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Cyber Bullies

The reason I have posted this article in its entirety is to once again show that the trolls are out there. They come on many shapes and sizes male and female. For whatever reason they love to find authors and tear them down. It is not about an objective book review, it is about how to destroy another person. Even some “authors” have been known to do this as well. I find it very sad that those very trolls who spend their lives spewing things could better spend their lives living their own dream and not trying to destroy someone else’s. They also expect authors to sit idly by and not rebut their review, to remain passive and just “get over it.”

That is what bullies do. One can give an honest review as to why they did not care of a particular book- it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. They do not have to make it personal nor do they have to go on and on and on in a rant. There is a difference in a professional review and an unprofessional review. The professional review simply states, I read the book- I did or did not care for it- The unprofessional review has to attack the author, the characters and the story line. It becomes character assassination of the author.

Reading with an open mind is not something the cyber bullies do. They feel it makes them look bigger than life to “bring down” someone else. What are they missing in their life? What do they lack that they feel they must drag others into their abyss?
Many if not all of these cyber bullies don’t even read the book. They read the synopsis and go from there. Seriously – a synopsis is just that a small window to let someone know if the book my be to their liking. It is not justification for a smear campaign.

As authors we have worked hard and long to make our dreams real. We have walked many miles, written many pages and taken many hits to get where we are. We will not longer sit back and be attacked by trolls. Yes, that is what they are. In their minds they are “getting one up” on authors who have been a success. If they have a right to which they do to spout their evil, their hate and their venom, we also have that same right to defend our craft. Sadly they do not wear that shoe well.
Instead of wasting their time tearing down they would be better served by making their own dreams real. Someone told me that they “understood my feelings were hurt”- That could not be farther from the truth. My feelings are not part of this – it has nothing to do with feelings. It has to do with the fact that I will now long tolerate bullying. I will no longer sit back while someone else tries to destroy my craft or another author’s craft. Bullies are really cowards who hide behind aliases and false statements because that is all they have to call their own. This is sad so very sad. I will continue to rebut the bullies of this world. If that shoe does not fit then maybe they should stop wearing it.

This article was written by
Nola Cancel
Anne Rice Examiner

April 28, 2014
Anne Rice, iconic author of “The Vampire Chronicles”, “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and “The Wolf Gift Chronicles” is well known for her strong opinions on everything from the Catholic Church, to women’s rights to the state of the publishing business today.

On a daily basis, the over one million followers of her widely popular Facebook page have read her posts and offered their own opinions on these and a variety of other subjects.

As of late, one of her most passionate topics has been the proliferation of the online reviewer and how everyday people can influence readers and writers with both their positive and negative reviews.

These reviews by ordinary individuals can be a blessing or curse to the fledgling independent author trying to make a name for themselves as a writer. It is a phenomenon of the social-media age in which we live and one that shows no sign of slowing down.

As a great proponent of the indie-author, Mrs. Rice, whose new novel “Prince Lestat” is scheduled for publication on October 28th, 2014, has graciously agreed to answer some questions on this subject as well as, the pressure a writer feels from their fans and criticism of a writer’s motives.

As always, her answers are honest, thought provoking and more than worthy of further discussion.

Here is Anne Rice:

1 – Why do you believe authors are often criticized for their motives when writing a particular book more than other creative people (i.e. she only did it for the money, she was contractually obligated, etc.)?

