Spoiler alert: they loved it.
To call this a milestone would be understating it grossly. This goes down as the biggest thing that has happened to me yet as an author. I honestly did not believe I was going to get this far.
Case in point: when we found out that a review was pending, we spent weeks practicing, taking the worst reviews we could find of other books and slicing and dicing them into positive-sounding blurbs: (“Hmm. Is there any way to make ‘ostentatious’ sound positive?”) It turned out that the review was strong enough that we can include it in its entirety. I’m flabbergasted. I feel like breakdancing. On the other hand, all that work down the drain. I’m sure it’ll come in handy later.
I want to take this moment to thank my editor, Monique Fischer, without whom this sure as hell never would have happened. I want to thank Lynn Sorenson, my graphic designer, without whose keen eye Dragon’s Trail would not have gotten past the slush pile. I want to thank my wife, my dog (who keeps me safe while I write; very important work), and all of the friends, family, and fans who kept telling me all this time that the book was, in fact, really damned good. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for making me believe in me.