Reviews really help

I am thrilled to see that I already have two 5-star reviews on my new book Ramses’ Revenge, less than two days after it was published.

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Reviews make such positive difference, helping the mysterious Amazon algorithms to notice the book and link it to other similar products for more readers to find.

What makes me appreciate these first two reviews so much is that I don’t personally know either of the individuals who has posted them – they have both commented my website, which is how I am able to let them know a new book is available.

It is certainly true that friends and family occasionally can be prevailed upon to read the books and say a few nice words in print.  These account for less that 10% of the reviews I’ve received on my books over the years.

Of course, not all reviews are positive – it would be a boring world for sure if we all liked the same things.  I had a 1-star review a few years back on one of the earlier books from someone who said reading it was a bit like going round and round the M25 and not being able to get off. (For anyone not in the UK, that’s a circular motorway around London). It made my laugh, so I couldn’t be offended.

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to leave me a review.  Naturally, I prefer the positive ones !!  And to FG and Deimos in particular, who have pushed Ramses’ Revenge out of the starting blocks – thank you.

So, if you are a reader of my books but perhaps less inclined to leave a review on Amazon, I am going to ask unashamedly for you to consider doing so.  This struggling, independent and self-published author would really appreciate it.  (I don’t quite live in a garret, but you get the gist!).  A positive review on any or all of the books really does make a huge difference.  Thank you 🙂

Fiona Deal, Author of Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt, fiction books all available on Amazon. To join Merry on her adventures please click on each picture for the link.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Carter's Conundrums

Cover of  Carter’s Conundrums. Book 1 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Tutankhamun’s Triumph.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Tutankhamun’s Triumph. Book 2 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Hatshepsut’s Hideaway.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Hatshepsut’s Hideaway. Book 3 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Farouk’s Fancies.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Farouk’s Fancies. Book 4 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Akhenaten’s Alibi.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Akhenaten’s Alibi. Book 5 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Seti’s Secret.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Seti’s Secret. Book 6 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Belzoni’s Bequest.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Belzoni’s Bequest. Book 7 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Nefertari’s Narrative.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Nefertari’s Narrative. Book 8 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

An image of the cover of the Fiona Deal book, Ramses’ Riches.

The cover of the Fiona Deal book, Ramses’ Riches. Book 9 in the series, Meredith Pink’s adventures in Egypt.

4 thoughts on “Reviews really help

  1. Hi Fiona Loved the book, ended up reading at 3am as I needed to finish it. Yet again an excellent book. You have a very special way of describing Egypt, I’m instantly transported there. I flew over Egypt 4 or 6 times a year for over 16 en-route to my parents in Kenya with my Brother at my side. We used to hope to be diverted to Cairo and be stuck there for a few days but the only time that happened we ended up in Khartoum and put in the care of the British Ambassador and his wife. His wife whisked us up from the airport and installed us in the embassy for three nights. They took us to an outside film show, Jane Eyre in black and white, then tested us on it! Another day we were taken to a local hotel. For a swim and tea. The ambassador wore Union Jack swimming shorts. I wish you every success now that you have taken redundancy, and hope that means a shorter wait for book 11? My beloved took early retirement at the end of last year, so we spend all our time together and it’s wonderful, we don’t achieve much but it’s fun! The link to my review on Amazon is I think. https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1CUV2FROOIK06/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 Good luck Mary

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    • Hi Mary,
      What great stories about your time in Khartoum! Sounds like you had a fascinating childhood (I’m assuming you’re talking about your childhood ?).
      I’m delighted you enjoyed the latest book. Thank you so much for the great review. These really do make such a difference.
      Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend.
      Fiona

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  2. Hello Not had a chance to read your books but I am familiar with some of your work. I think once you commented about an underground tunnel at Gizaand how it might make a great story.That made the connection  to me and possibility for you! Would you be interested in writing a script for my new book:  HIDDEN TOMBS AT GIZA.It features using a secret celestial star map to show secret tombs and entrances used to guide visitors around the Giza Plateau, Egypt The fiction character narrated by  Custos Messium, a star constellation configuration made up of the hidden stars of the southern  celestial star group of the Mother (Isis)  Cassiopeia as the virgin birth of son Horus marked by an ancient tomb temple complex at Giza. The narration takes the visitor to a secret buried temple complex that if uncovered might just make great discovery at Giza. I have been to Egypt 61 times and going in September to film on site many of the star point locations I have been underground in many placesand the script would make a great movie thriller! let me know if interestedBill

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    • Hi Bill, what an intriguing suggestion. The challenge being that I have never written a script. What’s stopping you from writing it ? I’m not 100% clear from what you’ve said … is ‘Hidden Tombs at Giza’ a novel you’ve written ? Is it available to read ?

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