My First One Star Review

Good Evening! How is everyone doing? It’s hump day which means we are getting closer to Friday. Woo Hoo! I recently discovered that I received my first one star review for The Chronicles of Neffie on Amazon. Was I upset? No, and I’m going to tell you why…

5 star system

Every reader has a right to express their own opinion and as a writer and book lover myself, I can respect that. When I read the review, I immediately saw why this reader gave The Chronicles of Neffie one star. This reader, like so many others who have read The Chronicles of Neffie, wanted to find out what happens to Neffie. This particular reader acknowledged that The Chronicles of Neffie was a good book, but they failed to realize that this is a novel series. I can’t reveal everything that happens to her in the first novel series.


I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received from readers wanting to know what happens to Neffie after they read the story. As an author, that makes me feel proud because that tells me Neffie has touched the hearts of those who read The Chronicles of Neffie. Some readers, by their response, expressed a sincere concern for her and that honestly touched my heart. I know it probably irks some readers when I tell them they will have to read each series to see what becomes of Neffie, but so far each of them has responded back that they can’t wait for the second novel series.

I don’t believe in bashing readers who leave one star reviews because that in itself is childish. You can’t tell someone how to feel. I’m still getting continuous sales, my rank is still good on Amazon and as long as The Chronicles of Neffie continues to remain in some of the top 100 ebook categories on Amazon, I’m good! I just started pulling in sales from iTunes last week and I’m totally excited! Also, I have over 100 positive ratings on Goodreads! If you ever find yourself getting a one star review, don’t get upset or bash the reader. Respect their review and move on because they have a right to their opinion. Everybody is not going to like your book.


Until next time…

Bated Breath 

Book reviews. They are very important for an author. Every author needs them because reviews play a huge role in whether or not a reader will buy your book. With that being said, good reviews are a must. Bad reviews can make or break you and that is the truth.

Here lately, I have been waiting with bated breath on my pending literary reviews for The Chronicles of Neffie. I will be honest, I am about to climb the walls. I am not naive to think that everyone will like my book because I know that someone somewhere will hate it. That is a given and it is to be expected. However, when it comes to literary reviews, that is something serious. I do not want to receive a bad literary review. Noooooooooo! Oh No!

So far, the ones I have received thus far have been good reviews, but not all are back yet. I do not want to hype myself up just yet until I receive ALL of my reviews. I pushed myself like I have never done before to get this story finished in a short period of time (a little over three months) and I can only hope that my efforts will pay off with GOOD literary reviews. This woman is focused and beyond determined on bigger and better things. Can you blame me? 

Until next time… 


I was reading Tina Turner’s autobiography entitled I, Tina and let me just say that its a story you’ll want to read. I couldn’t believe the amount of abuse she endured with the late Ike Turner. Tina is viewed by millions of people as a rock star, a power house and a fierce woman. However, there was a time when she was an abused and battered woman. She had worn a facade for years to hide the fact that she was in an abusive relationship. 

Tina tells of instances where Ike would beat her before and after shows. There were times when he would beat her if she didn’t sing a song the way he wanted her to sing it. I found it heartbreaking to read how if she didn’t say the right thing during an interview or stumbled during a performance that she knew she was “going to get it” when they got home. She felt like she had to walk on egg shells the whole time they were married because she was so terrified of him. Just sad… 

Millions of people were shocked to learn that a woman who looked like she had it all was living a pure nightmare outside of the glimmering lights of Hollywood. I’m just happy she was able to leave such a violent and volatile relationship before it was too late. Tina, in my opinion, is a survivor who refused to be a victim of her past. There was a movie made about her life entitled What’s Love Got To Do With It and from what I read, it was a powerful movie that was nominated for several Academy awards and numerous other awards. 

It’s so nice to see Tina Turner thriving and happy after suffering through so much. I’m also glad she was brave enough to tell her own story. I hope that other women and men who are in abusive relationships can find the strength to leave and not only that, carve out an amazing life for themselves. After all, they deserve much better. Rock on Tina! 

Until next time… 

What Is In A Review?

What is in a review? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some will say a review can make or break you. Others will say it really does not matter. I say that it is a little bit of both. Nevertheless, reviews in the end do hold a lot of weight. I never gave that much thought into what goes into a review or how important a review is until I self-published my debut novel Poka City Blues. I have to admit that at first, I was a little weary about how other readers would identify with my book because there were dozens upon dozens of articles about how important it is for a writer / author to have nothing but great reviews. Getting a bad review was like one of the worst things in the world according to a few of those articles and sure enough, I soon started to dread about getting my first “bad” or negative review. That is, until I came to my senses.

Good Review? Bad Review?
Good Review? Bad Review?

I had to convince myself that getting a bad review is not the end of the world. After all, we as a people are different when it comes to our likes and dislikes. What one person may like, the next person may despise, but hey, that is okay. Some of the greatest movies of all time had less than stellar reviews and some of the best books ever written were met with harsh criticism. Besides, a review can be perceived in many different ways depending on how you look at it. There is not one movie ever scripted or one book ever written that has nothing but good reviews. Somewhere amongst those reviews there is one person (or several persons) who did not like it or particularly cared for it. Now, I worry less about getting bad reviews and focus more on writing. Poka City Blues has only been in the book market for four months and I know that soon enough I will get my first “bad” review. When that day comes, I will accept it with grace and move on. In the end, a review is like an opinion; everybody has one. I see no problem in respecting that.