Yes, I do think authors are the target of some very specific criticisms that other creative artists do not receive. And it’s puzzled me for years. When readers become disenchanted with an author, when they find a new book unsatisfactory, some have a tendency to slam the author saying “he wrote it for the money,” or “he wrote it to fulfill a contract” or even “he’s insulted his fans and shows he doesn’t care.” And no, you never really hear this kind of criticism thrown at opera singers, actors, directors, painters and the like. I cannot say why this happens. Perhaps it is because we are the most accessible of all creative artists, and many readers have discovered this. A stinging and hateful criticism of Barbra Streisand may never be read by her; but many authors do read their reviews, and reviewers know this and know that they can draw blood with these sorts of insults. Another reason however has to do with something deeper: a kind of suspicion that surrounds the idea of the writer, a suspicion that does not surround creative people in highly institutionalized art forms. Actors, directors, opera singers, dancers — all these people work in collaborative art forms with hierarchies of people in control and their work comes before the public in highly structured venues — plays, movies, etc. Even painters are presented through famous museums and galleries. —- But we writers do it all on our own; we create our books individually and they come to the public free of any sort of institutional framework. True, we have publishers, but it’s not the same as an actor appearing in a movie that involves producers, directors, musicians, and studio money and PR people. We are pretty much the lone creators and presenters of our books. —– So there is a kind of suspicion of us, and sometimes even a resentment, and kind of “what makes you think you’re good enough to be a writer?” mentality that can stalk us right through our careers. In other words, we do what we do privately and somewhat mysteriously, and when it doesn’t suit, doesn’t entertain, we can be slammed for being corrupt from the core. —– That’s about as well as I can explain it right now. It’s a question I’ve been pondering all my life. Why do we get so much hostility from the disappointed reader? Why do we get so many insults? In time perhaps I can figure it out a little more.

2 – Do you believe writers are influenced to some extent by the demands of their readers and that it’s possible, for some, to produce upon demand when pressured? Can that type of situation produce a good book?

Yes. I think all authors are influenced by the demands of their readers. The big question is how to respond to those demands and what to do when you receive wildly conflicting demands and there is absolutely no consensus amongst your readers as to what they actually want or don’t want. The author has to be sensitive to what he or she can learn from the readers, but the author has to dig down deep in the heart and come up with the book the author believes to be the best response to everything he or she has learned —- In other words, no matter what one group of readers might say, or how much another group might disagree, the writer has to write the best book he or she can write. And that is really what ALL the fans want: that you do your best. Readers can tell you wildly conflicting things. I remember once a journalist telling me that “the internet had declared ‘Queen of the Damned’ a failure.” Was I to believe that? Was I supposed to respond to it? The book was No.1 at the time on the New York Times list. It was receiving some of the best reviews I’d ever received. Readers at the signings seemed to love it. Another time a young woman called my home and told me “We don’t like ‘Queen of the Damned.’ We don’t like all those other characters. We want Louis and Lestat.” Was I supposed to cater to that demand? — Was I to take these comments as truly reflective of the success or failure of “Queen of the Damned?” You listen to your readers, you care about them, you don’t want to disappoint them, but you must again and again return to your own deepest values, obsessions and concerns and produce the book that you think is the best. It’s not easy. If you look on Amazon, you’ll see there is no consensus whatsoever among our readers as to which is my best book; every single book I’ve written has been called a bad book, a failure, and sometimes even “the worst book ever published.” You take note. You reflect. Then you go back to what drives you to write and you steer a course that feels right for you.

3 – With an ongoing debate about the power of negative reviews and the very real possibility of black-listing authors for defending themselves, do you think there is anything an indie author can do to defend themselves?

Indie authors today need to be aware of what they’re facing. The internet has changed reviewing. A person ten years ago might have said, “I enjoyed the book, but not all that much. I don’t know why. But I’ll try the author again if he writes another. “Today that person goes on line and says, “I am giving this book one star because I feel plotting and characterization was poor, and I did not like the characters, I felt the heroine was a ‘Mary Sue’ and I can’t stand that kind of character, and there was too much description, and I found a typo on page 263 etc.” Does this help the author? Probably not at all. Does it help other customers? Very likely no, because for all its “details,” it’s entirely subjective and not particularly expressive of why the reader didn’t have a good time with the book. So indie authors have to keep a cool head with the new internet hobbyist criticism. Just realize that the book didn’t do what you wanted it to do for that reader, and move on. As for the roving gangs of gangster bullies on Amazon and Goodreads, they will remain a fact of life for indie authors until websites begin to clean out these people. Ignore them. That is really all you can do. On Amazon you can report attacks that are vitriolic and obviously involve gang related negative voting, but the management does not regularly apply its guidelines. Again, move on. Keep writing, keep working. Learn what you can and ignore the rest. Be assured there are people working on solving the gangster bully problem and maybe someday they will be successful. There has never been any justice in the world of book reviewing. And it has never been clear whether book reviewing benefits anyone but the reviewer. Word of mouth is what sells books and always has, lots of readers ignore reviews and wisely so, and the author’s greatest strength is his or her ability to keep writing, keep working, keep getting the work out there.

