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message 1: by Emma, Group Admin (last edited Jun 03, 2017 09:07AM) (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
The review group is the most successful group for peer reviews on goodreads. It hosts non-reciprocal reading/review rounds of ten authors with a variety of themes and genres, as well as ‘general’ rounds where any book is permitted, from non-fiction, to horror. When a round has ‘now forming’ in the title, there are places available, you can sign up. If it doesn’t, it’s full – look for another round.
The new amazon rules state that authors/publishers are no longer allowed to specifically supply published books in return for reviews on amazon. To comply with this new rule, we no longer insist members review on amazon. However, we are all in the same situation, we want reviews.
When sorting out groups, I prioritise those members who have fully participated in previous groups and don’t have multiple review connections with the other participants.

This is a novella round
In joining this group you have agreed TO READ and REVIEW ANY four ALLOCATED novellas (under 45,000 words) within the set 8 week limit. You will receive four reviews.
Fiction and non-fiction, adult and children's books are acceptable.



If you are only willing to review your own preferred genre, make sure you join a genre round. Allocation is entirely random and there will NOT be any rearranging of the listing to accommodate personal preference. The ONLY circumstance in which you may duck out of giving a review is if YOU provide a stand-in reviewer.
Let’s be honest here – we don’t all like the same things but we all want reviews. The only way this group can function is if we trust each other to behave honourably. And it IS perfectly possible to give a fair-minded review of a text that does not coincide with our normal choice of reading matter. If you need a few hints/tips, please see this thread:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Now for the boring stuff, but please read it, it saves a lot of time if everyone is on the same wavelength.
Before signing up below with your goodreads author and goodreads book link in the thread below, please ensure that:
1. You have enough time to read and review 4 books within the time allowed.

2. Your book is currently available for sale on amazon (not pre-order) and it complies with the individual round theme, if there is one.

3. Your book is fit to be reviewed. If it is not, due to editing or other issues, you risk poor reviews. This is your problem, not that of the reviewers or the groups. For a small fee, the group admin will look at the first few pages of your book to advise. The number one error new authors make is not having their book beta read and edited, by non-family members.

4. You can submit reviews to goodreads, amazon.com and amazon.uk. Amazon has recently changed their criteria for reviewers to allow only those people who have spent $50 on amazon. If you are unsure about your amazon reviewer status, try posting a ‘test’ review before signing up.

5. You can provide (and accept) at least PDF files. Many authors can also provide mobi and epub files. You are not expected or required to buy the books you are allocated to review. Some authors borrow books via KU and others provide smashwords coupons. This is their choice. International Copyright laws apply. You cannot sell, or give away material you have received without the author’s express permission.

6. It is up to individuals what disclaimers they place in a review concerning receiving a book in exchange for a review. Note: reviews that state you received a copy ‘IN RETURN’ for a review will probably be removed/not allowed by amazon.com. ‘I received a free copy from the author without an obligation to review’ would be more acceptable if you feel the need to add a disclaimer.

7. You have completed your reading if you are currently in another review round in this group. You can be involved in the ‘one for one’ list whilst you are in a round.

8. You have an author profile set up before you join.

9. Your goodreads profile allows people to message you, i.e. your profile is not set to private.

10. You declare any relationship you have with another member in the round. Amazon will not allow reviews from the same household on the same book or if you are an editor, relative or close friend of another member.

11. You agree that your reviews will be unbiased and honest, whatever the star rating, and you will try to avoid ‘spoilers’. i.e. giving away the finale of a book.

12. You will not ask a fellow author to change a review of your book because you don’t agree with it. If you think you have a legitimate concern, talk to the mod of your round, NOT the other author. Personal attacks, or pressurising other members WILL NOT BE TOLERATED and will result in you being blacklisted.

13. The new amazon.com review guidelines do not allow for free books to be supplied in return for reviews. Therefore, you are not obliged to review on amazon, just on goodreads. We all want reviews, its why we joined the group. It is bad taste to expect other people to review your book and then not do the same for other people in the group. People that DNF and/or don’t post reviews will find it difficult to get into a subsequent group.

14. Your goodreads details and the rounds you participate in will be recorded by the admin mod on a database. We do not retain details of email addresses etc.

The founding principle of the group is honest, non-reciprocal reviews, so please help maintain the integrity of the group by letting me know as you sign up if you have been reviewed by, or have reviewed another author in the group. Usually places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
I will do my best to fit everyone into the group they request, but occasionally, particularly in the case of our more prolific good standing members, I may have to decline a member request to fit the maximum number of people into a particular round. I will always endeavour to start another round as soon as possible with that member in mind.
It is permissible to review an author more than once if a different book is available.
If you need anything clarified please ask, either by goodreads personal message to me or on the thread below, before signing up. It’s a pain to have to keep rearranging the list because people haven’t read the above.

