Thursday, May 12, 2016

Guest Blogger: Kat Martin

 An Author’s Nightmare--Negative Reviews



     I’ve got a new book coming out.  INTO THE WHILWIND is Megan O’Brien and Dirk Reynolds’s story, the second book in my BOSS Inc. trilogy.  When Meg's three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart.  Desperate for Dirk’s help, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.
     I don’t like to read reviews.  It’s hard enough staring at a blank screen, trying to come up with plots and characters, finding just the right words without reading a negative review that makes me afraid to write at all.  I’ve learned to avoid them as much as possible so I can keep my confidence level high enough to actually write a novel and finish it.
     But as I await my new book’s release and begin to write a blog about negative reviews, I find I am curious.  Are there readers who don’t actually read the books they give a negative review?
     Recently, I read a two star review of one of my older novels, a book in my AGAINST series.  The review said it was nothing but high school girls giggling. 
     I was amazed at this, since the heroine is really the only woman in the story.  It’s one of my more sophisticated plots about drug cartels and the abduction of a child into Mexico
I had to wonder if maybe the reviewer was reviewing someone else’s book and got the names mixed up.  Whether or not that’s true, the words are now stuck in my head.
Negative reviews are something all authors have to deal with.  The problem is our brains remember the single one or two star review a book gets instead of the sixty or so four and five star reviews it gets. 
     Sad but true, though why that is, I have no idea.  I can probably still quote you lines from a bad Publisher’s Weekly review I got twenty years ago!
     Since then, I’ve learned the best way to handle negative reviews is to not read them at all.  The ones you can actually glean something useful out of are the three star, four, and five star reviews that might include a suggestion the author can weave in her writing.
I’m praying for very good reviews for INTO THE WHIRLWIND, one of my personal favorites, and believe me, we authors appreciate the work that a reader puts into writing a review of our books.  So thank you for that in advance.  
     I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE WHIRLWIND and that you enjoy it.  If you haven’t read INTO THE FURY, book number one, I hope you’ll look for that, too.

Until then, all best wishes, and for my writer friends-- all good reviews!  


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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, AGAINST THE TIDE and INTO THE FURY her latest release, took top ten spots. 

Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com
Or look for her on Facebook  at Katmartin/author.

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Hello Friends,
Next up for me is INTO THE WHIRLWIND, the second of my BOSS Inc, novels!  It’s Megan and Dirk’s wild and tumultuous story; one of personal favorites.  And ya gotta love the cover!! It hits the shelves May 31st. I just received the review from RT BOOK REVIEWS, and thought I would share it with you along with a peek inside the cover of INTO THE WHIRLWIND.
“The second in the BOSS, Inc. series continues to excite! If you enjoy taught page-turners with powerful and protective alpha males, you’ve found one. The main characters have fiery chemistry and are evenly matched, making the intensity and intrigue all the more thrilling. Readers have come to expect steamy sex and plenty of suspense from Martin, and this series provides it in abundance!” —RT BOOK REVIEWS

EXCERPT from INTO THE WHIRLWIND
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     Megan O'Brien parked at the end of the gravel driveway and quietly got out of her compact SUV.  Through the trees, she could hear the roar of a chainsaw, hear see two-by-fours going up to form the sides of the house under construction.
     The garage was already finished, undoubtedly full of Dirk's toys, including a Harley and a custom Dodge Viper.  In the summer, he kept a boat docked on the lake below the house.
     Though two other men were hard at work, her gaze went straight to Dirk.  Hammer in hand, carpenter's belt dangling low on his waist, he was shirtless, though the January air was chill.
     Hard muscle flexed across his back and shoulders as he pounded in a nail with an ease that said how many times he had done it.  Long, sinewy muscles outlined by the soft fabric of his jeans stretched and moved as he worked on his house.
     Meg's gaze went over the familiar dragon tattoo that wound over one shoulder and inched up the side of his neck.  The colored ink seemed right with the sexy, short-cropped, horseshoe mustache that framed his mouth and curved down to his jaw, making him look like the hard, tough man he was.
     Even her terrible fear for her son couldn't block the memories of how it had felt to lie with him.  Couldn't lessen the yearning that burned through her body just at the sight of him.
     On the fashion show tour, Dirk had been her bodyguard, and though every instinct had warned her not to get involved with him, the fierce attraction between them was impossible to resist.
     Once the tour returned home, Meg had ended the affair.  Dirk Reynolds was wild and fierce while she was a single mother with a son to raise.  She had duties, responsibilities.
     She couldn't have Dirk Reynolds.   
     But she had never gotten over Dirk.
     Meg steeled herself and headed along the gravel driveway toward the house he was rebuilding after the fire that had nearly killed him five months ago.  One thing she knew, Dirk Reynolds was a hard man to kill.
     Which was the reason she had swallowed her pride and her heartache and come to him.  She needed him, trusted him as she never had another man.  Her little boy's life depended on gaining this man's help.  This man she had loved and rejected.
     She stepped out of the foliage and started toward him.  With Dirk's usual keen senses, he turned, alert that someone was there, though the buzz of the saw hid the sound of her footsteps.
     For several long moments, he just stared, watching as she approached.  He was six-two, his body lean and sculpted.  Wavy dark brown hair curled at the nape of his neck.  She forced herself to keep walking, even as his jaw locked and a fierce scowl darkened his face.
     Dirk grabbed a faded blue work shirt and shrugged it on, covering most of his amazing chest.  He didn't bother fastening the buttons, just strode toward her, blocking her view of the house.
     He stopped right in front of her.  "What are doing here, Meg?"
     "I need to talk to you.  It's...it's urgent."
     "You're trespassing.  What do you want?"
     She swallowed, fought to stay strong.  He didn't want her there.  She had known he wouldn't.  Known he thought of her only with contempt.  She wished he would hold her the way he used to when she was afraid.  "I...I want to hire you."
     The corner of his mouth edged into a ruthless half smile.  "What for?  Stud service?"
     She wanted to cry.  She wanted to beg his forgiveness.  Tell him she had never forgotten him.  That she never would. She knew it wouldn't matter to Dirk.  Not anymore.
     It didn't matter.  Nothing mattered, but saving the life of her son.
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 LINKS FOR INTO THE WHIRLWIND
WEBSITE
VIDEO
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6TuRr6l0c0
SOCIAL MEDIA
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26236863-into-the-whirlwind
PURCHASE LINKS

4 comments:

Laurie G said...

Powerful excerpt, what a mother will do to save or protect her child or her children! Facing and accepting your past actions and mistakes is so hard to do.

Love to read INTO THE WHIRLWIND featuring Dirk and Megan.

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Martha Lawson said...

I have always loved your books and I look forward to this one! I read the first in the series and really enjoyed it.

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Karielle Stephanie said...

Kat, I think it's always good practice to not read negative reviews as an author. 99% of the time the reviewer does not know you personally and is not offering you critique or helping you out, they're just stating their opinion (or in some extreme cases, bashing you for non-sensical reasons). You cannot expect to please everyone since all readers have different tastes, but there's no point in putting yourself down by exposing yourself to the negativity.

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