4- You have often mentioned that a substantive review (pro or con) can be immensely helpful to any author. In what way?

First off, let’s remind ourselves: reviews aren’t written for authors. They’re written for other readers or book customers. That being said, an author can certainly learn from a substantive review. I’ve been surprised often by substantive reviews, to discover how much some aspects of a book mattered to readers, aspects that I didn’t think too much about when writing. After all, when you’re writing, you’re thinking of everything! You have to think of everything. And the substantive review can confirm that you succeeded in many ways, but also surprise you with an enthusiastic riff on something you might have thought was insignificant. Readers come to book with a wide range of expectations. Some want characters. Some want story. Some want heavy action. Others want emotional passages. Some love description. If they take the time in a review to tell you how their expectations were met or not met, it can be very helpful.

5 – Are you, at all, concerned about the public’s reaction to Prince Lestat and why?

Of course. How could I not be? But there’s nothing I can do about the public’s reaction. I wrote the best book I could, the book I saw and felt, and wanted to write. There’s nothing I can add to that.

6 – What do you think authors like Hemingway, Austen, Dickens, Kerouac and other greats would have thought about anyone being able to review their books, press a button and have millions of people read it instantly?

Most writers, as far as I know, are brutally sensitive to reviews, and can be harmed by them, and they learn early on to protect themselves from reviews in a number of ways. Some simply don’t read reviews — ever. I’m not sure what the authors you mention would have thought of the internet age. I suspect most would have sealed themselves off from the voices that could block and hurt. The internet is a jungle. There are gangs of “readers” who enjoy nothing more than trashing authors, and they roam from site to site doing that. They think it’s fun. It’s better for writers if they ignore that kind of thing. Myself, I do read my reviews, and I do learn from them and learn from the experience. But I wouldn’t advise any other writer to do that. It’s too risky. It’s a personal choice.

7 – Do you think authors (as a group) do enough to support each other or defend themselves as well as indie authors?

In the past, writers didn’t do much as a group to support themselves and other writers. We were all loners. There were organizations, yes, but each writer was really on his own out there. Today, however there are more convivial organizations for Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers, and the like, and these authors come together, make friends, and do support one another, and I think that is wonderful. After all we aren’t in competition with one another really. We’re in competition with ourselves. There is plenty of room on the Best Sellers Lists of the world for a great number of authors to enjoy success. When it comes to supporting the indie author, well, I do see authors giving support, and I see indies coming together to share experience, and give one another pointers and suggestions. I think it’s great. —— The main thing is this: there are no rules in the world of authors and readers. There are many ways to succeed, and many ways to get the support you need as you pursue your life as a writer. It’s a great life really. No other art form offers such freedom and flexibility, so many ways to succeed, and involves so little expense. Setting out to be a film director is a nightmare by comparison. Studying all your life to be a ballet dancer involves no end of expense, travel, sacrifice. But a writer with a laptop can create a novel at the kitchen table that will eventually win her fame and fortune. It’s a great life, a great profession. True, the nasty internet gangsters are making life miserable for authors right now, and it’s ugly and unjust. But the freedom of the indie author to publish on his or her own handily makes up for that. When the literary story of this age is told, many authors will have a place in it. The internet gangsters will be utterly forgotten except as collective garbage. And we all from time to time have to avoid and step over garbage, don’t we?

