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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Jul 22, 2018 03:30AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 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 'Out of this World' round
Fiction books classified as sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal.

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:
Warren Dean


Member Links
1. Scott Spotson
2. Kameron A. Williams
3. Onidas J. Beaudin
4. Jeanette O'Hagan
5. Helen Mathey-Horn
6. John Briggs
7. David Coe
8. Florian Armas
9. Tristen Kozinski
10. William Collins

Book Links
1. Alia Tero: The Many Lives of Darren Datita
2. The Time Before the Moon
3. Episodes
4. Ruhanna's Flight and other stories
5. Bait
6. Instruments of War
7. Symbiote: The Tangled Web
8. Errant
9. The City of Locked Doors
10. A Darker Shade of Sorcery


message 2: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi I’m Franca . I would love to add my fantasy story to this round. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 3: by John (new)

John | 37 comments I'm up for reviewing some books. Here is my book, Instruments of War


message 4: by Kameron (new)

Kameron Williams I’d like to join with The Time Before The Moon

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


message 5: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments I'll join with The City of Locked Doors.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 6: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments I'd like to join with Ruhanna's Flight and Other Stories
Ruhanna's Flight and other stories

Thanks :)


message 7: by Warren (new)

Warren Dean | 324 comments Jeanette wrote: "I'd like to join with Ruhanna's Flight and Other Stories
Ruhanna's Flight and other stories

Thanks :)"


Nice to see a fellow Knight, Jeannette. I'll have to keep an eye on you!


message 8: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments Warren wrote: "Jeanette wrote: "I'd like to join with Ruhanna's Flight and Other Stories
Ruhanna's Flight and other stories

Thanks :)"

Nice to see a fellow Knight, Jeannette. I'll have to keep ..."


LOL, Ditto Warren :) Good to see you here.


message 9: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome aboard John, Kameron, Tristen and Jeanette.

Franca, you are already included in another round so can't join this one.


message 10: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Oops. Sorry about that. Thanks for informing me E.M


message 12: by Onidas (last edited Jul 20, 2018 06:33AM) (new)

Onidas J Beaudin I would like to join. I am a newbie at this.
The Last Call: Episodes
An Epic Fantasy

My book is FREE to download today (July 20) from Amazon so be a good time to get it if you want...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DF4HPLT

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


message 13: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome, Helen and Onidas!


message 14: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments I was going to set up my own Out-of-this-World round, but seeing this is day four of the set-up for this one and still only half full, I better not set up another one just yet. Also, there's quite a few newbies here, so my entry likely won't cause too many difficulties, being an "oldie."

Really, I'd like the option of having four different books reviewed, if that's okay. For now the placeholder can be

Wizards Rising: The Cataclysm

All my three other books would also be out of this world.


message 15: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
I have checked and the rule is one book per round, Scott, unless the book has already been reviewed by the person set to review it. In which case a substitute can be offered. It would be kind of a mod's nightmare to try and keep track of potentially 40 different books ;)

I have signed you up with Wizards Rising. if you would prefer to substitute that with a different book please let me know ASAP.


message 16: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments Okay please substitute with

Alia Tero: The Many Lives of Darren Datita


message 17: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments Hi Scott 😊.

E M Are we doing the review the four below us? Scott reviewed Akrad’s Children in a previous round though it was last year. Kameron has also reviewed Akrad’s Children but he’s above me and I”m offering Ruhanna’s Flight and other stories this time round.


message 18: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks for that Jeanette.

Do you have any other clashes, Scott?


message 19: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments I was going to wait until more members joined. Then the final sort out begins.

It seemed pointless to declare conflicts now until the full slate was revealed. I wouldn't expect everyone else to do differently in terms of timing.

Yes, I have other conflicts.


message 20: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Please declare your clashes, Scott, it makes my job a lot easier :)


message 21: by John (new)

John | 37 comments I reviewed Scott's book in the past, E.M has reviewed mine.


message 22: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks for letting me know John - I'm not in the round so we're good on that :)


message 23: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments My clashes for all authors so far regardless of current listing:

Jeanette cannot review me.

I cannot review John, and if he reviews me, I will offer a different book, namely The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers.

I cannot review Tristen.

