If you are easily offended even if you aren't guilty, don't read this. Yes, I am a person. Oh, you knew? Well then, you must have a beating heart. There seem to be a few people who think that books (in general) are written by machines who put in minimal effort to get their eBooks published, collect a paycheque and skip on their way - without reading the reviews or caring about them at all. They don't seem to know about the endless late nights we pull to hit deadlines/hit word goals/beta read for other authors/make editing deadlines and that's just the beginning. Do they know that we have spouses and families? I personally only have a spouse at the moment but I'm vouching for everyone else. I don't think they realise that. They couldn't. Or that we have feelings. Or that rudeness and nastyness bother us. They don't seem to realise that leaving blatantly attitude-fuelled reviews are actually quite unacceptable and tramples the incredible amount of work, dedication and saying 'no' to everybody else so we can hide away and finish writing a novel - that it takes. I don't know how someone can write 'worst book I have ever read' and 'such and such author writes in this genre and it's way hotter' Really?!? You can sleep at night hiding behind a PC writing those kinds of things to perfect strangers who are published with their work?? This is a legitimate business. We are authors. We actually write 'author' on our tax forms. It seems some reviewers run around leaving arrogant comments yet they don't write books themselves. Interesting, I know.
The following is not directed at anyone who has left either a positive or a constructively critical review for another author. This is me unloading after five months of frustration.
Next time you read or write a review maybe stop and think before you publish it because you don't know what might happen on the other end. WORDS. HURT. You don't know that at times you have made us cry. My husband has been there when I received a nasty (not to be confused with 'constructive criticism) review as I cried and asked why people are so rude and unkind about it - why can they not just admit that actually my writing didn't blow - you are looking for something that I cannot or did not provide in the book that took me 1,000 hours in less than 2 months to write whilst staying up until 3am and ignoring my friends, family, social invitations - that was dismissed with a flippant attitude in less than 30 seconds. Because you weren't satisfied? Because I didn't give you what you wanted or expected? That's not my problem, love. I'm not writing for you and neither is anybody else. Or just leaving very flippant and, ''Eh, not my fav. What a bore.'' Tell me something that is HELPFUL for me or any other author to learn and by the way, if you bought the book, you keep the book.
It all boils down to what your mother or father probably did or should have taught - if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. If you didn't like a book find a kind and constructive way to tell the author WHY you didn't like it - without being dismissive and rude.
If you want to read my blog than you will get to know all parts of me, not just the lovely happy writer Bella who pumps out a book every eight weeks. You get to see that I hate injustice, unkindness and rudeness. This post is coming from a very disappointed writer who is upset when she sees reviews that hurt other authors or when they hurt me. And don't compare us - I am Bella, I write sweet age play and spanking fiction. I am not a steamy romance novelist. We all know that by now. If you want that kind of book than go for the authors that write it.
You don't have to like every book you read or even my books. That's okay! But don't be mean to us or to me. Please. It's really unfair and discouraging.
First, I must apologise to my readers and author friends who left me comments last Saturday on #SatSpanks and I haven't responded. I didn't mean to be passive, it's just been a very busy week and there have been some changes around here at home, along with my book release this week. All of my spare time and energy has gone into promoting "The Courting" and so I am sorry for not responding. I cannot believe another week has already gone by because here we are at another SatSpanks blog hop weekend! Where does the time go?!
As most of you know, release day for my third book and third in the series, ''The Courting'' was on Wednesday. It was a fantastic start and I've only been writing for 5 months now so I was getting all wrapped up in the excitement, the lovely messages and encouragement - from some fantastic fans and readers - as well as fellow authors in the circle.
Now, for the excerpt
Bennett stared back at her. “No. Absolutely not. You are not bait, Elisabeth.”
“No, I’m not, I’m a peacemaker. And what’s more, I don’t believe anyone is ever so far in one direction that they can’t get back to where they belong. Haven’t you ever heard of redemption?” Elisabeth asked with confidence and calmness.
“I believe redemption is something that happens when people truly understand they need it. These women nearly sent my mother to an early death and I will be damned if I watch them lay a finger on you,” he said, almost as though he were speaking directly to one of the culprits. Elisabeth stared back at him for a moment and then he continued, “I don’t need to explain myself to you. You will do as you are told.”
“I still haven’t had a chance to defend myself or say what I wanted to say,” Elisabeth replied, bordering on incredulous.
“Well perhaps you should lead this relationship and tell me what is and isn’t fair. Perhaps I should get your opinion on the matter before I put you over my knee and spank you,” Bennett replied.
It felt like a party yesterday - a party where I was the birthday girl with the cute dress and matching hair ribbon and loads of presents. That's how release day for ''The Courting'' felt. Seriously. My husband texted me throughout the day, several friends did, my writing girls from Blushing Books and other companies whom I'm very very close with on Facebook. I rarely go a day without speaking to several authors and so my social media was buzzing constantly with ''congrats'' and ''yay!'' and ''happy release day!''
So a huge thank you to the fans, readers, friends and family who are so incredibly supportive. (((((Internet Cuddle back at you))))))
And for some even better news . . .
I've placed in the top 100 in two categories on Amazon for the first time!
So a massive and sincere thank you to everyone who enjoys my writing, who loves the Waldorf Manor series and for the lovely messages I get each week from readers who encourage me. I'm so humbled by your positivity and free-flowing compliments. I can't say anymore or I might get a wee tear in my eye. Except, if you haven't bought and read the series now is a good time to start because book 4 is nearly done being written.
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part III in the Waldorf Manor series.
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Tomorrow my third book and part three of the Waldorf Manor series
featuring Bennett Fowler and Elisabeth Warner . . .
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