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message 1: by E.M. (last edited May 28, 2020 04:23PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 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 'Out of this World' round
Fiction books classified as sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal.

Please note it is always possible that the books you are assigned may contain material you find upsetting or offensive. If you can't commit to this, please do not sign up.

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, it’s 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:
Trish Butler


Member Links
1. Phillip Murrell
2. Lucretia Stanhope
3. Scott Spotson
4. Martin Talks
5. James W. George
6. Peter Martuneac
7. Steven A. Simpson
8. Stella Jorette
9. Jeff Chapman
10. Angela Panayotopulos

Book Links
1. Zombie Walkabout
2. Tainted Waters
3. Delusional
4. Blinky's Law
5. All the World's Colors
6. Her Name Was Abby
7. Enchanted Orbit
8. Harmony Lost
9. The Great Contagion
10. The Wake Up


message 2: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 136 comments I'd like to join with Zombie Walkabout

Phillip Murrell


message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter Martuneac | 57 comments I’d like to join with Her Name Was Abby (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...). Phillip reviewed it in the last round but I’ve not reviewed any of his.


message 4: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments I'd like to join with Harmony Lost https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...
Cheers.


message 5: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Chapman (jeffchapman) | 32 comments I'd like to join with The Great Contagion.

Jeff Chapman

This is my first time participating in this group.


message 6: by Martin (new)

Martin Talks | 28 comments I'd like to join with Blinky's Law

Blinky's Law

Martin Talks

This is also my first time participating in this group


message 7: by James (new)

James George | 66 comments I'd like to add "All the World's Colors."

No conflicts as of yet. Thank you!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

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


message 8: by Steven (new)

Steven Simpson | 24 comments I'd like to join with Enchanted Orbit:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 9: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments A lot of first-timers, which is great.

I'll throw in Delusional. Philip reviewed me and I've reviewed Peter, but we all have a lot of other books to offer.

Delusional


message 10: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments I'd like to join with Tainted Waters. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

I have read Scott but not the one he is offering.
Phillip has read me.


message 11: by Angela (last edited May 27, 2020 09:07AM) (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 275 comments I'd love to join with THE WAKE UP. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

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

I've read Lucretia's FERAL, but not her TAINTED WATERS. No other clashes thus far. :)


message 12: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 136 comments That looks like ten people in under 24 hours. This group wasn't playing around.


message 13: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments Hi - possibly stupid logistical question...when I click on the book links in these postings, I'm taken to the book page. All fine. Then say I want to get a copy, but the options for getting a copy are only Kobo, Online Bookstores and Book Links. No Amazon. I only have a Kindle. Is there someway of adding Amazon as an option to the "get a copy" menus? (Clicked around to find options and help, but to no avail).


message 14: by Martin (new)

Martin Talks | 28 comments Stella wrote: "Hi - possibly stupid logistical question...when I click on the book links in these postings, I'm taken to the book page. All fine. Then say I want to get a copy, but the options for getting a copy ..."

My book Blinky's Law has an Amazon link :-)


message 15: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments Martin wrote: "Stella wrote: "Hi - possibly stupid logistical question...when I click on the book links in these postings, I'm taken to the book page. All fine. Then say I want to get a copy, but the options for ..."

Thanks! And also, after some suffering, I fixed my buy links within my profile. So now Amazon shows up for everyone.


message 16: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 275 comments Phillip wrote: "That looks like ten people in under 24 hours. This group wasn't playing around."

We are on fire! :D


message 17: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
That was some fast filling!

I need everyone in the round to check they have not reviewed the four people above them on the list ( the list wraps around so 10 is 'above 1). Please also check that if you have already reviewed any of the four people 'below' you on the list they have more books available that you have not yet reviewed.

You can check if you have reviewed anyone before by going to your reviews, clicking the 'Author' heading to get them in alphabetical author order, and then checking through to see. You can check if someone has reviewed you in the same way through their profile.

If you are new to these rounds although you won't need to check for previous reviews I do suggest you try the steps I have put here so you know what to do in future rounds :)

Any issues with these, please post to say so. If both these things check out please post to say you are good to go.

When enough have said they are good, we can start the reading phase.


message 18: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 275 comments Thanks EM! I'm good to go!


message 19: by James (new)

James George | 66 comments No conflicts at all for me. Thanks EM.


message 20: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments Fine with me...


message 21: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments I'm good.


message 22: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 136 comments I don't have review conflicts. I already read Delusional in a previous round, but he has plenty to choose from.


message 23: by Martin (new)

Martin Talks | 28 comments I'm good to go :-)


message 24: by Martin (new)

Martin Talks | 28 comments Stella wrote: "Martin wrote: "Stella wrote: "Hi - possibly stupid logistical question...when I click on the book links in these postings, I'm taken to the book page. All fine. Then say I want to get a copy, but t..."

