So I woke up this morning and broke out the puzzle. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out last week's Anticipation Vacation post.) Why did I feel the need to jig some saws? (Or saw some jigs, not really sure which is more apt.) I hadn't received an "official" review yet for Serengeti Heat and I was starting to get a little nervous. Would they be awful? Did it really matter if they were? Good bad or ugly, I just wanted to know where I stood.
So I poured 1000 puzzle pieces onto the table and got to work distracting my brain. When I finished the edge, I let myself check for reviews. The good news? I got reviewed! Woohooooooo! The less-than-good news? Mrs. Giggles, the fabulously opinionated reviewer, did not care for my story. She rated me a 61. Heave sigh. "This story isn't bad." And it's "readable." Well... that's a positive thing. Sorta.
I'm not gonna argue with the reviewer, because I know how useless that would be (and I'm a little afraid of her), but I kinda think (please, don't hurt me, Mrs. Giggles!) that she stopped paying attention when I used a trope she didn't like. Because I, um, I don't think my characters end up together based solely the "mate" thing and the "heat" thing, though Mrs. Giggles is the second to suggest it. I'm kinda bummed that I didn't manage to make my story clear. Have you read it? Did you think they only paired off because of pheromones? (Not that I'm knocking pheromones. I love me some pheromones.)
But that's enough less-than-good, we're moving onward! On to rockin' good news! Which clearly outweighs that one less-than-good bit.
1) Serengeti Heat is #1 at MBaM for the second day! And Kinsey Holley's Kiss & Kin is at #2! Woohooooooooooo!
2) Two readers over at the All Romance Ebooks bookstore have rated my book at five hearts! I love you, readers. I didn't know ARe did ratings. Did you know? Where have I been?
3) Amanda Haffery of Paranormal Romance Reviews says, "Mouthwateringly delicious and downright mesmerizing, Serengeti Heat is scrumptious to the last page." Good Gosh A'mighty, that's a nice bit of a thing to say about something. Thank you, Ms. Haffery!
So yeah, all in all, it's a pretty awesome day. I can now put away the puzzle. After I finish it, of course. I can't leave something like that undone. It'll drive me nuts.