Recently I was invited to review an as-yet-unpublished book on a site called Swoon Reads. I went over to take a look and was quite intrigued. This is a place where unpublished authors can upload their manuscripts and others will read it, rate it, and critique it. Every month, there are new Young Adult romance books to read and one (maybe more, I’m not sure on this point) is chosen to be published both in print and as an eBook. An interesting idea. So I decided to take a peek at a few of the books and see how it operates.
The book I’ve been reading there is called, Warning! You Might Fall In Love With Me by Kate Evangelista. It is a contemporary romance but they have many other genres available for reading. People who join are invited to provide a profile of themselves and their reading habits. You can read as many books as you want and they keep track of the most active readers. You can read online or offline (on an eReader). I’m hoping to read a couple more before the month-end deadline and will be anxious to see which book(s) are chosen to be published. Warning! was a thoroughly enjoyable story with humour, empathy, and more than one unexpected twist. Kate has written fun, believable characters that hold your interest from start to finish and writes about things she obviously knows a great deal about such as art and bi-polar disorder. I wish her well in having her book published.
If you’re a would-be author or someone who’s looking to encourage new authors, you should drop by SwoonReads and do some reading. Maybe you’re the one who will be encouraged.