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message 1: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
This thread is for mods to post news for the group for members to keep in the know about what's going on.


message 2: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The Theme Poll for group reads Version 2.0 is up. Please vote before November 7th.

The theme with the highest votes will be our theme for December:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/56...


message 3: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
I started a poll for your favorite type of a/a hero(ine).

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/59...


message 4: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
Hear YE! Hear YE! Hear YE!

There are two days left before the group read poll for may closes. The category for May's group read will be "Swashbucklers!" The race is too close to call, we need more votes for a clear decision.

Join us for the group read and express yourself!


message 5: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
I know this is self-serving but...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I can't help it. I'm a proud Daddy.


message 6: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
August group read poll is up:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/68650

We are also taking nominations for the September group read theme:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...


message 7: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
We, the moderators, have been ironing the guidelines to hold a monthly read featuring books written by A/A Aficionado group members. We hope to have a featured group read worked out for September with a voting/nominations thread to open up in August.

Stay tuned!


message 8: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (last edited Aug 01, 2012 10:58AM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Are you interested in Mayan Prophecy Fiction? Action/Adventure Aficionados is hosting a giveaway of a new book 12.21: A Novel to the first 21 folks who sign up. Don't miss your chance. You can find out more and sign up here:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...


message 9: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll is up for the September group read vote. It closes soon, on August 17th, so don't miss your chance:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/69894


message 10: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
We have a three way tie for the September read poll. I made a runoff poll. It will be up three days only, until August 19th, so don't miss your chance to vote!:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/70091


message 11: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Don't forget to vote in our October group read before September 15th:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/71190


message 12: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Runoff poll for the October read. Closes on the 20th!

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/71559


message 13: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
I have opened discussion threads for our two Random House giveaway books, 12.21: A Novel and The Devil in Silver since those who signed up should be getting their books in the mail this week.

If you signed up, definitely drop in and discuss with us as you get a chance to read the books. Thanks!

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 14: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll for the November group read theme is up:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/71785


message 15: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The nomination process for the November time travel group read has begun. You can participate here:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 16: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll for the November group read is up. It will close on October 15th.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/72746


message 17: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is our group read for our November Time Travel read. Feel free to join us between November 1st and 30th for the discussion.


message 18: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll for the December group read is up. It will close on October 30th:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/73520


message 19: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (last edited Oct 29, 2012 07:01PM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
December group read nomination thread is up. We're doing something slightly different this month. Check out the thread to make your nominations before November 7th:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 20: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
December group read poll is up. It will close on November 17th:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/74419


message 21: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
We had a tie for the December group read, so vote in the runoff poll before November 23rd.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/74968


message 22: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Also the January 2013 group read theme poll is up:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/74970


message 23: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Don't miss your chance to vote for our first monthly group read of 2013. The theme is Military/Special Ops action, and the poll closes on December 12th:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 24: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (last edited Dec 17, 2012 10:11AM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll is up for the January 2013 Military/Special Ops Action group read. It will expire on December 20th.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/76086


message 25: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I think you meant December 20th, Lady D. : )


message 26: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
I did. Thanks for pointing that out. I am pretty swamped her in RL and discombobulated.


message 27: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
Lady Danielle aka The Book Huntress wrote: "I did. Thanks for pointing that out. I am pretty swamped her in RL and discombobulated."

Tell me about it, that's pretty much me 24/7/52 this past year or five. (Fifty-Two weeks in the year right?)


message 28: by Eileen (new)

Eileen This time of year I think everyone is overwhelmed, I know I am.


message 29: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Yeah, it's pretty fierce right now. But I still love Christmastime!


message 30: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The February group read theme nominations poll is open. Drop in to make a suggestion prior to December 28th!

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 31: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Vote for our February group read theme poll before January 2nd.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/76718


message 32: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (last edited Jan 02, 2013 06:46PM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Here ye! Here ye!

Take the time to cast your nomination for the February Zombie Group Read nominations by January 8th:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 33: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll is up for the February group read.

It will close on the 15th of January.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/77223


message 34: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
We are voting on the theme for the March group read.

It closes on the 22nd.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/77...


message 35: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll for the March group read is up. It closes on February 3rd.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/78209


message 36: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
This is the latest on the Member Author Group Reads... yes, as the old song goes

"..It's time to make the strange...ch-ch-changes...Time may change me...but I can't change time..."

Okay, I know you are all wondering …”Hugh, hey… dude come on, we’re about five Member-Author’s Behinds away from a complete Honor-Role and maybe ten books short of a complete Member-Author Collection…and come to think of it, didn’t you say last month that we would have another one of them shnazzy Featured Member-Author Group Read shendigs?”