April 30, 2014 Posted by | Rants | , , , | 1 Comment

Spewing Hate and Discontent

I have been pondering a question for a while now and that question is this “Why do people who spew hate and discontent feel they can not or will not sign their real names?”

I have found this to be true on many things I read whether it is books reviews on my books or reviews on other authors books. I have found it to be true on newspaper articles, and News station articles. Those who have core beliefs if they agree or not will sign their name. It is the trolls those people who spend their entire life hiding behind the name anonymous or some other insane alias to spout their venom.

First and foremost I have never seen anyone who has named their child anonymous or something like book reviewer aficionado or Likes books, or any other of the silly alias that cowards hide behind. When I am reading book reviews or comments on news articles that are signed with this signature I simply pass them over. They are not worth my time or effort.

My feeling is this, if someone believes in what they are saying that is truly believes then it would stand to reason they would want credit for it. However, if they are just putting down words for their own self validation, then it stands to reason they do not want the world to know who they are. Why you might ask. The only answer I can come up with is this. They know they have nothing to back up what they are saying. Sure it might be their opinion- however, even opinions need something to validate it. Not just well that is the way I feel or think. My question is why? I really want to know. I might still disagree but at least that person has given me a valid statement as to why they feel the way they do – That I can respect. However, to hide behind some silly alias because it makes one look good while they are spewing venom only makes that person look small and petty.

You might not like the way I write it might not be your cup of tea. Okay, I can live with that. There are some authors that I do not read because it is not my cup of tea.

It might be someone else’s cup of tea. If you read one of my books for the first time and you find it is not your cup of tea just say it. But put your real name on it. However, do not rip the book apart simply because it did not fit your agenda. That is not only childish it is unprofessional. Those people I will take to task every time. It is those people who presume to know me- to know what I was thinking when I put pen to paper. It is those people who live in an narrow minded world. Who refuse to see anything except through blinders. They read in a vacuum- they comprehend in a vacuum and they live in a vacuum. Therefore, any reviews they put out there is in a vacuum.

However, that being said, never ever would I post a review filled with venom.I would find something that I enjoyed. When I was 13 years old I read the Russian Classics. War and Peace and Anna Karina the length of those books alone would intimidate an adult- they were filled with description after description after description bordering on boredom. Yet, I read them. They were filled with Russian History things I never knew, things that later I studied in high school and because I had read those books the history made more sense to me. Would I wade through them again, probably not. However, if I did a review on those two books, they would receive a very good review. One has to remember when reading books a couple of things, the time period the book written, the language of the day, the attitude of the author that is the passion that author had for the subject he or she is writing about and most of all the research that any author worth their craft puts into a book before they ever write the first line.

For some troll to rip it apart and in many cases personally rip apart the author someone they do not know – have never met and probably never will meet is so petty and self depreciating. And to add to that using a alias just shows they have no moral compass no dreams and no goals.

So please, do me a favor, if my books are not your cup of tea just say so. I am a big girl with a thick skin. However, if you do not use your real name I will call you out. I do not suffer fools or stupidity at all. Oh and one last thing- if all of your reviews on other authors books are nasty yes you will get called out. It tells me that you have an agenda. And not one that is favorable to you.

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Rants | , , , | Leave a comment

The Pink Canary Just Keeps on Getting Five Star Reviews The Ladies Thank You

When I started this little jewel I had no idea where it would take me. Like all of my books, they take on a life of their own as the voices of the characters take over the story. Who would have thought that when I started the research of drag queens that I would learn so much and would have so much fun. I could not have done it without the one and only Vicky Lane who performed for many years in New York and Canada. She led me into the world of drag queens – their culture their quirks and their drama. And that brings in my sweet and best friend friend Peter aka Penelope who played a major role in the story. All of this brings me to the current review. When someone says they laughed out loud while reading the book and stayed up nights just to see where the story was going- it makes me proud. It means they were as the reviewer said “Entertained” If you haven’t gotten it you should. You will not regret it.

