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Reviews…

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Long before I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I was an avid reader.

As a girl, I would climb the Dogwood Tree outside my bedroom window, read and listen to my transistor radio.

o-READING-PILE-OF-BOOKS-facebookMy penchant was for paranormal from the beginning… especially Dracula!

When I became older, I found Goodreads. I gave reviews on books that I liked and related to.

I would never publicly give a review on a book that I didn’t like. If I didn’t like the book, I would write the Author and comment. I never got a response that wasn’t welcomed. Many Authors like to talk to their readers. Unbeknownst to me, I would be an Author one day and think the same thing.

Facebook Emily (1)When I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I couldn’t get anyone to read my books… not even family or friends… NO ONE!

I didn’t know about Social Media, i.e. blogs, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Tumbler… etc.

1-5029850-4334461A kind Angel (one of many Angels I will encounter as an Author) saw my personal Facebook post that I couldn’t get anyone to read my books, and she took pity on me. My books were unedited and rough. She became the Beta Reader every aspiring Author needs. She gave me great advice.

After that, The Light-Bearer Series started to be read, and I would devour all my reviews.

Naturally, I would get a dismayed when my books would be criticized. I’m talking about the good criticism. The reviewers who respected their position as critic and my position as writer. Don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism I will take in a heartbeat!

imagesHowever, when I would have a review that was unnecessarily harsh, derogatory and severe… it felt like someone stuck a knife in my belly and twisted it. The reviewers were operating more on the scale of cyber-bullying. Believe me, I have had them. Each one hurt me deeply because they ripped me up.

So, for my mental health and the good of my writing, I don’t read reviews anymore. Unless, it’s a Beta Reader with suggestions, corrections, and comments. The nasty, hateful and downright uncalled for reviewers, have made me quit reading reviews, period.

I do not want to become an Author who writes to suit the reviewers and not my story. When I write The Light-Bearer Series, I have to keep my vision clear.

dot_not_touchThere is a Cardinal Law in the Author playbook: NEVER RESPOND TO ANY REVIEWER! Under no circumstances, do I respond.

Quotation-Socrates-debate-Meetville-Quotes-208917If the review was Slander and Libelous, (which I have had, by the way) then I dial my Publisher, and he handles it!

I’m curious…

If you are an Author, how do you handle reviews?

If you are a reader, how do you write your reviews?

Lots of love, Emily


You are not to blame…

THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES

snippet from

SEDITIOUS

4th book

imagesCAEZV1C1As Charmeine smiled, she wiped away a tear. “Tabbruis, did you say earlier you keep making mistakes? How your intent is good and didn’t know if our problems existed because you were alone so long?”

“Yes, you did not answer, so I felt like you agreed with my comment.” Tabbruis lowered his eyes and nodded. His hands went into fists, and then he unclenched them as he ran his hands through his hair in frustration.

She shook her head, got up and sat on the edge of the chaise lounge. Charmeine touched his cheek, and sweetly divulged, “No, I don’t agree. Quite frankly, I feel like I’m the problem, Tabbruis.” She turned away from him, put her hand over her eyes and chuckled, “It’s very hard to be a wife, mother, sister, aunt, Angel, Queen of the Light-Bearers, and battle Lucifer’s followers all at the same time. A lot of lines get blurred.” She turned and looked into his deep green eyes. “But Tabbruis, you have a tendency of coddling and shielding me.”

“Charmeine, I only want you and our baby to be healthy and happy.”

“Tabbruis, women have been having babies ever since Adam and Eve were turned out of Eden,” she quipped with a smile.

Tabbruis and Charmeine 15Immediately, he sat up, held her face and declared, “On Earth . . . not my woman,” and he kissed her deeply.

She pulled away from him. “You are not to blame Tab . . .”

He drew her up to him like she was a ragdoll and kissed her harder. In desperation, he pleaded, “Oh God, all I want is you and Baby Hunter to be safe, protected and loved. I need to know that you and all of our family is secure and happy.” He kissed her with the worry he felt. Tabbruis ran his fingers through her long blonde hair and wrapped his arms tightly around her.

Tabbruis never wanted to let Charmeine go.

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Quite possibly one of the most liberating and telling songs about me, especially!


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