Because you can't judge a book by its cover


I hope everyone is enjoying a happy Memorial Day! Before you head out to the grill or spend time on the lake, take a moment and remember why we celebrate this day and why we have the freedoms we do. Growing up I spent every Memorial Day on the main street in town, waiting for my Grandfather to come marching down the street in his WWII uniform. He used to tell us grandkids about his experiences on the front lines of Italy in the Army. As a result I grew up with a huge respect and appreciation for the Vets.

Last summer I was lucky enough to visit Washington DC and while I was there I visited Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to the regular monuments.  Seeing the rows upon rows of headstones was an incredibly humbling experience. It gave me a much greater appreciation for all the soldiers from every military campaign that have given their lives in defense of our country. From all of us here at Novel Reaction, we offer a sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” to all the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the past. An additional big “Thank you” goes out to the families of the soldiers for all the sacrifices they make.

I know I have posted about the Book Bloggers & Publishers Online Conference previously but there is still time to register and attend. I will be moderating a few of the panels and avidly listening to all the others.

We have finalized the panels so I thought I would share them here, if you are interested in attending go to


12:00 pm EST  _________ Opening Announcements

Moderators: Terry Kate, Jessica – Novel Reaction, Barb – Sugarbeat’s Books

12:30 pm EST  _________ Netgalley and Bloggers

Kristina Radke – Netgalley

Jessica – Novel Reaction – Moderator

01:30 pm EST  _________ Where Review Copies Come From

Abigail – All Things Urban Fantasy

03:00 pm EST _________  Working with Groups of Self-published Authors
08:00 pm EST _________ Legal Issues Facing Bloggers

Caridad Piniero – Author/Lawyer

Terry Kate – Moderator

09:30 pm EST _________ Blog Tours: Pros and Cons to Participating 

Heather Bannon – Kismet  Nook Touring

Barb – Sugarbeats

Terry Kate – Moderator


12:00 pm EST  _________ Opening Announcements
12:30 pm EST  _________ Working with Authors

Abigail – All Things Urban Fantasy


02:00 pm EST _________ The Creative Process for Authors and Bloggers
03:30 pm EST _________ Category Romance
04:40 pm EST _________ GLBT in Publishing
06:00 pm EST _________ Publishing: The Options Available to Authors

Alexandrea Weis – Author

08:00 pm EST _________ What Authors Look for in Reviews
09:00 pm EST _________ Authors as Reviewers

Doug – Scifi Guy



ARCH 9, 2012

10:30 am EST ________ Opening Announcements
11:00 am EST ________ Working with Large Publishers

Gabrielle Gantz- Viking Publishing

12:30 pm EST ________ Working with Private PR Companies

Alexandra Kirsch – Planned TV Arts

Elena Stokes – Wunderkind PR

02:00 pm EST ________ Publisher Expectations
03:00 pm EST ________ Genre Diversity – Look Outside your Comfort Zone
04:30 pm EST ________ Reviews: Publisher Input
05:30 pm EST ________ Sell yourself to Publishers/PR Companies/Authors as a Professional Blogger

Abigail – All Things Urban Fantasy

07:30 pm EST ________ Creative Content: Stand Out
09:00 pm EST ________ Closing Discussion


11:00 am EST  _______ Morning Announcements
11:30 am EST  _______ Defining your Blog – Make it what you want

Doug – Scifi Guy

Rachel – Bitten by Books

Mary – The Book Hound

01:00 pm EST _______ Keeping Social Media Social – Kristen Lamb
02:30 pm EST _______ Young Adult Feature

Jennifer Bonnell – Senor YA Editor: Penguin

Kate Lied – Publicist Bloomsbury

05:00 pm EST _______ YA Content Discussion

Kailin – Sparklesoup Publishing

Jessica – Novel Reaction

06:00 pm EST _______ Review Guidelines
07:00 pm EST _______ To Review of Not to Review Self-Pub
08:30 pm EST _______ Negative Reviews: Fallout and Fears


For Attendees – Hello everyone, please expect a confirmation email when you register, the rest of the information will come through Friday with access to the Ning Monday before the conference.

Giveaways are handled based on the order in which people registered for the event.

Thank you for your time and consideration everyone!

Novel Reaction is excited to share a new publisher, Astrea Press, with all its readers. Over the next couple of months we are going to be posting reviews of several of their books. Astrea Press is an epublisher (meaning their books are published in ebook format) that publishes only sweet romance, young adult and inspirational titles. In celebration of their birthday they are giving away a free ebook each day for the month of February. You can find all the titles they have available for free at their blog here.

Why Ratings?
It is true you can't judge a book by its cover, you also can't judge a book's graphic content by its cover. NovelReaction's goal is to provide readers with a graphic content so they can make an informed decision regarding the books they want to read. (Also, to have a great place for people to discuss books.) So sit back, pull up a beverage, and read on!

1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

*I am rating a specific book by an author, not the author's style. If I am aware an author writes a specific way, I will let you know.

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