I’ve been hit with the dreaded review removal.

I was really shocked to discover Amazon had pulled a review for Come Back to Me.  It’s not like I have nine thousand positive reviews for the book.  I had exactly five.  Now I have four.

I find this very disturbing.  I upload books to Amazon, or my publishers upload books to Amazon, and while I don’t ignore the books, I don’t solicit reviews.  I don’t have sock puppet accounts.  I don’t post reviews under an alias nor do I ask friends and strangers to review my books.  If another author happens to review one of my books it’s because he or she bought it, read it, and chose to post a review – definitely not at my behest.  Besides, I’m pretty sure the review Amazon removed was not written by an author.

Come Back to Me is one of my older works and the review removed was old.  I sent out very few copies for review.  Because the story is so dark, brooding,  and difficult I think I sent, at most, three copies to reviewers.  I’m not sure how many copies my publisher sent out for review.  I only know of a single identifiable reviewer who posted a review on Amazon.  And her review was not the review removed.

The really irritating part is this:  Come Back to Me had five Five-Star reviews, none of which I had anything to do with.  It has Five-Star reviews because it’s a damn good book.  Apparently the few readers who chose to review the book appreciated that.  Now it has four Five-Star reviews.

Seriously folks, what did Amazon think?  Oh heck, Mr. Bezos, did you notice this book has only five-star reviews?  At least one of ‘em has got to be a sock puppet review, so let’s pull one.  Which one should we pull?  Oh, I don’t know, just pull any of ‘em.  Who cares?

I won’t confront Amazon about this issue because other authors have said when they’ve questioned Amazon about the removal of reviews, they’ve been threatened – told their book would be pulled from Amazon altogether.

So yeah, I’m all for getting rid of sock puppet reviews – see my earlier post – but I am not in favor of removing legitimate reviews.

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

My Evernight Birthday Blog Hop Winners!

I have two winners – Julie Kornhausl and Angie Adair.

Please contact me ASAP for your prize!  (If I haven’t heard from you.)

Congrats, ladies!  Many thanks to everyone who participated!

(Leave it to me to lose the Blog Hop image until now!)

Tomorrow I’ll talk about The Walking Dead, but I need to let my thoughts marinate.  One thing I will say… Just had to stick it to Shane one more time, didn’t ya?  Shame on you.

Well, and so it begins again.

The Evernight Birthday Blog Tour is done – many thanks to all who commented and tweeted.  I’ve submitted your email addys to Evernight so you can be entered in the drawings.  On Monday I’ll announce the names of the winners of Come Back To Me – one hard copy (U.S. residents only) and one copy from Evernight or, if you have a Kindle, from Amazon.

This has been a busy baseball week.  Writers do lots more than write.  I’m baseball obsessed, sometimes I like football.  Weird as it sounds I’m a Steelers fan.  There’s just something about that team…

In the meantime, both Beauty and the Feast and My Everything are free for your Kindle through Saturday.  Run, don’t walk…

Nice to be back.  I’ll probably grow more wordy as the days go by.

Coming soon-

 

Happy Birthday Evernight Publishing!

Hi! Beginning October 8th through October 12th, I am one of the authors hosting the Evernight Birthday Blog Hop. The celebration runs through the 12th.
A note:  Stephanie, at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust, let me know she is posting a review of my latest release, Stay, on her site on the 8th.  Here is the link:  Stay
I want to say a word about Evernight – When every other publishing house rejected my unusual work of Women’s Fiction, Come Back To Me, Evernight snatched it up. I will be forever grateful for their wonderful enthusiasm, the editing, the cover, the support they provided me.  Come Back To Me was the toughest book I’ve ever written because it’s autobiographical and it is definitely not fun and games.  

I recently received an incredible review on Amazon – made me cry – I’m not going to quote the review but I will point you in the right direction:  Julia deserves many more reviews.  No, I don’t know the reviewer, no I didn’t pay her or send her a copy, and yes, I did burst into tears.

Thank you, Evernight!  I’ll be giving away one Kindle copy and one print copy of Come Back To Me.  (Print copy for U.S. residents only.)

Sometimes the safest path is to keep people at a distance…especially men. Cara’s life has been one nightmare after another. Abused as a child and neglected by her parents, she’s quick to blame herself for every cruel thing that happens to her. And then there’s James, the only man capable of making her forget her misgivings and learn to love again. James, a young doctor in training, is aware of Cara’s history. He’s determined to break through her barriers and build a life with her…and fails. Cara runs away in an attempt to reinvent herself and James fears he’s lost her for good. When she falls into the hands of a drug dealer and mob boss, life as they know it is about to get a whole lot worse. Can their love withstand the demons of her past and present?

Welcome to the Evernight Publishing birthday blog hop!
 
Evernight Publishing opened its doors two years ago. In those two years we’ve signed over one hundred and sixty authors and published over three hundred books. From paranormal to contemporary, we’ve had more best sellers than we can count and made thousands of people smile, sigh and gasp. So, as a thank you to all our readers and everyone who has supported us, we’re holding this blog hop and we have a whole lot of prizes to offer you.
 
Here’s how it works… the more blogs you hop to (shown below) the more chance you have of winning prizes. Each author on the hop is offering a prize and Evernight is offering the following grand prizes, a Kindle, a $100 Amazon gift certificate, two Evernight swag bags (which includes a tote, a tee, vouchers, a mug and other coolness) and a personalized Facebook banner. To be in with a chance of winning the author prize simply follow the blog you’re visiting and leave a comment which includes your email address. Each entry on each blog is then counted towards the grand prize draw. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning a grand prize! You also get extra points for liking the Evernight Facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/#!/evernightpublishing. Just make sure you let us know in the comments that you’ve done so.
 
Good luck and happy hopping!

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In the Queue.

Oh my gosh.  Some of you may be wondering how I work.  Well, not always well because I am a.  busy and b.  easily distracted.

I can’t whip the books out like some authors.  Wish I could.  Maybe if my books were 5-7K…  I can’t do it with a longer work.

However I do have a schedule of sorts.  It’s more of a queue.  The stories have to get in line and wait their turn.

I’m two-thirds of the way through Stay, the book that will tie up the story I began in Incorporeal and continued in In the Flesh.

Then, my dears, it’s on to the final re-writes of the Daughters of Persephone series, which I don’t think will take me long since it’s only Books One and Two that I will be focusing on.

After that sci/fi-fantasy romance series is complete and published, I’m picking up where I left off on my work of romantic suspense, Kerosene.

And then it’s on to another work of fantasy, already begun – Salvation.

I’ve got a time travel series planned.  And I’m considering a work of humorous, tongue-in-cheek extreme erotica… hmmm.  Am I up to the task?

We’ll see, won’t we?

 P.S.  If you haven’t read my work of women’s fiction?  Romance?  Romance suspense?  (hard to categorize) And you have a Kindle, you can pick up a copy of Come Back to Me for a mere 99 cents right now!