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Finished watching the second series of Dollhouse the other day and now I'm continuing with Highlander (on season 5).

Doll House had so much potential but kept falling too short to carry it off. Some excellent lines in it though, and strangely, for all it's faults, I'd probably watch it again.

Doll House had too many filler episodes and took too long to get to the plot, I think. Lovely casting and acting and costumes and ideas, but it fell short to deal with a lot of the moral issues behind what was happening, and the implications for the world around them. I felt season 2 picked up a lot at the end when they knew it was cancelled so they had to get a move on to resolve the show.

Writers' Corner / Re: How do you guys deal with negative reviews?
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:34:32 AM »
One of our most recent 1 stars:

This book was just... not for me at all. I sort of didn't realize I was embarking on a Horror/Romance/Erotica novel. I just thought it was a Horror novel, welp I was um wrong. That particular genre of horror just isn't my thing but aside from that I tried to just take on the book as I would any other but... I was so confused during the first 7 chapters I didn't get if the main character was actually asleep or awake. I thought she was dreaming and then the description made it seem that it wasn't a dream that it was reality, and then it would go back to imagery of her sleeping! I was so, so very confused. Also The "protector's" manner of speaking really bothered me. The villains who seem to be just as wild can speak in perfect unbroken sentences, but the protector can't? Why? Then when Edain was introduced it was that weird sort of formatting between dreams and reality and you as the reader couldn't really tell which was which. It might have been effective except the foundation was so muddy in the first place that you didn't know at all what was going on. I just was perpetually lost and I feel so badly about giving a bad review but I just didn't like it... I'm sorry ; __ ;

I mean, this review didn't bother me at all. I don't know if I just have a tougher skin, or if she recognized that the book just wasn't in a genre she really liked, but it doesn't get to me. The only reason 1 stars affect me at all anymore are in how they relate to sales, and sometimes 1 stars can help sales, rather than hinder them. ie. the one above might appeal to people who want some horror/romance/erotica mashup, so that's all cool by me.

The longer you do it, the more used to it you become. The review isn't for me, but that doesn't mean I can't sometimes learn from them. There's been some reviews I absolutely have come to agree with, now that the books have been out a while.

It's kind of nice to see what people think, especially when they put in a lot of time and energy to write a thoughtful review. But it takes a while to get over that initial negative-review sting.

I know it's not sff but just binge watched Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Breaking Bad. All very good shows. I'm so impressed with how much tv drama has improved in the last 10 years.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:07:08 PM »
Name: J.E. & M. Keep
Website URL:
Novel Title: Theodora's Descent
Genre: Horror
Length: 104k
Format: ebook (epub, mobi, pdf) or paperback.

Back Cover Blurb:

In the dead of night, they call for her. The monsters and their strange, ancient city deep below the earth.

Theodora is not content to find a husband and settle down. She seeks adventure, not courtship.

She feels the primal pull of beings that shouldn't exist and falls into the den beneath. Saved by a monstrous man from the clutches of two vampires, she quickly realizes that her nightmares couldn't even come close to the things that haunt the underworld.

As she desperately seeks escape, can she survive the horrors that lurk below, or will she succumb to the power that reigns in the dark?

A dark, seductive force calls to her... pulls her towards its clutches...

How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: 15
Stipulations: Reviews can be pasted anywhere, and would prefer any thoughtful and/or positive reviews to be cross posted to Goodreads and Amazon. Release date is August 29th. Review copy should not be sold or given out for any other purpose than reviewing. Review copy is always free.

Writers' Corner / Re: How do you guys deal with negative reviews?
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:49:57 AM »
Sometimes I agree with negative reviews, sometimes I don't. I enjoy reading all reviews that are thoughtful and analytical about our work, though. It thrills me to think that someone put so much time into reading our book, thinking about it, considering it, and then taking even more time to write a review on it.

The best reviews are always multiple paragraphs, good or bad. With the negative reviews, I always look at them to see if they're right, or if perhaps they misunderstood and something wasn't clear enough for them, and whether that's an individual thing or a problem with the writing. I know that as a reader I've skimmed through something only to find it was important later on, and we've gotten a few reviews that said something was unanswered when it clearly was, for instance.

I typically don't respond to reviews unless it's to answer an objective question (i.e. will there be a sequel, etc.)

