Important Notice

Hi Everyone,

I hate that I have to address this in this community, but I need to make something clear.

I was recently attacked by an author who didn’t like my critical review of their novel.  In every review I write I aim to discuss my personal opinion of the novel and what assets the novels hold, as well as what can be improved upon.  When an author asks me to review their book, this is an agreement that is made.  I do not promise glowing reviews, I promise honest ones, and that must be understood.

As many of you, I am the author of three novels myself.  I know that it can be frustrating to receive a review that is not perfect, but it is NEVER okay to attack the reviewer or ask that the review be taken down.  This author accused me of not being knowledgeable in their genre since I didn’t love their novel, and they continually sent me harassing emails with multiple blows about how I am inadequate reviewer.

I love being able to promote indie authors on my blog as well as through my monthly subscription box, Go Indie Now!, but I cannot stand for abuse in this manner.  I do not get paid for the reviews that I leave or for my blog in any manner, and all of my reviews and promoting posts are done on my own time.  I love all of you and work daily to help the indie industry grow, and I just am asking for mutual respect.

Thank you to all of the lovely authors that I have worked with for your kind words, and I love being able to support you and help you get your work out there.  I just wanted to make it clear that my reviews are meant to help authors grow, and I expect mutual respect in this manner.  We are all here to support one another, and attacking one another is not beneficial to either party.  That being said, once my review list is completed I will be taking a much needed break to recoup emotionally.  Thank you for your understanding ❤

Much love,






9 thoughts on “Important Notice

  1. Ashley,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are being harassed by an author who does not understand that not everyone will love their book. That being said, by placing their work in the marketplace — and more so, by requesting that someone review their book — they should understand that they are soliciting an opinion about their book and that not all opinions will be favorable.

    As an author and reviewer myself, I send my thanks for all the time and effort you put into what you do.

    Davyne DeSye


    1. Thank you so much, love. I agree, we can’t all have perfect reviews, and my review was constructive with the intent to help the author, not harm them. I just want us to be a community that helps each other, and doesn’t hurt each other. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Joe! I just wanted to make sure that it was understand that my reviews are meant to help and not hurt and that we all need to support one another. I’m trying not to take it to heart. ❤

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  2. I am so sorry that the Author attacked and harassed you! It is great that you spelled out what you read for free and on your own time. I am an author as well, it’s a shame that that author could not accept your honest review even if it’s bad. Bless you, Jackie


    1. Hi Jackie,

      Thank you so much for your kind words ❤ It is hard as authors to receive less than stellar feedback, but when we are reviewers as well we need to make sure that people realize we are doing this on our own time and not for money. I try to make all of my reviews helpful so that the author can grow, because I feel that these reviews are often more helpful than reviews that don't offer constructive feedback.

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      1. I agree! My negative or neutral reviews are not to put the author down, but to help the reader know what they can expect from the novel, and what the author can do to improve. I have only learned from the negative reviews I have received, and I think that sometimes we all need this to grow ❤

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