Friday, September 07, 2012

Method to My Madness

I might have caused some of you to wonder if I've lost my mind with some of my recent reviews of the books I've read, why I haven't given a book less than four stars. I've had a few emails questioning my sanity—kinda like the time I told a woman at a party that I killed people for a living. Needless to say, that didn't go over real big. I'm not saying any of the books I've reviewed were in question, just the lack of any bad reviews. Haven't I read any books that were horrible? Here's the truth: I have. I've preview many books, and knew right away it'd be a waste of my time. Either there were so many typos and bad grammar, or the storyline just didn't work. And some of the ones I've downloaded and tried to read, I just couldn't finish (for one reason or another). Those are the books I don't post reviews on. Writers have a hard enough time, and I'm not going to be the one to make it any harder. Let someone else do it.

Also, I'm not a professional reviewer. I've had writers ask me to review their books, but I can't give an honest review of a book that isn't the kind of book I like to read. I love a good mystery, with or without romance (preferably with romance, and definitely not erotica), and with some humor. If Janet Evanovich would clean up her mouth a little, she'd be my favorite author. So... I'm a mystery lover. I just can't get into Sci-Fi, vampires, erotica, paranormal, or YA (but I will support those who write it). I did read a book I thought was YA (after I had read a few chapters) and decided to finish it and judge it accordingly—by what I thought young audiences would like.

I bought Janet Evanovich's Metro Girl at the thrift store yesterday for $2, but I haven't been able to really get into it. I keep finding myself drawn back to the mystery I downloaded the other day. I've read the first chapter, and if the rest of the book is as good as the beginning, I'm in for a real treat... and you'll hear about it.

Pretty soon I'm going back to work on my next book, and I won't be reading as much... probably not at all, but until then, I'm going to finish the book I'm reading, and hopefully, find a couple more before I go off the radar.

Also—my first book in the Jesse Watson Mystery series, What You See, has found a permanent home in the Prime Kindle program, so it will no longer be available on NOOK. Sorry, NOOK, but you're just not doing it for me. Kindle rules!

So, if you haven't read any of my books, the first one will be free on Kindle very soon. I hope you'll give it a try. Happy writing and happy reading!

To all authors out there, I send you many wishes for your writing success. Keep up the good work. Ann Mullen

1 comment:

LaughingRaccoon said...

Exactly. There is more than one type genre because not everyone likes the same thing. If everyone were the same and liked all the same things, then the world would be VERY boring, imho.