Another review of Penumbra!

I received my first five-star review of Penumbra on Amazon!  

“I was given the opportunity to read a pre-release version of “Penumbra,” and I should warn you: I intended to read this story over the course of the week, but I found myself so wrapped up in the unfolding mystery of Beauty’s city that I ended up finishing it in one sitting! From the crisp opening pages, I was drawn into Beauty’s life and her collapsing reality. I loved the original fantasy creatures, the villains, the strange new heroes–all of it was refreshing and engaging, reminiscent of older sword and sorcery fantasy adventures, but with the grit and immediacy of a contemporary urban fantasy. From my interpretation, there were also some highly allegorical aspects to “Penumbra” that make it a stand out work of short fiction. I felt there was much more going on there than just an adventure story, but I won’t give anything away here.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something out-of-the-ordinary.”

New review of Penumbra

Jalyn Ely reviewed Penumbra here.  

I had to chuckle out loud reading the review.  She enjoyed Penumbra but was confused as to why she enjoyed it.  

“My overall feeling when I finished Penumbra was bafflement. As in, how could Kat Micari break so many of the rules and still have a good story? (In case you can’t tell, I’m still not sure what to make of it.)”

I wonder if my future works will be more straight-forward or if my writing will continue in this vein.  Is different in this case good or bad?  Who knows?  I certainly don’t.  But I’ll be true to my Voice as much as I can.

Of the three reviews I’ve gotten so far, the length of Penumbra seems to be an issue.  Each time, I ask myself if the story would have been better served by adding a B plot, or having it take place over a longer period of time, but, again, I don’t know.  I think I need to get some more of my work out there so I can get more feedback.  

Anyway, I’m pleased with the review.  

New Review of Penumbra at Little Ebook Reviews

Paul Little of Little Ebook Reviews reviewed Penumbra for me.  Check it out here.  I’m very happy that he enjoyed the story!  And as an aside, I love Paul’s mission statement:

I want to use this blog to review some of the content that is available online that may not necessarily get attention otherwise.


Paul Little

And as a reminder, you can purchase Penumbra at Amazon and Smashwords, as well as many other retailers through the Smashwords affiliate program.

Penumbra is now available!

Penumbra is available for download at Amazon and Smashwords!

Description: Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.

Forced from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.

This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.

Warning: I’ve been told by several beta readers that they had intended to read Penumbra over several sittings but ended up getting so sucked into the story that they read it all at once.

I would have had this out last week, but it took me forever to get the HTML formatting on Smashwords correct.  Turns out that you have to hit enter BEFORE hitting page break!  So now I know.

Now begins the fun of submitting this to reviewers, getting set up on Goodreads, and updating all my social media sites.  Woo-ha!

By the way, if you are a book reviewer and would like a free copy of Penumbra, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to send you one.

If You are a Writer of Stories, You Should Focus on Storytelling

I’ve read several blogs lately that as a self-published author, you need to get ‘good karma’ by reading and reviewing other self-published works, you need to be active on forums, and you need to help spread the word about other indie authors.  My biggest issue is this: if you are a writer of fiction, your time should be spent writing fiction.  If you are someone who loves to read books and then write reviews of them, then you should be a book reviewer.  I’m not saying you can’t do both (look at me try to write, make music, and create art) but they are two VERY separate ways of writing.  And if you ARE a writer of fiction, you probably shouldn’t be taking the time to go out of your way to read some nebulous magic number of self-published books to review them.  You should be reading works that will inspire you to better your own writing, which may include other self-published ones, and you should be writing the best stories that you can and honing your craft.  Do actors in independent movies have an obligation to watch other independent films and then go on IMDB and review their fellow actors’ performances?  No!  It doesn’t mean they don’t support independent films at all.

Quite frankly, indie authors don’t need this additional stress or guilt added to them.  As an indie author, it may build me some goodwill if I do reviews for other authors, but it may not.  It’s more important in the long run to be courteous and caring and honest and genuinely interested in the people you interact with, whether they be readers or other writers or friends or coworkers or strangers you meet in the coffeehouse.  Real interactions will both help your writing and build your fan base far more than writing reviews for other books.

That being said, if you read a book you love, regardless of whether it’s indie or not, you should write a fast review of it on Amazon (and Smashwords if applicable), if you’ve got the time.  Send a tweet or retweet.  And if you read a self-published book that you hate, maybe consider not leaving a review.  But don’t feel pressure to do so.  Don’t let people prey on your insecurities.  Do the best work you can, constantly improve yourself, and be honest.