Today marks four weeks since the release of The Eyes Have It! It has been an eventful month, contacting local bookstores and libraries, running book giveaway contests and soliciting reviews, following up on promotional leads from the publisher, etc. Feedback has been positive and I have other activities lined up or in the planning process.
The first review came in time for inclusion on the back cover of the paperback:
“With her new novel, Dawn Lajeunesse proves she understands the human heart as well as any writer working today, and she knows how to make a reader’s heart thump hard—with anticipation, with sorrow, with fear and with joy. The Eyes Have It is an intelligent, poignant, rewarding experience.” Mark Spencer, author of A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House.
I’ve received four reviews on Amazon so far, mostly 5-star and one 4-star. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool!
And yesterday, I received my Kirkus Review – too long to include it all, but here are the high points:
“Lajeunesse constructs a powder keg of family secrets, featuring plenty of dramatic irony…. Olivia remains a vulnerable and realistic heroine throughout, and Lajeunesse pays close attention to her emotional oscillations between yearning and disappointment.
A fiery family drama. . . .” Kirkus Reviews
So far, so good.
Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll continue to feed and water this seedling. Meanwhile, my research and interviews for my Armenian story plods forward!