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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Oct 26, 2017 06:03AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 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
E.M. Swift-Hook

Member Links
1. Kilby Blades
2. J.P. Willson
3. Segilola Salami
4. Cathleen Townsend
5. Jeanette O'Hagan
6. Laurette Long
7. Julia Black (Carly Berg)
8. Erin Lee Daniels
9. E.M. Swift-Hook
10. Claire Buss

Book Links
1. The Art of Worship
2. How To Become a Successful (recovering)Alcoholic
3. Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London
4. Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie
5. Heart of the Mountain
6. The Passage of Desire
7. Let's Make Soap!
8. Blaque Beauty and the Rancher
9. Dying to be Roman
10. Tales from Suburbia


message 2: by Kilby (new)

Kilby Blades (kilbyblades) | 42 comments Hey! Kilby Blades here. I'd love to be part of this round. My novella, The Art of Worship, is on Amazon.

Here is my Goodreads Profile.

I have read, understand, and agree to follow all the rules, and I am complete on my most recent reading round.


message 3: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments I would love to join with- How To Become a Successful (recovering)AlcoholicJ.P. Willson

I have read and understand the fine print and am not in a round presently...

Thanks.


message 4: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 47 comments Hiya,

I would love to join with Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London


I have read, understood, and agree to follow all the rules, and I will have completed my most recent reading round before this one starts


message 5: by Cathleen (last edited Oct 08, 2017 04:30PM) (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments Hi, if it's okay, I'd like to join the group with my short story collection, Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie. It's not a novella, but it clocks in at 22k, so it meets the length requirement.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2....

The book is free at all major retailers, so getting a copy in the right format is easy. The master link to all retailers is here: https://cathleentownsend.com/my-books....

I have read the rules and agree to follow them. Reading and reviewing four books will be no problem.


message 6: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome Kilby, J.P., Segilola and Cathleen - subject to final checks you are in the round, please do let me know if you see any clashes.


message 7: by Jeanette (last edited Oct 09, 2017 07:43AM) (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments Hi E M - Love to join the novella round with Heart of the Mountain https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... (available on Amazon & a few other online outlets. It's a novelette or 'short novella'. (The sequel Blood Crystal is longer -but better to read in sequence.) I can provide epub, mobi
My Goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
I've read & reviewed Fated Sky.


message 8: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Jeanette :)


message 9: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments Yay. Thank you 😊


message 10: by Claire (last edited Oct 11, 2017 01:16AM) (new)

Claire | 43 comments Hi - could I put forward my Tales from Suburbia please? It's available on Amazon. Whilst not strictly a novella it is only 100 pages long and I do have epub, mobi and pdf versions available. My goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
I've been reviewed by EM before and I've read The Herbalist's Daughter by Jeanette :)
Let me know if you need anything else.
Cheers, Claire


message 11: by Erin (new)

Erin Daniels | 101 comments Iwould like to join with my novella: Blaque Beauty and the Rancher
I have read and agree to the rules. I have reviewed Kilby Blades and JP Wilson.


message 12: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Erin wrote: "Iwould like to join with my novella: Blaque Beauty and the Rancher
I have read and agree to the rules. I have reviewed Kilby Blades and JP Wilson."


But just to point out- not this book. I have been reviewed by both Erin and Kilby- but not this book....


message 13: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Hi Emma and E.M.
I have finished my reviews for the last novella round (147) and would be happy to join in here with ‘The Passage of Desire’ if that fits:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
I have reviewed Blaque Beauty and the Rancher by Erin, but don’t see any other clashes. I have read and agree to the rules.
Thanks!


message 14: by E.M. (last edited Oct 14, 2017 04:37AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
What with setting it all up, I have clean forgot to include myself in the round!


E.M. Swift-Hook
Dying to be Roman

Self reminder: I have reviewed Claire, and Laurette, Erin and Jeanette have reviewed me.


message 15: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
I think I have juggled everyone in - one or two people will need to offer a different book to their reviews - myself included - and if that is going to be an issue, let me know.

If I have made a mistake in listing you to be reviewed by someone you have previously reviewed, please post.

If you are considering signing up to complete this round please check you can fit in the available slot :)

Thanks all for your co-operation in this :)


message 16: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments I'm good- different book...


message 17: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Thanks E.M! I'm fine with different books :)


message 18: by Erin (last edited Oct 17, 2017 09:11AM) (new)

Erin Daniels | 101 comments I have reviewed Dying to be Roman. I sincerely apologize - I don't believe it was listed the last time I looked :(


message 19: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
No worries Erin - it wasn't. And I have another Dai and Julia novella for you, if this order holds :)


message 20: by Erin (new)

Erin Daniels | 101 comments E.M. wrote: "No worries Erin - it wasn't. And I have another Dai and Julia novella for you, if this order holds :)"

That's a huge relief. DTBR jumped to my mind so quickly because it was one heck of a book. I'd jump on the chance to review more.


message 21: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Erin wrote: "That's a huge relief. DTBR jumped to my mind so quickly because it was one heck of a book. I'd jump on the chance to review more."

