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message 1: by E.M. (last edited May 05, 2019 12:22PM) (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 or check back another time.

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 don’t insist members review on Amazon, but we do insist that every participant in the round has the capacity to leave a review on their local Amazon store, so we all start with the same options.

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 and do check back as the group fills to report any clashes. Usually places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

This is a General round
All books welcome - fiction/non-fiction.


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 12 weeks of 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.
You are not expected or required to buy the books you are allocated to review, but as this will give a ‘Verified Purchase’ review on Amazon, it is welcomed when you choose to do so. Many authors have books available via KU and others might provide smashwords coupons. Most authors can provide mobi and/or epub files directly by email. Please note: International Copyright laws apply. You cannot sell, or give away material you have received without the author’s express permission.

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

Please note:
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.

It is not necessary to leave any kind of disclaimer in your review, but ultimately, it is up to individuals. 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.

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

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.

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/...

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:
Chrys Cymri


Member Links
1. Cathleen Townsend
2. Sam Fury
3. Loralee Evans
4. Elissa Matthews
5. Angela Panayotopulos
6. Willow Thomson
7. Alexis Lantgen
8. Eunice Nascimento
9. Gene Kendall
10. J.P. Willson

Book Links
1. Bellerophon: Son of Poseidon
2. Daily Health and Fitness: Perfect Health in 60 Minutes
3. Raccoons and Rabbit Holes
4. Where the River Bends
5. The Wake Up
6. Seeds of Change: Space Opera, Metaphysical
7. Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories
8. Smile Again: A Collection Of Short Stories
9. Black Hat Blues
10. Through the Mind's Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery


message 2: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments I'd like to join with my novel Bellerophon: Son of Poseidon.

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

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07....

Thanks. : )


message 3: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 265 comments I'd like to join with my newest Natalie McMasters Mystery, Trafficked!
My Goodreads profile:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
My book's Goodreads profile:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
My book's ASIN on Amazon: B07P7WYZM6
Tom Burns


message 4: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome Cathleen and Thomas. Please check back and let me know of any clashes that develop ASAP. Thanks!


message 5: by Gene (new)

Gene Kendall | 245 comments Hi, I'd like to submit my book, BLACK HAT BLUES.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

And I do have a review clash with Cathleen Townsend, having reviewed her book in the last round.


message 6: by J.P. (last edited Apr 27, 2019 07:32PM) (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Hello again E.M.,
I would love to join the round if I may...
I have reviewed both Cathleen and Thomas previously, yet neither one of these books so we're good in that respect...
I am of course aware of all the fine print etc, and blah blah blah...having done this once or twice before....
Lets go with this book please if you have no issues....
Through the Mind's Eye: A Journey of Self-Discovery
J.P. Willson
Thanks much.

I've reviewed Sam also now that his name has popped up....


message 7: by Joe (new)

Joe Eagleman | 13 comments I would like to join this group with my new book, Monumental Moments, about all the significant moments that have affected my life.
Author page. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Book page. https://www.amazon.com/dp/109070304X


message 8: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments I can provide an alternate for Gene, if necessary--The Golden Key. He's the only one thus far who will need one.


message 9: by Sam (last edited Apr 27, 2019 05:14PM) (new)

Sam Fury (samfury) | 68 comments Hi E.M.

I would like to join with my non fiction book.

Daily Health and Fitness: Perfect Health in 60 Minutes

Sam Fury

There won't be any clashes for me because my author account on azon is totally separate from my review account.

Thanks,
Sam.


message 10: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Holliday (goodreadscomrkholliday) | 2 comments Hey there,

I wrote a quick and easy book called 'Alone Together : Why Your Kids Are Watching Others Play'.

I would love for it to be considered for this group and it may actually help a few!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/109...


message 11: by Elissa (last edited Apr 29, 2019 09:30AM) (new)

Elissa Matthews | 16 comments I'd like to participate with a historical fiction novel:
Where the River Bends
Elissa Matthews

I've just joined, so I have no reviewing conflicts.

Thanks!
Elissa Matthews
www.epmatthews.com


message 12: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome Gene, J.P. and Elissa.

Joe and R.K. - I need the Goodreads link to your books please not the Amazon ones.

Sam - please let me know any clashes. Avoiding reciprocal reviews is an ethical issue that this group holds to strongly, not just an Amazon one.


message 13: by Willow (new)

Willow Thomson | 93 comments I would like to participate with my soft science fiction novel, Seeds of Change. Cathleen has reviewed it...

