Saturday, March 14, 2015

REVIEWS~Do you write them? Plus GIVEAWAY! Sword of Forgiveness! ends March 22nd at midnight

Be sure to read about my giveaway at the bottom. I'll be giving away a magnetic bookmark to everyone who emails me. Sign up for my newsletter and be entered into my monthly drawings.  Plus giving away a copy of Sword of Forgiveness!
 

With my new release, I've realized how important reviews are! I used to think that reviews were for buyers. I never thought much further than that. In the past I've bought products that I've searched out reviews on to see what others are saying about the item. Too many bad reviews, saying the same thing, sends up warning flags. But if an item has lots of good reviews and a few bad I don't put nearly as much stock into the low stars. 


Truly, the reason reviews were created was to help the consumer make an intelligent decision on an item that they didn't know much about. Back before th internet you could buy yearly books on consumer reviews. The concept works wonderfully and I'm sure has saved many people lots of money along with headaches! And since the internet is in almost every American home, it certainly puts reviews at our fingertips.

I do try to check reviews on my purchases beforehand but on the occasion I forget to check, and if I forget it seems that the newly purchased item isn't all that it is cracked up to be and I wouldn't have bought the item had I only looked at all the 1 star reviews!

My hubby even goes online and checks ratings for motels. We learned our lessons there. Nothing like spending the night in a 2 star hotel. Those were not fun lessons! 

Did you know that in the writing industry reviews are vital to an author? No reviews can hurt a book as much as a 1 star review. The more reviews the better the book fares in the market place. People see a high number of reviews (and they can be mixed) on a book and it would seem that it gives them confidence that the book is good regardless if some of the reviews are poor. 



I recently learned that many people don't know how important writing reviews for books are for the author so I thought I'd talk about it today on my blog. So what about you? Did you know how valuable and how much an author covets your reviews? Do you leave reviews on books and items purchased? Do you read reviews before purchasing a book or item?

1) I'm giving away one copy of Sword of Forgiveness (paperback or kindle to the continental US and kindle outside of that). Answer one of the above questions to be entered. 

2) Email me with your address and I'll send you one of these handy magnetic bookmarks free! Never lose your spot in a book again. (50 total to be given away)
 

3) Send me an email and let me know you'd like to go on my quarterly newsletter and you'll be entered into my monthly drawings!

 

When her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king?
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father's estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn't enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin's wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.



 Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

61 comments:

  1. I leave reviews for books I read all the time. I am an influencer for Marylu Tyndall.

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  2. That's fantastic, Jackie! If you'd like to influence for me I'd love to have you. MaryLu is such a sweetheart! Love her. Not sure if you can see it but she endorsed my book in the upper left hand corner. :o)

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  3. Yes I do review, lol for you! Love doing it. I have your book and loved it but I'm going to request a wonderful bookmark :)

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    1. ;o) And I appreciate it, Deanna!! Getting a bookmark in the mail.

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  4. I occasionally leave reviews. I do know authors appreciate it. I often look at reviews myself to determine what books to read.

    I am already subscribed too!(o: Hoping for a win!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(com)

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    1. Hey Kate! Thank for stopping by. If you win my book, I hope you'll consider leaving a review. Especially if you like it! LOL> Good luck and thanks for following my blog!

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  5. I do write reviews. I think it's a good way to support authors. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to read Christian fiction, I try to do little things to help them out--like writing reviews, passing on their books, and praying for them. I'd love to have one of your bookmarks. I will email you.

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    1. Kay! Thanks for having our backs! We really do appreciate those reviews. Looking for your email. I'll get the bookmark in the mail to you on Monday.

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    2. I received the bookmark. Thanks!!

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  6. I do leave some reviews. But I haven't in the past because I didn't have Internet. But I am starting to leave more as I finish my books now. I do read reviews on an author that I'm not familiar with. But there are authors I buy everything they write regardless so I don't bother and waste time reading them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book. I want to send for the bookmark. Thanks for it also!

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  7. Hey Brenda! I'm the same way. There are authors I know I love their writing and I don't have to read a review because I know I will like it/ Thanks for coming by and please don't forget to email me with your address so I can send you the bookmark.

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  8. Hey Debbie, great to see you again today. I follow with feedburner. Yes, I do leave reviews on books I read but not all of them since I read so much. I have read reviews as well on some new authors I find to see how ithers feel about their books. I do have my trusted and true authors I know come out with winning books every time so I don't need to waste my time reading reviews on them. I would love to read a copy of your book, it sounds fabulous !