5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn’t put it down! October 9, 2013
By Melissa Prendergast
Format:Kindle Edition
I was waiting for this release since I first heard about it. It definitely lived up to the hype! I stayed up late several nights just to finish it because I needed to know what was going to happen! There are several times I was laughing out loud, and I also loved how descriptive the author is. Overall a very entertaining read.

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Fates Collide Arm Candy Receives a Five Star Review

Yes kiddies the third in the When Fates Collide Series has received a five star review. If you haven’t read any in the series you should. While they are all stand alone books, they are more fun if read in the correct order. First is When Fates Collide – This little jewel explains how the two main characters meet.

When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide

The Second in the Series is When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound- This book comes with its own disclaimer that we are not responsible for soiled clothing as you read it.

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

And the third in our series of misadventures is When Fates Collide Arm Candy.

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure story with a lot of laughs. October 12, 2013
By J.D. Holiday VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
When Fates Collide…Arm Candy gives you a look, with a comical view, inside the bounty hunting business. Although they might seem an unlikely duo, these two women, Alex and Hope, like each other which is just what they need in order to work in the world they find themselves in. Their partnership make their job look easy.
It’s far from all business adding to the laughs as Alex and Hope join forces with others from all walks for life as they travel from
New Orleans, where Alex swears the best coffee on the planet is, to St. Maarten to get their jumpers, the two criminals who jumped their bail. Their adventure keeps the story moving just the way I like it. So, while it’s cold outside this winter, my advice is to go with Alex and Hope as they take you with them to the warm and sunny island of St. Maarten for a bit of fun!
~Author and Illustrator, JD Holiday

And if you really want to know the characters in the third book you need to read The Pink Canary a fall down funny drag queen comedy

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

October 13, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Author Who has Written About Grief

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

I have just had the honor of reading a book by Laurel D Rund who lost her husband of many years. She wrote this little book to help her through the process of grief. She used her own artwork and her own poems to grieve. She has gone one step further and added places that one can write their own feelings and emotions as a journal entry.

She pours her heart and soul into her writings and art. One can plainly see the different stages of grief she traveled through as she completed her journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss.

July 5, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Five Star Review for Silent Scream my True Crime

Silent Scream has received a five star review on Amazon. This book is not for the faint of heart  and neither is it sanitized as most true crimes are. It is written the way it was solved and in language that law enforcement and those in the criminal justice system understand.

Silent Scream

5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream, April 17, 2012

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This book is amazing and easy to read even though the subject matter is very gruesome. Having read all of the authors books I would recommend her books to anyone who wants a true crime novel that grabs you at page one and does not let go until the very end.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Book and A Movie Sherlock Holmes and Company

I have been waiting to post a book review for two books I read written by Novelist Stephanie Osborn. She has taken the Character Sherlock Holmes to a new level.

Normally I do not like any book from my computer. It aggravates me; I downloaded this book to my kindle so I could review it for a wonderful author and friend Stephanie Osborn.
I couldn’t get the font right on my kindle so I went back to my computer to read it. I am so glad I did.
Stephanie takes Sherlock Holmes to an entire new level. Her story setting places the reader smack dab in the middle of story. She takes science and Holmes and blends them into a book that keeps the reader wondering how he is going to get out of this scrap.
Then she takes it one step farther, Stephanie Osborn follows this wonderful madcap adventure with the second in the series, titled The
Case of Displaced Detective- At Speed.
I can only guess where Stephanie will take Mr. Holmes and his new sidekick Sky a scientist as she maneuvers him through the 21st Century. Yes, I said the 21st Century. I refuse to give away any other clues. As Holmes would say, “Elementary my Dear Watson.”
As a reader and fan of Holmes this series is on my list as soon as they are available. I will be adding them to my ever growing Holmes Library.

