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Who are you and what brought you to the blogosphere?
My name is Rosie Amber, I’m a book reviewer and blogger. I live in the county of Hampshire in the UK. Blogging opened up a whole new world to me and I have met some lovely people. I use my love of reading and my blog to help promote other people books.
I love reading. In the Goodreads 2013 challenge I read 154 books, in 2014 I read more than 181 books. Nearly every book I read gets a review on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog, with links to my Facebook author page, Google+ and Twitter. I also do Guest Author Interviews and take part in book related tours.
Tell us more! I believe your blog reviews also got you into reviewing for actual paper-and-ink magazines?
In 2013 I was lucky enough to be invited to write a monthly book review page for a local magazine called “Fleet Life”. 5000 copies go out locally and the magazine has an online version too, I usually review 5 books of my choice per month for the magazine. In 2014 I also picked up its sister magazine Elvetham Heath Directory which has 2000 copies and an online version, I do a different set of reviews in each magazine.
Do you have a specific blogging strategy?
I love keeping my blog fresh; in April 2013 I took part in my first April A to Z Challenge and I blogged my way through the alphabet matching book titles to the letters of the alphabet. This year will be my third year taking part in the challenge and again my theme is books, it is a great way to meet lots of new bloggers from all over the world.
The second year of Romancing September Across The World book tour took place with fellow author Stephanie Hurt last September. For 30 days we promoted romance authors and their books. In November I ran the Mystery November tour promoting mystery writers and their books, after my April A to Z challenge I‘m planning a Beach Reads book tour during June 2015.
You’re clearly a girl who loves a challenge! What’s this I hear about Good Deeds?
Never one to stand still for long I began a year-long challenge that I set myself on the day I began reading a book called “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly.
Judith challenged herself to do Good Deeds for a whole year and wrote a truly inspirational book about what happened. Judith undertook giant acts of good, my own challenge was to do just 1 Good Deed a day for a year. Every Sunday I update my readers with my latest deeds. On April 16th 2015 I celebrated completing my two year challenge, I was so inspired that once I’d completed one year I carried on. Do come and check it out. My Year of Good Deeds.
Amazing. You totally rock! But I believe you’re up for yet more challenges…?
In June 2014 I launched a book review challenge to encourage more readers to be confident about writing and posting book reviews on places like Goodreads and Amazon. We had guest authors, guest reviewers and a publisher confirming how valuable reviews are to authors. For those taking up the challenge we had free copies of books for them to have a go at writing reviews. The challenge was so popular that I set up a free book review team to increase the number of books which we can review on the blog. Now we read a wider range of genres and enable authors to have more than one review of their book all from one source. Find out more here; Your book reviewed.
Thanks so much, Rosie, for taking part in my blogger spotlight. It’s a pleasure to host you for a change!! Good luck with all your challenges~I look forward to following them across the year… 🙂