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Being a Southerner, I grew up believing that the war was because of
My purpose behind the Southern Legacy serial was to depict how all sides felt during the war: Southern, Northern, slaves, and abolitionists. I wanted to capture the romance of the antebellum South, but also portray slavery as it was—horrific.
Readers may not realize my intent. As I stated, this is a sweeping romance, but within the series I wrote about the Underground Railroad, including leaders I wasn’t aware of until my research, like William Still.
This is what one reviewer of the whole series, Southern Legacy, 4-Bk Collection, said.
I NEVER write reviews!
On this series I have too. I read 100's
of books and have to s ay,
this has been the most pleasant surprise. I urge everyone to buy this series.
The characters are many and you will hate and love everyone of them from one
moment to the next. The History is not so much captured in the Civil War itself
but the feeling is captured.
You can FEEL how each of these characters felt, whether they were from North or
Thank you to the Author for such a wonderful experience that kept me on edge,
and awake at all times of the night. It was well worth it.
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Unlike some other bestselling authors, I can't get bad reviews taken down
I mention this because at conferences I attend and online with other authors, there
Amazon and I butt heads all the time. Last year, they threatened to take my one of my books down, Fragmented. They froze my book and readied to take it down. Their reason—they said that Fragmented wasn't mine—despite the fact I had the
In April, Amazon again went at me. They placed a warning on Winds of Betrayal. They said there was something wrong with the formatting. This was on a book that had been up for years.
This was the error they gave
"Formatting-Forced_background_color; Kindle Location: 5601; Comments: The background color for some texts appears to be forced in your book, because of which the text in the book is highlighted. This especially affects readers who prefer reading on black, sepia and green background. Please remove the forced background color. You can see this issue at location 5550 and 5564."
First— this was the last page of the book where I listed my other published books. Nothing to do with the book itself. Second—Despite not understanding what the issue was with the formatting, I deleted the page and republished immediately. The warning stayed up for more than two weeks. This came when I just released the conclusion, Set Fire to the Rain, to the series and was doing promotions. I wrote to Amazon several times. I didn't understand the warning, but more
the warning hadn't come down. During a vital time importantly why my series, Winds of Betrayal couldn't be downloaded and had a warning on it. Finally, I got 'we're sorry.' They gave me no explanation on why it took so long to take the warning down— only sorry. Really for sorry? I got the line that nobody has anything against me. They just followed procedure, but it was a series of mistakes on their end on why the warning didn't come down. They promised me they want to see me succeed. But to be honest ... it certainly doesn't feel that way. ...
I'm sure I'm not the only one that deals with these issues with Amazon, but I don't know of another author that does. One of my best author friends got an email about the formatting on their new release. There was a formatting-forced in the middle of their book. Did she get a warning on her book? No.
So, it seems that Amazon's rules are subjective
and there is nothing I can do about it. Amazon can do what they want. Let me say that Amazon is the reason I make money being an author. No matter the obstacles I have to overcome, I still owe Amazon. Could they make my life easier? Sure, but in the grand scheme of things, I'm just a little fish in their sea of publishing. ...