Nervous yet excited all at the same time?

Ok SO have you ever experienced being nervous and excited all at the same time? Well that was exactly how I was feeling last night. I received an email from Sian who is an independent (unpaid) book reviewer, to say she would be putting up her review in the next few hours. Now when you ask for your book to be reviewed it can go either way, you always hope for a positive review, but…

So I was on tender hooks as I waited. I have had reviews on Amazon, but these have been friends of friends who bought the book, so I sort of feel they are a bit biased because they know who I am. So when it is a completely unknown person, well that starts to get scary.

I must have checked 10 times. Then suddenly the review was up. my hand hovered over the open button and I suddenly found myself becoming very emotional. this was a real person who was going to tell me what they thought of 4 years of my life – yes that is how long it took for this dream to come to fruition.

With my best friend at my side encouraging me I hit the open button. There in Goodreads for all the world to see was my review. I started to read, the first bit was just a repeat of my description of Polly’s Piralympics, then:


Well, emotions got the better of me. Here in black a white was confirmation that not only had the reviewer liked it, but the kids too. And they are by far the best and harshest critics of any children’s book on the market.

As I finished reading, the lump in my throat was now the size of an orange and tears were tripping down my cheeks. I glanced over at my friend, whose eyes were also red and full of tears. THEY HAD LIKED IT – RELIEF.

To Sian from The Blithering Bibliomaniacs, you made one author very, very happy yesterday. And I would like to say again THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME NOT ONLY TO READ MY BOOK, BUT TO REVIEW IT TOO.


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