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Saturday, July 1, 2017

With Love For Reviews - Mini Guest Posts by Bella Osborne, Debbie Johnson & Samantha Tonge

The importance of reviews
By Bella Osborne

Reviews are so important; they raise awareness, help feed algorithms, provide useful feedback and give the author a warm fuzzy feeling (assuming they are constructive!)

About Bella Osborne

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.

In 2016, her debut novel, 'It Started At Sunset Cottage', was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

For more about Bella, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter - @osborne_bella

The importance of reviews
By Debbie Johnson

Writing a book is a lonely business. Getting reviews shows us that we're not wasting our time - that we can give our readers pleasure, escapism, joy. Bring them to tears, and crack them up with laughter. That other people love our characters as much as we do. Even if it's just a couple of lines, it makes it all feel worthwhile. As for the bad ones? Well, you can't win 'em all!

About Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson lives and works in Liverpool, England, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework.She writes romance, fantasy and crime - which is as confusing as it sounds!

Her first humorous contemporary romance, Cold Feet At Christmas, a seasonal tale of snow-bound fun, was released by HarperImpulse last year, and became an Amazon top ten best-seller. Her latest, Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper, is out now. 

You can also find her supernatural crime thriller, Fear No Evil, featuring Liverpool PI Jayne McCartney, on Amazon, published by Maze/Avon Books.

Debbie also writes urban fantasy, set in modern day Liverpool. Dark Vision and the follow-up Dark Touch are published by Del Rey UK, and earned her the title 'a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris' from The Guardian.

You can find out more at, or at

The importance of reviews
By Samantha Tonge

Reviews mean everything. They raise a book's profile, may encourage other book-buyers to purchase and - most importantly - feed back to an author how their hard work has been received. Nothing makes the sweat and tears feel more worthwhile than some positive feedback from a reader. 

About Samantha Tonge

Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels is her passion.

Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women's magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling "Doubting Abbey", was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category. 


  1. Love reading about authors. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Reviews are a way to share the books you read.

  3. I appreciate the multiple perspectives!


  4. Reviews are a wonderful way to thank an author!

  5. I try to give reviews after I have read a book. I am not very good at it but I try :)

  6. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  7. This was really interesting. Debbie Johnson mentions that writing can be a lonely business - not something I'd ever thought of before.

  8. Thanks for sharing another great blog post about reviviews :)