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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Jun 07, 2018 02:12PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 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 Amazon rules state that authors/publishers are not allowed to specifically supply published books in return for reviews on Amazon. To comply with this 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 an 18+ round
Books that contain explicit material. Including but by no means limited to horror and erotica. Books in other genres may be submitted. All authors MUST be comfortable with reading explicit material.

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 and Amazon. Amazon allows only those people who have spent $50 in the last year to leave reviews in each of their stores. If you are unsure about your Amazon reviewer status, try posting a ‘test’ review before signing up. If you are unable to post reviews on Amazon, please do not sign 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, but it is not necessary to give one.

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 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:
L.N. Denison


Member Links
1. Molly McHugh
2. Camille Marino
3. Thomas A. Burns Jr.
4. Frank Parker
5. Jon Zelig
6. Claire Buss
7. Walter Danley
8. Brin Murray
9. Erin Bomboy
10. Shelby Londyn-Heath

Book Links
1. Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive
2. #uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement
3. Stripper!
4. Transgression
5. The Heat
6. The Rose Thief
7. Inside Moves
8. Children of the Furnace
9. The Pas de Deux: A Classical Ballet Romance
10. The Twilight Tsunami


message 2: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Please put me on the list of this round.


message 3: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
I would be happy to Thomas, if you would be kind enough to provide a Goodreads link to your book.


message 4: by Molly (new)

Molly McHugh | 56 comments I'd like to join, I don't think I've done this round before, looks interesting ;)

Book: Bipolar 1 Survivor - How to Survive and Thrive
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Author profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 5: by Missy (new)

Missy Adkins (missyadkins) | 1 comments Put me on this link


message 6: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Please post the Goodreads link to your book, Missy, and I would be very happy to do so :)


message 7: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Welcome aboard, Molly!


message 8: by Camille (new)

Camille Marino (camillemarino) | 31 comments E.M. wrote: "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’ r..."

My book is a memoir entitled #uncensored (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...) and I'm looking forward to getting some objective reviews. It is available on KU or I can provide a pdf.

I will also review my assigned authors on amazon.com and goodreads. Thank you.


message 9: by Thomas (last edited Jun 05, 2018 01:03PM) (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Thomas wrote: "Please put me on the list of this round."

Sorry, first time doing this. Here's the link to Stripper!

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


message 10: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Camille and Thomas :)

If this is your first time here please do read the opening post of the thread and makes sure you can post reviews to Amazon and Goodreads.


message 11: by Camille (new)

Camille Marino (camillemarino) | 31 comments Thanks so much, E.M. -- yes, i read the opening post and can comply with everything. i also deleted my comment from another round when i realized we could only join one round at a time. this is my first one :)


message 12: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
No problem at all Camille. If you - or anyone new to these rounds - have any questions please do ask them here, or PM me for now - or the Mod for the round once I have handed over to her :) Much better to ask than to wonder or worse - worry!


message 13: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker | 82 comments I'd like to join for reviews of my book Transgression which is contemporary fiction but does contain adult material,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 14: by Stephany (new)

Stephany Snell | 1 comments I am interested in joining as a reader!


message 15: by Jon (new)

Jon Zelig | 12 comments Please add me.

Jon Zelig

The Heat


message 16: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Since this is my first time doing this, please give me more specifics on the mechanics. Do I wait until the round is filled and then choose four books to review, or are the books assigned? What is the time limit?


message 17: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
If you would like to just read books, Stephany, and not submit one yourself I would point you to the One-for-One thread.

If you read the first post on this thread, Thomas, it will explain the process, but in brief, once the round is filled you will be assigned four books to ensure everyone gets 4 non-reciprocal reviews. You will then have 3 weeks to read and review each book - 12 weeks in all. Hope this helps :)


message 18: by Molly (new)

Molly McHugh | 56 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome aboard, Molly!"

Excellent, thank you! I love these groups as it gets me to read books I never would have read... looking forward to it!


message 19: by Brin (new)

Brin Murray (brintmurray) | 82 comments I would like to join this round if possible with Children of the Furnace.
Children of the Furnace
Brin Murray
I have a clash with Frank I think, he has read it, but I also have the second in the series out now.
CROSSTREES


message 20: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Welcome Frank, Jon and Brin :)


message 21: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker | 82 comments I did read Children of the Furnace in a previous round - I would love to read the sequel - is that permitted?


message 22: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
If Brin is happy with it, I can move you, Frank.


message 23: by Claire (last edited Jun 06, 2018 01:42PM) (new)

Claire | 43 comments Ok - can I put The Rose Thief in for review pls :)

The Rose Thief

Claire Buss


message 24: by Walter (new)

Walter Danley (walterdanley) | 21 comments Hey EM, things seem to be moving rather swiftly around this group. I hope I'm not too late with this request to join the current round. My book, INSIDE MOVES, is linked at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
My author profile is at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show.... Let me know if I'm in. Thank you for a great job of running the railroad!


message 25: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Welcome Claire and Walter :)


message 26: by Erin (new)

Erin Bomboy (erinbomboy) | 55 comments Hello,

I would be interested in joining with my novel: The Pas de Deux: A Classical Ballet Romance. The only conflict I see is with Brin. She has read another of my books (The Winner), but not this one.

