Saturday 19 May 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

My friend, Sue, at gave me a RAOK Shout last week. I would like to return the RAOK back to her. 
Many months ago, while I was searching for people to do reviews on book one of Sir Princess Petra, I came across Sue at Kid Lit Reviews.  First of all, I'd like it to be known that getting reviewers to do a review is not such an easy task. Many emails are sent out, and only a handful reply and agree to do the review. Sue was one of those reviewers.
Sue is a fair and honest reviewer that speaks her mind. That is exactly what a writer wants from the reviewer. Getting reviews on my book was somewhat of a scary venture, but I believed I had done the best I could do in writing the book, and hopefully the reviewer would see that also. Sue gave me a 5 star review, Whew! 
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But that is not why we became very good friends. Through the months, we started e-mailing back and forth, talking books, publishing and getting to know each other through each others goofy sense of humor. Sue is also working on her own book.
Now, we are setting up a blog site together called Two Girl Lit (more on this when we're up and running).  Well, Sue is setting it up because I am nearly a computer idiot. I say nearly because several months ago I was a complete computer idiot. Sue has helped me through all kinds of  computer stuff; setting up a blog site, posting pictures, terminology. The list goes on.
Thank you, Sue, for all that you've done for me! You are a great mentor to me. And I'm so glad we are friends.
This is the post Sue had on her blog last week.
The other person who has been instrumental in this blog was once a writer needing a review.  She had a middle grade book about a girl wanting a non-traditional career and parents who were against the whole idea.  The girl kept pressing until she was given a shot at, what the parents believed, she would not succeed.  She did.  That girl was Princess Petra who is now known by the moniker Sir Princess Petra, Royal Knight.
The author of that interestingly funny book somehow became a friend–a good friend.  She not only encourages me, as she does with nearly every post (which means when she has not grabbed pencil and pad and locked the door behind her for more writing time.)  I get emails practically every day asking about my own writing and badgering me to write that book “NOW!  I will.
Her Sir Princess Petra was a hit and now a series.  The book has garnered an award, which I would love to tell you the name of, but I have no idea yet.  Publishers want it hush-hush for now.  It might have to do with the second book of the Pen Pieyu Series which is close to launch day.
  Thank you Diane Mae Robinson, for driving me . . . nuts.  Without all of your encouragement I would not be outlining a book–my book.  I may need some of Erik’s help, too. He is on his second book, but you are now on your third.  The two of  you are hard to keep up with.
 Sir Princess Petra, Book one

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  1. What? Now you take my ROAK idea and zap it right back. Hey! Where is the link back to my site? Or are you just gonna say that dragon of yours stole it and forced you to use it? I think it is time you harnessed Snarls. Is he in your new book?

    Seriously, as I can be, thank you for the shout-out. It's nice to be appreciated. I am happy I found someone who can take my humor and dish it right back. Or do I take your humor and volley it back? Which ever it is, I am glad it happens.

    Now, harness that bad boy or put him in your next book, early so he is occupied and stuck between the pages.

  2. This is beautiful. I love the wonderful bond you two have made and I think y'all (yes I said y'all, I'm a southerner) make a marvelous team. It is great to hear that friends like you are out there to help each other! This makes me not want to give up hope that one day I will find a special friend to help me out. Also love the review! Great job you two!
    Much love and abundant blessings,

  3. Diane, what a great honor. Congratulations and many more years of excellent writing.