Long and Short Reviews gave Cracking the Ice four stars! It then went on to say many complimentary words about the book, finishing with the following:
The best of humanity is explored — and some of the worst, exposed. It is very readable, written with a clear and powerful voice, and is engaging from beginning to end.
It’s great to see the reception this book is getting.
There are numerous spoilers in the Booklist review of Cracking the Ice, so I won’t include the entire text. I want you to experience the action without knowing how every twist and turn will develop. Here, however, is the highlight of the review:
Hendrickson’s debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.
Gotta love it!
I’m delighted to announce that Cracking the Ice is now shipping from the publisher warehouses. I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.
And of course, I hope all of you will be holding copies in your hands, too.
I didn’t originally realize it but “Tiffany Gets Her Boobs” has not only been a Kindle bestseller in the Humor category (free downloads) but also in Short Stories. In fact, she’s been higher on the Short Story list than on Humor.
And based on the sales figures, “Tiffany” has been drawing readers to Bubba Goes for Broke.
A prominent blogger for writers recently posted an article titled, “Is Your Website Hurting Your Writing?”
I found myself going in almost the opposite direction from the blogger, starting with the opening topic: “When Your Work Outshines Your Website.”
Frankly, I hope my work does outshine my website. I’m not being deliberately obtuse here nor am I advocating doing sloppy work on your website. (And if you’re successful enough to hire someone to do your website for you, of course you should insist on the best possible product.)
But the work comes first. It must always come first. So I desperately hope that my work does outshine my website. Conversely, if my website outshines my work, well then maybe it’s time for me to become a website designer instead of a writer. And we are not going down that path!
Frankly, I’d say that the number one problem for most writers and their websites is that they don’t always put the writing of new words first, over and above work on the website. Folks, your website is the whipped cream on top of the homemade apple pie of your writing. Take away the whipped cream, and you still have a delicious pie. Take a way the pie, and you’ve lost the whole point to the whipped cream.
Take pride in the work you do on your website. Do the best you can do. But don’t lose sight of the priorities.
The work always comes first.
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Today I learned of a 12-year-old student’s book review of Cracking the Ice. Among other things, the student said my novel was a “masterpiece.”
Exquisite taste, no?