*blushes* You are too kind. Hopefully, we get our last person in soon and if they fit the spot that will be so :)


message 22: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome Carly!

And could everyone please double check they are ok to review the four people below them (wrap wround so No. 9 would review 10,1,2 & 3) and be reviewed by the four above them without reciprocal clashes. I will give that another day and then we should be good to go :)


message 23: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments I'm good...


message 24: by Claire (new)

Claire | 43 comments Yep - I'm number 10 so I review 1, 2, 3, & 4 - just checking cos you know what I'm like lol


message 25: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments I am right to review 6, 7, 8 &9 - should be fine for 1, 2, 3 & 4 to review me 😊👍


message 26: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments OK I'm number 6, so review 7,8,9,10. I've reviewed Blaque Beauty and the Rancher so would need a different book from Erin, ditto for Dying to be Roman, so would need another book from EM otherwise fine!
I will be reviewed by 5,4,3,2, Jeannette, Cathleen, Segilola and J.P, who have not reviewed me before :-)


message 27: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4058 comments Mod
Ok I'm going to play with the database and Excel and set up the group now. Fingers crossed everyone has checked their review clashes!


message 28: by Emma, Group Admin (new)

Emma Jaye | 4058 comments Mod
Ready, Steady GO!

START DATE: 28th Oct 2017

END DATE: 23rd Dec 2017

Round 1 – post your review by 11th Nov
Round 2 – post your review by 25th Nov
Round 3 – post your review by 9th Dec
Round 4 – post your review by 23rd Dec 2017


As AUTHORS you send your book file to:

162-01__ Kilby Blades
Claire Buss for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Erin Lee Daniels for round 3
Carly Berg for round 4

162-02__ J.P. Willson
Kilby Blades for round 1
Claire Buss for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Erin Lee Daniels for round 4

162-03__ Segilola Salami
J.P. Willson for round 1
Kilby Blades for round 2
Claire Buss for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

162-04__ Cathleen Townsend
Segilola Salami for round 1
J.P. Willson for round 2
Kilby Blades for round 3
Claire Buss for round 4

162-05__ Jeanette O'Hagan
Cathleen Townsend for round 1
Segilola Salami for round 2
J.P. Willson for round 3
Kilby Blades for round 4

162-06__ Laurette Long
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 1
Cathleen Townsend for round 2
Segilola Salami for round 3
J.P. Willson for round 4

162-07__ Carly Berg
Laurette Long for round 1
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 2
Cathleen Townsend for round 3
Segilola Salami for round 4

162-08__ Erin Lee Daniels
Carly Berg for round 1
Laurette Long for round 2
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 3
Cathleen Townsend for round 4

162-09__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Erin Lee Daniels for round 1
Carly Berg for round 2
Laurette Long for round 3
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 4

162-10__ Claire Buss
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Erin Lee Daniels for round 2
Carly Berg for round 3
Laurette Long for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

162-01__ Kilby Blades
J.P. Willson for round 1
Segilola Salami for round 2
Cathleen Townsend for round 3
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 4

162-02__ J.P. Willson
Segilola Salami for round 1
Cathleen Townsend for round 2
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 3
Laurette Long for round 4

162-03__ Segilola Salami
Cathleen Townsend for round 1
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 2
Laurette Long for round 3
Carly Berg for round 4

162-04__ Cathleen Townsend
Jeanette O'Hagan for round 1
Laurette Long for round 2
Carly Berg for round 3
Erin Lee Daniels for round 4

162-05__ Jeanette O'Hagan
Laurette Long for round 1
Carly Berg for round 2
Erin Lee Daniels for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

162-06__ Laurette Long
Carly Berg for round 1
Erin Lee Daniels for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Claire Buss for round 4

162-07__ Carly Berg
Erin Lee Daniels for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Claire Buss for round 3
Kilby Blades for round 4

162-08__ Erin Lee Daniels
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Claire Buss for round 2
Kilby Blades for round 3
J.P. Willson for round 4

162-09__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Claire Buss for round 1
Kilby Blades for round 2
J.P. Willson for round 3
Segilola Salami for round 4

162-10__ Claire Buss
Kilby Blades for round 1
J.P. Willson for round 2
Segilola Salami for round 3
Cathleen Townsend 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 :)

Please consider downloading one of my books and/or one of the round mod’s books as a thank you for all the hard work we put in for the group.
My amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Jaye/e/B0... There’s even a free book! No review is necessary, but as always, they are appreciated.


message 29: by E.M. (last edited Oct 28, 2017 03:47AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Thanks ever so for stepping in with the clever stuff and setting us up and running Emma!

