Mrs. Giggles, the first reader blogger in the romance community (est. in 1999), has come under attack by authors who send her books for reviews. Apparently, authors are sending her books and when Mrs. Giggles gives a review that is less than glowing, the author makes a public claim that she never sent the book to her.
What’s the point? Authors, seriously, no one will know to whom your book is sent if you don’t tell anyone. Everyone will just assume that Mrs. Giggles bought the book. Really. No need to go around disclaiming any association with Mrs. Giggles.
The trainwreck, though, doesn’t appear until the end when authors who run the Romance Divas come out in full force to exclaim what a wonderful and unique site it has compared to Mrs. Giggles and how they don’t need to tear anyone down to feel good about themselves while at the same time suggesting that Mrs. Giggles refusal to frequent their site is a sign of she is intimidated by them or that RD isn’t for her because it is “one of the most supportive sites online. We don’t tear each other down or pick each other to pieces just for a good bit of snark. You’d be bored silly. Or shunned completely.”
The reputation of Romance Divas(est. 2004) is “sterling” and quoted in many a published book. It’s an award winning site and we all best not forget that. I hope someone can remind me why we should feel competitive about other people giving their opinions about books.