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Goodreads Giveaway and Should Authors Review?
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Like every other reader on the planet, I’ve joined Goodreads. I also have a fabulous contest running there. See below.

Should authors review other authors’ books?

This is a question I’ve struggled with when deciding whether to post reviews on Goodreads. On the one hand, authors are almost always avid readers. Like any reader, they have opinions on books and there is, of course, a tradition of writers reviewing story that probably dates back to the beginning of storytelling itself. No doubt Homer was heckled by rival epic poets as he spun his tales. “Enough of the wine-dark sea, already! Can’t he vary his prose a little?”

But there are a number of arguments against writers reviewing fiction, particularly if they review in the genre in which they write.

First–conflict of interest. Essentially, some writers see other writers in the same field as competitors. Can they really give an unbiased view of someone else’s work when they compete in the same market?

My personal view is that authors are not in direct competition for the consumer dollar the way rival soap powder manufacturers are. You only need one brand of soap powder in a given week or month. I’d like to meet the reader who can stop at one book if they see another they would like equally well. However, I feel that one should avoid the appearance of bias as well as the reality of it and that is one reason I am not going to provide criticism of any novels here.

Second–the author looks at books in a slightly different way from readers who do not write. We tend to admire the fresh, the original, the structurally perfect. We notice and become irritated by bad technique. We see the tricks and devices that are designed to produce certain emotions in the reader and if they are too obvious to us, they make us cross our arms and refuse to follow where the author leads.

That is not to say that readers are unsophisticated or unintelligent–far from it. But the writer’s experience of a novel will often be skewed by her knowledge of how a book is written in the first place.

So I’m not going to provide critical analysis of books that haven’t worked for me in this forum. I’m going to share my thoughts on the books I love and leave the criticism to those who I believe are in a better position to give it.

This post has also been posted on my Goodreads blog.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Heiress in Love (Mass Market Paperback) by Christina Brooke

Heiress in Love
by Christina Brooke

Giveaway ends May 20, 2011.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Winner–January/February Contest
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

We have a winner!

I have notified the lucky winner of my January/February contest by email. She will soon receive four fabulous historical romances plus a coverflat of HEIRESS IN LOVE!

Thank you to all of you who joined my Brooke-Club. You will automatically be entered into the next draw. Details soon!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The cover of HEIRESS IN LOVE is even more gorgeous in the ‘flesh’ than it is online. Look at the shiny gold foil!

Don’t forget to join my Brooke Club to go into the draw to win one of these exquisite (limited edition *G*) signed cover flats plus some fabulous new release historical romances!

Go here for details.

Brooke-Club Contest
Friday, January 21st, 2011

Once you join my Brooke Club, you are eligible to win a great prize!

For January/February

Four fabulous new release historical romances:

What I did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
The Seduction of His Wife by Tiffany Clare
Unveiled by Courtney Milan

And… a signed cover flat of HEIRESS IN LOVE

All you have to do is register here!