I know. Bad Blogger Jackie. No cookie.
It's been crazy busy (read: I've been seriously stressing out), but now I've got a moment to breathe (read: I'm done stressing for the moment). Thus, a new blog post!
The big stuff, of course, is HELL'S BELLES is almost on the shelves (heh, unless you ordered a copy from BAMM or B&N.com; see below), and reviews are coming in. And so far...they rock.
Romantic Times rated HELL'S BELLES as 4.5 stars (scorcher). Squee! I don't subscribe, so I don't have the review link. But here's the text of the review (available in the January 2007 issue of RT):
"Kessler's debut novel will captivate fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Laurell K. Hamilton from the very first page. Adding interesting new characters to the dark fantasy genre, this first novel in the Hell on Earth series is sure to have readers salivating over the release of the next book. The novel is steamy, humorous and fast-paced, with tons of imagery and symbols that take it to a deeper level, similar to that of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Kessler's writing alludes to Dante's Divine Comedy and other elements, demonstrating that this novel was researched well and written even better. Two giant thumbs up for this exciting new author."
Neil is my god of writing, so the comparison really blew me away. Eeeeee!
And Romance Reader at Heart rated HELL'S BELLES a "top pick"; the reviewer says, among other amazing things, that "I've no doubt that Jackie Kessler is an author whose originality, style, and flair for creating such wonderfully devious and intriguingly devilish characters is sure to propel her to the top."
Novelspot gave Hell's Belles a 10 out of 10. The reviewer said that "Kessler writes with an assurance and verve that belies her novice novelist status."
Other reviews will be coming in soon. Eek!
And...my editor JUST accepted THE ROAD TO HELL. Wooooooooooooot!
Party time at Casa Kessler!
Edited to Add...
So it looks like some places have decided to begin filling orders for Hell's Belles. No, really. Who knew that the "January 2007" date was optional? Hey, I'm thrilled. Depending on where you pre-ordered, you could get HB in time for the holidays!
Amazon US still says it's waiting until December 26, 2006 before it ships out orders.
Amazon UK says it will "dispatch it" when it's available.
Powells.com says it will ship in January.
Barnes and Noble.com, however, says it ships within 2 - 3 days.
And BAMM says it's available and ships in 3 - 4 days.
Any other HB Shipping Now sitings?