Sunday, March 30, 2008

How did Harriet get to be #1 anyway?

An interesting comment from a recent discussion on the Amazon DB's about Harriet in general. At least one person made the comment that Harriet debuted at the #1 position when Amazon first introduced reviewer ranking, which is interesting as prior to that all reviewers were not named and/or ranked. Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

16,000 How Could We Overlook?

Our hero, Harriet Klausner, has crossed the 16,000 (reviews) boundary. A 21-gun salut and let the celebrations begin.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Latest mischief from Marie M. a.k.a. Black Irish Latina

As I'm sure most of you have seen by now the latest attack on me by Marie M., Sharon S., Jeff G.,Lisa, Rachel, Elizabeth, Black Irish Latina,etc. has taken the form of her changing her latest fake name , Black Irish Latina, to my name, Barbara Delaney.

Under my name she is posting filth, profanity and abuse of other reviewers. And L.E. Cantrell is cheering her on, having become her friend yesterday. This vicious sociopath has now sunk to the lowest rung. Please join me in writing to Amazon and appealing her unfair appropriation of my name.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Voting Stopped in Harp's Realm (?)

What's going on? It's been another day without votes, positive or negative, cast in the Harp reviews threads. A lone neg (and perhaps helpful) is being given to everyone (MM?), but only one, nothing else appears; all comments are left untouched with a small number of helpful-only votes. This is unprecedented!

Also, as if to confuse the picture even further, there appeared a couple of totally new Harp-critical posters... What's going on?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yet Another Klausner Outlet

Genre Go Round Reviews (very convenient: counts the number of reviews per month).

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Is Harriet being plagiarized or does she have another identity?

Hmmm, which is it? See Harriet's review here, and then this review at Powell's. Another of Harriet's here, and this review at Powell's. There are several others, but it's late and I have a book to read. However, just in case these reviews at Powells are deleted, I have copied and pasted them on this board. If you go further into this "reviewers" reviews, he/she starts recommending the book mentioned in my previous post.

Rorey's Secret by Leisha Kelly

StephenWright, November 27, 2007Though life has been hard during the Depression, Samuel and Julia Wortham have weathered the storms through faith while raising their children. The Worthams believe they are blessed as they and their children have been healthy, they still own their Dearing, Illinois farm, and the two remain very happy with one another and with their children. However, in 1938, disaster strikes at the farm of their close friend and neighbor George Hammond when a fire destroys much of his property. After the blaze is put out, but not before much damage to the crops and the barn occurs, everyone begins to wonder what caused the inferno. Most people believe Franky Hammond set the fire except teenage Sarah who feels Rorey caused the disaster as they share a secret that both keeps silent about even as their families struggle with a new beginning with only their faith in God keeping them going. Six years have passed since the Great Depression impacted the Wortham and Hammond families (see KATIE'S DREAM, JULIA'S HOPE AND EMMA'S GIFT) and the children in those tales are now adults or teens. However, the message remains the same though told from new perspectives; that when things seem bleak, hopeless, and darkest salvation and solace is with the Lord. The story line is exciting as readers observe varying viewpoints about the fire and its aftermath. Americana Historical Christian readers will enjoy this fine tale of salvation after the brutal test of fire.
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StephenWright, November 27, 2007The enemy has laid siege on Astara in the Kingdom of Gadiel with only Prince Vartan Karayan standing in the way of conquest. Though physically and mentally exhausted, Vartan continues to lead the counterinsurgency until he is betrayed and subsequently critically wounded in combat left blind to die. A Hylean Lady Danae, who escaped from abusive religious tyranny, saves his life. When Vartan recovers his health including his sight his outlook has changed as he feels a bond with his nurturer though he still struggles with the truth turning towards Danae's God. When the Dragonmaids invite Danae to join them she believes she has found her life's calling. However the price is high as she has fallen in love with Vartan; he makes her decision harder because he not only reciprocates her feelings but needs her at his side praying to the true God to enable them to save his people. The queen of romantic fantasy Kathleen Morgan returns to her regal roots with GIVER OF ROSES, a terrific saga filled with religious symbolism and starring two courageous, battle fatigued champions trying to overcome impossible odds to save their people and each other, not necessarily inclusive. The story line is action packed from the moment Vartan falls in battle, but also insures the relationship between the healer and the patient and their beliefs in the true God evolves. The audience sees the dilemmas and choices that the two heroes must face though that insight at times diminishes the epic proportions of the plot. GIVER OF ROSES is a fine tale with strong spiritual parables that sub-genre fans will cherish.
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Manipulating Amazon?

A new topic/confession on Amazon's DB's today. This 1Brandevx person is somehow mixed up in shameless shilling and promoting a self published book called The Fates written by a writer called Tino Georgiou AKA Giorgio Kostantinos. Interesting to note who the only reviewer of this book is, isn't it? What appears to be happening (and it's much more prevalent at Amazon UK) is that reviews of other books are being posted by multiple identities and include in the last sentence a recommendation for the book The Fates. Here is one example, look through the reviews and find the recommendation for the book in question. There's even a review on Powell's Books that mentions The Fates. You can read earlier discussions on this topic on the DB's here and here.

What's really funny is this author has a website address that's printed on his/her book(s) and forgot to register the domain, which some enterprising person took full advantage of. Just try googling this Tino person and see what kind of interesting hits you get.


Edited, just found another interesting listing at Powells, and another at B&N (that familiar name again!!!).