Excellent :-)


message 25: by Peter (new)

Peter Martuneac | 57 comments Looks all good for me.


message 26: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Hi all,

E.M.'s asked me to mod this one! No backing out now you know! ;)

Exciting that everyone is raring to go. Just waiting for her to officially hand it off to me.

[Rubs hands in delight]

Trish


message 27: by Scott (new)

Scott Spotson (scottspotson) | 794 comments Can't back out? Oh no...

(Groaning and rubbing forehead)


message 28: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Scott wrote: "Can't back out? Oh no...

(Groaning and rubbing forehead)"


Ha ha ha!

Thanks for getting my sense of humour, Scott!

T


message 29: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments I'm good to go.


message 30: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Chapman (jeffchapman) | 32 comments I'm good.


message 31: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 275 comments Yay Trish! :)


message 32: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Angela wrote: "Yay Trish! :)"

Thanks, Angela! :D


message 33: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
START DATE: 29-May-20

END DATE: 21-Aug-20

Round 1 – post your review by 19-June-20
Round 2 – post your review by 10 -July-20
Round 3– post your review by 31-July-20
Round 4 – post your review by 21-Aug-20

As AUTHORS you SEND your book file to:

255-01__Phillip Murrell
Angela Panayotopulos for round 1
Jeff Chapman for round 2
Stella Jorette for round 3
Steven A. Simpson for round 4

255-02__Lucretia Stanhope
Phillip Murrell for round 1
Angela Panayotopulos for round 2
Jeff Chapman for round 3
Stella Jorette for round 4

255-03__Scott Spotson
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
Phillip Murrell for round 2
Angela Panayotopulos for round 3
Jeff Chapman for round 4

255-04__ Martin Talks
Scott Spotson for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
Phillip Murrell for round 3
Angela Panayotopulos for round 4

255-05__ James W. George
Martin Talks for round 1
Scott Spotson for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
Phillip Murrell for round 4

255-06__ Peter Martuneac
James W. George for round 1
Martin Talks for round 2
Scott Spotson for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

255-07__ Steven A. Simpson
Peter Martuneac for round 1
James W. George for round 2
Martin Talks for round 3
Scott Spotson for round 4

255-08__ Stella Jorette
Steven A. Simpson for round 1
Peter Martuneac for round 2
James W. George for round 3
Martin Talks for round 4

255-09__ Jeff Chapman
Stella Jorette for round 1
Steven A. Simpson for round 2
Peter Martuneac for round 3
James W. George for round 4

255-10__ Angela Panayotopulos
Jeff Chapman for round 1
Stella Jorette for round 2
Steven A. Simpson for round 3
Peter Martuneac for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

255-01__Phillip Murrell
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
Scott Spotson for round 2
Martin Talks for round 3
James W. George for round 4

255-02__Lucretia Stanhope
Scott Spotson for round 1
Martin Talks for round 2
James W. George for round 3
Peter Martuneac for round 4

255-03__Scott Spotson
Martin Talks for round 1
James W. George for round 2
Peter Martuneac for round 3
Steven A. Simpson for round 4

255-04__ Martin Talks
James W. George for round 1
Peter Martuneac for round 2
Steven A. Simpson for round 3
Stella Jorette for round 4

255-05__ James W. George
Peter Martuneac for round 1
Steven A. Simpson for round 2
Stella Jorette for round 3
Jeff Chapman for round 4

255-06__ Peter Martuneac
Steven A. Simpson for round 1
Stella Jorette for round 2
Jeff Chapman for round 3
Angela Panayotopulos for round 4

255-07__ Steven A. Simpson
Stella Jorette for round 1
Jeff Chapman for round 2
Angela Panayotopulos for round 3
Phillip Murrell for round 4

255-08__ Stella Jorette
Jeff Chapman for round 1
Angela Panayotopulos for round 2
Phillip Murrell for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

255-09__ Jeff Chapman
Angela Panayotopulos for round 1
Phillip Murrell for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
Scott Spotson for round 4

255-10__ Angela Panayotopulos
Phillip Murrell for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
Scott Spotson for round 3
Martin Talks 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).

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’.

Happy reviewing, everyone :)


message 34: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 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 are reviewing the four books 'below' you on the list.

You can, of course, choose to buy any or all of the books 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.

However, as not everyone can buy, 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.

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.

Please post your review to Goodreads, your own Amazon store and any other Amazon stores you might have access to as well.

Your mod for this round is Trish Butler so please take any problems you might have ongoing to her!


message 35: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Hi all,

FIRSTLY, I hope you are well and safe. If your job means you are out there taking care of us in some way or another a sincere thank you!

As E.M. mentioned, I'm taking over from here (lucky lucky you!) I have a few more pointers for you if you can stand to read on just a little more before getting stuck in. Especially for all you newbies - I promise to be gentle.

