Here's what the Lisa, the lady who read it, had to say:
What you have submitted for publication involves a wonderfully planned out plot with excellent characterization. This story was a great read that kept my attention from the first page. You have a terrific writing style. I can tell that you have done much planning and preparation in crafting your work – especially the way you have thought out the characters and movement that happens in the story. This is not an easy feat. I often found myself wondering if this story were based on real people and/or events. Your prose is very nicely written with details that capture the reader and since we write best about what we know, I had to wonder if this were loosely based on true events. I found myself really connected with your characters and what was going on. It is easy to have too much going on too soon – not in your case. Your plot is slow and methodical and you use your dialogue to move the plot along. Your characters are lifelike and I love it when I leave a story feeling like I know them. Characterization is one of the most important elements of any successful story. You did not rush or force anything. You have crafted a quality piece of writing.
Wow! I have to admit that I was nervous about what they would have to say, but I was floored when I saw the email.
Once again, I want to thank all of you who have commented or shown your support of this project in anyway.
Next week I will be putting up the author's note I am including at the end of the book so stay posted!