The Value of Reviews

five star reviews

 

I cannot tell you how important reviews of your book, especially your first one, are. They are an author’s lifeline, and the review builds the author’s reputation and the value of her work.

Two ARC readers have shared their reviews so far, and I am going to share them here with you:

A cancer patient, a stolen icon, a Greek Islands vacation and an unexpected romance all come together in Dorothy Robey’s debut novel.

With her nephew lying in a hospital bed, Marina’s mother sends her on a mission of mercy to retrieve the family icon, famous for its healing properties. But when she arrives in Greece, Marina finds the icon is missing. Unsure of who to trust, Marina races against the clock to find the lost heirloom before it’s too late.

In Passage of Promise, the author’s writing pulled me into her world and kept me reading. I loved the familial thread in the story. The health problem was heart wrenching and realistic and helped me to engage with the characters. The mystery kept me turning pages until the end.

(full review available on Goodreads)

 

AND:

 
Can a single woman alone in Greece find her great-grandmother’s miraculous, healing icon that her family desperately needs, before it’s too late? Moreover, can this same woman find the something inside herself that she’s been missing, before she loses herself?

And what about the American English teacher she meets on her journey? Is he the man she has been looking for, or will he just cause her more pain?

Marina Sutton’s adult life had not been easy—a horrible track record with men, an overbearing mother constantly reminding her of her faults, a sister she is no longer close to, and a nephew with a life-threatening illness. The only light in her life seems to be Yiayia – her devout, Greek Orthodox grandmother.

This book is full of excitement, love and hope. The twists and turns of the story only reflect what is happening inside Marina. While she is searching for the icon her family needs, she is also searching within herself to find the faith she lost long ago.

Travel with Marina to Greece – see the sights, feel the salty breeze, taste the local cuisine, and experience the beauty of the Orthodox Church.

What a fun journey. I highly recommend this book, and I cannot wait to read Dorothy Robey’s future works.

 

As that old saying goes, my cup runneth over. I’m so grateful to these dear people for their thoughtful, insightful, and beautiful reviews, the last of which had me in tears. God gave me such a gift, and He’s guided me through my writing and all the processes involved in the craft. Thank you, Lord.

Fellow writers out there who haven’t published your work yet. Keep at it. Endure until the end. 🙂 Acquire ARC readers, followed by many other readers for your great work and feel the many blessings.

 

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But There’s More!

Here’s an explanation and update on my book that is supposed to be out/available today.

My editor set me up with the best (imo and many people’s) printing and publishing platform — IngramSpark. They’ve been around for decades and are the largest printing company with the most retail partners out there, including global reach.

So, when I make changes on my dashboard in my account on their website, I have no control over when the retailers will make the updated changes.

Therefore, my print copy is, indeed, available today on such sites as Barnes & Noble and Amazon (according to what I’ve seen), but my ebook is still showing May 4, 2020 as the release/available date.

I apologize for the inconvenience. If I could do anything to change that, I would. Thanks for your patience!

So I guess I will be celebrating PUBLICATION DAY for my book both TODAY and on MONDAY.

Thanks to everyone who has purchased my book. I hope you enjoy the story!

 

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Ebook vs. Print Book

the many pages of Passage of Proimise April 1 2020

My debut novel, Passage of Promise, will be published on Friday, May 1, 2020.

The book will be available in both digital and print forms. The digital version will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Indigo, and other sites.

The print version will be available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Although, I’m not quite positive my print book will be there on Amazon on the publication date because as of right now, it’s showing it’s unavailable, when this morning, it showed the price and the ability to pre-order it.

I had read that some authors have had problems with Amazon in the past with regards to the retailer cooperating with authors in taking print orders from different printing platforms than their own.

I’m hoping this does not happen with my book for my readers.

If you are a person who likes to read from physical books like I do and Amazon is causing problems or not cooperating when you order, please go to Barnes & Noble’s website and order the print copy there.

If you’re into reading ebooks, any of the sites I mentioned earlier in this post will work.

For me, I spend enough time reading fellow writers’ chapters when critiquing them online and other sites online; therefore, I’m not keen reading a hundred or more pages of a book online. But that’s just my own taste, and I’m older and old fashioned. 😀

You can pre-order on Barnes & Noble, ebook or print copy, and on the other retailer sites for ebook (not sure for Amazon with regards to print copy as I said) pre-orders.

I hope you consider getting a copy of my debut novel, and if you do, that you enjoy Marina’s story. 🙂

Me with PofP final print copy April 27 2020

 

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