Friday, April 7

One more chapter...

Thanks to Sybil for linking me to a Squawk Radio column by Eloisa James, I can't get a link to the exact spot, but trust me it's there. It seems Ms. James has been getting a tremendous amount of mail and has decided her The Taming of the Duke needs one more chapter. It should be up 2 weeks from now on her website.

I wonder what she'll be adding or clarifying.

9 comments:

Jay said...

Supposedly she's going to be making it more clear that Imogen realized it was Rafe not Gabe.

I haven't read it, but I know Jane had a problem with that part of the book.

Tara Marie said...

Jay, there are "hints", but to be honest, EJ was trying way to hard to be clever with this one, and I think it backfired on her.

Devon said...

Hi Tara! I've lurked around your blog before, but never posted. I was rather disappointed in The Taming of the Duke and I had really been looking forward to it. I didn't really get that Imogen knew. Where were there hints? I would appreciate your help. It's kinda silly that I'm obsessing over this, but I wanted this book to be good, darnit! I think the charade thing was taken way to far, but if I felt that Imogen was in on the 'joke' it would bother me less.

Tara Marie said...

Devon,

The "hint" info came from something I read by EJ, I didn't pick up anything in particular, but I did have a feeling as I was reading she had to know, otherwise there would have been a huge blow up scene about the whole mess.

I think this book should have been last in the series, not the 3rd and it should have tied up all the loose ends. I think I needed another book to warm up to Imogen. I couldn't help but think Rafe deserved a better story.

Kristie (J) said...

I haven't read EJ before so can't comment on the book - but it does seem rather whacked that an author hasn't told a good enough story so she has to post more on her website. What about all her fans who don't surf the net. I know she's pretty popular - but something just doesn't sound right about this picture!!

Jane said...

Kristie J - that was my feeling exactly. Aren't you as an author supposed to write the whole story in the book rather than throwing up some pacifying chapter on the internet or trying to insert some re-write in the subsequent printings as apparently she would like to do. Where is her critique group? Her editor?

Ms. James might like mysteries but I don't think she is very good at writing them. You need more than three to four vague and obscure (and in some cases wrong) hints to make a whodunit work. I, too, thought Rafe deserved better. I almost wished he ended up the superb Ms. P-A

CindyS said...

Sorry, I'm out of the loop on this except to know that people have been disappointed in this book. I have never read EJ but I'm wondering what is going on because I'm a curious cat ;)

To find out she is going to write an other chapter is kinda funny - what didn't she make clear?

CindyS

Tara Marie said...

Jane--Where is her critique group? Her editor? Those were my questions the entire time I read this book. She has a wonderful writing voice and style, but it was completely lost in this plot.

Cindy (the curious cat)--Ms James uses the "switch identities" plot device, but there was no big surprise moment, and she carried it way to long into the story. Supposedly the heroine knew what was going on, but the "hints" are so subtle, no body really got them. My thought was after reaching the end that she had to know because there was no blow up about the whole mess.

sybil said...

LOL I meant to blog this too but forgot...

I did the important thing and told you ;).

I am not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, kudos to her for admitting she could have done better. And this isn't her first time with this right? Didn't she change historical problems in one of her first books? Or was that a different author?

On the other hand... if it doesn't get a reprint than it really don't count. :)