Naive Gnostic’s review of The Haircut + my retort

Okay, not all reviews can be 5 stars, that would be an unrealistic expectation.

Quite often, the most valuable reviews aren’t those full of unambiguous adulation. When properly worded, well-meant and constructive criticism can be quite helpful to any writer that is determined to grow as an author, even if the review is only for 4 stars or less.

One of the latest reviews for The Haircut got me thinking about story length. How many words a story has when it’s finished isn’t always within the author’s control, but when you begin outlining or drafting that new brainchild, you at least have an idea of the ballpark your story will be in.

Generally, stories are classified into a few categories as far as word count goes: (wikipedia)

Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

At roughly 11,000 words, The Haircut falls nicely into the novelette category. This was a choice I had made at the onset, to end up between 10- and 12,000 words.

This choice bears a few consequences.

As highly regarded the principle show, don’t tell may be among writers, being succinct in your descriptions is a great way to trim those excess words and paragraphs from your manuscript.

Wouldn’t The Haircut have been a better story at 25,000 words? Or 50,000? Who knows.

I could have added a lot more background of every character, sure. I could have had them reminisce their childhood, I could have revealed their inner dialogues and conflicts, or showed my reader a lot more in places where I chose to tell, for the sake of brevity.

Every story deserves to be told, and I am convinced that it is often the story that searches for and finds an author, rather than the other way around. Once the two have found each other, it is in the author’s hands. His or her choices, skills, and experience play a key role in how the story will eventually turn out.

Not every story would work well as a full-length novel; some stories would be done a disservice if their author tried to cram them in a 3,000-word format.

“My main complaint is the length. Although it is a fully formed short-story it could be so much more. I’d like to know more about Lucy’s condition. And what’s the real deal with Arron? He’s got issues that weren’t sufficiently fleshed out.”

That said, The Haircut wanted to be a novelette, and that’s what I wrote. So indeed, that means I had to make some sacrifices. Aaron and Elbe’s backstory is indeed a fascinating one; so is Lucy’s journey up to the point where she met and fell in love with Elbe. But my characters tend to haunt me in my sleep, so I’m confident that future stories will raise the tip of the veil a little higher.

Read Naive Gnostic’s review on Amazon.

p.s. I’m still very happy with this review, of course 😀


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New review of The Haircut – Damien Hodges

Very nice review of The Haircut on Damien Hodges’ erotica review blog

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Stephen Bolt’s review of The Haircut + introducing his novel Seeds

Stephen Bolt is the author of dystopian fusion novels in which he pours his unique perspective on life and mixes it with elements from speculative fiction, fantasy, and suspense. The result is a genre-defying style you’ll never encounter anywhere until you take a chance and pick up his book Seeds.

Being an avid reader, he came across The Haircut, and took a chance.

I’m extremely glad that he did because his opinion elevates my book to heights I had never dreamt of.

A ‘random’ selection of quotes from his review:

A cut above the rest

I found the writing of this piece to be top notch

Lucy’s voice as the narrator was wonderfully effective

I would highly recommend this sensuous, sexy story

Now I know it may look like I’m cherry picking, only quoting the positive things. You’ll just have to go and read his complete, 5-star review.

Be sure to check out his book Seeds, available at Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.

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Their world is ruled by ruthless Petroleum Barons. Strict social order is kept in the streets by brutal Enforcers. Unbridled Scientists have been commissioned to take genetic modification to Frankensteinian levels. And the frequent attacks of pillaging Outlaws keep citizens beholden to an exploitive system. Three characters have come to a unique situation. Shade is a heterogen – a humanoid hybrid with canine features, and instincts – born into a life of servitude. Savina is a concubine and bodyguard, a role she was unwillingly forced into at a vulnerable age. Anax is their Master, but only because he, thanks to Shade and Savina, survived an attack meant to kill them all. Suddenly finding themselves swept up in a revolution they never knew existed, each must make an important choice that will map the course of their future. But they soon learn that joining the cause is not simply a matter of taking up arms and marching to the front. To prove their worth they must visit the enigmatic Engineer and undergo a mysterious test. Join Shade, Savina, and Anax as they navigate the perils of their unfortunate circumstances. Experience a wondrous journey of self discovery, eerie dreams, unleashed magic, and cross-species breeding. Then brace for the ultimate challenge when these three must confront their most terrifying demons with only two possible outcomes: death, or victory.


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Naughty Book Snitch – Review of The Haircut 

Reading a review from one of the Naughty Book Snitches is always a treat, and when it’s a review of your own book, you better pay attention.These ladies read and review erotica almost for a living, so they know what they’re talking about. Always fresh and candid, their opinionated pieces are a form of entertainment in their own right.

Well, it should be obvious by now their review was a good one, otherwise, I wouldn’t be praising them into Walhalla :p

I don’t know how many times I’ve read this review now since it aired yesterday, but enough times to almost know it by heart.

Oh, off the top of my head:

Lusty Soul is talented when it comes to weaving her magical words together to form very interesting tales that keep you glued to the pages

The scenes are described so well, that you almost feel that this is the first time that you’ve read anything like this

Lusty Soul has a way with weaving words together so perfectly that she can create magic

Lusty Soul is an extremely talented author

It just goes on and on. I know a writer ought to be modest and not blow her own horn, but there’s nothing wrong with repeating it when someone else blows my horn, right? 😀

Well, excuse me while I go write another story.

