Tuesday, May 26, 2015

One Year Anniversary

Okay. Actually it's been more like a year and two months but hey, who's counting right? Anyway, I try not to shove my book under your noses too much but I always meant to celebrate the one year anniversary of its release and how better to celebrate than to give away a copy?


http://www.amazon.com/West-Paradise-Marcy-Hatch/dp/1937178471/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432478329

Now, don't let the cover fool you. As one reviewer so aptly said:

"If you look at the cover of this book, and assume it's a standard run-of-the-mill cliched cowboy story, you'd be waaaaaay wrong. It isn't a standard run-of-the-mill cliched ANYTHING. It's fresh and imaginative, well-written, and a thoroughly enjoyable tale from start to finish. Matter of fact, I'm not sure, but I think the author may have invented a brand new genre. A hybrid, and a darned good one.

Whether you're a fan of well-researched historical fiction, of the Old West, of time travel, adventure, or romance, you'll find something to rave about in this book. A brilliant scientist owns an exclusive island getaway, and he invites some of his guests to reeeeeally get away... by traveling into the past through his secret invention. (Not a big deal is made about this... it just IS. And somehow, the author makes it seem totally acceptable and plausible.) Our get-away-from-it-all hero precedes our heroine into the Old West, and establishes a new life for himself there. By the time she arrives, he's become a bounty hunter. The trouble is, our poor unsuspecting heroine is the spitting image of the thieving murderous woman who darned near killed him five years earlier. And so it begins. The question is: where will it end? But um, don't be in too big of a hurry to get to the end, because the journey is delicious ... whether it's on horseback on a miserable rainy day, or in a hot overcrowded train, you'll feel like you are there. Total immersion
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But it wouldn't be fair if I only shared the good reviews, and I actually found these one and two-star reviews quite helpful:

"I got half-way thru it, and then just gave up. I didn't read anything happening except traveling from town to town. thought it was suppose to have romance? where was it? might have been to someone's liking but wasn't to me."

"This book was free and I am relieved! I lasted 4 chapters but could not stand anymore. Combinibg romance, western and time travel is just too much."

"Deleted without reading."

"ok"

I have no idea what 'ok' means but I'm perfectly happy with my 4.2 out of 5 star rating on Amazon! 

As for winning, anyone who comments is eligible, and I'll announce the winner on Friday when I'll be back with The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, in which we discuss books and invite you to join us :)

21 comments:

  1. Why do people post reviews of books they didn't read? That is so unethical.
    Congratulations on the anniversary of your book, Marcy! Just focus on those good reviews.

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    1. Honestly those few 'bad' reviews don't bother me a bit. First, there's only four, and second, only one had anything specific to say. I'm good with that, especially in comparison to all the wonderful reviews I got :)

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  2. You are brave to post the 2 star reviews, but you are right. They don't have anything of merit to say.

    I am reminded of a couple bad reviews I got of a presentation I made (along with a few other authors) at a recent librarian's conference. Most of the feedback we got was enthusiastic and positive, but there were two people who said over and over that our presentation was nothing but advertisement for our own books and that we should never have been allowed to speak at the conference and please don't ever allow authors to do this again.

    I was kind of hurt until I got to the bottom of the eval where these two women said they walked out of the presentation. Then I remembered them! They walked out BEFORE WE STARTED! At the time I assumed they'd wandered into the wrong place.

    But no, they made up their minds about us, walked out before we started, then filled out the evaluation as if they had actually been there!

    Haters gonna hate. But how sad when librarians hate authors. :(

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    1. What did they think the authors were going to talk about? Someone else's books?

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  3. Well, we can't please everyone. But so

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  4. Congratulations. I hope that in years to come you are celebrating the anniversaries of MORE of your books. And I love that you are prepared to learn from the bad reviews as well as revel in the good.

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    1. I can't wait to celebrate more anniversaries!

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  5. I'm just laughing at how badly the bad reviews are written. Kind of says it all, doesn't it?

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    1. Which is why they don't bother me.

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  6. Happy a little over one year.

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  7. Don't enter me in the contest...since I won last year! I'm just saying I really enjoyed the premise of this book and found it fresh and entertaining.

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  8. I'll ditto Alex. I can't believe it's been a year. WOOT! Congrats, Marcy. I know how hard you've worked. :)

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  9. Congratulations on your anniversary! I couldn't help but laugh about the "deleted without reading" review. What the heck? Why leave a review then?? I guess some people just can't help themselves.

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    1. You can see why I'm not too terribly upset.

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  10. After the first review I would ignore the others. Can't believe it's been a year. I enjoyed your A to Z last year with all the historic west facts.

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    1. That was fun to do, actually. Of course, I do love history :)

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