Compromise With Sin Earns Kirkus Star

I discovered today that Compromise With Sin , my debut novel, had earned a Star from Kirkus Reviews. I had to do a bit of sleuthing to see what that meant.

Now you may not be familiar with Kirkus Reviews, revered in the publishing industry since the 1930s. Booksellers and libraries and, to a lesser extent, readers rely on Kirkus for top-quality, independent reviews of traditionally published and indie published books.

The Kirkus Star is awarded to about ten percent of the books Kirkus reviews. The Star means I’m a nominee for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction. The winner will receive $50,000.

I’m still in shock.

10 thoughts on “Compromise With Sin Earns Kirkus Star

  1. That’s fantastic! I finished reading about a week ago, and I thought it was very good. Well developed characters, strong active descriptions, and themes that are always with us. Hooray for YOU!!

  2. I’m grasping for words to express my gratitude. I never expected such a response. Thank you.

  3. It has been a very long time since I have read a book cover to cover because I often get bored, distracted or disinterested, and do not always have the time to read continuously enough to keep the story line in my head. Not the case with your book, Leanna! Compromise with Sin exceeded all my expectations. It is beautifully written with painterly detail and it always kept me looking forward to what might be coming next. A page turner it is. As a retired sexually transmitted diseases prevention professional (yes, I worked with Tim), I could relate to the struggles that book characters had with trying to get support for helpful legislation and you portrayed these situations very realistically. I have always been fascinated with Helen Keller’s life and accomplishments but I am now motivated to read her works as well.

    1. My reply is belated inasmuch as I just saw this comment. Thank you so much, Nancy. Tim has shared your fascinating book, In the Shadow of Venus: Vignettes from the Venereal World, which you edited along with John Potterat and Stephen Muth. (I always feel compelled to cite authors/editors.) It seems the world of public health abounds with stories–part of the book I’m currently working on is set in a TB sanitorium in New Mexico.

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