Handling Negative Criticism by Terri Rochenski – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher. One randomly drawn commenter will receive signed copies of both Love’s Sorrow, the first book in the series, and Love’s Revenge, which was just released, as well as a $25 Amazon gift card. The Rafflecopter to enter is at the end of this post.

Handling negative criticism…
by Terri Rochenski

The first reviewer to request an ARC of Love’s Sorrow, Means of Mercy #1, sent me an email two weeks after receiving the file. She said she couldn’t recommend my book, nor would she post a favorable review.


Because there is no HEA, not even an HFN at the book’s end. Means of Mercy is a series—of Anne Tearle’s life, one that couldn’t be told in a tidy 80-100k novel. Oh, she gets her HEA…just not as quickly as some would like.

While I expected—KNEW—such thoughts would rise from readers, the first negative reaction still stung. For me, when a character speaks, I tell their story. Period. If people don’t like it, so be it! At least I stayed true to my muse.

So, how to handle it?

I’d love to say brush it off, but that’s impossible to do. Almost a year later, the thought of that reviewer’s email still stings, and when it does, I remind myself that I can’t please every reader every time. I focus on the two following reviews raving about my guts to tell a tale of true life and love, of not sugar-coating how a woman in the 19th century had to live a life beneath society’s eyes and a husband’s thumb.

I guess it all comes down to focus. Dwell on the negative, and you’ll get dragged down by depression. Grasp onto the encouraging words, and it’ll help keep your head afloat.

And, keep writing!

1_30 LovesRevengeCvrEmbittered by betrayal, Anne MacKay flees London for America, where she learns she’s pregnant with her abusive husband’s longed-for heir. In a society that doesn’t protect, or afford a well-to-do wife’s desire for divorce, Anne decides there is one way to exact revenge: deny the father any knowledge of his child.

Sought after by her husband’s henchmen, Anne travels by rail and horseback, far from civilization where silk and stays are worn, let alone thought of. Lies and deceit protect her identity for a time, allowing her to birth—and grow to love—the child who was supposed to be her vengeance.

With the help of her loyal and protective business partner, Jude Connagher, and the ranch hands in their Montana Territory valley, Anne attempts to rebuild her life under the shadow of her husband’s wrath.

One unwise decision lands Anne in her pursuers’ clutches, tearing her from the ranch, her child, and her growing love for the one man who could redeem her from bitterness. She’s left with no choice but to finally face her husband, knowing her freedom and life hang in the balance.

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About the Author: Tracey Hanlon PhotographyTerri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.





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  1. Great post, I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Thanks, Rita!

    Thanks so much for hosting me! I’ve been down with the flu, and am just getting to visit my tour stops.


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