I've decided to lock up the comments function of the previous three blog entries for now because I think we need a time out as the discussion is turning into an argument about topics that are straying very far from the original subject.
The issue here is not about authors complaining about me. They can complain all they want for all I care. My personal belief is simple: I dish, they can dish back, and we can all have one big party and everyone is invited. The issue I raised about in the beginning is about authors who send me books and then pretend in public that they don't. Or authors who request reviews from me and then act as if they have no idea how I get my hands on their books. In short, authors who want me to "publicize" their books on my website and then act otherwise in public. It's the hypocrisy that puzzles me. Why ask me to review their books when they fear that their peers will reject them or something when they get a good review from me? Or, when I pan their books, why pretend to have no idea how I got hold of their books and then play up the "victim of Mrs Giggles" angle to gain sympathy and attention?
Now, if I buy those books myself and these authors then complain and call me names in their blog, that's fine. I have no problems with such behavior. I hope that makes it clear. I'm not going to hold grudges just because someone disagrees with me or doesn't like my review. The issue is never about me being infallible or being above criticism. It's when authors do one thing and then pretend otherwise that is the issue here.
The issue is not about Romance Divas. Some Divas overreacted when I said that I don't go there anymore after one visit. It's my fault, that one - the other part of my post wasn't exactly sunshine and roses so that part of my post about the Divas is understandably assumed to be more negative than it actually was. I did post an explanation as to what I really meant about the Divas but nobody seems to be listening.
Things are snowballing out of hand and people are beginning to assume that I'm issuing a fatwa on authors who dare to complain about me or I'm waging war on the Romance Divas. I am not!