Saturday, March 5, 2016

Amazon's New Review Policy

Unfortunately, Amazon has decided to take down the five star reviews that I received from Tome Tender Book Blog, an Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, due to its new, inexplicable policy of "weeding." This is a shame, not only because both Love Lies Bleeding and Songs Within Stone are exclusive on Kindle Select, but because Tome Tender does such a beautiful and thoughtfully honest job of reading and reviewing books for all types of published authors. 

So lest people think I am a liar, below are the full texts of Tome Tender's reviews that appeared on Amazon up until recently and still appear on the Tome Tender website. 

I must add that when I first offered Tome Tender an ARC copy for review, I did not know that they were a Top 500 Reviewer (that was quite the gasping-for-breath moment, one I won't forget) and no way did I or will I ever pay for a review. 

"Never underestimate the power of well-chosen words! Love Lies Bleeding by Lori J.Fitzgerald brings the tale of a free-spirited girl and the Spirit of the Forest into your heart as it pricks long ago memories of feeling the magic of fairytales dancing through your mind.

Young Aislin always felt the call of the forest, beckoning her, surrounding her with warmth, but young girls grow up and reality seems to get in the way of fantasy and childhood musings. When her life takes a horrendous turn and becomes a living nightmare, only the magic of the forest can bring her eternal joy and love.

Centered on the very soul of myths and legends, the Celtic world, magical beings, life, tragedy and the final ultimate enchantment of happiness is full to overflowing with the magic of Lori J. Fitzgerald’s words. 

I received this ARC edition from Lori J. Fitzgerald in exchange for my honest review."

"There is beauty and magic in the hands of an artisan, no matter what they create. William, a mason’s apprentice hears the beauty of the songs that stones sing to his heart as he brings raw stone to life with his carving. One brutal incident leaves William’s kind heart hardened and bitter, and in search of another Master Mason to train under. Was this punishment or did fate guide him to the place where he could make peace with his demons while finding his true calling and a place to call home?

Once again, Lori J. Fitzgerald had me entranced by her almost poetic style of writing! Songs Within Stone is a quick read that captures the feel of long ago times, the magic of friendships and believing in oneself to do the right thing. Ms. Fitzgerald has woven another tale filled with characters from mythology, some beasts and some fae and created a tapestry rich with character, color and atmosphere as one apprentice finally finds his very soul singing to him as clearly as the stones he brings to life. Feel the magic of fantasy, watch each scene play out and escape into a world meant to be found by all of us who believe in the magic of the written words within books. With a gentle pace, moments of awe and even sadness and joy, Lori J. Fitzgerald’s world is spellbinding to behold with her rich words and obvious love for her characters and her work. 

I received this copy from Lori J. Fitzgerald in exchange for my honest review."

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