Why Review? Because it’s Easier not to.

Destiny Allison

People are scared to write reviews. It’s a fact.

Here are some of the fears:

  • Someone might disagree with me and I’ll feel stupid.
  • I’m not smart enough or don’t know enough to sound intelligent.
  • I’m not a good writer.
  • Nobody cares what I say.
  • My opinion doesn’t count for much.

There are many others, I’m sure, but these are the ones I’ve heard.

Because of these fears, people stay quiet instead of using their voices to help shape the world.

Here are some more facts:

  • Reviews don’t have to be more than a sentence. You can simply write “I loved it.” Or, “Meh.” You can even say you hated it.
  • You don’t have to sound smart, be highly educated about something, or convince anyone else that your opinion is valid. It’s your opinion. You’re entitled to it.
  • Reviews are a lifeline for creatives. Without them, great books never get read. Great…

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Winners & Thoughts on “Feel the Love” Giveaway

I would love to say that it did…but, unfortunately even at under $1.50 it had no effect as you can see by the sad rating on Amazon! If anyone wants to change that please click on this link – http://www.amazon.com/Love-Air-Seasonal-Anthology-Book-ebook/dp/B00DS4PJVK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= I have found that giving away free books or making readers buy books is VERY hard at the moment. The only thing that works is paying for promotions! BUT, thank you so much for doing this. I hope it was worth your while. Happy Valentine’s Day for tomorrow. I certainly made me smile to know you tried. All the best, Vanessa 🙂


Some of you have asked that I let you know what I think about the Amazon giveaway so far. So I want to give you my thoughts, but first;

Congrats to the winners of week 1.

  • Sonya Burton
  • Cortney Housler
  • Breanna
  • Linda Boyd
  • Megan

I hope you are enjoying my weekly planner, “Do Something Nice” And when you get a chance, please do something nice for me and leave a review.

And congrats to week 2’s winners of “Love is in the Air

  • Cal
  • Kaycee Raines
  • Vincent Rosetta
  • Pamela Sementilli
  • Patricia Fite

“Love is in the Air” was written by a great group of authors and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share the love with them. So here they are;

James Smith
Vanessa Wester
Angela Kelman
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
Katherine Hetzel
Sandra Giles
Michelle Willis
Michael J Holley
Sam Croft
Me 🙂
Mackenzie Brown
Steve Venables
David Corbett

Hugs and…

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Feel the Love Giveaway Week 2


Since it is almost Valentine’s Day, the Feel the Love giveaway prize this week is 5 paperback copies of, “Love is in the Air”

newfront Jul13Enter for a chance to win one of five copies of “Love is in the Air” A collection of short stories written by various authors.

Just click HERE for your chance to win!

Now for some rules; 

  • You must have an Amazon account to enter. (If you don’t, it’s easy to create one)
  • You must be 18 or older
  • The contest is only open to residents of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia
  • Limit one prize per person and Amazon.com account per giveaway (That means you can only enter once)
  • Giveaway ends on February 14th. 2016 or when all five copies have been given away. Whichever comes first.
  • Sponsor (Karen Einsel) and Amazon reserve the right to modify or cancel the giveaway at any time.
  • No…

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Writing a Victorian Thriller

Excellent insight into how a novel came about! 🙂

Gaslight Crime

An interview with John Bainbridge about his Victorian thriller “The Shadow of William Quest”:

So how did William Quest come about?

I’ve always wanted to write about aspects of the Victorian underworld, but I wanted a setting that was London and Norfolk. For a long time I had this image of a gentleman carrying a swordstick walking along a London alley. I knew straight away that he was on some sort of quest for vengeance. His name, in these preliminary thoughts was Edward Stanton. Then one day the name William Quest flashed into my mind. It seemed to fit. I knew it would open with a killing but had only the vaguest ideas as to where to go from there.

So did you write out any sort of detailed plot plan?

Not really, and I’m glad I didn’t. I scribbled a few pages of very rough ideas in a Moleskine…

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