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Spotlight Author Duo – Breakfield & Burkey, @EnigmaSeries

Hello, bloggers!

It’s my pleasure to welcome the dynamic duo, Breakfield & Burkey!

The Enigma Rising by Breakfield & BurkeyHow we feel when other people talk about our writing
Authors Breakfield and Burkey

This is an interesting topic for discussion.  Having recently attended an authors’ workshop, we spent a lot of time giving and taking feedback. When you talk about writing or listening to others talk about yours, we find there are two tracks to consider. Someone can attack you personally rather than talk about the various writing aspects. For example, when you introduced John, you failed to provide the reader with enough detail to get them to draw a picture in their mind or connection. This far nicer than something like, That John guy you added was about as useless as your writing. You need to take your ideas into a dark hole and flush them out, before thrusting onto the public at large. A bit harsh at best.

As an author we inherently expect all our targeted audiences to love our product. In our case that is a TechnoThriller story. The Breakfield and Burkey formula for that genre is real technology applied to a specific subject focus, such as cryptocurrency as in The Enigma Source, with characters who have real life backgrounds, travel, intrigue, mystery, and a dollop of humor. Not everyone who uses smart devices, likes a bit of complexity in their stories, or even appreciates applied technology. What we hope for are readers who fall in love with the stories and return for the growing character universe and the next immersive story we craft so our readers and listeners become our raving readers and voracious listeners.

Then there are written reviews, which we also consider other people talking about our writing. Kirkus Reviews has provided comments on every one of our stories which has helped each subsequent story improve. In fact, one of their comments was regarding Julie and Juan who we had paired up to work a specific story angle. The comments Kirkus made were so favorable we decided to do a fork in the series at book #7, The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale, to explore their new business of feet-on-the-street cyber technicians. We recently released this in audiobook format with our fabulous narrator, Derek Shoals, our voice of the series.

Reading all the reviews are something Burkey takes seriously culling over the new ones each morning. It is more important than ever for fans to do a lot of reviews so she can make a day of reading them. If they are mean spirited, she is depressed and tries to analyze all the innuendoes whether stated or imagined. One extremely mean review was a personal attack that questioned our professional careers. In an effort to seek clarity an email exchange was done by Burkey which allowed further pointed comments to be made. Some people love being “trolls” based on the anonymity of the Internet today so they can launch unfounded attacks without having to look the person in the eye. It’s a real shame, as this process only demonstrates a lack of personal integrity.

Constructive feedback is something Breakfield and Burkey appreciate. We try very hard to be mindful of our fans and their enjoyment of our stories. The commentary we have received on various characters’ and their evolution have made us smile. People tend to evolve just like our characters do. Some in good ways and others in poor ways. In our stories the bad actors do eventually receive their just deserts.

One reviewer’s comment on book #10 The Enigma Source really stuck out when they lamented “I didn’t want to feel sorry for Mathias…but I couldn’t help myself.” When a reviewer admits your story got to them, you are becoming a good storyteller.

We very much look forward to hearing your comments or seeing your reviews. You can reach us directly at

Take care – Breakfield and Burkey

Roxanne BurkeyBio

Breakfield, is a 25+ year technology expert in security, networking, voice and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his­tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey, a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments for customers all over the world with a focus on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation, but has a marked preference for fiction.

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Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today

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Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with today’s guests.

Until next time……………………………… Happy Reading!!

42 thoughts on “Spotlight Author Duo – Breakfield & Burkey, @EnigmaSeries”

  1. What a great perspective to have on critique and reviews. This is a sign of authors who are willing to learn and to grow! Great post, and thank you for hosting today, Marlena!

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  2. Reviews can definitely provide constructive criticism. Sometimes they are simply negative without information usable to better your work. I understand that can be frustrating.

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  3. We all want our readers to love every word we write – but it’s good when they can help us improve by giving some constructive feedback. It’s interesting learning more about you both 🙂

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  4. Reviews can be a game-changer for an author, especially the constructive ones. I usually ignore those spoilers that do not add anything to the conversation. Thank you, Marlena, for hosting.

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    1. Burkey has a tough time ignoring the spoilers. But your advise is heard! Thank you for following our tour. Marlena you are so kind to host this. Thank you.

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  5. I enjoy reading this post! My favorite reviews are those where I can tell the reader truly connected with my characters. I also enjoy the reviews that show the readers’ predictions about what they believe will happen next. I value those reviews that critique the story line or question parts of the story (or find errors). These reviews help me to grow as a writer (or revise the errors).

    When a review feels mean-spirited, I ask myself two questions: Am I sensitive to the comments because there is an underlying truth in them? Does this comment say more about the reader than about my writing? If there is some truth in the comment, I will analyze it and use it to grow. If it feels like a troll or someone who is just mean-spirited, I send some positive energy his/her way and move on. The more books we write, the thicker our skin becomes, but there is always value to be found in reviews. 🙂

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    1. Awesome commentary. Perhaps my skin will thicken someday. Thank you for following us.

      Marlena, again thank you for hosting. Love your website.

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    2. I like what you said about reviews. I read every review of mine and learn something from each one. I do believe that the feedback received from each published book helps me to make my future books a little bit better.
      Marlena, thank you for hosting this stop.

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    1. Gwen thank you. We have only recently met you and your sincere comments are appreciated. Thank you for following us.

      Hats off to you, Marlena for hosting.

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    1. Hello Flossie, so kind of you to take the time to read this. We love this Spotlight Tour and the support of this community.

      Marlena, you are appreciated.

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  6. Reviews are RRBC’s bread & butter! Honest feedback which outlines the strengths and weaknesses helps writers grow. As for trolls, it says a lot about their lack of moral character, when they hide behind anonymity with their vitriol.

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  7. Reviews are always helpful IF they are constructive. I’ve learned a lot from them. I too have had some helpful comments from Kirkus–though Kirkus is a $$$ way to learn. Good luck on the tour and thanks, Marlena, for hosting.

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  8. Reviews can be very educational for the writer provided they are the right kind of reviews. There is a right way and a wrong way to write a review. That’s what you have to look out for. Great post.

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  9. Getting constructive and useful feedback is very important for the growth of authors. I agree there is two ways to package feedback and it is more helpful to the recipient if that feedback is presented in an encouraging and positive way.

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