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A review of “The Reach of the Banyan Tree”

I’m humbled by the latest pre-release review of my third novel. The reviewer calls it an “epic historical fiction love story” which sounds pretty cool to me. She says:

“The Reach of the Banyan Tree is one of those rare romances that reminds you that sometimes love comes at a cost.”

Please check out the full review either on Amazon, Goodreads, or Pinterest:

Goodreads Review

Amazon Review

The book officially releases July 1st!


The Exhaustion of Self-Promotion

Boy, do I need a publicist! An independently wealthy publicist who can spend hours on end promoting my writing just because they have nothing else to do and they are head-over-heels in love with my prose.

So if you know anyone …

As an indie author who has a job and who coaches softball and who teaches and produces drama, I find that I have no time for self-promotion of my works. And so a couple weeks will go by and I realize that I haven’t proactively done anything to get my name out there. It can, at times, be frustrating.

Of course, my very best publicists are my readers. I am eternally grateful for them, especially the ones who enjoyed my novel and passed on the word to someone else. Nothing beats that.

But there is much work to be done.

I’m still advertising on Goodreads with so-so results. But I keep telling myself, results are important at this point. I have to continually get my novel and my name out in front of people. I have to build a big of a base as possible before the release of novel #2. (Which is now about 4 months away!)

But more needs to be done. Today, I finally had some time to contact some more bloggers and review websites. I also need to get some more interviews and do more guest posts. On top of this, I need to look into some additional advertising options now that I have a large amount of reviews on Amazon.  So much to do!

Oh, and besides all of this. I need to write. That is the primary responsibility of a writer, isn’t it?

OK, I’m just ranting today about the lack of time. (and the lack of that uber-rich publicist)

But I keep telling myself – this isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. I’m in it for the long haul.

I’ve heard it said the the only promotion campaign that doesn’t work is the one that stops. It can never stop. I must keep it moving forward because I believe in my novel and the future works of mine coming down the pike.

So, here I go, pushing forward once again.

It can be exhausting. But it can also be exhilarating. The latter is the one I choose to focus on.


My Reviews are Not Fake – I pledge!

I took the pledge –

Truth be told, I took the pledge in order to request a review of my novel “Beauty Rising” from a site who won’t review authors unless they take the pledge.

But, I support what TrueReviewPledge is trying to accomplish.

We’ve probably all heard the stories. Authors padding their Amazon reviews with fake reviews from fake people or from from voracious readers who read 20,000 books in the last month. Yeah, right.

Reviews help drive sales, and some authors see no problem with padding their review resume in order to increase sales. Sure, it might be tempting, but I could never do that.

Call me old fashioned if you like, but I want my writing to stand on its own two feet.  I don’t know anyone who likes poor reviews, but I will tell you this, I would rather have a poor review than a fake review any day of the week.

Perhaps it’s a matter of pride. I couldn’t live with myself if I was just faking reviews to build up a readership. The only way I want to build a readership is by writing a quality book and having people enjoy it and want to share it with others.

That is why the reviews that I have had mean so much to me. Sure, I personally know some of the people that reviewed “Beauty Rising” – but I told them, point blank, to please be honest. I believe they have.

Now, I have many reviews from people I don’t know, most of them have been very positive – but not all. This is what really means a lot to me – to have someone write a review – good or bad – because the book affected them in one way or another.

I’m not writing for money – certainly not fame – I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. (Luckily, I don’t think I have enemies.) I’m writing because I love to write. What kind of person would I be if I loved my writing so much that I’d be willing to lie about it just to get ahead?

No thanks. I pledge that all the reviews of “Beauty Rising” that you can read on Amazon are real. Now it’s possible that someone faked a review, but I can’t imagine what the motive of that would be.

So I took the pledge. I want real reviews. I’ll be honest in my own reviews.  Hopefully, the book world will be better for it.