He Counts Their Tears

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Reason for indie publishing:

Writing was always something to aspire towards, but invariably out of reach for me. Then, one day, I picked up a pencil and wrote, "Aaron had never noticed how thin his shoe laces were. I kept writing, to see what would happen. The end result was "He Counts Their Tears". I hadn't a clue about publishing but I knew that I wanted to see my book in print. So, I researched the self publishing companies and chose Dog Ear Publishing.

Editing process:

Oh how I wish I could say there was a formal process! (There is for the second book!) I wrote "He Counts Their Tears" on the train and in between working full time and raising my daughter. I had the book edited by Dog Ear before publication. I then revised it after its first release.

Additional comments:

I wrote this book sequentially, without a plot plan and without thinking out the characters or the story line. It wasn't for lack of planning, nor was it lack of reverence for the writing process. I simply started writing and kept at it until the book ended. I know that sounds odd, but it is the truth. The sequel, in contrast, is well thought out. I have to say that with the exception of the arrival of my daughter this book is the most life changing event I have experienced. It eclipses law school, and even the bar exam, and everything in between. I now understand what it means to find that tiny corner of the Universe that is one's own, for I have found it with this book.

Oh, one more point: There is one scene I wish could have been better. It is the scene where Luisa is tricked by Aaron into kissing him and he tastes blood on her mouth. It is a crucial scene and I struggled with it. I have no sense of taste (from a childhood illness). So, I had to look up "taste of blood" on google. I still wish I could have describe the scene more fully but even so I think it proves that to write much we must experience much.

In closing, I must pause and say "Thank you", I do hope you will read my book. I fully accept your review, and your impressions of my book. You will notice it contains repetition. This was intended to simulate the hypnotic trance as used by the main character, Aaron. Your opinion on this, and the rest of the book, will be gratefully anticipated by me.
Mary Ann D'Alto

Last updated on: March 6, 2017
Originally submitted on: February 14, 2017.
Originally published on: August 8, 2015
Author’s contact info: mdalto13@gmail.com

Review selection has been put on hold site-wide. Expect an explanation from Amy before the end of August.

August 8, 2015
Votes: 2
Audience Adult
Word Count 80-100k (average)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Workshopped with Books and Everything
Published Through Dog Ear Publishing
Pitch Perfect Finalist

Author’s Summary

Science calls him a Psychopath. Women call him, “the one I will never forget”.
Aaron Stein is the quintessential gentleman. But his charm is pure Illusion. Behind the benevolent façade is a monster; a destroyer of souls who lusts after power and control.
Aaron plays his ruse again and again with unsuspecting women who genuinely believe they have met their soulmate. Emotionally skinned alive after his abrupt departure, they continue to miss him, in spite of everything.

But suddenly his secret life is threatened by a series of events he never anticipated. Will his devoted cousin, Constance, succeed in protecting him? Are they merely cousins or, perhaps, something more? Did Aaron learn his evil ways from her, or is he the incarnation of Evil? In the end, these answers will make no difference in the lives of the women who, each in turn, are charmed into becoming his victims.

Short Description

Science calls him a Psychopath. Women call him, “the one I will never forget”. Aaron Stein, quintessential gentleman, has a secret; he likes to play a game with women’s minds. Life is going well for Aaron. But suddenly his secret life is threatened. Will he be found out?


Women know him as “the one I will never forget”.

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I am particularly interested in the human condition - what drives us, what scares us, and how we as individuals succumb to or are beaten by the odds in that old "nature vs nurture" debate.
He Counts Their Tears is a journey into the mind of a man out at the very edge of the worst of us. His cruelty visited onto his victims begs the question of us, "How would I cope with this?" and "How many generations of damage is being passed along here?"
Winston Churchill's observation that there is "nothing quite as exhilarating as being shot at unsuccessfully," comes to mind.
There is a ghoulish voyeurism that arises in the turning of each page as we peak into a world that we can be very happy is not ours; and at the final page a sort of stepping unscathed from a car wreck when the final page is turned.

– posted by Michael Smorenburg    
A Page Turner You Won’t Be Able To Put Down!

Author Mary Ann D'Alto in her first award winning novel, presents Aaron Stein. Aaron preys upon women, seeking out those in many instances who are vulnerable and alone and he decimates them and their lives because it gives him a sick thrill. What made me want to scream was nearly all of the women had a gut feeling about Aaron the minute they met him which they chose to ignore including his wife! The explanation was that they did not follow their instincts and run away, because he was handsome and charming. A page turner for sure. You won't be able to put it down. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

– posted by cathymc2015    
Charming Sociopathic Monster

D’Alto’s first novel, He Counts Their Tears, seeks to tell the story of Aaron, his wife, and his victims. It has great potential and could be helpful in spotting monsters such as Aaron. It is an emotionally charged read. While some have said that they loved to hate him, I was totally repulsed. I could not put this down until I had finished it.

– posted by Cheryl Chessy Deariso    
More Twisted than Dostoevsky’s “Idiot” & Scarier than “Criminal Minds'” Torture Close-ups

More Twisted than Dostoevsky's "Idiot" & Scarier than "Criminal Minds'" Torture Close-ups. D'Alto, writing hooks the reader, lulls him in, then terrifies to the point when the reader is scared to turn the page, and even more scared to put the book down. And the scariest of it all, we've all encountered the tiny bits of her monsters in real life.

– posted by Portia Porter    

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