Well, I got my first one today, actually probably the biggest (in terms of volume of readers) that I will get. It came from RT Book Reviews, the trade magazine for reviews of romance (and other genres -- science fiction, mystery, young adult, etc.) in their April 2014 issue.
(RT Book Reviews used to be called Romantic Times but when they began reviewing other genres in 2002, they changed to RT)
Every Harlequin Intrigue book is reviewed each month. The paper version of the April issue will be available at bookstores in March, but the digital version became available this week.
Gulp. A couple of my author friends have been have been not-so-kindly reviewed in the last year, so I have to say I was a bit nervous.
BUT IT GOT A GREAT REVIEW!! Not only that, my book was a RT TOP PICK - one of the highest honors they can bestow. They even included a picture of Primal Instinct - great exposure. Here it is, not long but fabulous:
So did everyone read the critique part? You know I'm going to make you read it again:
"If this is Crouch's debut then readers are going to be in for a real treat when she spreads her publishing wings. It's a first class effort on every level and will leave readers feeling haunted when they're finished."
Hear that, peeps? Prepare to be haunted by my first-class effort on every level. And <-- that "RT Top Pick" icon -- that's quite coveted. I'm honored and thrilled. It's the most I could've hoped for in the critique of my debut novel. Of any novel I write. As an author, you know, because words are important to me, I want to find the perfect one to describe how I feel right now:
YIPPIE!!!! just about sums it up.