5 Star Review for “The Shattered Shoe” from Readers’ Favorite!

5star-shiny-webReviewed By Stephen Fisher for Readers’ Favorite

The Shattered Shoe by Erin Evans is a story about Morgan. This young woman grew up while her father was always too busy on his adventures to remember birthdays and other important events in their family’s life. One day she gets a package in the mail. A two-handed sword was accompanied by an urgent note from her father to meet on her mother’s birthday. Since her mother had passed away, the meeting was to take place at the cemetery. Morgan sees her father at the grave site when a dark figure of a woman shows up. The woman plunges her claws into Morgan’s father’s chest and pulls out his beating heart. Infuriated, Morgan crashes into the woman, and both are instantly transported to another time and place. After witnessing the woman consuming her father’s heart, Morgan uses the sword to defeat her. Alone in a strange land, Morgan finds out that she is in a place where there are no phones, no cars, and … no Starbucks?

Erin Evan’s tale is wonderfully written with the sense of sarcastic humor that comes naturally between Morgan, and her (new) best friend Fenris, a strange wolf-like creature. Whether in telepathic communication or verbally, their banter brings out the best and worst in each other. Being the first book of the trilogy, The Shattered Shoe has moments that remind me of a cross between Once Upon a Time, and The Brothers Grimm. I found this magical book to be smart, funny, and full of action with many surprises.

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Cover Art!

TheSallowSpindle_coverThe cover art for The Sallow Spindle is here! Wonderful work by Patience Welch! Is anyone creeped out?

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More Beta Readers Wanted!


The Sallow Spindle (Book 3 of the Pernicious Princess Trilogy) is through the proofing stage, and the cover art is almost done. I had great response from my last request for Beta Readers and got some wonderful feedback. Since it went so well, I am hoping to do the same for this book.

If you are interested, keep reading for important instructions!

This is not your chance to read the book before it comes out. This is a serious commitment and a huge favor to me. I need people who will read with a critical eye, be able to articulate their thoughts clearly, and can get their proofs back to me quickly.

I will be sending out the cleanest, most polished version that I can, so the main idea is not to find typos (although you will, and they need to be caught), but to hopefully give me feedback on the story itself. Remember, I might not choose, or be able, to make the changes that you think necessary, but your input is still valued and helpful. So don’t volunteer for this if your feelings will be hurt if I don’t use every suggestion you make.

In a nutshell, what I want to hear about is:  As a reader, what disrupted the flow of the story for you?

These are some questions that I’ve pulled off the web to give you a better idea of what I mean when I say “disrupt the flow.” You don’t need to fill in the blank for each one (although you can). This is just to get your thought process going before you start reading.

Questions about the characters:

  • Any confusion on keeping characters straight?
  • Did you like the ones you were supposed to like?
  • What characteristics endeared them to you?
  • What did you dislike about them?
  • Did you dislike the ones you were supposed to dislike?
  • Did the dialogue seem natural or was it stilted?
  • Did any of them feel clichéd?
  • Were their actions and thoughts understandable?

Questions about the setting and backdrop:

  • Could you clearly see the story settings?
  • Which sections needed better, more detailed description?
  • Which sections were bogged down with too much description?

Questions about the pacing:

  • Where did things move too slowly?
  • Where did events feel too rushed?
  • Were there events that should have been given their own scenes but weren’t?

Questions about the reading experience:

  • Was the opening compelling?
  • What page/chapter were you on when you took your first break?
  • Did your mind ever wander?
  • What made you laugh or cry?
  • Were there parts that seemed awkward?
  • Is there anything you are still wondering about?

Questions about the plot:

  • Was the progression of events believable?
  • Where there events that seem like a digression rather than adding to the story?
  • Were there holes in the story?
  • Did anything happen that seemed unbelievable?
  • Did you see the ending coming?
  • Was the ending satisfying?

 I would like to have your thoughts back to me within two weeks of receiving the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy – whoohoo! Doesn’t that sound professional?!). And, for all your hard work and effort you will receive:

  1. My undying gratitude and thanks.
  2. A personal thank you/mention in the dedication to the book.
  3. A copy of the ebook via Amazon or an epub file (Since I’m putting this as a Kindle Unlimited it won’t be available from B&N, Apple, etc. If you prefer an epub file type I will create a file just for you).

So, sound challenging? If you think you have what it takes, message me your email address on Facebook and let’s get reading! The first five people to answer will be my beta readers for The Sallow Spindle!

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Reader’s Favorite – 5 Star Review of Don’t Rhine on My Parade

5star-shiny-webReader’s Favorite, an independent book review site, just gave Don’t Rhine on My Parade a 5 star review!

Here is an excerpt of the review by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite:

“Don’t Rhine on My Parade (The Rhine Maiden Book 1) by Erin Evans was hilarious from the first page… Fantastic tale, brilliantly written, with excellent characters. Erin clearly has a strong imagination and this was just a little different from all the super hero stories you read these days. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!

You can find the entire review here.


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Kindle Countdown Deal

TheShatteredShoe_coverThe first book of my twisted fairy tales series The Shattered Shoe is $0.99 until 11/25. Enjoy!

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Don’t Rhine on My Parade FREE from 10/15 – 10/19

DontRhineonMyParade_coverI’m going to be giving away the 1st Rhine Maiden book, “Don’t Rhine on My Parade” from 10/15 through 10/19. If you haven’t read this series or left a review on Amazon now’s a great time to do both. Enjoy!

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The Malevolent Mirror – Now Available!

The MalevolTheMalevolentMirror_cover (2)ent Mirror is now available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 (Free for Prime & Kindle Unlimited)! Find out what happens to Morgan when she faces off against the undead Snow White. +Be the first to leave a review!+

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FREE BOOK PROMO: 9/24 through 9/28

TheShatteredShoe_coverTo celebrate the release of The Malevolent Mirror, Book Two in the Pernicious Princess Trilogy,  I will be giving away Book 1, The Shattered Shoe, for FREE on 9/24-28. If you enjoy twisted fairy tales, please enjoy this limited time deal and share it with your friends!

Happy Reading!

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Pre-Order The Malevolent Mirror

amazon-logo-transparentThank you so much to my beta readers! I’m sending you a pre-order copy from Amazon soon. Check your email!   Everyone else, The Malevolent Mirror is now available for pre-order!

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Free eBook?

TheShatteredShoe_coverSooo… in preparation for the release of The Malevolent Mirror, if I offered The Shattered Shoe for FREE for a limited time would ya’ll hype the series, share it with your friends, and help drum up some new readers and reviews?

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