May 12 2006
There aren’t many people happy with the Ashworth novel, Duke of Scandal. I didn’t much like Duke of Sin so I wasn’t shelling out $8.00 for Duke of Scandal particularly after I read Ashworth’s own description of it:
As his feelings for her grow, he's confounded by her honesty, her naivetÃƒÆ’Ã‚ © coupled with a glamour and sophistication he's never had to deal with in a woman.
I figured any heroine who was naive and glamorous and sophisticated was going to be too precious for words. Over at AAR, the readers are mostly panning it.
The posts on this book exemplifies what authors hate most about online readers.
- One thread that contains numerous spoilers that can turn a reader off (evil woman done me wrong to the 100th degree in this case).
- Another thread focuses on the jarring words used: smirking, snorting and once the hero is insanely crazy. LOL
Still another reader is complaining of the poor grammatical structure and copyediting. She recites this sentence:
She suspected now that all his clever scheming and manipulation to get married quickly was to gain access to her accounts as her husband, made so much more sense to her through a dark night entertained only by her thoughts and the coming light of a cold and frosty morning.
While no authors are coming forth to post under her own name, an anonymous author (imo a fellow avon writer
or the writer herself) came and tells readers that they shouldn’t expect quality editing from the romance publishing industry. It is another delightful episode in “Authors Behaving Badly” saga.
Should a reader forgive the awkward sentence structure and poor editing? Is it fair to the author to denigrate a book based solely on poor copyediting? Or is it that the readers were laying in wait to sabotage Ms. Ashworth?