Negative Reviews

I have only ever received one review from someone who doesn’t know me personally and it happens to be the only one out there for people to see.

My last fiction book that I wrote before Gasping for Air was Breaking Free. I did a giveaway on Goodreads, a site where people can keep track of books they have read, want to read, or are currently reading. They can also rate and review books. With their giveaways, people can enter a giveaway for books they might like and it is strongly suggested that the winner writes a review on it.

At the end of my giveaway for Breaking Free, I got an email with the winner’s name and address and I mailed them a copy of my book.

When I went back several months later to see if they had posted a review, any confidence I had in my writing was shattered. It didn’t help matters that I was still in a fragile emotional state from my brother’s death less than a year before and that I knew there was truth to what the reader said.

I received this book free from the Goodreads Giveaway page.

I could not get through this book. The writing is not for me.

First, I will mention in the prologue what really struck me as odd. Page 2 from the book: ‘”You ripped my brother off! He gave you more money than you deserved, you little…” an expletive came out of his mouth and his eyes narrowed in slits.’
Seriously? … Dot, dot, dot? Is it forbidden to type any “expletive”?

The next thing about the writing is that every other sentence and paragraph is “Johnny this, Johnny that”. I can’t get through reading something this way. For example (opening to any random page in the book), “Johnny paced the room. There had to be a reason but Johnny had no idea what it was. Maybe the guards wanted some fun and brought him here to show their superiority. A sound at the door stopped Johnny in his tracks.” and MORE!!! Ugh, this kind of writing just kills me.

I could not even get through Chapter 2. I scanned other pages and it is all written the same way. Sorry, not for me.

This is still the only review out there for people to see and it took me a long time before I was able to write again after reading it. After my brother’s death, I was already struggling with motivation to write so it wasn’t completely the fault of this review.

I hope my writing has improved since and my readers will make their opinions on it.

Have you ever received a negative review on something you’ve done whether the review was posted or someone said it to your face? How did you react?

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My attempt to market and an update on the new book

I was reminded recently of how little I talk about my writing. Most people in my life currently have no idea that I’ve self-published three books because I often purposely don’t bring it up and the last book I wrote, I finished about four years ago.

However, that’s about to change – at least the writing part. I’m still not that comfortable with talking about it. I still plan to release my new book in about a month and a half. I’m in the finishing stages and hope I can keep to the timeline I set for myself a year ago.

But as you’re waiting, here are the links to the Amazon.ca links to the books I’ve published so far, if you want to buy a copy.


Quietly Making an Impact

Learn about Calvin Dueck’s life and his impact on people through this memoir filled with quotes, images, and stories. His life was cut short at the age of 19 on August 9, 2014 and it became evident just how big his sphere of influence was. Contains color photographs.

Get it in Colour or Black & White


Breaking Free

Johnny Cardinal grows up detesting white people. They condemn him because of his skin color. He succumbs to the circumstances he has no control over and becomes what they thought he was. His only regret – the disappointment in his mother’s eyes and missing his siblings’ lives. Eric Thompson grows up affluent but desires the love his parents fail to give him. He makes mistakes trying to get it and entraps himself with his mistakes. His lackluster marriage is on the brink of death and it’s all his fault. Their lives entwine when one man’s survival becomes another man’s charity case. But who is the one needing the charity?

Get it here.


Love Unrealized

Alexa doesn’t feel loved. She feels like she will always be alone. Angelo enters her life and he gives her an escape from her feelings of loneliness. He seems like the perfect man for her. But she keeps a secret from him. She’s a princess! Can she keep both her family and Angelo? Will she finally feel loved?

Get it here.

Breaking Free Released!

Breaking Free CoverBreaking Free is now released!

It is released on the Amazon sites in paperback and kindle format. As most of my readers are in the U.S. and Canada I have included the links to the respective Amazon sites but Breaking Free can be found on other Amazon sites as well.

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca


Johnny Cardinal grows up detesting white people. They condemn him because of his skin color. He succumbs to the circumstances he has no control over and becomes what they thought he was. His only regret – the disappointment in his mother’s eyes and missing his siblings’ lives.

Eric Thompson grows up affluent but desires the love his parents fail to give him. He makes mistakes trying to get it and entraps himself with his mistakes. His lackluster marriage is on the brink of death and it’s all his fault.

Their lives entwine when one man’s survival becomes another man’s charity case. But who is the one needing the charity?


Here is an excerpt from the book. Breaking Free Excerpt

I also plan to do a Goodreads giveaway soon and will keep you posted on that.

I would greatly appreciate your support. Go out and buy my novel!