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

Thank you, Willow


message 14: by E.M. (new)

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


message 15: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Lantgen (alexislantgen) | 68 comments I would like to participate with my collection of science fiction short stories, Sapience. I can send mobi or pdf and it's available on KU.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N74LCGH

Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories


message 16: by E.M. (new)

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

BTW, please can everyone remember to check back now and then to let me know of any clashes they notice developing. Thanks!


message 17: by Sam (new)

Sam Fury (samfury) | 68 comments Hi E.M.,

Reviewed me - But not this book.
Cathleen Townsend
Gene Kendall
JP Wilson

Ive reviewed
Thomas A Burns (though not this book)


message 18: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Thanks for that and welcome aboard welcome aboard Sam!


message 19: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 265 comments I just noticed that there's an 18+ round that's forming. Could I withdraw Trafficked! from this round and place it there? It does have scenes containing graphic sex and violence, so it might be better off in the 18+ round.


message 20: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Sure Thomas. Just sign up there instead. I've taken you off the list here.


message 21: by Loralee (last edited May 03, 2019 08:05AM) (new)

Loralee (loraleeevans) | 837 comments Mod
I’d like to join if I can. JP Willson has reviewed me, but not this book. The book is a children’s novella entitled Racoons and Rabbitholes.

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


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

Here it is, onAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...


message 22: by E.M. (new)

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


message 24: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Nascimento | 200 comments I’d like to join with My short story collection, Smile Again. I’ve reviewed 2 of Catherine’s books.

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


message 25: by E.M. (new)

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

I'd love to include you Darshil. So that I can do so please choose which one of your books you wish to offer in the round and post the link to its Goodreads page. Thanks.


message 26: by Mary (new)

Mary Elizabeth Hughes | 130 comments Hi
I'd like to join this group with a memoir called The Life and Times of the Floathouse Zastrozzi. The Life and Times of the Floathouse "Zastrozzi" I have one more review to produce for Round 213 ( which I'm involved in with another book) and I think I have to complete that first. Is that correct?


message 27: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
That is correct, Mary.


message 28: by A.A. (last edited May 04, 2019 04:34PM) (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments Hi E.M.

I would like to join with Az - Revenge of an Archangel

I've already reviewed Bellerephon and Seeds of Change but none of the authors here has reviewed my book. Thanks!

Warmest regards,
A. A.

P.S. I can also join with SAMANTHA


message 29: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Nascimento | 200 comments I’ve reviewed Francis, but not the book he’s offering.


message 30: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments I have reviewed both House Arrest and Time Scope.


message 31: by Angela (last edited May 05, 2019 07:08AM) (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 300 comments Hello all! If there's still a slot open E.M. Swift-Hook, I'd love to join with The Wake Up... (I just submitted my fourth review for Reading Round 211.)

The Wake Up, by Angela Panayotopulos

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Angela...

my Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 32: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments I did just review Angela's 'The Wake Up' in said group 211....


message 33: by E.M. (last edited May 05, 2019 09:32AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Alright this is not so easy.

A.A and Francis - I can't fit either of you in with those clashes as Willow has only the one book on offer.

Angela - I need to know all your clashes before I can see if it is possible to fit you in.

Mary - I need to know if you have finished your round and forgotten to tell me and any clashes you might have.

NB. I will be setting up some new rounds next week once this round is filled, due to high demand. So if you can't fit in here please keep an eye out and check back frequently.


message 34: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Holy E.M. , I do not envy your position sometimes...


message 35: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
It gets - interesting, some times J.P. I try very hard to fit everyone in.

BTW, anyone who has a romance-themed book of whatever other genre, who can't fit in here could join the Romance Round


message 36: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 300 comments Okay, thank you, E.M.! I've had my book reviewed by Sam Fury and J.P. Willson -- I haven't read/reviewed anyone from this group. If you can fit me in, would be most appreciated; if not, I'll try again at some point. :)


message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
Welcome Angela - you'll have to offer Sam a different book.

Phew! That is the round filled. Now I need everyone in the round to check that you have no negative clashes - that means you need to check you have not reviewed the four people 'above' you on the list (it wraps around so 10 is 'above' 1) or been reviewed by the four below.

When enough people have posted that they don't have any such clashes, I can set things running :)


message 38: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 300 comments Okay, no problem! Just to clarify: so my other three readers can read The Wake Up, and Sam Furycould read The Art of War: a Novel. (Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..., Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Novel-...)


message 39: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Nascimento | 200 comments No clashes for me.


message 40: by Sam (new)

Sam Fury (samfury) | 68 comments I'm all good.


message 41: by Elissa (new)

Elissa Matthews | 16 comments No conflicts for me.


message 42: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen Townsend | 263 comments Everything works fine for me.


message 43: by Loralee (new)

Loralee (loraleeevans) | 837 comments Mod
It looks good to me.


message 44: by Willow (new)

Willow Thomson | 93 comments I am OK.


message 45: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Sorry, I was snoozing, I'm all good...


message 46: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 comments Mod
I reckon we are good to go then!

