How to Leave a Review #amreading #Books

Does it matter if readers leave a review? Yes. A book with even one review moves up in the sales ranking on Amazon. With enough reviews, an author can join programs that offer the book to more readers. It’s easy to leave a review. If you’ve never written a review before, this will guide you.

How to Leave a Review #amreading #Books @kayelleallen

What should a review say?

If you received a book free then Amazon requires the following text (you can copy and paste):

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

For the rest of the review, the wording is up to you. When you leave a review, you should tell others what you liked about the book, or how you felt the author did at getting across the story. It can say that you recommend it to other readers. A review should not give away the ending of a story or spoil surprises for other readers. A review can be short and sweet.

What should a review not say?

Remember that a book review is for a product for sale, so keep the topic to the actual product. It should not have negative or unkind words. If should be about a book you’ve read. If you didn’t read it, it’s not fair to leave a review. It should not be about delivery issues. For example, if the book arrived late in the mail, that has nothing to do with the book itself.

Where can you leave a review?

If you have a blog, Facebook page, or an account on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or other sites, you can post a review there. Here is a brief how-to that will guide you to getting to the right place to leave a review. In the examples below, I’ve used the book title “A Romance for Christmas” but you can substitute that for any title you wish.

To leave a review on Amazon

Go to and log in.

To be considered a verified reviewer on Amazon, you need to have purchased at least one item from Amazon in the past.

In the search bar, put A Romance for Christmas.

Once you find the book, scroll down to “Customer Reviews” and click on “Write a customer review.”

To leave a review on Goodreads

Go to and login or create a new account:

In the search bar, put A Romance for Christmas.

Once you find the book, click on it.

Rate the book with a star number underneath the book cover. The box above the stars will now mark the book as “Read.”

Hover over the box saying “Read” and you will see a small pop up balloon. Inside the balloon, click “Write a Review.”

Write a review in the box on this page or copy and paste your review from Amazon.

Sample Reviews

A sweet Christmas romance by @kayelleallen #holiday romance

A Romance for Christmas

Here are three actual reviews for my book A Romance for Christmas.

  1. Even when you think there’s no one else for you, surprises happens & another chance presents itself. Take a shot and see what happens.
  2. Merry Christmas to me. Absolutely loved this romantic story. Just beautiful.
  3. It was a very touching story! Dara and Scott were perfect for each other because they had a lot in common. It was a nice light romance and fun!

 As you can see, a review doesn’t have to be long or have a lot of detail. Of course, if you think a book deserves a longer review, by all means leave one.

Do you have any tips for reviews? Please share them in the comments. If you left a review because you read this post, please share the link. It doesn’t have to be one of my books. Also, feel free to share this post with friends.

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Home for Christmas #MFRWhooks #HolidayRomance

Who doesn’t want to go home for Christmas? In the sweet holiday story, A Romance for Christmas, a widow with a small child answers a knock at her door late on Christmas Eve. When she answers, everything changes. This holiday tale is a story of love, loss, and the spirit of giving.

Home for Christmas…

Home for Christmas #MFRWhooks #HolidayRomance @kayelleallenEveryone should stay home for Christmas — that was Dara’s belief. If her late husband had listened to her, he would still be here. Their daughter would still have a father. But job and duty had overshadowed family, and home. He would never be home for Christmas again…

Dara was gaining strength daily, and would finish therapy the first week of January and return to work. Disability paid for the basics – lights, phone, water, trash collection, and she’d never bought anything on credit, refusing to dig herself into a hole she’d never escape once it got started.

She went to the closet and pulled down a box with a ball, crayons, paper, and three books. A friend had brought over a few things as well. This wasn’t the grand Christmas she had wanted for her daughter, but all the other valuables had been sold. There was nothing left but her wedding ring.

She didn’t wear it. Removing it had been part of saying good-bye to Jack.

They said it would help, and it had. Sort of. But not much.

Dara sank into one of the kitchen chairs and put her face in her hands.

Sometime later, when the doorbell rang, she grabbed a paper towel and dried her eyes. The clock over the stove said nine o’clock. Who would be calling at this hour on Christmas Eve? She stuffed the wet towel in her robe pocket on the way to the door.


Here’s a giveaway for everyone. A Peek Inside: A Romance for Christmas | A sweet holiday story about love, loss, and the magic of giving.

Buy Links

This book is $1.99 — or free on Kindle Unlimited.
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Photon: more than just torpedoes #astronomy #wotd #scifi

“Photon torpedoes! Fire!” If you thought that was a line right out of Star Trek, congratulations. You were right. The show has been on television, in movies, books, and other media for fifty years now. The imaginative people who created and wrote it have amassed a galaxy-sized universe in which they can release stories. There are entire wikis devoted to the Star Trek series.