A BIG thank you to E.M. for setting up this round and handing it off to me. This one has to be a record for set up time!

I'm here for questions/problems if you have any. Post here or send me a message via my profile page (if personal to yourself or someone else, I would say PM is best). I'm a Brit on the US east coast, so bear that in mind when expecting a reply (plus I have a teen who likes to sleep in, so lately we have been getting a lot of zzzs).

Participation in these groups means being willing to write a proper review for the books you read. Whilst we don't have any set rules on such things, it is expected at the very least a review should say what was good about the book in your opinion and (unless you have given 5 stars) what you struggled with as a reader. If you feel any of your reviews might not meet this minimum, it is very easy to edit in another paragraph to be sure you are doing so.

When writing a review for others consider if you would feel satisfied by it had someone written it for you. An overly brief review can seem dismissive and disrespectful to another group member. If you are not familiar with how to write reviews please check out this post on the topic.
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

General note: please be aware when posting links to Amazon in this thread, that you should delete everything after and including the letters 'ref' in the URL. If you don't, Amazon knows anyone clicking on that link is in some way connected with you as that information is your personal account link information.

Feel free to post the Goodreads link to your review while you are still waiting for the Amazon review, but when you get the Amazon review link please post it separately rather than updating your original post. I only get a notification for new posts, so am not aware of edits made and then have to hunt them up if it's been a while.

If you are a newbie, don't be afraid to ask questions. My experiences in this group are that everyone is really friendly and happy to help.

Thanks for spending a moment to read this. I hope you enjoy the experience and have fun!

Enjoy your day.

Trish


message 36: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Hello Trish!

Scott, I sent you a note.

I picked up Martin Talks, James W. George, Peter Martuneac on KU. Already started reading. ;)

Looking forward to reading everyone's work.


message 37: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Hey Lucretia,

That sounds great!

Thanks.

Trish


message 38: by James (new)

James George | 66 comments Hello to all

Peter, Steven, Stella, Jeff, I will pick your books up on KU.

Thanks!

James


message 39: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 136 comments I will read my books with KU.


message 40: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
James and Phillip,

That's awesome.

Several KU users in this group - that's nice.

Trish


message 41: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments Hi - Fairly confused, scrolling up and down to correlate authors with books etc, but I believe that in round one, I'm supposed to read the Great Contagion by Jeff Chapman. I'll download that on KU. Cheers


message 42: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Stella wrote: "Hi - Fairly confused, scrolling up and down to correlate authors with books etc, but I believe that in round one, I'm supposed to read the Great Contagion by Jeff Chapman. I'll download that on KU...."

Hi Stella,

It can be confusing at first. Take a look at message #33 from E.M. the long one. Concentrate only on your 'batch'
Those reviewing your book...
Stella Jorette
Steven A. Simpson for round 1
Peter Martuneac for round 2
James W. George for round 3 - James is reading on KU
Martin Talks for round 4
(You need to get in touch with Steven, Peter and Martin to send your book to them - unless they have already messaged you. Don't wait for each round as some people read quickly).

Those whose books you review
Stella Jorette
Jeff Chapman for round 1
Angela Panayotopulos for round 2
Phillip Murrell for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

You are right, you review Jeff first (though the order isn't set in stone, it does give everyone a review each round if followed).

Great that you use KU too.

Let me know if you need any further guidance - happy to help.

Trish


message 43: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Round 2 & 3

I've been stuck in bed sickly and made a head start. Thank you for such wonderful reads.

Blinky's Law
https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZWFMG...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...?

All The World's Colors: The Queen of the Blue
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1P9ZNU...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 44: by Martin (new)

Martin Talks | 28 comments I’ll buy all my books on Amazon :-)


message 45: by Stella (new)

Stella Jorette | 22 comments Trish wrote: "Stella wrote: "Hi - Fairly confused, scrolling up and down to correlate authors with books etc, but I believe that in round one, I'm supposed to read the Great Contagion by Jeff Chapman. I'll downl..."
Thanks so much Trish. Very helpful. Cheers.


message 47: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 142 comments Phillip wrote: "Here is my review for Tainted Waters.."

Thank you, Philip. Sorry you didn't love it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


message 48: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Lucretia wrote: "Round 2 & 3

I've been stuck in bed sickly and made a head start. Thank you for such wonderful reads.

Blinky's Law
https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZWFMG...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/s..."


Thanks, Lucretia.

Feel better.

Trish


message 49: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Martin wrote: "I’ll buy all my books on Amazon :-)"

Martin,

That is very generous. I'm sure everyone will appreciate that and the verified reviews.

Have a great weekend.

T


message 50: by Trish (new)

Trish Butler | 1331 comments Mod
Phillip wrote: "Here is my review for Tainted Waters

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

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/review/R3..."


Thanks, Phillip

Trish


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