No, Eden doesn’t require liberation (or does it? have you even read Babylon yet? Tsk tsk). But Eden is FREE on the Kindle store for the next 5 days! Spread the word and 5-star reviews 🙂
Speaking of 5-star reviews… I’m not shocked, but I’m pissed that this happened. If yer too lazy to follow the link, best-selling author RJ Ellroy (millions of copies of his books sold) posted 5-star reviews of his own work on Amazon and also posted negative reviews of “competing” author works.
If yer gonna cheat, at least have the decency to not be a total bag of douche. Praise yer own work and call it a day (a self-serving, borderline moral day – but a day). Don’t go off and trash other author’s works under a pseudonym just because they are your “competition”. I have 2 issues with the “blind”, self-serving posting of negative reviews for others:
1. You are a greedy, selfish asshole. Lapse in judgment? No, sir. A lapse in judgment is when you eat 2 brownies instead of 1. When you speed because you think the extra 2 minutes will make/break your day. When you get your wife Guild Wars 2 for her birthday instead of jewelry. Attacking your “competition” anonymously because you think it’ll swing sales your way is grade-A (“A” for asshole, in case yer not following) behavior. Congrats, you are not a nice person.
2. If you really read the work and thought it deserved a 1-star review, post as yourself! Take responsibility for your opinion! Heck, I have nothing but respect for my 1-star reviewers who posted under their real name and pointed out the flaws in my work, or how it “fooled” them into purchasing something they thought was “Christian Fiction” (a label I never applied, but others have… so, I can see where they’re coming from). Many of my 1-star reviews make excellent points (and some are suspect, but we won’t get Matt started on that). If Mr. Ellroy thinks these books are awful works of fiction, he should say so under his own name. The whole “internet anonymity” phenomenon is destructive to society (yours, mine, the cockroach society). It teaches the next generations that they can say whatever they want without fear of opposing viewpoints, constructive dialog nor responsibility. Bad, bad, bad. The root of all evil is greed, but the path of decay we’re currently on stems from a wholesale lack of accountability for our own actions.
In all fairness, Mr. Ellroy did take responsibility for his actions (after he got caught) and tore-down his reviews under those pseudonyms. So, I guess that’s something for some of you? For me, it still doesn’t excuse the behavior, no matter if you call it a “lapse in judgment” or “being an asshat”. I think it’s clear how I categorize this sort of thing.
A sad bit of news: The Eden audiobook has been put on hold indefinitely due to financial considerations. Or, in other words: I just can’t afford that shit right now. It’s still on the radar and Jane is all lined up to do the voice work. The bank account just can’t handle “doing it right.” For the moment. It will happen, someday. Promise. Maybe promise. Perhaps… Bacdafukup!
Umm.. what else? Oh yeah, an Eden game? Whaaaa–? Believe it. Perhaps in 2013. Stay tuned!
Get on out there and tell yer friends about Eden’s free-ness. And post up some nice 5-star reviews, ’cause God knows I ain’t gonna do it myself. 🙂