Highland Press co-publisher and Kensington author Deborah MacGillivray is evidently harassing an Amazon reviewer that goes by the handle Reba. Dearauthor.com reprinted an email from Macgillivray to Reba (who gave her book a 3 star review) and admonishing her for not getting it right. According to Dearauthor.com Reba “has since deleted the review, but not before it came to light that MacGillivray uses yahoogroups and author groups to encourage, browbeat, or by other means, individuals into taking down negative reviews by reporting that the review is a) not helpful and b) abuse. MacGillivray also appears to have taken even further steps to ascertain personal information about Reba.” In an frightening amazon romance forum post by MacGillivray entitled “vote down this bitch please” she states “Well, thanks to XXXXXX our PI , we now have her name, her husband’s name, her chidrens’ names, her grannies and great grannies name. Her address phone number and email lol… quite interesting.” (and in my opinion, quite creepy!)
Her actions have led to a Backlash on the Amazon romance forum with many readers stating outright that they’ll never read her works.
Jem Shillingford who just had a firsthand experience of having her own review of MacGillivray’s book pulled down from Amazon yesterday is “astonished at her appalling behavior.”
But wait, there’s more
Not only is MacGillivray effectively (and wrongly) using her fan base to alter the course of reviews, but she’s using her position as co-publisher of Highland Press to browbeat authors into doing her bidding according to DearAuthor. Although MacGillivray claims not to be co-publisher, thanks to the due diligence of Kareneknowsbest, its pretty well established that she is.