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Progress Report!

Posted by on June 24, 2015

Hello fellow adventurers!

kids at children's park (389x640)

Hey mom, take a picture. We’re statues!

Wow, I survived the first two weeks of summer vacation, and already we’ve been crazy busy! We’ve been to three parks, two birthday celebrations, and a wedding. Even gone swimming–twice! In a saltwater pool no less. Soooo nice! Now, I thought I had prepared for the transition into summer. I was wrong. I’m beginning to think that no amount of planning ever really prepares a person for any major changes in one’s life. Marriage, parenting, summer, school…I seem to only set myself up with unrealistic expectations and a major emotional rollercoaster. Of course, I’d hate to see where I would be if I HADN’T done any planning. Maybe I should try that next year. You know, for research purposes. Ha!

I know it’s been almost two years since Secrets Kept released. Ack! I can’t believe how time flies! Maybe we should do something special in October, eh? I was hoping for a fall release for Darkened Hope, but things are moving slower than I would like. Slowly but surely! I thank you for your patience!

So here is where we are on our journey:

I am more than halfway done with edits for Darkened Hope, and I will soon be sending out copies to a few beta readers. Eep! And then it’s off to the editor for the line edit.

I’m also happy to report that DH’s cover is shaping up rather nicely. Can’t wait to share it with you all. Soon, my preciouses, soon…

BS Secrets Kept ebook (400x640)On a different note…a major bummer-slam-my-head-on-my-desk-note, many of you know that I embarked on a solo adventure with my own imprint, and all the crazy details THAT entails, and everything has been developing beautifully. Of course, not without some hiccups and road bumps. That’s expected. And then this happened.

Secrets Kept has LOST all of its Amazon reviews.

ALL of them. Nearly made me cry, but I keep hoping that they will just reappear one day. All the other reviews for my short stories and the Tales of Nälu paperback compilation transferred no problem. They just magically reappeared. And for a while there, so did Secrets Kept, but when I asked to have all the editions linked, the reviews disappeared. They are still visible on the reviewers’ profiles, but not on Secrets Kept. Go figure. And Amazon’s only response was sorry, we can’t help you, treating the whole situation as if the reviews had violated their policies, which they hadn’t.

So after waiting over eight weeks, I’ve resigned myself to accept this fate and move on. At least there’s still Goodreads!

That said, let’s have a virtual party! Free ecopies of Secrets Kept if you or anyone you know would like to read it and review it. Ha!

Alright, back to work! Editing and brainstorming for something fun to do in October…What would YOU like to do?

Have a great rest of the week!

13 Responses to Progress Report!

  1. The Artist Librarian

    I’m so sorry to hear about your missing reviews, Jeanette! I can’t imagine what that might be like as an author. I know when I look at ebooks especially, I like to factor in reviews when I don’t have experience with the author. Is there a deadline you need reviews up by for Secrets Kept?

    My October plans are something like, survive midterms and help out with our church’s Harvest Fest/Halloween alternative because I missed it last year. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, midterms! Never fun. ha! Hope you get to help out with your church’s Harvest Fest. Will you be dressing up?

      No deadline on the reviews! If you’re interested, I can email you an ecopy of your ereader preference. Thanks!

      • The Artist Librarian

        I’m planning to! ^_^ Probably something I’ve already made.

        Okay, I will definitely take you up on that then! Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

        • J.L. Mbewe

          Awesome, thank you!

          And can’t wait to see what you decide…maybe something with your new corset??? (It was a corset, you were working on, right?)

          AND I’ve finally decided on my costume for Realm Makers. Eep!

  2. L. E. Carmichael

    Grrr. So sorry to hear you lost your reviews. I’ll be switching some of my titles to indie as my current publisher goes out of business, and I noticed in the users guides that this kind of thing can happen… We shall see. I’d be happy to read your book, but I’m pretty sure Amazon won’t let people review anymore unless there’s a record of the purchase on their account.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks. I have heard of this happening, but I had hopes that it would be fine, especially considering all the other reviews for my short stories transferred.

      I’ll have to read up on their policy regarding reviews. I know a lot of traditional publishers send out advanced reader copies, expecting reviews to be posted on Amazon without having purchased their books, so if they change that, that would be a pain in the butt for all authors. Oh well. Gotta take it in stride. Thanks for stopping by!

    • The Artist Librarian

      I just reviewed a book last month that I had not purchased through Amazon and it still went through … However if you do review an item you’ve purchased through Amazon, it is labeled/indicated as such. 🙂

  3. Kessie

    The reviews still haven’t come back? Ack! That’s like starting from scratch! At least they’re still around on Goodreads and other places.

    They have saltwater pools? That sounds awesome! Any idea if they’re easier to keep clean/less chemical-filled/etc than regular pools?

    I hope you’re able to catch up on your rest now. Sometimes the go-go-go just takes its toll, and you have to take time to crash.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Kessie! Yeah, the reviews still haven’t returned, but I’m not giving up hope. Maybe one day when I’ve forgotten all about them, they will just appear…maybe. Ha! It is like starting from scratch, and because it’s not a new release, I’ve not organized any book tours or promotional stuff like I did when it had released. Oh well. Gotta roll with the punches, right?

      Saltwater pools are AMAZING. I love them so much. They are so soft on your eyes and skin, and especially my little girls super curly hair. I really don’t know much about them, but I think the saltwater pools cost more at start up verses a chlorine pool, but some websites claim that it pays for itself over time and that maintaining them is easier. But I don’t have personal experience. Although everyone I know who has them loves them. 🙂

      I do need to make a point to rest now. This summer started off with a bang and the go-go-go has quadrupled. Ack! But I must look for ways to crash before I burn. ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. sparksofember

    FYI on the saltwater pools, my daughter attended a birthday party recently – it was a slumber party at a hotel with a saltwater pool. They had lots of fun but when they got out of the pool and headed to their rooms, all of their eyes started burning horribly. We had to wash them thoroughly and several of them were still very red-eyed afterwards. I’ve never had that kind of experience with the usual chlorine pools.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, that is interesting! I’ve never had that with the saltwater pools I’ve been. My eyes have actually felt refreshed afterward like putting saline solution in my eyes when I wear contacts. My eyes burn a bit with chlorine pools and are a little red. That’s a weird a experience. I wonder if the hotel had too much “salt” or chemical or whatever it is that they use in the pool. Sorry they had such a terrible experience with saltwater pools!

      • sparksofember

        I bet they did have too much – hotels and places that have a lot of people coming through probably tend to overdo it. It was just my one & only experience with a saltwater pool and disturbed me, especially being responsible for so many children that were not mine!

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