Your group moderator will be
K.A. Krisko>

Member Links
1.
2.Laurette Long
3.C.A. Pack
4.J. Alana Giresi
5.Pamela Schloesser Canepa
6.Julia Black
7.Stacie Eirich
8.Allie Cresswell
9.https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6...
10.Kathleen Rowland

Book Links
1.Jacaranda Blues
2.The Passage of Desire]
3.Becoming Johanna
4.Potholes
5.Seeing Through Sampson's Eyes
6.Meetup Organizer Survival Tips
7.Into the Light: Poems
8.Biscuits and Wee
9.Priest: True Love
10.Lily's Pad


message 2: by Augustine (new)

Augustine Sam (augustinesam) | 68 comments Hi, I'll like to participate in this round with my newly released short novel, Black Gold. Here are my links:

Author link

Book link

Many thanks


message 3: by J. (new)

J. Giresi | 24 comments Hi, Emma. I'm reading for another round.

Here's my information for Potholes:

Goodreads; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Potholes-J-Ala...

Thanks!

Jen


message 4: by C.A. (new)

C.A. Pack (capack) | 48 comments Hi, I'd like to participate with my novella Becoming Johanna. The ebook version is permanently free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords.

Book Link

Author Page


message 5: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments Hello and Happy Memorial Day! I'd like to participate with my new poetry collection, Into The Light: Poems.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Poe... (Kindle Edition)
https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Poe... (Paperback Edition)

Have a wonderful day & I look forward to reading & reviewing.
Stacie


message 6: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Canepa | 77 comments Hi, Emma. I have finished all of my reading and reviews for the General round. The review rounds have been great! I'd love to join this one with Seeing Through Sampson's Eyes. The only conflict so far is that J. has already reviewed this one. If needed, she could have the option to review Made for Me. Here is the link for STSE:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNNCHHQ

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
Thanks!


message 7: by A J (new)

A J West (ajweston) | 2 comments Hi. This could be the first time for me in this particular group. But I hope to review at least 4 or 5 books in that time period, and you don't have to buy my books, just ask me for an epub or pdf copy. Why are my ranks bad? Because for 4 weeks I have done no promos. I was on a break. Feel free to send me a message. Even if nobody reviews my book, I'll still read and review some books.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GYZDLWS

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AWCAQ68

Thank you.


message 8: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Hi Emma
I’d like to join this group with recently published novella ‘The Passage of Desire’
Here are the links:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
I’ve been reviewed by Augustine, but for a different book (Hot Basque), no connections at all regarding J. Alana, C. A, Stacie, Pamela, or A.J.
Thanks!


message 9: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
J, when you've completed your reviews, let us know, and I'll add you.


message 10: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
AJ, I'll need you goodreads links. And you'll need to claim your author profile.


message 11: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
I think that's everything up to date.


message 12: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments I'd like to join this group please with my quartet of novellas which are collectively called Lost Boys. Can I post the links tomorrow please along with my author profile as I am away from my PC at present? I have read and agree with the rules. I don't see any clashes so far with the others who have signed up. Thanks.


message 13: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments My novella is Jacaranda Blues.
Jacaranda Blues


message 14: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments My novellas are written in a stream of consciousness style:

Jacaranda BluesJacaranda Blues

Moirae Moirae

Author: Mehreen Ahmed


message 15: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments Have we reviewed each other?


message 16: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments Carly wrote: "Yes, a long time ago. (I have a few pen names). I reviewed you under the name Page Larue."

Is your review on Goodreads?


message 17: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments I found you.


message 18: by J. (new)

J. Giresi | 24 comments Hi Emma. I have completed all four rounds of the first book and I would love to review Pam's new book.


message 19: by J. (new)

J. Giresi | 24 comments Sorry got distracted. I meant all four rounds of the first book review group.


message 20: by M.K. (new)

M.K. Kildor (goodreadscommkildor) | 10 comments Hello - I'd like to participate in this novella round for my stand alone ebook SIMPLY PUT: SIMPLY TOLD in my Katie Marie Series on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/SIMPLY-PUT-TOL...

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...

Thank you.

Kind regards,
mkildor


message 21: by Emma, Group Admin (last edited May 30, 2017 12:18AM) (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
I need goodreads links M.K. And you need to claim an author profile, you have a 'user' profile at the moment.


message 22: by Emma, Group Admin (last edited May 30, 2017 12:23AM) (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
I think, I'm up to date with notifications.

Mehreen, Julia has priority in this group as I had to bump her out of another group to make that group work. There isn't a place left where you won't meet in this group. The existing clashes mean I can't change the order. Sorry, you'll have to wait for another group.

