I Will Not Be Bullied – Blacklist Author Mike Kearby
I WILL NOT BE BULLIED
*Warning, graphic intensive post!*
Mike Kearby, you were wrong to think that my review was a personal attack. You were wrong to blast me repeatedly. And this is what you get in return. I will tell everyone I know exactly how you tried to bully me because I gave your book one star. I will tell them not to host you on their review blogs. I will tell them not to buy or review your book. You do not deserve the free press I am giving you, but I am not going to stand by any longer and allow you to slander me.
I TYPICALLY review books and not authors, but I will make an exception for you, Mike Kearby.
EDIT: I thought I had the support of someone that I do not so I edited out where I mentioned such. I will under no circumstances apologize to the author. It does hurt a little that this someone would ask me to do that.
EDIT#2: As a direct result of this post and for my refusal to give the author a full apology, I have been removed as a tour host from FMB Tours. I wasn’t going to say anything regarding this, but Mike Kearby decided to on his blog.
EDIT#3: Mike Kearby’s Goodreads account was either deleted or deactivated, which made all of his comments disappear If you’re REALLY curious, some one did post screen shots of the full conversation. I downloaded them so that they don’t get lost. SS#1. SS#2. SS#3. SS#4.
Since it has been 24 hrs since his last tweet and blog post about me, I am removing all links to his site and twitter account from this page. You can find both through Google, but I don’t want to feed him any more traffic. I am more than happy to put this entire situation in the past. Thank you all for your support.
On October 1st, 2012; I hosted Mike Kearby’s book Kavachi’s Rise (The Devouring #1) as part of a blog tour organized by FMB Tours. Let me say upfront that I have contacted Holly @ FMB Tours. I did not like Kavachi’s Rise (The Devouring #1) and so I hosted a book promo instead of the planned review with the intention of posting my review after the tour had completed.
On January 29th, 2013; I decided to go through all the books I read in 2012 that I didn’t like and didn’t review (most were DNFs) and posted a few lines explaining why I didn’t like the book. I also included how I obtained my copy, you know, because we’re required to disclose that on review blogs. You can find that post HERE, but it has been modified since originally posted.
Here is what I originally posted about Mike Keaby’s book in that post:
I posted just the review section and not the “How I got my copy” on Goodreads. Mike Kearby must have visited my blog after reading my one star review on Goodreads (his first by the way!) because he asked me in a not-so-nice way to remove what I wrote in the “How I got my copy”. More than one blog did switch from review to promo during the tour, however I didn’t want the drama and so I removed that section promptly. I also didn’t want to involve Holly @ FMB Tours, but she eventually had to be notified, because Mike Kearby was not satisfied. HERE is my review on Goodreads and below is a copy in case he decides to remove his comments.
I was okay with ignoring these low-blow insults. You know why? Because Mike Kearby is a nobody in my life. And I worked in a fucking jail as a prison guard. You have to work a lot harder to get through my thick skin. Calling me a liar is nothing compared to a child molester telling me to my face that he wants us to get married and have kids so he can fuck them. Now THAT screwed with my head for a few days. In other words, I’m still going to keep reviewing books and running this blog despite all this. But wait, there’s MORE!
I kind of figured that Mike Kearby would be one of those authors that would try to bully me into removing my review. Slamming me on Goodreads didn’t work and so he turned to Twitter and his blog. So I’m thinking not many people saw his rants. Still, here are his tweets blasting me:
The original tweet is a direct reaction to what I posted at the top of the 2012 DNF Book Blowout, which is where I reviewed his book on my blog.
You know what, Mike Kearby? I read books as a hobby. I review books as a hobby. I write books as a hobby. How pretentious of you to decide which of my hobbies are more important! You’re not my boss and I’m not being paid to write reviews for you or any other author.
But for any of you that are curious, I’m on my 2nd draft of my novel. I cut out 20,000 words when I switched up one of my sub-plots and am now filling in the gaps.
The Blog Post
The second tweet links to his blog. In this not only does he criticize me about my review of his book and my review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Like I said, I didn’t like Pride and Prejudice so liking it with Zombies was either going to be a hit or a miss). But Mike Kearby says that I didn’t like his book because I’m a failed writer myself. Hello? I’ve never published or even queried a book. I’m not at that stage as an author/writer and I’m perfectly okay with it. I’m sure that none of the other 100+ authors who I reviewed so far think that I liked or disliked their book based on me being a “more frustrated writer than reviewer“. You can check out this post for yourself [Google "Mike Kearby"].
Here is a copy of his blog post so you don’t have to give him extra traffic on his blog if you don’t want to:
I’m still reviewing. I’m still writing. I love my life. Thank you to Rachel @ Parajunkee for giving me awesome support and advice regarding this. And thank you Pandora for spontanously playing I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz while I wrote this post. You truly are an amazing music station to know the perfect song for every situation.
Expect Lizzy’s Dark Fiction to be around at least another nine months.
From one “pseudo reviewer” to another: If you think that Mike Kearby’s bullying behavior is inappropriate, please don’t review or host him on your own blogs. Do not buy his books. Tell your friends to do the same. Please pass this message on to everyone you know.
AUTHOR BULLYING IS NOT OKAY
Mike Kearby, my 1 star review of your book will stay until Goodreads (and other sites) shuts down no matter how hard you try to bully me.
3/28/13: I’ve made a post concerning Goodreads and the war between authors and bullies. You can check it out HERE. Thanks again to everyone who had supported me through this. I really appreciate every single one of you. And thank you most of all to Parajunkee who has been there for me through every rant and question I’ve had concerning this incident. :)