But, I've realized something. I've received professional reviews and I've received reader reviews. One was a reader/reviewer, but she worded her review as a reader would, because I think (and I could be wrong) she's a reader first. And as I read these reader reviews, they brought tears to my eyes, and one in fact really did almost make me cry. Took a lot to suck back the threatening waterfall. The professional reviews just made me ridiculously happy, whew, a stranger didn't think I sucked. The readers reviews were heartfelt and honest, showing me, as the writer, why they loved my story. The reader reviews meant more. I appreciate them so much and they encourage me to write and make me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile.
So if you're a reader and you've read a really great book recently, surprise the author and write a review on Amazon, or your blog. Trust me, it will totally make her day. :-)
And for my readers who've left me reviewers, let me just say a great big huge thanks and give you the hug you deserve! *hugs*