Monday, June 6, 2011

We've Hit One Year! Thank You!

When Annette and I started this site a year ago, we wanted to create a review site for multi-genre romance and fantasy that would give fair and honest reviews of what we've read.  Back then, we had no idea of the amount of time and effort that would be needed to get the site up and running, not to mention finding publishers and books to review.

But once everything started coming together we got excited, thinking, "Hey, maybe this is going to work after all."  Not even a week after our site went live, we got our first review request from author Terry Barnett. (http://www.romfanreviews.com/2010/06/review-of-shadow-dreams-by-teri-barnett.html)  From there, we've been proud to review books of all genres, from indie to big houses.  We've also had a number of author interviews and contests, with some phenomenal turnouts.

Along the way, we've made some new aquaintances, like Estella, who's been a fan of ours since the beginning. (You rock!)  We've also added a few new reviewers, including author Franny Armstrong, who aside from writing and reviewing, just started a new site called PNG Stock Pics.  Sarah,Moriah and Angie have also joined our list of reviewers, and we're glad to have them on board. (Thanks ladies!)  I know the site has been changing lately too, and I'm hoping this will be the last major overhaul RomFan Reviews gets for a long time.  Big thank you to Cyrene for designing the banner for us you are amazing!!

Annette and I are always trying to come up with new ideas in our ongoing effort to make this site as user-friendly and awesome as possible.  I personally don't think a website should be too cluttered or confusing, or that you should get frustrated trying to find what you're looking for. 

And here's where we come to the fun part.  In honor of hitting our one year anniversary, we're going to be giving away a gift basket full of goodies to one lucky person who leaves a comment.  But we don't want just any old comment.  No, what we're asking from you is an idea on how we can make this site better and more user-friendly than ever.  If you'd like to see something added, or even taken off for that matter, then leave a comment and let us know.  We've only gotten to where we are because of you, the reader, and we'd like to hear what you think.  If you think the site rocks the way it is, tell us.  If you want to see a change, tell us.  I can't guarantee every recommendation will be put into effect, but I can guarantee that every idea will be taken into careful consideration. 

I'm thrilled that we've made it this far, and your comments and recommendations will help us ensure that we stay in business for many years to come.  Thank you to everyone who's helped make RomFan Reviews a success, and also a big THANK YOU to the authors who write the books that we all love to read.

-Carla

*In order to be put into the drawing for the gift basket, please leave a comment with your email address between Monday, June 6th and Sunday, June 13th.  Contest only valid for the United States and Canada.*

The gift basket contains:
-Bookmarks
-A reading journal to jot down your own notes on the books you love (or maybe don't)
-Signed bookplate from Adrian Phoenix
-Signed copy of A Rush of Wings and In the Blood by Adrian Phoenix
-Signed copy of Darkfire Kiss by Deborah Cooke
-Signed copy of The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix
-Signed copy of Fallen by Claire Delacroix
-Signed copy of Raphael by DB Reynolds and bookmarks
-Unsigned copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
-Unsigned copy of Simply Forbidden by Kate Pearce

19 comments:

  1. It is nice to have a site that addresses all types of reading that I am interested in. Congratulations on the one year anniversary.
    I enjoy the reviews, sample first chapters of new books, intereviews. You provide ideas for new reading material that is enjoyed by other members. Keep up the good work!
    judy
    judy4tom@yahoo.com

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  2. *pops champagne* you gals are just so great and it's been so cool reading all your phenom reviews! here's to many more years of loves and lives for all!

    connery, Club Hell's intoxicologist *winks*

    dragoness007@yahoo.com

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  3. Congrats!!! I love your site, the only thing I would change is updating the upcoming events in the sidebar :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  4. Judy thank you so much I am glad that you are enjoying what we hae doen so far and we hope to bring much more this year.

    ~Annette~

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  5. Conn you are the best damn virtual bartender in the world!!! See you in hell hon!!

    ~Annette~

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  6. Throughthehaze thank you for your suggestion we try to keep it updated but sometimes get behind. Got a few new interviews coming in July just got to get the authors committed to dates (Adrian)

    ~Annette~

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  7. C'mon people. There's still time to throw in your two cents. We'd love to hear from you. In fact, we need to hear from you. Your comments are like our crack--we need it, we love it, we have to have more!!! So please, take the time to tell us if we suck or not. This site is all about YOU, the loyal reader, and we need to know if we're giving you what you're looking for when you're looking for a good book to read. Please?

    -Carla

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  8. Congrats on the one year anniversary!!!
    Your site is great but I love to look at book covers,if you could put the book cover with the names that would be great.

    wtranah@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks so much Wendy! And let me think about how I could make that idea work...

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  10. honetsly I love it just how it is im a new follower so i cant complain how it is deff like the lay outa nd how easyit is to find things would love to see maybe some reader interviews wher eyou all interview a reader or a fan ofthe generas u review would be fun and exciting to see congrats to oneyear!!

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  11. Happy 1st Anniversary!!
    Congrats!!!
    This is sooo cool to know somebody who does something so creative and lovely to share with others!
    Thank you!
    Big hugs, your friend, Kerstin ^o^
    P.S.: I agree with Wendy A., some more pictures would be very pleasant to look at! :)=

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  12. Congratulations on the anniversary. As this is a new site to me, I can't think of anything to add. It does seem that there is something for everyone on the site.

    Continued success in the future.

    Elizabeth Gray

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  13. Mazel Tov on your first Anniversary. I have become a follower and Blog site follower. That basket you're giving away is fantastic and I'd love to win it.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Happy 1 year Anniversary! I just love this site, I use paranormal romance as a means of escape once I put my daughter to bed and this site makes it easier to decide. Congrats and Thanks!

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  15. Just wanted to say congrats on the 1st year! Awesome! Here's hoping that next year will be awesome also!

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  16. Happy 1 year anniversary *throws confetti* I love this site and you've introduced to me several new to me authors and have helped make my TBR pile a little more crazy :) I'm loving everything, thanks for all you do

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  17. Happy one year!!! I have not been following you long but one thing I truly like is the organization of books. I really like being able to easily look for what I am in the mood for. My TBR list is huge and sometime I am in the mood for something specific but can't remember which book it was that fit that category. Last series I wanted more shifter's or were's before that I wanted a Highlander/Scottish historical this site makes that easier. I also love the cover posts on FB.
    Congrats again..

    blonde_mama_t@me.com
    Congrats again

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  18. Yay, congrats on one year! I love the layout of the site- it's really pretty, and I like the pink and black. I also like that you guys have categories for genres at the top, too- it makes it easier to find books I'd be interested in. And like a few others said, book covers would be cool, too.

    Rachel S
    Res682(AT)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Congrats on one year! Love the site
    Marlene
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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