Title: The Haircut Series: NA Author: Lusty Soul Genre: Erotica, LGBT Pages: 44 Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mindy See Mindy’s Goodreads…

Source: Review ~ The Haircut by Lusty Soul | Naughty Book Snitch


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Lark’s Library | a review of The Haircut

Lark LaTroy, author of genre-defying fiction in which he blends elements of magic, horror, paranormal, fantasy, romance and adult passions in a word play of hardcore plots, has read and reviewed my book The Haircut.

A few excerpts:

“When it comes to the sex though, Lusty really shines. This is no poorly written attempt at a story only slightly above porn. Lusty uses just the right words in the right order to help the reader feel the passion. It is delightful to read a sex scene, and not be bombarded with vulgar language, and the same old descriptions of body parts. This story does not dwell deeply on the act of sex, but instead, focuses on the tension leading up to the act, and the sensations of the characters involved. It is uncommon to read, refreshing when it is found and done right. This story does it right.”

These words actually gave me butterflies. I’m sure I was blushing while reading them. But he goes on:

“I strongly recommend this story to any connoisseur of the erotic and magical. If you want to read a cute, red hot story that makes the Succubus and entertaining creature, pick up a copy of ‘The Hair Cut'” [sic]

If you hadn’t found a reason to read The Haircut yet, I can’t imagine a review like this will leave you indifferent :p

You can read Lark’s full review here:

Source: Lark’s Library | The Haircut By Lusty Soul A review

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Sakura’s review of The Haircut

By now, it’s no longer a secret that The Haircut is a transgender romance novelette. The first review it got even before publication was by Isabella, who is a trans woman herself. She also writes transgender erotica and has recently made the jump to the big league in this specific genre by venturing into the Futa realm.

Another review I was looking forward to was by another seasoned expert of the transgender genre, Sakura Von Sternberg. Her book Slumberparty Succubus—reviewed by me here—was the first book I read that featured characters of dubious sexuality. This opened up a whole new spectrum of literary possibilities for me, and together with Isabella’s book TransMission, prompted me to create my first transgender character.

So far, the reviews have been amazing. 5 stars across the board, and praising comments not only on my language and story line but also on the credibility of my heroines and the erotic tension between them.

With an opportunity for me to learn a few new words comes Sakura’s review, adding another 5 stars for my new book The Haircut. Needless to say, I’m excited and honored in equal measure by her recognition of the effort and care I spent in giving life to Elbe. The research I put in before starting my first draft paid off, that much I can gladly conclude.

Check out Sakura’s review here.

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TITLE: The Haircut AUTHOR: Lusty Soul SUBGENRE: lesbian, LGBT, erotic romance The Haircut is both a continuation of and radical departure from Lusty Soul’s Spicy Dinner for Three. Like her previous…

Source: REVIEW: The Haircut (Lusty Soul)


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Lady Elizabeth’s Review of The Haircut

I won’t say that I write to harvest praise, but praise like this sure makes my day.

My (totally unbiased) friend Elizabeth—also non-native English erotica author—has given my new book The Haircut 4.5 out of 5 stars, according to her rating system.

Needless to say, I am very grateful for this recognition, even though [cough – cough] I really don’t write for the praise. Really, not. Not really :p

The Haircut by Lusty Soul Kindle Edition: 44 pages Published: April 8th 2016 by Lusty Soul Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT, Lesbian Amazon * Smashwords * B&N * iTunes * Good…

Source: [Book Review] The Haircut by Lusty Soul

UPDATE: After posting this message, I noticed a new review on Amazon by an anonymous reader:

“This is a great story. Lucy the narrator simmers with yearning and desire for Elbe, her shy but alluring hairdresser. The atmosphere is thick with erotic tension. The sex scenes are highly charged. But there’s a lot more to the story than that. It’s also about the victory of love over prejudice. I don’t want to say too much as there’s a twist that will stun you. Do read The Haircut. It will arouse you, make you think and leave you hoping the author will write a lot more about these characters.”

Another boost to my happiness, let me tell you 😀


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Lars Kaiden’s review of The Haircut

Lars Kaiden, author of erotic poetry and romance novels, has written an amazing review of The Haircut. Since I’m so happy, I thought I’d share it with you 🙂

This story of Lucy and Elbe is a fascinating read. The author is skilled at setting the scene and providing succinct and yet vivid imagery. The plot twists and turns were welcome, as was the depth of the dialog between characters. I did feel a little lost in the plot in one or two places. However, that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. I would definitely recommend this as a short story purchase.

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Kassandra Wylde’s review of The Haircut

Erotica author Kassandra Wylde graced my new book The Haircut with a very kind 5-star review:

“This novelette is beautiful and warm, sensitive and thoughtful. Oh, and did I mention…hot, hot, HOT? Lucy and Elbe share amazing chemistry, and I’ll never look at my salon visits the same from here on out!”

Source: Goodreads | Kassandra Wylde’s review of The Haircut


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First Review of The Haircut by Lusty Soul

My good friend Isabella Belucci, also erotica author, claimed the honor of writing the first review of The Haircut. Check it out on her blog

“5-star all the way. Well done, Ms Soul.”

Source: Review of The Haircut by Lusty Soul

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