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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Aug 07, 2018 04:14PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 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 a General round
All books welcome - fiction/non-fiction.

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:
E.M. Swift-Hook



Member Links
1. Franca Ogbonnaya
2. Meriel Brooke
3. J.P. Willson
4. Steve Cantwell
5. Laura Koerber
6. David S. Fisher
7. Vasja Petkovska
8. David Lindsay
9. Aderonke Moyinlorun
10. Tamira Thayne

Book Links
1. The Novice Wielder: The Wielder Series
2. Sugar Pants
3. Through the Mind's Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery
4. Bias Beware: How your mind plays tricks on you
5. The Dog Thief and Other Stories
6. The Winner's Curse
7. Personal Development: Top Advice Summarized: Kickstart your potential with 12 personal development steps
8. Studs Up: Seven Stories That Are Almost Entirely Nothing to Do with Football
9. The Promise That We Made
10. Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation


message 2: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi I’m Franca, I would like to add my book ‘The Novice Wielder’ for this review round. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

I completed my review round for the novella group .
Thanks


message 3: by Aderonke (new)

Aderonke Moyinlorun | 48 comments Hello, I'm Aderonke. I'd like to add my book 'the promise that we made". https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 4: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Hi E.M., me again- been a while eh...
I would love to join this round if I may..So far no clashes and yes I have read and understand all the pertinent information....
Through the Mind's Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery
J.P. Willson
Thank you...


message 5: by Tamira (new)

Tamira Thayne (tamirathayne) | 30 comments Hi, I'm Tamira. I'd like to join with a book I'm co-editor of:

Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation

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

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


message 6: by David (last edited Jul 17, 2018 07:44AM) (new)

David Fisher | 116 comments Hi E.M.,
I have just finished an update and relaunch of The Winner's Curse,
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIUAU46
a romance mystery thriller, and would like to include it in this review round.
I'm keeping an eye open for clashes.


message 7: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Franka, Aderonke, J.P., Tamira and David.

Please do keep checking back to ensure you spot any clashes and now is a good time to check (and confirm) that you can post reviews to Amazon, which is a requirement for participation in these rounds :)


message 8: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome aboard Franka, Aderonke, J.P., Tamira and David.

Please do keep checking back to ensure you spot any clashes and now is a good time to check (and confirm) that you can post reviews to Amaz..."

Except that I have reviewed this book of David's, just under a different title, he has many others to choose from...


message 9: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
That's fine then J.P. - thanks for letting me know :)


message 10: by Aderonke (new)

Aderonke Moyinlorun | 48 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome aboard Franka, Aderonke, J.P., Tamira and David.

Please do keep checking back to ensure you spot any clashes and now is a good time to check (and confirm) that you can post reviews to Amaz..."


Hi EM,
The book I'm signing up isn't When Love Hurts. It's The Promise That We Made. Here is the link again, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
Thanks


message 11: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Apologies Aderonke. All sorted now :)


message 12: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi just wanted to say Tamira reviewed a different book of mine . Is that considered a clash? I wasn’t sure , so I thought to ask.
Thanks


message 13: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
It is, Franca. Thank you for telling me :)


message 14: by David (new)

David Fisher | 116 comments Hi E.M.,
The book I am offering for this round is The Winner's Curse NOT The Wayward Wife. The link refers to The Winner's Curse. Pls amend.

For your info: I've reviewed one book by J.P. but not this one.


message 15: by Steve (new)

Steve Cantwell | 34 comments Hi,
I would like to add either of my books please:
Bias Beware: How your mind plays tricks on you. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
or
Memory Matters: How memory works and how to use it. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
There won't be any clashes as I'm a newbie here!
Thanks.


message 16: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
David - Please include the Goodreads link to the book you want to include. This is the reason I ask for people to do so in order to avoid confusion. The Zon link is not needed.

Steve - Sorry, I can't list both books so, please let me know which of your two books you would like to enter into the round. Thanks.


message 17: by David (new)

David Fisher | 116 comments Hi E.M.
Here is the GR link for The Winner's Curse

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 18: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Thanks David.


message 19: by Steve (new)

Steve Cantwell | 34 comments E.M. sorry, I thought people could choose. No worries. I'll go with Bias Beware please.
Thanks.


message 20: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Steve - as you are new could you please confirm that you are able to post a review to Amazon?


message 21: by David (new)

David Fisher | 116 comments E.M.
No clashes so far


message 22: by Steve (new)

Steve Cantwell | 34 comments Hi E.M.
Thanks. Yes, I can post reviews on Amazon UK, but not US I'm afraid.


message 23: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Thanks for letting me know, David and Zon UK is fine, Steve :)


message 24: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 174 comments I'd like to join with book 2 in my series, if possible.

