There have been some books that became as important to me as friends. I’ve been deeply moved by words, stories, characters that felt real. In the days before social media, the only way to tell an author how much you loved her or his book was to write a letter and hope it got to the author.
Now, we can tell the world how much we love a book with reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble’s website, Goodreads, blogs – there are so many places where we can review books. Apart from sending a personal message via an author’s website, this is one of the best ways to show and share the love.
Of course, there are some people who put a lot of energy into sharing their negative opinions, too. People can get very creative when it comes to expressing their displeasure. (A reviewer even had a gif of one of my favorite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, doing a Sherlock eyeroll about Beach Glass. Ouch, lady!! Say what you want about my book, but don’t use Benny against me!) I don’t do negative reviews. I subscribe to my mother’s advice: “If you don’t have something nice to say, keep your mouth shut.” What can I say; we come from New York and say things a little more colorfully.
If you’ve read Beach Glass and liked it, please leave a positive review somewhere. Do this for any book you love. Authors live by words – often, the ones written by their readers.