I posted this message on my blog over the weekend, then followed up with a "joke" response that was confusing to some people, so I'm going to try this again. What I MEANT to say was, This NEVER happens, and I am over-the-moon-grateful.
I came across this person on goodreads.com (which is sort of like Facebook for readers, if you aren't familiar with it), and asked him to friend me. This was his response.
I got and approved your request to be Goodreads friends, noticed that you're an author (that makes you a hero in my world), checked out your website (fun; full of surprises), read some of the reviews of your first book on Amazon ... and was intrigued enough to slot it in as the next book I read after I finish Lisa Brackmann's "Rock Paper Tiger."
I suspect it's only out in hardback, so looks like I'll be contributing to your early retirement.
I love finding new authors. Can't wait to read your book.
I'll probably review it, both here in Goodreads and in the book section of our newspaper. Hope that's OK?
I'm a city editor in charge of a bunch of deadline-busting, don't-even-think-about-messing-with-my-pristine-copy! reporters (love them all ... but! ... managing them is like trying to herd cats).
I love to read, and although I just recently started writing reviews for our book section in my spare time, I've got a pretty good following based on the many e-mails I receive.
You might like my next review. Comes out tomorrow ... although I scooped myself by putting it in here first several weeks ago.
"The Child Thief." Not for everyone. Just saying.
Anyway, have a great weekend.
PS: ... you might be interested to know that we typically send my reviews out to the other 55 newspapers in our chain. My way of saying the review will almost certainly run in at least several dozen newspapers across the country.
Gawd, I hope you're good!
Boy, I hope I'm good, too. I told him if he didn't like Ashes to Water I would understand if he didn't review it. I would not kill myself, or more to the point, him. (Joke!)
I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I've already offered to mow this guy's lawn for the rest of his life. He's thinking about it.
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