FREE ON KINDLE 3.19.14Before I get to promoting the Kindle book giveaway you see to the left (happening today because the war that inspired it began on today’s date in 2003), I’d like to respond to something I read in a recent review of that book.

Writers are rightly warned about responding to reviews. Whether someone liked or disliked what they read is something we should care about, but it’s nothing we should argue with, really. Beyond reading it, the review is none of our business.

This response to a review isn’t to the review itself, but to an observation included with the review that points to a preconceived idea of a certain kind of war fiction, which I was introduced to – and that has persisted ever since – with the 2007 release of Pretty Much True… in its early form, Homefront.

That preconceived idea/opinion is this:  if the novel is about war from the home front perspective and written by a woman (as Pretty Much True… is), it will, or should, probably have something to do with stoicism and picking up and carrying on and finding strength and/or faith, and so forth.

The review I’m responding to (and it wasn’t a bad one), recently posted on Amazon, concludes with this:

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Pretty Much True…, recently featured on Faith Middleton’s Book Show (NPR), is free on Kindle this weekend. I’m a fan of free things. And if you are, too, pick up a free copy of Pretty Much True…! (Live in the UK? Here’s yours.) Promotion ends Sunday, Feb. 24. I hope you’ll take advantage! I’ll be […]

There’s an entire thread on Amazon’s discussion forum dedicated to the “high” cost of Kindle e-books. One commenter, J. Bryan, writes

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I was lightly accused, in a recent discussion on the Kindle Boards, of “railing against” ebooks when I posted the following message: There’s been a lot of talk lately about ebooks, the death of the print book, etc., and after reading yet another such article (on my computer, ironically) I immediately posted this facebook status: […]

Since offering a free coupon code for Homefront (featured, at left, in the December issue of Military Spouse Magazine, but by no means  meant only for the military spouse), I’ve received a number of emails of request from people who have been given Kindles for Christmas (what a great gift!). Thank you, sincerely, for your […]

Minimalist at its finest… There are quite a few stories in the collection having to do with a woman’s anxiety as she awaits the return of a man at war. I believe Ms. Tsetsi has some experience with that, and so it didn’t surprise me that it would be one the major themes explored in […]