In our post, Reviewer Subterfuge, we presented you with information and screenshots showing some rather suspicious activity on a certain book after the author was attacked on Facebook, namely some suspicious one-star reviews. More to the point, we showed you a comment outlining real (favorable) reviews left by notable reviewers like Kirkus and the Historical Novel Society. The comment also mentioned that several of the one-star reviews on this particular book all said the same thing and then directed readers to another author who writes books in the same genre.
As a reminder, here are the shots of those reviews:
After doing a little research through our contacts who are members of the Historical Novel Society (and who have asked to remain anonymous for their protection), we now know who the leader of the Facebook attack was. Her name is Kathryn Warner, who left this review on the book page (screenshot is only partial):
So… what do all four of these reviewers have in common?
They all know each other.
What else do they have in common?
They all know Sharon Kay Penman.
Gee, what a surprise.
In fact, Sharon Kay Penman is one of the principal supporters of Kathryn’s campaign called Don’t Defame the Dead 1 and 2 that was created to condemn people who write books that they consider to “defame the dead.” Hmm… much like they claim Ashe’s Montfort does.
As for Sharon’s support of Kathryn’s campaign, you might want to take a look at this:
Is this all starting to become clearer now?
Woah! I think we’ve got another Somerloon on our hands, folks! Why do I say that? Keep reading.
We just recently received this comment by Member of HNS:
Reading the comments on Kathryn’s review, I thought she was a teenager by the way she was acting, but then I looked at her Facebook page. She’s an old woman!
MoHNS isn’t kidding. When we started reading up on this woman, we thought she was in her teens, or maybe early 20’s because of her juvenile behavior. When we found out how old she is, we were floored. If you want to get a look at this lady, here’s a link to her twitter account. She looks to be about 50.
We’re certain this is her twitter because of this:
(Her friend is right. There is a mole in their little DDTD group and boy did we get some interesting information from this person!)
So… we’re vile, vicious, and thoroughly stupid and ignorant.
Okay, Kathryn. If you say so.
Aw, what’s wrong? You angry because we exposed your dirty little scheme to discredit an author because she dared to have a different view of history than you? You pissed because we showed everyone your my-view-of-history-is-the-only-correct-view-or-else attitude? You want to know what our site visitors think of your attitude? Check out this comment from Anon:
This whole idea of “don’t defame the dead” is ludicrous. There are as many interpretations of the past as there are historical records of it. Just look at how many different interpretations of the Bible there are. Anyone who considers her view of the past as the “correct” view is fooling herself. There is no such thing.
You know what, Kathryn? Anon is right. If you think your interpretation of the past is the only true and correct one, you’re deluding yourself.
And you can say whatever you want about us, the facts will still remain the facts. And one of those facts is that Katherine Ashe has behaved with so much more integrity than you. It’s really unbelievable how childish you have been.
And if our readers think this is bad, they will want to take a look at this comment from a different Anon:
I don’t think she’s just acting like an adolescent. I think she’s a bit crazy. Have you seen the comments she’s been leaving on people’s reviews? Check out Chris’s review. She’s also obsessed with votes on her own review. This woman needs help.
This is what Anon is referring to – these comments left on Chris’s review, which were pulled by Amazon right after we reported them for abuse (screenshot sent to us by Chris):
We’re not sure how Melissa got dragged into this, but we think it has something to do with the Amazon trolls. They consistently blame her for our site no matter how many times we’ve said that we’re not authors. In this case, they think Chris is Melissa and again they’re getting it wrong. But Kathryn, not even knowing who Melissa is, or even who Chris is for that matter, called Melissa a “sad, tragic, pathetic loser.”
This. Is. Crazy!
And this is a woman whose buddy (one of the nasties whose comment got deleted from our blog) described Kathryn as having a “good name and excellent standing in the History community.”
Wow! I think I’m going to stay far away from the History community. And that’s assuming her buddy got it right and she wasn’t referring to the “Hysterical community” which would be much more fitting, I think. She fits right in with the rest of the Amazon trolls.
Watch out for this one, folks! She’s a nutter.