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32 Seconds by J.K. Pitcairn Book Tour

To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.

So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.

With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?

What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.

A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.

Available on Amazon
About the Author
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood–authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”
Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.
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First and foremost, thanks for the opportunity to be featured on your blog. Every indie author needs all the support they can get, and I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and am receiving.

I wanted to write a little bit about reviews, and how to deal with them.

First, one reader might love your book, but gave you only three stars. You read his/her review, and see nothing negative. The reader had a blast, yet, no five stars. Scratching your head in disbelief, you’re just as confused as any other person reading the review. Why the heck didn’t you get the maximum? Well, it’s possible the reader in question is just a difficult one, giving five stars to only three books in his/her life, and two are classics like The Catcher In The Rye, and Jane Eyre, the third one-cross your fingers that it’s a recent book. It’s never going to be yours though. So don’t get mad, and move on. As long as the review is solid, the number of stars is a minor downside.

Second, the angry reader who just wants to lash out and gives you the lethal one star: haters will always hate. The greatest book on the planet might never change their point of view. It sucks though, when the one star slams the ratings and brings your average down. I hate one star reviews that are completely pointless. There’s nothing in the review that says why the book is bad, except the reader writing, all in caps, that he/she hated the book, and if he/she was offered the option, wouldn’t even reuse the pages as toilet paper. Ouch! Usually, that person has never written a book in his/her life, and doesn’t know what it takes. They just hate the stuff, and it’s a subjective approach, that in their eyes, deserves one star. Why would Amazon set up a system that goes from one to five stars, and the one star was never used? The one star would probably feel very lonely. Plus, it’s fun to hurt other people’s feelings. Writers have chosen to publish their work, they should pay the consequences. The one star review is terrible to get, but cannot be avoided. So, chin up and move on, because down the road, you’ll get more five stars than one stars.

Third, the mixed review: one half is good, the other half is bad. The reviewer has given between two and three stars, and in his/her review, starts critiquing the entire book, giving away spoilers, literally dissecting chapters. The review is usually very long, so long you might not have the patience to finish it. And then, the reader tells the author how he/she would have written the book. These reviews definitely hurt the ego, but they shouldn’t be disregarded. Many times, it’s through reviews like that that the author can finally get a clearer picture of his/her story, and improve his/her writing. The author has to be receptive to criticism though. Otherwise, it’s like throwing the ball into the field while all the players are gone.

Finally, the five star review that doesn’t say why it’s a five star review except for “I loved this book. It’s the best book ever.” To me, this review, although five stars, doesn’t tell me why the reader loved the book. I could write “I love chocolate” and the logical question would be: why? And I’d answer: because the taste makes me feel good, the sugar calms my nerves, it’s a great snack, etc… I’d expect the same from a review that says, in caps again, “I LOVE THIS BOOK”. I got tricked more than once into believing a book was worth my time after checking the number of stars, but not reading the five star reviews. And it felt like opening a can of worms, except the worms were screwed up formatting, missing punctuation, tons of misspellings, and grammatical errors. If the “I LOVE THIS BOOK” was just posted to boost ratings, I consider the five star review as useless as the one star review.

Based on these examples, remember that reviews are very important tools to assess a book, and secure its success. Every star counts. Please review responsibly!

 

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