The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Crystin Goodwin @CrystinLGoodwin

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Crystin Goodwin

 

Crystin Goodwin lives in Austin, Texas.

Crystin posts book reviews here: crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com

Also follow her here; @CrystinLGoodwin (Twitter) Crystin Goodwin (Facebook author page)

Crystin enjoys reading: Most types of fiction, but my favorites are fantasy, romance (especially historical), paranormal, and young adult.

She prefers books for the review team in: Mobi or Amazon gift

Hobbies, interests, and any pets? Writing, reading, playing video games (specifically World of Warcraft), drawing, watching anime … I have too many hobbies. I’m a huge Disney fan. I also own a cat and a husband.

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I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”

A dark historical novel, dark humor/satire, steampunk fantasy, and contemporary romance with LBGT scenes. So far I’ve hit a 50/50 success rate with new stuff.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”

Westerns – I just don’t find the whole cowboy/old West setting very interesting, though I do like stuff with Native Americans. I also don’t care for LBGT romances with explicit sex scenes because they just don’t do it for me. (Yes, I do occasionally read erotica … don’t judge me!) Also, very realistic horror stuff scares the crap out of me. I tried reading this book about a psychiatrist that hypnotizes his patients into forgetting the horrible things he would do to them with a trigger word that could be said over the phone … I flipped out and had to stop reading halfway through because I was terrified to answer my phone!

“What do you look for in a book?”

Entertainment. If the story is interesting, the characters are interesting, and there are minimal typos, I’m happy. Now, if the characters are fully developed, and the story has unexpected twists and turns with excellent pacing? Then I’m ecstatic!

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”

I’m not too fond of poetry – but that’s it,mostly. Well, and I really don’t care for stories written in present tense: I can force myself to read them, but you’ll lose brownie points.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”

Only when I have to – and if it is a subject I’m interested in. I do enjoy the occasional writing craft book, and I’m into certain areas of history, like the Greeks and Romans and Egyptians. Also old Japanese history and folklore, or old England stuff … Actually, it might be best to just ask if I’d be interested. 🙂

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #wwwblogs

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

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Terry Tyler lives in the north east of England.

She posts book reviews here;

http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

You can also find Terry on Twitter;

https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

Terry enjoys the following genres;

Historical fiction: particularly Tudor & Plantagenet eras, WW1 & 2, anything to do with prisoners of war, or the Black Death, global/national disasters/wars generally, and 17th century. Mostly English but will read others, I love 1920s/30s America. The only histfic I am not keen on is historical romance of the bodice ripper variety.

Edgy contemporary fiction/family drama but nothing too ‘girly’.

Crime thrillers to do with gangs/gangsters/drug dealing underworld, and murders.

Travel memoirs but not the wacky domestic type about children and dogs in campervans.

Post apocalyptic thrillers/sci-fi/dystopian – I am okay with zombies but not vampires, werewolves or other monsters. I have a particular fondness for pandemics that cause the collapse of civilisation (I will be seeking therapy about this…).

Book Formats Terry prefers for the review team;

Mobi is best, but Amazon gift okay too. No PDFs or paperbacks.

Hobbies, interests, and any pets?

I’m not a pets person, I’m afraid, and I don’t have much time for hobbies because I’m writing most of the time, and catching up on blogging/reading/reviewing when I’m not – I suppose that’s my hobby/interest! For relaxation I binge-watch series on Netflix etc (crime, conspiracy thrllers, gangsters and history are my favourites – think Breaking Bad, The Following, Narcos, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Vikings), and I can get obsessed with the occasional video game! I also like to go walking anywhere peaceful with lots of trees, and visiting places of historical interest.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”

Chick lit/light romance, enough to realise that it isn’t for me. I’ve read some more serious domestic type dramas that I’ve liked a lot, though, which I might not have chosen if it wasn’t for the review team. I thought I hated crime and sci-fi, too, but have discovered I quite like both; it depends so much on the book itself, of course.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”

Financial thrillers; I read an excellent one earlier this year (Concealment by Rose Edmunds). I know zero about financial stuff and care even less, but this one included a good conspiracy and psychological weirdness.

“What do you look for in a book?”

A genuine talent for the written word, first and foremost. I’m a great believer in ‘you can either write good sentences or you can’t’ (quote Zadie Smith).

Realistic dialogue.

Characters are all important to me – if the characters aren’t ‘alive’ I don’t care about them, which makes me not care about the plot, either. I love books told from multiple points of view, but only when each character is clearly identifiable.

I’m a fan of well placed backstory/flashbacks, and the building up of a story by alternating chapters between past and present. Suspense is all!

I like to learn something new from fiction, though only when it’s woven into the story, not as chunks of information.

Very, very important to me is a satisfying ending; it can change my star rating! I don’t mind a slow start; I always give a book until at least 10% before abandoning it.

