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An Author’s Nightmare – Negative Reviews

Into-the-WhirlwindBY KAT MARTIN

I’ve got a new book coming out.  INTO THE WHILWIND is Megan O’Brien and Dirk Reynolds’s story, the second book in my BOSS Inc. trilogy.  When Meg’s three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart.  Desperate for Dirk’s help, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.

I don’t like to read reviews.  It’s hard enough staring at a blank screen, trying to come up with plots and characters, finding just the right words without reading a negative review that makes me afraid to write at all.  I’ve learned to avoid them as much as possible so I can keep my confidence level high enough to actually write a novel and finish it.

But as I await my new book’s release and begin to write a blog about negative reviews, I find I am curious.  Are there readers who don’t actually read the books they give a negative review?

Recently, I read a two star review of one of my older novels, a book in my AGAINST series.  The review said it was nothing but high school girls giggling.

I was amazed at this, since the heroine is really the only woman in the story.  It’s one of my more sophisticated plots about drug cartels and the abduction of a child into Mexico.

I had to wonder if maybe the reviewer was reviewing someone else’s book and got the names mixed up.  Whether or not that’s true, the words are now stuck in my head.

Negative reviews are something all authors have to deal with.  The problem is our brains remember the single one or two star review a book gets instead of the sixty or so four and five star reviews it gets.

Sad but true, though why that is, I have no idea.  I can probably still quote you lines from a bad Publisher’s Weekly review I got twenty years ago!

Since then, I’ve learned the best way to handle negative reviews is to not read them at all.  The ones you can actually glean something useful out of are the three star, four, and five star reviews that might include a suggestion the author can weave in her writing.

I’m praying for very good reviews for INTO THE WHIRLWIND, one of my personal favorites, and believe me, we authors appreciate the work that a reader puts into writing a review of our books.  So thank you for that in advance.

I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE WHIRLWIND and that you enjoy it.  If you haven’t read INTO THE FURY, book number one, I hope you’ll look for that, too.

Until then, all best wishes, and for my writer friends– all good reviews!  Warmest, Kat


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KatNew York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.

Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, AGAINST THE TIDE and INTO THE FURY her latest release, took top ten spots.

Visit Kat’s website at www.katmartin.com

Or look for her on Facebook  at Katmartin/author.

Let Me Ask You A Question

Within-A-CaptainsTreasure

**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY LISA A. OLECH

A special thanks for the Divas for letting me come by to celebrate my new release, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE!!

So I wanted this post to be original and exciting. Something new. So I turned to my fans and asked for original interview questions. Hmmm….this may have been a mistake.

I should have learned my lesson when a year or so ago I was writing and was trying to come up with a scent. An intoxicating smell of a women. (Picture Al Paccino saying “HoooYa!”) So I asked. Men. On my Facebook page. “What is your favorite scent on a woman?”

I was shocked. Do you have any idea what the number one answer was? Come on think… Men. Women. Scent.

Would you believe BACON?!?

You read that right…bacon! I mean, come on! Bacon? Want to know what the number two answer was? Gun oil….  I have no words… I’m wondering if the perfume people know about this!? Say we come up with a new cologne… Call it “Bazooka Bacon?” “Rifle Rasher?” We’d be millionaires!

My Salute to Military Men

ToMasterAndDefend**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY ANYA SUMMERS

It’s fitting I guess that the release of my latest book, To Master & Defend, coincides with the month we tend to remember all the military men and women who have fought and died defending our country. I have always been intrigued by military men, by soldiers who embody ideologies of loyalty, honor, and courage in defense of their country and way of life.

It was in high school that I first became fascinated with soldiers. I had always been intrigued by them, but it was a Civil War history class that tipped the scales and opened the door for me to study the multitude of wars both in the United States and abroad. I studied just about every war in the western world from antiquity up through modern age. As a history buff and historian, war is a large part of our history as a species, which I’m still not entirely sure what that says about us. But it was also what drove invention, and helped shape the world we live in today.

Author Interview with Melissa West

SilentHearts**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

Where did you get the inspiration for your series/book?

The original inspiration began with an article I read about the first woman to have a shot at winning the Kentucky Derby. That article led me to write RACING HEARTS, the first book in the series, and the series grew from there.

Who is the celebrity who inspired the characters in your latest book?

In my head, Nick, the hero in SILENT HEARTS, looks a lot like Ryan Gosling with glasses. Becca, my heroine, reminds me a lot of Evangeline Lilly.

Too Darn Hot: My Brief, Titillating Career as an Erotica Author


Mayday**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY OLIVIA DADE

When I began writing Broken Resolutions, the first book in my Lovestruck Librarians series, I had no idea how I’d tackle the love scenes. Would my hero and heroine seal their newfound love with a chaste kiss? Would I let them have sex but fade to black during the climactic (ha!) scene, closing the bedroom door and rejoining my satisfied couple the next morning? Would I open that door but describe their sexual congress only via tasteful euphemisms involving fireworks and waves?

Finding Your Writing Niche

SinOnTheRun**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY LUCY FARAGO

Who doesn’t want the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to find her Prince Charming? Really, who doesn’t want their own Prince Charming? Now, how fun would it be to blend the romance with a great suspense? This is why I wrote Sin on the Run and why I chose to write romantic suspense.

Men in Kilts

HerHighlandMaster**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY ANYA SUMMERS

Scottish men. Sigh. What red-blooded woman could resist a muscled man swathed in plaid with his muscled chest bare? I have always had a thing for Scottish men. Show me a man in a kilt, and I am likely swooning at their impressively sized feet. There’s just something about their fierceness of heart, their ability to turn a phrase with their Scottish burr that makes my toes curl. Those traits along with their propensity to celebrate their storied family names that make them so swoon worthy to me.

Mixing Humor & Romance

CookingupTrouble**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY JUDI LYNN

When I decided to write COOKING UP TROUBLE, I wanted to add a healthy dose of humor to the romance.  The thing is, I don’t consider myself very clever or witty, so it seemed like a challenge.

And then I remembered hearing Dorothy Cannell on a mystery panel.  Her book, The Thin Woman, cracked me up, but she insisted that when she wrote the scenes, they didn’t strike her as funny. 

I Heart Jocks

towinherheart**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY MACKENZIE CROWNE

Writing romance and watching sports are two of my favorite things. Football is my game, but in general, any sport will do. I can’t help myself. Is there anything sexier than a well-toned athlete?. It’s not just their bodies. Seriously, I mean it. Not that those bulging muscles and hardened frames can be overlooked, but it takes a special kind of drive and perseverance to subject oneself to the rigorous schedules and grueling workouts required if one is going to make it to the top of pro sports.

A Different Spin on Historical Fiction

Ten-Days-In-August**RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY**

BY KATE MCMURRAY

To this point, most of my novels have been contemporary romances, but historical fiction has long been a love of mine. I like reading fiction, and romances in particular, that feature rich historical detail. So it was really only a matter of time before I tackled historical romance myself.

Also, being a New Yorker, I wanted to set my historical novels in New York City. Ten Days in August is set in 1896, during New York’s Gilded Age, a time period that is actually uncannily similar to the British Regency. Like the ton of the Regency, New York had the 400, so named because it was said social arbiter Mrs. Astor could fit 400 people in her ballroom.