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Friday, May 6, 2011
THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF OUR REVIEWERS: HONEYSUCKLE
Short stories, full length novels, super novels, sweet romance all the way up to scorch your e-reader erotica, the fabulous ladies of Long and Short Reviews and Whipped Cream Reviews offers it all. Thanks to this amazing opportunity I have been introduced to a world of honestly talented writers.
I’ll admit that not every story I choose from our database is a winner. Thankfully, the less than wonderful books are in the minority. I’ve been reviewing for LASR and WC for a little over a year now and I’ve had serious issue with two, maybe three books. But that’s just one more reason LASR is the best review blog to work for. If we choose a book that we honestly can’t finish and give a half way decent review then we can simply request to have it returned to the database for another reviewer the opportunity to choose.
One more thing I should point out is that you’ll never read a snarky or completely negative review on LASR or WC’s blogs. Our fearless leaders have admonished us more than once that there are simply too many great books out there to dwell on one that doesn’t work for us. At the same time a book that makes me squirm and squint in a bad way may speak to another reviewer.
I don’t think I could ever name all the amazing writers that I’ve had the privilege of reading but a few that have totally won me as a fan-girl include Debra Glass, Sophie Oak, Jenny Penn, Leah Brooke, Cheryl Brooks, Elizabeth Amber, Chloe Lang, Kiera West, Heather Rainier, Mary Jo Putney, Margie Church, Mitzi Szereto, and Sable Hunter. I know I’m going to kick myself when I re-read this later and realize just how many other names I wish I had listed.
If I had to narrow down the hundreds of books I’ve read to name just a few that really left an indelible impression on me, as well as made the authors automatic buys, I would have to include M.J. Putney’s first young adult novel Dark Mirror, Debra Glass’s historical Having Patience, Jenny Penn’s Cattlemen’s Club series and Sophie Oaks Nights in Bliss as well as her Siren series. These books had me thinking about the characters (primary and secondary) long after turning the last page. The books I listed are just a small sample of those that have made my favorites list.
I’ve had friends ask me how I came to be a reviewer. I was talking to a writer friend and we were discussing my desire to one day to be published. She suggested a good way to get some writing experience and sample a multitude of writing styles would be to become a reviewer. Free books and incentives to earn gift cards? I’m all over that!! So, after checking several different sites I came back to Long and Short Reviews and sent in a sample review to the owners and the rest is a very clichéd history and I’ve never regretted it!
I’ve met some wonderful ladies who love to do what I do as well. We have had some really fun conversations discussing book titles, characters, writing styles and supporting one another. I would encourage any reader or writer for that matter that thinks they might like to give reviewing a try to contact Marianne at lasreveiws AT gmail DOT com. She can get you all the pertinent information on how we do what we do. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!