Shannon Stacey

Conversation with Grace…

…from 72 Hours:

Grace: Hey! Put that line back. It’s one of my favorites.

Shan: You don’t need lines just to prove how witty you are.

Grace: So I should be unwitty…oh, you read that damn review again, didn’t you?

Shan: *shrugs*

Grace: You know better than that, you dumbass. You read it, take what’s of value from it, then let it go.

Shan: I try. But it’s like if somebody calls your kid ugly. You can say, “Screw you, lady, my kid ain’t ugly”, but it’s going to fester there. And you’ll find yourself watching the kid thinking “are his eyes too close together?” or “Is eighteen months to early for electrolysis, ’cause she’s awfully hairy” or “OMG, he looks like Great Aunt Beatrice! How did I never see that before?”

Grace: Put. It. Back.

Shan: Fine.

Grace: And just so you know, you called me Olivia on page 67, you dumbass.

Shan: Ouch.

Grace: It’s a love scene, so yeah, ouch.

Shan: Why…what the hell book is she from?

Olivia: Oh, that’s lovely. Thank you so much.

10 comments to “Conversation with Grace…”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · April 25th, 2006 at 10:05 am · Link


    and :whip: for still talking about that review

  2. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · April 25th, 2006 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Ok, which review? You KNOW I’m gonna Google your name so just spill, lady.

    Heck, Shannon. With all due respect to the intelligent reviewer, if I’d taken a certainreview to heart, I’d have tossed my voice and all my storytelling mechanisms in the trash. You know what I’m talkin’ about.

  3. Shannon
      · April 25th, 2006 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Stacey’s book is curious because it manages to be a page-turner without being good. Her characters dwell in a world where everyone has witty comebacks and sharp retorts at the ready, but no one holds a grudge, even against the most unspeakable deeds. Readers’ own incredulity will keep them glued to this book until its preposterous conclusion.

    RT, of course. And yet she still gave me 3 stars. I felt like a puppy who was told “Good doggy” and then kicked in the head.



    You win some, you lose some. Right now I have to make sure my hero calling my heroine by another name is just one-time fluke.

  4. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · April 25th, 2006 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Oh jeez. But, you know, so many other readers/reviewers loved it. :neener: And obviously, your editor did too.


    Suffice to say I know how you feel. At least this review doesn’t pop up on the first page of Google for you like mine does! I know. I checked.

    Oliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiviiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaa. Oh Oliiiiiiiiiiviiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Rock on, sweetie. Time marches on. Thank God.

  5. nataliedamschroder
      · April 25th, 2006 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Shannon, I knew what you were talking about because my review is on the same page as yours and my heart broke when I read it. I felt terrible for you. But you know what? Even though she found some things did not allow her to suspend her disbelief…SHE ALSO FOUND IT TO BE A PAGE-TURNER.

    That’s a HUGE compliment! That’s like me saying I couldn’t stop reading a secret baby book. :lmao: So focus on the good, and chalk the bad up to personal preference.

  6. Charli
      · April 25th, 2006 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Owwww Shan. But listen, that’s the thing with writing humor. Very subjective and some people will think it’s hilarious while others think it’s the dumbest thing on earth. Roadtrip is very funny and it’s probably a love it or loathe it kind of book as a result. I loved it. I keep thinking “Condoms!” and “Use the Force”. :lmao:

    Keep the line. Grace is smart.

  7. Shannon
      · April 25th, 2006 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Actually, that review was for Forever Again…the secret baby book. :lmao:

    Honestly, I don’t think I’d struggle with this review nearly so much if I wasn’t dealing with some of the same emotional issues with 72 Hours (although Grace gets to kill people, so she doesn’t have to hold a grudge. BAM!)


    Okay, let’s rewrite that review:

    Stacey’s book is…a page-turner…dwell in a world where everyone has witty comebacks and sharp retorts at the ready… Readers…will keep…glued to this book until its…conclusion.



  8. Charlene
      · April 25th, 2006 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Huh. Color me perplexed. Maybe I need more coffee. :coffee: Love your rewrite. :nod:

  9. Gabriele
      · April 25th, 2006 at 5:55 pm · Link

    There, you pesky critters, that should teach you.
    Writers get very good at editing. :devil: :lmao:

  10. Anna Lucia
      · April 26th, 2006 at 2:17 am · Link

    Lovely rewrite, Shan!

    I don’t mind reviewers deciding they don’t like a book, but do they have to be so gleeful about it? Honest critique, yes. Snide, no.


    Move on, Babe, move on.


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