I Got Me a Medallion

Readers' Favorite 5 stars


Camelot & Vine was published in late March of 2013. So why do I care about reviews at this late date?

Two reasons: one business, one emotional.

Business-wise, it’s called a backlist. While I work on the next book and until it’s published it’s nice to have a backlist of two books, and of course I want them to continue to sell. Reviews help more than just about anything else except word of mouth. (Did you like it? Tell everyone! You can find my books on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, and pretty much everywhere else online.)

Emotion-wise, it’s more difficult to articulate. Camelot & Vine will always be my first book. It was truly the book I wanted to read and it meant a great deal to me to write it. I loved everything about the process of putting it together, from idea to research to writing to editing and editing and editing. I still love the story and characters. I would have been happy to have written it even if no one liked it but me. Yet for the book to be validated by reviewers and readers is an assurance that all that work means something not only to me, but to others as well.

I am unabashed in my love for Camelot & Vine and proud of the many wonderful reviews I’ve gotten, especially from people I don’t know. It’s lovely for friends to like my book, and I love what my friends write, too. But when a stranger gives you the thumbs up you know you’re getting an unbiased opinion, and that is solid gold. Uh, silver.

So here’s my medallion from the Readers’ Favorite website, from which Camelot & Vine received its most recent review. I won it fair and square.

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  1. Lowell - November 18, 2016 @ 06:32

    Congratulations, Petrea, and kudos to you! What a wonderful confirmation of your ability and talent. May it ever be so!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 07:37

      Thank you, Lowell, I’m grateful!

  2. Regina - November 18, 2016 @ 09:26

    Awesome! I feel the same way about my (hopefully only) first book.
    I’m going to look forward to reading yours. New customer here!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 11:42

      Ooh, cool! Thank you, Regina.

  3. Barbara Cooper - November 18, 2016 @ 10:52

    This is awesome, Petrea! Congratulations!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 11:42

      Thanks, Barbara!

  4. Nathaniel Washup - November 18, 2016 @ 11:09

    I’m so happy that you received this award because I loved it so much but now I have to share this with you. I boasted about the book so much that I lent it to a friend who read it then she in turned lent it to someone else. What the heck! Buy your own! I drove nearly an hour and a half to get my copy back. That makes you legendary in my book!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 11:45

      Nathaniel, you just keep making my day over and over again. Thanks for telling your friends about Camelot & Vine! They say word of mouth is the best thing for a book..

  5. Greg - November 18, 2016 @ 11:28

    Brava, Petrea! Well deserved.

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 11:45

      Thanks, Greg!

  6. Kim P - November 18, 2016 @ 11:40

    That is amazing, congrats!!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 11:45

      Thank you, Kim!

  7. TheChieftess - November 18, 2016 @ 15:26

    Congratulations Petrea!!! It’s a great, fun book and you deserve every accolade you get and more!!!

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 15:45

      Thank you, Chieftess!

  8. Diana B - November 18, 2016 @ 18:08

    Yay!!! Well deserved, Petrea. I hope Wilma was impressed…

    • Petrea - November 18, 2016 @ 19:20

      She’s not much of a reader, Diana. But she’s an excellent office assistant.

  9. William Kendall - November 20, 2016 @ 11:05

    Bravo, Petrea!

    • Petrea - November 20, 2016 @ 12:39

      Thanks, William!

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