Saturday, 3 December 2016


to Discovering Diamonds! 
We will be going LIVE on January 1st 2017!

This is a new (and hopefully exciting!) review blog for historical fiction. We make no distinction between indie, self-published, or mainstream: a good book is a good book - however it is produced and published.

We already have a selection of books reviewed and waiting to 'go live' on this page: our intention is to publish a new review every day - so from January 1st I hope that Discovering Diamonds will attract good authors, eager readers, and many enthusiastic visitors!

Every book reviewed will receive one of our Discovered Diamond logos for the author to use as they wish:
For A Highly Recommended Read
For A Recommended Read
with an additional special  logo for the book/books chosen as Book of the Month and Year

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We will be updating a section where you can find books by author:
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and by sub-genre/subject (we will consider any genre of historical fiction for review - from mystery and romance to alternative and fantasy. However, at least 75% of the novel must be set pre-1950
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Our monthly Guest spot will feature an article about a specific author or sub-genre:
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and there are a few tips for dos and don'ts for new and novice authors, aimed especially at writers thinking of going indie or self-published:
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so: find out more about who 'we' are 

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and if you would like to submit a novel for us to consider for review you will find details
or contact me, Helen Hollick:
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Please take note: we do not accept all submissions nor do we review all books we receive - we SELECT the ones we want to read. 
We accept e-editions only, unless by special arrangement.
The Discovering Diamonds Review Team look forward to welcoming you back on January 1st and to discovering some wonderful diamonds to read!

For now - Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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  1. Helen, this is so exciting. So fantastic that you are doing this. You may be looking for undiscovered diamonds, but you are also a bit of a diamond yourself. A lovely sparkly one.

    1. Thank you Loretta - I am starting to wonder what I've let myself in for though! *laugh*

    2. Lol, you may have to give up a few less important things like eating and sleeping.

  2. Congrats , your blog looks very comprehensive. Looking forward to what is to come.

  3. What a wonderful initiative. Congratulations Helen!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth - of course I don't yet know what I've let myself in for! LOL

  4. Best wishes and have a successful 2017 -


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