Thursday, April 29, 2010


It’s a matter of perception or opinion when it comes to reviews. Yet authors read them as if they were the gospel of all their readers. A review is written by one person. It is that one person’s opinion or perception of the book.

For Misty Dreams ( ) my reviews have run the gambit.

Merrylee at Two Lip Reviews said: ”Misty Dreams is one of the top ten best novels I’ve ever read.” Merrylee gave it 5 out of 5 kisses and awarded it a Reviewer’s Pick Award.

Theresa B. at The Romance Studio gave Misty Dreams four hearts. She didn’t mention why she deducted one heart, so I have no idea what she didn’t like about it. Or maybe, that is just her high for a time-travel romance or…

See the point I’m making?

I remember something a childhood friend told me back when we were too young to be so smart. I’d been moping because I wanted to win a writing contest my school had entered me into. I told Linda (my friend) that I wanted to be the best at something, anything. She glanced up from the book she was reading, smiled and shook her head. “Oh, C. J., there will always be someone better. You just have to be the best you can be and you’ll be a winner.” At the time I thought that was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard. (BTW, I won the contest.)

Elizabeth Lowell, author of Death Echo (releasing in June) said in June’s issue of RT magazine: “If you are lucky enough to get published, some people will love your book, some will hate it and most won’t even read it. Get your pleasure from the writing, not from how each and every person feels about the finished book.”

If we follow Ms. Lowell’s advice, we’ll all be winners. 

And, Linda, wherever you are, you were right. 

Charlotte “CJ” Parker

Charlotte Parker

Misty Dreams, a time-travel romance spanning modern day to 1876 Deadwood. Blurb available on my Web site.

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C. J. Parker

Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance a paranormal suspense set in New Orleans.

Trailer and blurb available on my Web site,

Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance the second book of the Fugue Macabre trilogy set in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Down and Out

I've got to get tough with myself. I have three books (yup, 3) to write this year and it's close to the end of April.

Why am I behind?

Well, I'll tell ya.

Stupid file sharing sites. The jerks are giving away my books. I'm not making any money. I truly do love ebooks, but this pirate thing has brought me down into the pits. I work hard to write my books. I never expected to get rich writing. I didn't even expect to be able to pay all my bills from my royalties. But I'd like to make what I've earned.

It's got to the point that my muse is asking "Why bother?"

And, please, don't ask what sites I'm talking about. I'm not going to give them the free publicity, or the link so it becomes more popular with those who couldn't care less that I'm not getting paid for my work.

Okay. Finished feeling sorry for mysef. Back to work.