I just saw you quoted in a great post over at Racy Romance Reviews*.
The only bad thing about online friends is when you don’t see them as much anymore**.
*Even if I’d had a drink with you at RWA, dinner with you, twittered with you, etc — eviscerate my books if that is what the books deserve. Say my heroine needs to be smacked with a haddock. (I actually had to go look it up, because I’d forgotten what kind of fish Candy mentioned). My feelings won’t be hurt (and you shouldn’t worry that they might be, anyway.) It’s a book. (And actually, I like knowing what didn’t work. Probably masochistic but…well, there you have it.)
And most authors have lots of practice taking criticism/comments (some of it harsher than I’ve ever seen in reviews) from friends — all of the people who give me early feedback are on my BFF list. And they still are on my BFF list afterward (even more so, because they just made my book better than it was). My sister told me she didn’t like my first novella. She is still my sister.