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message 1: by E.M. (last edited May 03, 2019 10:37AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 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 an 18+ round
Books that may 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.

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:
E.M. Swift-Hook



Member Links
1. Matt Gianni
2. Robinette Waterson
3. Sabrina A. Fish
4. Susan A. Buchanan
5. Rebecca Winkler
6. Lucretia Stanhope
7. Thomas A. Burns Jr.
8. Byn Always
9. Thomas O.
10. Robert A. Browne

Book Links
1. Lever Templar
2. Steam Geared: Victorian Steampunk Erotica
3. Diomere's Healer
4. Jillian's Song
5. Sophie Lost and Found
6. Blood Relic: A Dark Paranormal Fantasy Novel
7. Trafficked!
8. 365 Marks on the Wall
9. Three Truths and Other Unsettling Tales
10. INVIVO


message 2: by Matt (new)

Matt Gianni | 66 comments Hi E.M., I've read the rules and would like to be part of this 18+ Group.
My Goodreads profile:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
My book's Goodreads profile:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
My book's Amazon profile:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...
I'm choosing 18+ not for sex scenes, but rather for the violence in both the medieval and contemporary timelines.
- Thanks, Matt


message 3: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Matt!


message 4: by Robinette (new)

Robinette Waterson (robinettewaterson) | 31 comments Hi E. M., I've read the above rules and would like to join this 18+ round. My book is steampunk erotica, so I'm hitting both the Sci-Fi category and the 18+ designation.
On Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
On Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Steam-Geared-V...
https://www.amazon.com/Steam-Geared-V...


message 5: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina Fish (sabrinaafish) | 22 comments I’d like to join with my steamy fantasy romance, Diomere’s Healer. I have participated before, but it’s been a while. I accept and understand the rules. I’ve included my Bookbub Page because I’m trying to build up my reviews there as well for those who don’t mind and have accounts there.
Here are my links:

GR Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

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

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

Bookbub- https://www.bookbub.com/books/diomere...


message 7: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Winkler (goodreadscomrebecca_winkler) | 85 comments I would like to join this review group. I have read the rules. I can post on amazon. So far, there are no conflicts. Here is the link to my book.

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...


message 8: by Angela (last edited Apr 30, 2019 01:13AM) (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 259 comments Hi E.M.! I'd love to join this Reading Round, please. I can post review on Goodreads + Amazon (if my name looks familiar, I've also been participating in 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 9: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Hi EM, I'd like to join with my new one, Blood Relic. It is 18 plus for violence, gore, and sexual tension/themes.

I have read Matt, so I will need to be in his blind-spot.

Three people have read me, but not this book, so they are good to read Blood Relic. They are: Susan, Rebecca, and Angela.

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

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


message 10: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome Robinette, Sabrina, Susan, Rebecca and Lucretia.

Angela, you need to complete your commitment to round 211 before you can sign up for another round.


message 11: by Angela (last edited Apr 30, 2019 11:03AM) (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 259 comments Oops -- ok E.M. Swift-Hook, thank you for letting me know! :) I'm almost done with my fourth (last) book in the reading round -- would I be able to join once that review is submitted or do I have to wait until all of the weeks are up?


message 12: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
As soon as you have posted your last reviews due on a previous round, you can sign up on a new one, Angela.


message 13: by Thomas (last edited May 01, 2019 08:55AM) (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 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 14: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Thomas!

BTW - your book link is a dud, but I already knew what I was looking for so found it ;)


message 15: by Byn (last edited May 01, 2019 09:15AM) (new)

Byn Always | 11 comments I've read the rules and would like to participate. My book is a psychological thriller with very dark themes, violence and abuse.

I'm a newbie author, so I haven't been reviewed by much of anyone yet!

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

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

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QQ93CDK/


message 16: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome aboard Thomas!

BTW - your book link is a dud, but I already knew what I was looking for so found it ;)"

E.M.

Do I need to fix it?

Tom


message 17: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments EM, I've read Thomas before but not this book. :)


message 18: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments I think Rebecca and Lucretia have already reviewed me. I've not reviewed anyone on the list, to my knowledge.


message 19: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome Byn!

No need to fix the link Tom as I have found the book, is more an FYI.

