I will be sponsoring a give away for people who review my book. It will run beginning today, March 9, until the first of June. I hope this is enough time for people to read the story. Everyone who leaves a review on Amazon, Kindle, or Goodreads, will be entered into the drawing for a free book and some very cool surprises. I will film it in real time on You Tube as I announce the winner. Don't miss this grand opportunity.
Several days ago, I got a bad review on Amazon and Goodreads about, The Word of a Liar, that really stung! The reviewer felt very strongly about the way I depicted JD in the book. She was so upset that she ended her review with, "if I had this book in paperback, I would have ripped it to pieces." Wow! That is pretty strong language. The reader obviously felt like I had just tossed the word autism in the book for I don't know....ratings???? I guess she didn't read my bio because if she had she would have seen that I too am a mother of a now young adult with autism. JD was created mostly from my personal experiences with my son, but also from the accounts of other parents, and people with autism, that I have come to know. I've also explored many the movies, books and research articles that have added to JD character development.. My son's journey through the world of autism continue as does mine and will until we leave this earth. There is NO WAY I would intentionally minimize that journey and it's potholes or its scenic turnouts. Many of the JD scenes are painfully true. For instance, the scene of the destroyed classroom was absolutely true, but it wasn't Mason Hackett coming to the rescue it was me. Me, the mom who tried her best to pick up the pieces and muddle through because she was so overwhelmed by it all.
The good thing I took away from this awful review was this--my writing must have touched a serious nerve with this particular reader, so that's a good thing. To me it shows how strong the story is. I know not everyone is going to love, The Word of a Liar, but it was nice when a week later another reader left a review and gave it 5 stars!! The other reader also wrote that she understood not all people with autism act the same, just like anyone else--hence the word, individual. I encourage all my readers to leave a review--good or bad. It helps me as an author to write better and I sooo love reading them. Of course I prefer a five star rating, but I'll also listen to the not so good opinions of my readers.