The importance of reader reviews

Writing Amazon Reviews

When I published my first book, it was a strange sensation to think about allowing others to glimpse into the functioning of my brain. A true romantic at heart and blessed with the most incredible husband, the book is, nonetheless, a work of fiction full of made-up words and made-up scenarios. I believe we read romance novels to escape into happily-ever-afters and make new friends, if only momentarily.

writing reviewsCallie and Jack (Thunder Snow) have been wonderfully received, and it has been such an encouragement to hear from so many of you who have loved them and look forward to reading more about the little town of Nederland in the soon-to-be published (early December 2013) second book, Thunder Struck, about Jack’s foreman, Brandan Webb, and Jordan Whitman, a New York lawyer who inherits a run down Bed and Breakfast overlooking the water in our little hamlet just outside of Denver. But what I was naively surprised about were the personal comments, emails, and reviews of people who were looking for something other than what I’d written.

It’s all a learning process, and I definitely know I can’t please all the people all the time, so I don’t take it personally (most of the time). However, Amazon reviews are extremely important, especially for new authors. They can make or break you, because it’s the reviews that drive Amazons algorithms. If you’re on this page, hopefully it’s because you’ve enjoyed Thunder Snow and the adventures of Jack and Callie. If that’s the case, would you please take a moment and write a review on Amazon (and Goodreads if you’re there)?

The imp in me does enjoy, however, the less-than-stellar reviews from people who are ‘shocked’ at the sex in the book. My take on that is – if you ignored the warning that says **SEXUAL CONTENT** **INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES** and bought the book anyway, oh, well . . .


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      • Thank you, thank you, thank you, Cindy. I’m editing as we speak :). Shouldn’t be too much longer. I’m really excited about book 2! Thanks again!

      • Thank you, Cathy! It should be out in a few weeks. While the story is not about Jack and Callie, it is set in Nederland. They have had a little girl, Charlotte Rose, named after Callie’s mother and Sam’s first wife. So glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Very much enjoyed Thunder Snow and can’t wait for the next book. I am in the real estate industry so that made the story even more of an interest to me.

      • Thanks, Karen! When I first started this book and put myself on a deadline, I decided to just write about something I knew about – real estate and Colorado. 😀 So glad you enjoyed it. Next book should be available in about a week.

    2. Mimi, what a great love story, I love the honesty of Callie and the way she expresses her self. Can’t wait to read the next book. Can you let me know when it will be out for sale? Keep up the good work… Happy writing;)

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