Where Have I Been? Life and writing Update

Hi everyone!

If you’ve noticed that my reviews have not been going up three times a week for quite a while there’s a reason for that. I thought it was a good time to let you know what’s going on and it’s nothing bad. It’s all actually good stuff.

I’ve been busy and not able to read as much I would like to. My work as a virtual assistant keeps me pretty and as a beta reader keeps me busy. This stuff you still see on my social media. But what you probably don’t know is I also run another blog. My other blog is a beauty and lifestyle blog and in the last six or so months has really taken off. Doing photos and writing posts for over there take up a lot of my time.

Right now I’m trying to learn how to balance everything and not be running on little to no sleep. I have no plans to stop reading and reviewing. So dont worry.

Writing Update

This is also something that is taking up my time. If you’ve followed me for a while then you know I’ve had a couple of stories I’ve started. Well, I’m on another new story, but I’m handling things differently this time. I realized that being an organized mess doesn’t work with writing for me like other things. I’ve also learned that even though I’m a history nut, my mind doesn’t want to write historical romance.

My muses and scene ideas always come to me in a present-day form. So I am working on a contemporary romance. There are still cowboys involved so don’t worry about that. I am also plotting and being more organized with this story so I don’t end up with a mess and dropping it.

Some Exciting News

Tuesday if nothing happens I will be filming a video with the author and blogger H.T. King for her YouTube channel. We will be talking about romances books. I’m excited and nervous because I’ve never done anything like this. The video will be out in March and I will have a blog post to go with it then too.

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Where Have I Been & Amazon Troubles

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Where have I been? I know that’s what you have been wondering for the past week. If you’re not friends with me on FB then you have been wondering why no reviews suddenly. I got hit with a bad summer cold that wore me out and I couldn’t read. I’m talking horrible sore throat for days followed by a bad cough and congestion after that. My mom was hit with Strep so there was the worry about me having that too. I just started to really feel better a couple of days ago, but wanted to give myself a good amount of time to rest.

I had planned to read yesterday and last night for a review today. But I was woken up at 7am yesterday to my mom taking my brother to the ER. He had gotten hit with this cold too, but he got a nosebleed that would not stop and wasn’t a little one. Good news is it was nothing serious but took almost two hours to stop it and most likely due to a sinus infection. The focus was on him for the day and making sure he was okay.

I will have a review for you on Friday.

Now my Amazon troubles. In short, I’ve been banned from reviewing on Amazon. This happened at the same time that I got sick so I’ve been dealing with that too. I contacted them three times before I heard back about why all my reviews were gone and why I couldn’t post any. I was told that elements of my account indicated that I have a relationship to sellers, publishers, and other reviewers. Or that I received compensation for my reviews or requested free or discounted products in exchange for reviews.

Do I have a relationship with these people? Not in the sense of being a close friend or family member. I’ve never met a single one in person. I’m a fan, reader, and blogger. My reviews show that I read the books and aren’t always 4 and 5 star reviews so they are honest too. I have bought many of the books and products I’ve reviewed on my own because I wanted them. Not because I was asked to review them.

Am I compensated for my reviews? No. I would never take payment for a review. I am given books to review, but I voluntarily review them. They are honest reviews which means authors don’t expect glowing reviews just because they gave me the books. The only money I make is as an affiliate and that is very little ( a few cents at a time). That’s not for reviews and is just links I post for things I love.

Have I requested free or discounted products in exchange for reviews? No. I know some bloggers will approach authors and publishers for books they want to read. But I don’t do that as I don’t feel its right to do. If I want to read a book I will buy it if there hasn’t been an opportunity to review through a tour, street team, or author asking me if I want to read it. I do have on my blog that if an author submits a book they need to provide a copy. This is standard for bloggers as we can’t possibly afford to buy every book and we usually buy the ones we love.