Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Reader’s Super Powers

Thank you, Yolanda, for the honor to chat with your visitors about Forbidden. You’ve given me free reign to discuss what hasn’t be covered in my guest posts so far. Wow, give a woman that kind of freedom, the world better take notice.
I’m betting your readers have no idea about the power they possess. Yep, every reader has the force that can send an author into the world of ‘best seller’ or plunge her/his books into oblivion. I’m not sure if I should share this secret or not. The risk is great. But the benefits are enormous.

Any guesses on the identity of a reader’s power? Reviews? Yes!!
I can spend hundreds of dollars on ads, have a great book cover, an engaging synopsis, but if readers write negative reviews on my novel, the sales reports will be abysmal. Now, if the book truly deserves the one--star rating on Amazon, the author might consider registering for a writer’s course, or take up knitting. The point is that readers value the opinion of other readers.

Compose a review, even a brief report, giving information about what you loved, and/or what was lacking in the novel. It’s understood that a reviewer’s report is subjective. What one reader didn’t like, another reader might be swept away in a fantasy heaven. However, each review has the power to sway a reader to buy the book, or chose another book.
There’s no need to be cruel or nasty – some reviewers are unbelievably nasty. If you didn’t enjoy the read, simply say so. Point out the reason. Maybe you couldn’t connect with the characters, the plot dragged on, or the ending was predictable. Perhaps the book was poorly edited.

I read every review I receive. So far, knock on wood, I’ve received only one crushing review. The rest have been wonderful. Occasionally, there’s a comment for me to consider while writing my next novel. It’s all a learning experience. If I can improve my writing technique through a reader/reviewer’s suggestions, that’s perfect.
Now for the rules. Amazon is very clear on their standards for reviewers. If a reviewer breaks these rules, Amazon will delete the review. Here is quick list of what you need to know when writing a review on Amazon.


To post Customer Reviews or Customer Answers, post on Customer Discussion Forums, or submit content to followers, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card. Prime subscriptions and promotional discounts don't qualify towards the $50 minimum. You do not need to meet this requirement to post Customer Questions, create or modify Profile pages, Lists, or Registries, or to read content posted by other customers.
Be Helpful and Relevant

The Community is intended to provide helpful, relevant content to customers. Content you submit should be relevant and based on your own honest opinions and experience.
·         For Community features focused on a specific topic, you should only submit content related to that topic.

·         Customer Reviews and Questions and Answers should be about the product. Feedback about the seller, your shipment experience, or packaging can be shared at www.amazon.com/feedback or www.amazon.com/packaging. Comments about pricing, product availability or alternate ordering options are also not about the product and should not be shared in Customer Reviews or Questions and Answers.

Respect Others

Amazon values diverse opinions, so you may disagree with some content that you come across. Please keep in mind that something that may be disagreeable to you may not violate our Guidelines. In order to maintain a welcoming environment for all users, your participation in the Community must always be respectful of others. In particular:
·         Don't post content that is libelous, defamatory, harassing, threatening, or inflammatory. For example, don't use obscenities or profanity, and don't express hatred or intolerance for people on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender or gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability, including by promoting organizations with such views.

·         Don't post content that is obscene, pornographic, or lewd, or that contains nudity or sexually explicit images.

·         Don't post content that invades others' privacy. For example, don't post other people's phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses, or other personal information, and don't post links to phishing or other malware sites.

·         Don't impersonate other people or organizations or pretend to be someone or something you're not.

·         Don't repeatedly send messages or requests to other people.

·         Don't attempt to drown out other people's opinions, including by posting from multiple accounts or coordinating with others.

·         Don't engage in name-calling or attack people based on whether you agree with them.

·         You may question the beliefs and expertise of others as long as it is relevant and done in a respectful and non-threatening manner.

The first review you write may be a challenge. Keep it short and to the point. The next will be much easier. Some book reviewers become professional and are in high demand. You will get free books in exchange for an honest review.
God bless all book reviewers. You’re worth a ton of gold.

F. Stone / Feather Stone
Connect with her at any of these links:

Forbidden, Romance Suspense/Thriller
The Guardian’s Wildchild, Romance Suspense/Mysticism

Do you write reviews for the books you read?
If not, why not?

If you write books, how do you go about getting reviews?



  1. I'm a slow reader, but I do try to review books I read.

    1. Having the time to read is sometimes a luxury for authors. I know you're a very busy author and have devoted much of your career to helping authors. You'e one in a million, Alex. Blessings

  2. Great post for those who review books. Since I fall into that category, I found this insightful. However, because I read this book, I'm sure there will be nothing less than rave reviews!

    1. We have got to have a party, some time soon, Cheryl. You've been so wonderful to Forbidden and me. Thank you from the bottom of my very grateful heart. :)

  3. Hi Yolanda and Feather Stone (love your name!) ... great post - be honest, be fair and if it doesn't match your expectations ... just leave off and don't post a review. I wish I was a better reader and got to read books, and thus would leave a review ... I need to write out 'I will do better' ... thanks for reminding (us) me!! ... cheers Hilary

    1. Hello Hilary: Thanks for stopping by and commenting. My pen name? I created when my first publisher asked if I would be using my true name. After consulting with my husband, who was worried that our home would be inundated with media and fans, I reassured him I'd use a pen name. I considered a few suggestions but, in a moment of frustration, I thought that first book will either fly or sink like a stone. There was only one name to chose - Feather Stone. When Forbidden was published, I figured no one will buy a crime suspense/thriller written by an author named 'Feather Stone' so I shortened it to F. Stone. Regarding reading goals? Intention is so powerful. Set your intention, make an effort, and you'd be surprised at the magic that follows. :)

  4. Can help make or break indeed. The subjective ones I find funny, I got a one star that really showed they read it, just wasn't their cup of tea. Found it humorous and a great review though. The nasty ones I just ignore, don't feed the trolls.

    1. Ah, yes, those nasty ones shouldn't even see the light of day. And, hopefully, Amazon's sleuths are quick on the delete button. Just never give up, Pat. :)

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    1. Sorry for the typo. That should be, "for quite a while now." Blessings

  6. Hello Judy. Great post on reviews and extra info on Amazon. When I finish Forbidden I will leave a review. I plough through so many books I don't always remember to. Hope you're doing well. Was interesting to read about your pen name. I'm considering it. :-)

    1. Hey Denise. So nice to see/hear from you. I'm celebrating. I've finished writing my last article for the Partners in Crime book tour. Come on over. :)

  7. Hey Denise. So nice to see/hear from you. I'm celebrating. I've finished writing my last article for the Partners in Crime book tour. Come on over. :)

  8. Hi, Feather, everyone:
    I'm thrilled to see all the success you've had with Forbidden, all that hard work is paying off! Congratulations, and thanks for guest posting today, great information and a timely reminder for all of us, writers and readers alike! Wishing you continued success!

  9. I always review if I can finish a book and give it three+ stars. A good book deserves some applause. Thanks for the post today.


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