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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Sep 22, 2020 07:50AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3143 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 fiction/ non-fiction accepted. This means you may be required to read anything from a book about tax returns to horror/erotica and everything in between.

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. Please note the Review Group will back any reviewer's right to express their opinion about a book, but personal comments about a fellow author are against both Review Group and Goodreads policy.

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:
Kat Kinney

Member Links
1. Angela Panayotopulos
2. J.E. Rowney
3. Hock G. Tjoa
4. P.M.F. Johnson
5. G.J. Griffiths
6. Alexis Lantgen
7.Audrey Driscoll
8. Diana J. Febry
9. Kevin Carlin
10. Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

Book Links
1. The Wake Up
2. Life Lessons
3. The Ninja and the Diplomat
4. A Life In The Day: A Life's Journey Through Poetry
5. The Mule Spinners' Daughters: The Runaway from the Altar
6. Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories
7. Islands of the Gulf, Volume Two: The Treasure
8. Trouble at Clenchers Mill
9. The Pacifists
10. Twitter of Night Nightingale


message 2: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments I’d like to bring my book Life Lessons to the group, please.


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


message 3: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 304 comments Hi! :) I'd like to join with The Wake Up (or, for those who have read it, I can provide The Art of War: A Novel). I've read J.E. Rowney before (Derelict), but not the book mentioned above.

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

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


message 4: by Stjepan (new)

Stjepan Cobets | 292 comments I would like to participate in this group with my poetry collection "Twitter of Night Nightingale"
Twitter of Night Nightingale


message 5: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments I would like to join this group with my book of poetry, Adding the Subtractions. J.E. Rowney has already reviewed this book. I can supply another book to read if necessary.

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


message 6: by Diana (new)

Diana Febry (dianaj) | 147 comments I would like to join with my book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... I have read JE but not the book listed & PMF has read this book but I have others.


message 7: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3143 comments Mod
Welcome all, please check I've not posted you with any clashes so far and keep checking back as the group fills to spot on any that happen as we go on. :)


message 8: by Stjepan (new)

Stjepan Cobets | 292 comments No clashes for now :)


message 9: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments As PMF says I’ve reviewed the book that he’s brought to this round but I’m happy to review one of his others as he suggests :)


message 10: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 304 comments No clashes so far!


message 11: by G.J. (new)

G.J. Griffiths (gjgriffiths) | 572 comments Mod
Hi Kat,
I would like to join this group with my novel, The Mule Spinners' Daughters: The Runaway from the Altar

Thanks,
G.J. Griffiths

Please note:
J E Rowney has reviewed this book; P M F Johnson and Stjepan Varesavc Cobets have each reviewed a book of mine in the past, but not this one; I have reviewed Diana J Febry, but not this book I think.


message 12: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3143 comments Mod
Welcome G.J.


message 13: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
Yay! And then we had six!


message 14: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments As GJ says, I’ve reviewed this book before. Is there another I can read and review instead?


message 15: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments I actually just put up a new book on Amazon, named A Life In The Day, and asked the Librarians to move it over here to Goodreads. If this happens in time, may I please substitute that book for the one I have put a link up for here? The new book is a poetry book, 76 pages, so it won't be much different as an reading experience. ;->

The Amazon link is
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08...

Let me know. Thank you.

P M F


message 16: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3143 comments Mod
P.M.F. wrote: "I actually just put up a new book on Amazon, named A Life In The Day, and asked the Librarians to move it over here to Goodreads. If this happens in time, may I please substitute that book for the ..."

Soon as there is a GR link for the list I am happy to swap that in for you :)


message 17: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments Thank you! Here is the GR link (Thanks to the Librarian Javier):
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 18: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Lantgen (alexislantgen) | 68 comments I'd be interested in joining this round with my book, Sapience. It's a collection of dark science fiction short stories. I do have one conflict--I've already read The Trouble at Clencher's Mill by Diana Febry, but I think that's my only one.

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


message 19: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 304 comments I've read Alexis' Sapience and lovely Saints+Curses, but I'm totally down to read something else by her if available.


message 20: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Lantgen (alexislantgen) | 68 comments I'm afraid I only have those two books, but thank you!


message 21: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
So if I'm looking at the list correctly, Alexis might be able to go into Angela's blind spot and read a different book of Diana's. Can everyone please double check anyone new who has been added to the list and make sure they aren't on your bookshelf and you aren't on theirs? It's easy for names to get mixed up after a bit of time goes by!


message 22: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3143 comments Mod
Welcome Alexis. I think I put you in the right place, but do sing out if you see a problem :)


message 23: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Lantgen (alexislantgen) | 68 comments Yes, I think that should work.


message 24: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Lantgen (alexislantgen) | 68 comments Diana, could I do Trouble at Fatting House, or is there another book you'd prefer I read?


message 25: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments Looks good so far.


message 26: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments I’ve read books 4 and 5 and previously reviewed Alexis for a different book.


message 27: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Driscoll | 106 comments I would like to join this group with my book Islands of the Gulf Volume 2, The Treasure.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
I have reviewed Diana Febry's Trouble at Clenchers Mill and J.E. Rowney's Derelict but not Life Lessons.


message 28: by Angela (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 304 comments Looking good so far!


message 29: by Diana (new)

Diana Febry (dianaj) | 147 comments Alexis wrote: "Diana, could I do Trouble at Fatting House, or is there another book you'd prefer I read?"
Hi Alexis, I'm happy for you to read Trouble at Fatting House.


message 30: by Phillip (last edited Sep 19, 2020 06:38PM) (new)

Phillip Murrell | 144 comments I'd like to join this round with Augury Answered.

