This three authors have been harassing reviewers, they went into Litchick's (Cory) review and harassed her for not finishing the book. Accused reviewers of intentionally triggering her PTSD. They later attacked Shelby and then Kelly Moore followed Shelby into BL and started posting in Shelby's space about how all this is "harming" her and that reviewers are "punishing" her and her daughters when they post 1 star reviews.
I just received an email from GR saying this:
We are contacting you in regard to the following review:
As the reviews is predominantly about the author's behavior and not about the book, it violates our review guidelines. We will give you 2 calendar days to decide what to do, whether that means backing up the information through our export feature for your personal records or editing the content to comply with our guidelines. If the review continues to break our rules, it will be deleted per our policy after 2 days.
If you do not wish to edit the content, we might suggest moving it into the private notes field for your own personal use.
The Goodreads Team
I have already taken down the text but this was my review.
More reasons never to read any of this author's future books.
For reasons, that can be explain in the link, I have decided not to read this book.
Quite obviously these authors are going hyperbole flagging down 1 star reviews in anger and in effort to get these reviewers to shut up and get rid of their reviews. I will not stand by it, GR might had taken down my review but my voice will not be silence.
Gloria's take: First of all I don't like how the authors have responded to this mess and how they treated some reviewers who have left one star reviews on GR. The fact is bad reviews happen. Not every person is going to like every book, and some people are going to dislike your book so much they rip it apart in review sites. I've done that, certainly. The best way to respond to bad reviews is to simply ignore them, and if an author encounters the reviewer elsewhere (in an interview, on the street, wherever) they should be polite and respectful. Authors who act classy about bad reviews get good reputations. Apparently causing drama is thought of as a marketing tactic by some authors in order to drive up sympathy reviews and even gain more notice via those same one and two star reviews. It might work short term, but it's a bad idea long term.
I also don't like GR taking the author's side and banning reviewers over this. Frankly they should be checking the IP addresses of everyone who flags a review to make sure they don't match other flaggers, since this looks like a case of a sockpuppet army flagging the shit out of reviews they don't like.
But you know what else I don't like? People commenting about how they thought the daughter was lying when she said she was raped. Sure, maybe she brought it up first in a bid for attention, but the best thing to do is say "I'm very sorry that happened to you but it has no bearing on my review of your book," and then to move on and discuss what is relevant to the book, and not bring it up again. It is off-topic and a very sensitive topic for other rape survivors. It is entirely possible for a person to be a victim of domestic violence and rape and to deserve sympathy and help for that, while at the same time be a drama queen trying to stir up attention for their book. These two things are not mutually incompatible and acting like they are and victim blaming her are Not Okay.
On the other hand accusing some random person on the internet of being your daughter's rapist is also not okay, even if they were victim-blaming her. It doesn't make you look more credible, for one thing, and it's basically continuing to drag your daughter's terrible trauma back into the spotlight when the discussion should be about the review and the way the authors are reacting to them (in my opinion).
So that's my take on it, people are acting bad on both sides but the authors started it by harassing reviewers. Had they simply ignored or responded politely to bad reviews this wouldn't have happened.
Both sides really need to calm down and let things cool off for awhile.