So look what I got in my inbox last week from Kirkus Review:
Gutsy teen Grace, who is much more at home fly fishing, hiking and tracking bears through the woods than hanging out at the mall or chasing boys, has a mission—to prove that her father is still alive.
Grace’s father—forest ranger and wilderness survival expert—has taught his daughter everything she needs to know to trek through the Smoky Mountains, searching for clues to his sudden disappearance. After the police find his torn, blood-stained shirt in a local river, they, along with Grace’s mother, assume he has been killed in a tragic accident. Despite being snubbed by the local police chief, running up against the wrath of the chief of the town’s Native American reservation and alienating herself from her distraught mother, Grace is determined to prove them all wrong. The spunky sleuth goes all out to find her dad, determined not to be put off by her longtime friend and admirer Wyn or distracted by the amorous attentions of the intriguing British stranger Mo. When she inadvertently stumbles upon a dark, dangerous secret, it challenges everything Grace thought she knew about her sleepy hometown and its inhabitants.
This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The author has achieved a stunning, high-tension tale that takes the reader on a journey over rough terrain as it follows a young girl’s quest to find the truth and protect the sanctity of a national park and the animals that owe their survival to it. These unique, lively characters will rouse a gamut of emotions in young adult readers. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page and then leaving an intriguing teaser in anticipation of the sequel.
A riveting tale of family ties, friendship and community loyalty.
Oh and here's the official link just in case no one believes it - trust me- I had to look it up a few times before I realized it was real. :)
yes I was shocked to. But it brought tears to my eyes. Why? because it was positive?
Kind of - but most importantly it adds some validation and credibility to what I'm trying to do.
I am good enough and some people have underestimated me.
Does it mean I will sell a bajillion copies? No. Does it mean I am the best writer in the world?
No, but it means I'm good enough and so is Untraceable.
And yes I should know that - but this is the first time someone in the industry has validated and recognized my hard work.
So what do you think - as an indie author - do you think this adds credibility? How do you feel reviews affect authors and their books? Is it different for indie vs traditional?