Scar Tissue by GL Roberts.
Another solid review for my first novella, Scar Tissue over at Top 2 Bottom Reviews!
What excites me most, is the connection the characters Bob and Mike have made with the readers. They are two gay men living in 1976 when being gay was not an easy way to live. Sure you could be out to your close friends, or your family if you were lucky, but never to your employer. Especially, if your employer was Uncle Sam. For Bob and Mike, the idea of working for the government was as natural as breathing; both proud Veterans, both fiercely patriotic. It was, however, the wrong place to be if you were openly gay. They sacrificed and endured much to become agents for the DEA and CIA, but love was one sacrifice they were unwilling to make. Joining forces to protect one another, they discover happy endings aren’t only reserved for fairy tales.
Please check out the review at Top 2 Bottom Reviews here: Scar Tissue by GL Roberts.
Scar Tissue, my first m/m romance novella garnered these nice words from the reviewers at All Romance eBooks: “This very original novella gives you two appealing characters and a rock-solid sense of location and time, which are two ingredients inexplicably neglected in most romance fiction. The detailed location is Washington DC, which comes across with easy familiarity as if from an actual resident of the city. The unusual time period is 1976, the midpoint of a forgotten decade overshadowed by the chaotic 1960s and the materialistic 1980s.” For the entire review and recommendation please visit them at:
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For me, seeing the characters of my stories in my head is like breathing. It just comes naturally…after a slap to the bottom. Once started the characters make their way into my everyday life until I commit them to paper (or in this case cyberpaper). When I first met Bob Elkins and Mike Wells, they were just two men with similar backgrounds. Fiercely patriotic, strong, and confident. They stuck with me until I wrote three novels with them, then a novella to introduce them, and describe how they met and fell in love. They became very dear friends of mine, and putting them down for others to read was like raising children. They had to be nurtured and cared for, tended and grown. Their story had to be real to me. Something I could touch and see. The era in which the story would take place, had to linger on my fingers as I typed. My characters had to be steeped in the teabag water of the time. Once the story was written, my first question to myself was “Will anyone understand my characters?” I waited for the reviews.
Book reviews are often subject to the reviewer’s preference in many things; style, voice, length, character type, story line. All will set the mood for a reviewer. It is when the reviewer gets my characters that I want to read the review over and over again. Sharing it with my friends and family; with the strange little man down the hall, or the neighbor upstairs. I want to take out an ad that reads “He got my characters!” and post the ad on every empty wall. That is what I am doing here. My novella, Scar Tissue, received a Highly Recommended from Tom Webb over at A Bear On Books. The link to the review and Tom’s site is shown below. Please pop over and read the review, and check out Tom’s other reviews while you are there. His reviews are honest assessments of the stories he has read. He reviews the story, and that is what every author should wish to happen to them. Please check out Tom’s review of Scar Tissue here:
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