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Oy! The Irony of Victoria Strauss Commenting on “Fake Positive” Book Reviews

In a teen novel, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Amazon, Amazon Rankings, amazon sales, Amazon Sales Rankings, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Author, Book Reviews, Book Sales, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Credibility, Crispin, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Michael Capobianco, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, Passion Blue, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, SFWA, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Writer, Writer Beware on January 24, 2013 at 2:16 am

We recently posted the article A.C. Crispin is Begging for “Volunteers” to Write Reviews for Her Bookswe couldn’t help to note the irony of Victoria Strauss’ January 23, 2013 posting on Facebook.

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Upon reviewing Victoria’s latest attempt at writing, Passion Blue (“Passion Blew”), speaking of “[f]ake postive reviews, the 15 Five Star Reviews are quite illuminating. Among the 15 Five Star Reviews who did we find? None other than Michael Capobianco! Yes, that Michael Capobianco . . . the notorious husband of Ann “A.C.” Crispin dishing out Five Star Reviews of Strauss’ Passion Blew! Just so you new authors are aware, Michael Capobianco is a former President of the SFWA. In addition, Capobianco also attempted to discredit our reporting of the C.E. Petit scandal regarding the John Steinbeck family (see below). (See  John Steinbeck Family Defrauded by Writer Beware™ & SFWA Attorney: The 2007 Scam that Writer Beware™ Didn’t Report . . . Why?) Intrestingly, the Five Star book review of Strauss’ book by Capobiano is the only book review he’s ever submitted on Amazon (see below  . . .  click on the images to enlarge).

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Now, it gets even more disingenuous. Reviewing the remaining 14 Five Star Reviews most have not reviewed any other books . . .  just Strauss’ Passion Blew. As you page down further who do you find? Well, a Five Star Review from none other than . . . you guess it . . . Ann “A.C.” Crispin:

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And . . . of course . . . Victoria Strauss couldn’t resist giving Ann “A.C.” Crispin a Five Star Review as well:

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Granted they qualified their postings. However, as we stated in our A.C. Crispin is Begging for “Volunteers” to Write Reviews for Her Books posting, when you ask “friends” to write reviews about your book(s)  . . .  isn’t it disingenuous?

If their books were selling then the general public would be posting “genuine” reviews of their books . . .  not fabricated  (i.e. “fake positives”) reviews generated from “flying monkeys” at the behest of authors Ann “A.C.” Crspin and Victoria Strauss. Begging for book reviews? Oy!  . . . the hypocrisy! Authors don’t beg for reviews . . . if the work is good the general book buying public will evaluate it on its own merits. Crispin, Strauss & Capobianco should know better.

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