Well, I'm very pleased to report that three readers have responded enthusiastically to what I've sent them (as well as providing excellent specific criticism to improve things).
Txt from Jo this morning: Read bl [Bloodlines] compulsively til 12.30am! It already fab.
Email from Imogen: I think this is great, rough in parts but i actually prefer this one to Banquo! It has great potential and I think you as a writer are coming more into your own and this book is demonstrative of that. Can't wait to read more!
And, from Penny: (I'll just include the final comment cause it was a detailed email with absolutely spot on comments)....But I still do like it all a lot.
Jo, Imogen and Penny have written over the manuscript with comments and questions and enthusiastic noises.
I feel I can breath easier and continue on knowing that I've got some great stuff to work with when I go back to re-work it.