Writing good Science Fiction is more than the product of a good imagination, however. Along with writing and editing skills, marketing, networking, and willingness to work hard, a scifi storyteller also needs science fact on which to base that fiction.

When I’m researching a story, I start at the bottom and work my way up. I subscribe to Astronomy Magazine and read it both digitally and in print, skipping few words in either edition. Because I’m no science expert, I depend on material created by those who are. When I don’t understand a concept, one way to grasp the basics to start with a book or website geared toward young readers. A good one is Ducksters which has a science section called Physics for Kids. It contains simple information in an interesting way and suggests other places to continue research. According to them, a photon is not made of smaller units, which means it’s an elementary particle. It has no electric charge or mass, and it’s stable. There is a list of other qualities. To read more, visit

There are numerous other resources a writer can use to research and learn. In the Astronomy Word of the Day series, I’ll be sharing material I’ve gleaned over the years, as well as resources where I’ve found them. While I won’t share a word every day, there will be one at least once a week. Be sure to bookmark this page and follow the blog for more.

Photon: more than just torpedoes @kayelleallen #astronomy #wotd #scifi

Photon: Astronomy word of the Day

A photon is one of the basic units of light. It has properties of both a particle and a wave, which allows light to be diffused and refracted. A photon has no mass and does not carry a charge. They form the most visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The word comes from Greek (phos or phot) meaning light. Combined with electron (an English word), the word photon means “particle representing the smallest distinct and separate amount of light.”

In the Star Trek universe, there are multiple types of photon torpedoes and were fired in a tube-shaped case. The warhead itself contained a detonation chamber filled with antimatter. When detonated it created a a matter-antimatter explosion and ion radiation (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

So are there really photon torpedoes? Would they work? Not according to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. He says a photon torpedo would have as much power as a flashlight. I can see the battles now… Captain Kirk (or another Star Trek captain – take your pick) orders the photon torpedoes to fire, and the entire crew of the ship whips out flashlights and shines them on the enemy. That would, in truth, be as effective as a “real” photon torpedo.

So while “photon torpedo” sounds good in scifi usage, the actual definition of photon means torpedoes won’t be in our future. At least, not like the ones in Star Trek.

Like this type of post? Want to see more? What other words would you like to see? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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SciFi on Veterans Day? Why not? #Veterans #SciFi #NerdaCon

In 2016, Veterans Day is Nov 11th which is also the first day of NerdaCon in Columbus, GA. As a US Navy veteran myself, I celebrate this holiday. This year, I’ll be celebrating it at NerdaCon as a guest author. I’m presenting three panels on writing. Science Fiction authors owe it to their readers to create believable worlds. World-building is an essential part of what I do. But the most amazing planet in the universe won’t hold the attention of a reader unless the people on the planet are interesting. For this convention I’m sharing panels on how to create great characters.

SciFi on Veterans Day? Why not? #Veterans #SciFi #NerdaCon @kayelleallen

Writing Panels

I’ll be leading the following panels. All will be open for question and discussion. See the full schedule of all panels here:

Adding Action and Emotion to Characters

People respond emotionally in every situation, even if it’s only reading a list of workshops. Should they take this one? That one? Why did they choose a particular topic? What influenced them to make the decision? In a story, characters should make the same kinds of decisions, influenced by their needs. The secret to writing a great story is to let readers inside the character’s head to experience that emotional response.

Creating Characters Readers Love

In any story, plot is the spine, the various settings are its bones, conflict is its muscle, and characters are its flesh and beauty. Together, they create a framework on which to build a beautiful story full of living, breathing characters. Here are some basic tips on how to make characters readers will love.

How to Critique Yourself

How do authors re-read their own writing and find typos, point of view changes, continuity issues, and character inconsistencies? This panel will discuss tips.

Want a personal critique?

I’m setting aside six half-hour sessions for personal, one-on-one critiques, with any type of writing. Here are the requirements:

One read through of the material plus a quick overview of grammar or typos; discussion of character development; use of active or passive wording; and an overall impression of the story. I will offer my opinion only — it is up to the author to accept, reject, and decide how to proceed.

Authors must submit the manuscript in print format with these criteria:
Any topic, up to PG13 rating, up to four (4) pages, single-sided, double spaced, 12 points, in a simple font such as Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial, with 1″ margins. Using these parameters makes it easier to read and add notes.

