I am a writer and have been for as long as I could hold a pencil. I have been the editor of two national magazines and have been published in dozens of print magazines as well as all over the net. I had one book published long ago under a pen name (long before e-books and self publishing existed) and eventually plan to get back into fiction writing.
I am a product and service reviewer and advisor on a number of highly trafficked websites and I do research and ghost writing for two magazines.
In my spare time - what little of it I have - I like to read all sorts of books. Eventually, I will write a few of my own. I have stepped away from novel writing to tackle non-fiction but find I am missing it dearly.
I rate books I read from this site fairly and don't mince words. I wish for all of you who are writing success and my criticisms are not meant to be hurtful, just honest.
This member has not published any books.
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Smashwords book reviews by Patty Therre
- Window Treatment
on July 25, 2011
I wasn't overly impressed with this book. It was written fairly well, although there were some typos and other editing issues. I felt that the idea of exhibitionism was a good one but the descriptions of "the man" and "the woman" didn't bring them to life. Not a bad read but could have been so much steamier.
- Curtains For Two
on July 25, 2011
Dreadful. This short story was riddled with typos and editing issues. Going beyond that, this was just a waste of time. The author's constant description of "playing" as a euphemism for masturbation is quite annoying and absolutely nothing was stimulating to me. I just shook my head and was glad I got this one for free.
- Texan Undercover (Romantic Suspense)
on Sep. 02, 2011
This book was better written and more interesting than books that I pay much more for. I don't know why this author hasn't become as famous as the likes of Meagan Hart and Lorelei James at least. Very well written, no editing errors, great suspense, good sexual buildup and a heck of an interesting read. The very end as a just a bit too rushed but all is forgiven when an author can make me read a full length book in two nights.
- Mommy's Little Helper
on Sep. 09, 2011
This was a VERY short story and it was creepy. I am all about older women and younger men but a 48 year old woman with an 18 year old virgin who calls her Mommy is a bit too weird for me. I was turned off, not on by the way she treated him like her baby boy and the way he wanted her to be his mother. It felt like I was reading pedophilia although the boy in the story did just turn 18. Not my kind of romance although the writing wasn't bad and the editing was pretty good as well.
- A Date With Tara
on Sep. 09, 2011
Well written although the author calls the character Beth by the name of Bella once. I didn't like the content because I am not into this sort of humiliation and female dominance but I can't fault the author for that. If you like short stories about male compliance and submission, this may turn you on. It did nothing for me.
- Hang On
on Sep. 12, 2011
This book was phenomenal. I honestly thought that this writer was a best selling author under a pen name. If she keeps writing books like this, she will be a bestselling author under her own name! As a writer myself, I am fairly critical of the books I read. I don't mean to be but errors and bad writing glare at me from my Kindle. There is none of that in the book, Hang On. This was one of the best written books I have read in a long time with an amazingly refreshing storyline and characters who jumped off the page. I encourage everyone to read this book. You won't be sorry. Nell Gavin, send this book to an agent and get yourself a publisher STAT!
on Sep. 14, 2011
Putting logistics aside and suspending reality, which you HAVE To do to get through this incredibly long book, it has some entertainment value. However, I will never understand how any author can work so hard on a novel and then not proofread it or have someone edit it before the masses read it. This book was filled with grammatical errors, strange words and added letters placed between sentences for no reason. The conversation by all the many characters is exactly the same. There is no differentiating who is speaking. This author shuns contractions almost completely. The people say "will not" "could not" "am not" etc. Real people don't talk like that.
I wanted to like this book and, on a visceral level, I did because it was so different. But it droned on and on and each situation was more unrealistic than the next with characters popping up with back stories that didn't matter and the characters who did matter not fleshed out at all. I don't have a clue what most of the main characters look like or even how old they are.
Please authors, after spending time to write a book, proofread it. Run it through Word with the grammar check on. Have someone who is well versed in grammar and spelling proofread it. Don't put a book out that is riddled with so many errors, incomplete sentences, and skipped words. I have no doubt that this author worked hard to weave this story and commend her for it, thus the 3 star rating (as opposed to 2), but tightening up the text, cutting out unnecessary details, fixing the grammar and spelling, and making the characters speak like real people would all make this book so much easier to enjoy.
- Lover, Husband, Father, Monster - Book 1, Her Story
on Nov. 05, 2011
I enjoyed this book a lot although I had a bit of trouble connecting with the main character because she was willing to walk away from her children so easily. Having said that, this book is well written, more like a friend talking to another friend than fiction. I am going to get Book 2 to see what Stuart's side is! Good reading.
- Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll (SEALS, Inc., Book 1)
on Nov. 05, 2011
I enjoyed this book quite a bit although I certainly had to suspend reality to enjoy it. There are a lot of plot lines that simply could not happen in real life but then, this IS a fiction book after all. The book was a page turner and, if I didn't think too hard about how silly certain scenarios were, I enjoyed it very much.