follow-up to my rant

Ugggh.  I just want this whole thing to be over.

But since posting my rant about being asked to take down a negative review of an indie book, I’ve since been messaged by the author’s friend.  She explained that she, personally, believes that reviews shouldn’t be taken down just because they aren’t good.  It’s the author that asked her to message me about taking down my review (why the author didn’t message me herself, I have no idea).  So I’m just writing this quick post to clarify things and apologize to the author’s friend.  I had no idea her views and the author’s views didn’t align when I posted my original rant.

And so, goodnight.



time for a rant

A couple weeks ago, I requested – and received – a book for review.  (I’m not going to give you the title of the book or the name of the author because my rant centers around the author and I’d rather not draw attention to her.)

So anyway, I read the book and wrote a review on Goodreads (it was also published on Amazon).  It was a two star review, mainly because the book was pure romance (something I didn’t know going into the story) and I don’t much like romance novels.  However, I said very clearly – and more than once – that fans of fluffy romance would really enjoy the book. (And when I say ‘fluffy romance’ I don’t mean it as a put-down.)

All was well and good, I thought.  Until this evening when I arrived home from church to find a long message from the author’s representative in my Goodreads inbox, asking me  (but it was ask-ordering, I felt) to take down my review.  To quote her:

“…if you don’t enjoy the book and you’ve received it in exchange for a review, it’s better to just not review it. The reason the author gives out copies is to help their book get more and higher ratings, and getting a low one really beats the purpose of having reviewers read it. There’s kind of a general rule in the indie author world that if you get a book to review and your rating is 2 stars or lower, just don’t review it…you got a copy ( the author giving it to you so her rating could go up ) but instead it went down which beats the whole purpose of it.”

I took down my review from Goodreads and Amazon but my two-star rating still stands.  So now when people check out this book on GR, they’ll see my two-star rating but not my review which clearly stated that fans of romance would dig the book (it just wasn’t my cup of tea).

It strikes me as really unethical and bordering on dishonest to delete reviews that aren’t three stars or more simply because it lowers the book’s overall rating on Goodreads.  Personally, I’m very suspicious of books that have only four or five star reviews (which is pretty much what the book in question has right now).  And what’s up with that ‘general rule’ thing?  I’ve never heard of it and I know indie authors and…yeah.  It’s messed up, IMO.

What happened to “I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my HONEST review”?

If you’re an indie author (or a writer in general), I’d love to get your thoughts on this!  Do you hold to that particular rule of reviews?  What do you have to say about this issue?


P.S. Nine times out of ten, I don’t think authors should respond to reviews of their work.  Thoughts?

celebrating 300 (and 1) followers + giveaway!

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I’m insanely excited and happy and just…joyful because in less than a year one hundred new, lovely people have decided that my blog was Just The Thing for them. ❤  And, honestly, that makes me a little scared and a lot humbled because who knew that my crazy, weird blog posts would mean something to so many people?

So, thank you.  To all my followers.  Your comments make my day.  Your support encourages me in so many ways.  I write for you because you get my fangirling and freaking out like nobody else.  Y’all are awesome.

In keeping with tradition, I thought I’d share my top ten favorite blog posts from the past year or so.

And now for the giveaway!  No coffee-related stuff this time because I just didn’t get a chance to include that.  Sorry. 😦  I do have some super awesome stuff, though!



Close-up of Wonder Woman because she didn’t show up well in the other image.

Look at all that loot! *grins*  Let’s make a neat little list thingy, shall we?

~The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron – a beautiful WWII novel
~The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin – you can read my review here
~’The Space Between Us’ (2017) – a sci-fi romance starring Gary Oldman and Asa Butterfield (you can check out PluggedIn’s review here – it is rated PG-13)
~one Jane Austen bookmark coloured by moi – the quote on the flip side reads “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love”.
~an adorable, tiny Wonder Woman
~five purty pencils – pink and purple
~a pack of three mini notebooks


  • Giveaway open only to residents of Canada and continental USA. (Sorry if you’re not in North America.)
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling what you like best about my blog! (Also include an email you check frequently so I can contact you if you are the winner.)
  • Giveaway is open until July 21st. If I reach 310 (“THERE IS A LONELY TRAIN…”) followers by then, an extra little surprise something will be added to the prize package. So let people know about the giveaway + my blog. 😉

Good luck and thanks again for all your support!


me, currently


Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren.  And let me tell you, if it wasn’t a book I had to review, I would not be spending any more time on it.  Keep an eye on my Goodreads for a proper review in the next couple days.


