Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#Interview With The Reviewer Robin Barton #Review of #Jack and The Magical Beanstalk M/M #LGBT #Romance @SexyMuffyWilson @pablomichaels1 @aharemboysaga​ @SarahJaneWrites #RPBP

Welcome to another segment of
"An Interview With A Reviewer"
with our guest reviewer
Robin Barton

First Things First,
Let's take a look at Robin's review of "Jack and The Magical Beanstalk" by author Pablo Michaels.

The Review:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not the same old Jack…Old and new collide to bring a fresh face to this old classic, December 20, 2015 By Robin

Jack and the Magical Beanstalk (Yellow Silk Dreams) (Kindle Edition)
Mr. Michael’s brought life and a new pop to this old classic. He gave us insight into the dynamics of being raised by a single parent. He molded the old and new into a beautiful piece of imagery with depth making it easy to relate to the hardships and lessons that are learned along the way. Mr. Michael’s adapted Jack making him easily fit into the 21st century while keeping the old charm that made this story a classic.
Mr. Michael’s subtly slipped in analogies which gave the story a bit of humor only adding to the delightfully well written layering of the original fairytale. He brought a sensuous quality to Jack that gave him more dimension and depth.
Pablo Michael’s has created a magical journey into the world of fairytales. I look forward to more.

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  • Do you have a general review rating that you go by? 5stars, 4 stars, etc. What are the deciding factors that you weigh your decision on? (For instance: I gave “Jack and The Magical Beanstalk” 5 stars because…)
  • What about Pablo Michaels book, “Jack and The Magical Beanstalk” did you like the best?
  • What about an author inspires you to read a book and review it?
  • What is your favorite genre to read?
  • Are you a plot driven or character driven reader? Why?
  • Do you post reviews for all the books you read?
  • What happens before you sit down to read a book for a review?
  • Do you have a special place where you like to read? Do you need complete silence?
  • How many times do you read a book before you actually write the review?
  • When posting a review, which sales channels do you typically post to? Why?
  • Have you ever had one of your reviews removed from a sales channel?
  • How do you think the digital age has impacted literature as a whole?
  • Are you an author? What is the title of your most recent publication? Please feel free to share a link for your book here as well.
The big question that everyone wants to know...
  • How important do you believe reviews are in the purchasing decision process?
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About The Book
In this adult fairy tale young, awkward, young Jack sells their prize cow Pearly White for magical beans to a strange man in a red bikini. Little does Jack’s mother, Lorene, know that the beans grow into a giant, magical beanstalk, high above the clouds?

Jack ascends the beanstalk to a land where a Giant Slave serves his larger Master, Jack begs Slave for food to satisfy his hunger from his long journey. But Jack finds Master hoarding treasures.

Attempting to escape the wrath of Master and Slave with the treasures, Jack encounters a handsome, engaging normal sized human man. Sam lives with others that live naturally without clothing deep in the forest. As Jack ages he becomes a handsome man, just like his father, attracting many men, including the two farmhands, Zeke and Adam.

Even though Jack has enabled the farm to prosper with the treasures he stole from Master and is met with increasing danger, he climbs the magical beanstalk again and again to find more treasures and pursue Sam.

Read More About This book here: Meet In The Middle Blog
Read The Interview With Reviewer Ray Sostre
Read The Interview With Reviewer Muffy Wilson
Read The Interview With Reviewer Angelica Dawson

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About The Author
Pablo Michaels disguised himself as a shy, friendly heterosexual during his adolescence, fantasizing other males. Falling in love with another man his first year in college, he followed him to another university to maintain their platonic love, while he continued in his in studies. When he had his first sexual encounter with another man, just before turning twenty-one, he exploded into gay life with lust and anger. He attempted to live his new life naturally, seeking love, ignoring the statistics of the books he read on homosexuality in high school, and proving what he had read was wrong.
He wrote poetry and stories since third grade. When he turned twenty-one, he moved to San Francisco to work and write, experiencing more of gay life. In the 1980's he wrote every chance he had, trying and failing miserably at publishing mainstream fiction. He published his first story in 1986 in a literary magazine. read more...


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65 comments:

  1. What about an author inspires you to read a book and review it?

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    1. I usually pick a book by the title or perhaps the artwork it is hard to say what captures my attention. I generally don’t even read the blurb. I like to go in being surprised most times.

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    2. When you first start reading a book, how far do you have to read read before it captures your positive impression?

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    3. I usually know after the first chapter. Once I get a feel for the characters I know. I just connect...

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  2. What is your favorite genre to read?

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    1. My all-time favorite genre has to be Historical (Medieval) set in Ireland/Scotland. I am drawn to this time period as if I lived there in a previous life. But, because I look at books as magical gifts that take me on journeys and grand adventures any genre is a favorite to me

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    2. Unlike Robin, I shy away from historical fiction, unless it is a contemporary historical fiction, a story that ends in the current time or recent history.

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  3. Are you a plot driven or character driven reader? Why?

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    1. Although I like a good plot I think I am more character driven. I find that I enjoy the plot more if the characters are easy to relate to. What I mean is that I am able to feel their emotions, step into their shoes and become a part of their lives as they have become a part of mine.

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    2. I am both character and plot driven, feeling they are intertwined.

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    3. This I guess can be said for me also at times.

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    4. I should probably emphasize, a good character, one I can Identify with, is a real plus for involving me in a book.

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    5. Always. It makes the story seem more realistic. They become like family.

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  4. What about Pablo Michaels book, “Jack and The Magical Beanstalk” did you like the best?

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    1. The way he Mr. Michaels took a classic, added spice to it making it a magically woven new plot. He left the original story alone just added making it fresh. He is one to watch as I can see his stories will help young men trying to find themselves.