And a warm welcome to all who have signed up for this round :)

Quick 'start-up' summary for any who are new here and scratching their heads - you should PM the four people who will be reviewing you through their Goodreads author pages. Click on the down arrow beside the 'Follow Author' button under their picture and it opens a menu which will allow you to message them.

Ask what kind of file they would like or say you can only offer PDF, though unless a publisher uploaded it for you, you can always download a .mobi of your own book from Amazon.

Don't forget to ask where to send it so they can give you their email.

The four people who you are reviewing should be in touch with you in a similar way.

You can, of course, choose to buy any or all of the books instead, or read the books on KU, if you are a subscriber and the books are available there.

Please collect all 4 of the books right away so we can be sure everyone is sorted for the round. The exception being if you are planning to buy the books as that can be done as you go.

Any problems you can post here or PM me :)


message 30: by E.M. (last edited Oct 28, 2017 03:55AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Claire, Kilby and Segilola - there is no need to get in touch with me about your books as I have just purchased them all.

Which is a good point - this being a novella round almost all the books are minimum price (0.99) so if you can stretch to the purchasing of those that are, it would be great to let people have that 'verified purchase' stamp on these reviews.

There is no obligation to do so of course.

Oh - and to all those reviewing me (and anyone else who thinks they might enjoy ;) ) 'Dying to be Roman' is FREE to download from Amazon until 1 Nov - so please do snag it whilst it is :)


message 31: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 47 comments E.M. wrote: "Claire, Kilby and Segilola - there is no need to get in touch with me about your books as I have just purchased them all.

Which is a good point - this being a novella round almost all the books ar..."


thanks EM, I've downloaded yours too


message 32: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 47 comments I have emailed the other 3 authors scheduled to review mine.


message 33: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Segilola, Cathleen, Jeanette and Laurette, I have all of your books...
Happy reading everyone!


message 34: by J.P. (last edited Oct 28, 2017 11:03AM) (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Round 1 reviews for- Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London - Segilola Salami
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https:www.amazon.com/review/R1XVHXZCY8D0LB/...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2PRA...


message 35: by J.P. (last edited Oct 28, 2017 11:04AM) (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Round 2 reviews for- Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie -Cathleen Townsend
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1INE...
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1RTNY7...


message 36: by J.P. (last edited Oct 28, 2017 04:57PM) (new)


message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
J.P. wrote: "Round 2 reviews for- Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie -Cathleen Townsend..."

I think posting 2 reviews within 7.5 hours of the round opening has to be some kind of record!

That said please check your links - not all are working.

Thanks J.P. !


message 38: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Okay...will do


message 39: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments All fixed, I had my 'O' and '0' bass ackwards...


message 40: by Claire (new)

Claire | 43 comments Carly wrote: "Erin Lee Daniels, E.M. Swift-Hook, Claire Buss, and Kilby Blades, I've downloaded/bought your books."

Thanks Carly! I just sent you a message before reading this thread so feel free to ignore me lol. I hope you enjoy Tales :)


message 41: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Okey dokey...Round 4 reviews for me- The Passage of Desire - Laurette Long
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RKRE8...
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1U393V...
Thanks all, I am out.


message 42: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
J.P. wrote: "Okey dokey...Round 4 reviews for me..."

Well done J.P. But please check the links some of the Amazon ones are not linking correctly. Please edit in working ones - and then I can sign you off for this group :)


message 43: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments it's strange, they are working fine for me, I just checked for the third time...try again and let me know....please.


message 44: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Alright, now I am certain they are all working, funny- optometrists give us glasses for a reason, sometimes I forget they are on my head, and not my nose...


message 45: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
All look good to me now too :)

Thanks for being with us - even if only for a day ;)


message 46: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments E.M. wrote: "All look good to me now too :)

Thanks for being with us - even if only for a day ;)"
I am there in spirit....there is a method to my madness.


message 47: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments I'm sorry to ask what may be a dumb question, but I'm confused about the Amazon US/UK reviews. I thought we reviewed on Amazon US or UK. Do I just find the book on Amazon UK and leave a review like for Amazon.com? Will they still show me as a verified purchase?

Thanks so much in advance. :)


message 48: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments My goodness what a quick start! Thank you so much J.P. for your Round 4 review, all links working. I have contacted all authors whose books I am down to review, will 'borrow' from KU or buy, that's an excellent suggestion, E.M. a leg-up for Indies, and thanks to anyone reviewing me who has done the same. Hope everyone has got my PMs.


message 49: by Laurette (new)

Laurette Long | 211 comments Cathleen wrote: "I'm sorry to ask what may be a dumb question, but I'm confused about the Amazon US/UK reviews. I thought we reviewed on Amazon US or UK. Do I just find the book on Amazon UK and leave a review like..."
Hi Cathleen
Interesting point. I have to buy from Amazon France as that's where I live, the books show up as 'achat verifié' on the French site, but not on UK and US site, so I include the words 'Verified purchase Amazon France' at the top of my reviews, not sure if it makes a difference, but...


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