Found the first negative comments about THE LILY BRAND today. On a message board where I’m a regular poster. Ouch. That makes it so much more personal, thank you very much. On the other hand, I got the impression that particular reader either didn’t really understand the premise of the story, or wanted to score a personal hit against the book, or me, or whatever. Sheesh. That’s definitely a new experience: even when you want to hit people over the head, you have to sit back and smile demurely. I can’t say I like that part about being an author. But I’m sure it’s very character-strengthening.