I rated this book 5 *****’s
Being greedy always put you to danger
This book from Ms. Lauren Carr is another mind blowing to read. She blew my mind away again. The twist is so crazy. I thought I figured it out who did it but boy! was I wrong.
I am so happy that I read the very first book of this amazing series. It is such an unbelievable book. I am hooked and cannot wait to read the next book.
Gnarly, the one crazy dog but always a hero is one amazing man’s best friend. I wish we have the dogs like him.
Being greedy always put you to danger. People that like power will always do anything to achieve that goals even hurting person especially a relative.
This book is one mystery to unravel and you will enjoy every chapter until the last page.
Why Fiction Writers Should Avoid Mixing Social Media and Politics
By Lauren Carr
Note: Before anyone accuses the writer of this guest post of being a “right or left-wing nut,” please be informed that she is a card-carrying Independent who has a deep distrust and dislike of any and all politicians. It is due to this dislike that she had great fun of satirizing our country’s current political situation in her best-selling mystery Candidate for Murder, in which she equally “trashed” both sides of the aisle.
Recently, I blocked a romance author on Twitter and Facebook.
Now this is not the first time that I had blocked someone in social media. Frankly, I have no problem blocking anyone. Usually it is because they have posted pictures of nude body parts in my timeline, but that’s another post. This post is about the seemingly no-brainer mistake that this writer had made. The horrible thing is that she is not the only writer making this error when it comes to using social media to promote fiction books.
I use social media purely for book promotion. Since my reading audience consists of mystery fans, which can be a diverse group stretching across various cultural beliefs (whether it be sex, religion, or politics), I do not originate posts on any of those subjects. It isn’t like I have any burning desire to originate such posts anyway. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my main focus is murder mysteries … and my German shepherds …and chocolate … and coffee (not necessarily in that order).
But, having said that, when it comes to Twitter, occasionally, like once or maybe twice a month, I will share a post regarding current events that strikes me as significant. Never, I repeat, never do I share posts that insults people for their beliefs. When I do these retweets, it is without added comment. I simply share the post with my 31,000-plus followers. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, my several dozen retweets a day consist of posts regarding fellow writers’ books.
So, you can imagine my reaction a couple weeks ago when a new follower responded, not direct messaged off-line, but replied to a shared post, declaring that I was “ignorant.” In other words, this romance author publicly insulted my intelligence simply because my political beliefs differed from hers.
So, without comment, without response, I immediately blocked her with two clicks of a button. No longer will she be offended by my posts or re-posts. Nor will I ever again see her postings—whether they be about politics or her books—and, as a result, I will not be sharing news about her books with my followers.
After blocking her, curiosity got the best of me and I looked up her profile. She had a whole big forty followers. I also looked her up on Facebook to find the same. Her timeline on both Facebook and Twitter consisted of anger-filled political rants against anyone who disagreed with her beliefs. Her postings were not arguments for why her views were correct, but rather insults of her political opponents’ intelligence, character, and morals—all against a banner displaying her romance novels that, I assume, she had set up these social media accounts to promote.
Book Marketing Rule #1: Don’t Alienate Potential Readers
Fiction writers with strong feelings about current political situations need to stop throwing their hissy fits and take a deep breath before alienating readers and writers on social media simply because of their different political, religious, or sexual beliefs.
To illustrate, let’s take a look at my situation with this romance author. People from all walks of life — from republicans to democrats to independents to conservatives to liberals — read romance novels. This is a huge popular genre.
Because of her lack of tolerance about a retweet in which she disagreed, this writer who only has forty followers on Twitter closed the door on a potentially advantageous avenue of book promotion. Now that I have blocked her because of her personal insult of my intelligence, none of her posts regarding guest blogs or reviews or upcoming events for her books will be shared with my 31,000 plus followers by me.
Maybe this romance writer is so intolerant of people with a differing worldview that she feels they are unworthy of reading her books—thus, she doesn’t want them to buy her books. If this is the case, she’s doing a good job of alienating literally half of her potential reading base.
The thing is, from what I have seen and heard from other writers on social media, this romance author is not an isolated case. Many fiction writers, across many genres that have nothing to do with politics, have been engaging in verbal battles with fellow authors and readers on social media. In their minds, I am sure they feel noble and courageous for standing up for their beliefs. As far as they’re concerned, they are on the side of right and anyone who disagrees with them is too stupid to read their books anyway.
Well, writers who want to sell books need to realize something before completely alienating half of their potential reading base permanently. Yes, I said half! That is fifty percent.
When it comes to using social media to promote your books, writers need to realize a basic fact about society. Generally, people “socialize” with “like-minded” people. This is people who feel, believe, or share a common interest with you. It could be a hobby—like reading—or it could be a common worldview—like religion or politics.
Me—I use social media exclusively to sell my books. My friends and followers are mystery fans and authors who cross various genres. The common thread that connects us all is our love for books—writing and reading.
Since people who think the same way tend to gravitate toward each other and become part of our own community (a world within a world), then it is very easy for us to forget that there are other people out there who think, feel, and believe differently than we do. It doesn’t mean they are “wrong” or “ignorant.” They simply have developed a different lifestyle and worldview based on their own environment.
Here’s a perfect example: Alcoholic and drug addicts, because of their illnesses, develop a lifestyle that revolves around drugs and alcohol. Their friends, and possibly their family, are fellow addicts and suppliers. That social structure is their whole world. They can’t enjoy a football game without beer. Weddings and parties must have an open bar. They can’t go out to a restaurant for dinner unless it has a wine list. Children who grow up in that environment, surrounded by alcoholics, drug users and drug dealers, learn that this is how the world operates. They don’t know any different.
When an alcoholic or drug addict goes into rehab, if they are serious about getting clean, one of the first, and hardest, things they have to do is leave that world and learn a whole new normal—learn how to enjoy a party without getting drunk or high. Oftentimes, that means cutting themselves off from friends they have had their whole lives and even some family members. They have to extract themselves from their whole social circle and create a new one.
My point is this: These fiction writers who feel so righteous attacking the intelligence or morals of readers or writers who may disagree with them—whether it be on the left or the right—are operating under a false sense of righteousness because they are so wrapped up in their social circle, made up of like-minded friends and family, that they have failed to realize how big the world outside their social circle really is.
Fiction writers should take note of the lesson to be learned from the last presidential election: our country is divided—half on the right and half on the left. Those in the mass media, Hollywood, New York, Chicago, and Washington are so wrapped up in their world of the elite that they have lost touch with the average American. Instead of taking note of that fact from the election, they have been throwing a hissy fit ever since. Hollywood celebrities who have joined in on the temper tantrum are succeeding only in alienating half of their fans by declaring them “deplorable” simply because their worldview is different.
Fiction authors who want to promote their books should play it smart and accept the fact that half of their potential readers aren’t going to vote the same as you do. So what? Unless you’re a politician looking for votes, don’t ask! Don’t even bring it up on social media.
The important thing to know about your friends and followers is this:
Do they read?