As a writer, I often seek out review sites. I try to send my book to as many review sites as possible before the big release day in hoping for some great, sizzling reviews on the day of release. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. For my latest release, Wedding Day, the sales numbers have been the best yet. The reviews, however, have been a slow go. I must admit, I’m proud to say the two I do have are 5 star, but it’s only two! Not 200. Oh, well, I got to start somewhere, right?
But, I’m a writer, and I know how I got started, from boredom in a 900 square feet concrete apartment. I’m not a reviewer. Naturally, I became curious how someone starts reviewing, and that’s where Lauren Szymanski comes in. She’s a reviewer at Romance Novels For The Beach. Immediately, from the first email she wrote back to me, I could tell we were going to be email pals. And, we have been, at least I feel like we have. When I asked her how she got into reviewing books, this is what she had to say.
Two years ago, I went to Grand Cayman with my sister for a week-long beach vacation. Before heading out I was sure my Kindle was loaded with all of the newest romance novel releases. I’ll never forget having a lazy day at the beach with my sister, reading an amazing romance novel, and wanting to share how incredible this book was with someone. You’d think my sister would have been an obvious choice! But I was reading romance, and at the time that was a genre I was rather embarrassed to admit I enjoyed. None of my friends read romance novels either, so I tried to think of a way to talk about these books with people who wouldn’t necessarily judge me for loving romance.
It was on that beach in Grand Cayman that the concept for my blog, “Romance Novels for the Beach”, was born. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since that day on the beach when I first decided to start reviewing romance novels. I never knew there were so many other people out there who love the genre as much as I do, and I’m absolutely floored whenever phenomenal authors (such as Erin Bevan!) request that I review their work. For all of the romance novel lovers out there, don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Wasn’t that plug sweet? I swear, I didn’t ask her to do that. But, as you noticed, I didn’t take it out either.
So, there you have it. That’s how a reviewer is born, and trust me, she’s a known name among some of the author loops. We all feel very lucky and fortunate when Lauren reads our work, and we are all happy to send our manuscripts to her.
Check out Lauren’s site for her latest reviews, and the punches of wit and humor she adds. Whether you read romance, or the thought makes your cringe, her reviews are laugh out loud funny, and will have you smiling on this Friday afternoon.
Go read something, y’all!