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“Get your girl, Son!” Father’s Day Snippet from “CHARMEINE” in “The Light-Bearer Series” THANK YOU for 7 AWARDS!.

Percival and Carly are wonderful together…


I follow many group discussions on GoodReads, with most of them having to do with good reviews, how to write good reviews, bad reviews and how to word them nicely (when I’m writing a bad review on a book, I always try and find or say something positive about the book). I think it is important to have a wide range of reviews. I know for myself when I am looking for a book to read, I always look at a mixture of reviews. It helps me to get a better understanding of the novel, and it makes it easier for me to decide if I want to read it.


There have been some books I have read based solely on negative reviews because I wanted to see if it was as bad as it was rated (It was). Since I knew of several of the mistakes that were present in the book, I actually had fun reading it. I discovered it actually had a good plot and characters it was the editing that was just not done! I think bad reviews, if they are honest and state reasons why you don’t like certain parts in a book, or the plot, or the characters, are as important as good reviews. I think a range of reviews gives the reader a better understanding of what they are likely to find in the novel.


I think that authors also benefit from both good reviews and bad reviews. I know it is hard for anyone to accept criticism  about anything, I think accepting criticism for artistic work must be even harder. It takes a lot of courage for people to put themselves out in the limelight for everyone to view, and that is what authors do with their work. I think they can  use the criticism and use it constructively to help in their future endeavors or on the one that was given the bad review.


If Amazon is to use the review section the way it was intended, then why would they be removing bad reviews? Of course, I couldn’t look at the reviews as they have been deleted so perhaps there is more to this then what is being said. Perhaps the reviews were just a rant against the author, or perhaps they had bad language. There are many reasons why reviews get deleted, it sure would be interesting to find out!


I have not had any of my own reviews deleted and I do use some harsh criticisms on some of the books I have reviewed. But I do make sure to back up what I am saying with examples from the novel.  And I always make sure to note that my review is about the book, not the author.


Here is the thread from Amazon…check it out and let me know what you think.


Is Amazon removing bad review?



Lately I’ve noticed a lot of negative articles online about certain independent authors which many take to include ALL independent authors. I really don’t understand that thinking. There are so many more good independent authors out there than there are bad. Just because 1 indie author is throwing a hissy fit doesn’t make all indie authors bad. It really bothers me that people get grouped together under the same hat simply because they all share the title indie author.




One of the first Indie books I read was

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic, #1)

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic #1)  by Angela Wallace




This was an awesome indie book. Well written with and interesting paranormal storyline (see my review)




Chain Gang Elementary, by Jonathan Grant


And I just read a pretty gross (and I mean that in a totally good way) horror, supernatural, mystery, paranormal novel. I will have the review up later today as I just moments ago finished reading it.

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson




I think Indie Authors are terrific! Take a chance on an indie novel, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised as was I!



There are several independent author lists out on the internet. You can also look on GoodReads, Amazon and Smashwords to name a few.

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.

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

Special thank you goes out Emily Guido, author of thelightbearernovelist for nominating me.

Seven Things About Myself

1.)  I am married to a wonderful man and together we have 5 terrific children ranging in age from 29 to 16. My family is so incredibly important to me.

2.)  I read everyday. I always have a book, usually 2 or 3, at a time. I love to do reviews on the books and share my reviews with others.

3.)  I am a dog lover!  I have had a dog in my life since I was 5. My dog Simon is a mini dachshund and is my husband’s first experience with being a dog owner. Simon is quite the character, and is almost as stubborn as I.

4.) I love to read debut authors to get a sense of their style and skills.

5.)  When I review books, if I think the book is terrible, I will not bash everything about it. I will write down what I dislike, but always try to counter with something positive.  I always remember that the authors put so much effort and love into what they write, and even if I don’t care for a book, the next person may love it, and I wouldn’t want someone to pass up on a book simply on my say so.

6.)  I love to write and my blog is my way of doing so.

7.)  I don’t belong to any reading groups as I like to read what I want, when I want. I’ve tried over the years but as soon as I’m told what book to read, I no longer want to read it.  I just really don’t like to be told what to read.

I am nominating these 15 bloggers

1.)  Leighiandra Kasheen, she blogs and writes about children’s books. A great site to help you decide on books for your children.

Book Wormish

2.)  Meira Penterman, author/blogger with several helpful services on her site


3.) Lady Romp, a blogger for the Empowerment of Women. Great site with very positive, helpful links and comments.


4.) Matthew D. Ryan, writer, philosopher, blogger. Interesting views on world events, with additional information about his books and short stories.


5.)  Trevor Nagler blogs about movies. Great site with his view on movies you should see before you die.


6.) This is a group of six who blog about books, events and their reviews. Great site with lots of information

Reflections of a Book Addict

7.) Poppy Lantern blogs about her thoughts, her feelings and about books she will read and has read.


8.) Cory, 25 years old, blogs about books, life and his writings

Ancient’s Writing Portfolio

9.)  A humorous blog about everything!


10.)  Angela Wallace is a writer and sign language interpreter. Her blog is about her work and books she recommends for reading.

Angela Wallace ~ Elemental Magic

11.)  Stacy Mantle, her blog is an interesting mix of books and experiences

Life as a writer…

12.) Karen Payze, wife, mom, writer, artist, blogger. Her blog is a mix of everything she holds dear.

Drawing Room Days

13.) Laura blogs about books. Books she has read, books she has reviewed and books she would like to read.


14.) Dr. Anthony shares stories, thoughts and ideas on his blog. He is well-traveled and includes many photos


15.) H.N. Sieverding is an author. She blogs about her writings and others.

Inside the mind of a fantasy writer

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

VBA Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.

  •  Include a link to their blog.

  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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