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)
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When her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king?
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
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.