Archive for May, 2012

It seems every day there is a new story about authors becoming upset with getting a bad review and they don’t think its warranted. I read a news item where an author claimed it was a personal attack against him. The reviewer replied that she had never met the author, had read several of his books and this one was the only one she didn’t like. She explained why she didn’t like it (and quite frankly I had read the book and thought her comments were spot on) and it was all in the review.  Just because you get one bad review doesn’t mean your whole volume of work is being attacked, it just means one person did not care for one story. Easy Peasy.




Now, I’ve been lucky in that most books that I have read for review, I have really enjoyed. One of my recent favorites, from a debut author is




The Trouble With Half a Moon View a preview of this book online

The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante





I loved this book. I choose to review it because it was in one of my favorite genre, Young Adult, and was by a debut author. I love reading work by a new author. And I did love this book. I’m a big fan of YA fiction so I review quite a lot of it.  Now if I wasn’t a fan of YA, I wouldn’t agree to read and review a YA novel. I believe that is where some of the bad reviews by people come from. They pick out a book that they wouldn’t normally read, and they don’t like it. I still haven’t figured out why you would pick a book in a genre you don’t care for to review, but lots of people do it.





Of course, that is certainly not the only reason a bad review is written. I have been a big fan of Tom Clancy‘s work for years. I usually love his novels. They are well researched, the story picks up pace as it moves to the big bang ending, the characters are always a colorful lot, with a good amount of bad guys in them. When I picked up




Against All Enemies View a preview of this book online

Against All Enemies (Max Moore #1)  by Tom Clancy, Peter Telep




I thought I would love it. And boy was I wrong! I was so disappointed with this book. I wrote my review and it was bad, but the next time Tom Clancy has a new novel out, I’ll be one of the first in line to get it. I didn’t like one of his books, but I’ve loved all the rest of them like Clear and Present Danger, Executive Orders, The Sum of All Fears and more. Now if there is an author whose work I don’t care for, I would never offer to review it. I don’t care for Suzanne Collins work, I haven’t read any of the Hunger Games trilogy and can’t picture reading any of them in the foreseeable future. I have read 4 or 5 of her novels before, and have not cared for any of them. Now that doesn’t mean that I think she’s a bad author, far from it, I just don’t care for her work. And because of that I would never offer to review one of her books.





The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins





And one last thing, I don’t think bad reviews are bad. They help people as much as good reviews do. If you are looking for a book to read, I always check out a range of reviews, from 5 stars down to 1, just to see what the reviewer has to say. And I’ve got to admit, I have picked out books to read because of a bad review, I wanted to see if it was as bad as people said (some were).





Bad reviews aren’t, or shouldn’t be, a bad reflection on the author. Everyone is different and we all have different likes and dislikes. I think its best to always keep an open mind.


Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo

Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo by Margaret J. McMaster

Book Two of the Babysitter Out of Control! Series




Mrs Chairbottom is on her way to babysit 8 year old Stewart and she’s stuck in traffic. Stewart convinces his parents to leave so they won’t miss their flight, they are off on vacation. Stewart knows he won’t get into trouble, at least not til Mrs. Chairbottom gets there. She’s a walking trouble magnet and she’s bringing Petey her parrot, and that means double trouble!


When Mrs. Chairbottom arrives, she’s using a cane. She received it after falling in some hedges while doing a ‘Save the Whales’ marathon. After momentarily forgeting Petey the parrot in the car, and having to listen to him squawk, Stewart knows this is going to be a long week!


When Stewart sees Petey he’s shocked by how he looks. Talk about your bad hair day! He asks Mrs. Chairbottom about it and she launches into the story about how Petey fell in love on Mongo Tongo with one of the wild parrots there and is so love struck that being away from her is causing him to lose all his feathers. Stewart asks Mrs. Chairbottom if this could make Petey sick, like die from it sick.


Suddenly Mrs. Chairbottom has a plan! She, Stewart, Petey and her driver/attendant Ronald are going to fly to Mongo Tongo and find Petey’s girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?


This is a wonderful children’s story that would appeal to both boys and girls. Its 57 pages long, so wouldn’t be intimidating for children that aren’t really book lovers. The story is quick paced, easy to read and has beautiful color illustrations. The touches of humor, action and friendship will definitely appeal to children.



