Annie McDonnell – (McHorsky) Founder
I have always loved to read and to inspire others to read by telling other constantly about the books I had read and loved. My first Book Review was published in 3rd grade for my elementary school newspaper. I always knew this was in my bones!! Now, I need to locate it again and find out which book I reviewed.
I read about a contest in Elle in November, 2006 where the 15 Contest Winners would become the “Readers’ Prize Panel” and review 3 Top Best Seller each month for the print magazine. We were asked to list our 5 favorite books and write a review of our favorite. So, I wrote a review for Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”. About a month later I found out I was one of the Winners and I began receiving manuscripts to review. Right after that I started a blog, with all sorts of names (Readingaholics Book Reviews, & We Keep Turning Pages) but nothing stuck until The Write Review which officially began in 2010.
In 2012 I enjoyed working as an Associate Reviewer with Samantha March of Chick Lit Plus, and that was a lot of fun. She taught me things about Blogging that I did not know.
Sadly, Nearing the end of 2015 I had to take a medical hiatus, until early 2019. I had feared I would never get back to reading. I was very excited that medical treatments were able to help me and I am hopeful that things will stay this way.
Then in March, 2019 I started The Write Reviewer’s Book Club on Facebook with the help of Serena Soape. Eight months later, We closed our Book Club and I became the Social Media Director at A Novel Bee Facebook page. I host Live interviews with authors, and chats. I also work with authors on various ways to market their book on A Novel Bee from Giveaways to Book Spotlights. I have to tell you that all of this is truly heaven to me.
I have 3 Amazing Dogs and 5 Wonderful Cats. I volunteer for a local dog rescue, One Love Dog Rescue, Inc. They are an amazing organization and always in need of donations.
My favorite Genres are Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Memoir and Historical Fiction. I do bend to other genres occasionally when I meet the right book.
Serena Soape – Associate Book Reviewer
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. I enjoy many different types of books; mostly thriller, romance, mystery even venture into historical fiction and horror from time to time. When I am not reading or working, I enjoy spending time with my 2 dogs and 6 birds – they keep life exciting. I have worked in the valve industry for 25 years and am sales manager at my company currently.
From March 2019 – October 2019, Annie and I had The Write Reviewer’s Book Club. I was her Assistant with the Book Club, and it was wonderful. As the Book Club was growing, I became more aware of the importance of Book Reviews. Annie and I were working very closely together on a daily basis with the Book Club and she saw that I was writing reviews for every book I read and that I was receiving ARC’s from authors. Shortly after, Annie asked me to become an Associate Reviewer on The Write Review Blog, and I have been enjoying myself ever since. We make a great team.
Phyllis Jones Pisanelli – Associate Book Reviewer
I am retired, married and have two furbabies. The boys demand attention but, I still have plenty of time to devote to reading. I have been an avid reader since the sixth grade. I enjoy general fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, mysteries and a little romance. I don’t usually read fantasy or sci-fi but I am up for most any thing else.
When I retired, I learned how important it is to write reviews for authors. I started to enter giveaways because I love the idea of reading ARC’s. There is nothing like reading a book before it hits full publication and being able to review it. I joined The Write Review Book Club where I was able to get to know Annie and was thrilled at the invitation to review for The Write Review. I became an Associate Reviewer for The Write Review in August, 2019. I am enjoying this next chapter in my life.