Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sad Day

What a sad day when as an avid reader of Regency Romances I have this day shut a review blog door on new submissions. When dreadfully written books and no research as can be seen of worth, how can reviewers be expected to review those books. I couldn't and my colleagues didn't want to either. That is so sad but authors are just pushing out awful unbelievable plots and one dimensional characters and they are rubbish books with stolen scenes from other novels jumbled together to make a whole book, or that is how it looks because the stories don't run smooth from page to page as the story develops they seem like different stories unlike when authors deliberately move forward a few days or weeks, months or years, these dreadful stories jerk from scene to scene with no real purpose.  Just awful describes them best. Just awful. The worst are by Harlequin Mills & Boon and the books coming out of Kensington are pretty awful too. There are so many stories stolen from Indie authors than original stories by the named authors it's a crime wave of stolen fiction hitting bookshelves near you and me.   

 So I'm off to read a Heyer novel, an old and trusted author who delivers a good read literary read.         


  1. Hi Charlotte,

    I just joined Francine Howarth's Historical Romance Reviews Magazine group on Facebook and saw this post. I am having the opposite problem. Readers, agents, and publishers don't seem to want the kinds of historical romances I write--historically accurate, reflective of the time period in tone and language, complex characters, and non-formulaic plots. I write with the goal of touching my readers's hearts and transporting them back in time. On March 20, I will release my first full-length Regency (I published a 40K novella in a Christmas anthology last year). It's titled The Captain of Her Fate and contains several references to Jane Austen (though her name wasn't known to the populace in 1815). If you'd be interested in reviewing it, please let me know where to send the ARC. To read more about it, go here:

    1. My email address is

  2. Francine runs the FB group as I quit FB due to conflict with authors who disapproved when honest reviews were unfavourable. Fussy reader is my second name which means if something isn't right I say it and that can cause a dispute and result in requests for second opinion reviews. I've sent you my email address and you must decide if I am the right person to review your book. Might be worth checking through my reviews at RRM.