to everyone!

Jan Bowles said...

Hi Ladies

Many congratulations for all your fabulous reviews.

I take my hat off to both of you. Writing historical romances must be hard work. All the attention to detail that you must attend to, besides the plot and the subplots!

Best wishes for 2010

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, Kaye! I agree about the super reviews - there are lots from lots of people!

Many thanks, Jan! I think modern romances are tricky because of the research, especially with romantic suspense such as your THE RETURN.

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Lindsay, Kaye and Jan.

Savanna Kougar said...

Wow, Lindsay and Linda, what a collection of good reviews.
Big congratulations!

LK Hunsaker said...

Lindsay and Linda, I loved A Knight's Vow and Pumpkinnapper, so I know your great reviews are well deserved. :-)

Here's to many more!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, Savanna - and what excellent reviews for your BLACK CAT BEAUTY!!
Thanks, LK! I agree - here's to many more, for all of us!

Linda Banche said...

And thank you, Savanna and LK. As Lindsay says, here's to great reviews for us all!