Friday, May 28, 2010

Now I'm a Book Reviewer

Boy, my popularity must be soaring!

This past week, I have received three books to review and write about on my blog. Three!

I don't know how it happened. One minute, I am a newly published author, working hard to promote my work; and the next, I became a book reviewer. I guess I was always a book reviewer deep down inside. I mean, I've read books, and I've had opinions about them; I just never vocalized those opinions (or, in this case, written them down.)

In fact, the only reason I started this blog was:

a) To promote myself and my books
b) To discuss the books I read on my own spare time (even though it's mostly my opinion.)

Sometimes, I would get lucky and host an author every now and then. That's always fun for me because I get to be a nosy bugger and ask the writer all kinds of questions about their books, including, "What's your secret to writing a good book?" (We all wanna know.)

Before I became a blog host, I've had the honor of hosting such authors like Donna Del Oro, author of "Operation Familia;" now, I've hosted even more than that (e.i. Silvio Sirrias and Kermit Lopez.)

So far, being a blog host has been the best job I've ever had. Even though I don't get paid for it, I still get a free book out of it. And one of my favorite things is to discover new and emerging authors, and this gig has allowed me to do that.

Now, I'm getting requests to review books and host the writer on my blog with a Q&A. Just this week, I have received the following books:

1. "Bernardo and the Virgin" by Silvio Sirrias, whom I'll be hosting here in about a week for his blog tour.
2. "Beautiful Maria of my soul" by Oscar Hijuelos
3. "Tattoos on the Heart" by Gregory Boyle

What a treat! I'm getting new books for FREE!

A few of my fellow authors have told me that I should start charging people to review their books. I don't really want to do that. As a writer, I know how hard it is to find people to review your books. I'd hate it if they were to charge me for it. So why should I do that to them?

So, for any of you writers that want me to do a review for your book, then just send me an email and tell me all about it. We might be able to work something out.

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