"I absolutely LOVED this story. It hooked me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. I love cozy mysteries like this with casts of interesting eccentric characters and this one delivers the goods."
First Place, Winter Rose Contest
"This author's voice is just fabulous. It's clear from the start that Valentine and her world are fully developed and the author does a great job of bringing this world to life."
Editor, Fab Five Contest
"A delight. This is obviously the work of a very accomplished writer. The writing is snappy, strong and the humor is fantastic. The pacing and the humor are outstanding! She is expert at first person!"
First Place, Marlene Contest
"I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this well-written story about these wacky characters! Would love to see this (a series, if you will) published. Still shaking my head and smiling at all the funny comments made. Congrats and Good Luck to a very talented writer!"
First place, Winter Rose Contest
"This is a charming, tongue-in-cheek mystery with feisty characters and a fun tone. A beauty shop is a great venue for a mystery series, and Val is a unique and engaging heroine. You write with a wonderfully snarky sense of humor—love your story's tone!—and you have a knack for creating colorful, unexpected characters."
First Place, Marlene Contest
"Superbly talented, incredibly skilled writer. If not published yet, I have no doubt that you soon will be. These pages reek of future success for its author."
Finalist, Fab Five Contest
"You've shown a mastery of the craft elements. This book is a treasure. I can see the characters easily sustaining a series. It has all of the elements that readers love. I look forward to its publication. I want to know what happens next!"
Cleveland Rocks Contest
"Wow! Sassy, spirited, sparkling dialogue! The characters are extremely well-developed. I love the sexual attraction--always just under the surface!"
First place, Maryland's Reveal Your Inner Vixen Contest
"Very funny! Great comedic voice! Excellent job! Can you tell I love your entry?"
First Place, Southern Louisiana Dixie Kane Memorial Contest
"I LOVE your voice! I can’t tell you how many times I found myself laughing out loud. You have a great way of describing people and places in a fresh and original way. The talent you have–that can’t be taught! Looking forward to seeing your books in print!"
Indiana’s Golden Opportunity Contest
"Fabulous writing, fabulous characters, fabulous story! Absolutely LOVE the style. You’ve probably heard numerous times that you’re in the same league as Janet Evanovich, and I like Val’s voice even better than Stephanie’s. This is a terrific book–I can’t wait to order it (and the rest of the series) on Amazon, so please let me know when I can!"
Hot Prospects Contest
"I am totally captivated by your characters and this story. What a wonderful talent you have. If you haven’t already been published, it’s just a matter of finding the right editor to snap you up. Please send me a notice when this and anything else you write is published. You already have a devoted fan in me."
Finalist, Emily Contest