That 5* feeling; I love it when I get a little rush of excitement about how good a book is, I can hardly wait to finish it so I can review and tell everyone to get it!

Expertise and confidence in the writer’s own field; I like to think that even if a book isn’t my sort of thing, I can tell if it’s a good example of its type.

Authenticity, by which I mean writing ‘from the heart’, not sticking in self-consciously zany bits because it’s a light romance, or trying to write according to rules laid down elsewhere, or emulate a current popular style.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”

I started by listing a couple, but really there aren’t any; it all depends on the book.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”

Yes – travel memoirs, as mentioned earlier. Biographies, if about someone who interests me.   Historical fact; love it!

 

 

 

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Aurelia McNeil @McNeilsReviews

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

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Aurelia McNeil lives in The United States Of America

She posts her book reviews here;

http://mcneilsreviews.com/book-reviews/

Amazon and Goodreads

@McNeilsReviews

Aurelia’s book reviews include;  non-fiction especially how-to, true-life, biographies, memoirs, self-help, etc. Indie books okay but must be free from excessive grammar and spelling errors.

Preferred formats include; PDF and Amazon gift.

Hobbies and interests?  Writing, reading, language learning, and travelling.

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The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Cathy Ryan @CathyRy #MondayBlogs

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Cathy Ryan

 

Cathy Ryan lives in Somerset, UK

You can find Cathy’s book reviews at: http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com

Cathy’s reviews can also be found here:

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7796704-cathy-ryan?order=d&sort=review&view=reviews

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

Genres Cathy enjoys are:  Crime, mystery, paranormal, some sci-fi, contemporary, some historical, Cathy says she’ll try most anything once and go from there.

Book Formats Cathy prefers for the review team are;  mobi or Amazon gift

Hobbies &interests? My hobbies and interests include blogging and book reviews – obviously 😉 – walking, photography, theatre, music and my dog.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”

I’ve chosen more contemporary women’s fiction that I would normally, also post apocalyptic/horror.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”

Straight chick lit/romance, without another element such as paranormal or crime. High epic fantasy is another genre I’m not comfortable with.

“What do you look for in a book?”

Empathy with the characters is a must, they must have depth as well. If I can’t like characters the book falls flat. Also believable dialogue and a good plot which leads in unexpected directions.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”

I can’t actually think of a book style I don’t enjoy, so far anyway! If I had to choose one it would probably be epic dramas.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”

I may read a non fiction book very occasionally but I don’t review them.

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72 #SundayBlogShare

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Shelley Wilson

 

 

Shelley Wilson lives in Solihull, West Midlands, UK

Find her books reviews on her blog here;

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com

Shelley can also be found hanging out here;

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72

Facebook (Non-Fiction) http://www.facebook.com/resolutionchallenge

I also add links to my personal FB page, any reviews will be made public (I keep family and friend stuff on private) – https://www.facebook.com/shelley.wilson.9469

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorslwilson

Facebook (for YA) http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson

 

Shelley enjoys reading; Young Adult/Fantasy/Horror/Non-Fiction Self-Help/Mind, Body, Spirit/Thriller

Shelley prefers the following formats when reading for the team; Mobi/PDF/Amazon Gift Voucher

Hobbies & Interests? There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so my favourite hobby would have to be reading. If I don’t have my nose in a book, then I’m either writing or drawing. I love Zentangling, which is a form of doodling that is blissfully meditative. The adult colouring-in books can also be highly addictive. I enjoy camping with my kids and exploring castles and historical landmarks – Stonehenge is on my bucket list.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” Initially, I found it quite hard to try new genres as I’d gotten into a comfortable fantasy rut, but I’ve realised that some genres are worth investing the time.   I’ve tried Victorian Murder Mystery, Historical Fiction, and Romance, all with positive results.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Chick-lit and anything with a strong romance theme would normally send me running for the hills. It’s a huge step out of my comfort zone to read these novels.

“What do you look for in a book?” For me, I need to bond with the characters. They come first and then a good strong plot follows. If I can’t ‘see’ the characters, then I struggle to fit them into the story. Fast-paced action scenes will keep me hooked. This is why I love reading young adult fantasy; you barely have time to catch your breath before another epic twist. I do like good dialogue that flows well between the characters, especially if there is a bit of humour to it.  I’m a huge fan of the trilogy and book series; I like to have my stories drip fed over time.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” I do read short stories but prefer a novel. I don’t enjoy reading poetry; I think that’s a flashback to my school days.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” I love reading and reviewing non-fiction, but I stick to the mind, body, spirit/self-help genre, or how-to books. I don’t generally enjoy biographies/autobiographies. When I read non-fiction, it is predominantly for personal development, so I hope to close the book at the end and feel like I’ve learnt a valuable lesson, new technique or gained inspiration.

