What I liked: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay is an unusual and genius modern twist on Romeo and Juliet. I loved the new perspectives on the characters and the story line. When a reader tries to interpret Juliet’s character in the original Shakespeare version, they may view her as fragile and childish, knowing nothing about tragedy which completely makes the story all the more tragic. In Jay’s novel, Juliet has changed throughout the centuries and she’s strong willed and a little bit cynical. She despises Romeo because she thinks he took her life, ultimately wanting nothing to do with him. However, there is a dash of nostalgia residing in her due to her memories of her first and only love, Romeo Montague. On apposing sides of the universe, Juliet and Romeo are forced to live in other people’s bodies and fight for what they believe in. Along the way, she falls in love with the mysterious heartthrob Ben after Romeo confesses his everlasting love for her.
What I disliked: The only things I didn’t like about this novel were that the romantic scenes were sometimes cheesy and redundant. Also, the intertwining relationships with the characters are at times confusing.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars
The Energy Crusades is on sale for a few days, so if you have some pennies burning a hole in your pocket, or hiding in the couch cushions, put them to good use! And if you do that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I play tennis at the same place every Friday night and I’m lucky enough to have a little group of fans who love The Energy Crusades. They’ve made a fan page on Instagram and now I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Julianna. It was fun and I love how there is tennis being played behind me during the interview.
In September, I became an Associate Literary Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. I won’t go into my journey of how I got there, but I will say it was a lot of hard work, and a heck of a lot of reading.
When I opened for queries, I thought “who the heck will query me, I’m so new?”. Ha ha! Little did I know I would receive hundreds of queries in my first month, and they keep rolling in. Consider my query statistics (yes, I keep a spreadsheet of queries):
- Number of queries read in September: 220; Date reached in query box: September 6th
- Number of queries read in October: 289; Date reached in query box: September 22nd
- Number of queries read in November (so far): 159; Date reached in query box: October 3rd
These staggering numbers prompted me to close to queries in order to catch up. “But you just opened!” you might say. Yes, I just opened, but I cannot physically read any faster and these numbers do not include the submissions I have piling up as well. Of the 600 plus queries I’ve read, I’ve requested about 70 manuscripts. That’s a little better than 10% of the queries read. I know what it’s like to query agents, to wait for responses, to hope hope hope. I do my very best to be timely, believe me I do. The query box is never far from my mind.
For the most part, I am extremely impressed with the quality of queries and the accomplishments of the authors seeking representation. But, if you’ve had the pleasure of being in the same room with me while reading queries, you’ve heard my frustrated sighs, my fits of yelling, or the slam of my hand on the desk.
Why? Here are some reasons:
- Author does not mention name of book, genre, or word count
- I continually get queries in a genre I do not represent
- Author fails to mention they are already self-published
- Query is incomplete or contains attachments
- Author does not give their name or sign their query (this happens WAY more than it should)
I came back from lunch the other day to find this message waiting for me: