Monday, August 20, 2007

Book reviews and Jon Bon Jovi

On Fire, my second romantic suspense, arrives in book stores in two weeks and one day. Not that I’m counting or anything. But the exact date is Sept. 4, 2007, if you’d care to put that on your calendar. :)

On Fire takes place in Charleston, West Virginia. The hero is a fire investigator. The heroine is a newspaper reporter. The two begin as adversaries but become allies when they realize the string of arsons they’re investigating is related to a series of murders.

I’ve already received two advance reviews, and I’m so relieved that they were strong, positive reviews. ChickLitGurrls (Shon Bacon) gave it a 4.5 out of 5 and called it a “suspenseful thriller.” Romantic Times Book Reviews (which reviews all genres of fiction; don’t let the magazine name mislead you) gave it a 4.5-star, fantastic, keeper review. The reviewer wrote, “Sargeant's scrupulous research coupled with terrific writing makes this a sensational and engrossing story.”

You're probably wondering what this has to do with Jon Bon Jovi.

I love watching biographies of successful people. What makes them successful? How do they keep moving forward? A couple of weekends ago, the Biography channel did a documentary on Jon Bon Jovi. At one point during the interview he talked about being nervous when it came time to produce his second album. And I quote, "You have your whole life to write your first album and this tiny window of time to write the second one."

I felt the same way when I was writing – or rewriting, actually – On Fire. After all, I had six years to polish my first romantic suspense, You Belong to Me, compared to nine months to rewrite On Fire. As a new author who’s still trying to find my writing pace and schedule, I was particularly nervous over how my second title would be received. That’s why the reviews were such a great relief.



angela henry said...


Congrats on the fantastic reviews! I can't wait to read the new book ; ).


Gwyneth Bolton said...

Congrats on the wonderful reviews! Now I really can't wait to get my hands on the book.


patricia sargeant said...

Gwyneth and Angela, thank you both so much for your kind words about the reviews. I really appreciate that.

What did you ladies think about Jon Bon Jovi's observation about writing the first record (or in our case, book) versus the time for writing the second book? Did you feel nervous about that?

Nine to Five Diva said...


Congrats on the wonderful reviews. I read the excerpt for "On Fire" on your website and well, okay instead of 4 'must read' books on my list to complete next month, I now have 5 (LOL). The ladies of Crime Sistahs are keeping me busy (smile).


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