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Updated: Apr 8, 2019

Hi,


I should be working on the fifth book of the series. But one can't write all of the time... can one?


So, I decided this post is going to be more of a look back at the first book of the series, A Million Decembers. Below, you'll find a few quotes from the book to give you an idea of what your missing if you haven't ordered it yet. For those of you who have read the book and think I've neglected to showcase some of your favorite parts, please feel free to drop a comment at the bottom of this post.
















So, what do you think? Intrigued? Sort of looks like a good old fashioned love story, doesn't it?

One click to:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B0798SF1WG?ref_=pe_584750_33951330

and it can be yours! (Along with the next three books of the series.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Linda















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Updated: Apr 1, 2019


Hi there!


You're probably wondering what I have in mind by the title of this blog post. Okay, maybe it's a wee bit misleading. Because, yes... we are going to review. But what we will be reviewing, will be the subject of reviews. The reviews you see posted everywhere online. On Blogs, websites and just about every possible retailer out there. All in the attempt to simplify our life by helping us make up our minds.


Wait! Don't do it... don't push that button. Don't run away just yet. This could be more interesting than you think. Ot at least make you smile a couple of times.


I've come to the conclusion there are four different kinds of people when it comes to giving a review.


First, we have the I-hate-to-review-anything type of person. This person ignores any request they receive for a review. They hit that delete or end button and merrily go on to check the rest of their emails. Nor do they read reviews. They don't have the time. They're busy and who reads reviews anyway? As you can imagine, they may also be the biggest complainers.


Next, there is the person why instantly goes into a panic when they're asked for a review. They don't want to do it, but they feel obligated. They're a person who takes their purchases very seriously. Maybe they've spent countless hours on the internet searching for the perfect what-ever-it-is they ordered. But when it comes to writing the review, they spend more time working on the correct punctuation and wording of the review, rather than the reason they're even giving the review.


Heaven forbid they come across as someone who's not too smart. After all, their name will be on the review. Millions of people will see this. All of this is more than enough to discourage the faint of heart.


Let's go on to the next reviewer, who is ecstatically happy with the purchase they made. Let's say that purchase was a book. Let's be even more specific and say it happens to be the renown and most coveted romance novel out right now, A Million Decembers by L. B. Joyce. This reviewer sat down and read the book from cover to cover as soon as it was delivered, almost bursting into tears when they came to the last page. They seriously start thinking of moving to London. Or maybe Chicago. Or they have the urge to put up their Christmas decorations, while constantly scanning the sky for snow. All because they'd become so immersed in the story of Anna and Nicholas and the happy way their story ended.


They want more... So, they run to their computer and order the next three books of the series. (As you can see, I have a very vivid imagination.)


This reviewer is filled with praise. They have nothing but good to say about the book, the author and how they're dying to read the next books in the series. (This is why I decided to write a series. The reader knows they need only be patient and wait for the next book for the story to continue.)


Authors love these reviewers. Authors live for their reviews. This is what makes authors want to write more. A win, win situation.


And finally, we have the person who I think, and I may be wrong about this, has always wanted to be a writer. They have lots to say. Their review is very long and very detailed. They almost wind up giving away the complete plot of the book.


(Ah, yes... again, for reference, we'll use a book. How about For the Love of July, again by L. B. Joyce. A book fitting for this time of year. Who doesn't love a story where a hometown girl is swept of her feet by a professional baseball player? A successful one, at that. With another happy ending. Do the math... Baseball + Love = Everybody Wins!)


These reviewers work for a long period of time, perfecting their review, to finally hit that send button with a sense of triumph. Like they mean it. They've done their part to make the world a much better place.


Just between you and me, I've never been able to read one of these lengthy reviews. I can't help but wonder how a person can have the time to go into such detail. Unless they've been paid to do this. A very disheartening thought and one that makes me doubt their credibility.


The moral of this post? Reviews are very important. To everyone.


And which reviewer are you? Don't worry, it really doesn't matter (well, let's scratch the first one, the I-hate-to-review-anything reviewer,) What's really important is you take a few minutes out of your life and give a review... an honest one. For an author, this means so much more than you could possibly know.


It doesn't have to be long.


And it doesn't have to be perfect.


It only needs to come from your heart.


Thanks for your time and take care!

Linda


P. S. This is a public service announcement for those who have ever read a good book and are dying to tell everyone about it. Go ahead... share the love.






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Updated: Feb 27, 2019



Can you imagine a world without Dr Seuss? Why, all the laughs and smiles his books have generated could probably fill the oceans and lakes of our great planet!


Rejection... it's a word nobody wants to hear. If we, could, we'd erase it right out of the dictionary.


But it happens every day. Every time you turn around, you hear stories like these:.


Beatrix Potter:

Beatrix actually had to self-publish her book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit.' She had 250 books printed and it has now sold over 45 million. I'd say, good for you, Beatrix! You were way before your time!


Nora Roberts:

She first submitted her manuscripts to Harlequin, the leading publisher of romance novels, but was repeatedly rejected. In 1980, a new publisher, Silhouette books, formed to take advantage of the manuscripts from the many American writers Harlequin had rejected. Robert's first novel, 'Irish Thoroughbred' was published and her career as a writer took off, Her first appearance on The New York Times Best Sellers List came in 1991.


Margaret Mitchell:

Her novel 'Gone with the Wind 'was rejected 38 times before it was published.


Richard Bach:

Author of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull was told “Nobody will want to read a book about a seagull.” The book went on to sell 44 million copies.


Meg Cabot:

Three years of rejection letters stuffed in bags under her bed, didn't stop her. She kept sending out her manuscript for 'The Princess Diaries' and it eventually gets picked up. 15 million copies were sold.


Nicholas Sparks:

24 literary agencies turned down his novel 'The Notebook'. The 25th did not and sold it to Time Warner one week later for $1 million dollars.


Louisa May Alcott:

Publishers told her to "stick to teaching," but she refused to give up her dream of becoming a writer. It has been over 140 years now that her book 'Little Women' continues to be one of the greatest literary works, celebrating the power of being a women.


Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen:

After 140 rejections stating “Anthologies don’t sell”  the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series went on to sell 125 million copies.


Stephen King,:

He had been rejected so many times he threw his book away in frustration. But his wife Tabitha made him try one more time...and he became published. The book was 'Carrie.' It was the book that launched his epic career.

J. K. Rowling... Rowling received "loads" of rejections from book publishers when she first sent out her 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' manuscript. She pinned her first rejection letter to her kitchen wall because it gave her something in common with her favorite writers.


And finally:


Agatha Christie:

After 5 years of continual rejection, she finally landed a publishing deal. Her book sales are now in excess of $2 billion. Only William Shakespeare has sold more.


So, the lesson to be learned here? Never, ever give up. Somehow... somewhere... someone is finally going to come into your life and everything will click in all the right places.


This says it all:

Everyone comes into your life for a reason: some for good, some for bad. They shape us, they form us: some may break us, but in the end they make us who we are.


Be who you are...


Until next time,

Linda


P.S. For a list of more writers who struggled with rejection, check out either of these links:

https://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/05/17/50-iconic-writers-who-were-repeatedly-rejected/

or

http://www.litrejections.com/best-sellers-initially-rejected/


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