 

 

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Wendy Doe @Circumspect4

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Wendy Doe

Wendy aka: Circumspect4 lives in Illinois, USA

Wendy posts her book reviews on her blog here: http://booklovercircumspect4.com/

She also posts book reviews on: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43478090-circumspect4

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AHGRKHH4RE6ZD

Follow her on Twitter; @Circumspect4

Wendy enjoys reading;  Romance and YA

Book Formats Wendy prefers for the review team are: mobi, or Amazon gift

Hobbies & interests? Reading, of course. Blogging and trying new products.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” None

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Thrillers, horror

“What do you look for in a book?” Strong characters, a book that makes you feel like you are right there in the story.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” CLIFF HANGERS!!! Especially when the next book doesn’t come out for a long time.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” I have on occasion, not my favourite genre.

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

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Georgia Rose lives in Cambridgeshire, England

Find her book reviews here;  http://www.georgiarosebooks.com/

Georgia posts reviews on my site, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon .com (plus others if the author lets me know where they would like them) and Goodreads.

Follower her On Twitter @GeorgiaRoseBook

Georgia enjoys reading; Serious romance/relationship reads with a suspenseful, action, adventure element involved and psychological and crime thrillers ideally, but will try pretty much anything and have been constantly surprised by how much she has liked the different genres she’s tried via #RBRT.

 

When reviewing for the team Georgia prefers books in;  Mobi

Hobbies & Interests? My hobby is my writing, although I treat it like a business, reading (obviously!), I have a lifelong passion for horses and I have two dogs, Poppy and Ruby, who delight in accompanying me on the interviews I have with other authors.

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I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” Urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic.

 

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Both of the above! Chicklit…zombies…real pixie laden fantasy stuff.

“What do you look for in a book?” I love a great story that is well told, it’s as simple as that and I can find it in many different types of writing.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” I guess I wouldn’t take on anything along the epic line nowadays – the thought of a 700 page novel in front of me with my time-squeezed days would be off putting. Also if I’m going to tackle a series/trilogy I would want to start at the beginning. Otherwise anything goes!

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” No, though I have some waiting for me that I really should get to but my reading time is so limited I always just want to climb into a great story instead.

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Olga Miret @OlgaNM7

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

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Olga Núñez Miret  lives in South Yorkshire, UK

Find her book reviews here;  http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com

You can also find Olga here;

Twitter: @OlgaNM7

https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

Facebook authorpage

www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret

LinkedIn account:

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=212028338&trk=tab_pro

My Goodreads author page is:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

G+   https://plus.google.com/u/0/118443714277719085351

Pinterest :

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/

Tumblr

http://OlgaNMwriter.tumblr.com

Booklikes:

http://olganm9.booklikes.com/

Riffle:

https://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/151299

Olga’s reading is varied, she enjoys;  Horror, literary fiction, thrillers, adventure, romance with something else (historical romance), chick-lit sometimes, historical fiction…

 

Book Formats Olga prefers when reviewing for team are;  Mobi or Amazon gift

Hobbies & interests?  At the risk of being boring, books, reading, but also movies, fitness, going for walks, antiques, crocheting…

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” I haven’t been very daring yet, although I’ve discovered I like a challenge sometimes and I’m very intrigued by some of the dystopian YA books being published.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” I’m not very keen on erotica (although I don’t mind some scenes in a book), and I like some science-fiction but not always if it involves very lengthy descriptions of new worlds, weaponry, etc.

 

“What do you look for in a book?” I’m definitely a character’s person. I have to believe in the characters or find them interesting (even when they might be despicable). If it’s a good adventure I can go along with a solid plot but I still need some good characters I can connect with at some level. I’ve read some very interesting books that have opened my eyes to new topics and I’m always grateful if I can learn new things that encourage me to find out more. I’m more of a dialogue reader than a long descriptions one, but admire writers who can set up a scene beautifully in a few words.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” I have so many books to read that I prefer something that keeps moving along these days, but I don’t think I have a particular style that I wouldn’t consider, if it gets me hooked.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” Yes, although I have to be in the mood for it and it has to be a topic that either intrigues me or I have a particular interest in. My preference is usually for fiction, but I can’t resist certain things.

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Babus Ahmed @ajoobacats

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Babus Ahmed

Babus Ahmed

Babus Ahmed, lives in Birmingham, UK

You can find her book reviews here http://www.ajoobacatsblog.com

Babus also posts to  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+

Genres Babus enjoys reading include;  Thrillers particularly psychological, crime, mystery but she also reads historical thrillers, horror (no vampires and werewolves please) and occasionally romance.

Babus prefers reading books in Mobi format for the review team.

Hobbies and interests;  Babus is a cat enthusiast with a special interest in Bengal cats, she has quite a few. She also enjoys comedy clubs and horror films.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”  I’ve dabbled in romance a bit more.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Fantasy and sci fi

“What do you look for in a book?” Something that will have a twist to make my hair curl, but good characters seem to be featured highly in all the books I have loved the most over the years.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”  Short stories

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” Very very seldom.