New Foreigner Book!


a few hardcovers and pbs available from Closed Circle, signed. Latest: Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood, Jane Fancher short story. Chernevog, part 2 of the Rusalka trilogy co-written by CJ and Jane; and Orion's Children, a tetralogy from Lynn.

Need your help, guys!

If you’ve read Jane’s new books—they’re now up on Amazon, and reviews would help her a lot!
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17 comments to Need your help, guys!

  • kokipy

    I will do that, but need to do it right. Want to collect my thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ but good luck to Jane in this new year! And to all here.

  • I had read through about half of GroundTies before real life events went so haywire. Loved the book, but couldn’t concentrate then.

    I am just now getting back to anything close to my former usual reading habits.

    I have restarted reading GroundTies and am thoroughly enjoying it again.

    When I get a little further along, I’ll post a review at Amazon. — It’s a good thing Jane and you asked. It reminds me I fell off with my promise to post a review of the first of Lynn Abbey’s Time / Orion’s Children series, which I very much enjoyed. So I’ll post both reviews soon.

    I think readers will like Jane’s Netwalkers books. There’s a lot to like. It’s especially interesting to me how well grounded in the web and computers the books are, despite that she wrote the originals several years ago. There’s a lot to like in the books besides that. A good portrayal of spacers versus planet dwellers with sound sociological reasons they’d behave that way towards each other. Interesting backstory and characters. Good science fiction and good science. Good attention to what makes people tick. Relationships that fit. And personally, I find it nice, reassuring and positive, to see how Stephen’s and Wesley’s characters develop.

    Her world-building and her style are her own, distinct from CJ’s in marked ways, with occasional similarities. Lynn Abbey’s style is different besides. The three are as different in writing style as any three writers who are on friendly terms. Very much appreciated.

    Hah, now which do I pick up? Around midway through Inheritor, and into the first few chapters of GroundTies. One or the other, to read some tonight. Near enough bedtime, I think I’ll knock off the ol’ computer and read some, actual book or else ebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shadow007

    I would SO have written reviews for them… Except I’ve decided last year to boycott entirely Amazon/Kindle, and so far have kept to it…

    However, I did a “mini-review” last November on my blog. Feel free to use it any way you like.

  • CJ

    I can’t post it, because Amazon is now not letting writers post book reviews. Maybe someone can.

    • pholy

      There’s been a bit of discussion of this point over at The Passive Voice: The concensus seems to be (from the comments) that authors can post reviews, within certain conditions. Can’t have a financial connection to author and such like. Can’t post negative reviews… So you couldn’t review Jane’s work, but I think you could put up a review for Patty Briggs’ work, for instance.
      It’s an interesting blog, I probably spend more time reviewing the comments there than I should. Lots of discussion of copyrights and contracts, and intelligent (and sometimes snarky) comments.

  • mmberry

    I did my part. I’m not a great review writer, but I tried to write what I want to know when I read those reviews and I do read them. I commented on Wesley, and who I think might enjoy the book and why. Someone who’s good at writing short plot summaries should post a review. Why the books held your attention. My initial response to “Please review my books,” was I’m no good at writing a review; so I put everything in Notepad and thought about it. Then I added a paragraph.

    Try thinking in terms of you have three minutes of my time. Tell me why I should read (or avoid) this book. I don’t want a half page review that would take you 10 minutes to tell me verbally. Telling me a specific writer is wonderful doesn’t sell a book to me. I want to know something about the story. I adore Terry Pratchett, but there are some of his books I won’t touch and don’t reccommend.

  • Hanneke

    Regarding Shadow007’s link to the new Scalzi post where authors can mention which of their works could be nominated for a Hugo award this year – did you notice any extra traffic to Closed Circle in december generated by its mention in Scalzi’s Whatever blogs on 4 and 6 december? If so, mentioning it again in the Hugo-award-awareness post might be useful, and again, it’s only the authors themselves who are allowed to mention their books.

    • Hanneke

      OK, I have now posted a review of both books at both and .com. I’m not a good reviewer, but I did like ‘Netwalkers a lot, so I hope it helps.
      Seriously wishing Jane luck in gaining the recognition she deserves for her books.

      I guess I should try writing a review for another new, self-published author I recently discovered, through a recommendation by Enara, who also comments here sometimes. She gives very good recommendations and writes good book reviews: I’ve not been steered wrong by her yet. Thanks, Enara!
      Andrea K. Hรถst is an Australian author, whose books are available as ebooks (at least from Kobo and Amazon), and also as POD paper books. I’ve recently read The Champion of the Rose, and the Touchstone trilogy plus added epilogue, and enjoyed them a lot.
      Am I permitted to mention her here? I think she deserves some more readers too. Here’s a list of her books:

  • Slightly off-topic, but I’d like to give a public thank you to Michael Everson, who occasionally posts on CJ’s blog. I had a question about a Fontographer upgrade. Michael, who’s a busy and talented guy, not only replied quickly, but offered help. That is very much appreciated, particularly given my situation. Heh, I am not sure I have the old source files I want to recover, but if I do find them on a backup, I now have a very generous, gracious offer of help. That is really beyond kind. So a big thank you to him. — And CJ, thank you so much for being such a class act with such diverse, caring, talented fans. Very heartening.

  • CJ

    I love my readers. They are an aggregation of the kindest, nicest, most generous folk about, and they’re pretty darned smart. I’m sure they sing well, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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