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    Authors Helping Authors – it’s a beautiful thing.


    Mr Right and Other Mongrelshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0086L8NBS

    My first indie book has now been out in the big wide world 22 months. I guess that makes that book a toddler. It certainly has fallen over and scraped it’s knees along the way, more than once. I suspect it’s also resentful when I give it’s younger siblings my time but that may be another post.

    When I had my daughter (back in the day!) I joined a mother’s group. They were like a support group for me. They got me out of the house and I could talk about my daughter and the trials of motherhood without boring my friends, who for the most part didn’t yet have children. (Ok I’m sure I did still bore them but hopefully a little less than I would have and as they largely went on to have their own kids I must not have scared them off the idea!)

    Anyway, when I released my first novel I did a similar thing. I found groups of people online who wrote what I wrote, or reviewed what I wrote and started to build a lovely network of people around me with whom I could discuss writing and books and writing comedy and writing chicklit and writing contemporary romance.

    If you follow my blog at all you’ll probably see that I’ve done cover reveals, interviews and guest posts from lots of wonderful authors. I’ve been involved in group promotions and give-aways as well.

    Lots of these people have reciprocated and hosted me or retweeted my sale days, new releases etc,

    So every so often (it’ll be like totally random) I’m going to just alert you to the books of some of these people.

    I’ll just pop a cover or two up here as suggestions of nice people who write books who might appreciate you downloading their book and having a read. They won’t all be women’s fiction but lots will be because that’s who I write for and who I seem to mostly have connected with.

    If you read and enjoy their books let me know – or even better – let them know. Authors love that!

    The Smartest Girl in the Room - CoverThis is Deb’s first book. Guess where Deb lives? Boston. She may have lived very close to where I did my high school exchange back in the day.














    A Proper Charlie - Louise Wise - CoverThis is one of Louise Wise’s books. You can tell by the title she’s English, right? Also her book is on sale for 99c right now.








    Deborah Nam-Krane
    9/4/2013 09:10:07 pm

    You are too much! Thank you 😀

    And I never joined those mothers things- the cliquishness of them always scared me off. I have much kinder things to say about the circles you and I run in 😉

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    Why I don’t review books but am happy to support authors in other ways


    Hearts Afire and Mr Right and Other Mongrels - Monique McDonell Pink Banner
    When you have a writing or book blog you often get approached to do book reviews. I certainly do and I can’t imagine that’s unique to me. I’ve approached people about reviewing my books and I’m always so grateful when they do. Some people have approached me as well and I’m thrilled that they do.

    I really appreciate those people who read widely and give thought out and informed reviews. I just don’t think that’s a job for me.

    When someone offers to review your book it’s quite scary. Let’s be realistic not everyone is going to love your work so it’s a good idea to have people who review your books who read in your genre, who understand it and who enjoy it. Those people, I feel, can make a fairer comparison. If you normally read science-fiction and have never read an autobiography your frame of reference for reviewing science fiction is, in my opinion anyway, much better and I would put greater weight on your review of that genre than of an autobiography.

    Reviews are subjective. Go and look at any author’s reviews on Amazon and you’ll see a spread of 2,3,4 and 5 star reviews for the same book. Someone will say “I love it so I give it 3 stars”…and someone else says “I love it so I give it 5 stars.” It’s all quite confusing isn’t it?

    I appreciate the effort people put into writing a book and putting it out there, I think we all do. I certainly don’t love everything I read (you should hear me at bookclub!) but I don’t feel the urge to put those opinions in writing. If you know me at all you would easily guess there’s no way on earth I would give anyone a less than 3 star review and I have no desire to.

    I read pretty widely but I also like to support authors who write in genres I don’t always read. I’ve been lucky enough to meet writers who work across all genres and while I tend to feature more chicklit and romance authors here I appreciate the work of authors across the board and by interviewing them rather than reviewing them I feel like I’m an equal opportunity supporter.

    So you won’t see any book reviews on this site. You will see guest posts, author Q&A’s and other opportunities like my Taste of Tuesday feature.

    If you’re an author who wants to be featured, drop me a line.


    2/3/2013 05:01:17 pm

    That seems perfectly reasonable to me.

    Erin Cawood
    2/3/2013 07:59:11 pm

    I think this is fair. I write reviews on my blog but I don’t accept requests for them either. I don’t have time to promise another author a timely review. I’d also hate the idea of posting one that was bad. If I’ve taken the time to write a review then the book was “totally awesome must tell the world to go read this book now!”