Rachel Neumeier

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BLACK DOG blog tour —

Here’s an interview at Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

And a brief review at Book Lover’s Life.

Plus another review over at Royal Reviews.
This one is interesting because the reviewer felt the book ended on a cliffhanger — I don’t think most people feel that way? Although I would agree there are definitely plenty of loose threads hanging out all over the place, so that could give the feeling of a cliffhanger.

Incidentally, no one warned me that JINX’S MAGIC ended on a cliffhanger. Jeez. Now I want the third book SO MUCH.

I ought to write a review of JINX and JINX’S MAGIC. Soon. Got this dratted statistical report I’m working on at home in order to make up for taking a zillion hours off to stay home with the new puppies, and that is eating my free time, but on the other hand it is deadly boring so maybe I will take a break and write this review tonight.

AND POST IT ON AMAZON as well as Goodreads.

I need to collect all my reviews from Goodreads and cross-post them as reviews on Amazon, because lately I’ve been hearing over and over about how important Amazon reviews are to authors. There are only 11 reviews of BLACK DOG at Amazon right now. Just sayin’.

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4 Comments BLACK DOG blog tour —

  1. Elaine T

    Someone out there has a truly strange definition of cliff-hanger. If BD had stopped in the middle of the fight, or with the major in-book problem undealt with maybe just a hint of a possibility that there’s a solution, THAT would be a cliff-hanger. But the ending as is? Don’t see it.

    That reviewer seemed really focused on a possible romance, but as the book is written I can’t even make that situation into a cliff-hanger. In fact if you hadn’t written a second, I’d find this one respectably complete. Yeah, loose threads, but they can be read as ‘life goes on’ loose threads, not The Story Must Continue And Deal With All This loose threads.

    I define cliff-hangers as endings like THE TWO TOWERS, with Frodo alive but taken by the enemy. Which may be on the extreme side of cliff-hanging, I suppose.

  2. Rachel

    Oh, you want to talk EXTREME, another example just like that is when Barbara Hambly left her protagonist, Antryg Windrose, being tortured in a tower at the end of The Silent Tower. Is there something about books with “Tower” in the title?

    I remember it took me ages to read the first part of the third book because I always skipped ahead to where Sam rescues Frodo.

  3. Pete+Mack

    You did not leave your protagonist frozen in Carbonite. Ergo, it is not a cliff-hanger. Actually, I don’t see any way this book could be a cliff hanger. We can tell which boy gets the girl. The Bad Guy and his Evil Minions have been sent to Hell, directly to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. In fact, we can solve a lot of possible romances in our heads. House of Shadows is more of a cliffhanger, if only because we leave the protagonists standing on top of a cliff…

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