It's so hard when you write in a brand new genre than what you're used to. When I first discovered cozy mysteries several years ago, I loved reading them. After a while I thought Hmmm, I wonder if I could ever write one. And then I thought, What the hell. I'll never know unless I give it a shot. So then that's exactly what I did.
The point is there are so many fabulous authors out there who write cozy mysteries. It's intimidating. You can't stop wondering, Will people like my book? Is it any good? What if it bombs? And soon that leads to, Oh my God I suck! People are going to hate my book! That's it. It's going to fail for sure.
RT is like Publishers Weekly. They give reviews, but they are tough. Publishers submit to these before a book debuts, but that doesn't guarantee they will even get a review. And of course the first review that comes in for me is from RT.
The fabulous Christine Wenger saw my review and clued me in! I haven't stopped smiling since :-) For the first time, I truly believe maybe my book doesn't suck after all. Maybe it IS good. Maybe it really will do well. And most importantly, maybe people really will be entertained and like it! We as authors are often insecure because our writing is a reflection of who we are. Well let me tell you people, I feel totally validated.
I posted the review below and RT's star system below that so you can see exactly WHY I am so excited :-)
Wish me luck, folks. Tempest comes out August 2nd!
TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES
4 1/2 Stars from RT
Fun and fortunetelling await readers in this first-rate debut mystery featuring a young and feisty psychic. Mitch is the perfect adversary for Sunny, and their constant bantering provides plenty of madcap situations to entertain readers. Great pacing, characters and a surprisingly good conclusion make this new series absolute fun!
Psychic Sunny Meadows is leaving the Big Apple and moving to Divinity, NY, to open her own fortunetelling business. Sunny's first customer is a frantic librarian, Amanda Robbins. When Sunny reads her tea leaves, she sees impending doom. Sunny notifies the police, but it's too late and Amanda is found dead. The police are skeptical and name her a prime suspect. To clear her name, she must work with Detective Mitch Stone to uncover the real killer.
4 1/2 Gold - Phenomenal. In a class by itself.
4 1/2 - Fantastic. A keeper.
4 - Compelling. A page-turner.
3 - Enjoyable. A pleasant read.
2 - Problematic. May struggle to finish.
1 - Severely flawed. Pass on this one.