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Welcome to The Blog About Books!

As a debut author, I’ve spent the last six months connecting with readers, authors and reviewers. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, at times it’s been downright difficult. Why? Because there are thousands of blogs, thousands of bloggers who love books, and thousands of bloggers who love books and review them! How do you sift through all those lists until you find the right readers and reviewers  you think you might forge a connection with? You might waste hours of time, visit a ton of blogs and send hundreds of emails-sometimes you hit the jackpot, but a lot of the time, you just end up frustrated.

So here’s my new venture.

A place where we can all gather to share information, talk about books, writing and maybe some other stuff.

I’m in the process of compiling a list that I’ll be sharing on this blog.

A list of lovely people who do book reviews.

Won’t that be helpful? Please note, as I write for the CBA market (Christian), the reviewers I include on this list will all review Christian books. There are plenty, and I do mean plenty, of reviewers out there who like to review all kinds of fiction, and these guys do too, it’s just that in my quest for the Holy Grail, aka a list that points me to reviewers interested in reading what I write, I came across too many blogs that outright stated they DO NOT review Christian fiction. To each his or her own and no hard feelings, but this blog is ALL about Christian fiction. YAY!

Maybe that’s a new genre for you entirely. Maybe you don’t know much about God. Don’t want to know. Or maybe you do. Maybe you just don’t know what you want. You’re definitely not alone there!

Stick around, pull up a chair. You might actually find something here worth your time.

I hope so.

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  1. Casey on October 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Great blog idea, Cathy! And thanks for including my name and blog. 🙂

  2. Kaye Whitney on October 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    What an excellent idea. I will enjoy reading the reviews and possibly contributing some. I love Christian fiction.

  3. Cathy West on October 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My pleasure, Casey! And thanks for all YOU do to help promote authors and Christian fiction!

  4. Dineen Miller on October 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Awesome idea, Cathy! I’m bookmarking your blog as a great reference. Thanks!

  5. Peg Phifer (@PegPhifer) on October 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Super-great idea, Cathy. I might even add my blog to the list as I sometimes do book reviews, or at least feature new releases, whether I do a review or not. Either way, it’s exposure, right?

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Absolutely, Peg! Just email me your info and I’ll put you on.

  6. Sue Harrison on October 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Love the look of your new blog, Cathy! Sounds like it will be a fun place.

  7. Wyndy Callahan on October 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Great idea Cathy. I like to review Christian books, in fact I belong to the FIRST (Fiction in Rather Short Takes) bloggers group which does just that! My book review blog is http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com.

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Wyndy. I will get you on the list!

  8. Linda on October 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Great idea! I love to read/review/blog on Christian books. Please add me.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Linda, if you can email me your blog information with the link, I’ll get you on the list, thanks!

  9. Michelle Sutton on October 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

    You know I love to read and post book reviews. I am uber flooded with books and requests right now so I’m not looking for more. Just reviewing what I have.

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Well, just let us know when you are open again!

  10. jlippo on October 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I am here because I want to be!! I love Christian Fiction but I too read other books as well, that is just because I love to Read!! Thank you so much for posting this for all of us!

    Have a blessed week
    Julie Lippo

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Julie. Hope you will find some good recommendations here!

      • jlippo on October 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        I am sure that I will!!

  11. Mel @ Trailing After God on October 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Great idea! I do some Christian book reviews on my site but not a lot. A list for authors is a great idea. I’ll be needing it soon!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Yes, you probably will! It’s a long journey but so worth it when you reach the end. And then the fun really begins!! LOL!

  12. Finding Hope Through Fiction on October 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Love this Cathy!! Once I’ve done a review it’s hard to know where to post them so the author gets the best exposure and is put in front of their target audience!! This is a GREAT Idea Cathy!! Christian Fiction is all I read!! Grin!

  13. Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Great to see you here, Nora!

  14. Rhonda (Ritty) on October 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Cathy!

    I am super-excited to follow this blog! Currently, I am just dipping my toes into the water of being a book reviewer and will probably wait until I become more confident of my reviews before I sign up for your list. However, I hope that times come soon and I plan to follow and learn from those that are experience and share via this blog! Great idea!

  15. Carrie Turansky on October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Very nice! I’ve bookmarked your blog and plan to stop back by. It’s always helpful to find reviewers who are interested in Christian fiction. Thanks, Cathy!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

  16. Koala Bear Writer on October 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Good luck with this endeavor! Looks like an interesting idea. I’m a Christian book review blogger too, so I’d love to be part of your list and to see what other book reviewers are saying. 🙂

  17. Edwina Cowgill on October 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Cathy,

    This is one of the best ideas for blogs I’ve seen in a while! I do review Christian books and post my reviews on my blog, as well as Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. So, plase add me to your list!

  18. Leanne Hardy on October 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Best of luck to you on this new venture, Cathy. Finding our way through all the information out there is definitely a challenge.

  19. Sherri Wilson Johnson on October 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Cathy, you KNOW I love this idea!!! This is awesome!

  20. Sally Shupe on October 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I love this idea!! I review Christian books and would love to do more. I post my reviews on my blog website, on Amazon, and on other sites. I am also a freelance editor and have references. If you’d like me to review your book, or help edit it before you submit it, just contact me. Thanks!

    • Cathy West on October 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Sally! Can you email me your blog info please. (See How To Get On The List)

  21. Sally Shupe on October 14, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thanks Cathy!! I sent you my information. Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks, and havea great day!

  22. Christine Lindsay on October 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Great look blog with an awesome premise. I pray you have great success on this blog letting people know of great upcoming Christian Fiction, or what’s already out there.

  23. rosemccormickbrandon on October 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I like your this is my blog and it’ll be what I want it to be attitude . . .

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