A review made me cry (in a good way)
- This morning, a review made me cry... not a lot, not for the reasons
you might expect.
The review is accurate, literate, thoroughly professional, thoughful,
and it speaks about the ending of Insufficient Mating Material without
giving away the story. That takes real skill (in my opinion).
I think I may have unconsciously waited for years for someone to
remark upon my endings, hence my powerful --and thrilled-- reaction to
<<This book also has one of the best ending sequences. Everyone in the
story pulls together against a common enemy. Ms. Cherry has created a
seriously evil villain. What goes around comes around, and it
definitely came back on this villainous specimen.~Heather,
Borders Romance Expert; Romance Junkies Reviewer, Internet Book
Database Reviewer (www.ibookdb.net) >>
What is the big deal? you might well wonder.
Who knows what matters to one person?
I have blogged and written articles about my delight in research, and
my interest on characters, and my enjoyment of the whole gamut of
humor (apart from slapstick and cruelty). I've even posted about my
struggles with love scenes, which are not my most favorite things to
I can't remember ever blogging about the importance of endings to me.
It's tough to do without either revealing one's own books' endings, or
risking the appearance of critiquing other authors' concluding chapters.
A magnificent beginning is important, but I've always been one of
those perverse individuals who can be glimpsed in bookstores checking
out the last page. I like to know before I start a book that my
investment of my dollars and my time will pay off with a gloriously
I like a sure thing! Personally, I don't read a book as fast as I can
to find out What will happen. The How and the Why are what fascinate me.
And since, for me, the ending is the best part, I like one that I can
savor, one that isn't over too quickly, one that stays with me. I
like movies like that, too. Movies I can talk about, and think about
long after the credits roll and the lights go out.
If I like a book with a prologue and a first chapter --two beginnings
for the price of one!-- you can imagine that I like a last chapter and
That is also why I like to read and write cross-genre romances,
because in a way they require two endings: the hero and heroine not
only have to save the world/ the day/ the endangered species/ the
tree... but they also have to agree that they were made for each
other. All the better if they also, in addition, have to deal with a
Originally, Insufficient Mating Material had a prologue and a first
chapter. My editor encouraged me to write three consecutive prologues!
With so many, we could hardly call them Prologues any more. In the
end, my sense of balance dictated that I wrote three endings to
balance the prologues... that's why I was so overwhelmed when I saw
that Heather had chosen to comment on "the ending sequence" of
Insufficient Mating Material.