The Part I Dread

I’ve reached the next scary milestone of having a book come out.  I’ve written it, scored an agent, scored an editor, worked through the copy edits and the page proofs, and now I have my galleys.  My editor has already sent some out, and I am compelled to send out more.  People will read my book.  People with clout, with blogs, with Twitter capabilities.  They may like it…they may hate it.  And it’s the hating I dread.  Well, that, and the possibility that no one at all will review it–that wouldn’t be good.  So I’m hoping for good reviews, no, great reviews.  I’m hoping AUSTENTATIOUS knocks it out of the park. 

In an effort to keep myself distracted during this nail-biting period, I’ve gathered a few reviews I’d love to claim for AUSTENTATIOUS (or myself).  See if you can match them with their author recipients.

“This is storytelling at its most compelling.”  ~ Nora Roberts

“[A] scrumptious first novel.”  ~ USA Today

(most people are unaware of my first novel)

“Funny and flirty, we guarantee you’ll devour this book in one sitting.”  ~ Glamour

“One of the best new voices in women’s fiction.”  ~ Jennifer Crusie

“She is an amazing young talent.”  ~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

Here’s a list of the very talented ladies and gent…

 a) Hester Browne, author of The Little Lady Agency novels

b) Deanna Raybourn, author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries

c) Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap novels

d) Alan Bradley, author of the Flavia de Luce mysteries

e) Eileen Cook, author of Unpredictable

I do have one review already–one good review–from the lovely Cindy Jones.  She read an early copy, and here’s what she had to say…

“AUSTENTATIOUS is a fresh romantic adventure with a cast of characters who kept me turning pages way past my bedtime.  Jane Austen does her part to Keep Austin Weird, and poor Mr. Darcy may have to hire a publicist once readers spend a few pages with a certain Scottish rocker.”


I’m crossing my fingers that the good reviews just start rollin’ in. 

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Posted in austentatious on 10/10/2011 08:02 pm


  1. Oh, Alyssa, that blurb has me hooked, especially “a certain Scottish rocker.” Yes, please. Congrats on the fantastic blurb! Don’t get too stressed about reviews. I’m going to attempt to be very Zen about it and then sit sobbing in my room all day when I get my first doozy.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Your Zen strategy sounds perfect, Eve. Although, with the reviews you already have, I think you’ll be fine!

  2. I have a feeling you are going to do just fine!
    I am looking forward to the reading!!!

  3. I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  4. As I said, I can’t wait to get my hands on my ARC of AUSTENTATIOUS. I don’t have clout but I do have a little ol’ blog and twitter capabilities. I look forward to singing praises. :)

    As for the quiz:

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      You rocked the quiz, Blake!
      You’re sweet–I hope you enjoy the book!

  5. It may be the scary part, but it’s also the exciting part.

    Good luck!

  6. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait!
    Great blurb!

  7. I’m betting on good reviews! But, at least there’s always PIE if we need to drown your sorrows. I’m buyin’!

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