In the mean time I have to endure. I have been told to place blinders on when it comes to reviews, but in honesty it has taken a part of writing away from me. The not so great reviews could be used as constructive criticism...they could be, but now I looked at them and wonder if it came from a troll. But really what can you take away from a one-star review? A one-star review says that there is nothing redeemable about the book.
Let me explain. Readers have the right to express their opinion about any book they read. When an author's work is published its fair game. Fair...remember the word. The other word to remember is malicious. When a review is done with malicious intent, it is a whole different ballgame.
A while back the New York Times ran an article about writers paying for reviews. Getting good reviews is essential to sell your books especially on Amazon. My experience was just the opposite of what the New York Times was debating. I am dealing with what happens when you get an avalanche of bad reviews. This is where it gets dicey about what I can say. But I think its safe to ask—are they true, honest reviews or they done with malicious intent? Just to let everyone know what a one-star review does- it harms your potential to get Amazon to promote your work. They won't promote books lower than a 4.0 rating.
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But again, what I say is take a moment and read the book or just the beginning of it. I say this because Seductive Secrets/Daughter of Deceit is free now. I didn't have a choice in letting it go free.
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I take pride in my writing. I want to give the reader my best. An author I'm certain is not suppose to get emotional but I just can't help it. I have never...ever...done anything to anyone with malicious intent. I have tried to be the best person I can be. I know I live in a bubble world, but I like my bubble world.
All my life, I have tried to help people. I try to be a good person so it's hard for me to deal with this vindictiveness. And I don't understand what I have done to deserve it.
Am I so stubborn that I can't see beyond my own writing? Is my writing so bad I should stop? But then I get reviews like these
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patriot Secrets! I am a huge 'Gone with the Wind' fan and this story takes place during the Revolutionary War with the same social structure as the characters in 'Gone with the Wind'. Hannah Corbett is strong willed and determined to do what she can to support the cause and find out who betrayed her family. Loved how each character is brought out throughout the entire book and the historical references from the war. The end does leave room for future books and the second installment in the Winds of Betrayal series 'Ruse of Love' is almost as good as the first (telling the story of Hannah's brother, Doctor Johnathan Corbett). I eagerly look foward to future books and to read more about each character.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Patriot Secrets" by Author Jerri Hines. It is not only an intriguing and suspenseful novel, it is a history lesson as well. The main character, Hannah Corbett demonstrates the true essence of courage and determination as she goes to great lengths for the cause she so desperately believes in. She is driven by her desire for revenge and justice over the deaths of her father and brother.
There is much sadness, brutality, and death in this novel as the reader is taken on a journey through the conflict and war between the British and the Americans during the period of colonization around the time of the Declaration of Independence. The Patriots, which included Hannah Corbett and her family, suffered more than their fair share in this heroic battle. Betrayal, lost love, rape, and murder are part of their devastating experiences.
Author Jerri Hines has done her fair share of research in the writing of this novel. She has my respect and admiration in doing so. There appears to be a cliff-hanger at the end which could easily lead to a series of books which may very well be this author's intention. I have only one constructive comment to say about "Patriot Secrets" which is slightly affecting my rating. There are numerous typographical errors that do take from the pleasure of the content of this historical novel. I think it could benefit from another good proofreading or two to make this the great novel that I think it to be!
RUSE OF LOVE
I'll admit it, I like history so I have a tendency to read Regency romance. But, I was so intrigued with a romance set during the American Revolution that I couldn't wait to try it. After reading Ruse of Love, I can't wait to go back and read Patriot Secrets.I loved the backdrop of the Revolution and how the author took us from the battlefields to the high society of the South. The story and mystery kept me guessing the whole time. Who was good? Who was bad? The characters were well developed and I felt for them during this chaotic time in history. The story wrapped up nicely and, since I don't want to spoil it, let's just say it was great!
If you like Kathleen Woodiwiss or are interested in the Revolution period, you will love this book!
Maybe I'm just oversensitive due to my past experience. But I do wonder about these one-star reviews and their intent. I wonder if the New York Times reporter has looked into the effect of receiving malicious reviews.
I really hope another author doesn't have to go through what I am going through. Truly, I do. I don't wish ill on anyone. Truly, I don't. It's just I don't understand the whole situation or maybe I do understand it...and it just breaks my heart.