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Reviews & The Hating Of Goodreads.

You know...as a writer, I understand the importance of reviews. I need them, not only as a marketing tool, but as a tool for growth as a writer. Constructive criticism has been invaluable in helping me improve my craft. But here's the thing. It seems to me that book reviewing has become a bloodsport, where the objective is not to review a book in good faith. Rather, it has become an exercise in grandstanding - of unloading with the snarkiest take downs, of maligning the writer with the slickest burns possible. It's been apparent on #Goodreads for a while - (Like, what is it with these *reviewers* and gifs??) It's also an emerging trend on Netgalley - (minus the gifs). Here's the thing. I gen...
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Book Launch Spotlight: The Shadow Queen, by Anne O'Brien


  New on Amazon UK and Amazon USand Goodreads    The Shadow Queen tells the story of Joan of Kent, a tale of treachery, power-hungry families and legal subterfuges, in which Joan, a woman of considerable charm and beauty, played a central role at the Plantagenet Court. ‘What would enhance the pattern of my life further? One word slid into my  mind. A seductive word. A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.’    From her first clandestine marriage Joan of Kent’s reputation was one of scandal and rumour. Her royal blood made her a desirable bride, but her ambition and passion could become a threat to the stability of the Plantagenet dynasty. Joan knew what she must do to survive, the poli...
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