thanks for sending me "The Rocker and the Bird Girl" as a booklikes giveaway. It took me some time to get around to it, but here's your review.
I'll start with the criticism. Like any and every self-published book, "The Rocker and the Bird Girl" could use another round of editing. Some scenes are told in past tense, some in present tense, without any visible system or meaning to it. There's the odd typo, two or three awkward sentences, and Jonathon deserves some physical description the first time he shows up. Also - at least in the ebook I got - there's no way to tell when a jump in perspective and/or time is coming. There should be a blank line, or an asterisk, or a new page, or something. The blurb is too long, too explicit, and it doesn't really fit.
Now here's the surprising part: I liked the book. This makes "The Rocker and the Bird Girl" the first self-published work I enjoyed. The story itself is predictable, but like a fairy tale it doesn't need much tension to work. Because that's what "The Rocker and the Bird Girl" is, Mr. Raglin: a fairy tale for adults. Both the protagonists are thoroughly good people overcoming obstacles and misunderstandings. Of the minor characters, some are good like Jonathon, some are bad, but nobody is ambiguous or complicated.
The storytelling, too, feels like in a fairy-tale in spite of being from a first-person-perspective. You follow the old "omit needless words" and it works perfectly. Thanks for the discretion at the end of certain chapters. Knowing when not to spell out a scene is a sign of good taste in an author. The second concert scene is heartwarming, and the ending left me with a feeling of satisfaction, the way only good books can.
At the end, you included a teaser for "FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend" and got me hooked. Looking forward to reading it.
Keep writing, Mr. Raglin, you're one of the good ones.