Jul 28

Blog Tour for Living Again

Blog Tour for Living Again

Hi all,

I’m enjoying my blog tour so far, and have gotten a fair number of responses for my give away. If you haven’t seen any of my other stops on this tour, here’s how the giveaway will work. Comment below, and go to as many sites listed in the blog schedule listed here and comment there as well. Each blog you comment on will earn you one entry for my giveaway. Three prizes will be given. One signed paperback copy, and two electronic copies of Living Again.

Now to talk about other things.

How do you all handle bad reviews? I had gotten only good reviews for Haunted, and even for all those fan fiction stories I wrote before trying my hand at original fiction, so, when I got a bad review for Living Again, it threw me for a loop. Now most every review I’ve seen for it has been positive, and I have received several glowing comments via Facebook, and email; but I got a couple of bad ones on Good Reads. Just from commenters, nothing official, but one bad review has pretty much taken a bunch of people with it. There are several people who have argued with that review because they liked Living Again, and many more who rated it with four and five stars. But, I’m finding that this one bad review is really getting to me.

Their biggest complaint is that there is no explicit, hard-core, sex on the page. But, there was none on page for Haunted, either, and I didn’t get any reviews less than three stars. With each novel I write, I’m inserting more and more sex scenes, but I really don’t want my stories to be just about sex. I like to create emotional connections between the male characters, not just physical ones. Now, I love reading stories with lots of sex scenes, and I’ve read very well written stories that focus on physical connections instead of emotional ones, but that’s not what I write.

The commenter also said that they don’t like that the men have multiple conversations about their hang ups, but the blurb hints at that. Real people often have the same conversations in different ways at different times when a hang up is so deep seated. I want my characters to be real, and real people don’t usually solve their problems with just one conversation. There are misunderstandings, misguided attempts at helping the other get over their hang ups. There are misinterpretations of the other’s actions based on the character’s own past experiences. That’s how real relationships often progress.

Intellectually, I know that no writer can please everyone all the time, and bad reviews are part of the deal. I ultimately write for myself, and I told the story as the muse told it to me, but I find it’s still affecting me. Somehow the comments feel like a personal attack. Now, I know that’s not true. They basically are just saying they don’t like the story (even if they are pretty explicit about it), and that’s certainly their prerogative. I’m concerned, though, that people seem to be jumping on the bandwagon without even reading the story. It doesn’t seem fair somehow…but then, I found out long ago that life usually isn’t.

I’ll get over the shock and the mild depression caused by the negative comments, and I’ll try to focus on the many positive ones. But I’d love some input from other authors.

How do you all handle less than stellar reviews? Have you ever had comments vary so widely from “love it” (5 stars) to “hate it” (1 star)? Has it ever affected your mood? How did you handle your first bad review? Please comment below and let me know. I’m still sort of new to all this, and would love any and all advice.

Below is my Blog Schedule. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please pay a visit to these other blog sites as well. Don’t forget, the more you comment, the greater your chance of winning a copy of Living Again.

Blog Schedule:

Blog Stop

Date of blog

Name of Host (or Name of Blog)

Address of Blog



Jessica Davies




Grace Duncan




Emma Tett




Tara Lain




Charlie Cochet’s Tea House




Lex Chase




Anne Barwell








JP Barnaby




Tempest O’Riley




Kit Moss




Michael Rupured




Shae Connor




Charley Descateaux




Elizabeth Noble




Grace Duncan


Living Again

Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.

Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel’s suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.

Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he’s hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.





Brynn’s Bio:

Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:



About the author


Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.


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  1. ardent ereader

    Hi Brynn I am a reader not a writer so I can’t speak to reviews of my own writing. I will say that I don’t usually let bad reviews deter me from reading a book that interested me from a blurb. I prefer to make up my own mind. I look forward to reading your latest book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. tmsmithauthor

    This book looks like it’s going to be great Brynn, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Trix

    Reviews are so subjective, and frankly I’m more intrigued by a book that evokes a mix of strong feelings than one where everyone just says “oh, it’s great!” without being too specific. (I’ve felt “meh” or worse about SO many books that everybody raves about, and it makes me wonder what’s wrong with me.) You’re true to your vision, and that’s important–nobody really respects a yes-person in the end!

  4. JenCW

    Reviews are tough. It doesn’t help that some people review things that have nothing to do with the actual book or story. I get very skeptical of books that have nothing but 5 and 4 star ratings because not everyone enjoys the same types of books. Even the great literary masters have “haters”, its not realistic to expect nothing but good reviews. I say that, but if it was my books, I’d have a hard time with bad or negative reviews. You can’t please everyone, and being true to your art (writing in this case) is I think more important.

  5. brynnstein2

    Thanks for the comments. It helps to know that not everyone takes the bad reviews seriously. I do want to be true to my muse, and ultimately, I loved how the book turned out, and that’s really all that should matter. I’m human enough that I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting there. Knowing that you all are willing to still try the book, and that others have mentioned they still want to read it. That goes a long way.

    I’ve entered your names in the raffle.

  6. Lee Todd

    please count me in

    1. brynnstein2

      You’re counted in Lee. Thanks.

  7. Melisha Bonnette

    I would like to be entered in the drawing please.

    1. brynnstein2

      Gotcha Melisha. Thanks for making the rounds.

  8. sula22

    I hope its not to late….to enter….thanks for a chance to win your book?

    I think as a writer sadly there will always be people that do not like your work or find something not to their satisfaction, in this case not enough sex and the men talked about their feelings. I don’t wish to be rude back about those thoughts, as everyone is allowed their opinion that is what makes us a free society, however their is still a better way of dealing with it than in a negative critical way. I would not let one persons negative comments stop from reading a book as there are plenty of other review sites that I find have a fair and positive reviews, which give constructive criticism that I value more. I have only just started reviewing books, as I was worried about upsetting an author if I critiqued their work as I know I would be upset as well.

    Good luck with your book, its on my wish list 🙂

  9. brynnstein2

    Thanks so much to everyone who followed the blog tour for Living Again. I loved getting to know all of you, and I had a ball visiting all the various blog sites.

    I chose three winners to the drawing, as promised, yesterday and am now posting the winners at all the blog sites.

    The winners are:

    The signed paperback copy goes to Jen CW
    The two electronic copies go to Ardent Ereader and Trix

    Winners, please email me at brynnstein2@gmail.com to give me your information.

    Jen, I’ll need your mailing address so I can send you the signed copy. Please also tell me if you want me to put anything in particular in the signature.

    Ardent and Trix, let me know if you have a Dreamspinner account. It’s easier on this end if I can just tell them who you are and have them transfer a copy to your bookshelf. If you need other arrangements, please let me know that too.

    Again, thanks SO much to all the hosts who helped me out, and thanks to all you who commented.

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