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Hi Collin !
I don’t know if you remember me, I am the really tall frecnh-canadian you met at Balticon with Chris. 😉 I felt bad for not knowing more about The House of Grey, so I went back to podiobooks and downloaded the first episodes of it.
As I said to Chris, I listen to about 40 hours of podcasts a week. Even with that much listening, I am pretty choosy about what I like or not, and was wondering why I didn’t listen to your stuff before.
First let me say that I am enjoying your story very much. The writing and the audio quality are amazing. So why didn’t I listen to it before ? The blurb on Podiobooks… it did absolutely nothing to attract me. Even if I know that blurbs are really hard to write, I have a hard time overlooking them when choosing a podcast to listen to.
For one thing, yours is a bit longish and begins with “14 year-old…”. I confess that I stop reading it right there… I am not a YA fan. In your case, my loss. As Tee Morris is found to say : a blurb must begin by a one-liner that will punch you in the face and makes you want to read more.
In The House of Grey case, one line comes to my mind : “Harry Potter meets Gladiator”.
So now I am listening to it all and I am really really happy to see that more will come. And when I like a podcast, I usually buy the book to say thanks for the awesomeness. 😉
I hope this explains why I didn’t know more about you and your story and that I am forgiven for ovelooking it until now. 😉
I appreciate the feedback – we were young when we wrote that that is for sure. Its something we’ve talked about – just haven’t quite the right blurb you know? Anyway, thanks for the feedback and let me know if you are enjoying the book or have specific comments on the writing!
I am waiting impatiently on Volume 5. I found the free download on Amazon for Volume 1. I couldn’t stop reading! I downloaded 2 immediately, and demanded to download 3 and call it a birthday present. I downloaded 4 the day it became available. As I said, I’m impatiently waiting for 5.
I just wanted you to know just how amazing I found these books. It’s within the top 3 of new series I’ve discovered this year.
Thanks for writing a great story! The only improvement I can think of is not having to wait so long, but as someone who is part of a writing group for fun, I do understand that great stories take time.
Thank you Amber – its always nice to meet a fan and to hear positive feed. As for volume 5, we are only waiting on cover art. Once that is done, it should be uploaded! Exciting stuff!
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