You can ask any indie published author, getting reviews these days isn’t easy. The market is glutted with books competing for reviewer attentions, so unless you’ve already got a big following, the reviews will trickle in. We authors give books away as prizes and gently suggest the reader could leave a review on various sites if they enjoy the read, but few do. We submit to numerous places both before and after the book releases, with low percentages of return.
So it was with some surprise that I opened my e-mail around the latter part of June and noticed a subject line about a review. Which book? A Suitable Wife, released in January. I clicked on the link, took a bracing breath and peered at the screen. Look what I saw:
Yay! I was at a conference, so once it was over and I was home, the shock wore off and if occurred to me to start posting the good news here and there when I had a spare moment. Duh.
A few days later I opened my Facebook account and saw I had a message. A SUITABLE WIFE was in the running for June book of the month. I got the word out to my readers via social media and the votes ramped up. I went in with low expectations and was over the moon when my book won! Plus I get nifty banners from them. Wow. Just…wow.
Then yesterday, I open my e-mail and yet again have a message regarding a posted review. This time from The Romance Reviews (TRR) site. I click. I smile.
With a down-home flair for creating a sense of community populated with interesting secondary characters and relatable drama, Carol Burnside introduces a couple bound by the memories of friendship and torn by the choices each made during the intervening years of adulthood. Ms. Burnside builds the substance of her plot early, but cunningly drops an unforeseen bombshell or two amidst the showdown the reader knows has been building from the opening chapter.
Between the two of these reviews and the June Book of the Month award, I’m floating on Cloud 9 and am so grateful that these ladies took the time to read and review my book.
I think it’s time to pay it forward, so I’m giving away a few books over the next few weeks. Here is where you can enter and possibly win even bigger prizes too.
Visit my personal blog tomorrow and enter the Summer Reads Blog Hop that runs through the 23rd with fun prizes and a larger Grand Prizes. I’ll be giving away an ecopy of HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY (Book 2 in my Sweetwater Springs series). Two lucky Grand Prize winners will win either a $100 Amazon gift card or a $30 Amazon gift card!!!
This Thursday, another fun hop on my blog. It’s the Melissa Schroeder 10th Anniversary Blog Hop celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Mel’s Harmless series. More prizes! That one runs July 18th through the 27th. Check it out to see what I’m giving away. I’ll decide that tomorrow.
And if that’s not enough, I’m also running a giveaway on Goodreads through July 31st. Reviews are requested of the winners, who receive print copies of HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY. 5 copies available.
Winners will be drawn randomly.
So thanks to all who read my books and thanks to those who review. Now bookmark this post and go enter to win. :-) Good luck!