Avid Reader wasn't a fan of LGBT stories and Michael has LGBT characters and love interest. Gabriel did as well. At first, she offered to give them a shot. I was fine with that, hopeful Michael and Lake would win her over. As we talked, I started feeling bad. I didn't want her to read something that wasn't her cup of tea just for my sake. She then said Zadekiel and Jophiel sounded interesting, so I offered to let her know how the series end. Then it hit me. (I was in the shower, naturally, when the muse smacked me upside the head with the solution.)
Why were we even bothering?
I was so sweet. She was sorry for causing all this trouble. I was understanding and patient.
I was left wondering if this was an outcome of author/book blogger relations and author meltdowns. All the time, I've seen book bloggers talk about pushy authors, or seen clauses on their blogs stating why they may not accept a self published author. Is the expectation that an author will flip out on a book blogger for saying no? That makes me sad.
Avid Reader had no need to apologize. Path of Angels wasn't her cup of tea and we figured it out before she opened the book. I was happy. The last thing I want is someone feeling obliged to read my books. I want my books to be enjoyed, for the reader to reach the end and yell, "NOOOOO! GIVE ME MORE!" In the end, I offered her a signed copy of Being Human. No review necessary.
**Edited to add: And if you are wondering, why yes I did shamelessly plug my books in this post. I'm also shamelessly plugging Avid Reader. She needs to build up her collection of signed books. Help a girl out. ;)