Well, I picked up my first negative review for Swords of Talera. Ouch! Amazing how much it hurts. What’s worse, I asked for the review. Double ouch! Also, I was sort of expecting it to be good since I recieved an email from the reviewer in late September saying: "I finished Swords of Talera. I enjoyed it very much." Triple ouch!
I first wrote “Swords” when I was 24, and though I polished and repolished the manuscript before it was published as a paperback I knew it suffered a bit in the plot department because of my youthfulness at the time it was constructed. I didn’t think it was as good as the two sequels, Wings Over Talera and Witch of Talera, but I did believe that the fast pace and the characters of Ruenn, Jask, and Rannon would carry readers along. Not so much, I guess. At least not in this case. Now I'm going to have to go back and revise my post on my writing strengths, take out the "action scene" one.