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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 7:51:29 PM PDT
OMG! Those reviews are so over the top. I counted 17 mentions of the author's name in 14 reviews most of which were 2 1/2 to 3 lines. One mentioned her name 3 times in the first two lines. Another person is giving up Dostyevsky for romances after reading Kathleen Ball! One has already read it 3 times and another will just keep re-reading it until Kathleen's next book comes out.

I referred to my list of "clues" for shill reviews. They were repeated over and over again in these reviews. The only missing one was "It should be a movie!!!!!"

When I finish a book, generally unless it's someone like Dickens, I couldn't tell you the author's name to save my life. The only reason I would make a point to look it up is if I wanted to find another book by that author.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 8:03:04 PM PDT
Hey, I'm taking smart!

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 8:09:21 PM PDT
Winter says:
" I want readers - old, fat, ugly, smart...I don't care. "

Ok now THAT should be printed on the back cover of her books.... instead of a price tag.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 8:43:58 PM PDT
If that reviewer who's giving up Dostoyevsky is a literature major, I'm a science major (I couldn't even dissect a lamb's eye in high school). She can't even capitalize and I seriously doubt she's ever read Homer.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 9:01:01 PM PDT
I wonder just how "close" some of those scenes are to DP's books.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 9:29:02 PM PDT
Oh, I am so tempted to start a product discussion on her book titled "Author says: I want readers - old, fat, ugly, smart...I don't care."

I'm scaring my dogs right now, I'm laughing so loud.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 10:15:18 PM PDT
Winter says:
In an interview, Kathleen Ball explains that Diana Palmer is her favorite author:
http://sassybooklovers.blogspot.com/2012/04/author-interview-w-kathleen-ball.html

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 12:00:30 AM PDT
I kid you not, the opening scene was almost straight out of DP's Heartbreaker.. Which coincidentally the heroine's name is Tallie in Heartbreaker, Callie in this one.. The author says it's her cat's name and had to look up the reference I made in my review..

Anna-- I literally said the same thing yesterday after I read that review..

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 12:22:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 12:32:04 AM PDT
peachbird76 says:
What's also interesting is that 3 of the reviewers all have the surname 'Tighe'. MaureenT is Maureen Tighe, jtighe and Fan of Texas Romance is Michael Tighe.

James Tighe is a member on Kathleens Blog and according to Kathleens Facebook page she is known as Kathleen Tighe Ball.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 12:26:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 12:29:13 AM PDT
cathyr says:
Just popping it here for a little lol. Discussion started on the forum by one BJ Jones - basically shilling a book. I (I thought) very politely pointed out this possibly wouldn't get him the result he wanted. I googled around to see if I could do a Kirkfield, and wadda you know? It's the author's brother (or similarly close relative). His comments on the fb page for "Blaine Reimer-Author" is a bit of a giveaway.

If you are giving an *honest* review, why not use your own name?

Well, it made me giggle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 12:28:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 12:35:35 AM PDT
Winter says:
Good catch, peachbird76!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 12:34:10 AM PDT
peachbird76 says:
Winter great minds think alike. We tracked down the Facebook connection at the same time it seems.
I edited my earlier post.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 12:47:01 AM PDT
peachbird76 says:
I also wonder how sincere the review is by JP Grider as she's plugged her book all over Kathleen Tighe Ball's Facebook page.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:38:03 AM PDT
Curmudgeon says:
Wonder if one out of four is enough? Or are you more of a preferred reader if you can fill two or more of those conditions?
I read that interview with Kathleen Ball. Looks like she another one of those overnight successes. Just started writing three years ago and already contracted for five books????

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:56:00 AM PDT
"do a Kirkfield" snort

A new word for the internet age. He did a Kirkfield and found the fraud. The author was Kirkfielded and had to admit their shilling. How could Jason afford the new Maybach? He's a Kirkfield for hire.

The words that should strike fear in the hearts of authors everywhere:

Don't make me Kirkfield you.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 5:10:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 5:11:30 AM PDT
peachbird76 says:
I've been hanging around the BBA thread long enough for some of Jason's detective skills to rub off.
Although he is the master.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 5:18:12 AM PDT
*snort*
*snicker*

Funny but so true. If I ever need a PI, I'm calling Jason!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 6:24:52 AM PDT
Lol- we can even do it Pulp Fiction style: "I'm about to get all Kirkfield on yo' azz!"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:01:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 8:02:08 AM PDT
John, oh, John! When you get tough you make me hot!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:35:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 8:35:53 AM PDT
I like this. Let's make it go viral. Maybe we can get it into the urban dictionary.

To Kirkfield: conduct a successful internet e-vestigation into questionable or fraudulent behavior by tantrumming writers.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:40:54 AM PDT
DD Kayton says:
I'm amazed to hear that authors would do this. When you publish a book, you do it with the understanding that not everyone's going to like it. You WISH they'd all love it, but that's not gonna happen. After all, people paid their money and they're entitled to an opinion.

Sometimes, a reviewer can get seriously nasty and high on his/her own ego and "cleverness." (Hey, one of the NY Times critics is famous for this!) Still, intelligent readers can spot this kind of thing and writers shouldn't intervene. If you're that thin-skinned, just don't read the reviews at all!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:45:15 AM PDT
DD Kayton says:
Ms. Mayhem:
Ha! I'm with ya on the Shades of Gray.
If you like that sort of thing, read THE STORY OF O instead. Much better writing, engrossing story, and some actual philosophy. An erotic classic.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:10:26 AM PDT
I think so. Urban dictionary meet Kirkfield.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:16:09 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
I'm with you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:21:04 AM PDT
>>When you publish a book, you do it with the understanding that not everyone's going to like it.<<

Somebody has neglected to tell this to some authors and their fans. Not everybody likes Pride and Prejudice, either, but you don't see Jane complaining. ;)
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