Well, last night my family watched some of ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ – I expect we’ll be finishing it tonight.  It’s pretty good (though I’m not a fan of Nicholas Cage).


To convince myself to stop writing a blog post and go do some actual writing (well, fanfiction, but I take as much care with my fanfiction as I do with my original writing, so yeah).  I don’t think it’ll happen, but I’m trying.


Um…I’m writing a blog post in my bedroom, people.  So I obviously can’t be cooking anything right now.  However, I might make supper tonight.  We’ll see.


Millions of adorable baby carrots.  One of my sisters left a bag of them in our room and I can’t. stop. eating.  At least they’re a healthy snack!


Nothing at the moment.  I’m always a little leery of beverages around my electronics.  I did have some awesome coffee earlier this morning as I read my Bible.


Well, it’s more instant messaging, but I just shot off a message to my FAVORITE BESTIES IN ALL THE WORLD asking if they were attending a picnic that’s happening in Edmonton today.  Still haven’t heard back from them.


I don’t pin too much these days.  One of the best things I pinned recently was this:




Crying over the beauty of ‘Proud Corazón’.


To church outreach this afternoon.  Every Saturday (except the last one of each month) my family and the pastor’s family and other people from the church give out gospel tracts, John & Romans, and free Bible studies.  It’s a great time of fellowship and getting God’s Word into people’s hands.


Gael García Bernal’s accent. ❤


Ernesto de la Cruz. (Are y’all sensing a theme here?)


I have no idea!  Though it’s true that I sometimes believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast, I haven’t been wowed by any new fact or big discovery today.


A clean room, baby carrots, and Michael Giacchino’s sweet, sweet skills.


How awesome it is that I was able to pre-order Nadine Brandes’ newest book, Fawkes, and be eligible for pre-order goodies, too.  I highly recommend you check out Fawkes.  It’s going to be epic.


Pretty happy, actually!  Saturday mornings are so relaxing.

Hoping for…

Good weather.

Listening to…

The ‘Coco’ soundtrack.  Duh.  I’m obsessed.


Well.  Father’s Day is…tomorrow?  Right?  I’m not sure what I’m going to do but I want to do something to remember my dad and to honour his memory.  Probably won’t be anything public like a blog post or a Facebook update, but I’ve read a few articles talking about what you can do to celebrate your dad even when he’s gone, so…yeah.  I’m still not looking forward to tomorrow very much, though.


Nothing, really.


God, for all the blessings He has given me – and continues to give me.


Father’s Day.


This baby carrot I’m currently eating.


Another baby carrot.  HELP ME.


How has your Saturday gone so far?


awesome stuff to do this summer

Inspired by this lovely post.

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~Have a water fight with your little siblings.

~Perfect your own lemonade recipe.

~Ditto for iced coffee.

~Sing along to Disney songs at the top of your lungs.

~Read your way through all those random books you got for free on your Kindle.

~Spend an entire day at the library.

~Watch ‘The Greatest Showman’ for the millionth time.

~Go for a walk in the woods and pretend you’re Katniss.

~Buy something pretty for your room.

~Eat corn on the cob.

~Think of a skill you’d like to have and then Youtube yourself into becoming an expert.

~Bicycle.  (And if you don’t know how to, make 2018 the year you learn!)

~Don’t forget to drink TONS of water.

~And don’t forget to be awesome!

What are your plans for this summer?



i need blog post ideas, people! (please)

It's mah bois.

It’s mah bois.

I’m feeling rather low right now.  Not exactly sure what it is, but it is.  I’ve hit a wall when it comes to blogging.  I just don’t have any really good ideas of what to write about.  I will tell you that I went to church today and I think that ‘The Other Side’ is the best scene in The Greatest Showman and I recently read Life of Pi.

But what I want most of all is blog post ideas and I figure you guys know what you want so…yeah.  Are there movies or books you’d like reviewed?  Lists?  Character studies?  Let me know!