Allie, if you want in on this one, hurry up! Remember one novella only and post any clashes.


message 23: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... Here is my author profile
This is the novella I'd like to submit for round one please. Biscuits and Wee. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
Round two will be The Other Boy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
Round Three will be Stack of One https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
And round four Loose Ends https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
I hope this is OK for everyone.


message 24: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments Emma wrote: "I think, I'm up to date with notifications.

Mehreen, Julia has priority in this group as I had to bump her out of another group to make that group work. There isn't a place left where you won't me..."

Oh! Can't I offer a different one for each round? I have done that before.


message 25: by Emma, Group Admin (last edited May 30, 2017 03:02AM) (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Sorry, I didn't realise what you meant. I can only put up one book, but you can send a different one (as long as they meet the criteria) to each reviewer. But make sure you tell them why to find the links.

Any review clashes?


message 26: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments Thanks Emma. If you put up the first book, Biscuits and Wee, I'll contact each of my reviewers and explain. They are all novellas. No clashes - a whole bunch of new friends here!


message 27: by Pamela (new)

Pamela White | 2 comments Hi Emma.
I'd appreciate participating in the novella round. I have a recently released romance novella.
Here are the links:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 28: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Pamela, you need to claim your author profile.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
Scroll down to the end and you'll see a 'is this you? question.

I'll add you now with your user profile, but please get it sorted ASAP, It makes it difficult for other authors to contact you.


message 29: by M.K. (last edited May 30, 2017 02:36PM) (new)

M.K. Kildor (goodreadscommkildor) | 10 comments M.K. wrote: "Hello - I'd like to participate in this novella round for my stand alone ebook SIMPLY PUT: SIMPLY TOLD in my Katie Marie Series on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/SIMPLY-PUT-TOL......"


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...


message 30: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Its the link to your book here on goodreads.

You can add your book manually to goodreads, if its not already here, and then claim the author profile.


message 31: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Rowland (kathleenrowland) | 73 comments Emma, I would like to participate in this novella review group with Lily's Pad, a sweet contemporary lovers triangle if there is room. Thank you. I do not have any conflict with any members here. Lily's Pad


message 32: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Kathleen, you are in. I'll set up the order in the morning.

We have our ten.


message 33: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Thanks for letting me know!


message 34: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Augustine has withdrawn, we are still looking for one member.


message 35: by J. (new)

J. Giresi | 24 comments I'll try to hunt down someone.


message 36: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
If that's the only clash, then yes she could. Message away!


message 37: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Aw, thanks sweetie. For everyone else, it is free! I've just had some new covers done. so I'm hoping for a little more visibility.


message 38: by M.K. (new)

M.K. Kildor (goodreadscommkildor) | 10 comments M.K. wrote: "Hello - I'd like to participate in this novella round for my stand alone ebook SIMPLY PUT: SIMPLY TOLD in my Katie Marie Series on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/SIMPLY-PUT-TOL......"


EMMA - Carly kindly messaged that there is a space left in this novella round. I'd like to participate with my book SIMPLY PUT: SIMPLY TOLD. I believe I added the requested links. Thank you.


message 39: by Mehreen (last edited May 31, 2017 05:41PM) (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments I could take that spot. Thank you. Is there anything I need to do?


message 40: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
Sorry Mehreen, M.K. got in first.

I'll set up the list ASAP.


message 41: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 45 comments No worries.


message 42: by Emma, Group Admin (last edited Jun 03, 2017 09:13AM) (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
START DATE: 1st June 20117

END DATE: 24- Aug

Round 1 – post your review by 22-Jun-17
Round 2 – post your review by 13-Jul-17
Round 3 – post your review by 03-Aug-17
Round 4 – post your review by 24-Aug-17


As AUTHORS you send your book file to:

147-01__ Mehreen Ahmed
Kathleen Rowland for round 1
Pamela White for round 2
Allie Cresswell for round 3
Stacie Eirich for round 4

147-02__ Laurette Long
Mehreen Ahmed for round 1
Kathleen Rowland for round 2
Pamela White for round 3
Allie Cresswell for round 4

147-03__ C A Pack
Laurette Long for round 1
Mehreen Ahmed for round 2
Kathleen Rowland for round 3
Pamela White for round 4

147-04__ J. Alana Giresi
C A Pack for round 1
Laurette Long for round 2
Mehreen Ahmed for round 3
Kathleen Rowland for round 4

147-05__ Pamela Schloesser Canepa
J. Alana Giresi for round 1
C A Pack for round 2
Laurette Long for round 3
Mehreen Ahmed for round 4

147-06__ Carly Berg
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 1
J. Alana Giresi for round 2
C A Pack for round 3
Laurette Long for round 4

147-07__ Stacie Eirich
Carly Berg for round 1
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 2
J. Alana Giresi for round 3
C A Pack for round 4

147-08__ Allie Cresswell
Stacie Eirich for round 1
Carly Berg for round 2
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 3
J. Alana Giresi for round 4

