What reviewers are saying about Coulson’s Wife

todayblog1 What reviewers are saying about <i>Coulsons Wife</i>...On Monday Coulson’s Wife received its 250th Amazon review. The last eleven reviews posted are either 4 or 5-stars—with seven of those being 5-stars! As I write this post, the book has a 4-star average on Amazon.

Of course, not everyone loves Coulson’s Wife. Some readers hate it. While it’s received 105 5-stars and 78 4-stars to date, fifteen reviewers gave it a 1-star. But that’s okay. I don’t expect everyone to love or even like my writing. But the fact it has resonated with a group of readers brings me more than a smile.

Coulson’s Wife is not for everyone. Here are a few things readers (who enjoyed the book) said about Coulson’s Wife.

I do not remember crying so hard. I never cry while reading, but this book brought tears to my eyes.

I was surprised to find myself so absorbed into the story, I even cried.

I haven’t found a book in quite some time that held my interest enough that I could read it in one sitting. This book did it!

I’m so glad I finally read it because it’s one of the best books I have read for a while.

A splendid story where there’s really no good guys and bad guys but friends, family, employees making the best of situations they could not control beginning right before 1900 and taking us through to about 1950.

The twists and turns kept you off balance, and intrigued.

This book is so different than any other romance novel out there. The description doesn’t do the book justice because it’s much greater than it.

Haunting.

I got this free on my Kindle and what a terrific surprise. The author has an incredible way of weaving the story line along with historical references.

I loved this book! A sweet, romantic love story! Not your typical “red-hot; alpha male; hop in the sack for heavy sex” type of book.

Amazing, wonderful, moving, all the things that I can say. I laughed and cried.

Had some tears coming down, but I did love the ending but wish it didn’t end like that. So recommend it!!!

A wonderful love story that keeps you involved and begging for more till the end!!

I really don’t want to give out any spoilers, but this book surpassed my expectations. I downloaded this on a whim and didn’t think it was gonna be all that good. Now as I write this review at 3 o’clock in the morning after just completing this masterpiece, I am now going to start book 2.

This is a real grabber. I could not put it down till I finished it at one sitting. This is a story of frustrated love and fulfilled love that keeps the reader in suspense. Great read.

I LOVED this book…thank you…best book I’ve read in a long time.

The characters are developed and grow over time. The plot was also well developed and kept me interested. I recommend this book.

History strongly weaved in and out of this story which I loved. Everything about this book kept my attention. The story was focused on relationships without the details of sex.

A wonderful read!!! Engaging from the very beginning. I planned to simply preview the book to see if it would appeal to me for a future time. Instead, I was drawn in at the very beginning and continued to read until it was finished, a one day read.

I like a book that touches all of my emotions. It made me happy, sad, laugh and even cry.

This was a remarkable book about complicated romance and relationships during a time in history when the world was quickly changing.

The characters become real as the reader is swept along as the story unfolds.

This was a very moving book which I read in one day. Great story and although it says book 1 it was a standalone novel.

I loved this book. I never got bored. Several surprises. Warm and a beautiful story of a woman who loved deeply.

Read it in one day. The best book I have read in ages.

More than a story, I found Coulson’s wife to be a journey with the characters. A well edited piece of art where a couple of human generations are neatly squeezed in, yet detailed where it really matters.

It was just raw and real.

I read a lot of romance novels and this one stands out as one of the better ones.

(You can download Coulson’s Wife for FREE at most eBook venues.)

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Back in focus!

008 300x200 Back in focus!I visited for the first time on Monday with my chemo and radiation doctors. I was surprised – and delighted – to learn I may not need chemo!

According to the chemo doc I am borderline needing chemo, and as he told me, “My job is to treat your cancer, not to give you chemo.”

He’s having another lab test done on one of the lymph node they removed and when he gets the results, he will determine the best course of action.

Overall the prognosis is good, and I think I can get back on track and once again start focusing on my current work in progress: Haunting Danielle, Book 3.

Happy, content and back to serious writing!

Photo: Lady Girl asking, “Well, what are you waiting for? Start writing!”

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Haunting Danielle, Book 3 Update

Haunting Danielle 3 <i>Haunting Danielle, Book 3</i> Update

Yesterday, I sent out the following letter to subscribers of my Haunting Danielle newsletter:

Haunting Danielle, Book 3 was initially slated to be released January 1, 2015. I intended to take advantage of Amazon’s pre-sale feature (as I had with Book 2 in the series), which would have have Book 3 for sale prior to its actual release date, and then on January 1, it would automatically go to all those who placed an order.

Unfortunately, life got in the way and I decided it best not to offer it at Amazon for pre-sale.

What happened exactly? Some of you know both my mother and mother-in-law lived with my husband and me. My mother-in-law lived in a guest house on our property, and my mother lives in our house with us. Both ladies turned 86 last year.

