Readers’ Favorite Book Review: Seven Hours

Good Morning!

So, I woke up at 6:00 am and checked my phone because well I still had 40 minutes to sleep. I never made it back to dreamland because I had received a text message from Readers’ Favorite that one of their reviewers have completed their review of my novella.

Would you go back to bed after seeing a text message like that?

So, of course, I logged into my account and scrolled down to the review. My novella was reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite with a rating of 4.

Now, I really don’t care that much about ratings. It’s more about the review itself. Did the reviewer really read my story? Were they able to connect with my main heroine? Was their review helpful? Did it make me happy?  Does it make me cry and want to continue polishing the story line and by that… not releasing the novella on the promised date?

Well, I loved Viga’s review. And, I loved the additional comment (which I already added to the praise page inside the novella). I’m really happy that she saw past the love story ^_^

Where am I going with this?

I want to share the review with you and the comment. Let me guys know what you think and if the review makes you want to read it more.

See below:  

Review:

What would it be like to be born blind and, after 19 years, begin to see? This is a theme Angelina Kerner explores in her novella, Seven Hours. A light, enjoyable read, primarily aimed at teens or young adults, Angelina Kerner builds her story around 19-year-old Chanel. Chanel has lived very well with her disability over the years, has a couple of good friends to assist her when necessary, and gets out and about relatively easily. Nonetheless, her newsworthy parents decide she needs a bodyguard, and hire Leon to protect her against paparazzi onslaughts. Chanel is angered by what she sees as an affront to her independence. She deems it unnecessary babying. But despite herself, and for more reasons than the protection he provides, Chanel comes to love Leon.

While the romantic angle of Seven Hours will appeal to young readers, one would hope they will also be caught up in Kerner’s exploration of what it feels like for a blind person beginning to see people and the world around her/him for the first time. Eyesight is something the sighted take for granted, but through this little story we are forced to look at the world through the eyes of a blind person. What a different world one experiences when all is black. At one point, Chanel asks Leon to describe his eyes. How do you describe eyes to someone who can’t even see shapes or colour? When Chanel’s girlfriend, Bridgette, says her nail polish is orange, what is the colour “orange”? These considerations Kerner presents in Seven Hours give young readers more to think about than just another story about falling in love. An enjoyable exploration of a worthwhile theme. Well done, Angelina Kerner.

Comment:

Congratulations Angelina on breathing life into a theme (blindness) rarely explored in chick lit or young adult fiction. That impressed me and kept me reading, more so than the romantic story line. But you brought it all together nicely to a satisfying finish.

Inna Komarovsky- Illustrator for 7 Hours

Inna Komarovsky is an illustrator and designer based near Boston, Massachusetts.

One of her favorite things about art is the way it can help us see our everyday experiences with a fresh perspective. Her illustrations are based around drawing by hand or writing by hand because she finds inspiration in the process of putting pencil to paper to express one’s thoughts. Visit her website at: innakomarovsky.com

As promised, a blog post just for Inna because well she did the cover for my novella and I think that she’s awesome!

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Two of my favorite works of hers are:

App Illustration:                                                          Science Classroom Characters:

app              science

 

Cover Reveal: Seven Hours

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Releasing August 1, 2016, SEVEN HOURS  is my first novella and hopefully not the last.

Dear Readers and Fellow Bloggers,

As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago, I created a contest for the cover. I have received two entries – one from my sister and one from Inna Komarovsky, a friend from Illinois. I’m very happy that though we have a distance between us, she had created such a beautiful cover. However, since I do adore my sister’s talent, Inna is taking one of my sister’s drawings and adapting it into her style for the back cover. I haven’t seen the final version yet, but I am excited!

Sincerely,

Angelina 

“Seven Hours is packed with love, suspense, and the kind of fun that only comes from true friendships. A truly magnificent work that will have you so entranced you won’t want to put it down. A must read. 5 out of 5 fairies” – Lily Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

“A fun, quick and thought-provoking read, with such well-developed characters you will feel part of the story too!” – Ashleigh W.

“Brilliantly wrote, strong real life characters, and roller coaster of emotions. Kerner has you hooked from the first page!” – Laura Fitzsimmons

Book Cover Contest Update

Hi everyone,

Today is the last day to turn in your entries of my book cover.

Contest Rules

I have received two entries- one from my sister (she had no choice) and one from Inna. I will share the covers with all of you tomorrow, but there’s still time for you send me your book cover, today until midnight PST!

As a reminder here is what you get if I liked your cover.

Prizes:

The winner will be named as the illustrator for the novel and will appear as the illustrator on Amazon, Goodreads and on other sites.

The winner will have a profile section on my website. See what I did for Deity’s Soulmate at Illustrator and Editors for Deity’s Soulmate

There will be a blog entry on Word Press about the winner and the book cover itself. Will also be twitted about.

A free printed copy of the novella and a thank you card.

Comment if you are still working on the cover or going to make one today. You can send me a message and I’ll let you know where you need to send it to.

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Thank you!

Book Cover Contest!

Hey Everyone!

Please pass this on and re-blog if able.

For my novella, I am looking to have a fantastic eye-catching book cover… so I decided to create a contest. If you are interested in participating, please leave a comment and or send me a message. That way I will know if there will be any entries. I have a back up plan if no one enters so it’s all good, the novella will still be published and available for your reading pleasure.

Here are the rules:

  1. Needs to be turned in by July 10.
  2. Book Cover needs to have:
    1. A Title: Seven Hours
    2. A subtitle: A novella
    3. Author’s name: Angelina Kerner
    4. Illustrator’s name: Your name
    5. A back Cover:
      1. With this text: One pill every 7 hours, could give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is a independent nineteen year old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a senator comes with it’s own problems, a simple afternoon out with friends soon becomes overwhelming when reporters swarm around Chanel.Keeping her secret of the effects pills close to her chest she is able to fool everyone, expect  for her hawk eye bodyguard that has now been assigned to protect her.Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?
      2. Room for quotes from editor, book bloggers which will be added at a later time.
    6. Please portray 4 characters
      1. Chanel: 19 year old girl. She has short blonde hair and blind eyes. Preferably with headphones on if outside or in her room.
      2. Shadow figures of a girl and two guys (one guy has a diamond earring)- The reason for not drawing them out like Chanel is because she doesn’t know how they look like.
        1. example: http://comps.canstockphoto.com/can-stock-photo_csp6986050.jpg shadow
      3. Please try to keep minimal of white background. Have them be outside or inside a bowling alley. Be creative and have fun.

 

Prizes:

The winner will be named as the illustrator for the novel and will appear as the illustrator on Amazon, Goodreads and on other sites.

The winner will have a profile section on my website. See what I did for Deity’s Soulmate at Illustrator and Editors for Deity’s Soulmate

There will be a blog entry on Word Press about the winner and the book cover itself. Will also be twitted about.

A free printed copy of the novella and a thank you card.

Coming Soon: Seven Hours

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Hi Everyone!

I am happy to share some good news with you. My first novella, Seven Hours, will be published through Createspace on August 1, 2016. At the moment, it is with an editor for proofreading and then it will be ready for publication.If you would like to receive an ARC, let me know, I will be happy to share it with you for an honest review. Even better, if you provide a quote and I’ll add it into the novel in the first pages.

Synopsis:

One pill every 7 hours, could give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is a independent nineteen year old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a senator comes with it’s own problems, a simple afternoon out with friends soon becomes overwhelming when reporters swarm around Chanel.

Keeping her secret of the effects pills close to her chest she is able to fool everyone, expect  for her hawk eye bodyguard that has now been assigned to protect her.
Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?