Phillip Murrell

I've reviewed Diana's book. Angela, Alexis, and Audrey have reviewed me before. Some have reviewed this book, but I have five others.


message 31: by Hock (new)

Hock Tjoa (hockgtjoa) | 946 comments I am interested in joining this group if possible.
Hock G. Tjoa
The Ninja and the Diplomat

Stjepan Cobets has reviewed me and I have reviewed Graham (G. J. Griffiths) and Diana Febry though not their current books.

Thanks.


message 32: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments Actually, Hock has also reviewed one of my books, back in the day. But not my new one, A Life in the Day. ;->


message 33: by Kat (last edited Sep 20, 2020 09:56AM) (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
Awesome! Thanks for double-checking all those clashes, everyone.

Just playing with the Sudoku, would this potential order work?

1 Angela
2 JE
3 Hock
4 PMF
5 GJ
6 Alexis
7 Audrey
8 Diana
9
10 Stjepan

You read the four people below you and are read by the four people above you. Phillip, I'm trying to see a way I could fit everyone it and the logic puzzle is making me cross eyed. I'm sorry. Maybe EM can see a way to do it.


message 34: by Ono (new)

Ono Northey (ononortheytheshardchronicles) | 46 comments Hi, can I submit Book one of my Shard Chronicles series?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LDPVV3N
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 35: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 144 comments Kat wrote: "Awesome! Thanks for double-checking all those clashes, everyone.

Just playing with the Sudoku, would this potential order work?

1 Angela
2 JE
3 Hock
4 PMF
5 GJ
6 Alexis
7 Audrey
8 Diana
9
10 Stj..."


I understand the headache. If you have to, I'll take a Goodreads only review to alleviate conflicts. Thanks for your hard work.


message 36: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Driscoll | 106 comments If I'm #7, I would need a different book by Diana, since I've already reviewed Trouble at Clenchers Mill.


message 37: by Hock (new)

Hock Tjoa (hockgtjoa) | 946 comments Revised list per message #33 works for me, but I get cross-eyed easily.


message 38: by Gita (new)

Gita Reddy | 69 comments Hi, I would like to join the review group with my bookThe Morning Star
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 39: by Gita (new)

Gita Reddy | 69 comments I’ve already reviewed The Ninja and the Diplomat.


message 40: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
Hi Gita! Can you look at the authors who have previously commented in the thread and tell us who has reviewed you previously and who you have reviewed?

Ono, have you completed your previous round? Could you please make sure your mod for that round has all the links they need for you and then also post any people who have reviewed you and people you have reviewed (no matter which account is doing the reviewing)?


message 41: by Kat (last edited Sep 21, 2020 10:46AM) (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
Please check your shelves for all conflicts as with time, names can get fuzzy!


message 42: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments I’ve read books 4 and 5.

I’ve read a different book by 6.

I’ve been reviewed by 7, but not for this book.


message 43: by Gita (new)

Gita Reddy | 69 comments May I get back later? It’s close to midnight in my part of the world :)


message 44: by P.M.F. (new)

P.M.F. Johnson (pmfjohnson) | 210 comments J.E., I asked Kat to switch my old title for a new one for everyone, (also a book of poetry) A Life In The Day.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 45: by J.E. (new)

J.E. Rowney (jerowney) | 246 comments PMF - I saw, thanks. I’m looking forward to reading. Loved the last book of yours that I read. I was only commenting so the mods know where we are at :)


message 46: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
1 Angela
2 JE
3 Hock
4 PMF
5 GJ
6 Alexis
7 Audrey
8 Diana
9
10 Stjepan

So on whether or not this order might work, I have heard back from: Hock, Audrey and JE.

Still waiting to hear from Angela, PMF, GJ, Alexis, Diana and Stjepan.

Ono and Gita are going to get back with more info about their clashes.


message 47: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 144 comments Kat wrote: "1 Angela
2 JE
3 Hock
4 PMF
5 GJ
6 Alexis
7 Audrey
8 Diana
9
10 Stjepan

So on whether or not this order might work, I have heard back from: Hock, Audrey and JE.

Still waiting to hear from Angela,..."


Does this mean I'm fully out? Like I said above, I can work with a Goodreads only review, if necessary to help.


message 48: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 765 comments Mod
Hi Phillip! EM will set the final list and maybe she (or you!) can see a way to fit everyone in without clashes. When I look at the logic puzzle, this way fits the most people in. If I squeeze you into that open position, we could do it where you would forfeit a review (on GR and Amazon), but another person would have to forfeit a review as well so it might be worth waiting a little bit to see if someone else can fit into that slot without so many clashes. I hope that makes sense.


message 49: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 144 comments Kat wrote: "Hi Phillip! EM will set the final list and maybe she (or you!) can see a way to fit everyone in without clashes. When I look at the logic puzzle, this way fits the most people in. If I squeeze you ..."

It makes sense to me. I don't want to be the reason someone loses a review.


message 50: by Gita (new)

Gita Reddy | 69 comments Author Link: Gita V. Reddy
Book Link: The Morning Star

I have reviewed books by GJ and Diana but not the ones that are listed here. GJ has reviewed a couple of my books.

Hope this simplifies things.


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