About Joyfully Jay


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About Joyfully Jay

Who are you and why are you writing this blog? Let’s see.  My name is Jay and I am a suburban wife and mom and an avid reader.  I read incredibly quickly (usually 3-5 books a week).  I also have a need to talk about EVERYTHING all the time (just ask my husband).  So I figured, what better than to create my own blog where I can talk about all the books I love to read!  I am having a lot of fun, chatting about books and meeting readers and other bloggers.

What kinds of things can I find on Joyfully Jay?  Joyfully Jay reviews primarily adult m/m romance as that has been my main reading interest for a while now. We also occasionally review other GBLT romance, m/m romantic fiction, and m/m YA.  I also frequently run interviews with authors, hold giveaways giveaways, and host author blog visits.  I also run periodic theme weeks with focus on a particular book genre, as well as Favorite Book Lists, monthly favorite books and covers, and Throwback Thursday posts among other things.

Is there a way I can receive updates whenever something new is posted at Joyfully Jay? There are several ways you can get updated when new content is posted:

Subscribe to the blog via RSS feed – Getting the RSS feed will allow copies of the posts to be sent right to your blog reader. I follow a lot of blogs and this is how I read most of them as it allows me to see them all in one place and get notified almost right away when new things are posted. On the right-hand side bar under “Follow” click the RSS feed button (it’s the first one on the left) to get the feed (feed://joyfullyjay.com/feed), which you can then add to a reader, like Feedly (what I use).  I have an older Feedburner feed as well that is still up and running but it is unreliable, and I suggest everyone use the pure feed I have noted instead.

Follow me on Twitter – The blog is set to automatically send notifications out on my Twitter feed every time I publish a new post. These go up pretty quickly, usually within about 1/2 hour of posting. Plus you get all my witty and wonderful tweets, lol.  So even if you subscribe another way, I’d love to have you follow me anyway. You can click the blue Twitter button in the right-hand sidebar to sign up.

Friend me on Facebook – I have both a blog Facebook page called Joyfully Jay Reviews, as well as a regular Joyfully Jay profile page.  You can find updates on all our blog posts in both places, as well as a lot of other fun and craziness.  I’d love it if you “like” and “friend” me in both places!  Click the Facebook icon on the right-hand sidebar to reach my Joyfully Jay Reviews page directly.

Subscribe to the blog via email – You can be sent an email every time a new post goes up on Joyfully Jay.  Just a warning that there can be quite a bit of lag time with the email subscriptions. I find mine come anywhere from 30 minutes to a day after the post goes up (although usually it is a few hours), so this isn’t great if you want timely updates.

To get an email subscription, choose the blue email button in the right-hand sidebar. After you enter your email address you will get emailed a little welcome message. You must follow the link in this message and confirm your registration before you will start getting emails, so keep your eye out for this and check your spam filter if you don’t see it.

How can I contact you? Are there other places you hang out online? You can reach me by email at joyfullyjay@gmail.com.  I am always happy to hear from my readers so feel free to get in touch if you have anything you want to share. You can also find me on Twitter @jayhjay432 and Facebook or hanging around Goodreads. Click any of the icons under “Follow” on my sidebar to follow me in various places around the web.

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How do you choose what books to read and review? The books we review are chosen based on what we are most interested in reading. We often consider books upon request from the author or publisher, but we only agree to review books we are personally interesting in reading. In addition to reading interest, we also choose books based on time/scheduling, as well as fit for the blog.

Who besides you writes reviews for the blog? I am very lucky to have seven amazing associate reviewers on the blog right now: Crissy, Jason, Michelle, Kris, Angi, Sammy, and Amy.  They are all enthusiastic readers of m/m romance and generously have agreed to share their reviews here at Joyfully Jay.  You can get more details on any of us over at the About Us page.  Over time, we may be looking for additional guest reviewers so feel free to contact me if you are interested.

What scale do you use to rate the books you read? We rank the books we read on a scale of 1-5 using quarter points.  Here is the rough scale we use:

5 – Loved it, one of my very favorites ever, I will keep it under my pillow forever
4 – Excellent book, I really enjoyed it and would read it again although they are some small problems
3 – Good book, had some noticeable problems
2 – Significant problems, I probably wouldn’t read it again, likely wouldn’t buy it in hindsight
1 – Didn’t enjoy it at all, not recommended

Do you consider requests for review from authors or publishers? Yes, I am always willing to consider requests for review from authors and publishers. Our Review Request Form can be found on my Requesting a Review page for authors to submit requests.  Publishers are welcome to use the form for individual books or to contact me directly at joyfullyjay@gmail.com.