    Deanne Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Deanne! So good to see you here!! Thanks for coming by and for following with feedburner. When I know an author I don't worry about reviews either. I know what to expect out of their books and they rarely let me down! I hope you get a chance to read my book! Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. I do both I read the reviews before I buy some books and I always review the books I read. I know authors like the reviews as well as it helps others to decide whether or not to buy the book. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. That is awesome, Angela!! I KNOW the authors appreciate your reviews. Thank you for coming by and good luck!

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  10. Yes, I do reviews. I enter contests, belong to a group that sends out books for reviews and also post reviews on books I purchase. I also read reviews

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Marianne. It's so good to hear so many of you do write reviews! They are so helpful to really everyone! Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  11. I do review books and I read the reviews that others have done. I also read the reviews of items I want to buy, or places I want to stay. If the reviews are generally positive, I will seriously consider buying - it they are rather negative, I will not consider buying or staying there.

    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Betti! It's really amazing how we put our trust in someone else's review. But I am like you!! If I see several bad reviews about a hotel I don't want to stay there!! I remember before internet was around and I have to say some of the hotels we ended up in were terrible!!! Today reviews would put them out of business! Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  12. Hi Debbie, I do leave reviews. Have read your book but would love a bookmark! Thanks for the giveaways!

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    1. Yay!!!! I love to hear you enjoyed my book. You have been a huge encouragement to me! I'll get that bookmark in the mail!

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  13. I read and review books all the time. I would love to win your book. Hugs.

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    1. Chappy!! Good to see you! Thank so much for coming by. And good luck in the drawing!

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  14. I read and review lots of books. I would love a bookmark.

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    1. I'll put one in the mail to you, Robin! Thanks so much for coming by!

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  15. forgot to say your book is wonderful and I look forward to more from you.

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  16. Sorry to say that I rarely write actual reviews but I do read them occasionally before making a purchase. If the book is from an author whom with I am familiar there's no need to read a review on a specific book as I have already made my decision to like a particular author. Even if a favorite author receives a bad review I decide to reserve my opinions after reading the material for myself.

    I guess I really haven't put much thought into how much reviews are coveted from readers. I suppose readers might be more likely to write them when they have negative opinions - sort of like my job in the Information Technology sector, there aren't many kudos that come out when everything thing is working fine but let the network have an outage and we hear about it. I'll have to be cognizant of writing reviews when I've enjoyed a good book going forward.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Lisa! I bet you do get a lot of complaints and few kudos! We tend to think everything should always run smoothly and that just isn't possible no matter how much a company tries! If you stop back by please leave your email address in case you win!!

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  17. I am not good at reviews Debbie but would love to win your book. Congratulations to you.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Reviews really don't have to be much. Some people like to write long reviews, others like to retell the story like the back of the book blurb. But just giving it a star review and saying one or two sentences about it such as: This book was a real page turner and I found myself half way through it in a day. Or something as simple. It really does help the author. Good luck in the drawing, Maxie and thanks for coming by!

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  18. Nothing like a good book! I am so in awe of authors that I want to do what I can to encourage or help out in any way. After reading, I will write reviews since they are so important to writers and well as readers.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your wonderful book.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Melanie!! I LOVE to hear that!!!! Thank you on behalf of all authors. I agree there is nothing better than a good book. I like books better than TV. I rarely watch it (unless it is cartoons that are on when my grandkids are over. LOL) Much rather curl up with a book!! Good luck! and thanks for coming by!

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  19. If I remember to I do write a review.

    I know I follow by feedburner, not sure if I am a newsletter subscriber. Is it the same thing?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hey Mary! Thanks for being a feedburner follower. No, my newsletter will go out quarterly and will just let you know about my new releases and any giveaways that might be scheduled. Plus I'll be doing a monthly giveaway to my newsletter subscribers.

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  20. I can't find your email Debbie! Please send me a magnetic book mark! Thank you!

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    1. Hey Brenda! Did you get the email I sent you 3 days ago? I'll send you another but you can also email me at debbielynnecostello (at) hotmail.com

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  21. In answer your question(s) in the hope of winning a Kindle Edition of your book, I do leave reviews. I'm a member of Netgalley and BooklookBloggers, so its bad form not to....but I did before that as well. I do believe in being honest in reviews, even if that means saying I did not like a book- but I try not to be too critical and not be personal.

