I've said repeatedly that as authors, we can't please everyone. Bad reviews are part of the deal. Engaging someone who's given us a bad review is bad form. Best to ignore them, except when a bad review offers constructive criticism. But once in a while, we get reviews by people who have clearly not read the book, or they give it a bad review for reasons that are beyond the author's control (it didn't download properly, doesn't work on their device, etc.)...or they just didn't read enough to give an honest review. Or they have a personal ax to grind (been there, too).
This one is, as you can see, a very positive review. Too bad it has nothing to do with my book, Final Hours....
Final Hours is not part of a series, nor does it have any gay characters in it. I wonder if this gentleman posted the review on the wrong book. Mine isn't the only Final Hours available on Amazon....
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
love the series, and the story line, the characters are deeply thoughtout and well rounded, it's definately something i would like to see more of, if i had one complaint is that gay romances, have very short story lines, i would definately like to see thicker books.
And then there's this one, posted recently for Chasing the Wind.....
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2015
I only read the first few chapters. I do not like the Christian fiction genre, and this began to veer that way. If you are going to put a graphic of DNA on your book cover, and purport to be a scientific thriller type novel, you probably shouldn't attempt to fool your readers that way. We're not stupid people.
The reviewer admits he/she (I'm not sure which) didn't read the whole book. Apparently, he/she didn't read the synopsis or other customers' reviews, either, or he/she would have known that this book, while not a Christian fiction novel, does have Christian elements (I was told by Christian publishers that I was too mainstream for that market, and mainstream publishers said I was too Christian--talk about being stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place!). It's a thriller. It deals with themes of science versus faith.
I checked this person's other reviews. Looks like he/she might have an agenda....
This review is from: Dawnflight (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Sigh -- Another mislabeled, albeit well-written, Christian fiction genre novel. I gave it two stars when one would have sufficed, because the writing, characters, and plot are okay.
Dear reader: If you like the genre, then by all means enjoy this book. It is well-written and interesting.
Dear writer: If your faith is that wonderful, you do not need to trick people into buying your book by pretending that it is not Xtian fiction. Thanks.
I make no apologies for writing books with Christian themes. I spent a lot of years in conventional publishing, writing books that had a lot of sex and violence and now I want to write something that just might have a positive impact on even one person, the way the Left Behind series affected me. (I'm not a fan of Tim LaHaye's--especially after his comments about the wealth he's accumulated from the sale of the books--but I still enjoy the books.)
To my fellow authors: What are your experiences, if any, with idiot reviews?