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Terraria
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:32:19 AM »
I've been obsessed with it, again, these past couple of weeks. It seems, though, that I've become quite the hoarder just for the sake of having things. Last night was spent going through a pink dungeon and grabbing all the chests and furniture I could on a dummy world to bring back to my main world.

I really should get on making my alchemy lab on my main world...

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: November 28, 2013, 01:04:36 AM »
Name: Jillian Keep
Website URL:
Novel Title: Magic Academy
Genre: Fantasy New Adult Romance
Length: 100k words / novel
Format: epub/mobi/pdf
Back Cover Blurb: Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart.

Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human.

Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price?

As the commanding demon does everything he can to penetrate every aspect of her innocent life, Firia still finds herself drawn to her study partner, Mae’lin. Not only is the sweet elf completely different from the powerful Varuj, but their relationship is forbidden.

How is she supposed to choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person?

This thrilling new adult romance is from fantasy author, Jillian Keep.
How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: 20
Stipulations: None.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: E-Readers... What you using?
« on: August 10, 2013, 10:46:48 PM »
I use my Asus Eee Tablet and my HTC One V phone for reading pretty much exclusively now.

Just watched Elysium and really enjoyed it! Happy to see some scifi on the big screen.

I think this is one of the few Atwood books that I started reading and had to give up on. I might try it again, but yea.

It was #1 for a really long time, actually :x I mean, it's still #33 on Amazon.

Yea, but still, it kind of goes against his point that self publishers are crummy if he's using a self published author as an example of how to do it right. The reason she (and many other self publishers) are picked up by traditional publishers is because they've managed to get on the top 100 lists.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: KDP Select
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:56:10 AM »
I think that novels have better luck in select than shorts, and that people who have a large catalog have more success than those who don't.

KDP Select can be good for getting visibility and building a readership, as well as getting some reviews, but it has some drawbacks. Of the people who download your book, a small percentage will read it, and a smaller percentage will buy something else from you.

I'm not saying if it's worth it or not but that it's important to weigh the pros and the cons - and that means looking at how many sales you would lose through other vendors. No matter Amazon's market share, if you're not selling anywhere but Amazon in great quantities you don't have much to lose, in my opinion.

95% of these books are insufferable and are written to capitalize on trends in publishing, with authors trying to emulate successful writers such as E.L. James or Cassandra Claire.

E.L. James was self published...

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:48:09 AM »
Name: J.E. & M. Keep
Website URL:
Novel Title: Brutal Passions
Genre: Fantasy / Erotica
Length: Novella (25k words)
Back Cover Blurb:

“You don’t take it easy on a fella, do you?”

Ruki’s powerful. Strong. And she's on an adventure of her very own, seeking out greatness and tales worthy of song.

She thirsts for glory, and when she stumbles upon a pretty young man in the wreckage of a caravan, it's the beginning of the biggest challenge in her life. Can she save the boy or will she instead be tempted by the muscle-bound dragon-warrior that's in pursuit of him?


A deep, rumbling growl emanated from his chest, and she could feel it thrum the very air between them. He edged towards her just barely, letting the blade press to his neck a bit further, unconcerned with it. “I want my revenge,” he husked in his gravelly voice, though the desire in his gaze was unmistakable. It was as obvious as the ripped muscle and sinew on his frame that made him such a stunning male.

“What if I keep you pinned and the orcs take that pleasure from you?” she growled back, her voice lowering and sounding borderline seductive.

“It’ll take more than this to keep me pinned,” he said with a snarl that reeked of his own husky desire. Reaching up, he pressed the back of his hand to the spear and pushed it away. She pressed in harder and it became a contest of strength for a moment, but she wasn’t in it to win it, and he quickly had it off him.

Instead of renewing the fight or pushing past her, however, he dropped his own weapons and went for her.

The two mountainous warriors grappled, with his strong hands on her. Though this time he came at her not with intent to harm, but to have. The harm would be incidental.

How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: 5

Stipulations: Review copies will be provided via email. This is erotica heavily influenced by D&D campaigns and will only be given to people of legal age (18+ usually). My partner and I love writing this type of story, so if you're into it hopefully we could stay connected :) I'm not sure how many fans of erotica there is on this forum, but I'm more comfortable chatting with sff readers since that's our passion.

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