Comments: 6
Megan Thomason (guest) 11 years ago
Kara, I appreciate you reading and reviewing daynight. It sounds like you have a very old copy of daynight (with the old cover). I can assure you that daynight, clean slate complex (daynight #1.5), arbitrate (daynight #2), and generate (daynight #3, to be released in 2014) have a team of professional content and copy editors and proofreaders on board. My content/copy editor works at a major publishing house. The very earliest copies of daynight only had professional proofreading (which was insufficient, I agree). Many of the issues mentioned above were addressed. Interestingly enough, the largest base of readers for the series is adult women and a few of the biggest fans are college-level and high school-level literature and writing teachers. That does not mean the series is for everyone or that daynight is perfect. I take constructive criticism seriously and the excellent feedback that I received early on with daynight (including some points you list above) helped shape the later works in the series--which have received excellent critical acclaim.

I have forwarded your feedback to my editor and if there are areas that still need improvements (that have not already been addressed), we will not hesitate to do so.

Have a great rest of your week and thank you again for reading and reviewing daynight.

Megan Thomason
Bookworm Blurbs 11 years ago
Thank you so much for your response, Megan!! I definitely plan to continue reading the series - I'm interested by the story and can't wait to see where it goes. I'll have to look for a more recent copy of daynight and maybe follow this up with a comparison review of that one - I bought my copy for Kindle this past summer. Have a good week!
Megan Thomason (guest) 11 years ago
No worries either way. I'm laughing right now because I can't ever remember saying that Twilight was an influence on me? I sincerely doubt I would ever say that lol and shoot me if I did (they do make great bad movie night movies though). I wouldn't call myself a big fan. Some of my favorites or books that did a big impact on me… Pride & Prejudice, Hunger Games, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Crime & Punishment, Anna Karenina, 1984, Brave New World, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice & Men, and Lord of the Flies. Like 1984 and Brave New World, daynight explores societal extremes of morality and control.

I picked Ethan and Blake as names because of their meanings--all the names have to do with light & dark symbolism (or other symbolism related to the plot). Most the dystopian novels out there are post-apocalyptic (including The Hunger Games). The daynight series is all modern day/parallel world/modern politics infringing upon societal rights of its citizens in various ways. The first book, daynight, looks at Cleaving, but that is only one of many agendas the SCI has going.

The daynight series is not intended to be a love triangle (more love evolution, if anything) but follows all three main characters along their journey as they interact with the totalitarian entity of the SCI. All three characters--including Ethan--are *very* flawed and intentionally written as such so they can progress. clean slate complex looks at what the SCI is doing on Earth and has new characters (who are important secondary characters in arbitrate). And arbitrate likely goes in a very different direction than what you are thinking. It has a very different feel than daynight. While daynight looks at extreme teenage behavior, arbitrate is all about choices and consequences.


Okay, back to writing :).
Megan Thomason (guest) 11 years ago
No worries either way. I'm laughing right now because I can't ever remember saying that Twilight was an influence on me? I sincerely doubt I would ever say that lol and shoot me if I did (they do make great bad movie night movies though). I wouldn't call myself a big fan. Some of my favorites or books that did a big impact on me… Pride & Prejudice, Hunger Games, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Crime & Punishment, Anna Karenina, 1984, Brave New World, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice & Men, and Lord of the Flies. Like 1984 and Brave New World, daynight explores societal extremes of morality and control.

I picked Ethan and Blake as names because of their meanings--all the names have to do with light & dark symbolism (or other symbolism related to the plot). Most the dystopian novels out there are post-apocalyptic (including The Hunger Games). The daynight series is all modern day/parallel world/modern politics infringing upon societal rights of its citizens in various ways. The first book, daynight, looks at Cleaving, but that is only one of many agendas the SCI has going.

The daynight series is not intended to be a love triangle (more love evolution, if anything) but follows all three main characters along their journey as they interact with the totalitarian entity of the SCI. All three characters--including Ethan--are *very* flawed and intentionally written as such so they can progress. clean slate complex looks at what the SCI is doing on Earth and has new characters (who are important secondary characters in arbitrate). And arbitrate likely goes in a very different direction than what you are thinking. It has a very different feel than daynight. While daynight looks at extreme teenage behavior, arbitrate is all about choices and consequences.



Okay, back to writing :).
Bookworm Blurbs 11 years ago
I must have been misinformed, then! My professor told my class that he had read somewhere that you had; perhaps his source was faulty. It sounds like we have the same taste in books - those are all some of my favorites, too!

Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my review! I think it's so cool that you took the time to do that. I'll definitely have to look for a newer copy of daylight to see what's been changed. :)
Megan Thomason (guest) 11 years ago
Hit enter too quickly there and cut a piece out. One--my apologies that I still haven't been able to get Amazon to update reader copies to the latest material (it's been an ongoing dialogue for a year). Two--the above explains my internal thought process while writing & doesn't necessarily reflect how people read the book. Interpretations have been all over the map :).

Oh and on Blake being able to climb a rope ladder at 3 (almost 4)... I guess I'm jaded (I have 5 kids). I was a climber myself (climbed up to the top shelf of our linen closet at 9 months, unscrewed the top off a bottle of syrup of ipecac--and didn't get sick lol), and all my kids have been extreme climbers.

Kira's muted reactions things were intentional (though that particular scene was rewritten). That is one of her many flaws--not dealing with things properly. I promise you that it all catches up with her. She is one very broken lady by the start of arbitrate.

If you have other thoughts or concerns, feel free to email me at megan@meganthomason.com or message me on my Facebook.com/daynight.series page. I love hearing all the varied opinions of readers and don't consider any thoughts invalid (except perhaps personal insults, which I get every once in a while).

Now, I'm getting back to writing :) (or picking up kids from school...I best not forget that).