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I write sweet and inspirational romances and romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Simon and Schuster, Howard Books, and Tule Publishing Group. I love to interact with readers daily on Facebook and Goodreads.
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Jul 7, 2015

Celebration Time

Through the month of July I'm celebrating the release of my latest Love Inspired Suspense novel with a present to one commenter here on my blog.   Signup for my newsletter for blog appearances and other giveaways.


LONE AGENT 
Under other circumstances, FBI agent Samantha Bennett might welcome a bit of backup—but not from an overprotective Mountie. She's been on the trail of a serial killer for six months and no one has ever taken the case seriously…until now. When Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Drew Kelley saves her life, he decides that the hunt for "Birdman" is his problem, too. Together they begin a cross-continent chase to stop the madman before he strikes again. However, Samantha fears her growing feelings for the lawman may weaken her focus, or worse—put Drew directly in the killer's sights… 
Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the U.S.–Canadian border safe

When I can't find a book from a favorite author then I tend to buy based on the blurb.  If the story sounds interesting then I'll give it a try. I've found new to me authors that way.  Covers also grab my attention, but if the back cover copy isn't interesting then I'll pass. I have read reviews on books that I was waffling on to get a general sense of how the book will be. However, I do also look at other books the reviewer has reviewed, especially if the review is harsh and negative. It helps to see what types of book the reviewer does like, then I can usually determine if the reviewers review is worth considering.

I once had a reviewer who absolutely hated the book of mine she'd read. I think this reviewer would have given me a -10 if she could. Her wording was harsh, negative and became a personal attack, calling me uneducated and ignorant (redundant much?).

So I checked all her reviews to see what types of books she did like and had to laugh when I saw she was very much into Wicca and Witchcraft.  Well, no wonder she didn't like my book its so the opposite of her preferences.

My question to you is how much or how little do reviews of books influence your buying/reading? And why? 

14 comments:

  1. look at reviews for spoilers, but only if I get past the cover and blurb first

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  2. Spoilers? Are you a read the end before beginning the story?
    Thanks for stopping in.

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    1. I didn't read over my comment very well. LOL
      I meant to say Are you a 'read the end before beginning the story' type person?
      And thank you for leaving your email.

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    2. I would never read the end 1st, that would ruin it. I read the blurb and maybe other books the author has written

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  3. I don't pay much attention to book reviews, honestly! I know everyone has their opinions about that particular book and I may or may not agree with them. I have found quite a few new-to-me authors and know I'd enjoy anything they write. I stick to Christian fiction, so most anything in that category I would pick up and read. Two things stand out to me about a book, the cover and the blurb in the back. An attractive cover draws my eye & then the blurb draws my interest. If it's not interesting from the back cover, then I'll probably pass. Love Inspired I would pick up any of those by any author as those are always my go-to books :-) Historical and Suspense ones vie for top favorite genre! I'm not kidding when I say I must have 100 or more on my shelf!
    I know reviews are important to authors. So when I post a review, even if I don't like the book that much, I try say only positive things about it. I never criticize the author or say cruel things about their writing. Thankfully, I haven't met too many books that I don't like :-)
    This looks like a great giveaway prize package! Thanks for the opportunity to share about how I like to choose a book and for the chance to win. I hope I didn't ramble too much, lol! There are just so many factors in choosing books sometimes & each person has their individual tastes too!
    Oh, and I sometimes peek at the end of the book just to assure myself that it will all work out in the end...haha! Not too often though ;-)

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  4. I forgot my email:
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you for leaving your email. I forgot to put that in the original email.

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  5. Hi Trixi, thank you for commenting. You didn't ramble. I like hearing how you chose a book. I'm glad to hear you like Love Inspired books.

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  6. I read them to find out what the book is about but not so much for the opinion of the reviewer.

    alysap AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. JCP that's interesting. Do you find the review recap of the story more informative than the back cover blurb?
      Thanks for stopping in.

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  7. I am an avid reader of Christian fiction. I like to read the back covers, the reviews on Amazon, before I read a book. However I have favorite authors that I am going to read anyway!!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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  8. Hi Jackie, thank you for stopping in. The all important back cover copy is a real challenge and an art. I've tried my hand at writing it but I think I'm too close to the story because I want more details that the space allows. LOL

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  9. Tomorrow I'm picking a winner!!
    And will have a new post up, too!

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  10. Can't wait to find out who won :-)

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