It’s true! 99% of the reading public don’t post reviews for the books they’ve read.
If you’re an avid reader, you probably take a look at the reviews for a book before you decide whether or not to buy. The average star rating is a help, of course, but a review can tell you so much more.
So why doesn’t every reader review?
Maybe you think about doing so for a book you’ve loved – or one you weren’t so keen on! – but don’t get around to it for a variety of reasons: your busy life might get in the way, or you may not know what to write, or, like many of us, you may not be sure that anyone will want to read your opinions. I promise, they will! Reviews do not have to be clever literary critiques. The best ones come straight from the heart, as if you’re talking to a friend – and this is what the Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge #RRABC is all about. Would you like to take part?
I have secured free copies of 19 ebooks from authors known to my review team, in a variety of genres. All you need to do is take a look at the list below, let me know which book you would like to read, and we’ll send you the copy. Then, after you’ve read it, you write a review, and send it to me to post on my blog, with credit to you. The challenge is open to all; experienced reviewers are most welcome, too.
If you’re a newbie, I’ll be running a few posts on writing book reviews. The first one will be How To Write A Simple Book Review, on Monday October 26th. We provide the book as a mobi file which can be uploaded to a Kindle, or any device using the free Kindle reading app. I will offer uploading advice for anyone not sure how to do this, or if you don’t know how to get the free Kindle app on your phone, tablet or any other device, we can show you how – it’s very easy, just takes a couple of minutes.
If you would like to take part, please take a look at the books on offer, complete the form below with your choice of book, along with an alternative in case there are already lots of requests for the one you want, and I will email you with your book, and the answers to any questions you may have. Afterwards, if you find that you’ve enjoyed the process (I find it ’rounds off’ the whole reading experience!), you may be interested in joining my review team, which I am looking to expand. For this, you don’t need any qualifications other than a love of reading and the willingness to review, and there is no pressure to take a certain number of books. We’re a friendly group of avid readers who love to talk books whenever possible!
The current members of my team and I are so excited about this initiative, as are the authors who’ve donated their books – I look forward to hearing from you.
Here are the books with a short book description. Click on the book cover which will take you to Amazon where you can read the full description and the first few pages via the ‘look inside option’.
Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!
Journalist Molly is determined never to attend another wedding, unless it’s her own – but her own sister is getting married next year! Will a ‘discerning’ woman such as herself find her own Mr Right? (Romantic comedy)
The Bledbrooke Works
Bledbrooke is one of those places that just doesn’t feel right. It’s always been different to other towns. Now old-timer Donald must enter the sewer to fix the town’s water problems…(Horror)
I Love Your Cupcakes
A baking contest at Dulce, Adelfa and Storm’s cupcake business becomes more complicated than any of them expect! Recipes included. (Sweet romance)
‘It’s as though we’re watching one another, my mother and me; two women – trapped.’ Irene’s sister, Rose, died thirty years ago. Why does no one ever talk about what happened? (Contemporary fiction)
Madeleine Ross has created a new persona to hide her criminal past. When she starts falling for her handsome boss, Dan, she’s worried letting him in will expose secrets best kept locked away…(Romantic suspense)
The Mermaid And The Bear
Isobel runs away from the cruel man who would marry her, seeking sanctuary in Scotland. She finds friendship, love and safety but her past catches up with her – as do the witch hunters. (Historical fiction)
Nest Of Ashes
Jane Seymour, later to become the third wife of Henry VIII, recalls her childhood – and the shocking events that would form her character and destroy her family. (Tudor historical fiction)
A Critical Tangent
College student Keiki’s roommate is murdered – and then another friend disappears without trace. Detective Garnett is determined to keep her safe, and protect her from the masked killer. (Romantic Suspense)
No One Can Hear You
Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town – but she escaped. Old school friend Zoe returns to the town, intent on saving the missing women. (Thriller)
The Owens are tied to this Pembrokeshire land – no-one will part them from it. Leah Owen struggles throughout her life to keep her family together, and fend off the machinations of local criminal Eli John. (Historical fiction)
The Last Pilgrim
Mary Allerton Cushman was the last surviving passenger of the Mayflower, dying at age 88 in 1699.
What was a woman’s life like in the Plymouth Colony? The Last Pilgrim will tell you. (Historical fiction)
Did Vikki Smith die of an overdose? She’s trending on social media in an outpouring of hate. Online journalist Tilda Green and veteran crime reporter Freddie Stone are both determined to find the truth. (Crime fiction)