2010 was an incredible year. It was the year I became a published author. I can only hope that 2011 turns out even better. I can't complain. Life is pretty good.
The feedback I've received regarding An Angel for Christmas has been amazing. There is always a moment of panic when a new release comes out. I grit my teeth, squeeze my eyes shut, and pray that people like it. The comments I've received from readers have meant so much to me and I'm just over the moon about how people are responding to the story. There have also been some wonderful reviews written up and I can't thank the reviewers enough for taking the time to so thoughtfully critique my novella. Kassa wrote a guest review over at Jessewave, Lisa wrote some lovely things over at Michele 'n Jeff reviews, and Tam, who was so kind in the past to review Just a Summer Fling, was fantastic enough to mention this release as well over at her blog.
Read what they had to say:
I must now indulge in a brief moment of fangirling. Of course authors want review sites to write reviews of their book. And, of course they want those reviews to be good ones. It's one of the best ways to get the word out about a new release and to get people excited about it so they will hopefully buy it. There are a gazillion review sites out there and a lot of them are very good. But Jessewave Reviews is arguably the biggest (and in my opinion, the absolute best) M/M Romance review site. I always thought that if I got a book reviewed on that site I had 'officially made it.' Perhaps silly, but, there you go. So, I basically had a minor heart attack when I found that my very own Christmas novella was reviewed there by none other than Kassa. I have followed Kassa's reviews for a while-- on her livejournal, Goodreads, and on Jessewave. I have always loved Kassa's reviews. She isn't afraid to write a bad review and she always says exactly what she thinks. After reading one of her reviews I feel I can really decide if a book is for me or not. Sometimes I find that review sites almost loose their meaning because every book reviewed gets a 4 or 5 star rating. Kassa is tough, though... and I mean that as the highest compliment. I feel that getting a 4 star rating from her really means something and I feel so flattered that she reviewed my story.
Now that release day has come and gone and the holidays are over I feel as though I can finally draw a breath. I've been so busy, but it's been a good busy. The only down side to all that busy is that writing has fallen by the way side. I can always tell when I've been neglecting my writing because the characters in my head start clamoring for attention and become very impatient with me. ;) A trip next week will find me soaking up rays on a tropical beach (yay!), but once I return to the wintry Northeast (hopefully with a tan!!) I simply can't wait to pull up my laptop and get back into my writing.
My upmost gratitude goes to the lovely folk at Torquere Press who made my dreams of becoming a published author come true and my heartfelt thanks to my readers. Thank you for allowing me to share my stories with you.
I wish everyone a happy, prosperous, and fulfilling 2011!!