How was your evening? Good? Good.
I burnt my hand.
That's really all I wanted to say.
I'm a little accident prone, if you haven't guessed already. To be honest though, burning my hand was less an accident than an incredible act of monumental stupidity. For future reference, don't grab the handle of the cast iron skillet you just took out of the oven without an oven mitt. Just don't do it.
The burn isn't terrible, thank goodness. I thought it was going to blister something awful, but we got the aloe gel and Polysporin on it in time. Now it just looks like I have some vaguely pink plastic stuck to my hand.
Moving swiftly along, The Winter Wolf received its first review! Yay! It's a lovely review too:
A perfect blend of High Fantasy and Military Fantasy with a great big dollop of Shamanistic Magic. The author balances a fascinating world with a plethora of characters, each character with a satisfying journey and story. It’s a book that will run you through the gamut of emotions, from joy to sadness and everything in between.
I highly recommend you pick up this book.
Full disclosure: I know the reviewer. He's a good friend of mine, and one half of the awesome couple behind JenEric Designs. He was also a Beta Reader for the book, coming through for me when my previous second Beta Reader found herself unable to finish; understandably, I might add.
An aside: Beta Readers do this stuff for free. They are often fellow writers who have lives, goals and dreams outside of your work. Be mindful of that, and don't expect a Beta Reader to drop everything at your call. It doesn't work like that.
Right, anyway, he stepped in last minute and did a fantastic job.
The thing is, I totally forgot that he was a Beta Reader for the book, and was gearing up to politely ask him why he reviewed the book without reading it... because, you know, I generally frown on that sort of thing. Even if the review is complimentary.
I totally thought I was getting a pity review, okay?
Point is, it wasn't a pity review. And I think I may have insulted poor Éric a bit by admitting it was. He's really not the type to give a fake review. Sorry Éric! On the bright side, that means I can use this review for promotion stuff without feeling like an utter fraud!
The review is up on Goodreads, as is the giveaway I'm currently running for a free copy of the book. You should totally CLICK THE LINK.
So, that's really everything I wanted to cover. Want a picture? Here's a picture: