Review Glitch On Amazon

Important-Notice

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:

Hey guys,

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.   😮

http://amzn.to/2AcnABu

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 giphy2‘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!

A Twelve Year Old Cold Case Is Reopened

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
41d000_e7dce355512545dd73ad25ffd07f6a94.png_srz_60_55_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzThe 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 theAlexConcept_FinalMW.indd 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.

If you want exclusive content and all kinds of other awesomeness, you have to sign up for my newsletter!  It’s not hard.  Just a little form, an email address exchange.  No blood spilling necessary.  Trust me.  You trust me, right?  Good.
newsletter

Rosehead – Reviewed!

 

Rosehead cover 1

    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 

Silent Echo – Reviewed!

Silent Echo I feel as though some readers have become the most harsh of critics and have forgotten how to simply read for pleasure. This book was good. Another reviewer pointed out that the author didn’t focus enough on the mystery, but the fact is that the case and the investigator share the same story. Its written in first person, which was a problem with another reviewer because they felt as though the investigators thoughts were too redundant. Well, they were redundant, but honestly, if I were stricken with his condition, death and how I view life because of it would always be on my mind. It only felt natural. Sure, the case was pretty simple and not grand in scope (most cases in real life are not), but it was fitting for our dying main character to take on near the end of his life for reasons I won’t mention. This is an enjoyable afternoon read. Its emotional and compelling, and is a testament to the enduring strength of love when you think you’ve lost everything. Check it out.

What Is Hell?

What is Hell?  I maintain that it is the inability to love.  For that, one doesn’t need an eternity. A day will do, or even a moment.

The capacity of forgiveness and strength in the family of slain teenager Demetrius Hewlin apparently knows no bounds.  T.J. Lane , 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High in Ohio and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning.  Three students died as a result.

As a father, I couldn’t even fathom what the Hewlin family is going through, and I certainly do not know if I would be able to forgive the boy who shot and killed my child.  We are talking about victims who won’t even be able to go to prom, walk across the stage for their diploma, or shape their life after high school.

Love, however, is a powerful thing.

“I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine.  You have to forgive everything.  God’s grace is new each and every day,” Demetrius’s mother stated.  “Until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.”

CNN reported that the shooter “chose his victims at random.”

 

 

According to the StarTribune, “Lane did not attend Chardon High but waited there for the bus to Lake Academy, a school for students with academic or behavioral problems. Authorities would not say how and why he ended up at Lake Academy.  Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said it appeared that the gunman singled out a group of students sitting together. He said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.”

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this tragic event.