147-09__ Pamela White
Allie Cresswell for round 1
Stacie Eirich for round 2
Carly Berg for round 3
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 4

147-10__ Kathleen Rowland
Pamela White for round 1
Allie Cresswell for round 2
Stacie Eirich for round 3
Carly Berg for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

147-01__ Mehreen Ahmed
Laurette Long for round 1
C A Pack for round 2
J. Alana Giresi for round 3
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 4

147-02__ Laurette Long
C A Pack for round 1
J. Alana Giresi for round 2
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 3
Carly Berg for round 4

147-03__ C A Pack
J. Alana Giresi for round 1
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 2
Carly Berg for round 3
Stacie Eirich for round 4

147-04__ J. Alana Giresi
Pamela Schloesser Canepa for round 1
Carly Berg for round 2
Stacie Eirich for round 3
Allie Cresswell for round 4

147-05__ Pamela Schloesser Canepa
Carly Berg for round 1
Stacie Eirich for round 2
Allie Cresswell for round 3
Pamela White for round 4

147-06__ Carly Berg
Stacie Eirich for round 1
Allie Cresswell for round 2
Pamela White for round 3
Kathleen Rowland for round 4

147-07__ Stacie Eirich
Allie Cresswell for round 1
Pamela White for round 2
Kathleen Rowland for round 3
Mehreen Ahmed for round 4

147-08__ Allie Cresswell
Pamela White for round 1
Kathleen Rowland for round 2
Mehreen Ahmed for round 3
Laurette Long for round 4

147-09__ Pamela White
Kathleen Rowland for round 1
Mehreen Ahmed for round 2
Laurette Long for round 3
C A Pack for round 4

147-10__ Kathleen Rowland
Mehreen Ahmed for round 1
Laurette Long for round 2
C A Pack for round 3
J. Alana Giresi for round 4


Please remember the commitment you are making to your fellow group members. If you pull out after the start date for any reason it is the other members who will be faced with the problem of finding a replacement, or missing out on reads/reviews, through no fault of their own. Please don’t ask the moderators to chase after replacements as we just don’t have the time.

It is the responsibility of the author to get their book to their readers in a format the reviewer can manage. Everyone must be able to provide and accept PDF. You may buy or borrow the books you are due to read if you wish, and I’m sure the author will appreciate the verified review, but IT IS NOT COMPULSORY. There are no set dates for the start of each round. You can each work at your own pace, within the limits of the round deadlines.

All reviews must be posted to GR. We also encourage members to post on amazon .com and .uk. When you have posted your reviews, please post the three links to your reviews, not the book page in this thread.
The mod of each round will record whether members have posted reviews on amazon. I set up all the groups, and for the good of all, members who persistently fail to post reviews or DNF reviews to amazon, will find me less than willing to add them to subsequent groups.

Postings to other sites are by agreement by both author and reviewer.

If I’ve missed something that results in you being asked to review someone who has already reviewed you, please let me know asap.

To exchange book files, my advice is to use PM to give email addresses to each other (save the chance of spammers getting your addies from this open forum). Happy reviewing, everyone :)


message 43: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Thanks for sorting all that Emma. I’ve contacted all reviewers/reviewees by PM. A lot of us seem to be on Kindle Unlimited which is very handy. Looking forward to discovering some new books, happy reviewing everyone!


message 44: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
If anyone fancies giving me a more concrete thank you, my free book could always do with a few more downloads to boost visibility.

http://amzn.to/2poqNrY


message 45: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments Hi everyone. Since joining this round I have had three anonymous or slightly weird unsolicited emails offering to review my 'latest book', one of which is from a Goodreads member 'tastybooks' who has a private profile. Has anyone else received these? Should I be suspicious?


message 46: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4039 comments Mod
I haven't had anything Allie. I'd avoid anyone with a private profile.

This is why we suggest not putting your email in these forums.


message 47: by K.A. (new)

K.A. Krisko (kakrisko) | 1703 comments Mod
Allie, I get those fairly regularly. Copy the email and report it to the Goodreads contact email. They will usually remove the spammer from Goodreads.

On another note - I'll be taking over as Group Mod for this Group. Feel free to get started, and don't forget to post links to your Goodreads, Amazon and Amazon UK reviews when done!


message 48: by Allie (new)

Allie Cresswell | 120 comments Thanks chaps.


message 49: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Rowland (kathleenrowland) | 73 comments Emma wrote: "Kathleen, you are in. I'll set up the order in the morning.

We have our ten."


Wowza, great, thank you, Emma.


message 50: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Emma wrote: "If anyone fancies giving me a more concrete thank you, my free book could always do with a few more downloads to boost visibility.

http://amzn.to/2poqNrY"

Just tried to download it, was told I'd already bought it!!! Oops, that TBR list is getting longer, roll on the holidays...


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