The writer of the shorter review took her review down!
I'd left a comment on her review--it said, "I'm sorry you didn't like the book (and I am!) but most of the action in 'Vulnerable' takes place in So. Placer County, not Sacramento--are you sure you reviewed the right book?"
Her reply was that she was sorry that she'd offended me and how much she had enjoyed the book and how much she was enjoying the other books and she'd never wanted to offend me--she just rated really really harsh.
My reply to that was that I was in a tenuous position as an independent author--a two star review was a crushing thing. I also asked how I had offended her about our locale--I've grown up here, and for a brief time, a long time ago, I was very much like Cory (only I worked at McDonald's--it's where Mate and I met). I was curious what she found inaccurate and offensive about my description of So. Placer.
And she took it down.
Now I feel like a total bully--crushing free speech was not my intention--I just wanted to know WHY...you have to admit, her review didn't actually explain the lousy rating...I mean, I was curious. I have to be careful now--I didn't realize. I must use this power for good.
But my peeps came through with shining colors--Roxie, Donna Lee, KnitTech, Louiz--you guys jumped in to my little pity-party and changed the music...thank you. Now, I'm swearing off the net for most of the day. It's really cutting into my knitting time. (That and I put off a school assignment last night--I need to get to it, but I sort of need to meditate about it for a little while...creativity needs some non-electronic musing time!)