After I wrote this review for Ms. Osborn I went to see the New Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows movie. It was full of special effects, typical dry British Humor and a story line that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next moment.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are the classic Holmes and Watson. They play off each other like a well orchestrated symphony. The scenery will leave you breathless as Holmes and Watson chase Moriarty across Europe.

One scene in particular shows Watson reading a note left by Holmes. One one side of the folded note are the words, “If is it convenient go here” On the other side of the note are the words, If It is inconvenient, go anyway.” Typical British humor. These little tibits are fast and one has to be quick to hear and understand them.

Ms. Osborn uses the same type of dry British humor in her two new books with Holmes as her main character. When I read her books, I saw Downey, Jr. as her Holmes. Forget what you read by the paid critics, go see the movie. You won’t be sorry. After that get Ms. Osborn’s book. You won’t regret it.

December 21, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Writing a Review- And It Is an Art!

Any one can be a critic- But not every one can write a smart review!

For those of you like “Aspiring Book Reviewer” who feel the need to write reviews for books you read. There are several things one must be able to do in order to write a concise and intelligent review. One that doesn’t bash the author or their content simply because it appears to make the reviewer look “Important”. It doesn’t it only makes them look foolish and ignorant.
Lesson one– you are the reader not the author- Therefore you have no idea what the author was trying to convey in the book. You are not in the author’s head. You as the reader cannot “assume” what the author was or was not trying to convey. All you can do as the reader is relay what you took from the book. If you the reader got nothing from the book then you the reader read it with a closed mind and preconceived ideas of what the book was about. Wrong way to read a book. It retards your ability to get something out of the read.

Lesson Two– When you the reader opens a book- you the reader should understand that we do not live in a perfect world, in books written by humans, edited by human and produced by humans have errors. That is just the nature of the beast. Get over it. You the reader are human. If you truly are reading the book to take something from it for your gratification or experience then the rest is unimportant. I can’t tell you the books I have read that have errors. In fact I am reading one now by a very well known author and there are errors- So what!
It is not part of the review. Who cares. Move on. What I take away from my reading of that book is more important.

Lesson Three If you are going to review a book- DO NOT I repeat DO NOT bash the author. I book review should be what you the reader gleans from your experience in reading the work- not the authors writing, how they felt, what they felt or their point of view – Stop making the review personal. It isn’t personal. The author is entitled to their view just like you the reader are.

Lesson Four – There is always something good that can be learned from reading even a book that appears to be hard to read, or even boring. For instance, I am not into reading Stephen King, just not my thing. However, I did learn something by reading his work- I learned that less is sometimes more. However, I would never bash his work- I would never pretend to know what was in his head as he wrote. I would never assume that my opinion of his work is right or wrong- It is my opinion- And another person’s opinion is just as important. I would never ever bash him personally on a book review. I would never ever bash his work. That is his work and therefore it is important.

Lesson Five What ever you as the reader do – remember when you pick up a book to read it- That is something important to the author. They took the time, effort and their heart and soul to put words to paper. It is their craft- It is their dream and you the reader have no right to try and tear it apart. This could be caused by many reasons, but the one that comes to mind is the “aspiring book reviewer” has dreams they don’t know how to fulfill – Maybe they want to write and don’t know how. Or Maybe they were put down earlier in life and don’t have any positive in their life. Jealously comes to mind.

Lesson Six – Every book written has something in it that can be learned if the reader reads it with an open mind. Every book has a purpose – And every book is not for every reader. Case in point. A romance reader is not going to enjoy a murder mystery. A goth reader is not going to enjoy a love story. People who choose to write reviews should keep this in mind when they read books. If you are a romance reader and try to read a murder mystery or a true crime you will not enjoy it unless you open your mind to the difference of the work. Just because you don’t read that type of book don’t trash it on a review if it is not your thing. That is not a true review.

Lesson Seven No two writers write alike. That is the beauty of being human. Each writer has their own style and none of them are wrong. Even in true crime – Each true crime writer brings a different perspective to their work. So if you are a reader of true crime and Ann Rule is your favorite author and you read someone else’s work and it doesn’t read like hers don’t trash it because it is not “what you expected”. Please that is like drinking tea after drinking coke- there is no comparison.