Well if you’re wondering that, or something remotely similar, you are right. I did make big promises that have not been fulfilled. It’s time for many lashes with a wet noodle and I deserve everyone. I apologize for dropping my end of things. It’s time to get back into the groove!

Okay, first things first. We, your friendly neighborhood Moderators…hm.. Moderators… that kind of reminds me of those old Italian spaghetti westerns. “Moderators RIDE!” I like it… It makes me feel like Clint Eastwood…before he started talking to empty furniture… (maybe I’m not the only one who needs to rethink some of those decisions?)

But I digress…. Where was I? …Ah yes, here it is…. We, your friendly neighborhood Moderators, as you may have noticed, have decided to try and find ways to become more helpful for everyone Readers, Authors and moderators alike. So, one of the reasons, other than the need for a cranial-rectal detachment surgery for that “I,Curmudgeon” guy (who knew that old grumpy guys could be so limber?), one of the reasons is that we want to try to find a better vehicle here that can better meet everyone’s needs.

What needs (it seems like a no-brainer on the surface, but, it’s actually one of those things that should be defined):

Authors- Authors need a vehicle to promote their books, especially Indie-Authors. That being the top need of writers does not exclude the fact that some authors like, and want to, answer questions about their writing, their stories and such, and many (probably most) authors like to read. Along with promoting books, Authors need to get their books reviewed. We all know that a positive comment from a reviewer who used their money to buy a book and are willing to recommend it to others is more effective advertising than ten pop up ads on Google. Authors also tend like, and in the current indie-pub revolution- need, to be able to talk to other authors about anything from “where do I find an editor” to “How the hell did you get your book about a Redneck chiropractor mentioned on Leno last night?”

We also understand that Authors have different tools than the standard “promotional-spam the thread drive by posting” and a quick post on a thread set aside for “Promotions” (Which is sometimes perceived as the reader-auto-ignore thread). The age of e-books and indie-authors includes things like Blogs, interviews, websites, home-made trailers and probably some things I haven’t thought of yet. All of those things need a place to be on display where other people (readers) can see them, read them and an atmosphere that helps develop rapport between reader and author with room to allow positive word of mouth to spread. We also know that not all writers, especially those who actually have been picked up by a professional publishing firm and a lot of Indie Authors, do not have enough of whatever it takes to produce free books on command. Who does?

Readers – Readers want to participate in discussions where everyone is considered equal; where the books that they are discussing are the center of attention, not those posting. They also want their threads to be as “pure,” free of commercial driven motives, as possible. They have no problem being the voice for a book they enjoyed, but they surely don’t want to be a pawn or tool in somebody’s marketing strategy. In Goodreads, books are the treasure and authors are the stars. Authors often feel like everybody else, but, in an environment that celebrates writing like Goodreads, Authors are the celebrities and the readers their adoring fan, weather either group likes it or not. Readers often enjoy, like, and even seek out threads where they can converse directly with authors about the books they’ve written. Readers also have a strong desire that the thread in which they discuss books be free from posts reflecting a more personal profit driven agenda (i.e., less about the book, more about self-promotion) in all of the forms that these issues come in. For a reader on a reader-book discussion thread, self-promotion is basically dishonest… it’s dishonest because the post was motivated by a need to self-promote, not a desire to discuss the book or subject at hand. (Honesty + Motive = Trust) Trust needs more than honesty to develop. Surely you can see how much the components of this equation may vary. As my old advisor from Counselor School used to say, “the only problem with the devil is that he always tells the truth.”

Reviewers- these are specialized readers (at least in this capacity) that include the professional and polished, as well as the youthful armature. Reviewers have the above needs (same as readers) but they also have a desire to have their reviews shared and read. I don’t care if they are professionals or review for purely personal non-monetary motives, the bottom line is: why write a review and post it on line if nobody is going to read it? (You think getting your book read is hard? There’s nowhere, no way and no ethically, morally and socially acceptable way to promote a review that’s not part of a semi-to fully corporate machine. Reviews written by the semi-competent, if grumpy, amateur with no sense of grammatical correctness are a matter of faith in human curiosity and hope for good will from those around us. Faith in your fellow man is thin soup when you have a need.

Moderators – Yes, moderators have needs too… Mod-erator are People!... (okay… note to self, the “Soylent Green comparative analogy line” didn’t work as well as I thought). We need a framework of guidelines that are easily understandable by all members of the group, easy to follow for group members, clear enough to enforce without causing confusion, hate and discontent, and are in keeping with the Goodreads “TOS” (Terms of Service). We also need the tools to facilitate good discussions on our threads. And above all, Moderators need to be able to not only be impartial, but to also maintain the appearance of impartiality. We shall make no laws preferring one series of books over another.

