Here is the first official review of my new release Japayuki, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/271655 a novel addressing the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women globally:
"I want to be the first to congratulate you [on releasing Japayuki]. I want to give you my overall impression of your work: You have crafted a gripping piece. I could not put it down. You have a terrific writing style. I can tell that you have done much planning and preparation in crafting your work – especially the way you have thought out the characters and movement that happens in the story. This is not an easy feat. Your prose is very nicely written with details that capture the reader. Right from the start your plot was very engaging and I found myself really connected with what was going on. It is easy to have too much going on too soon – not in your case. Your plot is slow and methodical and you use your dialogue to move the plot along. With that being said, you really do a nice job of slowly making your way through the story with details and a certain voice (yours as the author) that allows your reader to really interact with the characters (who are all round and very nicely developed). The greatest value in fiction, it seems to me, lies in what we can learn about our own lives when we take time to analyze someone else’s. Your characters are lifelike and I love it when I leave a story feeling like I know them. You have a realistic plot and to me that makes for an enjoyable story. Characterization is one of the most important elements of any successful story. You did not rush or force anything. Your manuscript is a nicely developed story that really did read like a movie in my mind. I can picture your setting – your characters. You have crafted a quality piece of writing. It is hard to believe that stuff like this really happens." --Lisa C.