Over the past few months I’ve participated in organized blog tours for Return to Audubon Springs and Secondhand Romance in an effort to get the word out about my shore town, Audubon Springs, and the fabulous brothers, their loves, and family. During that time I had an idea of what to expect. This weekend an unexpected gift landed on my doorstep in the form of an amazing review of Return to Audubon Springs. The reviewer from Romancing the Book had previously read and reviewed Secondhand Romance which prompted her to seek out Return to Audubon Springs. Here is a sample of what she wrote:
“I loved this book! The author has a gift for taking us into her world of Audubon Springs. She writes with a true depth of emotion, one that has the reader delving into the hearts and minds of the characters. I could feel the heartbreak that both Emma and Rafe went through in their past, and what they still carry with them.” – Romancing the Book
In the vast sea of published authors, it is hard for a new author to get noticed. On that same day, the reviewer published a review of Jill Shalvis’ Once in a Lifetime, an author many of my readers have compared my writing and series favorably to. The reviewer gave both books the same highest rating possible on their site. It was a bit of a dream come true to see my work alongside Ms. Shalvis in such a positive light.
So, on this dreary Monday I am going to ask you during the course of this week to find an opportunity to give someone an unexpected gift. Whether it be a compliment, a favor, that favorite yet hard to come by treat for a family member, a small form of recognition, something, anything that will make a person walk away from your email, text, embrace, gift, or smile feeling good.
Sometimes the best gifts are those you don’t expect.
If you’d like to read the entire review, here is the link.