[ARC Review] Gray Places by Julia Byrd

A thoughtful and positive review! So interesting to see what readers take away from a book. ❤️

Ann Reads Them

516svjbjmhlTitle: Gray Places
Author: Julia Byrd
Genre: Fiction, romance, gothic

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release date:
April 5th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary (from Goodreads)1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home. After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself – the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth…

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Repetitious repetition

My copyeditor has asked me, quite rightly, to fix a few repetitious words/phrases in Gray Places of which I am overly fond. She just writes “Repetition,” very politely.

The word “repetition” is repetitious. R-E-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-U-S. The e-p-e! The t-i-t interlaced with the i-t-i! It’s repetitively repetitious!

Is that onomatopoeia? Now I have semantic satiation. It’s possible I’ve had too much coffee today.


Le process

Thank you all for the interest in my previous FB post about the book! Truly one of the best things about the writing process has been talking with readers about what they like to read and asking writers about how they write. Fortunately, there is a clear consensus among writers on how best to proceed:

Step 1: Coffee

Step 2: ???? oh help what am I doing what planet is this do I even speak English? What day was the full moon in September 1850 and should it be “amongst”? Are turtles carnivores? lay/lie/who/whom…Oh look, snacks!

Step 3: Profit