Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reviews are sometimes more than just the numbers...


Let me preface this by saying - I truly was excited by all these top reviews, but sometimes numbers are just that...numbers. I've gotten five stars, five cherries, five divas, so why am I quoting this reviewer who only gave me 'Four' ANGELS? Well, because despite the lower rating, I was excited because she 'got' it ... my voice,  my style, the effort I put into choosing each word, and developing each character.

This was a very difficult book to write, not only because of the logistics of Mira and three men participating in sex, but primarily because the men had all given up their emotions years before. It's hard to develop character without emotion, and I wanted, no, needed to make the reader care about each one eventually. The pages are chock full of sex, but this reviewer also read beyond all that, noted my effort, and I thank her for it.

I'd like to thank all the reviewers for their kind words. I'm not sure you realize how much your words are taken to heart by the authors. I seriously consider all your comments and hope with each book I write, I'm addressing any of your concerns.

4 ANGELS: "Sultry Santorini Sunsets is a delightful, unique twist to our fascination with the wondrous lost paradise of Atlantis. In beautiful detail, a teasing sample of the Aegean and its splendor is opened up for the reader in this sensuous tale that exceeds sultry and explodes right into full-blown eroticism like a comet. Eliza March blends words like an ancient mystic casts spells, capturing readers with her craft and tantalizing vocabulary. Ms. March grants her readers plenty of sensual passion and personality in all of her characters and in how they complement one another...there is an individual sincerity to the protagonists and just the right amount of heart to entice our romantic sides. Combined with the encompassing heat, Sultry Santorini Sunsets is a definite page-turner." -- Cris, Fallen Angel Reviews

For all SSS reviews click the following:
4 Angels http://fallenangelreviews.com/2010/April/cris-godsofatlantis_sultrysantorinisunsets.htm
Five Cherries http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/2010/04/sultry-santorini-sunset-by-eliza-march.html
Five Divas http://ddrreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/sultry-santorini-sunsets-gods-of.html
Click to Buy http://www.bookstrand.com/sultry-santorini-sunsets

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eliza March talks about writing characters...

I build characters... My characters tell the story.
Authors are often aked how they come up with their ideas. I dread that question. The answer makes feel like a charlatan. I'd really like to think I write my stories, but if I'm honest with myself, I know how much my characters actually influence the path the story takes. Sure I come up with a concept, but over and over again, my characters do as they please, taking the plot to levels I never envisioned.

Lately I've been trying to garner a bit more control. Yet even as I write the story's synopsis, I can already feel the characters twisting the tale to fit their goals. Well, I guess you just can't fight human nature, and once an author creates a three dimensional character, there's no stopping them. The best characters get into their roles and play them out just as if they were real people... and I love them best. Whether it's a villian or a hero, the more an author develops the character's quirks, gets into the character's psyche, the closer a character comes to reality, and then the reader identifies more with that character. You can love them or hate them, but darn it I want the reader to feel something for those people I write about.