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    2. I appreciate your comment about helping younger men and women find their comfort zone as to who they are. That is my primary purpose in writing gay romance.

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    3. I can feel that in your stories. You have become more confident and comfortable in sharing through your writing.

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    4. You are probably right. When I write I am much more comfortable than in real life situations.

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    5. I think a lot of writer's are like that. It is easier sometimes to put down on paper what we feel. I know I find it easier to put it in words. I am able to better express or share what I want to convey. In my head I think to far in advance which makes it harder to let others know how I feel.

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  5. Do you post reviews for all the books you read?

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    1. I read for several authors on their review crews along with a couple publishing houses and a book blog so yes, they get posted for the most part. Sometimes I post from my TBR (to be read) list but I do tend to get sloppy when it comes to something that I don’t have to read. I am getting better though.

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    2. Having Robin review my books, I feel honored. She comments on how to improve my writing. When I receive a good review from her, I feel like the book is able to reach readers enthusiastically.

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    3. Thank you. I want to see you or others succeed as writers. It is only what I hope others would do for me.

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  6. What happens before you sit down to read a book for a review?

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    1. I usually grab some gummy bears and pretzels, usually a sweet tea and chocolate because I don’t want to get up if the book pulls me in.

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    2. I agree with Robin, I don't want to be tempted by food or drink, or activities that will draw me away from reading a story. I like to keep focused on the action taking me to another world.

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    3. It is a much more enjoyable experience that way. But, there are times when interruptions are inevitable.

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    4. ttoo true. My husband knows I am writing or reading but feels his interruptions don't stop my flow.

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    5. My is the same way. But most times I am writing while he is at work or watching sports so he doesn't interrupt too often.

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  7. Do you have a special place where you like to read? Do you need complete silence?

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    1. Depending on the weather the beach is my most favorite of places. I enjoy getting there early before the families come. I enjoy the waves and distant sounds of the boats, the birds…just so very peaceful. At home the hammock on the patio in the nice weather with the sunshine, while a big comfy chair I curl up in when it is colder. I like to settle in. As far as silence it isn’t needed I am really good at tuning out the sound if I need it. I can focus on just the book and get lost very easily.

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    2. I have grown to like my cave for reading, at my desk on the PC or on the couch or bed on my laptop.

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  8. How many times do you read a book before you actually write the review?

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    1. Usually one time is all I need to write the review. I will sometimes put the review off, then I may need to skim for a refresher.

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    2. I read a book twice. Once skimming and then once reading, centering on all the details I can retain.

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    3. I want that adventure first, the magic...
      I don't want it to feel like it is work.

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  9. Do you have a general review rating that you go by? 5stars, 4 stars, etc. What are the deciding factors that you weigh your decision on? (For instance: I gave “Jack and The Magical Beanstalk” 5 stars because…)

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    1. I don’t really like using the star system because for me I rate stories on; how it makes me feel when I read it (how much emotional pull does it have for me)? Do the characters speak to me? Do I connect with the characters/plot (how much warmth, depth, insight into all the contributing factors of said book do I have)? Does it leave me wanting more? The WOW factor…

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  10. When posting a review, which sales channels do you typically post to? Why?

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    1. Because of reviewing for so many different authors, publishing houses etc. I like to make sure that Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble receive the posted reviews. If there are other places I will also get the reviews to them.

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    2. If the review is requested I post everywhere possible.

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  11. Have you ever had one of your reviews removed from a sales channel?

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    1. What is your opinion on "Amazon Review Guidelines"? Specifically, what is your opinion about Amazon removing reader reviews because of "Friendship Status"?

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    3. I haven't had any reviews removed that I know of.

      'Friendship Status'- I don't see what the problem is. They can be more brutal in a review than the public.

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  12. How do you think the digital age has impacted literature as a whole?

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    1. I feel that it has opened many new doors for authors by allowing us to interact with our readers on a better level. I think more people read now because it is easier to read from your phone, ipad, computer…it is convenient. I still have to have the physical books available but when asking most people now it is easier to carry the digital item than a book.

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    2. I have friends who never read e-books, not having a computer or smart phone. I don't like the disappearance of mom and pop book stores. It is difficult to find a bookstore in many cities or towns, other than Barnes and Noble. They are few near here.

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    3. Besides becoming a bestselling author my dream is to own one of those mom and pop book stores in a small coastal town. Well, any town would do if I could have my shop.

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    4. I hit publish too soon. I love the smell of old books. The feel of the book in my hand and being able to physically turn those pages. I was upset when the card catalog left the library.

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  13. Are you an author? What is the title of your most recent publication? Please feel free to share a link for your book here as well.

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    1. Yes, but I haven’t had anything published in a few years. I have taken some time off to spend with my grandson Hendrix. He is our first grandchild and it is something I wanted to do. A sabbatical of sorts I guess you could say. I have been working on a few projects getting them ready to send in.

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    2. It is always beneficial to take breaks. I come back with a different perspective and improve my skills after a break.

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  14. How important do you believe reviews are in the purchasing decision process?

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    1. I think it helps in getting new authors noticed. If I see a book that has 173 reviews and the majority of those reviews are either a 4 or 5 star, I would like to think that the story is good and something that I just might need to check out.

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    2. I have never paid attention to reviews until I found they become important for sales as an author. I still pay no attention to them when I choose a book to read.

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    3. That is why I have started to leave reviews even on my TBR book list (the ones I read just for me). It matters.

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  15. Thank you Robin for spending your time to ask questions and talk about my book Jack and the Magical Beanstalk. I always enjoy talking with you.

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    1. You are welcome. I enjoy our talks and the encouragement that comes along with them. ;)

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  17. Reviews are important to an author. Take the time after you read that new book by your favorite author and leave a short review on whether you liked the book or not. It only takes a minute and is greatly appreciated.

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