    I generally do read reviews, and call me perverse, but I find one well written critical review can be more helpful than a cartload of five star reviews.
    A couple of times, such reviews have flagged up some issue that would really put me off the book (racial/nationalistic bias, oversimplification of history, etc), and I once had a person thanking me for mentioning something in the content of a book that no other reviewer had, which they may have have found distressing.

    Then again, not all reviews are equal- and those that criticize a work as 'historically inaccurate' on the basis of myths or misconceptions are likely to irk me.....

    My email is medievalgirl01(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Medieval girl!!! Thanks for coming by. It's so good to hear so many do write reviews! Good luck in the drawing. I have several other blogs I'm on so be sure to try and stop by them. I advertise them on my FB Page.

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  22. I have done quite a few reviews and before I got to far into them I found some good tips on how one author herself reviewed books. I follow those guidelines, and then expand. I am hoping to win the paperback.

    ckasper49(at)gmail(dot)com
    I am a follower.

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    1. Hey Cherie! Thanks for coming by! Sounds like you have a good plan for your book reviews! Good luck in the drawing! (BTW if you check out my facebook page I'm doing 2 other giveaways this week). Thanks for being a follower, too!

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  23. I have been trying to write reviews for all the books I read. Sometimes I don't get around to it, but I am doing better. I already have the book :), so don't enter me in the drawing.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Susan! And thank you for writing reviews!!!

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  24. 2 OTHER PLACES I'M GIVING AWAY SWORD OF FORGIVENESS!!!
    http://perspectivesbynancee.blogspot.com/2015/03/welcome-debbie-lynn-costello-author-of.html#comment-form

    http://duhpaynes.blogspot.com/2015/03/character-interview-giveaway-sword-of.html

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  25. Yes and yes! LOL! I review Christian Fiction on online stores, book sites, and my blog ASC Book Reviews! :) I sometimes read reviews if I'm not sure whether or not it really is Christian fiction (sad but true I've gotten some that where supposed to be, but had some bad stuff) or if I'm sorta interested but not sure yet.

    Awesome post Debbie! I'm glad we as reviewers truly help spread good books and more importantly great Christian messages and lessons! :)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hey Amada! Go figure! I can't leave a comment on Carrie's post but I can on mine. Must have something to do with the links for the hop. Thanks for coming by and good luck in both drawings!!!

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    2. :) Blogs/computers/internet/links, they're great...when they work! LOL!

      Thank you!

      Hugs!

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  26. I regularly post reviews for books I have read. As a rule I post the reviews on about 6 sites, if the book is available from them. I also post reviews on The Book Club Network. I am an influencer for several authors and would love to be one for you. I have really enjoyed your work.
    It seems to me that if an author goes to the trouble to write a book and do all the edits an research and such that the least we as readers can do is post reviews. It is our way of saying thank you to the authors for all their hard work.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley!! What a wonderful way to look at reviews. And I'd love to put you on my reviewer list! Thank you for offering! Good luck!

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  27. I post reviews for books! I receive books from Bookfun.org in exchange for reviews plus I post reviews for other books too. Whenever I receive a free book, I try to show my appreciation by posting a review.

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  28. That is awesome, Joan! Thank you on behalf of all authors! I can't tell you how good it feels to give a book away and then see the reader has left you a nice review! It is so encouraging! Good luck in the drawing!

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  29. I used to not put much into reviews, but after I joined MaryLu Tyndall's street team I learned just how helpful they can be, and I love helping good authors! I still review for MaryLu, along with a couple other street teams, and I try to review for lots of other authors as well.

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  30. Hey Karen! I'm so glad you are writing reviews now! That is awesome! Good luck in the drawing!! Maybe you'll be able to write a review for Sword of Forgiveness!!

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  31. BOOKMARKS are still available! If you'd like one send me an email and let me know! debbielynnecostello (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  32. I know I should review all the books I read since I rely so heavily upon others reviews when choosing...but I usually only write a review if I LOVE the book. This one I have written a review. :D Thank you for providing some amazing entertainment for me. As an avid reader I have to really search to find "good enough" material to hold my interest, this book is amazing and I will read it again and again. I would love to win a hard copy!

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  33. Oh my goodness, Kaylee, you just made my day! Thank you!! I have 2 other giveaways going on so stop those to increase your chances! Here they are.

    http://duhpaynes.blogspot.com/2015/03/character-interview-giveaway-sword-of.html?

    http://www.jocelyngreen.com/2015/03/18/sword-of-forgiveness-give-away-author-chat-with-debbie-lynne-costello/

    Good luck!!!

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