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message 1: by E.M. (last edited May 29, 2020 10:17AM) (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 '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 extreme and explicit material.

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:
E.M. Swift-Hook



Member Links
1. Mary Markstrom
2. Kristian Hall
3. Avalon Dane
4. Andrew D. Gracey
5. Donnally Miller
6. Vlad Kahany
7. Brenda Davies
8. Guy E. Estes
9. Zita Harrison
10. E.M. Swift-Hook

Book Links
1. Out of the Madhouse and into The Doghouse
2. 14 Steps to Happiness
3. The Garden of Forgotten Dreams
4. The Dust and the Dark Places: Part One
5. The Devil's Workshop
6. The Tender Days of May
7. Along Came a Soldier
8. The Eighth Hell
9. Owl Manor: The Dawning
10. Trust a Few


message 2: by Zita (last edited May 28, 2020 12:14PM) (new)

Zita Harrison | 141 comments Hi, this is Zita Harrison. I would like to join with my book, Owl Manor - the Dawning, a Gothic suspense.

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

Thanks


message 3: by Kristian (new)

Kristian Hall | 96 comments Hi. If non-fiction books are allowed in this category of review groups, I'd like to join with my book 14 Steps to Happiness.


message 4: by Avalon (new)

Avalon Dane (avalon_dane) | 21 comments I just finished reading and reviewing all 4 books for group 251. I enjoyed it so much I want to do another round (is timing too close since that group is still active?)

If I'm eligibly, I'd like to submit The Garden of Forgotten Dreams https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 5: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 713 comments Mod
Avalon, you completed your commitment to round 251 so we'd love to have you join a new round!


message 6: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Davies | 52 comments Hi, I haven't been here for a while but i've always enjoyed it when I did partake. i have a new book out that I'd like to join with; Along Came a Soldier. Many thanks.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 7: by Donnally (new)

Donnally Miller | 112 comments I'd like to join with my novel, The Devil's Workshop


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary Markstrom | 69 comments I'd like to join the group with my memoir if memoirs are allowed. Out Of The Madhouse And Into The Doghouse.


message 9: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
I'm signing up here with Trust a Few. I've reviewed Donnally before

Mary - could you please provide a Goodreads link to your book.


message 10: by Vlad (new)

Vlad Kahany | 7 comments I would like to join with an erotic romance

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


message 11: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments I signed up to 254 but can I switch to this group as it is filling up quicker and I am raring to go again?

I would like to join with The Dust and The Dark Places.

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


message 12: by Mary (new)

Mary Markstrom | 69 comments Sorry I forgot my Goodness link - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 13: by Guy (new)

Guy Estes (guye) | 51 comments I'd like to enter my fantasy novel The Eighth Hell.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 14: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
That was some more 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 15: by Zita (new)

Zita Harrison | 141 comments Have not reviewed any of these books, before or after my name! Excited to read them. 😊


message 16: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
Zita wrote: "Have not reviewed any of these books, before or after my name! Excited to read them. 😊"

Delighted to hear that! Have you been reviewed by any of the four people 'below' you? Those are the books you will be reading and reviewing and it is very important you don't read and review someone who has reviewed you before.


message 17: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments Kristian and Avalon have read my first book but I have a second one if required.

I have read The Devil's Workshop but would happily read another of Donnally's books.

Apart from that I have no more clashes.


message 18: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
Andrew - please always post clashes with others who are signing up for the group when you do so. Even if they are not yet included on the list - I need to know all those clashes when I put people on the list.

Hopefully, this time, there is an easy fix, but sometimes it may mean I have to ask someone to leave the round. Those who have not reported clashes are the first asked to leave when that happens.


message 19: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments Apologies, E.M. I didn't realise. Noted for next time :)


message 20: by Zita (new)

Zita Harrison | 141 comments E.M. wrote: "Zita wrote: "Have not reviewed any of these books, before or after my name! Excited to read them. 😊"

Delighted to hear that! Have you been reviewed by any of the four people 'below' you? Those are..."


No, none of the names below mine have reviewed my book. We're good.


message 21: by Avalon (new)

Avalon Dane (avalon_dane) | 21 comments I haven’t reviewed anyone above me :)


message 22: by Guy (new)

Guy Estes (guye) | 51 comments I haven't reviewed anyone above me and none of those below me have reviewed me.


message 23: by Donnally (new)

Donnally Miller | 112 comments Andrew has reviewed me before.


message 24: by Vlad (new)

Vlad Kahany | 7 comments Haven't reviewed before


message 25: by Donnally (new)

Donnally Miller | 112 comments I have no clashes. Since Andrew is above me, he can review my novella, Cage of Light


message 26: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Davies | 52 comments No clashes for me, thanks.


message 27: by Mary (new)

Mary Markstrom | 69 comments I haven't reviewed or been reviewed by any on the list so I am good to go.


message 28: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments I'm good to go!


message 29: by Kristian (new)

Kristian Hall | 96 comments I haven't reviewed any of the four people above me.

As Andrew wrote, I have read the first part of The Dust and the Dark Places, so I would need to review the second book this round. But that's fine - the first part was great, so looking forward to reading part 2.


message 30: by Mary (new)

Mary Markstrom | 69 comments I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. I hope you don't think this is a silly question but do I go ahead and review the 4 books above me? Or do I wait to have books allocated to me?


message 31: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
Okies - looks like we are ready to rock and roll!