And thanks for the updates on clashes folks.


message 20: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments My links are fixed.


message 21: by Matt (new)

Matt Gianni | 66 comments Lucretia wrote: "Hi EM, I'd like to join with my new one, Blood Relic. It is 18 plus for violence, gore, and sexual tension/themes.

I have read Matt, so I will need to be in his blind-spot.

Three people have rea..."


Good call, Lucretia. So I can't review BLOOD RELIC (unfortunately!). I've also reviewed Angela's excellent THE WAKE UP (if included in this round).


message 22: by Thomas (new)

Thomas O. | 47 comments I just now finished my round 211 obligations and would like to be added to this group!

Book: Three Truths and Other Unsettling Tales https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

I have no clashes so far, with the only potential one being Angela (if she ends up joining) who reviewed the book already. If needed I have an alternate title she can review.


message 23: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments I have review Thomas O, but am happy to read one of his other books.


message 24: by Thomas (last edited May 01, 2019 04:34PM) (new)

Thomas O. | 47 comments Oops, Lucretia - I totally missed that, but yes you did review the book already. I'm happy to have my other collection reviewed as well.

Here's my alternate book to be reviewed, to help avoid clashes:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 26: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome Thomas O and Robert!

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 start the round :)


message 27: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments I have not reviewed the four people above me on the list.


message 28: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments All good for me.


message 29: by Robert (new)

Robert Brown | 92 comments Good.


message 30: by Thomas (new)

Thomas O. | 47 comments No clashes- I'll make sure to send Lucretia my alternate selection.


message 31: by Thomas (new)

Thomas O. | 47 comments By the way once everything gets set in stone I'll set up a couple of Kindle free days if anyone wants to download it.


message 32: by Robinette (new)

Robinette Waterson (robinettewaterson) | 31 comments No clashes.


message 33: by Matt (last edited May 04, 2019 05:35PM) (new)

Matt Gianni | 66 comments No clashes.


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

I have posted this to EM already. I would like to know your thoughts on the issue.
"would it be possible to have an 18+ review group with the emphasis on erotica/adult/sex-themed books? In the past, there have been books that would be considered mainstream with no obvious reason for inclusion in an 18+ group. I know people want to get reviews but hijacking the intent of the 18+ some of us called for a few years ago seems to defeat the object. Any thoughts?"


message 35: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments Not a bad idea. My books aren't sex-themed, but they do contain explicit sex and violence that some readers might find objectionable, That's why I'd rather have them reviewed here so there are no surprises. Robin Peacock wrote: "I have posted this to EM already. I would like to know your thoughts on the issue.
"would it be possible to have an 18+ review group with the emphasis on erotica/adult/sex-themed books? In the past..."



message 36: by Susan (new)

Susan Buchanan (susan_a_buchanan) | 36 comments I've reviewed Rebecca Winkler but not this book, so that's fine, right?


message 37: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Robin Peacock wrote: "I have posted this to EM already. I would like to know your thoughts on the issue.
"would it be possible to have an 18+ review group with the emphasis on erotica/adult/sex-themed books? In the past..."


I don't have graphic sex in (most of) mine, though I do have sexual situations that others might find uncomfortable since they are mingled with violence and horror. I joined the 18 plus because mine have violence and gore that others get touchy about. I've placed mine in the out of world groups because they are paranormal and still received the, 'it's violent and dark,' type reaction. I was testing them here to see if a 'mature' group would be more suited to them. I personally don't mind reading in all ranges of sexual content or violence and never considered mine that dark or gory until I started getting that sort of feedback.


message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan Buchanan (susan_a_buchanan) | 36 comments Oops, I forgot that I reviewed Lucretia Stanhope too. Sorry about that. I'm getting old ;-)


message 39: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Susan wrote: "Oops, I forgot that I reviewed Lucretia Stanhope too. Sorry about that. I'm getting old ;-)"

Ha! No worries, you read a different book, so you are good to read this one.


message 40: by E.M. (last edited May 05, 2019 09:43AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Robin - no one is 'hijacking' the 18+ round. From what Emma posted recently to another thread where a similar debate evolved, it has always been a round for 18+ material and those who are happy to read 18+ material. However, I will add an Erotica round to the next tranch, which I will be opening shortly. Oh and please don't post questions to my author page about such things, I can't answer them there for you anyway! You can use the Goodreads private messaging sytem to contact me if you wish to do so.