Author Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

The Pas de Deux: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 27: by Shelby (new)

Shelby | 7 comments I would like to sign up for the 18+ reviews. I am currently a member of Kindle Unlimited, so perhaps I could download books for Amazon Reviews. I can also put reviews on my blog as well as Goodreads. My book is THE TWILIGHT TSUNAMI. Thank you. Shelby Londyn-Heath


message 28: by Brin (new)

Brin Murray (brintmurray) | 82 comments I'm very happy for Frank to read the sequel - hope he enjoys it as much as he did the first, great review!


message 29: by Brin (new)

Brin Murray (brintmurray) | 82 comments And, I'd be very happy to read another of Erin's - very much enjoyed The Winner.


message 30: by Meriel (last edited Jun 07, 2018 11:24AM) (new)

Meriel Brooke | 97 comments Please add my book An Undesirable Marriage
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 31: by Frank (last edited Jun 07, 2018 01:39PM) (new)

Frank Parker | 82 comments Brin wrote: "I'm very happy for Frank to read the sequel - hope he enjoys it as much as he did the first, great review!"
Just downloaded it. Looking forward to reading Crosstrees.


message 32: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Welcome Erin and Shelby - sorry Meriel, but keep your eyes peeled for another round very soon!

This group is now 'Pending' which means I would like everyone to double check that they have never reviewed the four people 'above' them in the list (the list wraps around so 8, 9 and 10 are 'above' 1).

This is because I need to be sure you won't get any reciprocal reviews when those 4 people review you as that can cause no end of ethical issues - and lead to potential deletions of reviews on Amazon.

Please check and post.

Thanks :)


message 33: by Erin (new)

Erin Bomboy (erinbomboy) | 55 comments I might be wrong, but I think you have me reviewing Brin, who's already reviewed me.


message 34: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Thanks for flagging that, Erin, but you will be reviewing those 'below' you on the list so Brin will be reviewing you again and this time I can breathe again ;)


message 35: by Erin (last edited Jun 07, 2018 03:44PM) (new)

Erin Bomboy (erinbomboy) | 55 comments Then I'm all good. Let the reading and reviewing commence for me!


message 36: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Since this is my first time in a round, I have never reviewed anyone on the list.


message 37: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker | 82 comments E.M. wrote: "Thanks for flagging that, Erin, but you will be reviewing those 'below' you on the list so Brin will be reviewing you again and this time I can breathe again ;)"
If I am reviewing the four people below me on the list, I shall be reviewing Brin - I've already reviewed 'Children of the Furnace' (Book #1) which is her entry for this round. However, as per the exchange of messages above, I am going to review instead 'Crosstrees' (CotF #2). Is that correct and acceptable?
I can confirm that I have neither reviewed, nor been reviewed by, any other member of the group.


message 38: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Having given this a full day for people to flag issues and not wanting to lag behind the other groups, let's roll!

START DATE: 08-June-18

END DATE: 31-Aug-18

Round 1 – post your review by 29-June-18
Round 2 – post your review by 20-July-18
Round 3 – post your review by 10-Aug-18
Round 4 – post your review by 31-Aug-18

As AUTHORS you send your book file to:

192-01__Molly McHugh
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 1
Erin Bomboy for round 2
Brin Murray for round 3
Walter Danley for round 4

192-02__Camille Marino
Molly McHugh for round 1
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 2
Erin Bomboy for round 3
Brin Murray for round 4

192-03__Thomas A. Burns Jr.
Camille Marino for round 1
Molly McHugh for round 2
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 3
Erin Bomboy for round 4

192-04__ Frank Parker
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 1
Camille Marino for round 2
Molly McHugh for round 3
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 4

192-05__Jon Zelig
Frank Parker for round 1
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 2
Camille Marino for round 3
Molly McHugh for round 4

192-06__ Claire Buss
Jon Zelig for round 1
Frank Parker for round 2
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 3
Camille Marino for round 4

192-07__ Walter Danley
Claire Buss for round 1
Jon Zelig for round 2
Frank Parker for round 3
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 4

192-08__ Brin Murray
Walter Danley for round 1
Claire Buss for round 2
Jon Zelig for round 3
Frank Parker for round 4

192-09__ Erin Bomboy
Brin Murray for round 1
Walter Danley for round 2
Claire Buss for round 3
Jon Zelig for round 4

192-10__ Shelby Londyn-Heath
Erin Bomboy for round 1
Brin Murray for round 2
Walter Danley for round 3
Claire Buss for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

192-01__Molly McHugh
Camille Marino for round 1
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 2
Frank Parker for round 3
Jon Zelig for round 4

