I had long concluded that New Year's resolutions were rather meaningless; holiday ritualistic fantasies sounding good but soon forgotten because of the difficulty in carrying them out. So as 2012 approached, I had resolved to skip making any resolutions.
I was to change my mind.
At a small holiday gathering, a book signing for my suspense thriller Of Good And Evil, I was sitting at a table with copies of my novel on display, full of enthusiasm with that enticing carnival barker facade I've found to be essential for such occasions.
An attractive, well-dressed woman in her early 30s picked up a copy of my book from the table, quickly glanced over the first page, taking no more than a few seconds, then put the book down and commented to me, "This is strictly a man's book!" With confidence in her conclusion, she then strolled off.
Watching her, my face dropped and my carnival barker facade evaporated. Then and there, out of my dismay, my New Year's resolution was born: correcting this erroneous and hastily concluded impression.
So ladies, my New Year's resolution if for you; proving that Of Good And Evil is as much a woman's story as a man's tale. To begin, the novel has a beautiful, unusual and captivating love story, as well as strong, vibrant women essential and pivotal to the story's plot and its outcome. But I'll present to you more than my word.
Shane Poeteous, author of Rasciss, GraveCaller and How Gods Bleed, said in his review: "Now I must admit that I've never been a big fan of romance in stories, but of the 100s and 100s of books that I have read in my life, the love between Amber and Ron, the main characters in Of Good And Evil, was by far the most genuine romance I have ever read about."
But let's let's hear from women , those who actually took the time to read the novel rather than just hastily glancing at the first page, not realizing what was in hand.
Backing up Shane's words, Starr Reina of Suspense Magazine, a discerning woman, said in her review of Of Good And Evil: "An absolute must read!" (for both men and women)
And here's what Camille Kelly of New York, an avid female reader, said: "Of Good And Evil definitely had me interested from the very first chapter...This novel contains everything that a good suspense novel should have...Mr. Griffin has captured the essence of each character and made his readers involved in their journey, and a wonderful journey it is. Each chapter was gripping and, as a reader, I wanted more....Every person in this story had a definite part to fulfill and Mr. Griffin accomplished that. The story was written beautifully and I felt all the emotions that each person entailed. I laughed, I cried, I was holding on, in parts, for dear life. A wonderful, wonderful novel."
From Jan Zabel's 5 star review: "Of Good And Evil is a book for readers of different tastes. It is a military story, it is a romance story (among other things)...Many adventures ensue...Before the government can terminate Ron, the Mafia takes him out. Only a woman, Amber...can save him."
From the review by Lindsay Home, presented with great enthusiasm: "Wow, there was SO MUCH GOING ON in this novel...I was most impressed by the author and his writing...I was literally on the edge of my seat with each turn of the page...I can see the provoking great discussions about philosophy among a group reading it."
And then there is the review by Tracey Alley, author of Erich's Plea and Ursula's Quest: "I believe that writers, especially those who are great writers, are born and not made. They have burning passion to put pen to paper, they're tormented by stories that need to be told and see characters as real people rather than imaginary friends. No where is this driving need or this kind of talent more important or more necessary than for the writer of contemporary fiction.
"Gerald G. Griffin is an author with just such talent. In his brilliant thriller "Of Good And Evil" he takes the reader on a wild ride with the world as his background and makes the the reader believe in his plot and characters. He's also gone that step further that separates writers from great writers....Gerald has given his audience a well-conceived story and has delivered it with the talent of a born writer...Ron Sheffield, Gerald's gifted but tormented main character (and Amber Ash, his beloved), has everything a great writer needs to engage a reader on an emotional level. This is one of the gifts of a great story-teller."
So there you have it, ladies. I rest my case...and fulfill my New Year's resolution.
Women love my novel!