Where do you get the books that you review? Most of the books we review are given to us by authors or publishers for review purposes. Some of the books are also ones we have purchased for ourselves. For reasons of FTC Disclosure, please assume all books reviewed at Joyfully Jay are provided by the publisher or author unless otherwise noted

Why do you include buy links for Amazon and All Romance Ebooks in your reviews?  Joyfully Jay participates in affiliate programs with both Amazon and All Romance eBooks. This means that if you follow a link from  my blog to one of these sites and make a purchase, Joyfully Jay receives a small percentage back (usually 4-6%).  This works for any purchase in that shopping session, even if you end up buying an unrelated product.  Any money earned goes back to help support our efforts here at Joyfully Jay and we greatly appreciate you shopping through our site. More details are on my Shop page.  Thanks for your support!

What do those acronyms mean that you use in your reviews? We try not to use too many acronyms but I know sometimes we drift into shortcuts.  Here are some common acronyms you might see here or on other blogs.  (If you noticed anything I missed just let me know and I’ll add it)

HEA – Happliy Ever After
HFN – Happy for Now
POV – Point of View
MCs – Main Characters
GR – Goodreads
M/M – Male/Male romance novel

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Guest Posts and Giveaways

I am interested in stopping by Joyfully Jay for some sort of guest post? What do I need to do? Joyfully Jay hosts guest posts most week days. If you are interested in coming for a visit, please send me an email with the details and I will do my best to fit you in. Our schedule tends to fill quickly and spots are limited. I have created an Guest Post Information Sheet that should answer questions and cover all the details you need to know about the process, but definitely let me know if you have any questions.

All guest post content should be submitted using our Guest Post Submission Form. This form streamlines the process by taking all the content through a web form and turning it into the foundation for the blog post in WordPress. You can find it on our Guest Post Submission Form page and detailed instructions can be found in on the Submissions Form Instructions sheet.

How do you choose winners for your giveaways? Giveaway winners are chosen by random number by Random.org.  For contests where you must comment to win, only the first comment will be counted into the drawing. In some cases, authors or publishers choose their own winners.

Are there any rules I need to know to enter a giveaway?

  • By entering the giveaway, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
  • Winners will be selected by random number. No purchase necessary to win.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  • If you win, you must respond to my email within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen. Please make sure that your spam filter allows email from Joyfully Jay.
  • Winners may be announced on the blog following the contest. By entering the contest you are agreeing to allow your name to be posted and promoted as the contest winner by Joyfully Jay.
  • Prizes will be distributed following the giveaway either by Joyfully Jay or the person/organization donating the prize.
  • By entering you are agreeing to hold Joyfully Jay harmless if the prize or giveaway in some way negatively impacts the winner.
  • Readers may only enter once for each contest.  Duplicate entries for the same giveaway will be ignored. In the event of technical problems with the blog during the contest, every effort will be made to extend the contest deadline to allow for additional entries.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

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Getting Around the Site 

How do I search the site or find an old post? There are a few ways to search the site.  First, you can use the Search My Site box in the right-hand sidebar. This will search all posts and titles for a match.

Another useful way to search is to use the categories or tags (keywords) located in the pink boxes at the bottom of individual posts. If you click on any of the categories or tags, all posts with the same category/tag will be listed. Each post is tagged with labels with key information.  For reviews, I generally include the rating, the author, publisher, genre, and other key things about the book.  If you want to find other books by a given author, for example, clicking on the author’s tag at the end of the post will pull up all posts with that same author keyword.  Or if you want to find all reviews for books in a particular series, choose the series tag. The same works for any category or tag so it is a great way to find similar posts on a topic of interest.

If you are looking for a review, you can also find reviews using the red menu bar at the top of the site. Click on Reviews and you can choose to view reviews by genre, by reviewer, or by rating.

Also, be sure to check out the Site Map page in the red menu bar. There you can find a list of all pages, a monthly archive, all the categories, and links to the past month or so of reviews.

Any other cool things I should check out on the site?
If you are looking for something to read, check out our Favorite Books lists. Here we have lists of some of the books we have most enjoyed on a variety of topics, such as Favorite Enemies to Lovers stories, or Favorite Nontraditional shifters. If you are in the mood for something specific, this is a great place to look!

I am trying to post a comment but it won’t work. Any ideas? Sometimes I hear from readers that they are unable to leave a comment. Usually switching browsers will solve the problem. For some reason these browsers are quite finicky and one that works fine one day may act up the next. If changing browsers doesn’t help and you are still unable to comment, let me know and I will post it manually for you.

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