So, I’ve been sitting on this for about as long as I can. I am as excited about this as if it were my own book — how long have we been corresponding? How many hours spent bouncing away story ideas, plotting out courses of series, helping each other tear away the chafe from the wheat? Grueling hours, bruised egos, so very very many stories.
Yes, I know, I know. Passion’s Sacred Dance is not actually my book. I’m just a lowly beta reader. I have seen incarnations of this book, and I’ve heard about many more. Small things, little changes — fellow authors will know of what I speak. The magic of writing is not glamourous; it’s tediousness and the willingness to strip down and build back up, again and again and again.
Juli D. Revezzo landed a publisher with this series, even. Not that I see anything at all wrong with indie publishing (obviously, I should hope!) I will say this for more traditional publishing: it’s less work for the author, and it allows one to go from the final final edits to the next project that much faster.
As a beta reader, I’m already familiar with Passion’s Sacred Dance, but I’m rereading it in order to give a review that reflects the final content of the book, and not any shades of its former incarnations. And let me tell you, I love this book. Removed from the story building parts of the past, things that previously annoyed me make sense in the story as it’s written as a whole — you know, having characters that annoy you, that you enjoy being annoyed at? Think first season Cordelia Chase on Buffy, or Rand Al’thor in the first few books of WoT — hell, the first three read-throughs of the series — annoyed the heck out of me, but in an enjoyable way.
So, a proper review will be coming. But I wanted to share with you the cover, my excitement, and the book trailer. And now I have.