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Friday, July 15, 2011



Reviews, as every author knows, can be good, bad or indifferent. Good ones warm our hearts. Indifferent ones make us reassure ourselves that while the reviewer my not have liked the book a whole lot, at least he or she didn’t think it was a waste of time to read. We can deal with that. But no author I know is indifferent to a bad review, including me.

This topic came up when I was considering finding an epub for a gothic saga I wrote some years ago. This saga got a really bad review from Romantic Times, which was a great shock to me. The reviewer felt I’d jerked her out of one generation’s story into the next way too abruptly and gave it a one.

My only “one,” but I never forgot it. I got a real shock when I pulled out scrap-books to look for another review a publisher wanted for a different book and found five really good reviews for this same “one” gothic. How had I forgotten about them? I realized then that any author can focus too much on a bad review.

Which means we’re only human. But then, so are reviewers.

The gothic? I plan to go over it. If I find I’ve written some bad transitions--and I may have--they’ll be smoothed away. I’ll also take care of any other rewriting needed. Why bother? I think because my first published book, Tule Witch, was a gothic and all these years later, I still love the gothic genre. Still, I do intend to change the title.

I’ve written other books in the meantime, many in other genres beside Gothic. In fact, I’ve written in every genre except Men’s Action and Erotica. One of them, Two Hearts And A Crow was released in March from Devine Destinies. This one happens to be a sweet romance set in Alaska.
And, no, crows aren’t common there. They have mostly ravens.

Jane Toombs, the Viking from her past and their calico grandcat, Kinko, live across the street from the south shore of Lake Superior , They spend three seasons enjoying the wonderful weather and the winter season holing up and complaining. Kinko the most. Jane’s up to going on ninety published books now and has stopped counting the many novellas. Check out Jane's website at

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