Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bad reviews-Oh My. What’s a Writer to Do?

                              Ever get a bad book review?  

Every author has. What to do? Can you do anything? Should you do anything? Want my advice? Here it is for what it’s worth. First, don’t sweat it. Bad reviews happen. It’s a fact of life. Second, no matter how much you want to do it, never respond in kind. Whatever you do, don’t attack the reviewer in person, or on the internet, anywhere.  In the end, right or wrong, you will lose. You will be the bad guy. Some writers have actually confronted the reviewer and it didn’t turn out well for the writer.  Besides, what is one bad review in the scheme of things? If you really need to do something, yell into a pillow, or at the top of your lungs to no one at all. Jump up and down, punch a wall, or a punching bag. Write a letter to the reviewer, but don’t mail it. Rip it up. Write yourself a blog post, but don’t post it. Do anything to get it off your chest, but don’t publicize it. Then, take a deep breath and write it off. Brush yourself off and move on. After all, what is a bad review anyway even if it is made public? On amazon et al.
    Face it, not everyone is going to love your book. It never fails that someone out there is just going to hate your book for one reason or another. No matter how well written your book is. No matter how good the story is, someone is going to attack it and put it down. It may not even be your book they actually hate. Perhaps, they got up on the wrong side of the bad, or lost a bet. Sometimes, that is all it takes for someone to write a bad review. Personally, after years of reading and writing reviews, I’ve come to see a pattern in reviews on line. See if you see the pattern the next time you’re on-line. Where there are a lot of good to great reviews for anything, not just books, there will always be one or more bad reviews for that same item. Usually it’s not much of a review, just a few words that they didn’t like it. Others are quite detailed and hostile. Don’t sweat the bad reviews. Any review is better than no review. As most celebrities and those in the fame game will tell you, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, except the publicity you never receive. Bad reviews-Oh My. What’s a Writer to Do?  Nothing, just brush yourself and move on. That’s my humble advice anyway. Keep writing, move onward and do your best! That is all anyone can do.
S. J. Francis
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Help we welcome TJ's Virtual Book Tour featuring Kyra Dune

BLURB: A woman on a mission.
Bound and determined to bring a criminal to justice, Quicksilver will chase him across dimensional space to do it. As a Guardian it’s her sworn duty to protect both realms from the threat he poses. But when she finds herself alone, wounded, and in desperate need of help, she is forced to break a taboo among her kind. In order to save herself from death, she has to drink the blood of a human. What she doesn’t count on, is what happens next.
A man with nothing left to lose.
After the death of his parents, Dustin was left in the care of the foster system, but thanks to a kind hearted social worker he finds himself living easy enough on his own in the house his parents left him. Life is steady, if a little bland, until he stops to help a bloody, naked woman on the side of the road. He has no idea how his world will change with that one simple act.
A chance to mend two broken hearts.
With an undeniable attraction growing between them, Dustin and Quicksilver work to stop the criminal bent on killing them both. But will the unexpected appearance of a pyrokinetic from the second realm be a help or a hindrance?

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Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than twenty fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Fairy tales, Folktales, Fables!"

Several years ago, I travelled to my childhood home in the Czech Republic and raided my bookshelves in hopes of loading my treasures into a suitcase and bringing them with me to California. It was then that I re-discovered my first love. One by one, I took out my many books of fairy tales and leafed through them, inhaling the scent of pleasant memories, nostalgia, and a bit of dust. Then it hit me. What happened to the genre? Disney has managed to obliterate everything that fairy tales stood for by patching them up into a nice and neat happy ending, and the contemporary authors who claim to love them have fractured them, in the literary sense, either twisting them upside down and inside out or setting them into modern day environments.

This sorrowful realization spread through my body and evoked actual physical pain. Three "F" words escaped my lips in a throaty cry: "Fairy tales, Folktales, Fables!" That was the day I set out on a journey of saving them, their magic, and their monsters!

I started a Once Upon a Time… series that returns to authentic storytelling, dark settings, stark characters, and the not always happy, yet very satisfying endings that work with the content. While I draw inspiration from folklore, my plots are original and don’t focus on the damsel in distress who ought to be saved by a knight on a white steed. I don’t draw a clear line dividing the good characters from the monstrous ones, for each good contains something bad, and each bad contains something good. Just like the society and cultures on which the fairy tales were a commentary, the Once Upon a Time… series explores the limits to which the characters would go in order to gain what they most desire. And, of course, there’s magic!

