The Holders Blog Tour

Written By: Kellie - Mar• 01•13

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The Holders by Julianna Scott

Synopsis: 17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called ‘experts’ who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland’s perceived problem, Becca doesn’t buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland’s family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what’s best for Ryland.

What they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together the information of their family’s heritage, their estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for. However, they are all–especially Becca–in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland. There’s an attraction between Becca and Alex that can’t be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them to be.

Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave Ryland now that he’s settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he’s done? -Goodreads

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Guest Post by Julianna Scott

First off, I would like to thank Kellie for having me on Snarky Bird today, and assure all you lovely readers that neither Kellie nor Snarky Bird Book Reviews in anyway inspired this post. As I am writing this I do not even know if she has read THE HOLDERS, nor do I know her opinion of it if she has. This topic is simple one I came up with several weeks ago to use for guest posts on my blog tour.

Okay, good. Just wanted to make sure we were all clear before I went any further. :-) Now on to the post.

*Ahem*

Bad reviews. Everyone gets them and nobody likes them. That isn’t exactly earth shattering news, but here is what might be, at least to some. Everyone may get them, and no one may like them… but we all need them.

Lately we’ve all heard the stories about authors out there losing their minds because someone posted a bad review of their book, or made a not too complimentary comment on a thread. This kills me on multiple levels, one because it really is about as childish as you can get, not to mention it makes us all look bad, but worst of all, it really makes no sense.

Tour-ButtonI mean, don’t get me wrong, I get it. Any artist or performer knows how much it hurts to put yourself out there and be rejected, but hard as it may be to believe, a little rejection is actually a good thing. Sure, in some cases, if the reviewer is well liked, there may be people who don’t try you book because a reviewer gave it a bad review, but it doesn’t happen that often. And even if it does, that is a very narrow-minded person to begin with. The only time you are likely to see a true drop in interest due to reviews is if your book is receiving A LOT of negative reviews, and in that case, the problem isn’t with the reviewers—much as you might like to think it is.

I myself always use reviews when looking for something to read, and I almost always read the bad reviews first. Not because I am a downer or a hater, but because I look for consistencies. For instance, if the one thing that everyone is complaining about in a certain book is say that the plot is too similar to another book, maybe I like that original book and don’t think that would bother me. There have been countless times that I have purchased a book BECAUSE of something I read in a bad review, and I know there are others out there like me. Not to mention, that I don’t think I would ever read a book that had nothing but good reviews. If all I see are 3, 4, and 5 stars, sorry, but I smell shenanigans. It’s just not realistic. I don’t expect everyone to like the books I like, nor would I expect everyone to like what I write.

Are there reviewers who are unnecessarily mean when writing negative reviews? Sure there are, but they don’t represent the masses. Most reviewers that I have come across know how to write a negative review objectively and with respect to both the writer and those who did enjoy the book. The fact is, everyone is different. We all like different things. No matter how much someone loves your work, someone else is going to hate it. That is just how it is—that is real life.

Now it’s time for writers to show more respect for the reviewers and realize that when you put your work out there you are asking for the opinions of others—and not just the good opinions. If you want your work in the public eye, then you run the risk of being criticized. It is the job as the writer, artist, creator, etc., to learn to accept and embrace the negative and realize that if used properly, it will only help them to grow.

Visit Julianna and check out The Holders!

Julianna Scott Author Page: http://www.juliannascott.com

The Holders Series Page: http://www.theholdersseries.com

Julianna Scott on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5806079.Julianna_Scott

The Holders on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13579352-the-holders

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Julianna__Scott

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