Reader, you’re review is more than just a bunch of words put together to make a sentence….

Authors always have a hard time with critics. Some of them can be so merciless they tear you down and leave nothing but skin and bones of your once strong confidence. Other reviewers are just mean and others are vindictive, who want to feel better about themselves by destroying someone else. I read once on a book description where an author warns his readers not to read the reviews because a rival author had created numerous Amazon pages to just bash his books. I mean really? What exactly drives a person to that extent?

Another person went to the extent to make a video mocking the author and the book.

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I’m not saying there aren’t bad books out there, because many do exist, I’m just saying be cautious of the reviews you read.  I’ve learned to always read all the reviews including the one stars. Now, the one stars, if anyone else has noticed have a swaying decision of whether or not you’ll buy the book. If there is just one or two stars I read them to find out why they didn’t like the book. To make sure I don’t fall victim to someone’s vindictive campaign, I click on that reviewers handle and checkout his or her other reviews. If majority of their reviews are one star then I completely ignore them and follow the other reviewers opinion.

It’s sad how some authors can get bullied by reviewers especially by that one person out to get him or her and have no power to stop them and if they even try to voice the injustice they are ridiculed for not being able to take criticism.

Because of this, it usually makes my day and cancels out all the negativity when I get reviews like this one.

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)Amazon Review by Dema H.

What a fantastic book!!

5-Amazing-heart-full-to-bursting-with-love-stars!!

This book took me on a great journey of love, hate, tears and laughter!
And even though I haven’t read the first book, it was not a problem because everything just flowed and was explained probably ..

<< Time out for me to fangirl a little >>

Reno… O.M.G!!!

Through out the whole book I was sighing every time he opened his mouth! (Except for a little period you’ll figure out when you read this amazing book!)

And then came:
Allan ..
Followed by:
Ruiz ..
And:
Mathew ..
Sheeeesh! Could you say HOT+Romantic guys overload!!!

But nothing could have prepared me for Tyler!! He’s my favorite guy in this book!! 😉

<< Fangirl rant over >>

This book had a story so captivating that I could put it down! When I checked the clock because I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, it was 5 A.M!! I kid you not!!!

The mix of Romance, Suspense, Action, and Humor was so well done that one minute I was crying

The next I was laughing out loud!

I loved the back stories… at times I was like:

I loved how both the H and h didn’t have an easy life but they both fought to be happy ..

I loved how strong welled and sure of what she wants Lori was .. Because I read lots of romance novels .. after a while the h taking what the H said at face value and interrupting it in a bad way that always ended with them taking offence, angry, taking off or fighting with the H gets old..not that I don’t love the drama but it was so refreshing to see that Lori had a good head on her shoulder and that she’s fighting for what she wants ..

There were a couple of times while reading this book that I expected her to storm out or slap Reno .. But she never cease to surprise/Amaze me!

And getting a glimpse of the other characters stories made me want to know more about them … and with Christina OW Amazing writing style I’ll be sure to pick up the other books in her series and whatever else she has out…

I didn’t want to include any part of the story in fear of revealing too much but let me say this … the blurb??!! Doesn’t even begin to cover it!

Finally, I recommend this book to all Romance-novels-lovers, the people who love the In-Love-With-Sister’s-Best-Friend theme and to anyone who’s interested in reading a great book …”

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I have a few reviews like this and I will confess I keep writing for readers like Dema H. It’s better to write for that one reader who enjoys and understands your work than many who don’t understand your writing and tear it down for their amusement.

Readers, your reviews are more than just a bunch of words put together to make up a sentence that join other sentences that express you’re opinion. Write your review but do it in a way that helps the author correct his or her mistake. Do not be an instrument of derision that stunts growth and kills an author’s love for writing.

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Encouraging Reviews for STAR BRIGHT

I have two reviews from two Goodreads readers that I have to share with everyone!!

From Elsa

“Oh My Gosh!!!! Loved it, Loved it!!!

Good story about domestic abuse and how it can make a person realize they are stronger than they think and how a mother sacrifices her happiness for her family. It’s not all negative; it has more happy moments than sad and a very good ending!!! I recommend this read and am giving it five starts, if I could give more than this story deserves them all. This is a page turner and something is always happening it will blow your mind.

Maria is a battered female that lives with her abusive husband Ricky, her mother and her 4 yr old son. She has lived with the abuse for so long that it has progressively gotten worse over the years. So Maria either has to leave or let Ricky kill her and her child. You will not believe all the hell Maria goes threw with this crazy man. She is always looking behind her and then she is looking over her shoulder constantly afraid of her own shadow. Until she meets Dave and he promises her something huge!!!! Dave comes into the picture with his crazy wife Amy another pair made in hell!!! Amy and Ricky are made for each other and should have married instead of the other two unfortunate soles they ended up with. Beautiful Izzy is an angel and Michel is a strong smart four year old boy who is very protective of those he loves and brave when he stands up to his father.

You fall in love with Dave and his kindness and his being rich does not hurt either, can I keep him? Beautiful story, I could not put it down, a keeper on my shelves.”

From Susan

“Wow, this was an intense read! I couldn’t stop turning the pages and got so wrapped up in Maria’s story right from the first page! Then we meet Dave and I was totally into his story too! These two people went through so much garbage and you just had to wonder if they were ever going to find peace and happiness.

I would recommend this book to everyone and can’t wait to read more by this author! She knows how to grab your attention and she does not let go. Great job Christina and good luck!”

Good reviews are like a pat on the authors back that encourages more dedication towards the readers. But ‘bad reviews’ which I call teaching reviews encourages authors, authors who choose to learn from it, to do better.

So I would like to thank everyone who’s taken their time to read and review Star Bright.

I’m not sure for how long, but Star Bright is still free on Smashwords