Do Read-and-Review Programs Really Work?

Please review my bookBy L.A. Lewandowski, Laurie Boris & Lynne Cantwell

As authors, we all know book reviews are important for many reasons. They are also critical to readers when they visit our book’s page. There are many ways to go about getting reviews, and read-and-review programs are one of them. These programs are technically not the same as getting a paid review. A paid review means a reader (or a publication) is receiving payment specifically to review your book. Yes, an author participating in a read-and-review program might be charged a fee, but that’s generally for the website’s administrative services. A read-and-review program offers readers a free copy of your book in exchange for an honest review, and they require that the reviewer include a statement to that effect in the review they post. In the case of Story Cartel, a little extra incentive is provided, but that’s as a giveaway prize for readers who participate in the program—not direct payment for services. Continue reading

Indie Reads – March 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


The Body Market by DV Berkom 120x177The Body Market by DV Berkom

“[Berkom] manages to inch your derrière right onto the edge of your seat and keep it there from page one through to the very end…”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

The Body Market is available through Amazon.com..


The Glasgow Grin by Martin Stanley 120x177 The Glasgow Grin by Martin Stanley

“…a belter of novel with a crashing narrative, bloody and sweary from the first page and doesn’t let up until the final pages.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

The Glasgow Grin is available through Amazon.com.
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Conjure Womans Cat by Malcolm R Campbell 120x177 Conjure Woman’s Cat by Malcolm R. Campbell

“…a realistic and moving story that will break your heart but then try to make you whole again.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Conjure Woman’s Cat is available on Amazon.com..
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Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars 120x177Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

“…a tale that is tension filled, with well developed, realistic characters, and a protagonist that everyone should love.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Polarity in Motion is available at Amazon.com.
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retaliation by imogen rose 120x177Retaliation by Imogen Rose

“The complexity of the world and plot, plus the intensity of the conflict continues ramping up.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Retaliation is available through Amazon.com.
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Indie Reads – February 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


The Reach of the Banyan Tree by Mark W Sasse 120x177The Reach of the Banyan Tree by Mark W. Sasse

“…a powerful story that examines a romance stretched to the absolute maximum by tragedy, culture and history.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

The Reach of the Banyan Tree is available through Amazon.com..


The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire by Sandra Hutchison 120x177 The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire by Sandra Hutchison

“…entertaining all readers while providing grist for the mill to those who are looking for something deeper.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire is available through Amazon.com.


Homeowner with a Gun by Samuel Hawley 120x177Homeowner with a Gun by Samuel Hawley

“From an unlikely beginning, the novel grows and develops into an action-packed, well-written thriller..”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

Homeowner with a Gun is available on Amazon.com..
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Heads You Lose by Rob Johnson 120x177Heads You Lose by Rob Johnson

“…a highly entertaining, well-constructed screwball comedy that is as enjoyable as it is well written..”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

Heads You Lose is available at Amazon.com.
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They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble 120x177They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

“…an entertaining read that pulled me in and kept me reading till my eyes wouldn’t stay open any longer.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

They Call Me Crazy is available through Amazon.com.
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Indie Reads – January 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


Bad Traffick 120x177Bad Traffick by DV Berkom

” Utterly gripping, compelling, edge-of-your seat writing. … Highly recommend.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Bad Traffick is available through Amazon.com.
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all the butterflies in the world by rodney jones 120x177 All the Butterflies in the World by Rodney Jones

“…the end of this book caught me off-guard. It’s not very often that happens. Kudos to Rodney Jones for a wonderful adventure…”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

All the Butterflies in the World is available through Amazon.com.


Groovy Kind of Love by Karen Wojcik Berner 120x177A Groovy Kind of Love by Karen Wojcik Berner

“It’s a classic case of opposites attracting, with each learning from the other and in the process tempering their more extreme tendencies for the better.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

A Groovy Kind of Love is available on Amazon.com..


The God Particle by Daniel Danser 120x177The God Particle by Daniel Danser

“Author Daniel Danser expertly knits recent historical events into a sci-fi thriller that will keep readers at the edge of their seats.”

Read the rest of the review by Michael Thal.

The God Particle is available at Amazon.com.
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The Shadows Call by Matt Hilton 120x177The Shadows Call by Matt Hilton

“Nothing is quite as it seems and in the last quarter Hilton turns the whole story on its head.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

The Shadows Call is available through Amazon.com.
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