Welcome to The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party Players!

TRR 2013 year end splash party

Hello to all the readers playing today’s questions at the Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party!

Yes, you are in the right place to answer this burning question:


In Ringer, what is the name of the racehorse Holly is leading out of the barn?

a. Mark Missile

b. Fan Tan Alley

c. Meadow Prancer

d. Et Vous Pret


I will tell you the answer right here in this post you’re reading. Yay! You’ve landed in the right place! But first I thought you’d enjoy reading my little rant. If you don’t want to keep reading, the excerpt to Ringer holding the answer can be found at this link.

Have you been playing along for a few years with The Romance Reviews parties? I have and I want to rant about what sometimes happens to me when I click on the “hint” link where the author claims the answer can be found. There will probably be at least 2 or 3 questions and some days there’ll be more bogus questions. I’m sure many of you will sympathize.

Don’t you just hate it when you click on that link for the hint and you go to a dead URL?

How about when you click on that link and there is nothing on the page that answers the question? It might be a landing page or it might be something else, maybe even an excerpt to the book, but the answer is nowhere to be found. Why did the author give us the wrong link?

How about when you click on that link and there are three chapters to read? Come on people. An excerpt to your novel shouldn’t be more than 500 words.

What about when you land at a page and the answer is nowhere to be found but you don’t give up easy and start clicking all the links on the author’s webpage only to come up empty? What a waste of time.

What about the author that poses a question like who is Heather’s ex-boyfriend. You go to the link to read the hint and it turns out Heather dated the entire football team and every one of them is mentioned in the excerpt, plus these names all show up in the multiple choice.

How about when the author says which of these authors did not collaborate on the novel? Then each possible answer has 5 or 6 author names, switched around slightly on each possible answer.

What about when the question says “Which activities did Luke play when he was younger?” a. Soccer  b. Football  c. Tennis  d. all of the above. In the excerpt we read that Luke played football and tennis but there’s no mention of soccer so we can’t choose “all of the above”. That leaves 2 possible correct answers and whichever one the player chooses is probably going to be wrong because ultimately its going to end up being “all of the above”.

Who just gets ticked off when they can’t find the answer on the page where the hint should be and chooses “c” for their answer? The most common choice is “c” on multiple choice questions. We all learned that in school.

And this is one of my personal favorites so I took a screen shot of it:

Romance Reviews wrong answer

Does everyone see what is going on with the above? Name Janet’s ex-boyfriend and the author very kindly gives a hint that his name starts with “A”. Thanks. Don’t even have to click a link and read anything, just scroll through the 4 names to see who starts with A. That would be Alex. So I choose d – Alex. Wrong? What! How can that be? The Romance Reviews informs me the correct answer is a: James. Really? That name starts with a J. I read the hint again. “His name starts with an A!” How could I possibly get that answer wrong. The other 3 names start with the letters J, M, and P.

The instructions the author receives from The Romance Reviews is to provide a link where the answer can be found. The author is also instructed that the choices should have one correct answer and the other 3 should be very obviously wrong. To me that means don’t confuse the player by throwing in a bunch of names that are in the excerpt as part of the answers.

Who’s had it with trick questions? What’s going on here? Does the author get brownie points when they fool a reader into choosing the incorrect answer? A special prize from The Romance Reviews for tricking Splash Party players?

No. I can tell you that The Romance Reviews does not supply authors with a list of how many players answered the question correctly or the breakdown of how many players chose a,b,c, or d. Nor any way-to-go prize for tricking players into choosing the wrong answer.

The Splash Party is supposed to be fun. Make it easy on the players. What happens when the author tricks a player or makes them jump through hoops or make an incorrect guess. Does the author think that’s going to make the reader love them? Win over a new fan? Nope. When the author tricks the player or provides a bogus link so the player makes an incorrect guess and doesn’t earn any game points, that only alienates potential readers and the author loses a sale. I know who I’m not going to buy a book from. Why go out of your way to piss off a potential reader and buyer of your books?

If you liked reading this and have been tricked by those bogus links, how about taking a few minutes to check out my author page on Amazon. I have three romance novels and two novels in a cozy mystery series that have some romance. You can read the first chapters of all my books on Amazon’s preview. I hope you’ll like one of them enough to give it a try!

I’ll give a quick plug to my latest novel, The Movie Star’s Son, available on Kindle for .99¢. It’s a sweet romance, 55,000 words, about a runaway girlfriend.

Back to the Year End Splash Party. In my novel Ringer the horse that Holly is leading out of the barn is named Meadow Prancer.

The 3 other horses taking part in the multiple choice question are real life Standardbred racehorses I’ve owned over the years.

Thanks for playing The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party and good luck!



The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party 2013

TRR 2013 year end splash party

The Romance Reviews is holding their year end Splash Party from November 1 to 30, 2013. It’s free to sign up and play http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

There are hundreds of romance books available to be won – winners every week! Plus there will be a grand prize and several runner up prizes that are usually Amazon gift cards or gift cards to book publishers. Answer different daily questions based on the author’s novel and hints will be given for chances to win. My novel Ringer will be one of the giveaways.

Good luck!

Winning Books

During the recent Romance Reviews 2nd Anniversary Party I was both a book donator and a player. I donated a copy of my ebook Horseman Spell and I won 4 ebooks. The players don’t choose which book they’d like to win. There are over 100 books available each week and books and winners are randomly drawn and matched up. The one thing they’ll have in common is that they’re all romance, which some people not familiar with the genre don’t realize there are many categories of romance books. Some are contemporary man/woman romances. Others are man/man. Maybe a threesome. There are romances that feature vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and other creatures. There are historical romances, futuristic romances, and many other subgenres.

There are some websites I visit that have contests to win a specific book. If it doesn’t look like the type of book that I’d normally read I don’t enter the contest. I’d rather the author/publisher have that book end up in the hands of someone who would love to read it.

My Kindle has lots of books I’ve never read, some I’ll probably never get around to reading. Same as real books that are on my bookcase that people have given me throughout the years or that I bought and never got around to reading.

Last week I was pleasantly surprised by a package in the mail that came from Book Girl TV. I subscribe to their newsletter. At some point when I signed up, though I’ve long since forgotten about it, I obviously gave my name and mailing address. They have contests for their subscribers and I was the lucky winner of a book called Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All. First of all I was mortified that someone spent $14 on postage to send a book to me. If I’d know ahead of time that I was the winner and how much it was going to cost in postage I would have suggested they donate the book to a senior’s residence or a charity. Next the title threw me. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be funny but it’s not the type of book I would have chosen for myself. I would never have entered a contest to win this book so that’s what makes me think I’m entered automatically in book giveaways. I know that some Pacific nations practiced cannibalism and this book is partly about 18th and 19th century explorers encountering cannibals from New Zealand plus it appears to be partly autobiographical and about the author and her native husband.

My reading preferences run mostly to cozy mysteries and I also like romantic suspense and romantic comedy. I read other types of books too but those are what I mostly read. And these days I read mostly ebooks. I rarely read a real book that I can hold in my hands.

I just feel kind of bad that they spent so much money on postage and time to wrap the book and mail it to me. The book was nicely wrapped in purple tissue like wrapping paper. Someone put a lot of thought into this.

The way I was brought up is to send thank you notes for gifts, which I have done. Now I have this book sitting in my to-be-read pile and I’m not sure I’ll ever read it. My apologies to the author and the people at Book Girl TV. I might get around to reading it but that title doesn’t pull me in.