Excerpt from Enchanted

"Shush!" Dethdemona shooed her daughter off. Then, as if she hadn’t heard Mathelda’s questions, she took the cauldron, set it on the tree stump, and poured into it the liquids from all the vials at once. The brew immediately started to bubble. "Now for the final ingredient…" The witch bent down to pick up the pointy knife. "I should have foreseen why the potion didn’t work," she said as she approached Rosalynn. Dethdemona lifted the knife to her stepdaughter’s neck. Rosalynn’s blue eyes widened with horror, then shut tightly at the same moment Mathelda’s throat issued a high pitched shriek.

Excerpt from The Serpent King’s Sorrow

On the first anniversary of her father’s death, Eleanor found herself in the deepest state of hopelessness ever known to mankind. Her insides twisted with agony, for she had failed as a ruler. Her mind gnawed on her soul, for she had not lived up to her word. And her body had surrendered to hunger, for she had been giving most of her meals to the small beggar children in the royal courtyard. In all her sadness, Eleanor crawled under her father’s bed, as she did not think she deserved to lie in it, and waited for Death.

He appeared out of nothingness like he had when he came for the king. His grim voice filled the chamber with an echo whose message resonated deep inside the queen’s soul.

About the Author

Anne Rowan had always dreamed of becoming an astronaut because she was intrigued by the infinite prospects of the Universe. One day, however, she got lost in a book and discovered a completely different universe. She called it Imagination, and she can be found wandering through its limitless corridors, sorting out ideas, and creating stories from them.

Award-winning author Anne Rowan holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She divides her time between the Czech Republic and Southern California, where she lives with her husband, two children, and Poe--the cutest ugly dog in the world.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Help me Welcome L.T. Kelly hosted by TJ's Virtual Book Tour


L.T. Kelly lives in rural Lincolnshire with her husband, two children and a mentally unstable Cockapoo named Mylo.

She enjoyed a successful eleven-year career in the Royal Air Force which put plenty of stories in her writing cap.

L.T. now divides her time between writing, being a wife, mother and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service. It's the writing that keeps her sane.


When high school drama teacher Cassie Thornton finds herself drowning in a failing marriage, she struggles to get her head above water. Her husband, Robert, is a workaholic science professor at Oxford University with a sordid secret. After eight years of marriage, Robert’s blatant disinterest in her forces Cassie to demand they go on a vacation, hoping it will reunite them.

Gorgeous Jared Peterson is the cream of Hollywood actors. His squeaky clean image, coupled with his outstanding results at the box office, has earned him respect industry wide. That’s until his cunning fiancĂ© and co-star goes on a rampage, setting out to destroy his reputation. How else could he cope with her betrayal except to escape Tinseltown?

When Cassie and Jared meet on the island of Majorca, it sparks a life changing chemistry between them. Jared refuses to continue with his career without her by his side. Cassie must decide whether to give up life as she knows it, or leave it all behind to give their love a chance.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pumpkin Spice, Cooler Temps and Football, What my next book will center around,

     What do you look forward to when August rolls around?

I love my Pumpkin Spice coffee and Football. I enjoy the NFL, but College is my favorite.

I do have a few teams I love to support. On the NFL side I am a long time Dallas Cowboy, and Pittsburg Steelers Fan. Grew up in PA, but my heart lives in Texas.

In the College scene I am a loyal UT Longhorn and an LSU Tiger fan.  Those two colleges happily took my money so I faithfully follow their teams.

I've attended an NFL game, and a College game. I prefer the energy during a college game. Especially at LSU. Amazing field and team.

Are you a football fan, and if so do you prefer college or pro?

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Now back to writing. Maybe I will have my hero a buff football player who's favorite place to hang out is Starbucks. My kind of man.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Join me for Heat of the Summer fun

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Help me Celebrate International Authors Day


Hosted by Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

We all start with a dream. A love of reading, and a passion for writing. I know my love for reading started young. It was my escape from life's demons. But my dream of becoming a writer came many years later and started with a dream. Literally, I woke up one morning after such a vivid dream and had to write it down. That was the beginning of my journey, how about you? when did you fall in love with reading, or realize you had a story inside you that needed to be told.

Help me celebrate this amazing day with my two new releases.
My first is a story near to me heart. It brings light to a dilemma that is more wide spread then any of us can see, child abuse. I share a little of my own personal journey through the eyes of my heroine. 

