Hey folks,

It’s a sad day for me. Usually I take this sort of thing with a grain of salt, but today it got to me. Once again big brother Amazon as stripped away more of my reviews. Now, I don’t get a lot of reviews because I usually don’t push for them. I prefer to read a review that the reader has felt compelled to write. Anyway, on that note, Lady Blue had acquired two five star reviews in March of this month, both verified purchases.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod


Unfortunately when I went to check for new reviews today, those reviews were gone. Over the past few weeks it seems like Amazon has stripped away over half of my reviews. This saddens me because it breaks a connection I had with that particular reader, a connection I would have liked to build on. There are a number of people in this world I have become quite fond of who first came to my attention through a review.

So, in future, if you have enjoyed one of my books, please let me know if you’ve reviewed it so I can get a copy of the review before it gets snatched away.



3 thoughts on “Saddened

  1. I’m Pru’s other half. I found her in her office this morning looking blue and quickly discovered the reason. It was only a few days ago that she had read the lovely review to me.

    These days writers are expected to promote their own work and to connect with their readers through social media. Yet algorithms are written to ensure that if anyone you’ve connected with through social media writes a positive review, it quickly disappears. Conversely, a one-star review written by a passive-aggressive troll remains up forever. What’s most ironic here is the troll sends the e-book back seeking a refund while the 5-star review is a verified purchase.

    It takes a lot of positive reviews sometimes for any to appear on an author’s page because of these unfair policies. This is why the second greatest thing you can do for an author you enjoy (besides buying the book, of course) is to leave a positive review. Even if it in only up for a day or two, it is the feedback that nourishes the writer’s heart.

  2. I am so sorry! Have you contacted Amazon? I don’t know I’d it’ll do any good, but it might be worth the try.

    1. Thanks, ALica. I’ve never had any luck contacting Amazon. Today it just got to me a bit. You take years to learn your craft, and months to create a product, and if the sales cover the bills it’s a red letter day. The reviews are the icing on the cake. Today I felt like some bastard licked off my icing. I’ll be fine by tomorrow.

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