I'm not sure how other authors handle that "debut experience" of their first book. Me? I feel a bit like I've been holding my breath these last few days!
The jury is still out, true, as thoughts turn to the business side of this fun adventure of publishing (sales , etc) but now and again moments happen that thrill, challenge and completely take you by surprise!
Such is what happened today when I was checking my email and found a response from USA Bestselling erotic romance author, Renee Bernard. I had asked her to read Cozette and if she found it "worthy" would she consider offering me her thoughts? Admittedly , I was more than a little nervous. This woman is known for her hot historical works. (In the immortal words of Garth[Waynes World]..."I'm not worthy," comes to mind!)
Here is what I found in my email box this moring, prefaced with-"here is my raw reaction..."
okay, DEEP BREATH... "An intoxicating read! I couldn't put it down! Amanda McIntyre delivers a senusal story, unforgettable characters and an erotic journey of discovery and delight. It's a breathtaking ride, full of heart, and one sure to stay with readers for a long, long time!" -- Renee Bernard, USA Today Bestselling Author.
Bowl me over with a feather.
I also received a quote from a seasoned Harlequin author who writes Presents and Desire, and this means much to me as Cozette is not considered traditional romance... "I haven’t read a book in one sitting in years, but I read yours from beginning to end because I couldn’t put it down. WOW! I loved it!"~Pamela Dalton,HQ Presents/Sil Desire Author.
I fully realize that not all the feedback will be the same as this,(already I have at least one person who didnt care for the book at all) but this makes that first week of "breathing" just a little bit easier.*G* Then again...my mom is reading it this week...that could be interesting!*g*
Now, if you REALLY want your breath to hitch? Check out all the cast interviews of The Tudors over at Youtube!! *Le sigh*