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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Please be kind...and leave a review! ;-)

I know I try not to bug the few people who come in and out and who are followers of my blog but I almost feel like I am trapped in one of my favorite paranormal shows. I can't prove anything and I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but if you buy my books -- whether you love them or hate them -- and you have spare time on your hands, please leave a review. 

I haven't left "Please leave a review" in the back of an e-book for a long time because I thought it was crass but with the whole scheme of people paying for reviews (which has been discussed ad nauseum so I won't touch on  the subject again), it would be great for the people who like my work to start commenting, whether you buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, AllRomance or Kobo. I don't care, if you have the time, leave a review.

"Please leave a review if you have read me..."
Who knows what makes people like or love one story while they dislike or hate another? Nothing because reading is a subjective activity and we all know what a group of people might think is absolutely brilliant (Fifty Shades of Grey comes to mind), others will think is horrible unreadable garbage. Neither side is right or wrong -- they just share different tastes in what makes a book great and what makes a book awful.

I know this will happen to my books as well and I expect it! If I wrote a book everyone loved, I would be a bit suspicious myself. When it all comes down to the nitty gritty, all I ask is if you read one of my novels and you enjoy it then please leave a review. If you read one of my books and think it is utter crap, please leave a review. The whole point is so there are opinions from every side of  the gambit. 

P.S. And if you haven't noticed, I do NOT respond to reviews (except for a handful of times when a situation was about to get out of hand because I will defend a bad review as quickly as I defend a good one and I will not allow anyone to be bullied into trying to change their review by someone else or perhaps a shit disturber who tries to drop in and cause trouble). I still respect the three reviewers who gave Atonement bad reviews and hope they will take a chance on another piece of fiction by me because my readers know I have a wide selection and although they may have not liked this series, they might like another.

Reviewers are for readers but how do they know what they are about to buy if the book they are thinking of selecting doesn't have enough reviews to actually gage an opinion? This is the main reason why I ask for more reviews -- to help out your fellow readers...not to boost my ego and make me feel good. ;-)

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PLEASE NOTE: I am always searching for beta readers and the only condition of being a beta reader is honest feedback and a review once the book goes live. There are three other novels in the Atonement series (coming out Feb, March and April) and the final novel in The Ties That Bind Trilogy is slated to premiere in January of 2013. If you are interested then please contact me at ellechardou@gmail.com and I will arrange for you to view the material once it is in its final stages. I don't look at it as giving a book away as much as I do thanking loyal fans and people who like my work. Again, I couldn't do this without you so a warm thank you all around. ;-)

***Comments are appreciated for either discussion. I promise I won't go postal as I am not that kind of author and I realize if it were not for the readers, I wouldn't have a job. Please be respectful to one another regardless what one's opinion happens to be. This is a free speech blog as long as mutual respect is shown. THANK YOU!***

And now for the fun stuff! Cover reveals for the Next Two Novels that will premiere in 2013.

Ta da! The brand new cover of Killing Me Softly (The Ties That Bind Trilogy
January, 2013

Ta da! The brand new cover for Only Love (The Atonement Series
February, 2013

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