START DATE: 02-June-20

END DATE: 21-Aug-20

Round 1 – post your review by 23-June-20
Round 2 – post your review by 14 -July-20
Round 3– post your review by 04-Aug-20
Round 4 – post your review by 25-Aug-20

As AUTHORS you SEND your book file to:

257-01__Mary Markstrom
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Zita Harrison for round 2
Guy E. Estes for round 3
Brenda Davies for round 4

257-02__Kristian Hall
Mary Markstrom for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Zita Harrison for round 3
Guy E. Estes for round 4

257-03__Avalon Dane
Kristian Hall for round 1
Mary Markstrom for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Zita Harrison for round 4

257-04__ Andrew D. Gracey
Avalon Dane for round 1
Kristian Hall for round 2
Mary Markstrom for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

257-05__ Donnally Miller
Andrew D. Gracey for round 1
Avalon Dane for round 2
Kristian Hall for round 3
Mary Markstrom for round 4

257-06__ Vlad Kahany
Donnally Miller for round 1
Andrew D. Gracey for round 2
Avalon Dane for round 3
Kristian Hall for round 4

257-07__ Brenda Davies
Vlad Kahany for round 1
Donnally Miller for round 2
Andrew D. Gracey for round 3
Avalon Dane for round 4

257-08__ Guy E. Estes
Brenda Davies for round 1
Vlad Kahany for round 2
Donnally Miller for round 3
Andrew D. Gracey for round 4

257-09__ Zita Harrison
Guy E. Estes for round 1
Brenda Davies for round 2
Vlad Kahany for round 3
Donnally Miller for round 4

257-10__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Zita Harrison for round 1
Guy E. Estes for round 2
Brenda Davies for round 3
Vlad Kahany for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

257-01__Mary Markstrom
Kristian Hall for round 1
Avalon Dane for round 2
Andrew D. Gracey for round 3
Donnally Miller for round 4

257-02__Kristian Hall
Avalon Dane for round 1
Andrew D. Gracey for round 2
Donnally Miller for round 3
Vlad Kahany for round 4

257-03__Avalon Dane
Andrew D. Gracey for round 1
Donnally Miller for round 2
Vlad Kahany for round 3
Brenda Davies for round 4

257-04__ Andrew D. Gracey
Donnally Miller for round 1
Vlad Kahany for round 2
Brenda Davies for round 3
Guy E. Estes for round 4

257-05__ Donnally Miller
Vlad Kahany for round 1
Brenda Davies for round 2
Guy E. Estes for round 3
Zita Harrison for round 4

257-06__ Vlad Kahany
Brenda Davies for round 1
Guy E. Estes for round 2
Zita Harrison for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

257-07__ Brenda Davies
Guy E. Estes for round 1
Zita Harrison for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Mary Markstrom for round 4

257-08__ Guy E. Estes
Zita Harrison for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Mary Markstrom for round 3
Kristian Hall for round 4

257-09__ Zita Harrison
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Mary Markstrom for round 2
Kristian Hall for round 3
Avalon Dane for round 4

257-10__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Mary Markstrom for round 1
Kristian Hall for round 2
Avalon Dane for round 3
Andrew D. Gracey 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 32: 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.

If you can, please choose to buy some 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. If you are obtaining your books direct from Amazon either through purchase or KU please post to say so.

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 or post on the thread to say they are getting your book directly from 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.

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

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


message 33: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
Mary, Kristian, Avalon and Andrew - I shall be either purchasing your books or reading them through KU so you don't need to get in touch with me to offer me your books. They all look like superb reading and I'm keen to get started!


message 34: by Kristian (new)

Kristian Hall | 96 comments Thanks, E.M.

Avalon, Andrew, Donnally and Vlad, I purchased your books already, so you don't have to contact me to send copies.


message 35: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments Thanks Kristian and thanks E.M.


message 36: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Davies | 52 comments Guy, Zita, E.M. and Mary, I've bought your book or will get it on KU, so don't worry about sending a copy.


message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2778 comments Mod
Thanks Brenda! :)


message 38: by Zita (new)

Zita Harrison | 141 comments Brenda wrote: "Guy, Zita, E.M. and Mary, I've bought your book or will get it on KU, so don't worry about sending a copy."

That's very nice of you, Brenda! Thank you for the support. I look forward to reading your review. :)


message 39: by Kristian (new)

Kristian Hall | 96 comments It looks like I'm the first one out with a review this round :)

Here is my review of The Garden of Forgotten Dreams:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.amazon.com/review/R3USU73...


message 40: by Vlad (new)

Vlad Kahany | 7 comments I didn't start in the right order, but here's a review of Owl Manor
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re...


message 41: by Zita (new)

Zita Harrison | 141 comments Vlad wrote: "I didn't start in the right order, but here's a review of Owl Manor
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re..."

Thank you, Vlad!


message 43: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Gracey | 50 comments Thank you Kristian - I love that review :)


message 45: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Davies | 52 comments Wow, thank you Vlad, what a brilliant review, you've made my day! Cheers!


message 47: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Davies | 52 comments My round 1 review of The Eighth Hell. I've sent the review to Amazon but I'm still waiting for them to approve it.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 48: by Brenda (new)


message 49: by Guy (new)

Guy Estes (guye) | 51 comments My review for Owl Manor. I'll post the link to Amazon when it's up.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 50: by Guy (new)

Guy Estes (guye) | 51 comments Thank you, Brenda!


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