Thursday, August 4
It's a sad day for this Booklover because I have decided to "forget" an author that used to be a favorite. I'm talking about Lora Leigh. And I hate that it has come to this, but I've been "forgiving" for the last couple of books, and I just don't think I can support an author/publisher who values me so little as a reader and the money I spend on books. So my only recourse as a reader is to stop buying and reading the books in question. I'm so saddened by that, that I waiver from time to time by giving her "one more chance" when a new book comes out...then after reading it I remember why I vowed to spend my time on more worthy reads. But it's the memory of what I first loved about her stories that lures me to give her chance after chance to redeem my reading relationship with this author.
I've been reading Lora Leigh for years, back when she was only with Ellora's Cave. Some may say that her inconsistencies, errors in plot, editing problems... are nothing new, that in fact these problems are the most consistent thing about her writing. And while this may be true to some extent, I've noticed it more the last two or three years, most especially with the last Breeds novel, Navarro's Promise. Navarro's Promise had egregious editing errors, confusing plot points, and a major love scene that was missing. It some how got "forgotten" in the final stages. How can this happen?
I know no one is perfect. People do make mistakes, but they are supposed to be professionals. I am paying a premium for books like this to ensure that it is of a higher quality than if the author published it on his/her own. But when it takes days for the author to post the missing scene on her website after being notified of it, leads me to believe that the scene was never included to begin with...that in actuality she forgot to write it. Otherwise why wouldn't she be able to post the missing scene within hours, or at maximum a day? Maybe there was some lag time involving the publisher....but days? Inexcusable. To me that says, "...as long as I give a half as@ed effort my fans will buy the book and I'll still make the NYT list and laugh all the way to the bank." Of course the author didn't actually say that, but feel like I'm being taken advantage of. And I HATE that! And while I'm at it why is the print version of Navarro's Promise only available second hand, but the publisher is still selling the book in digital format? Shouldn't both the print and the digital versions be pulled?
Saying your sorry is a good place to start, but after a while repeated apologies is just like crying wolf too many times. I no longer give it any credit. And the editor....should be fired in my opinion. If an author is known for submitting manuscripts that need LOTS of work and fine tuning, then you should have your best people on the job to make sure the book is ready to be published. Lora Leigh has to be a big money maker for them, and with the future of publishing in question you would think that they would be doing all that they could to prove that there is a need for traditional publishing. The author failed. The publisher failed. And I failed by buying a book by an author that I was already on the fence about. Since I am the only part of this equation that I can control, I am removing myself from the equation altogether.
I once was given an ARC of one of her Elite Ops books for review (I think it was Heat Seeker) and there were so many errors in the review copy, that I had a hard time making sense of scenes. Frankly I was appalled at all of the errors, both in grammar, as well as details, like characters names, or time line that I couldn't even finish reading it. It was bad. Bad, bad, bad. I decided to wait until the finished book released to read the book, and the final version was better, but still not up to standard. That was the beginning of the end for me. It's like Heat Seeker was my eye opener, and ever since this reality it has been reinforced time and time again much to my disappointment.
I don't know Lora Leigh personally. I've never met her, but I've always wanted to. Maybe she is just over committed. After all she has release EVERY month in 2011. I was shocked when I checked out her News page and saw this. Granted, some of them are re-releases but I'm sure she has some involvement for even those. Does any other author have this many releases in one year? Or maybe this is just how she's always written and she just has new editors that aren't worth a dime. Maybe she no longer cares, as long as she gets paid. I don't know what the reason(s) are, all I know is that she is losing fans, many of which have supported her from the beginning, like myself.
I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I was actually considering giving her newest Romantic Suspense, Midnight Sins a try. But then I read the Amazon reviews, and found readers complaining about inconsistencies, plot problems....pretty much same ol', same ol'. My heart sank because I knew that this was it. I didn't need to read another disappointing book to know it was over. It's over.
Will I change my mind at some point? Yes, I think I could because with romances I let my heart lead my head. I have such an emotional love for Lora Leigh's older books like Wild Card, Loving Lies, Sarah's Seduction and The Man Within to name just a few, that there is always the possibility of me changing my mind. But, that will only come about if a reading friend that I trust says to me "it's different this time, you need to read it, or you will have missed out on a great romance". Then, and only then will I allow myself to give in to temptation. Because I am weak. Weak, weak, weak. I still consider myself a fan, just not a blindly devoted fan.
What about you? I know that a lot of Musings followers are also Lora Leigh fans. What are your thoughts about Navarro's Promise and Midnight Sins, or any of her other recent releases? Do you still read them/buy them? Why or why not? And are there other authors that you've read that you've "forgotten", but then "forgiven"? Commiserate with me, let me know your thoughts even if you don't agree with me!
And Lora, if you happen to read this...I'm practically begging you to give me a reason to give your books another chance.
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