I appreciate every book blogger/reviewer who's taken the time to read and review my novel. The bloggers who helped me jump-start sales waaaaaay back in May are particularly dear to my heart. They were going on nothing but instinct as readers, and were willing to take the chance to read an indie-published book and give it an honest review. (And yes, the words "honest review" are words that make most authors quake, at least a little bit, if they have any sense!)
Karen of For What It's Worth was one of my early requests, and she is a busy, busy lady. She's also the blogger I had been following for quite some time as a reader. I've discovered many books through her that I'd have never found, or never tried. To me, that's the essence of a reviewer. There are so many books out there, and most of us don't have time to read them all! A trusted book reviewer can be your best reading friend, and to be trusted, they're going to have to review honestly.
So when Karen said yes, I did a happy dance for a few minutes... and then I sat down hard and thought Ohmygosh, Karen is going to read and review my book. It wasn't just that her many followers would know her opinion of it, it's that I would know her opinion of it.
I'm doing another happy dance this morning, and the reason is so simple that my marketing team* thinks I'm crazy. Karen liked it. That's pretty much what I care about right now.
Review of Between the Lines on For What It's Worth.
*That would be Paul -- but you already knew that, right?