Saturday, February 22, 2014

Love A Book? Write A Review!

Nothing says love to an author like a great review, especially for a new release. We authors work hard on our stories and hope our readers will enjoy them.

When Examiner.com Women's Fiction editor Kristin Contino included my new release KISSING HER COWBOY in her "Romantic Reads for Valentine's Day" column and rated the story 5 Stars on Amazon, she gave me the best Valentine’s Day gift an author could hope for. Good reviews let an author know she’s done her job and point readers in the direction of a book they might enjoy.


Do you write reviews for the books you read?  


A Lunchbox Romance Short Story
Only .99 from Boroughs Publishing!

A cowboy with a fractured back and a cop with a broken spirit heal on a Texas ranch with the help of a stallion named Big Blue.


Treymont Woods is forced to take light duty work around Breezy Meadows Ranch after a rodeo accident. While Trey’s body heals, he offers riding lessons to Houston locals on the greatest horse that ever lived, Big Blue. When police officer Daisy Phillips arrives for her first session, sparks fly. But her invisible wounds run deep, making it hard for her to form connections. KISSING HER COWBOY is the story of two broken people who heal on the road to their happily ever after.

“Oh, Lord.” Treymont Woods kicked up dust on his boots as he sauntered from the stables to the woman who just had to be his new riding student. Her flaming red hair swooshed from one side of her shoulders to the other as she watched his stallion, Big Blue, canter inside the corral. Her hands, knuckles white, clutched the fence and every muscle in her tall, slim figure looked tight. Before he could get to her, she pivoted toward the parking area, moving her feet like she was fixin’ to run.
“Hey there!” He called out as a distraction. By the time Trey reached the woman’s side, he could hear her breathing like she’d raced a Texas mile. Before he could introduce himself, she turned to him with wide green eyes and shouted, “He’s huge!” Pink splotches bloomed under the freckles on her pale skin.
She licked her bottom lip and shook her head. “No, no, no, no….” and started backing away. “I can’t do this. Keep my deposit. I’ll figure something else out.”
Trey lifted his hands in mock surrender. “Okay. No problem. You don’t have to ride if you don’t want to.”  Her jeans looked too tight for riding, anyway, and that white blouse would be smudged inside five minutes. Hadn’t the woman ever been to a ranch before? 
She stopped moving then and frowned at him, causing twin lines to form above her nose. Her adorable nose, now that he’d gotten a decent look. In fact, everything about the woman seemed downright appealing, despite her reaction to Big Blue. Who in their right mind wouldn’t love the greatest horse that ever lived, on sight?

About Adele Downs:

Adele Downs writes contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), the trade journal of Romance Writers of America, and has presented workshops for writers. When she isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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jean hart stewart said...

Great conflict and this one should be fun to solve. Thanks..Jean

Cara Marsi said...

I will leave reviews on books I like and love. I won't leave reviews on books I dislike. It's all very subjective so I don't want to diss another author's work. But I do like to support those authors whose books I've enjoyed.

Adele Downs said...

Thanks for commenting, Jean!

I, too, only review books I enjoy, Cara. If I start reading a book and I don't like it, I won't list it on my Goodreads page or review it on Amazon. I would never publicly criticize another author's work.

Thanks for stopping by, Cara!


Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on the awesome review, Adele. It's well deserved! :)

I never officially review books. However, if I truly loved something, like the Millenium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), I'll mention it when I'm interviewed.

Reviews are so subjective that I know I can't possibly like everything. Nor will everyone like my work.

Adele Downs said...

Thanks for the congrats and kudos, Tina. I review occasionally on Amazon and Goodreads for books that I really like. If I don't like a book, I don't leave a review.


Melissa Keir said...

I love to write reviews for the books I read. I know how much the authors value it and it helps me keep a record of the books I've read.

Adele Downs said...

Thanks for stopping by to share, Melissa. We authors really count on those positive reviews.


Robin Glasser said...

As a member of Shelfari & Goodreads, I do write reviews of books I love. Of course, I read so many that only the most outstanding get written up...otherwise I'd have time for nothing else!