Thank You For the Scathing Review?

Savage EchosSeriously, I’m quite honored. Don’t get me wrong, I wish the reviewer liked the story. We’ve all been there … we read a full-length novel to the end only to realize it isn’t a match for us. Boo! And then, there’s a sequel? The horror!

However, this reviewer compared my Nickie Savage Series to Nora Robert’s alias J.D. Robb. Squeal! Granted, she meant it as an insult. But … Nora? Thank you! The Nickie Savage Series has been compared to James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club. Squeal. Janet Evanovich’s Plum Series (really? I’m not funny — just ask my teenagers). Still … squeal! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’m so humbled. And now, Nora? Be still my heart.

Unfortunately, my Nickie Savage and Duncan Reed do not fare the same fate as J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas and Roarke. My characters come face-to-face with their demons, not in memory only. They live in present tense and have close family they rely heavily upon. The series has an overall story arc is predetermined, lasts exactly 5 books, and has a concise conclusion. I think the In Death Series is pushing over 40 books, now. Go, Nora!

So, keep ‘em coming, reviewers. I’m completely honored!

Savage Echoes, Nickie Savage Series Short Story Sequel. Do you read romantic suspense that is heavy on detective mystery? This short story is a great way to try out the series without spending loads of time or money.

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10 Responses to Thank You For the Scathing Review?

  1. Laurie says:

    I want to see the review!! :)

    • R.T. says:

      It’s under Savage Deception on Amazon. You can’t miss it. It’s quite long. I want to add a comment that says, If you like J.D. Robb… But that would not be polite. She’s truly not happy, and I’m always thankful for an honest review–even a negative one.

  2. Yeah, we need those negative reviews to balance out the five stars, so we appear to be ‘real authors.’ Love your books, by the way. But not every reader likes every author, which is good, or 99% of us wouldn’t sell squat.

  3. kay rogal says:

    Def a compliment to place you & Nora together :)

  4. HJ says:

    Something good can always come out of something scathing!!

  5. Tara Mills says:

    I would appreciate the comparison as well. And thank you for saying you’ll conclude the series at five books. I detest–and that’s not too strong a word–a needlessly long drawn out series. They’re exhausting and the realist in me thinks the money keeps driving the next books. Whether they should be or need to be written is completely beside the point. They’re cash cows.

    • R.T. says:

      Tara,
      My characters drive my stories … too much so. I need to be better about wearing the pants. ha! However, Duncan and Nickie are done at 5 books. They told me so. :) Thanks for stopping by.
      -R.T.

  6. The idea that there is nothing new under the sun comes from Solomon in Biblical times. So how much more so today? It is not necessarily a plot that makes a book good, it is what an author does with it. That why romance has things called tropes, (the accidental baby, friends-to-lovers, reunited lovers, yada, yada). People love these ideas and want to see what new flavor an author can add to it. I had someone say the same thing about one of my books on Twitter and so I read their blurb. It was very similar to mine, but even in that short piece I could get the feel that her characters were a lot more hardcore than mine. I’ve read your book, R.T., and I can assure you I wasn’t thinking about Nora Roberts. I was thining, “Wow! R.T. did it again!” It’s another great book!

  7. Jenni McKinney says:

    You have a wonderful attitude towards that negative reviewer.

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