I learned a long time ago from someone I adore and respect not to read or comment on reviews and I abide by his teachings in most cases. However I learned from another mentor that some shit you just don’t let slide. Today is one of those days.
A single comment made by a very irritated and angry Raven Storm (a character in my novels) halfway through Stormrise apparently gave a reviewer the impetus to write a review calling me racist and disgusting. I am not sure how a clichéd comment by Raven to another character in the book allows the reviewer to make the leap of logic to me and my personal beliefs, but sure. I can only assume they also think I am a six foot tall half vampire who drinks blood, drives a $200000 Mustang and solves crimes as that is discussed throughout the other 325 pages of the book.
As a person of mixed heritage and “alternative sexuality” I find this kind of ignorant comment to be highly offensive, especially considering they are most often made by people who have never experienced the brutality of racism and homophobia. I have and have the scars to prove it.
People who don’t know what they are talking about should be grateful they haven’t experienced such things and shut the hell up.
I am uncertain why Amazon allows abusive reviews to remain but if anyone would like to report it anyway, be my guest.