So an author friend of mine, Kami Garcia, brought this to my attention, via Christopher Golden.
There is an outspoken, first time author who has her first book coming out next year. The book is so new that review copies haven't been made.
Amazon has a link, but no image and barely any information is available beside the release date of May 1st. There's no cover, but there will be in time.
So, with no cover and no review copies available, a strange and demented miracle took place today. Losers and racists decided to post their own reviews on Goodreads.com. The reason for this? Laura has been very vocal in her dislike of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Frankly, he's made a gigantic number of racist comments (I'm not gonna source that. Look basically ANYWHERE on the internet where actual news is reported and you're going to run across a few references.)
And apparently she offended the racist red neck brigade. who promptly started giving her one star reviews on Goodreads after generating a flurry of spam identities to allow them the privilege. I understand that a slurry or racial remarks made their way onto Goodreads,too, just to make sure a new author felt welcome.
I don't like racists. I find they are, as a rule, not nice people. Even the ones who ARE nice are only nice now and then and under the right circumstances. Left to their own devices, some of them even go so far as to drag people behind trucks for a few miles, chain people to trees, burn crosses in front yards, oh, the list of atrocities is monumental and even leads to genocide too often for my comfort. Not all, but enough to leave me unhappy with their philosophies and enough to guarantee that I would never consider voting for Donald Trump, who seems to believe that pointing at anyone other than himself and calling for blame is the best way to run a campaign (unfortunately it's worked to a very real extent).
This nonsense. Right here.
Let me clarify: REVIEW COPIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. THEY DO NOT EXIST AS YET. Somehow, a few dozen readers magically got copies and all decided it was a one star book.
This is Laura's first book. You don't like her? Fine, don't buy the book. Don't like her politics? Don't like her religion or her race? Same answer. but to start a smear campaign before the book is out? Well, pardon my language, but that makes you an a douche bag loser of epic scale.
The following was found on Goodreads:
"Due to trolling and the falsified reviews being posted for Girl Out Of Water which is NOT yet available for review in any form or capacity, we are adding this note from the publisher until the harassment of Laura Silverman on Goodreads is addressed and a resolution has been reached.
Thank you to everyone who is supporting Laura and Girl Out of Water. She appreciates your love and so do we! We hope to solve this problem as soon as possible. In the meantime, please share the pre-order link to Girl Out of Water! and your love for Laura on Twitter #LoveForLaura
Amazon - http://ow.ly/ymjs304hLKC
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer.
Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves? (less)"
Seriously, sounds like a proper synopsis to me. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm not saying anyone should follow my lead here, but I hope people do. Last I checked the ideas that stood for the most in this country included freedom or religion and freedom from racial/religious persecution. Also, I tend to like it when new writers do well. it means more people are reading and writers are making a living in their trade.
I seriously do not want to know where I would be if this had happened with my first book.
James A. Moore