Reviews

Everything She Never Wanted reviews

Everything She Never WantedI’ve shared that Everything She Never Wanted was a tough book to write. It was emotional. It was difficult. It was amazing.

I loved this book. I had a hard time with it, but I loved it. I was thrilled when I read Lynn’s review and saw she felt the same…

This was one of those books that take you through a gauntlet of emotions. I cried many times. I laughed quite a few. I was angry a lot. I liked Cynthia, then I would totally hate her. Then I was sad for Henry, then I thought he needed a good smack in the back of his head. To make you feel all that is a sign of a fantastically written story. Cheers.

This made me so happy. It’s real. It’s true. It’s honest. It’s how life is. You don’t like any one person the same all the time. There are moments you want to slap them, moment you want to cry with them, moments you laugh or cry or yell.

Real is what I’m always shooting for.

Thank you to Lynn, and to everyone who read and love Everything She Never Wanted. It means the world to me that you loved this book!

Stocky & Sumptuous review

Stocky & SumptuousYou guys are awesome. Seriously, just amazing. When Krista emailed me, I told her that I’m always shocked when someone loves what I write. It’s the truth. I always feel like the words I put on the page are going to fall flat. Then I read something like what she wrote, and I feel so much better!

Krista said…

I know I’ve said it more than once but it still holds true… Each book is better than the last!! Just when I think I’ve found my favorite couple, another book is released and bam, I’ve got a new favorite!
It’s scary how much I can actually relate to Vicki and to read, what are essentially my thought, in a book, it’s a little freaky. As always though, Mary E Thompson has done a great job of writing relatable characters and situations, so the freak-out is kept to a minimum. I continue to love how she makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of what’s going on. I still don’t know of many who can actually do this.
I just finished this book and I’m so ready for the next one. I never want this series to end, though all good things must.
Definitely suggest you get into the Big & Beautiful world that Mary E Thompson has created, if you haven’t already. If you haven’t, you just do NOT know what you’ve been missing!!!

It doesn’t get any better than that for me! Thank you Krista!

If you haven’t picked up Stocky & Sumptuous yet, it’s not going anywhere! Grab your copy today!

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Love At First Fight, reviews

Love At First FightLove At First Fight was such a fun book to write. Andie was complicated, but I wanted her to be. She never did what was expected and she made things a lot harder on herself, but trust me when I tell you I’ve known a lot of people like her! People who unintentionally sabotage themselves. Who you love, but really just want to slap and tell them to knock it off! It looks like readers saw the same thing!

Lynn said…

There was so much more to Andi then I thought. I loved Cody, what a sweet man. To wait that long for someone and to finally have a chance. Made my heart melt.
I love this series, the characters and the vineyard. It draws you in and makes you feel a part of the story.

Next week I’ll introduce you to the next book in the series, Everything She Never Wanted. You’ll get to know Henry, but tragedy comes to Amavita Estates. Grab your tissues before you read the next one, trust me.

QA Sunday: Criticism in Reviews

Last week I talked about criticism and how I handle it. I had a follow up question from Jeannie on Facebook to answer this week…

How do you evaluate the criticism after a book is released and reviews are written. For example, you are writing a series and you get some criticism that might effect how you write the next book or has that ever happened? I’m sure you have spoke with other authors when you embarked on this career. What did they tell you about evaluating reviews and/or harsh criticism?

Well, this first piece of advice almost every author will get in regard to reviews is not to read them. The second piece of advice is not to engage.

I know not everyone will love my books. There are some people who don’t read romance, some who don’t like contemporary, some who don’t like steamy, and countless others who won’t like something else. That’s okay.

The hard part is when someone who dislikes a fundamental part of my book leaves a review saying the book was horrible because they don’t read that type. Has it happened to me? I honestly don’t know. I try hard not to read reviews.

I’ve read some of my reviews. I’ve read good reviews that made me smile, good reviews that still bothered me, and bad reviews that have made it hard for me to write for days.

I don’t read my reviews.

Chubby & Charming has over 200 reviews on Goodreads. I have read about three of them.

What I do is listen to my fans who take the time to email me. This email is from Leonora…

I absolutely LOVED Chubby and Charming. I couldn’t put it down. I started reading it on a plane and my phone died 30 minutes before we landed. It was the longest 30 minutes ever! Plugged in as soon as I could to start reading again. I’m normally a graphic novel reader so this was my first ‘book book’ in years and it’s got me back into reading ‘proper’ books again so, thank you!

I have no idea if she left a review anywhere. The email she sent me matters a whole lot more to me than a review!

Reviews are for other readers, in my opinion. They are intended to help other readers decide if a book is something that will interest them. If someone wants to tell me something, they’ll email me. Those I will listen to. I’ve had readers ask why I did something. I had readers tell me they didn’t like a certain book. I had readers tell me they loved a certain book (in some cases, the same one).

Does it mold how I write?

That’s a lot harder to answer.

I want readers to love my books. Especially readers that have read all my books. But I can’t make everyone happy. Some books will push one person in a way they don’t push someone else. Some books will make one person look deeper inside themselves and be pure entertainment to others. Some books will reveal something a reader doesn’t want to see.

I can’t make everyone happy. No matter how hard I try. If I did try, I’d never write another word! It would be paralyzing.

I guess what I’d say is yes, I do think about what my readers want. I do think about what people have said to me about my books. I do ask for reader input on certain things. But I also tell the story that has to be told.

Thanks so much, Jeannie, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!