Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Thought About Reviews

About reviews: 

As authors we have to understand that it's not a requirement of a reader to leave a review. 

Think about it for a minute. Put yourself in the readers place. You have a limited "entertainment" budget for the month. Maybe you buy a book to read for your enjoyment. You aren't a writer. You simply want to leave reality for an hour or so and get lost in a book. Why are you then expected to feel like you are back in highschool or college and get out your pen and paper and write and essay on it. Ok how did I feel when I read the book? How did the character make me feel? OMG was there any typos in this book? Should I mention the typo I saw in this book? Ok now their nice little get away for an hour or so turned into a stressful not fun event. 

And as authors we like to think it's just a sentence or two. It would only take them a minute or two to write it down. But why should they? Every time you go to say Wal-mart and buy something do you run to the computer and post a review about it. I bought a dvd. After my kids watched it did we run online and post a review about it? No. After we played a board game did we run online and go to Amazon and post how much we liked it? No? Did we try and contact the creator of the game and tell them how much we liked it? LOL No. I'm betting that you don't either. 

So the anger we feel as authors for the lack of reviews we get should be turned into thankfulness that somebody took their time and money to buy our book and we should appreciate them for that and not have anger issues about not getting a review for it. Just my two cents smile emoticon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reader's Favorite gave "Winter Romance" 4 stars!


Reviewed by  for Readers' Favorite

Is it love or is it lust? If it’s love, do you know it when you see it? Can you tell when you meet that special someone? Winter Romance by Lizzy Stevens is a great love story between Jennifer and Jeffrey. The connection between them is Mandy. Mandy is Jennifer’s best friend and Jeffrey’s cousin who set them up on a blind date one winter's day. Jennifer and Jeffrey cannot get enough of each other, but one day it was all abruptly cut short. Jennifer never saw Jeffrey again until ten years later she received a call that Mandy was in the hospital and that a child was involved. That child was left to the care of Jennifer. What is Jennifer to do? How can she leave her new life so abruptly and take on the care of a young child? Her loyalty to her friend changes that entirely and she goes back to her hometown to begin caring for the child. As Jennifer is making the adjustments back home, a series of whirlwind adventures begin. 

I enjoyed reading Winter Romance by Lizzy Stevens because it is not only a love story but a life story as well. As a life story, it talks about the challenges, choices, decisions and encounters that we all face on a daily basis. Everything that we do and how we handle it determines its outcome. I enjoyed how Lizzy interwove the elements of life and love through each chapter. Each chapter was written as if it was a movie scene. If you want to experience a story about love, life and tough decisions, and enjoy the ride, getting a copy of Winter Romance by Lizzy Stevens is a great choice.