My book rating system here on The GUNDERSTONE review

I was so interested in getting the site up and running I realized I never actually identified what my star ratings meant here so with that I wanted to release this post.

* * * * * Five Stars – An excellent, compelling, must read, that I could not put down and could see reading again someday.

* * * * Four Stars – A very solid read, one I would recommend to other readers.

* * * Three Stars – A good read; may have minor issues in continuity or pacing. Something that might detract from a solid story.

* * Two Stars – An “okay” read. Something I would not generally recommend to others. The writing likely has a few minor issues in continuity or pacing or perhaps something major and glaring. Something that definitely detracted from making it at least a good story.

* One Star – Something I just couldn’t finish. A story that had too many issues or problems to overlook.

Generally speaking, I won’t post anything publicly below a three star review. Some three star reviews go public and others don’t. I will follow up privately with the author (if they are willing to engage) and discuss why I feel it warrants a one or two star review in the hopes they might take the time to review the issues with the story, or if nothing else, take it as a learning experience and improve from there.

I wanted to preface that as I get the occasional message of “I never see you give out anything other than four and five star reviews.”

The truth of the matter is I haven’t POSTED them but I have given them.

Some of the counter argument I get of that “policy” is “well then how is a reader supposed to know about a bad read?”

I am not in the market to steer people away from a book with a PUBLIC bashing of it (even if it is justified). If someone asks me specifically about a title that I PRIVATELY “three stared” (or less) I will tell them why I didn’t like it.

If someone says to me “hey, what’s a good [GENRE] that you liked, THEN I point them to something I enjoyed rather than say “stay away from this”. Now if they ask me about [TWO STAR TITLE] I am likely to say “well, I really didn’t care for it and I would recommend [TITLE] instead”.

Just because I found something “two star” why should I publicly dissuade someone else from it? They might find it OK, or even like it.

So that’s just my rhyme and reason of how and why I do what it is I do.

The discovery of Another Sunset?

So this morning over on Twitter I have a new follower @TayeDiggs.

THE Taye Diggs.


Then I remembered from a while back that @SonyPictures also followed me.


How cool it would be if this is how the discovery of my book, Another Sunset, starts.

Hey – I write fiction; I’m entitled to my imagination and I am sure stranger things have happened.

Before Another Sunset – ‪FREE‬ through end of day Friday 2/27/2015

Before Another Sunset – ‪FREE‬ through end of day Friday (‪Giveaway‬ ends at midnight)

#1 ranked Kindle Short Reads > Literature & Fiction
#8 ranked in Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction

After midnight Saturday it goes back to ‪‎99 cents‬

Even if you’re not thinking to read it just yet, grab it now while it’s free and put it on the side for when you have the time.

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Does social networking work when trying to market your product?

So quickly here is my PRO argument on the subject with a 12 hour old tweet (at the time of this post). The caveat being (at least partially) “what is your product and how many people want / need it.”

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In my next post on this subject I will show you why I personally think quick, easy, and simple is best.

New review posted for Another Sunset; rankings for Before Another Sunset climb

A new review showed up today for the main novel “Another Sunset”:


New numbers are also in as part of the “Before Another Sunset” campaign:

#2984 in Overall Kindle Store for free books.
#15 in Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Literature & Fiction
#46 in Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction

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Looking forward to the remainder of the week.

First half day of the giveaway and Before Another Sunset is moving

The free Kindle giveaway for Before Another Sunset has been strong with the below as the update as of 4PM on 02/23.


I am really excited to see such a high leap with the novella. There are hundreds of thousands of free books given away as part of other authors’ special offers and while it’s not a direct competition I am really encouraged at the numbers.


The jump shown above from yesterday to today (along the orange line) is from the end of 99 cent sales to the start of the giveaway for free today.

Hopefully this will translate into the focus on Another Sunset (the full novel) as that is the main focus of all this work.

I am looking forward to the remainder of the week’s effort and for the reviews I am hoping to get as part of this effort.

Regardless, I appreciate the opportunity to expose my work to a broader audience.

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To All Book Reviewers – A Thank You

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Thank you

Writing book reviews is tough. It doesn’t matter whether it is a couple of lines and a rating, or a well thought out essay, it takes effort for a reviewer to translate all the emotions and experiences they’ve just felt and translate it into something concise, considered and heartfelt. Many authors complain about how difficult it is to write a plot synopsis or promotional blurb, but it can be just as difficult for reviewers to condense everything they’ve experienced, complete with explanation and reasoning, into a few paragraphs. And then there is the worry about the reaction. Every author understands the anxiety of letting their work go, wondering if people will love or hate what they’ve written, but it is exactly the same for a reviewer, especially if they didn’t enjoy the work they are reviewing.

Some, lucky few, get paid to review books, but most book reviewers do it for free. And this is important for authors to remember…

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Get Before Another Sunset for FREE (before 2/28) for the Kindle

This week, one week only, the prequel novella Before Another Sunset is a free download for your Kindle until midnight 2/27

You don’t need a Kindle device to take advantage of this special – you can read your FREE download on your PC or any tablet or mobile device where the Kindle Reader App can be installed

Don’t wait – after this week the title goes back to full price.

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