Musing: When Authors Like Our Book Reviews

I’m going to speak for all of us when I say that we don’t write book reviews for fame or fortune. Nor recognition or accolades. We write reviews because we love to read, and we want to share our love of books with other people. You.

But you know what happened? We’ve found some excellent byproducts of the reading, reviewing, and blogging process!

Naturally, we get to interact with other people who like to read what we read: other bloggers and our blog followers. Book conversations? Ummm yes, please. Definitely.

Sometimes authors interact with us, too, which is pretty cool. Even a simple retweet makes me feel like my efforts made a difference to someone. Some muses have entire conversations (twitter, Facebook) with authors.

Today I found something that just took the cake. I was googling a book I’ve read in the past, and to what did my wondering eyes did appear? An excerpt of a Random Book Muses book review… ON AN AUTHOR’S WEB SITE! Yes, you heard me right: authors are using excerpts of our reviews on their web sites. How cool is that?!

So I googled some more.

Hello! More excerpts on more author web sites! I even found one of Pegasus’ reviews in its entirety.

Here are some of the links, so you can check out these wonderful, friendly authors yourself:

Megan Mulry

Jennie Jones

Vincent Lam

Laura Florand

…and the one that started it all…
Susan Mallery

It all makes me giddy, really.

So thank you, authors. Thank you for the love. We appreciate you noticing our words about your words. ❤️


Review: The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones

4 stars

The House on Burra Burra Lane opened quietly, proceeded cautiously, and then had me in laughter and tears. Kind of like the novel’s romantic relationship! I liked how I got to know Sammy and Ethan as slowly as they got to know each other. Their lives unfolded gradually to each other and to the reader.

Sammy buys a house in rural Australia. The local vet helps her make the repairs. After some unique and wonderful turning points — ringing the High Striker bell at the fair, and rescuing a 300-lb pig from a muddy ditch – the two realize they can’t deny their feelings for each other. They meander through misunderstandings, personal baggage and community gossip before landing in the Happily Ever After.

This book is peaceful and light — because of the story and setting but also because of the author’s word choice and writing style. The House On Burra Burra Lane is impressively crafted, something I’ve come to appreciate in the romance genre.


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