As part of our Goodreads community, even if we can only speak for our own little corner of the cyberspace three dimensional polyhedron, we want to be a catalyst that facilitates connecting readers with good books, the good host who connects authors and readers to each other and at least one or two important cogs in the process that promotes all aspects of our favorite pastime…reading. And above all we want to talk about our favorite books with other real, flesh and blood people who read.

In that light we are trying, revising and looking at several things. The first was out Featured Member Author Group Read, aimed at promoting books written by members only, followed or accompanied by a subsection of threads for the Member Authors of our group, the “Reader < -- >Writer Interface” section of threads for our group aimed at getting a better handshake between readers and reader threads that promote discussion on anything readers want to talk about where books are concerned. All of these are important goals to us, but let’s get one thing out in the open, “our primary mission, purpose and vision is to have a place where everyone can discuss the books that the Read.” This includes any authors who also read, but, technically this means that the priority threads and purpose is to support readers and facilitate discussions that readers want to have about the books that they enjoy, hate or feel so indifferent about that they need to tell somebody.

We do not believe that a mission to support readers makes our group exclusive or “readers only.” Quite the contrary, we believe that a good handshake between readers and writers, a place and process that promotes new books and new writers are essential to having the best environment for our community. That means, if we find the best vehicle for the most people, we can go to this “promised land” with a seat for everyone on the magic carpet that gets us there. (Imagine Stepen Wolf playing in the background here, … right between the sound machine…)

We would like to encourage authors and readers alike to participate on the “Reader-Writer Interface Threads.” Post links to your blog there, post links to your websites, ask other authors questions and leave answers to questions asked of you here. This is a good place to post about a new book release or thank the readers that lead to your success. Reader/reviewers can post reviews here, one more place where they can be read. When we get around to hosting a Q & A with a writer, we’ll likely use this group of threads to do that. It’s possible that the “Giveaway” and “Promotion” threads will shift to this subsection of boards.


The Member-Author section will likely become the place for you Member-Authors to talk about things important to how to market your books, create websites offers of editing service etc. Surely readers are allowed (all our threads are opened to all members) but this is a good place for Indie Authors to share what works, and find out what doesn’t work in the world of marketing books.


message 37: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
For all Member Authors. I've updated the Honor Roll and the Book List. Please, if you wish to participate in the Book of the Month Selection, please check the list. If you and/or your book is not there, please let me know so I can add it.

We have a rule about "One Month Membership" if your new, tell me anyway. We have a place to put you on the list and move you up automatically after a month (from when you joined us).


message 38: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The poll for the April Group Read is up until March 14th. Any and all members can participate in group reads:

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/80...


message 39: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
And, everyone should know that this is a very special day. In fact, it's Gabriella's Special Day (Gabi, my daughter).

7 years ago today, Gabi, also known as "Princess Gabriella of the house, school and friends (as she calls her self), joined our family. More specifically, this was the day, 7 years ago that we brought her home to live with us at just under 1 year old.

So, since I am now King (how else do you get to be the Daddy of a Princess? You gotta be king, right?), I proclaim to all those who reside inside the boundaries of our little fiefdom in Maryland that today is Gabriella's "Special Day." Since this is the day she came to us, trust me, it's a day worth celebrating!

(Daddy Loves you Gabi)


message 40: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt We shall join in the celebration!


message 41: by The Pirate Ghost, Long John Silvers Wanna-be (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) | 5327 comments Mod
Ctgt wrote: "We shall join in the celebration!"

Thank you! I'll share the joy as much as I can...though, that's a very hard thing to do.

http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/3...


message 42: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Happy Special Day to Gabi!


message 43: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Happy Special Day, Gabi!!


message 44: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
Nomination process has begin for the May Group Read Theme. Stop by and make your suggestion before March 20th.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 45: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The Nomination Thread is open for the May High Tech Treasure Hunt Adventure Group Read. Any group member can participate in group read nominations.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 46: by Eileen (new)

Eileen The poll is up for the Member-Author book for April. Please vote for one book in each of the 6 polls. There will be a run-off poll for the top 2 winners.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/53...


message 47: by Lisa P, My weekend is all booked up! (new)

Lisa P | 1984 comments Mod
Eileen wrote: "The poll is up for the Member-Author book for April. Please vote for one book in each of the 6 polls. There will be a run-off poll for the top 2 winners.

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/53......"


Eileen, Just a heads up...it looks like people are only voting in the first poll. Do you want them to vote just in the first one or in all six polls?


message 48: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Good question, Lisa!


Yes... please....

Vote on all 6 polls


message 49: by Eileen (last edited Apr 02, 2013 11:38AM) (new)

Eileen The Runoff Poll is up. You can vote for the Member-Author book until Friday April 5. Poll #12

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/53...


message 50: by Danielle The Book Huntress , Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) | 4741 comments Mod
The May Group Read poll is up until April 8th.



http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/81794


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