I received my copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Children’s Literature. I have the series of “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have the Nancy Drew series that was revamped and updated in the ’70’s, same with the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift series. Over the years, I have managed to find some of all these titles dating back to the early 1930 and the are in excellent shape. I also have quite a collection of younger children books, which my granddaughter loves. A few days ago, my husband surprised me with an early birthday present (he kind of had to give it to as I kept asking him what was in the box hehe). I was thrilled to see the 1955 The Children’s Classics 9 volume set in leather. Wow, what a surprise! I have been looking for that set in this condition for ages





They were so well cared for they actually came in the original mailing box from the person who has initially ordered them. They are made from leather, and are in amazing shape. They have both black and white illustrations and also 4 color plates each. They are just beautiful!


















When the original owner bought them, he kept them in the original box that they came in. When the books were sent along to me he included the original box with the tags









I look forward to reading all these old classics Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Black Beauty, Kidnapped, Dickens’ Stories about Children, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Tales from Shakespeare, Heidi and Robin Hood (my hero)


Crimson Midnight

Crimson Midnight by Amos Cassidy




Six years ago, 15 year old Rose was mugged. The kids were never caught. Since then the petite blonde had learned all about self defense and was sure she could take care of herself.  Leaving home for the first time, Rose and her friend Faye, are moving to London. Rose is going to live with her godmother while Faye is renting rooms with several kids from university.


Rose meets and becomes friendly with several people including the brooding Harold, Kris the peace maker, Raven, Roman and his very strange girl friend, Thistle.
Not all of Rose’s friends are what they appear to be and to trust the wrong person can cost you your life. People are going missing and Rose knows that somehow she is involved and must stop whatever demons are haunting London.


A fine urban fantasy novel filled with the supernatural, werewolves, demons, vampires and other paranormal things that go bump in the night.


Great character descriptions and good mood setting are a few of the highlights of this book. I really enjoyed some of the twists the story took and look forward to the next book.


I didn’t like that some of the storylines appear and then just disappear making you wonder if they were just a product of your imagination. I also think it should have had a few less main characters, at times I found it hard to remember who was who.


Overall, a great read for magical, werewolf, vampire, supernatural loving, urban fantasy readers.



Thank you to Karen at Drawing Room Days for nominating me for the

Beautiful Blogger Award.




I am nominating for this award:

1) thelightbearernovelist   I love her work on the Light Bearer Series

2) fuonlyknew Great site

3)ladyromp Great site

4)thescarletnumbersLove her blog

5)   Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict) Another great site

6)  Trevor Great site for movie lovers




All I ask of you in return is to:

  • Thank and Link-back to your nominator
  • Nominate 7, 6, or fewer (or more) other blogs that you enjoy to receive this award as well
  • Post a comment on each of your nominees blogs with a link to your page for the details
  • Paste the Award image somewhere on your blog, if so desired
  • And, continue blogging all your beautiful thoughts, suggestions, and musings. More readers are coming!

“Home” another snippet of “RANSOM” the Second Novel of “The Light-Bearer Series” AND the Cover Reveal Contest for “RANSOM”.

Unspent Time Launch Party

Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch

Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*
(* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!)

From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true.
Read how to enter below. Excerpt The tentacles hovered in the air for only an instant, then came crashing down again, straight at her. She could only stare at them in fear; there was no time to react. And yet, they missed again. Only by millimeters, but they missed. However, she felt pain all over her body. Her back and head throbbed as if she’d been beaten.

Then the tentacles withdrew. They disappeared behind the precipice silently. That’s when Kiala realized she was lying on her back, several meters inland from the jetty.

“That was close,” said a breathy voice.

Kiala whirled round to find a boy standing behind her. He was tall and slender, handsome in a mysteriously odd kind of way, with pale skin that was close to translucent and eyes that were bright and piercing. As she struggled to get up, she felt the boy’s gaze move right through her. The boy’s eyes were also red-rimmed with deep, dark rings around them.

Truth be told, he looked a bit sickly.

“Are you alright?” Kiala blurted out.

“Me?” The boy caught his breath. He brushed some imaginary dust and some very real tentacle slime from his cape and said, “I just saved your life. I should be asking you that question.”

“I know,” Kiala said. “And I can’t thank you enough for what you just did, but, well.” She gave him a sympathetic smile. “You look awfully pale, as if you might collapse at any moment. ”

The boy snorted. He made his cape catch an invisible breeze so it wrapped around him dramatically. “Are you kidding me?” He lowered his voice to a menacing whisper. “I’m Waywick III of the flying cannibal clan of the lost city of Vark. I’m a creature of dusk and twilight. I’m an unholy spirit of death!”

“No, you’re not,” Kiala said. She rubbed at her back, where he’d apparently dragged her over some pretty pointy rocks.

“Excuse me?” Waywick gave her a baffled look. “Of course I am!”

