Because our broadband went off yesterday afternoon and didn't come back on until a couple of hours ago? Well, yes, that did actually frustrate the hell out of me, even though I have no idea why. Thanks to that enforced break from the World Wide Web I managed to make some real headway on 'Illusions Of Love', writing over 3,000 words and finally pushing the story on into its final phase. But you really don't realise how much you actually rely on an internet connection until you don't have one anymore! British Telecom are keeping their eye on the "problem" (whatever it is - they have no idea, apparently) so I'm only hoping I can get this post finished before it decides to go down again.
|Want to review this book? Please, feel free!|
|Rock 'n' Roll & politics? All wrapped up in an edgy romance? What do you think about it?|
Now, I'm not saying that I want reviews to appear just to stroke my ego, that's not the case. Of course I want to know what people think of my work - what writer doesn't want to know that? Just a few short sentences, a handful of words expressing what someone thought about your books, that can go such a long way to making this whole writing process a lot easier, and it does no harm as far as sales are concerned. The more people read about a book, the more they see that other people enjoyed it - in the end it could help someone make that decision as to whether they're going to buy the book for themselves, or not. And I've not had a new review for months now.
|An epic, contemporary romance - is that your kind of thing?|
I think confidence is an issue with me too, though. Infact, I know it is. I write what some people have called "trashy" romance - Jackie Collins-esque, movie stars and rock stars, glamour and sex, it's all there in my books (although not in 'Too Much Trouble in Paradise' - that's very much a light-hearted, chick lit, fun romance!), and not everybody likes that kind of thing. So, I suppose, I'm a touch nervous to push my books onto reviewers incase they don't really rate the kind of stuff I write. But, then again - and I have this argument with myself on a daily basis - I am actually very proud of what I write. I love my books, and I think there's a readership out there who would like them too, they just need a bit of a push to get them out there and noticed by the kind of people who would love to read them. And a few more reviews wouldn't hurt, at all! So, should I start pushing them a bit more? To reviewers? Because I know I have to do this myself, nobody's going to come asking me for a book to review (although, please feel free!), but I am painfully shy, believe me, and I'm still having a lot of trouble pushing myself forward in any way.
So, yes, it's been a frustrating week, but I think that's partly down to me letting things get to me more than I should, and partly because I know what I should be doing, I'm just finding it hard to muster up the confidence to do it!
But, the only thing I really want for Christmas (except that Kindle I know I'm getting... and Bradley Cooper - preferably unwrapped - would be nice too...) is to see a few more reviews appear for my books. That's all. A few words, just a couple of sentences... nobody has any idea how much that would cheer me up.
Before I go, however, I would like to say a huge thank you to those that have taken the time to leave reviews - on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. There are a handful of you out there who are always the first to read and review my books, and for that I am truly, truly grateful.
Now, I reckon it's time I stopped whinging and got back to writing. However, if there is anyone out there who would like to review any of my books, you know where to find me... ;)
All 3 of my eBooks are available to download from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com