Writers are such review whores, aren't they . . . uh, we? Seriously, though, I'm profoundly grateful The Prayer Waltz has met with such a favorable reception. In addition to Tam's reactions and the Recommended Read from Dark Diva Reviews, Jenre at Well Read gave the novella an "excellent" rating and Aunt Lynn at Reviews by Jessewave gave it five stars. What makes the reviews all the more gratifying is the thought and sincerity behind them. They weren't just fly-bys.
I'm glad there's a place in nonliterary fiction for stories that don't center on action!adventure!intrigue!bdsmsex! Shortly after I got into m/m romance -- which I did without much forethought when I wrote Obsessed, because I was thinking only about Jackson Spey and Adin Swift -- I wasn't sure what readers of the genre expected. I had a sense they liked alpha heroes and whodunits. But since I'd never much liked alpha heroes and didn't have a clue how to write about law enforcement-type stuff, I thought, Ah, screw it; I'll just go where my imagination takes me. I didn't want to try absorbing someone else's voice or riffing off someone else's themes just to be popular.
The approach led to a fairly placid ride: no super highs, no super lows. Unfortunately, that meant my work wasn't making much of an impression (with a few notable exceptions *smooch*). I guess that's why I'm so head-over-heels about people liking The Prayer Waltz.
Besides, I've got two more books coming up, so I doubt my high will last much longer. Just put up with it. :-)