Kiala rolled her eyes at him. “Well, you don’t look all that dead and unholy to me. You just look a bit pale, that’s all.”

“I never said I was dead,” Waywick bristled. “I just said I was a flying cannibal and an unholy spirit of death. That doesn’t mean that I am dead.” He shook his head at her. “It just means that I’m very, very dangerous.”

“Sure,” Kiala said. “Again, though, you don’t look all that dangerous.”

Waywick opened his cape wide and puffed out his chest. “Then perhaps you should take a closer look.”

Kiala decided not to, instead she searched for her rod. She’d dropped it during the attacks. It lay wedged between two boulders a few meters away.

“I don’t know,” she told Waywick. “Anyone can look pale, thin, and sickly, that doesn’t automatically mean that they’re dangerous.” She checked the rod for surface damage and was relieved to find it in good condition. “In fact,” she continued, “it usually means exactly the opposite.”

… continued in Unspent Time, nominated for GoodReads Laugh out Loud book of 2012

How to enter:
For the launch of the new novel I decided to discount it to $0.99 for today (PC and eBook), give away some exclusive content, and raffle off two Kindles. All entrants will get:

  • An exclusive spin-off novelette (not available for purchase anywhere!)
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signature for their paperback or kindle edition
  • Chance to win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch

(Prizes can be traded for Amazon gift certificates if you already own them.)
Just email your receipt to to enter.
Each purchase counts, so stock up on birthday presents (for people you don’t like that much, for instance) The discount ends today, but be sure to send the receipts no later than June 1st.

(Or order the books from any bookstore.)
Coupon code for today: ZB77D

And then get by // ing about your purchase and another by mentioning it on facebook

Sound bites from Unspent Time:

“I’m looking into my past lives. I’m convinced some of them still owe me money.”

“I’m very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.”

“I didn’t actually want to do it,” Kiala told the boy. “The universe just kind of conspired to force me to make a fool of myself. It does that quite a lot, actually.”

“Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.”

Here’s what reviewers had to say:

“A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs!” — Reader Views
“An unputdownable read. a Coens Brothers’ film in book form.” —
“Extremely witty and clever writing.” — California Chronicle
“A Party for your Brain!” — Warren Baxter


Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
No Hope for Gomez! was voted GoodReads Funniest Read of 2010

I am so excited!  Tomorrow I will be holding my first guest blog.  Graham Parke, author of several novels including




No Hope for Gomez!

No Hope for Gomez!  by  Graham Parke

Winner of the Forewords Book of the Year Awards, nominated for the International Book Awards and the USA Book News Best Book Awards, featured in the Kirkus Best Indie 2011 list.

It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.




and Random Acts of Senseless Kindness  will be be leaving a guest post about the launch of his newest novel




Unspent Time

Unspent Time by Graham Parke




Along with the quest post, Graham Parke will be offering the chance to receive free books and a chance to win either a Kindle Fire of a Kindle Touch.

After my blog last week about fake reviews, I did some more searching about false reviews and fake comments and found some very interesting things.




Fake reviews are written by “sock puppets”   Sock puppets are recently born with sticky, googly eyes and are furry all over (I used  this description from Mary cause I thought it was funny) A good way to spot a suspected  “sock puppet” review is to check out their other reviews. If this is their only review, or the only book review and they have 1 or 2 other things bought and reviewed on the same day as the book review, good chance that its a fake review. If they have other book reviews what do they say? Do they all say ‘this book is great’ and that’s it? Or something similar chances are they’re a fake. If there are 3 or 4 reviews added on the same day, and are all short and pretty much say the same thing, chances are they are fake.



Fake reviews help no one. I do understand that it is hard to get reviews from people, there are several book reviewers but we can only read so fast. Still its better to wait for an honest review, then be known to use fake reviews.  If you’re looking for your book to be reviewed, look around on the internet for reviewers.



Reviews both real and fake, have been known to generate fake comments as well. When a review is written and given only 1 or 2 stars, there are comments left that have been linked back to the author. The fake comments question if the book was actually read, says the review is a lie because the reviewer doesn’t like the author, all sorts of weird comments. A review friend received threats on a review which were traced back to the author who wanted the review changed. Bad stuff!



Fake reviews hurt all involved. from the author, the publisher, and the readers. Also real reviewers are looked on with suspicion. Look for a reviewer you trust, check different sites that you trust, and the best thing, I think, is often you can read a few chapters free on the author’s site, goodReads, Amazon and others.  Reading a few chapters before buying the book, will give you a better idea if you would like it or not.



If you have a story involving fake reviews or false comments, let me know. I would love to hear about them.




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