That's it for now...


message 24: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks so much Scott.


message 25: by Warren (new)

Warren Dean | 324 comments You are going to need a bowl of spaghetti for this one, E.M.


message 26: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
..and a pair of knitting needles ;)


message 27: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 175 comments I'd like to join with book 1 in my series, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

I have clashes with Scott and Tristen.

Thank you.


message 28: by David (new)

David Coe | 7 comments Hi, I'm David. I'd like to join. I am a newbie at this.
Symbiote: The Tangled Web


message 29: by Florian (new)

Florian Armas (goodreadscomflorianarmas) | 335 comments I would like to join with Errant or something else.
I have reviewed Scott before.


message 30: by Onidas (last edited Jul 21, 2018 03:35PM) (new)

Onidas J Beaudin BTW I extended my book for free until midnight tonight... :0)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DF4HPLT


message 31: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome William, David and Florian.

This round is now full (hopefully) But I need you all to check that the four people below you on the list (it wraps around so 1 is below 10) have never reviewed any of your books.

If you are new to these rounds and have yet to do so, please also confirm you can post reviews to Amazon.

The round will remain pending until such point as enough people have reported there is no clash for me to be able to set it running. That might take a few days depending on how quickly people post or any issues that might appear.

Thanks for your help in this :)


message 32: by Kameron (last edited Jul 21, 2018 07:11PM) (new)

Kameron Williams The four authors below me have never reviewed any of my books. No clashes here :)


message 33: by Onidas (new)

Onidas J Beaudin Thanks E.M. Looks good to me. Im slowly understanding whats goin on... :0)


message 34: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 175 comments Yes E.M, Tristen has reviewed me before and I've reviewed Scott.

Thank you.


message 35: by John (new)

John | 37 comments So just to review, I review the four authors above me, yes?


message 36: by David (new)

David Coe | 7 comments I have never reviewed or been reviewed by the four authors below me. I have posted a review to Amazon before


message 37: by Florian (new)

Florian Armas (goodreadscomflorianarmas) | 335 comments John wrote: "So just to review, I review the four authors above me, yes?"

Hi John, you have to review the four authors below you:
William Collins
David Coe
Florian Armas
Tristen Kozinski

The ones above will review your book.


message 38: by Florian (last edited Jul 22, 2018 01:25AM) (new)

Florian Armas (goodreadscomflorianarmas) | 335 comments None of the authors below have reviewed my books.


message 39: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks for that additional information William. It would be helpful in future to define the exact nature of your clashes when signing up ;)

Thanks, everyone who has checked in so far. I have needed to redo the tail end of the group is anyone notices this has created a new problem, please let me know.


message 40: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 180 comments Looks good to me. Any clashes resolved as from my perspective. Thanks E. M.


message 41: by John (new)

John | 37 comments Florian wrote: "John wrote: "So just to review, I review the four authors above me, yes?"

Hi John, you have to review the four authors below you:
William Collins
David Coe
Florian Armas
Tristen Kozinski

The ones..."


Thank you.


message 42: by John (new)

John | 37 comments I have my copy of Symbiote. Who needs my PDF?


message 43: by Onidas (new)

Onidas J Beaudin John wrote: "I have my copy of Symbiote. Who needs my PDF?"

John Im new here, but yes I think I need a copy of your book


message 44: by John (new)

John | 37 comments Onidas wrote: "John wrote: "I have my copy of Symbiote. Who needs my PDF?"

John Im new here, but yes I think I need a copy of your book"


Can you PM me your email?


message 45: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
John, the round is still pending and the list is not yet finalised.

Please do not start swapping books as it may well change.

I will post a list of who you need to read when we are sure the list is solid.

Thanks.


message 46: by John (new)

John | 37 comments Oops, bought a book already. I'll try and get a refund.


message 47: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
I do apologise for any confusion, but it is very important to get the list right as reciprocal reviews are (a) ethically questionable and (b) open to being taken down by Amazon. So this stage is important to ensure that doesn't happen :)


message 48: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments No previous interactions with the authors below me, but I have already read&reviewed A darker Shade of Sorcery by William.


message 49: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks for that Tristen, fortunately William has two other books in the same series, so it should be fine :)


message 50: by Onidas (new)

Onidas J Beaudin ok now for books?


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