A Very Darcy Christmas is on Austenesque Reviews Best Austenesque Christmas list! I’m honored. https://austenesquereviews.com/2021/12/10-wonderful-holiday-inspired-austenesque-novels-from-2010-2017-austenesque-top-ten.html#comment-79545
Here is the blog tour schedule for Mages and Mysteries. I’ll be posting an excerpt and a giveaway at each blog. It’s possible additional blogs will be added. Check my Facebook page for updates.
December 6 Babblings of a Bookworm
December 7 So Little time
December 8 Savvy Verse and Wit
December 9 My Jane Austen Book Club
December 10 Probably at the Library
December 13 My Vices and Weaknesses
December 16 From Pemberley to Milton
December 28 My Love for Jane Austen
January 10 Austenesque Reviews
Whoo-hoo! My long-awaited fantasy Pride and Prejudice variation, Mages and Mysteries, is now available on Amazon! The blurb is below.
In Regency England, women are expected to confine their magical acts to mending dresses or enhancing their beauty, but Elizabeth Bennet insists on crafting her own spells to fight goblins and protect the people of Meryton. She even caused a scandal by applying for admission to the magical Academy. When Hertfordshire is beset with a series of unexplained goblin attacks, Elizabeth is quite ready to protect her family and friends. If only she didn’t have to deal with the attitude of the arrogant mage, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Mr. Darcy doesn’t need to be associated with a scandalous woman like Elizabeth Bennet—no matter how attractive she is. But as the goblin attacks accelerate and grow more dangerous, Darcy realizes that he could use her help in identifying the cause—and is forced to recognize her magical ability. Unfortunately, continued proximity to Elizabeth only heightens his attraction to her—which is particularly inconvenient in light of his engagement to Caroline Bingley.
Can Elizabeth and Darcy unravel the mystery of the goblin attacks before more people are hurt? And how can they manage their growing mutual attraction? It’s sure to be interesting…because when Darcy and Elizabeth come together, magic happens.
Here is the schedule for the Rebellion at Longbourn Blog Tour! Most visits will feature Giveaways and Guest Posts.
May 30 – Half Agony/Half Hope
June 3 – Diary of an Eccentric
June 4 – From Pemberley to Milton
June 5 – Babblings of a Bookworm
June 6 – My Jane Austen Book Club
June 8 – Interests of a Jane Austen Girl
June 10 – Austenesque Reviews
June 11 – Margie’s Must Reads
June 15 – Savvy Verse and Wit
June 20 – For Love of Austen
July 2 – More Agreeably Engaged
July 27 – Austenprose
My next book, Rebellion at Longbourn, is now available for pre-order at Amazon and will be released June 1!
Recently I was reading a series of books (not JAFF) that I really enjoyed. When I went to buy another one on Amazon, I noticed that this particular series didn’t have a lot of reviews on Amazon. The first book had 819 ratings on Goodreads and 252 reviews while the Amazon listing had 11 reviews. Book two fared even worse–with 3 reviews on Amazon.
I suspect this disparity is because the author left a floundering small press that wasn’t paying her royalties (that’s been happening a lot) and re-published the books herself. In the process she lost all of the series’ previous reviews. My heart went out to this author (who I don’t know at all). She had written great books that obviously a lot of people enjoyed, but the number of reviews on Amazon suggested nobody had purchased it or read them. I immediately sat down and wrote Amazon reviews for her books.
Now this may be a specific situation (although it’s more common than you might think as a lot of small presses close their doors), but many authors are in the situation where the number of reviews doesn’t reflect the number of people who buy and enjoy their books. I read that 7% of readers leave reviews for books. Think about that. Seven percent.
So, if you want to support a good author, buy his or her books and then write an Amazon review!
This isn’t a personal complaint; most of my books have gotten plenty of reviews. This is important to all the JAFF books on Amazon. Most JAFF books are self-published and the rest are published by small presses without big marketing budgets. JAFF authors aren’t getting rich (if you are, please call me and tell me how you’re doing it). All of us have days when we wonder if it is worth the hard work and sacrifice. Good reviews help us both emotionally and financially when we’re wondering if we should give up on writing and just focus on our day jobs.
I know it takes time to write a review. And it’s more convenient to give stars on Goodreads than to actually conjure up words for an Amazon review. But an Amazon review can be short: “I liked it.” “It was good.” “It was better than Harry Potter and Hamlet combined….” etc.
Why do JAFF authors need Amazon reviews? For a couple reasons:
- Reviews are essential word-of-mouth marketing for self-published authors. K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts won’t miss the thousandth review for their latest bestseller. But writing the fifth or seventeenth or fiftieth review of a self-published book has a huge impact on that book’s wellbeing and helps the author continue to be an author.
- Amazon buyers base their purchasing decisions on the quantity of reviews. We all do it. We look at a cover, read the blurb, and see that the book has high ratings. Great! But only five people reviewed it. Uh-oh. Five people could be the author’s friends. Five reviews suggests the book wasn’t very popular. We might not even take the time to read the reviews because the quantity of reviews is enough to dissuade us from giving the book a try.
- Promotional opportunities depend on the number of reviews. Amazon, Book Bub, and other platforms will give a book special marketing opportunities, but only if they have the required minimum number of reviews.
- Reviewing is a bit like voting. If you don’t vote, you take the risk that the candidates you don’t like will be elected. If you don’t buy and review books by authors you enjoy, you run the risk that they’ll stop writing the books you enjoy. Either the author won’t be able to afford to keep writing or she will just write the books that the more vocal readers like.
Did you enjoy the last JAFF book you read? Yay! I’m so happy to hear that. Now support the author and go write a review on Amazon!
When Charlotte Became Romantic received a lovely review today from Night Owl Book Cafe! Sophia Rose writes, “I would recommend this to both Austen fans and those who enjoy a sweet, heartwarming second chance romance.”