This afternoon my mother was telling me the latest information on the teenagers in Florida. For those of y'all who have missed this, there was a 14 year old (with the help of a 12 year old) that was bullying a 12 year old - online, on the phone and in person. That 12 year old committed suicide (such a sad ending to a life with such potential). The 14 year old posted on Facebook that she didn't care that she was dead and the Sheriff had her arrested, something I completely agree with. In fact, I wish he'd arrest her parents too because they were told over and over again about what was going on and didn't take the phone away from her or do anything to stop her (the mother didn't want her daughter to be mad at her).
situation made me think a lot about the situation that has been going
on with authors behaving poorly (and reviewers too) on some social media
sites. I guess people forget that we are all human, we all have
feelings and we all should be treated properly. (When adults behave
like this on a daily basis, can we be surprised when teenagers are doing
the same thing??) This has gone from being such a small thing to a
HUGE deal, which makes it hard for people to want to write honest
reviews ... and I'm sure hard for authors to want to put there work out
all this negative activity, I have had some very wonderful experiences
with authors over the last couple of weeks so, instead of sharing the
distasteful behavior I have experienced with authors who have somehow
forgotten that without readers they are nothing (with all the authors
out there writing books, why would we want to deal with someone who
treats us badly? - it's not like we are in danger of running out of
books to read), I have decided to share my experiences.
little bit of back story here - I have been doing Read 2 Reviews over
the last couple of months on Goodreads. It is something that I love and
I am part of a group on there that do reviews. There is a place on our
group for authors who need reviewers to ask for assistance and I have
contacted several people when there books sounded like something I would
be interested in. It really does make you feel good to help someone
out who needs it - and who doesn't like free books? :)
couple of weeks ago I was contacted, out of the blue, by an author
(Jonathan Sturak) I had never spoken to. I had read a story of his
awhile back and wrote a review both on Goodreads and Amazon expressing
how much I loved the story. He has written several books, but has just
put out another one and asked me, since I loved this one, if I would be
interested in receiving a free copy of the latest book to write a
Clouded Rainbow is a great story, one that I would suggest that others
read. It is a story about a husband and wife that go out to eat a nice
restaurant together, but on the way home they are in a horrible
accident. When the husband wakes up, he can't find his wife anywhere
and the story is his experience trying to find her. My heart is racing
just thinking back on the story and the ending that I didn't expect.
The latest book is called His First, Her Last and it is a very
personal story to him. I will be beginning this book in the next couple
of days and I cannot wait to read it.
few days after that, I was contacted by another author, this time Gamal
Hennessy, who I had already done a Read 2 Review for. He asked me if I
would be interested in being a beta reader for the 2nd book in that
Smooth Operator was the book that I had previously read. It was a
good book - short stories all based around Warren Baker in one way or
another - but I was surprised that he asked me this since I was very
unhappy with the way that it ended (he had started a short story, then
ended it abruptly with the end of the book).
The second book, A Taste of Honey, was really good and I can't wait til it comes out so I can write a proper review for it.
today happened (well, considering it's after midnight here, I guess I
better say yesterday happened). Another author, who I had never spoken
to, but I had purchased one of his books before - read, loved and
reviewed it on Amazon and Goodreads (and now my review is on here) -
messaged me on Goodreads and asked me if I would read the sequel to his
book that he will be releasing soon.
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is now, by far, one of my favorite
Christmas books, one that I put up there with A Christmas Carol
(something I read every year) - I also think it would make an amazing
movie (hint hint Mr Bertauski). It is a story, obviously, about Santa -
and his brother, Jack. It is a must-read for anyone who likes
Christmas stories, especially ones that aren't the typical story you
read about Santa. I had actually planned on reading it a second time in
second book (YES I said I would read it) is called Jack: The Tale of
Frost - and I've already uploaded it onto my Kindle to begin soon.
day was made (and I guess shows that at least some of my reviews aren't
absolute rubbish haha), but my point goes far beyond that. These are
SMART authors. They picked readers who had already read - and enjoyed -
their books to be the first ones to get there hands on the next book
(especially when it's the next book in a series). These were authors
that went out of their way (and yes, I know they are doing this to boost
their name getting out there which helps with their sales) to make
their readers feel important. They could have taken the easy way out
(family and friends, paid to get reviewers, etc), but this, at least
maybe for me, made me feel like myself, as a reviewer, was important ...
and I just wanted to share a happy story amongst all the bad stories
I've been reading lately.