In light of 25 copies of Freakhouse now living in various places around the world, as well as all of the other copies waiting to be adopted on August 26th, I am now going to make the author plea.
You see, Freakhouse 1st Edition back in 2013. And yet...
So how do we remedy this? Well, you might be pleased to know that you still count as a customer even if you did not in fact make a purchase from Amazon! If you bought, were lent, or won a copy of any book, you can still pop onto Amazon and leave your thoughts.
Why would I ask you to take a whole 5 minutes out of your day to do this? Because small press and indie authors do not have the mega bucks that large publishing houses do, and thus we cannot buy $6,000 reviews or $30,000 insta-list topping placement in all the hip charts! We rely on the good nature of honest readers, like you, to give us 5 minutes, which in turn may mean that one other person might decide to checkout our book. 5 minutes to you thus equals $2-$4 for your author that can be put towards them writing another book.
Did you hate the book? Say that, then! And that $2-$4 can go towards the $500-$2000 price tag of a professional editor that can make future books better!
"But, Ashley, I can never think of what to say in reviews!" I have heard this excuse many a time. Guess what? If you don't feel moved to write a detailed 5 paragraph essay about how the dynamic between protagonist and antagonist moved your soul, then skip that part and pick one of these simple alternatives:
1) I loved it!
2) Great book. Glad I read it.
3) It was an enjoyable read.
4) It wasn't a bad book.
5) Not my favourite but it wasn't awful.
6) Not the right book for me.
7) Just couldn't get into it.
8) It was "meh".
9) I never knew that they could make books this terrible.
I mean, clearly authors would like to hear something better than #9, but honestly, despite what the Mama Bunny said in Bambi, it is better to say something not nice than nothing at all, at least in the world of reviews.