Regressions

Regressions is the second book by author Jaye C. Blakemore that I have completed. I have to say this. Blakemore is a master story teller. She spins a web that draws you in, and it becomes quite difficult to extract yourself until you get to the last page.

I reviewed Jacqueline and the Judge and said her writing was vivid and descriptive. It is. But it’s more than that. It draws you in to the story and compels you to learn more about the characters and the plot and the story.

Regressions is a story about a female psychologist who begins working with a younger woman who is experiencing memories from a previous life. The story includes mystery, danger, romance and more. I read it in two days.

Both of the books suffer from a flaw—no editing. I’ve corresponded with the author. It turns out it’s not her fault. She used “self-publishing” companies that claimed to include editing in their services. It’s obvious these books have not been read, much less edited. Some of the errors, like using form instead of from, are the kinds of mistakes that authors make routinely and editors should catch in their sleep. Worse than that, they published without even bothering to let her read a proof copy, where she almost certainly would have caught the errors.

I don’t know why, but there’s something about seeing your words in print that makes you focus on the errors. I can read my own writing hundreds of times and miss the same errors hundreds of times. As soon as someone else points them out to me, I feel incredibly stupid, because I know how to spell and use words. Yet there it is, staring at me, exposing my humanity for all the world to see. Or at least the world of the editor that vets my work. Seeing it in print is troubling.

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