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Fantastical New Review of More Than Magic

More Than Magic

Noah Chinn at Noah Chinn Books just posted his detailed review of More Than Magic. Actually of the entire Books of the Kindling series. This review was originally posted in the Knights of the Dinner Table magazine. (In the interest of full disclosure, Noah is my editor, but he is also an author and a big ole geek like me!)

A few great quotes from the review:

“We have a generation of geek girls all grown up and looking for something saucier in their reads. Not only that, they’re writing these stories as well.”

“More Than Magic, by Donna June Cooper, is a story that will appeal to fans of books and movies like Practical Magic or TV series like Haven. It’s part of an ongoing series (Books of the Kindling) which each feature couples who have been trying to hide the fact that they have supernatural abilities.”

“Environmentalism also plays an ongoing theme….all done with a great degree of research but never coming off as preachy.”

“For those who really like to get into a series and not just have more of the same each time around, this story arc is going to have long term appeal as it unfolds.”

“I’d recommend this series for full on geek girls or those just with geek tendencies.”

Noah Chinn

Thank you, Noah!

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Delightful New Review of Making Magic

Making Magic

The lovely Dianne at Tome Tender just gave Making Magic an absolutely delightful review. A few great quotes from the review:

“Donna June Cooper writes with an upbeat tone, weaving romance, suspense and magical moments into a tale rich in descriptions and atmosphere.”

“Sweet romance, gently glazed with magic and the paranormal.”

“This has just enough heat to keep you warm and just enough suspense to have you hanging on every word!”


Tome Tender

Thank you, Dianne and Tome Tender!

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How to Feed Your Favorite Author – Reviews

Chances are if you are perusing this on my website, you have read at least one book so far this year, if not more. Did you enjoy any of them? If so, did you leave a review anywhere?
Nine times out of ten, the answer to that question is “no”. Understandable. Our time is limited. We need to be on to the next book, whether writing it or reading it!
But…we really need to stop and write those reviews. Why? Well, how about a bullet list?

  • Obviously, word of mouth. Many readers explore Amazon and Goodreads as well as other sites searching desperately for something new to read. A positive review, no matter the rating, will often encourage a reader to give it a try. If that reader enjoys it and leaves a review, then the word is out!
  • Reviews on Amazon, via their “secret algorithms”, result in the book showing up on the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” and “What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?” which results in more folks considering the book, purchasing, reading, reviewing, and so on!
  • As I discovered when I was trying to do some advertising for the 99 cent sale I did last year, some advertising companies will not sell you an ad unless you have a certain number of reviews, preferably positive. And an inability to advertise means folks won’t hear about sales and giveaways.
  • People who don’t like something tend to vent online while people who enjoy something don’t, oddly enough. Out of ten people who read a book, say eight love it and two hate it. Those two are invariably the ones who go out and tell the world while the folks who enjoyed it just move on to the next book. So even if a book is terrific, with those negative reviews outnumbering the positive, the book loses sales.
  • Authors need to eat too! (And buy books!)

But, how to write a review? First, you don’t have to be an author or a professional reviewer. Think of a review as a conversation with a friend about the book you just read. It really is that simple. Some easy tips will help:

  • On most sites, you only have to click on a rating and write a sentence or two if you like. “I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great beach read!” or “Kept me up all night. Can’t wait for the next one!” That’s not too hard!
  • Remember, on most sites, the “back of the book blurb” is already available. Unlike book reviews or reports you may have written for classes, you don’t have to recap the plot for the reader. (Whew! That’s a relief, huh?)
  • Share something you enjoyed about the book. This can be simple too. Perhaps a character you particularly liked, a scene you loved, an aspect of the book that you particularly relished. Examples: “David was my favorite kind of guy – gentle, but strong too” or “I loved the descriptions of the setting. It’s really another character in the book” or “There was a plot twist that I did NOT see coming!”
  • Put yourself in your review. Perhaps you identified with a particular character or you commiserated with a situation in the book. Perhaps a scene or scenes made you laugh or cry. By including that, you give the personal touch that both authors and other readers will love. Examples: “I had someone like Adam in my life. Tough person to get to know, but worth the effort!” or “I learned more than I ever thought I would about training service dogs!” or “I’ve visited that beach and it really is gorgeous.”
  • Mention what you didn’t enjoy in a constructive way. “In a couple of scenes the POV switches were confusing” or “I would have loved to have seen more of Vic and a bit less of Martin” or “The bad guys were a bit predictable.” Just remember to critique the book and not the author.
  • Don’t give away the ending! Please?
  • Summarize with a memorable line (that the author can quote on Twitter!) “Exciting, with a complex plot and beautiful writing – a very satisfying romance!” or “All in all an enjoyable contemporary romance.” or “A hot, exciting paranormal – don’t miss!”

Authors REALLY appreciate the time and effort that it takes for you to create your review. I would like to thank, once again, those of you who have taken the time to leave a review anywhere for one of my books and anyone who plans to leave one in the future.

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Lovely New Review of Making Magic

Making Magic

Kathryn at The Book Date just gave Making Magic an absolutely lovely review. A few great quotes from the review:

“One of my favourite parts of the book was her meet up with Bailey a dog who surely needs some love and it turns out Thea is the one for it.”

“I liked this one the best of the three books, it was a little shorter and the plot moved along at a better pace.”

“On the whole a fun, contemporary paranormal romance.”


The Book Date

Thank you, Kathryn and the Book Date!

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Great New Review!

Making MagicMaking Magic just got another great review!

Shellie Surles at Fresh Fiction reviewed Making Magic. She gave Making Magic a lovely review. A few great quotes from the review:

“I really enjoy Donna June Cooper and her series that revolves around the Woodruff family and their mountain. ”

“MAKING MAGIC is book three in the series and I enjoyed it as much as the others.”

“This series is building up to an epic book eventually, but I hope it takes a while till the finale comes as each installment has been truly enjoyable.”

Fresh Fiction

Thank you, Shellie and Fresh Fiction!

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