Strange things are afoot at Amazon. I woke up this morning to 39 brand new reviews for The Runaway Train. Excited, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began to read them. That’s when I noticed something rather strange about the reviews. The titles of them were a dead giveaway that something was up. With titles like ‘A lovely wax heater’ and ‘Love that it has a temperature control dial’ filling the page, I panicked.
Did someone hack into my reviews?
The Runaway Train is supposed to have 33 reviews – NOT 72 reviews. Curious, I hit up KBoards for a little advice:
Woke up this morning to find that my book, The Runaway Train, accumulated 39 reviews over night. After reading the new reviews, I discovered they’re for the wrong product entirely. Checked my sales on KDP, and everything seems normal. I fired off an email to support, and am hoping Amazon won’t remove the book. Has this happened to anyone else on here before?
Oh, the new reviews seem to be for some sort of hot wax product. Very strange. 😮
Turns out that I’m not the only one this has happened to recently. Other authors are experiencing the same sort of ‘glitch’ that is combining product reviews, but it seems like Amazon is correcting the issue when notified. Speculation ensued about the Amazon strike in Italy and Germany, but one poster on KBoards suggested that it was a glitch combining paperbacks with random products.
With this in mind, I decided to check the paperback page for The Runaway Train. The page itself is quite messed up. The book description has vanished, and the page states that the author of the book is Lantique. When I clicked on the Lantique ‘author name’ it directed me to an amazon page featuring a hot wax product for sale. I’ve tried emailing Amazon, but haven’t heard a response yet. I’ve also attempted to call them on the phone, but they aren’t open on the weekends.
So, if any of you decide to download The Runaway Train within the next couple of days, please rest assured that the reviews are not representative of the book itself. They are not fake reviews, it has nothing to do with me at all, it’s simply a glitch on Amazon.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to have a little fun at the glitch’s expense. One example would be this tweet https://twitter.com/emberian/status/934529660062437376 Nothing like a hair raising mystery before a wax!
Readers’ Favorite recently posted a review of my newest novel: The Cold, Bending Light. I thought I’d post it here to share their thoughts.
Reviewed By Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Cold, Bending Light by MW Griffith is a gripping murder mystery. Young women are disappearing, their bodies found dumped, and tests reveal that they have been injected with lethal doses of a chemical that many states use in executions – just not the state of Tennessee. Special Agent Selena Marrenger is assigned to the case and, as she edges closer to the terrify
ing truth, she stumbles over something else, something much bigger and much more sinister than a serial killer. Selena is about to find out that not everything is as it seems and sometimes complete madness is the reality. What will Selena learn in her investigation and what could be worse than the serial killer they call The Sandman?
The Cold, Bending Light by MW Griffith is one of those stories that grabs you by the throat and pulls you down into the depths. There is no letting go and this is one of the most compelling murder mysteries that I have ever read. The action starts on page one and continues through the entire book, with plenty of twists and turns that lead us down dark alleys and, sometimes, to dead ends. But every twist, every turn, has its part to play in the overall story. There are lots of clues scattered about that make you think you’ve got it, you’ve worked it out. I guarantee you won’t until the very last and this is what keeps you reading. The character development is amazing, with very realistic and identifiable characters being revealed throughout the course of the story. I guarantee that this book will go down well with all readers who love the murder mystery and thriller genres, a truly thrilling rollercoaster journey from start to finish.
Here’s a review from author Jason Greensides for my book The Truth About Alex. It struck me as rather helpful for anyone just getting into the mysteries of Montana Marrenger.
Comments are welcome.
A Taut, Moody and Engrossing Mystery
The Truth About Alex is Michael Wayne Griffith’s second book after the very promising debut, The Runaway Train. The hallmarks are all here of what we can come to expect from Michael in the future: the snowy, sultry Pacific Northwest American setting; the deft, finely tuned prose; and a mystery to keep you guessing till the end.
We continue to follow Special Agent Selena Marrenger, who this time teams up with Detective Dupont and FBI Agent Jameson after discovering the body of an old man who’d apparently committed suicide, but who weirdly shares the same name as a boy who went missing twelve years before. This part of the story of the three of them following the leads, which involve people trafficking, gun running and a mysterious man called Marco, is intercut with the disappearance of Alex twelve years before, and how it devastated his parents, who are still looking for him now. The way the author has handled the parallel stories is expertly done, making the novel feel like one whole, and not two separate plot lines, which often happens in other books like this.
I really loved the snowy setting, the slate-grey skies, the sting of the wind, and these elements were beautifully evoked and reminded me a bit of Fargo (both the film and the TV show, which for me was great because I love both). The overall tone of the novel, with its snappy chapters, crisp dialogue, and looming pain of tragedy was something I really enjoyed here, all of which leads to twists that I honestly didn’t see coming – indeed the last few chapters and all the revelations were handled really well.
But for me, the key to the book, and it’s heart was Selena’s pain about the past. This made me empathise with her a lot; in fact if I had to mention one criticism about the book it was that I really wanted to know more about that, but I’m guessing we’ll learn more about it in the next book.
For fans of detective/mystery stories I highly recommend this book: tightly written, beautiful setting, great twists, and a central character to care about.
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Rosehead is a novel by Ksenia Anske. The story takes place at a family reunion when a mysterious rose garden attracts the attention of a young girl named Lillith Bloom. Misunderstood, often dismissed, and ever curious, Lillith and her pet whippet set out to uncover the secrets lurking about in the garden.
Lillith, our immensely intelligent and persistent lead, is an underdog who struggles to be heard and validated by her parents. They attempt to medicate the child to suppress her outlandish imagination. As the story progressed, I found myself wondering if the young girl was delusional just as her parents assumed or if the things that she encountered could actually be happening.
The fantastical occurrences in her grandfather’s mansion, as well as an ominous presence in the garden, are by no means material for a light-hearted read. The character interactions between Lillith and Panther do provide a certain level of humor, but as the adventure unfolds like a sickly sweet flower, I began to realize that this is very much a fantasy tale for adults. Try to imagine Guillermo del Toro and Tim Burton in a collaborative effort, and you will understand the scope of the mood and often gruesome occurrences.
This is a story that you will find lingering in your mind afterward, and personally I had become so attached to Lillith and Panther that I simply did not want the story to come to a close. Although Lillith is a twelve year old girl, it’s surprisingly easy to follow along with her as the tale unfurls like a mysterious fog. This is in part due to the fact that I felt as though Lillith wasn’t just attempting to prove to everyone at the reunion of the evil lurking right under their noses, but me as well. What she uncovers is an ancient family secret filled with horrors and mischief unlike anything I’ve read before.
Ksenia Anske masterfully weaves a tale that I couldn’t put down. It’s a book that will not disappoint, and I encourage all my readers to pick this one up. You’ll find yourself pulled into it’s dark, mysterious world that will grip you in a thorny embrace, drawing blood.
Check out an excerpt from the first chapter HERE
You can purchase the book from her website HERE or from Amazon