Monday, August 26, 2013

Reviews…from the perspective of a new author.

Congratulations to "Kristen R", the winner of Victoria's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

First, I do have to start by saying that I’m so excited to be at Just Contemporary Romance today!

This has been a huge year for me. Last November, my first book The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby was published, and this month was the release of my third book, The Best Man’s Baby. What I have learned this year has been truly staggering. And I’m not even close to being finished with the learning.

One of the aspects of being published that had always terrified me was the review process. I have decided that reading reviews of my books is much like attending parent-teacher interviews. I sit there, on the edge of my seat, and wait. My heart is hammering, palms sweaty and I wait to find out if my child impressed the teacher, what my child did to irritate the teacher, and what I should do for next time. Did my child make the teacher laugh, cry? Seriously, these are many of the same emotions. My heart swells when the teacher says how witty my child is-or how much joy my child brings. And of course my heart would sink if the teacher were to say how irritated she was by something my child had done. 
I’ve had to learn to accept that some people don’t ‘click’ with my type of book. I’ve also learned the power of true reader connection to my books. One of the best surprises this year has been the reader feedback. I’m always so blown away by readers who take the time to tweet, review, or email me. And I cherish any kind words they have about my ‘children’. My characters become part of my family. And just as if someone were to ask me to pick my favourite child, I wouldn’t be able to! I love them each in their own way, and adore what makes them unique.

What kind of reader are you: Do you like to leave reviews? Rate a book? Do you ever tweet an author after reading a great book? One lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Excerpt from The Best Man’s Baby:
“I never had you pegged as a whiskey drinker,” a deep voice said close to her ear. Her body and mind recognized that voice at the exact same time. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

He’d come back. Jake was the only man who could fill the void that was threatening to consume her tonight. She could feel the heat emanating off his body. He was standing directly behind her, close enough that if she leaned back an inch or so, she would be against Jake Manning’s hard chest. She slowly turned around, heart hammering, senses buzzing, and looked up into his blue eyes. Try to be cool, Claire. Sultry. “And what kind of drink do you think I would have ordered?”

A leisurely smile graced his handsome face, revealing straight white teeth. “A Shirley Temple.”
Her mouth dropped open. The man thought she was a child. “Thanks,” she muttered, determined tonight she would change his opinion of her. “I bet you your Harley you don’t know a thing about me.” She finished off the remains of her whiskey and licked the moisture from her lips. Jake’s gaze went from her mouth to her eyes, and then he took a drink. He placed his empty glass on the counter, his arm brushing against her bare shoulder.

“Can I buy you another one?”

“It’s an open bar, but I guess old habits die hard. Woman at bar. Buy drink. Score,” she said, tapping her finger against his hard chest.

“I’ll have you know it takes a lot more skill than that,” he murmured, his voice low and delicious, each syllable resonating inside her body.

“I’ve seen the women you hang out with. I’m sure it doesn’t.”

“I wasn’t aware you were keeping tabs on me.”

About the Author:
Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Victoria loves connecting with readers, you can find her online at and on Twitter: @vicjames101

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 26th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I'm on Shelfari and Goodreads and think it's important to share my reading experience so I review every book I now read (started doing this in 2011). And, I follow the authors I read and will tweet my favorable reviews and include the authors if they're on Twitter.

    I'm a fan of your books and own all of them, though I just bought the most recent and haven't had a chance to read it. I love this series a and am looking forward to more Red River stories.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  2. Hi Jonetta! Thank you so much for your kind words-I'm absolutely touched that you love my books and have bought them. I hope you enjoy Jake and Claire's story too :-) It's so appreciated when a reader takes the time to review a book! Good luck with the contest :-)

    Maureen, thanks so much for having me here today!! :)

  3. I have just recently started reviewing all the books I read.. Before it was a very sporadic thing. I find it helpful to read reviews the others have posted about books to see if it is really a book that is going to interest me. While I haven't read any of your books they sound really good and I will definitely put them in the TBR Pile.

    krisrich85 at ymail dot com

  4. Victoria, congratulations on your publishing success!

    I will leave a review if I can, and if the author doesn't have that many. I probably wouldn't leave a review for a book that has a thousand of them already. And if I don't like the story, I try to explain why.

    Reviews are scary for the reviewer as well! Some folks out there take great offense if you do not agree with them and will let you know.

  5. I do leave reviews unless it is a very popular author and I don't feel like they need any reviews. Also I tend to skip a review if I don't like the book just because I don't like writing anything negative because it is just my subjective opinion

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  6. I leave reviews about the book and rate the book. If I promise the author that I will let them know where I post the review, I usually send them an email.



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