In the end there is more to a book review besides just putting down words because you want to be an “aspiring book reviewer”. It is a craft just like writing. It take forethought, and planning not just bashing, and sentences that bring nothing to the table. If you didn’t get anything out of the book that was positive then you didn’t deserve to read it.

Hopefully this will help those of you who read for the right reasons and you can write informed reviews without being nasty, opinionated. Remember- the writer’s reason for writing may not be your reason for reading. The writer’s thread of purpose may not be your purpose-

Lastly think about how you would want to be treated if it were your work!

October 23, 2011 Posted by | writing workshops | , , , , | 8 Comments

This Review is even funnier than the last one- Especially when the author Calls themself “An Aspiring Book Reviewer” Really?

Okay here is another lesson in a person need for their fifteen minutes of fame. They apparently know more about writing and true crime than me. I would love to know where they got their education from.
And they apparently don’t like true crime- have no clue as to what writing true crime is all about and obviously doesn’t understand how it is written. They also have no clue as to why I wrote it the way I did. So once again for the uniformed, the cronically stupid and the just plain idiots let’s try this again. I will break it down in language even a three year old can understand.
This”Aspiring Book Reviewer says “The author has no sense of plot or story telling.” Seriously? You obviously were not reading the same book I wrote- either that or you didn’t read it you just didn’t understand it. There is a story and a plot and it is not badly written. You the reader need to have an understanding of the time period, the criminal justice system and the innocence of that time- Obviously you have none of the above. For your information this book is used all across the country to teach about serial killers. So you are the one with problem.
Next the “Aspiring Book Reviewer states,that is reads like a trial transscript- Really how did you guess, it wa supposed to, it was a big part of the story. No overall structure or sense of story- what planet are you from.
Then this “Aspiring Book Reviewer asks why I ask so many questions? Well – it makes the reader think. Apparently that is a big problem for you. this is not a love story. It is a serial killer.

Now lastly- the “Aspiring Book Reviewer said this is the first book they have ever wanted to stop reading- My response is good- you don’t deserve to remember the girls. You don’t understand what happened nor care. You have no clue as to why the story was told the way it was or the purpose of the story. Obviously you wanted a sweet love story and happily ever after- Real life doesn’t work that way. Serial killers don’t work that way.
When I am told by the victims families thank you for writing this book- I could care less about your aspirations of being an “Aspiring Book Reviewer,” Just a little point of interest if you keep writing idiot reviews like this one you will never make it. Last but not least is sounds a whole lot like the one Mr. Barry Albag wrote almost word for word. Sounds like he is trying to blast my site with his nasy words.
So for all of you who don’t like the facts, don’t understand the facts, don’t understand the criminal justice system especially at a time when Serial Killing was in its infancy- want a watered down version of what happened, have no intention of remembering the victims and those who were involved in these horrific crimes then don’t read this book- The victims don’t need you. For those of you who want to know what happened and why- want to know the facts and how the case was solved and the mechanics behind it want to remember the girls then read this book- If you want to know the history of serial killing in Florida and how it was handled read this book. As for this insane review- Consider the source.
“Not only was this book badly written, but the author has no sense of plot or story telling skill. It reads like a trial transcript: he said…, she then said…, then the judge ordered… There is no overall structure or sense of story. However most annoying was the rhetorical questions asked ad nauseum throughout. Does the author not know any other plot device? This is the first book that I have considered to STOP reading, so that I can find a better book about the killer Shaefer and his horrible yet fascinating life. Don’t waste time or money on this book.”
by Aspiring Book Reviewer – See all my reviews

October 23, 2011 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I love Bad Reviews!

