There's bloggers and then again, there's book bloggers. They're a special breed of wonderful people who are committed to reading and reviewing books on a very regular basis. They have their own blogs which are read by readers wishing for more insight and/or more than one line on Amazon. Some bloggers also leave their reviews on Amazon and if you look, you'll see under their name Top 50, 500 (or some such), reviewer.
When Secret of the Song came out last October, it was reviewed by one of these super-bloggers, Anne Williams on her blog BeingAnneReading. It was so lovely I cried real tears. Her review is HERE. I didn't know Anne and had never met her.
Until last week that is!
I went to the Orenda Books Road Show to see our Exeter Novel Prize winner, Su Bristow, talking about her forthcoming book at Waterstones in Piccadilly. I was queuing up at the desk to pick up my ticket, when I heard a woman some way ahead say her name was Anne Williams. Being short, I had to lean round the people in front of me, but yes, I recognised her face from the pictures I'd seen. Hooray! That's what I almost yelled, but remembering a smidgeon of decorum, I actually approached her. We had a lovely chat and I was delighted to thank her in person. A photo was definitely in order and here it is.
Thank you, Anne!