Edited to add: Any Erotica which is also romantic can find a home in the Romance round now forming HERE


message 41: by Byn (new)

Byn Always | 11 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome Thomas O and Robert!

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 peo..."


I have no clashes.


message 42: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Looks like we are good to go!

START DATE: 05-May-19

END DATE: 28-July-19

Round 1 – post your review by 26 -May-19
Round 2 – post your review by 16-June-19
Round 3 – post your review by 07-July-19
Round 4 – post your review by 28-July-19

As AUTHORS you SEND your book file to:

217-01__Matt Gianni
Robert A. Browne for round 1
Thomas O. for round 2
Byn Always for round 3
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 4

217-02__Robinette Waterson
Matt Gianni for round 1
Robert A. Browne for round 2
Thomas O. for round 3
Byn Always for round 4

217-03__Sabrina A. Fish
Robinette Waterson for round 1
Matt Gianni for round 2
Robert A. Browne for round 3
Thomas O. for round 4

217-04__ Susan A. Buchanan
Sabrina A. Fish for round 1
Robinette Waterson for round 2
Matt Gianni for round 3
Robert A. Browne for round 4

217-05__ Rebecca Winkler
Susan A. Buchanan for round 1
Sabrina A. Fish for round 2
Robinette Waterson for round 3
Matt Gianni for round 4

217-06__ Lucretia Stanhope
Rebecca Winkler for round 1
Susan A. Buchanan for round 2
Sabrina A. Fish for round 3
Robinette Waterson for round 4

217-07__ Thomas A. Burns Jr.
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
Rebecca Winkler for round 2
Susan A. Buchanan for round 3
Sabrina A. Fish for round 4

217-08__ Byn Always
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
Rebecca Winkler for round 3
Susan A. Buchanan for round 4

217-09__ Thomas O.
Byn Always for round 1
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
Rebecca Winkler for round 4

217-10__ Robert A. Browne
Thomas O. for round 1
Byn Always for round 2
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

217-01__Matt Gianni
Robinette Waterson for round 1
Sabrina A. Fish for round 2
Susan A. Buchanan for round 3
Rebecca Winkler for round 4

217-02__Robinette Waterson
Sabrina A. Fish for round 1
Susan A. Buchanan for round 2
Rebecca Winkler for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

217-03__Sabrina A. Fish
Susan A. Buchanan for round 1
Rebecca Winkler for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 4

217-04__ Susan A. Buchanan
Rebecca Winkler for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 3
Byn Always for round 4

217-05__ Rebecca Winkler
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 2
Byn Always for round 3
Thomas O. for round 4

217-06__ Lucretia Stanhope
Thomas A. Burns Jr. for round 1
Byn Always for round 2
Thomas O. for round 3
Robert A. Browne for round 4

217-07__ Thomas A. Burns Jr.
Byn Always for round 1
Thomas O. for round 2
Robert A. Browne for round 3
Matt Gianni for round 4

217-08__ Byn Always
Thomas O. for round 1
Robert A. Browne for round 2
Matt Gianni for round 3
Robinette Waterson for round 4

217-09__ Thomas O.
Robert A. Browne for round 1
Matt Gianni for round 2
Robinette Waterson for round 3
Sabrina A. Fish for round 4

217-10__ Robert A. Browne
Matt Gianni for round 1
Robinette Waterson for round 2
Sabrina A. Fish for round 3
Susan A. Buchanan 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 43: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 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.

I shall be modding this round so PM me with any issues please.


message 44: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments I have picked up all the books I am assigned via KU.


message 45: by Thomas (new)

Thomas O. | 47 comments I've picked up all the books I need via Kindle purchase.


message 46: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina Fish (sabrinaafish) | 22 comments I have no conflicts. I am looking forward to the books on my list!!


message 47: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina Fish (sabrinaafish) | 22 comments I’ve purchased my books via Amazon Kindle.


message 48: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments Got all my books on KU.


message 49: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Jr. (3mdetectiveagency) | 234 comments Finished my 1st round review of Byn Always' 365 Marks on the Wall. Here are the links. The Amazon review is not up yet, so the link is to the books page. I also posted the review on my blog.

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

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/365-Marks-Wall...


message 50: by Byn (new)

Byn Always | 11 comments Thomas A. wrote: "Finished my 1st round review of Byn Always' 365 Marks on the Wall...

Holy beans, Thomas. I can't thank you enough!!!


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