Aug 5, 2010


Most of my followers would know of Michelle Davidson Argyle, a writer who's been prominent in the blosasphere. Perhaps you've seen her columns on The Literary Lab hosted by a team of talented writers offering advice. Michelle also has her own blog at The Innocent Flower and now has her own Author Website Michelle Davidson Argyle.

Michelle has been blogging, twittering and Facebooking about her experience writing and editing her new novella, and finally the time came to release it to the public. I've found Michelle's experiences quite motivating and appreciate her dedication and the hard work she has given to her writing passion. I couldn't wait to read this story because I'd seen it develop through her blogposts and because I'm a big fan of 'bring back the novella'.

Making the novella available on Kindle immediately upon release was a brilliant idea. Lately I've tried to purchase many new release novels that are published through traditional publishers, only to find their Kindle release is held off for too long. I want to read a story when it's new, when there is lots of buzz about it (I'm a dedicated consumer and am happily influenced by hype). So within minutes, Cinders was mine to read!

This is quite an unexpected development on the original fairytale - if you like the Disney version with birds tweeting and happily-ever-afters, then you might be in for a shock. This story is much more inline with the style of the Brothers Grimm with dark twists and tragic consequences for many characters. What was beautiful was the imagery provided of the harsh reality of living like a princess and the increadible development of this almost Hamlet-ish protagonist into maturity.

Definitately worth a read, and you can knock it over in two bedtime sittings easily (if you get page hungry, like me).

So Hooray! for Michelle, taking the responsibility of her career in her own hands and setting such a great example for writers like myself. If you'd like to give her novella a whirl, go to Michelle's author website:
(I just wanted to add that I know some bloggers have reviewed the book in return for a free copy, but I was more than happy to purchase mine, I love supporting fellow writers and feeding my consumer addiction at the same time!)


  1. Thank you for such a fantastic review! I'm so excited you got a chance to read this so quickly and that you liked it. :)

    If anyone is looking to buy this on Kindle right's currently down until tomorrow afternoon. I just lowered the price on it (sorry, Charmaine!) and that takes a day to go through. It should be back up by Thursday late afternoon, hopefully! can go to Smashwords and purchase the .mobi file for the same low price.

  2. Oh, and Charmaine, I'd be thrilled if you went and left a review on Amazon, but you don't have to. It's just nice to build that up over there. :)

  3. I've been really curious about this one! thanks for reminding me :)

  4. Sounds like a great read - thanks for the tip :)

  5. I'm with you. I think more books should be available on Kindle right away and another thing, why not make the, and all linked. Why not have all the books available at the same time. I hate reading books a year after everyone else has. I feel left out.

  6. Clarissa: I agree with you on that ALL the way! I'm working on getting my book on right now and it's kind of impossible. Very confusing.

  7. I am really surprised at how many authors have not yet embraced e-copies of their work. Now that I've gotten into reading off my netbook, I want e-books.

  8. I've heard good things about this one. I'll have to check it out. Great review, Charmaine! :-)

    P.S. I'm tagging you in my Friday post - ha ha. You're it!

  9. Sounds like a great read! Love your blog & following now...

  10. Michelle,no probs,will hop on Amazon soon to leave feedback.

    Carrie,Jemi, You're most welcome :)

    Clarissa,I agree about linking the Amazons, maybe it's because the price varies? We don't have a dedicated Australian Amazon, so I use the US one.

    MPax, Yes! I love my e-reader so much, I have turned down some books that weren't available on it. I'm wondering how your pitch went? Will have to wander over to your blog and find out :-)

    Shannon, Hehe, I'll go have a look :-)

    Kaelin, Thank you! And welcome aboard :)

  11. Sounds good. Thanks for the info. :)