June’s #InspiringWomen Great to be this month’s featured lady by @VikkiPatis #wwwblogs

Re-blogged from  The BandWagon

Welcome to The Bandwagon’s new feature for 2016 – #InspiringWomen. These posts aim to not only celebrate successful women, but also to encourage others to follow their dreams. Meet June’s lady, Rosie Amber.

Rosie B&W SoftSelf-described as a book reviewer, avid reader and bookworm, Rosie Amber is campaigning to link more readers to writers.

What made you want to join your industry?

A few years ago I was inspired to teach myself about social media and not grow old and stagnant. I’ve always loved reading, so what better way to celebrate this than to start a book blog and reach out virtually.

What challenges have you had to overcome in order to get where you are today? 

I began at the ground and worked up, first I didn’t know what blogging platform to use, I began with Tumbler, but found the audience wrong for me, so next I tried WordPress, it works well for my needs. Then I began at the bottom with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and just recently YouTube. My second favourite is Twitter, I join in with Hashtag share days and work hard to build an audience.

To make a blog work well I put in lots of work, but it helps that I enjoy what I do. To keep an audience happy you must keep things fresh, try new ideas, stretch yourself.

I join in with challenges like the April A – Z challenge, I create my own themed book blog tours, I run readathons,  I also run a successful book reviewing team, we held our first book awards last December to honour great authors who we’ve met via my blog.

Meeting people virtually opens up a whole new world, a few months ago I met up personally with some of my new virtual friends, now that was a HUGE step, really pushing new boundaries. 5 of us from my book review team came together from all over the UK and spent 24 hours talking books. It was amazing and luckily we all got on really well.

What does being a woman mean to you? 

To me it means being creative and multi-tasking. I’m a mother, housewife and I work part time as a farm secretary, I deal with daily chores and next minute I’m chatting globally about books and writing.

In what ways has your gender helped or hindered you in your industry? 

I like the social side of being a woman; we’ll chat easily about books, reading and are good at sharing on social media. Women are often less aggressive and demanding when it comes to book reviews. I hate to label some men but I’ve found the male ego an issue at times. Dealing with an author who refuses to accept that I didn’t like his book, it wasn’t my thing, I had issues with it for various reasons etc is a BIG FAT PAIN IN THE ARSE. This isn’t a widespread issue, and I have come across a couple of women who were the same but on the whole women deal with the critique by another women better.

Name some women who inspire you.

Louise Hay for her inspirational books like “I Can Do It”, Judith O’Reilley for her book “A Year Of Doing Good” it inspired me to do my own challenge of one good deed a day and I did it for 2 years, blogging with the weekly upates of my good deeds, it changed my life and I still try to do one each day now. Silvia Browne for her book “The Other Side and Back” which taught me so much about the spirit world.

What advice would you give to young women who want to go into your industry?

From my own place in the book world, I would say it’s a great place for women, but wherever you rest in the world, make it a place where you show your love for it and the people in it. I dislike the dog eat dog, ripping others off and making money in underhand ways that leads so much of society today. Only give out what you want to receive.

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What does it take to run a successful blog?

I’ve touched on some of the ways in which I run my blog. It takes time, regular updates and the desire to succeed. Start with small ideas and build up, I began with reviews of books that I’d read, then I invited people to send their books for me to review, I offered guest posts, all simple stuff, I took part in challenges and went to other people’s blogs and got involved. Making comments and sharing what others do encourages them to come visit your blog.

I make sure my blog posts are easy to share, here are my quick tips;

1)       If you use WordPress go to your Dashboard, then settings, then sharing, scroll down to “Twitter username to include in tweets when people share using the Twitter button.” Add your Twitter handle without the @ ie rosieamber1. Now every time your blog post is shared on Twitter it will appear in your notification page and you can easily re-tweet. N.B Twitter is all about the power of the re-tweet.

2)       My blog titles have a mix of capital letters, hashtags and Twitter handles if they are about people or their books, for instance THE HOUSE OF YORK by @TerryTyler4 #Bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog. This makes them SUPER easy to share, attention grabbing and no extra words needed. Each time this is shared the author gets notification too and usually re-tweets as well.

3)       Always use Hashtags on Twitter, find the popular ones which suit your blog theme. My team and I recently created the #TuesdayBookBlog hashtag to help anyone with news of their book, reviews, guest posts, book cover launched etc. We try to help share all relevant ones each week.

4)       It takes an audience to run a successful blog, my own blog is still really small, but I never tire of coming up with new mad ideas to try, some work, some don’t. Keep working until you find something you enjoy, but don’t let it get boring.

5)       Sharing someone else’s post? If you share to Twitter, make an effort to add a Hashtag or a Twitter handle to make you tweet more twitter friendly.

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Rosie Amber is looking for book reviewers!

