Tuesday, July 14, 2009

First Book Review!

The first weird thing that happened when I started submitting the manuscript was that agents or editors would write back and mention my characters by name or talk about a particular scene, giving the impression they'd actually read the story. Of course, they had read it. That's what was so weird.

Now I've received my very first review! Yay! And it's a nice review too, a bonus. It still feels strange that folks I don't know are starting to read the story. But it's a good strange.

Here's what Paige Lovitt of Reader Views thought of Final Approach. I heart Paige Lovitt.

Final Approach
Rachel Brady
Poisoned Pen Press (2009)
ISBN 9781590586556
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (7/09)

When Emily Locke gets a call to assist PI Richard Cole in an investigation by using her sky diving expertise to go undercover, her past comes back to haunt her. Having lost her husband and daughter four years prior the case that Emily is called to assist with bears strong similarities to the one that she was working on when she lost her family. As Emily continues assisting with the investigation, she discovers that the accident involving her family might not be what it appeared to be at the time. Desperate to find answers, Emily throws herself into this investigation and in doing so her own life is now endangered.

Rachel Brady has written a novel that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. She has built an incredible amount of suspense into this drama. Incorporating a unique twist into the plot allows for some interesting surprises. Her knowledge of sky diving and attention to detail make the story seem very realistic. This makes it kind of scary for a reader who has a fear of heights! I also appreciated her ability to create interesting and colorful characters. They added a great deal to the story.

I can’t imagine any fans of suspense that will not enjoy this novel. I highly recommend “Final Approach” by Rachel Brady, and believe that it would also make a great selection for readers’ groups.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! The first good review is one of the unforgettable moments in the saga of being published -- right up there with the arrival of the first real copies of the debut novel.

    And can Paige Lovitt be a real name? For a book reviewer?

    I didn't know you were with Poisoned Pen. Lucky you! Say hi to Barbara for me. I'll be in the store at the end of August, or maybe it's the beginning of September at the beginning of the Endless Tour.

  2. ha! Good point about the well-suited name.

    Thanks for your encouragement. Like I said on your blog earlier, I've been a fan both of your work and of your advice for a long time. As proof, I offer "I Love this Guy" from back in March. I'm thrilled that you're here!


    Found you through Gordon Aalborg, who sent me to your writing advice web pages back in 2007 or early 2008. Just submitted an interview to Novel Journey last week, actually, and quoted you there! I'll let you know when it runs.

    Thanks for all that you do for new writers like me. Any plans to be in Houston on your tour?

  3. Paige Lovitt IS a real name of a real person. She reviews book for us and has for about 4 years. The original review is posted here: http://readerviews.com/ReviewBradyFinalApproach.html Poisoned Pen sends us galleys at least 6 months prior to publication of the actual book.