So far, this has been a crazy year for me. As of January 22nd, I officially became a publisher in addition to an author, editor and wedding planner. Iambe Books, LLC (my publishing label) proudly launched Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1), the debut novel of Marilyn Almodóvar. *tosses confetti*
In celebration of this momentous occasion, I would like to offer one of you an e-book copy of Interred, as well as a magnet and wristband inspired by the book. To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post. I'll give you some comment fodder shortly! For now, let's learn a bit more about the book:
Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life.
Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.
To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.
As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and the ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.
Now that I've caught your attention, I'll give you the topic on which I'd love your comments. It has to do with book ratings and, in part, reviews. Now that I've got seven published works of my own and I've been heavily involved in the publication of an eighth, I've read many, many book reviews. They all range in tone and content, which is to be expected. All readers are different, right?
My question is why some reviewers offer reviews of books that list only positive--often glowing--praise for the book, but they rate it less than five stars. If a reviewer doesn't rate a book five stars, shouldn't there be some reason provided? Speaking as an author, I really and truly want to know why my book didn't rate five stars when a reviewer took the time to read and review it. That way, if I see a theme among the comments, I can work on that in future books. If the review is only positive, I have no idea what I've done wrong!
What are your thoughts on this? Do you write reviews for less than five stars without explaining why you did so? Inquiring minds want to know. :) All comments will be eligible to win the Interred e-book, magnet and wristband. If you don't win but would like to purchase the book, you can do so for just $2.99 at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
For now, please fill us in on your rating and review system!