We apologize to Dakota Trace. Our review of your book, Always the Bridesmaid, will appear next Tuesday.
To the purpose of this post:
The stupidity of some authors who can't take a review *ahem* Graylin Fox *ahem*, and must prove, 'oh, I'm so great' by running to Twitter and sniping at us has never failed to astound us. You are not the first. We highly doubt you will be the last. We chalk up your attitude to being a newbie and not being able to take criticism.
But, to be called a 'pirate' because we actually purchased our books by her publisher **ahem** Decadent Publishing **ahem** is unheard of. Because we aren't on their review list nor have we received their extra-special 'water-marked' review copy and then assume we attained our copies through some illegal means is mind-boggling and completely false. To say we aren't a legitimate review site because we aren't on their review list is laughable. To have this publisher conflate an author's emotions by going through their sale records and then tell the author that they cannot match up a name or names is ridiculously unprofessional. And they did just that.
Decadent Publishing is to blame for this. Period and point blank. They gave information to their author that was none of her business. That they tried to match us up to names in their sales records only shows the immaturity of the owner/s of this company.
Miss Fox also owns blame. We have tried to cut her some slack because we truly believe she should have had a stronger editor on Coming Home. Unfortunately, and this is readily apparent, she obviously can't take criticism, and because her ego wouldn't allow her to let go she dragged her publisher into this. This is also unheard of. Here's a clue – eventually you will get a poor review. It's the nature of the publishing industry.
It boils down to this. The Enders purchase books. We purchase not only from the publisher's site but third party distributors. Yes! Yes, we do use pseudonyms. This incident can surely show everybody why.
We have lives. We have families. We have professions. Many of us have facebook pages/twitter accounts and the likes. If an author thinks we are going to use our real names and potentially open ourselves up for a very public attack by a miffed, immature author when they should take the review and move forward is out of the question.
Reviewers beware – Decadent Publishing will call you a pirate if you don't give their author praise or you didn't receive their extra-special 'water-marked' copy.
Publishers and Reviewers beware – Graylin Fox is as unprofessional as it comes. She's proven she can't work and play well with others.
As always, we thank the other Enders spread across the nation for their time, opinion and the vigorous debate we have. If not in Decadent Publishing's opinion, then in ours, you are legitimate reviewers.
We also thank those who visit this blog and find our reviews helpful.