192-02__Camille Marino
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 1
Frank Parker for round 2
Jon Zelig for round 3
Claire Buss for round 4

192-03__Thomas A. Burns Jr.
Frank Parker for round 1
Jon Zelig for round 2
Claire Buss for round 3
Walter Danley for round 4

192-04__ Frank Parker
Jon Zelig for round 1
Claire Buss for round 2
Walter Danley for round 3
Brin Murray for round 4

192-05__Jon Zelig
Claire Buss for round 1
Walter Danley for round 2
Brin Murray for round 3
Erin Bomboy for round 4

192-06__ Claire Buss
Walter Danley for round 1
Brin Murray for round 2
Erin Bomboy for round 3
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 4

192-07__ Walter Danley
Brin Murray for round 1
Erin Bomboy for round 2
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 3
Molly McHugh for round 4

192-08__ Brin Murray
Erin Bomboy for round 1
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 2
Molly McHugh for round 3
Camille Marino for round 4

192-09__ Erin Bomboy
Shelby Londyn-Heath for round 1
Molly McHugh for round 2
Camille Marino for round 3
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 4

192-10__ Shelby Londyn-Heath
Molly McHugh for round 1
Camille Marino for round 2
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 3
Frank Parker 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. When you have posted your reviews, please post the links to each of your reviews, not the book page in this thread.
The mod of each round will record whether members have posted reviews on Amazon and for the good of all, members who persistently fail to post reviews or DNF reviews to Amazon, will find mods 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.


message 39: by E.M. (last edited Jun 14, 2018 05:36AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3356 comments Mod
Please read this especially if you are new to these review rounds.

Quick 'start-up' summary for anyone new who might be scratching their heads. You should PM the four people who will be reviewing you (the four who are 'above' you on the list) 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 make sure you have exchanged ALL FOUR books - or have been assured by your reviewers they will buy your book or read it through KU - as soon as possible. Some people read fast and it can be very frustrating to have to wait a long time to get hold of a book you are committed to review.

Finally, recent changes on Amazon mean that we are now asking you to post your review to your own Amazon store and any others you might have access to as well. Please still attempt to post on .com and .uk, but if you can only post on your local Zon you will not be penalised.

I shall now hand you over to your Mod L.N. Denison, please contact her if you hit any issues :)


message 40: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 1009 comments Hello everyone, let's get this show on the road. Go get those books, and remember...be nice to each other, and enjoy the round. If you have any problems, please PM me.


message 41: by Camille (new)

Camille Marino (camillemarino) | 31 comments I had no idea that I could download a mobi from my own kindle account. One of my reviewers specifically asked for that version so I was going to spend the weekend figuring it out.

1- I "try" to read a book a week. Do i need to wait for a round to start before i may post my reviews?

2- just bought e.m.'s book, "the fated sky" and will add it on as my 5th review :)


message 42: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Can anyone tell me how to download a .mobi from my Kindle account?


message 43: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 1009 comments The way I do it, is download it from my email. Not sure if there is a better way.


message 44: by Camille (new)

Camille Marino (camillemarino) | 31 comments so glad i'm not the only one. lol -- here ya go, l.n.; these are the instructions that worked for me:

On your Bookshelf, click the ellipsis button ("...") under the KINDLE EBOOK ACTIONS menu next to your book
Select "Edit eBook content"
Scroll down to the "Kindle eBook Preview" section
Under the Downloadable Preview Options, click "Preview on your computer" and follow the steps to download your book file
Choose a location on your hard drive to save the ZIP file, then click Save


message 45: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 290 comments Thanks Camille - the only thing I would add to your directions is that the bookshelf you're referring to is in KDP. Thanks!


message 46: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker | 82 comments Message for Thomas A Burns Jr. I don't know how to get in touch with you. I did leave a message on Facebook but as we are not 'friends' you may not have seen it. Please e-mail me at flparker1941@gmail.com, indicating your preferred format and where I should send my book. If anyone has an e-mail address for Thomas, please pass this on.


message 47: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 1009 comments Frank wrote: "Message for Thomas A Burns Jr. I don't know how to get in touch with you. I did leave a message on Facebook but as we are not 'friends' you may not have seen it. Please e-mail me at flparker1941@gm..."

If you go up to his name on this thread, click on it, and then go to the dropdown box to the right of 'Follow Author' it is the second option. You can send him a PM. I wouldn't highlight your email on this thread, as spammers lurk.


message 48: by Jon (last edited Jun 10, 2018 06:42AM) (new)

Jon Zelig | 12 comments My GR review of Erin Bomboy's "The Pas de Deux: A Classical Ballet Romance" has been posted:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Amazon review also up:

https://www.amazon.com/review/R3Q953K...

best,
JZ


message 50: by Claire (new)

Claire | 43 comments Thanks Jon! So pleased you enjoyed The Rose Thief :)

Jon wrote: "My review of The Rose Thief is up on both Amazon and Goodreads:

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

https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Thief-Cla..."



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