I just had one of those “no way” experiences. Silly, I know… but this is what happened.
The review ARCs went out, and as I mentioned a few weeks ago, people are contacting J.Taylor publishing to ask to do interviews/ book reviews/ or otherwise host the website.
Someone contacted them and asked to do an excerpt from the Anthology. The story that they asked for was Last Winter Red.
How exciting is that? Most of the people are asking for multiple authors, but this person was interested in my story in particular.
What a rush…
Now I have to go and do an intelligent sounding interview with her.
Hmmmm… intelligent? How about moderately sane and able to spell. That I can do.
Errr.. hmmm. The spelling might be a problem too… [**GACK**]
Have you ever gotten all giggly about a reaction when someone read your story?
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It was bound to happen sooner or later. I read a book by a friend of mine, and I just didn’t like it.
Was there anything wrong with her writing? No, not really. It was just a disappointing read for me. So, what did I do? I finished it, and I moved on to something else, kept my mouth shut, and I didn’t do a book review.
At one point, in a forum we are both on, she said, referring to me finishing her novel: “I guess no news is good news, yikes”. Well, there was no actual question asked in the statement, so again, I kept my mouth shut. I thought I had ducked the bullet.
Today she sent me a private message. (Almost a month later) She asked me if I hated it. My heart sank. What the heck do you say? I don’t want to lie. It’s not that it’s a bad book. It was traditionally published, so someone had to think it was good, and it had a few good reviews. I just happened to agree with the bad ones. I would have given the book three stars if I’d reviewed it, but in doing this, I felt like I would have to list the things that I didn’t like.
I have a policy not to review books I don’t like at all. (Although some would say I’m lethal even when I do like a book 🙂 )
The way I figure it — It doesn’t help the author any to bring their rating down because I didn’t care for it. That’s why you have only seen four star reviews so far. The stuff that I haven’t liked, I’ve set aside (except for that one I reviewed without giving the author’s name or book title)
So now, I’m stewing, and writing a blog post about it. I need to say something to her by tonight.