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

No clashes so far.

Thank you.


message 25: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
I've included you in the Out of this World round William, so I regret you can not be in this group as well.


message 26: by Vasja (last edited Aug 02, 2018 11:05AM) (new)


message 27: by David (last edited Jul 30, 2018 09:42AM) (new)

David Lindsay | 21 comments Hi

I'd like to get involved, please. This is a collection of novellas and short stories. I've done one previous review group, there are no clashes so far, and I can review to Amazon UK. I have reviewed to .com in the past, but I don't think the US Amazon nanobots like me anymore.

Here's the link to Studs Up!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


And my author dashboard:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/dash...


Thanks, David


message 28: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Vasja and David.

Vasja - You book link was not quite right but as you only have the one book I found it. Please confirm you can post reviews to Amazon.


message 29: by Meriel (new)

Meriel Brooke | 97 comments I would like to join the group with this book:

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

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

Thanks


message 30: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Welcome Meriel :)


message 31: by Vasja (last edited Aug 02, 2018 11:01AM) (new)

Vasja Petkovska | 6 comments I confirm I can post reviews and I have done that before! Thanx :)
Sorry for the wrong link
Book - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
Author profile - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 32: by Laura (new)

Laura Koerber | 413 comments If possible, I would like to join with The Dog Thief. I have a conflict with Tamira Thayne, who is my publisher.


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


message 33: by Laura (new)

Laura Koerber | 413 comments I think J{ WIlson reviewed one of my other books.


message 34: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Laura wrote: "I think J{ WIlson reviewed one of my other books."

Three of your books in total Laura, but who's counting...you have more.


message 35: by Laura (new)

Laura Koerber | 413 comments Oh boy, JP, you are probably hoping for a break! The Dog Thief is my best one.


message 36: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments One of my favorites Laura...


message 37: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Arntson | 52 comments I'm on the list for the 18+ but could easily participate in both groups if allowed. (I've done one of these before!)


message 38: by Emmaline (new)

Emmaline MacBeath If there is still a spot left, I would like to join this group with
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

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

I am able to review on Amazon.

Thanks!


message 39: by Tamira (new)

Tamira Thayne (tamirathayne) | 30 comments Laura wrote: "If possible, I would like to join with The Dog Thief. I have a conflict with Tamira Thayne, who is my publisher.


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


Conflict is a strong word, Laura. lol


message 40: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments That's funny...


message 41: by Laura (new)

Laura Koerber | 413 comments Sorry! I didnt mean it that way!


message 42: by Aderonke (new)

Aderonke Moyinlorun | 48 comments With Emmaline and Laura, it looks like we have a full group already. What's the next step?


message 43: by E.M. (last edited Aug 07, 2018 05:14AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Laura! Emmaline, unless I need to disallow someone for too many clashes, you will need to wait for new groups.

The next phase is very important. Before I can start the review phase, I need everyone to double check they have no negative clashes - that they have not reviewed the four people 'above' them on the list (it wraps around so 1o is 'above' 1) or been reviewed by the four below.

When enough people have posted that they don't have such clashes, I can start the round :)


message 44: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi I have not been reviewed by the four people below me. I have mentioned that I have been reviewed by Tamira before. That’s the only clash I have. 😊


message 45: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Also; I have never reviewed anyone in this group.


message 46: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
Thanks for that Franca, as Tamira has not reviewed this book, that is fine :)


message 47: by Laura (new)

Laura Koerber | 413 comments I have not reviewed JB WIllson but he has reviewed me. Are we supposed to review the four above us? Because I cannot review JB since he has reviewed several of my books. I could review the four below me.


message 48: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3337 comments Mod
It is the four below you'll be reviewing, Laura, hence why I need to know they have never reviewed you before ;)


message 49: by Aderonke (new)

Aderonke Moyinlorun | 48 comments I haven't reviewed anyone in the group. No one has reviewed me.


message 50: by Akhil (new)

Akhil Sharma (akhilsharma) | 26 comments Hi Iam Akhil. Please add my book, I am a failure : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

to this group. I can see no clash here with me and no one has reviewed me earlier.


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