START DATE: 06-May-19

END DATE: 29-July-19

Round 1 – post your review by 27 -May-19
Round 2 – post your review by 17-June-19
Round 3 – post your review by 08-July-19
Round 4 – post your review by 29-July-19

As AUTHORS you SEND your book file to:

216-01__Cathleen Townsend
J.P. Willson for round 1
Gene Kendall for round 2
Eunice Nascimento for round 3
Alexis Lantgen for round 4

216-02__Sam Fury
Cathleen Townsend for round 1
J.P. Willson for round 2
Gene Kendall for round 3
Eunice Nascimento for round 4

216-03__Loralee Evans
Sam Fury for round 1
Cathleen Townsend for round 2
J.P. Willson for round 3
Gene Kendall for round 4

216-04__ Elissa Matthews
Loralee Evans for round 1
Sam Fury for round 2
Cathleen Townsend for round 3
J.P. Willson for round 4

216-05__ Angela Panayotopulos
Elissa Matthews for round 1
Loralee Evans for round 2
Sam Fury for round 3
Cathleen Townsend for round 4

216-06__ Willow Thomson
Angela Panayotopulos for round 1
Elissa Matthews for round 2
Loralee Evans for round 3
Sam Fury for round 4

216-07__ Alexis Lantgen
Willow Thomson for round 1
Angela Panayotopulos for round 2
Elissa Matthews for round 3
Loralee Evans for round 4

216-08__ Eunice Nascimento
Alexis Lantgen for round 1
Willow Thomson for round 2
Angela Panayotopulos for round 3
Elissa Matthews for round 4

216-09__ Gene Kendall
Eunice Nascimento for round 1
Alexis Lantgen for round 2
Willow Thomson for round 3
Angela Panayotopulos for round 4

216-10__ J.P. Willson
Gene Kendall for round 1
Eunice Nascimento for round 2
Alexis Lantgen for round 3
Willow Thomson for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

216-01__Cathleen Townsend
Sam Fury for round 1
Loralee Evans for round 2
Elissa Matthews for round 3
Angela Panayotopulos for round 4

216-02__Sam Fury
Loralee Evans for round 1
Elissa Matthews for round 2
Angela Panayotopulos for round 3
Willow Thomson for round 4

216-03__Loralee Evans
Elissa Matthews for round 1
Angela Panayotopulos for round 2
Willow Thomson for round 3
Alexis Lantgen for round 4

216-04__ Elissa Matthews
Angela Panayotopulos for round 1
Willow Thomson for round 2
Alexis Lantgen for round 3
Eunice Nascimento for round 4

216-05__ Angela Panayotopulos
Willow Thomson for round 1
Alexis Lantgen for round 2
Eunice Nascimento for round 3
Gene Kendall for round 4

216-06__ Willow Thomson
Alexis Lantgen for round 1
Eunice Nascimento for round 2
Gene Kendall for round 3
J.P. Willson for round 4

216-07__ Alexis Lantgen
Eunice Nascimento for round 1
Gene Kendall for round 2
J.P. Willson for round 3
Cathleen Townsend for round 4

216-08__ Eunice Nascimento
Gene Kendall for round 1
J.P. Willson for round 2
Cathleen Townsend for round 3
Sam Fury for round 4

216-09__ Gene Kendall
J.P. Willson for round 1
Cathleen Townsend for round 2
Sam Fury for round 3
Loralee Evans for round 4

216-10__ J.P. Willson
Cathleen Townsend for round 1
Sam Fury for round 2
Loralee Evans for round 3
Elissa Matthews 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 :)

Setting up and modding these rounds is a labour of love, with a lot of emphasis on the ‘labour’. If you want to show appreciation for all the hard work we admins put in for the group, you could download one of our books as a ‘thank you’.


message 47: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3068 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 above you on the original list of names) 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. If you can buy it adds weight to your review as it gives the 'Verified Purchase' stamp on Amazon.

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.
Don't forget to post the links to your reviews here so you can be signed off for them.

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.

Chrys Cymri is taking over as mod for this round and i am sure she will be by soon to welcome you all and get things moving!


message 48: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Cathleen, Sam, Loralee, and Elissa, I have all of your books....
Happy reading people!!!


message 49: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Willson | 326 comments Oh, and Hi Chrys,
Welcome, it's been a while...


message 50: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Nascimento | 200 comments Hi Cathleen, Gene, Sam and J.P. I picked your books up on kindle.


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