Blog Birthday Celebrations – So far, everything is proceeding according to plan for the blog birthday celebrations on Wednesday, April 8. This is the day that the readers and followers of the blog have control of the content, except for the prizes which I will announce and give you a chance to win. Three posts have been promised so far and I have received two of them. If any of you would like to submit a post, it’s not too late. I think it will be a fun day and you will all be winners!
On Wednesday April 1 I will be interviewing a colleague and “virtual” friend, reviewer Kimberly Swan, owner of Darque Reviews. This blog is all about book reviews and I thought it only fitting that I should interview one of our own so that she could give you her take on reviews. For me this interview is just as important as my interviews with authors and publishers because I believe that reviewers have a very important role to play in the industry or I wouldn’t be spending my time as one of this terrific group of people who give their opinions – good, bad and ugly. Reviewers do their best to help the readers make informed choices when it comes to spending their hard earned cash on books. Looking forward to seeing you on the blog on Wednesday.
Next Monday, April 6 is the long awaited interview with three authors whose books have appeared on the blog several times Rhianne Aile, Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. I know you’re looking forward to this one because several of you submitted questions. Just one more week before the big day.
On Wednesday, April 22 I will be interviewing author and icon Victor J. Banis who introduces himself simply as: A writer. We could all learn lessons in humility from Victor who has written such books as Lola Dances, Longhorns, the series That Man from C.A.M.P., the “Deadly” series that I have grown quite fond of and I can’t wait for the next book, Deadly Dreams scheduled to be released in May, 2009, and countless more. Victor has written so many books that it would take me literally months to review them all if I did nothing else. As always, if you have questions for Victor please email them to me or leave them on this post. Since I will be sending out the questions to Victor by the latest Friday, April 3rd, speed is of the essence, as they say.
Many of you have commented on my posts Looking For Some Feedback and the recent update. One consistent message is that you would like some consistency in the rating numbers i.e. 4 stars should be a “recommended read” and any review for a book rated below 4 stars that is being recommended should have some sort of comment or explanation by the reviewer. We’re all going to try and do our best in the “consistency” department. You also seem to like the idea of dueling reviews occasionally on some of the books we recommend (or not). So, without further ado, *g* I would like to introduce our newest reviewer whose initial role will be to add that second opinion on selected books. Jenre has agreed, after a lot of pleading on my part, to join the team. Jen has her own blog Well Read in England and here is her short introduction and profile -
In real life Jenre is a shy, capable, slightly frazzled wife, Church administrator and Mother of four who spends far too much time printing out and folding leaflets; picking up stuff and putting it away; and dealing with Elliot the evil cat. In cyber life she is a bossy, opinionated blogger and reviewer, with a weakness for pimping her favourite books and authors. She has been known to be ‘refreshingly honest’.
Please join me in welcoming Jen (maybe we should join the UN with 2 Americans, 1 Aussie, 1 Brit, 1 German, and 1 Canadian writing reviews on the blog. *g*) Thank heavens you’ll be kicking someone else’s ass for a change rather than mine for a little while.
The reviews are coming fast and furious – the “fabulous” Emmy posted 3 more this morning which I hope you will have a chance to check out – Something Green, A Fostered Love and The One That Got Away. (Is it me or does it seem that many books bear the same name, even on this blog?)
Well that’s all for this week which I think is a pretty full agenda. See you all next Sunday!