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November 11, 2009

Reviews & Sale (of sorts)

I really admire the people who review books–it’s a job I couldn’t do. I have to admit that before I wrote, I never read them. These days I read my own, of course, but I’ll usually flick through the other reviews that come through at the same time. A review doesn’t usually sway my purchases, but if I see lots of good reviews, sometimes I do get tempted to buy. I never search for reviews before I buy a book. Do you check out reviews before you purchase a book?

I’ve received reviews recently for House of the Cat and Make That Man Mine.

House of the Cat Make That Man Mine

Megan at Veiled Secret Reviews says, “With an abundance of lovable characters playing against a backdrop of stars and alien worlds House of the Cat is a rollicking thrill ride that will keep you turning page after page…With so many secondary characters steeling your heart and the mystery of Ry’s origins to unravel I can only hope that Ms. Munro plans another visit to the exciting world of House of the Cat.” 4 Dragons. Read the full review here.

Hockeyvamp at Bitten by Books says, “I was totally enthralled with this short novella from start to finish. The erotic play between the two main characters was both flirtatious and arousing. The perceptions of themselves as less than desirable because of the flaws they saw within themselves could be both accepted and desired by the other. I only wish that this had been a full length novel as the sexy and fun banter between the main characters was very entertaining.” 4 1/2 Tombstones. Read the full review here.

In sale news, my story Wild Child has been chosen as one of the stories in All Romance ebooks’s 28 Days of Heart charity campaign to benefit the American Heart Association. The stories will be released in February 2010 and Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series is doing the forward. Very exciting!


  1. Christina Phillips

    Congratulations on the fabulous reviews, Shelley. I tend to go more by word of mouth than reviews, or with authors I know or have read before. I read a lot more debut authors than I used to as well.

    And omg how exciting about Wild Child! Squee!

  2. RKCharron

    Hi Shelley :)
    Thanks for sharing. That’s awesome that Charlaine Harris is doing a forward for your story. I don’t let a bad review dissuade me from getting a book I want. But a good review (or more accurately a slew of good reviews around the book blogosphere) will get me intrigued and I’ll usually get the novel.
    Word of mouth is always the best recommendation for me. If my family & friends say a book is good & to read it, I will.
    All the best,

  3. Nessa

    Wonderful reviews. People have different tastes, so I rarely pay attention to reviews. I will give any book a chance if it looks interesting.

    Wordless Wednesday

  4. Jaime

    Excellent reviews :wink: Charlaine Harris?? So cool! I loved her stuff before it was cool.

  5. Kaye Manro

    I don’t usually go by the reviews, Shelley. I know it is opinion. Rather, I tend to follow an author. If she/he is new, I’ll check out the work and if I like it, I know I will like most other books the author has written.

    Congrats on the Heart Association gig!

  6. Helen Hardt

    Great reviews, Shelley, and wonderful news about Wild Child!

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    Awesome news all around, my friend. I’m proud of you — and excited for you, too!

  8. mary

    I love reading reviews and sometimes…writing them when I really like a book. it’s not often I write one because others can do it so much better.

    But I do read reviews.

    Congrats on the great reviews!

  9. Fedora

    Fabulous news, Shelley! Thanks for letting us know!

  10. Linda Henderson

    Good for you. Great reviews and a special book.

  11. Ari Thatcher

    I’m like you, never read reviews until they were talking about my books. Now I read them when friends share theirs, or when I hear rumor of a horrible review. I don’t usually let them influence my purchasing, but I look for comments about what they like and don’t like about a book. It helps me fine tune my writing.

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