If I Knew Then
Young Adult

She dreamed of a life of freedom—one filled with love that didn’t come with a price… 

Angel O’Hare fought to keep her family safe from the evil that threatened to overwhelm them. Keeping the danger that surrounded them a secret, she hid her pain and bruises, living a lie that everyone believed…until she met Jax, who showed her a love she never knew existed and a life she’d only dreamed about. But when reality surfaces, her dreams are shattered. With her life in tatters, she struggles to overcome her past before her abusive mother destroys everything Angel holds dear.


Icy cold fingers tightened around Angel’s wrist, jerking her hand back against her arm. She gasped, and her eyes widened as her wrist cracked under the pressure. Her knees grew weak and she fell forward, grabbing the crushed velvet theater seat in front of her. Her fingernails bit into the fabric as her mother’s eyes blazed down at her. A high-pitched screech filtered in from the hall, and Angel’s heart pounded in her chest.
“That would be your sister unlocking the back door.”Her mother’s voice was hard, not an unfamiliar tone to Angel. Her mother’s fingers opened and Angel’s hand dropped like a rock. She grabbed it, clutching it to her chest. Her wrist throbbed and she couldn’t feel her fingers, but she knew it wouldn’t last. It never did. Her mother always knew when to stop.
“I want everything brought in and the boxes emptied on stage before everyone arrives. You only have an hour. Now, get moving.” Her mother rolled her eyes as Angel dropped her arm and shook her hand to relieve the pain. The tingling in her fingertips disappeared, and Angel opened her mouth but her mother just waved her hand, dismissing her, as she pointedly checked her watch.
“One hour, Angel. Not a minute more.”  Her mother turned on her heels then waltzed out the side door.

Angel’s fear subsided enough that anger took over as she stomped up the aisle. Her footsteps echoed through the dark musty theater, blocking all other sounds around her. One more year. Just one more year. She yanked open the front door, wincing as pain shot across her ribs—a faint reminder from the last time she disappointed her mother. Angel sucked in a breath, and the cold metal handle slipped from her fingers as she grabbed her side. They say time heals all wounds. Well, they really got that one wrong.

          An Anthology filled with 15 full length stories of different genre's but all about love.

My story..Leather Chaps and Broken Promises

Jack Austin’s life was spiraling out of control. He lost his Grandfather, the only girl he ever loved and was now going to lose his home.  He had no idea what he was going to do until he woke one morning to a set of keys on his dresser. Keys that opened a locked desk that held the answer to his prayers.  Can Jack find the secret hidden on the ranch and win back Katrina, or will his Father finally destroy his dreams?  Forcing him back into the family business and an arranged marriage he walked away from years ago.


Jack lowered his head, capturing her mouth, crushing her to him.
“I need you,” he whispered against her moist lips. 
“Hurry, then.” She tightened her legs around his hips, and he stumbled toward the stairs. “We might not make it if you don’t.” Kat giggled as Jack tripped on the landing.
“Oh, we’ll make it,” he said, taking two steps at a time. Her soft, sexy laugh was intoxicating.
“Are you sure?” she whispered against his neck. 
His breath caught in his throat, and he froze as her tongue danced along his ear.
“That’s not fair.” His voice cracked, and his knees shook with each stroke. “Just remember, you brought this on yourself,” he said as he hoisted her up, tossing her over his shoulder.
“Jack, put me down. I’ll behave. I promise.” Kat’s voice dripped with sarcasm, His hand traced up her squirming thigh, and she shuttered, a faint moan escaping her lips. He lifted his hand, smacking down onto the tight denim that hugged the curves that teased him. Kat shrieked, and it echoed in the darkened staircase.
“You’re going to pay for that,” she said, laughing as he raced to the top. 
Jack lowered her to the floor, backing her against the bedroom door. Her heavy lashes shadowed her pink-tinged cheeks. She glanced up, biting her lower lip, looking so damn sexy. Jack let go a low growl and pulled her close. His hand stroked the length of her back up to her slender neck. He wrapped her long blond curls in his hand and pulled her head to the side, revealing her silky bronzed neck. His lips trailed a path to her shoulder, and she shivered in his grasp.
“Two can play this game,” Kat murmured as her hand slipped into the waistband of his jeans. 
Jack kissed the hollow of her neck, pressing into her. 

“Yeah, but I’m so much better at it than you are.” His seductive tone spoke his intention as he opened the door, backing her in, kicking it closed behind them.

Let me know in a comment below how you started your journey into the life of a reader, or writer and let me know which one of my books you would like to win. I will draw a winner on the 19th.
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