So I was surprised (and then not surprised) when I realized I scheduled a free promo for Arms Wide Open on Amazon last weekend. I recall thinking sometime in December that I should plan a promo for the weekends before Valentine's Day, because with the giant heart on the the cover it fits the general theme, you know? I just forgot that I actually went and did it. That free promo happened a few days ago, and I got more downloads than I've gotten from all my other books combined. Nice surprise!
But then the reviews started popping up, and can I just say WOW? When you're a writer, you expect the bad to come more than the good, so when I saw the reviews that hit Amazon for Arms Wide Open today, I felt really....amazed. Thankful. Proud and humble all at once, but mostly thrilled a story I love so much resonated with some readers. Here's some of what I found this evening:
What I expected was boiler plate fun fluff, a tale with humor, depth, and a healthy dose of psychology took me by surprise. If you choose to read this I hope you will find the same.
Enjoyed what I thought was going to be fluff. It starts out that way but was surprised how good it left me feeling at the end.
The beauty of this story, is that is was wonderfully written, with great dialogue, funny laugh out loud moments, and engaging characters. In a short amount of time, the reader is completed involved with the story, and it goes from fun and light to a little deeper and serious that you stop and say, "what just happened here?" I found myself wanted to know more, yet feeling totally emerged in the story, and to me, that is when you know that you have read a good short story.
Dear readers, whoever you are, THANK YOU. You just made writing that story totally worthwhile!