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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Revision Frenzy and Kirkus!

Revision Frenzy and Kirkus!

InquisitorsMark_revised_finalI’m currently charging through revisions on my WIP — on page 120 out of 236 Tuesday night —  so slightly over halfway there! At this rate, I’ll have a draft ready for beta readers in about a week. It feels really good after struggling with the first draft for so long. Yay!

Rather than lose the momentum by trying to write an intelligent blog post, is it okay if I indulge in a bit of squeeing over my upcoming January release?  It’s either that or more cute cat and dog pictures …

The Inquisitor’s Mark has received several good reviews so far, but my favorite one is from Kirkus:

As a Transitioner, 13-year-old Jax Aubrey is one of an elite group of people who enjoy an eighth day of the week. While some Transitioners use the eighth day as a playground, others, such as Jax and his friends, understand the gravity of their responsibility. Transitioners must maintain the Eighth-Day Spell, which protects the world from the dangerous Kin. Jax, as the only vassal of the Emrys family, understands this charge more than most. When one of the most deadly Transitioner families claims that he is part of their clan, Jax is torn between his loyalty to friends and ties to family. Combining both modern intrigue and ancient magic, this second volume in what continues to be an inspired series does not disappoint. Salerni expertly handles the charge of expanding the Eighth Day universe as well as deepening her characters. Jax is an endearing mix of heroic and awkward as he struggles with his new identity. Supporting characters offer comic relief, romantic angst and delusions of grandeur. Readers will want to read this series in order, as the summary of the first installment is sparse and confusing. An exciting blend of Arthurian legend and organized crime. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Awesome, huh? I’m wondering if that’s the first time “Arthurian legend” and “organized crime” have been used together in the same sentence.

And because I love you all, here are the dog and cat pictures anyway.

luna sorcia tail 1

Got your tail!


luna sorcia tail 2

No, really. Got your tail. Chewing on it, in fact.



luna sorcia tail 3

Huh? Is something going on back there?

15 Responses to Revision Frenzy and Kirkus!

  1. Pup without a clue.
    Awesome review!!! Be proud of it.
    Halfway through revisions – keep on trucking.

  2. mshatch says:

    Awesome review and well-deserved 🙂

  3. Sheri Larsen says:

    I love beloved older dog’s reaction to new little squirt kitty. Same scenario happens in my house, only one of our kittens is almost bigger than our little dog now. Makes for intriguing encounters!

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne – sounds like you’re on a good roll – and what a great review … who knows about combining Arthurian Legend and Organized Crime … but fun thought … and those animals – how lovely to see .. as Alex says keep trucking .. cheers Hilary

  5. Tiana Smith says:

    AWESOME review! That last line should be a quote on your cover 😉

  6. Just realized I commented on the wrong post (oops!). So I’ll say it again here: A good review from Kirkus is huge. Congrats, Dianne! 🙂

  7. Wahoo for awesome reviews! They totally keep us going, eh? Best of luck with revisions. Kick some trash and eat plenty of cheese. =)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  8. J E Oneil says:

    Two months away! Squeeing is appropriate! And it’s only going to get louder and more high pitched, so watch out for glass.

    I love how your dog just sits there smiling while the cat beats up his tale 🙂

  9. You’re en fuego. Awesome review and way to go on your revisions!

  10. The book sounds really interesting. ^_^ And huzzah for progress on the WIP! There’s always something great about finishing up another round of revisions, especially if it means people get to read it afterward. Then comes more revisions, of course, but it’s the “people reading it” part that’s important. Heh!

  11. CONGRATUALTIONS DIANNE! What a great review. It sounds amazing…

    I never idid receive my arc. You know I’d be more than happy to do a review for you. I’ll have time in a few weeks. If you’d like.

    Love the pics!

    And CONGRATS on finishing your first draft! YAY YOU!

  12. Cynthia says:

    That’s great you got a good review from Kirkus, woot woot!

    Good luck with your revisions!

  13. You can SQUEEEEE as much and as loudly as you’d like. Not just for that upcoming release, (January will be here before we know it… matter of fact, it FEELS as chilly as January here today!)but for that terrific review, as well. Congratulations.

    Now… get back to that WIP, young lady!

  14. Kirkus knows a good book when it lands in its lap! =D Love the pics and the captions. Dogs, just so oblivious sometimes!

  15. Robin says:

    Oooh. I am so excited. Are you sending out ARCs for review on this one? Do you need beta readers on your new project? I am so happy for you!!!