#BookReviewers Rant About Some #Authors

First and foremost, this does not apply to all authors. I have meet several amazing authors that are absolutely wonderful and deserve to be recognized: Georgia Rose, Christine Hughes, Libby Cole, Julia Kent, Lisa N. Edwards, Tamra Lassiter, C.H. Armstrong, and Kelly Cain, just to name a few.

I’ve been reading some crazy stuff on social media regarding authors and book reviewers and I think it’s a shame. I totally understand the time an author puts into writing a book and I respect that. So I ask for that same respect. I am happy to promote a book for any author for free on my blog out of that respect for an author. I want every book to succeed or at least have a chance to touch someone’s life.

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I also do a lot of book reviews for authors and I’m happy to do it. But please remember that I am only one person, with a full-time job, and a single mother. If I promised you a review, you will get a review after I read the book, IN MY OWN TIME! Unless you have chosen an expedited review, which is a different story. Please remember, just because you give me a free book to read (which I do sincerely appreciate) you don’t own me. I am not in a monogamous relationship with any author, so I will be seeing other authors as well.  

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Please keep in mind that a book reviewer for each book read puts in approximately 15 hours of reading time, writing a review, posting it on various sites, including a blog post (I do anyway) all for FREE for your book! I also do a lot of tweeting to promote different books and different book reviewer blogs (several hours a day, in fact). I don’t think you will find many people who will voluntarily put it that kind of time for free!

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Furthermore, if a book is offered in a “giveaway”, you shouldn’t expect I will review that book within 72 hours of receiving it or that I’ll write a review at all. That’s not a free giveaway instead call it was it is: quid pro quo!

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Okay, rant over!!!

Blog Tour for The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyde with exclusive interview and giveaway

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Welcome to my tour stop for for The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder. This is an adult contemporary fantasy. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

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Book Title – The Soul Summoner
Series – The Soul Summoner Series Book 1
Publisher – Forge Creek Press
Release Date – November 9th, 2015
Genre – Contemporary Fantasy
Rating – PG13
Length –  290 Pages

About the Book:

Blessed–or cursed–with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people… and the worst. For twenty-seven years, she’s kept her ability to judge the innocent from the wicked a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.
She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger–who is as alluring as he is terrifying–shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can’t see his soul at all.
Now, Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.
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 Exclusive Author Interview: 

What inspired you to write your first book?

Boys and hormones. I was in middle school when I wrote my first novel, and it was all about every boy I had a crush on at the time. It was pretty lengthy. I was the main character and all of them fell madly in love with me.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

The Soul Summoner was always just a working title because that’s exactly what the main character is—she has the ability to summon and even manipulate the souls of others. By the end of writing book three of the series, I just knew it was the most appropriate title for the book.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I’m an unashamed Harry Potter junkie. And I say it has influenced my life because The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was on the list of pros when my husband and I were deciding our next move. Not that a theme park was the whole reason we wound up in Orlando, but it was a contributing factor.

What book are you reading now?

Today, I’m actually reading a vampire novel–which is completely out of the norm for me. This book is Blood Mother by Tammy Oja, a brand new author. It is still pre-publication, but she has a little of it out on Wattpad. It’s like Sandra Brown meets Underworld. I’m quite impressed so far.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I wouldn’t change a word of it unless I made it longer. I love those characters like they are my family members and I enjoy hanging out with them quite a bit.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Phillippa Gregory is probably the author I admire the most. They rich details she puts into her historical fiction absolutely blows me away. When I read her novels, it’s like a mini-vacation to a different time and place.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to say a big, public THANK YOU to all of my readers for their amazing support this past year as I battled lymphoma. I received messages, cards, and fan art from all over the world and it helped keep me going through some of the worst days of my life.

About the Author:
Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.

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New Twitter Hashtag #TuesdayBookBlog from Rosie Amber’s Book review Team #RBRT

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Because it’s a hashtag for book posts only and the team are hoping that authors, readers and book bloggers will benefit. The new hashtag will come into effect on Tuesday, 3rd November.

Most Twittering bloggers know about the benefits of ‘blog share’ days; it all started with Rachel Thompson and her fabulously successful #MondayBlogs.  Now, there is also #wwwblogs on Wednesday (Wednesday women writers), #SundayBlogShare, #ArchiveDay on Saturday, and probably others, too.

Since Rachel started #MondayBlogs, she’s been battling against people using it for book promotion; her view is that you have six other days of the week to promote your books, but #MondayBlogs is about the writing itself ~ in other words, blog posts about anything other than your book!  She now states that there should be no book promotion of any sort on #MondayBlogs, not even third party reviews, which is understandable as there are so many ways in which her guidelines can be abused.

Because there are so many avid readers, writers and book bloggers who understand the benefit of blog share days, Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team is introducing a new hashtag on Tuesdays, for book posts only: #TuesdayBookBlog.  The first day this will be used is Tuesday, November 3rd.

As anyone who starts a hashtag knows, the main difficulty involved is dealing with ‘hashtag abuse’ ~ tweeters who spot a popular hashtag and add it to any tweet, whether relevant or not.  We will do our best to limit this; please feel free to point someone in the right direction if you see this happening.

So what are the guidelines for #TuesdayBookBlog?

DO post:

Blog posts only!

Book reviews ~ either for your own books, or other people’s, or book reviews you’ve written on your blog.

Author Interviews ~ yours or others’.

Cover reveals ~ yours or others’.

Upcoming/new releases ~ yours or others.

Articles or guest posts about books/writers ~ you/yours or others’.

DO NOT post:

Anything that isn’t a blog post

Blog posts that aren’t about books/writers.

Porn.

Blatant promotion of an existing publication that isn’t a proper article – in other words, we don’t want to see a blog post that consists of nothing but the cover of your book, Amazon blurb and buy links.  This was one of the ways in which #MondayBlogs was abused, after people were told they couldn’t use the hashtag for tweets with Amazon links.  

To get the most out of #TuesdayBookBlog:

Retweet others on the hashtag and spread the wordHashtags work best when you do your bit, too.

The power of Twitter is in the retweet, more than the tweetHashtag retweets are never guaranteed, but do remember that the more you do, the more you are likely to get back.  

We hope you will achieve good results from #TuesdayBookBlog, and look forward to seeing you there!