Fanfiction or Writing for Publication

No matter what you write, you need more than a great idea. Just as veterans have what it takes to succeed: dedication, skill, and commitment, so authors need the same qualities to complete a great story. Never let anyone take away your dream. If you want to write, begin now. Read good writing. Study the craft. Write, write, write. Come to NerdaCon and attend some panels. Talk. Listen. Learn. But always write.

Even a military and veterans discount!

All the NerdaCon info you could want, including a discount for military and veterans, and for children.

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NerdaCon: Meet Kayelle Allen Nov 11-12 #cosplayer #gamer

Come Say Hello in Columbus GA

I’ll be an author guest this year at NerdaCon and I would love to meet you! I’ll have print books with me, including Bringer of Chaos, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only, and An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth, or I’d be happy to autograph books you bring with you.

NerdaCon - Columbus GA Nov 11-12 #cosplayer #gamer @kayelleallenWhat is NerdaCon?

NerdaCon is the brainchild of the Campus Nerds, the largest organization at Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia. This organization embraces all special interests and gives its members a community of like-minded individuals. They created the Science Fiction, Anime, Cosplay, and Gaming convention in March 2007 and had 1500 attendees. An outstanding achievement, considering they advertised for only one month.

Now, seven events later, they have a polished set up and a well-organized program. They’ve lost none of their charm.

Getting In

In order to attend NerdaCon, you may either pre-register or purchase a badge at the door. Pre-purchase your NerdaCon badge online through our online registration system. These badges will allow access to all events as stated by the dates and/or times printed on them.

There are several types of registration options:

  • One-Day Registration – $10 for single day (walk-in only)
    Friday or Saturday options available.
  • Two-Day Registration – $15 for both days
    Allows access to both days of the convention.
  • Two-Day Registration + T-Shirt – $25 for both days
    Allows access to both days of the convention and a t-shirt at a reduced rate.
  • Children age 6 and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult (parent or guardian ages 18+).
  • NerdaCon also has a military discount available for all military members and their families. One-day badges are available for $8 each and two-day badges are available for $12 each when you present a valid military ID. These discounted badges are available as walk-in only.

Attendees who pre-register for the event will be able to pick up their badges and any other merchandise must faster at the registration desk. Attendees who are buying a badge as a walk-in will also be able to purchase their badge and other merchandise at the registration desk.

I’ll have more to say about NerdaCon over the next few days. I want to take pictures while I’m there and post them on my NerdaCon Pinterest page. Let me know in the comments if you’re a cosplayer, and what fandom you’ll represent.

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Daredevil Immortals and Extreme #sports

I write about immortals, so I think about things that might affect them. My characters often do daredevil things that mortals wouldn’t dream of doing, such as walk toward someone who’s shooting at them. Superman much?

That made me start wondering what I would do if I knew I wouldn’t die? I might be quite daring. I might even take financial risks if I knew I’d recoup my losses and not die penniless. No — none of that is true. I’m a scaredy cat. :) But I live a vicarious daredevil life through my immortals.

My daredevil immortals would try…

Daredevil Immortals and Extreme #sports @kayelleallen

An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth

Dancing on a rooftop during a thunderstorm.
Fire walking — the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones (my immortals can only die permanently from fire, being vaporized, or completely torn to pieces.
Parasailing — being towed behind a boat or other vehicle while attached to an oversized kite.
Skydiving – jumping out of a perfectly good airplane — on purpose.
Bungee jumping — jumping off something high while tied by the ankles to a springy tube.
Glacier Surfing – wait for a chunk of a glacier to break off, and then ride a surfboard along the wave it kicks up.
Mountain climbing – especially mountains like Everest, K2, and any place where you hang upside down while clinging to rocks with your fingertips.
Extreme Surfing – you have to be especially crazy to be towed out to the biggest waves.
Anything having to do with bulls — riding, running, fighting, etc.
BASE jumping (Buildings, Antennas, Spans, or Earth) which in some circles is called “attempted suicide”.
Storm chasing – find a tornado or other storm to follow and get as close as possible to watch or record it.
In the Tarthian Empire, there’s a sport called Ruckball. It’s played on a low gravity field and is a cross between soccer, football, and wrestling. Not for the faint of heart even to watch!
Finally, a sport I can’t imagine any sane person doing in any empire: cave diving. First you have to scuba dive down to the cave, then swim around in it without getting lost or running out of air. If the lights go out, you can’t even see. Who is crazy enough to do that?

Even if I was immortal I don’t think I’d try any of these, because they all tend to freak me out. I am NOT a daredevil. I play it safe. What would be on your list if you were immortal? How much of a daredevil are you? Which of these sports have you tried? Share it in the comments.

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