Silent Scream

I love a bad review, and you ask why! Well it is simple. When someone writes a bad review especially someone who has several reviews on Amazon and not one of them are good, it makes me smile. The reason I smile is obviously this person has nothing more to do with their time except bashing others. It must come from a deep seeded repression as a child. Maybe they weren’t allowed to fly as children and hate those of us who have flown. Or maybe it is a deep seeded jealously because they haven’t been able to live their dream what ever that may be. I said all of that to say this. A Mr. Barry Aldag read my book Silent Scream. Now while he is entitled to his opinion which are like something else everyone has one, he obviously had no clue as to the way I wrote the book. Every law enforcement person who has read the book understood – the victims families understood, the men who worked the crime and convicted Schaefer understood. The people who were affected by this horrible crime knew exactly what I was doing. Even Roy Hazelwood the FBI profiler who helped me understood. The victims families called me to thank me for what I did, they said it gave them peace. So all that being said let me just enlighten Mr. Albag.
Below is his review: I will take it apart and explain for this slow learner. “The author makes use of questions to the reader…ad infinitum. There are entire paragraphs that consist of one question after another pertaining to the previous paragraph. They quickly become tiresome, and distracting.

I wasn’t impressed with the order in which these cases were presented, either. I’d rather read about the people involved during the course of the book, but this author added the personal details of the people about whom she wrote towards the end of the book, with very little information given about the victims and their lives prior to meeting Schaefer. Considering that this book was supposed to give voice to the ‘silent screams’ of the victims, I find it odd that the author didn’t give them much attention in her work. It was mostly about the murderer, and his twisted thought process.”

He states that I make use of questions to the reader… ad infintum (he thinks he is smart using $5.00 words)- Mr. Albag there was a very good reason for this. There were things that I knew that I didn’t have the research on – As a writer of true crime I don’t put anything in the book if I don’t have it in writing as gospel. The things I asked the questions about were things that I was told second hand. Any author will tell you that if you want to be factual you don’t use second hand information without back up.
He also said they became tiresome- obviously he isn’t in the habit of thinking things through. He just wants to be spoon fed his information.

Next complaint was there was very little information about the victims before he met Schaefer, well Mr. Albag, had it not been for Schaefer you nor anyone else would have ever known about them at all. The point of the book was for the reader to be in that place, to understand on a small level what happened to those girls and how they might have felt as they were being tortured and murdered. Hence the information about Schaefer and his twisted evil mind. Which Susan Place’s uncle called and thanked me for doing.
Again, get out of your box.

The last comment was really good, he states that I didn’t give a voice to the victims until the end of the book. Seriously? you didn’t hear them screaming as they were handcuffed, hung and gagged- tortured then murdered- raped after they were dead and then dismembered like yesterday slab of meat? Again was your head up your ass?
The girls were put at the end for a simple reason, that is where they wanted to be. That is what they wanted, it is their roll call so the reader will always remember!

Apparently Mr. Albag apparently has no empathy for the victims. He has no sympathy for their families. He has no idea how this affected the entire law enforcement who worked this case and still does to this day.
Mr. Albag referred to misspelled words, well he obviously doesn’t understand that when direct quotes are written it has to included all misspellings not matter how much it aggravates the writer. That is just the nature of the beast.

His last (supposedly) insult was he would never read my work again. My response is good. I didn’t write it for you. I wrote it for the girls – myself- my husband and those who worked the case and I wrote it to give the girls peace. It wasn’t about you. It was about them and I wrote it the way they wanted me to.
I don’t want you to read my work- you aren’t good enough to read my work you don’t deserve to read my work- especially when every review without fail that you post is always negative. It isn’t about you!

Next he states that he didn’t like the way the story was written. To bad, it was written the way it was solved. With my background and my degree that is how I saw it and that is how my victims saw it – Had it not been for the two who got away the case would have never been solved. Had it not been for Georgia Jessup and Susan Place being found on Hutchinson Island he would have never ever been convicted and he would have been allowed to kill again. So get over it. Think outside the box. Use your mind for something beside video games. And one last thing, my books are best sellers.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments


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