FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS

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Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, I worked very hard to get everything done at work, home, and for the holiday. Food is prepared, two houses are ready, and even the animals seem to know it’s a special time.

Thanks to help from the hubs and Ibuprofen for my aching back, this morning I have had the luxury of sleeping in, then sitting quietly in my clean living room, cats on my lap, and dog under my chair, while I swoon over a cup of hot coffee with real cream — a Christmas treat. (1% can wait. This is the time for little indulgences!)

As I listen to the scrapes of the shovel clearing the patio and sidewalks – Thanks again to my glorious and manly husband – and gaze out the window at the frosted yard dotted with those little red sheds, I thank God for all of the blessings I have and which are coming.

My daughter is home from St. Louis and snoozing in her room. It warms my heart to know when she wakes up, I get to hug her and hear her sleepy voice. My son and his special girl will be here later today and then I’ll get to enjoy the sounds of people chattering and laughing. Church tonight, presents tomorrow, plenty of food and love.

I wish the same for all of you. Merry Christmas from our house to yours. Enjoy the blessings of the season. Give someone the gift of your smile and a kind word. It’s something everyone can give.

Reviews—The Good and Bad

When readers review my books on Amazon, I’m a happy author. Having numerous reviews allow me the ability to promote my book in certain places, such as BookBub. But what other leg-up do reviews give a book? Well, I’m on the fence about that.

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Honestly, when I buy a book, whether it be an ebook or print, it’s because the cover rocks, and the blurb is intriguing. Then I read the first page. Good writing is always evident within the first few paragraphs. I’m currently reading Alex Kava’s, Stranded. This is an excellent example of knocking you off your chair good stuff right from the get-go.

Regardless of my perch on the fence regarding benefits of review, I have a real love/hate relationship with looking at the reviews on my books. Particularly, Thorns of Rosewood, book 1 in the Rosewood Series. When I see I have a new review, I’m excited. Then my stomach knots up, because sometimes, reviews are a mirror reflecting the moles and messy hair of my book.

I ran a Bookbub ad a couple of months ago with nice results in sales, but even nicer results in reviews. I believe I started with around forty reviews on that book. I now have 247 reviews, 228 of which Amazon deems positive, and 168 of which are 5-Star. Hey. I like those numbers. And I comment on every single review. Most often I just say, “thanks for reading,” but I do feel if they took the time to review my book, I should take the time to acknowledge it.

What about bad reviews, you may wonder. Oh… I’ve got them. Six of them. Three two stars and three one stars, so far. My very favorite bad review is the one titled, “?” The review is, “I never ordered or received this book!” I read it now and then because it makes me chuckle.

So how do you pick a book? Do you review books? Do you like cookies? (just checking to see if you were paying attention with the cookie question.)

Have a good weekend.