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I’m looking for dedicated readers to join my book review team. I need someone who can commit to reading and reviewing a book within a month. I need the review posted on Goodreads, Amazon US & UK and a blog (if the reader has one), plus I get a copy of each review to post at a later date on my own blog. Reviews need to be around 3-4 paragraphs long, telling others about the book genre, setting, writing style, a little of the plot, the main characters, what worked in the book and what perhaps didn’t for that reader. I‘m not looking for 5* reviews but honest ones which help future readers. For more information check out this link or have a good rummage around my blog and see what others are writing.

Join Rosie Amber Book Review Team

January Fleet Life – Rosie’s Good Reads

The January Issue of Fleet Life just dropped through my door, so here it is with this months authors and their books.

Jan 14 Fleet LifeThe online version will be up shortly at www.fleetlife.org.uk. Then you can click on the online directory and find the reviews on Page 48.

This month featured books are;

“No Strings Attached” by Lily Bishop Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

“The Initiate” by Sue Vincent and Stuart France Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

“Ghost in the Machine” by Ed James Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com free on kindle at time of going to press.

“Passion United” by Phil Miles Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

“Summer’s Passing” by Randy Mixter Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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December Issue of Fleet Life

I’m really thrilled to once again have my book reviews featured in Fleet Life. This magazine goes out locally and is also available online at www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the online directory and find my review page on Page 50.

December Fleet LifeThis month my featured books are;

17858261 It’s NOT a Holiday by Andy Robinson and Kirsty McGregor Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18521422Becoming Anorak Nid – A Rude Awakening by local author Alix Macey Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18360200 Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18395230Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18460826 What it Takes by Terry Tyler Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

November issue of Fleet Life

This month’s issue of Fleet Life is now available online go to www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the online Directory and Rosie’s Good Reads are on page 56 this month.

This month’s featured books and authors are;

“The Singing Dagger” by Kylie Sabra

“Good Husband Material” by Trisha Ashley

“Inceptio” by Alison Morton

“Becoming Anorak Nid” by Alix B Macey

“Steps into Darkness” by Ben Woodard

November Fleet Life

September Issue of Fleet Life

The September Issue of Fleet Life is now out and I have the following books have a place on Rosie’s Good Reads Page. This month you can find them on Page 20. To access the online version go to www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the online directory and go to page 20.

September Fleet Life Best

The features books are;

“The Wayward Gifted” by Donna Childree

“The Last Juror” by John Grisham

“Land of the Unaltered” by Leti Del Mar

“The Great Convergence” by Joseph Lallo

“Mouse and the Cossacks” by Paul Wilson

August Issue Of Fleet Life

Fleet Life have kindly once again featured “Rosie’s Good Reads”, where I review several books every month.

August Fleet Life

This magazine can be accessed via it’s on-line version at www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the on-line directory and this month you can find my reviews on page 18.

These are the featured books for August;

Saving Jackie K by LDC Fitzgerald,  see the book here

After The Fall by Charity Norman, see the book here

The Unicorn Girl by Melissa LeGette, see the book here

The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching, see the book here, free on kindle

Sihpromatum – I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace, see the book here

A Post for Horseshoe Publishing

I’m dedicating this post to  my very good WordPress friend Stephanie Hurt. I have featured several books written by Stephanie here on my blog and now I’m extremely pleased to tell you that she is turning her hand to publishing. Horseshoe publishing is going to start out by helping authors prepare their book covers and final drafts moving on to getting their work out there.

Check out the first steps of Horseshoe publishing and give Stephanie your support;





Rosie’s Reads in the June Issue of Fleet Life

June Fleet NewsThis month I’m proud to present the following books as part of Rosie’s Good Reads in my local Fleet Life magazine. Over 5000 copies go out to people in the area and the on-line version is available world wide. Go to www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the on-line directory and find me on page 10 of the June issue.

Call Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton

The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes

The Haunting by Alan Titchmarsh

Can’t Sell, Won’t Sell by Sean and Daniel Campbell

A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly.

The April Issue of Fleet Life featuring Rosie’s Good Reads

This is my second post today: My first was the letter “B” in todays A to Z Challenge.

The April issue of Fleet Life is now available on-line and in printed format. Over 5000 copies go out to the local community and the on-line version is available world wide. I am extremely fortunate to have a regular page of book reviews here each month. www.fleetlife.org.uk  (Click on the online directory)The books chosen for this months issue were;

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Morgan’s Run by Colleen McCullough

Dead Sea Deception by Leo Tillman & Heather Kennedy

Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope

April Fleet Life 100

Been Busy

Today I’ve been busy writing my daily 1200 words for my third book and keeping up with the social network side of getting myself OUT THERE!

Read a great set of tips about increasing your Twitter Followers; check out the link below or see my Twitter Feed.