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Five star first response

It’s funny being a writer. You work for months, sometimes years on a manuscript, and then within a few days, the first readers will read your novel and have an opinion.thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228

How wonderful a moment it is when a reader expresses that opinion so soon after you published your book.
Within a handful of days of publishing the paperback version of The House With the Wraparound Porch, I got a review.

5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next By Kathleen Creary on August 10, 2016

Just spent the past 2 days doing nothing but reading MaryPat’s new novel. It was truly “you cannot put this down until you finish it” kind of book. I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next one.Similarly, Just a few days after the Kindle version came out, this review was posted:

 

5.0 out of 5 starsA happy discovery By Lindsay Edmunds on August 22, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Curse of the Strawberry Moon is above all a LOCAL book, written by an author who knows the finger lakes region of New York inside out. Mary Pat Hyland knows plenty about the complexity of small town living and the way that lives and events intertwine. The book feels real in all its details: wine-making, book selling, massage therapy, clubbing, drug trafficking, police procedure, the lifestyle of aging rock stars, the hardscrabble edges where people move from job to job, the natural beauty of the lake country. The Caviston sisters seem like real sisters. It is a full portrait of a place and the people who live there. The incredibly complicated events that led to the murder are consistent with the complexity of life in this place, but solving the murder was the least important part of the book for me.The pleasures of the table are also featured. The precise, sophisticated descriptions of good wine and good meals are by themselves almost worth the purchase price.This easy-going, well-written novel is a discovery in the way that finding a great local restaurant, seeing a brilliant production by a regional theater company, or hearing an outstanding concert by local musicians are discoveries. I am looking forward to reading the next Caviston sisters mystery.

So glad to read these reviews and know that the novel is capturing their imagination.

 

Holiday surprise

wrapkindle300x480I’ve taken $7 off the list price of the paperback version of The House With the Wraparound Porch, just in time for holiday shopping.

Previously priced at $24.99—now available for just $17.99. SALE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT DEC. 2.

What Amazon readers are saying about my sixth and most popular novel (4.7/5 stars):

  • “This book captured my heart from the very first chapter! Not only does it convey the spirit and beauty of New York’s Keuka Lake, it filled me with genuine caring for its characters.”
  • “This was one of the best novels I’ve read in a very long time! One of those books that I had to read in one sitting and it was well worth staying up most of the night for.”
  • ” The heart of this story is family and the complex relationships within it. By using smooth prose, each character comes alive and the reader becomes engrossed in their quest for their own identity. I found this to be a heartwarming story and well worth reading.”

My third novel 3/17 has received another five-star review on Amazon.com. It’s so wonderful when a reader really gets your story. Ahhh.

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book EVER!!! 🙂, June 23, 2011
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This review is from: 3/17 (Paperback)

To anyone who’s ever wondered why on earth “Danny Boy” is the only Irish song ever sung; anyone who has ever wondered what ringletted wigs have to do with “traditional” step-dancing; and anyone who has ever given up wondering what leprechauns, all-you-can-eat buffets of corned beef and cabbage, tanker-trucks filled with green beer and all the other flamboyant displays of “Irishry” Americans put up has to do with St. Patrick himself — THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!!

The story of four traditional musicians from Ireland who get stranded in the backwoods of upstate New York and wind up on a wild Dante’s “Inferno”-type journey through America’s version of St. Patrick’s Day revelry, this book has everything you could ever want — from dance parties to donnybrooks (“fights”), from druid magic to green-clad, shamrock-bobbing mayhem, from romance to zombies. The characters are wonderful, the writing is masterful, and the craic is mighty!

So, sláinte, and enjoy!!

Kindle U.S. 99¢/UK 70p

Blogger Big Al reviewed my novel 3/17 on March 24, giving it four of five stars. In his review at booksandpals.blogspot.com, Big Al writes:

Murphy was Irish. It seems fitting that his law would apply so well to the characters of 3/17. In what is described as a “loose parody of Dante’s Inferno,” Irish Trad Band Slí na Fírinne (which means “path of truth”) go on their first American tour in upstate New York. Before reaching their first gig they slide off the road in a snowstorm – an accident that might have been prevented if they had paid attention to their seemingly possessed GPS. From there, it only gets worse.

What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes – especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy 3/17, it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.