Monday, April 29, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway and other updates…

If you are a Goodreads member, you can sign up for my free giveaway. The drawing ends May 28, 2013. At that time, Goodreads will select a winner to receive a free paperback copy of Lessons, which I’ll ship directly from the printer. 

I’m trying to get more involved over at Goodreads. This morning I deleted the few blog posts I’d made on the site – I think there were only seven since I signed up. Instead, I’ve redirected this blog to Goodgreads, so when I post here, it will also show up on my Goodread’s author page.

Last night I started entering books I’ve read to Goodreads – with ratings. A couple I left reviews on, yet most I didn’t considering the number of books I entered. These are by no means all the books I’ve read, just those I could remember and leave an honest star rating.

In other news, my newest book in The Sensual Romance Series, While Snowbound, is off with the editor. I am currently working on my third book in that series, Sugar Rush, which should be ready for the editor within two weeks. That is of course, if I can stay off Facebook and Goodreads.

Write on!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A One Star Review I'm Okay With

I received my first Amazon one star review on After Sundown. I’m not really upset, because the reviewer didn’t slam my writing, and I suppose his/her comment “The writing style could not make up for such an unlikeable character might be taken as a backhanded compliment.

The reviewer is right, Cole, the male protagonist (whom I would not term the hero of the story, as the reviewer did) behaved like a jerk. It’s true he molested Kit, the female protagonist on the dance floor – yet she never said no, and from his perspective and considering the situation and her reaction, he reasonably assumed she wanted his attention.

Did he almost rape her? Sort of. The reviewer stopped reading at that point.

I never said my books were politically correct. Was his behavior totally inappropriate? Yes.

For the record, the story doesn’t condone date rape – yet it does feature a character who almost commits it.

I might argue Cole confronted his dark side; horrified at his own behavior. But I could only push that argument so far. Sure, he experienced a revelation and regretted being such a jerk. But he didn’t completely change his ways, and much of his behavior later in the story is not politically correct.

But like I said, I never promised political correctness.