At the end of October my mother-in-law went into the hospital, and after two weeks and two surgeries, she passed away. Despite her age, it came as quite a shock to us. According to the doctors she was doing well and about to come home, and considering her father lived to several weeks short of his 100th birthday, we thought she’d be around longer.

In the midst of planning her funeral and settling her estate, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. As you can see, with all this going on, promising a book for a January 1 release date didn’t seem like a great idea.

I had surgery on December 2, and next Monday I go see the Chemo and Radiation doctors to schedule my treatment. What’s in store? I have no idea.

I am currently working on Haunting Danielle, Book 3—I’ve the story partially written, with the rest of it rattling around in my head.  I would love to promise the book by the end of January, and it is possible, yet I can’t make any promises. I have no idea how I will react to chemo. I’ve one friend who recently went through this, and had no problems. She didn’t get sick or miss a beat. Yet, I have other friends who talk of nausea, brain fog and other unpleasant stuff.

I wanted to let you know what is going on with the current book in the series. As soon as I send this email off, I intend  to get back to writing – Haunting Danielle, Book 3.

Bobbi aka Anna

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After re-reading what I wrote, I have to say I was optimistic to say it was possible to have Haunting Danielle, Book 3 out by end of January 2015, considering everything.  However, it will be released in 2015; I just can’t guarantee precisely when. Hopefully I will know more in a couple weeks.  In the meantime, I continue to work on the series.

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Haunting Danielle now available at Barnes & Noble!

HD Logo2 Haunting Danielle now available at Barnes & Noble!

If you wonder why I haven’t been around much lately, read my other blog, written under my real name. You’ll find it here.

I had hoped to release Haunting Danielle, Book 3 on January 1, 2015 but dealing with a death in the family and medical issues slowed things down a bit. Instead of being released the first of the month, look for Haunting Danielle, Book 3 toward the end of January 2015.

The series is no longer excusive on Amazon. Nook readers can now find Haunting Danielle at Barnes and Noble. It is also at Smashwords, and will soon be at iTunes and Kobo.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover—or its Goodread’s star average.

Good Reads Error 300x170 Don’t judge a book by its cover—or its Goodread’s star average.This isn’t a slam against Goodreads reviewers. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and some people love my books—some hate them.

This is about a Goodreads’ glitch that I’ve experienced, and it seems I’m not alone. I just heard from an author friend who has had a similar problem.

If you skim book covers to read over at Goodreads and move past those that show a low rating average, you may be overlooking books Goodreads reviewers enjoyed. The star tally might be screwed up.

Take for example the second book in my Haunting Danielle series. As I write this, only one person has left a Goodreads rating on the book, a five star. Yet, had you looked at the book’s average last week, you’d see a different picture. Check the above screen shot I took last week. According to that, minus 2 people left a four star rating—and overall only 33% of the reviewers liked the book. Fact was, only one person had rated the book and they gave it five stars.

Kudos to Goodreads for fixing the glitch after I contacted them (twice). Yet, this has also happened several times on the first book in the series. I have no idea if my other book ratings are accurate over there. These just jumped out at me because they were new releases with only a few ratings.

The problem as I see it—how often does this happen? If an author doesn’t contact Goodreads to point out the problem, how many of these erroneous star averages are misleading the Goodreads community? I have a number of author friends who NEVER go to Goodreads and check out their books. The reason they don’t is another story that I won’t get into now. But the point being, without the author reporting the error to Goodreads (or some other concerned Goodreads Citizen) then perhaps those Goodreads rating averages you see with the book covers are totally useless.

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Haunting Danielle, Book 2 is live!

Both books <i>Haunting Danielle, Book 2 </i>is live!As I write this, it is just a few minutes past 3:30 in the morning. After waking up from a dream I can’t seem to get back to sleep, so I decided to write a blog post instead.

It’s now November 1st, which means Haunting Danielle, Book 2 hits Amazon. If you can’t sleep either, you can click here and download a copy.  If you haven’t read the first book yet, then you’re in luck, because it’s currently on a KDP Countdown sale, which means you can download the book for just 99 cents. The sale ends November 5th or in roughly, 21 hours.  Click here to download the first book in the series.

I think I will try and see if I can get back to sleep. Happy reading!

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What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

Fotolia 52247680 XS What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?Authors often give away free eBooks when promoting their work. You’ll find free eBooks at all the legitimate eBook websites: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance and more. If you want a free eBook, I recommend you go there.

However, some readers believe they should never have to pay for an eBook. Not long ago one of my writer friends had a free promotion on the first book in his series. A reviewer left a rave five star review saying he loved the book and wished the author’s other books were free so he could read them too. Huhh?? Seriously??

For authors battling pirate sites, there is one consolation, many of those pirate websites that claim to offer “free” eBooks are often offering more than a book – such as a nifty virus or Trojan. I’ve also heard that at some sites you don’t even get the promised book file – just a nasty computer infestation.

Of course, there are pirate sites out there where you can pick up free eBooks. Back to question I asked in the headline: What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

Answer: A Thief.

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