The internet can be a strange place. It’s a place some self-appointed experts have claimed is a danger to our ability to connect and communicate in real-life scenarios, but it’s also a place, as I’m sure many of you have discovered, where we have the opportunity to meet people we might never had connected with otherwise.
A little more than a week ago, I received an email from a young man applying—yes, applying, complete with a professional, and rather impressive, resume—for a reviewer position here at The Novel Approach. Having a full complement of staff, I’d emailed him back to let him know I wasn’t in need of another reviewer at the moment but would keep his name and address on file for future consideration. I also, in my own less than subtle way, wanted to be sure he knew that what we do here is entirely voluntary and that TNA generates exactly zero dollars in income. But like so many of us who read and share our thoughts and opinions of the books we devour, I discovered Robert Kingett only wanted nothing more than to join us for the single reason we all do what we do here—for the love of the books.
As Robert and I continued our email chats, I discovered that what he was proposing was something very different than what the rest of us do at The Novel Approach. Robert is an internet journalist who’d been writing a weekly column for a now defunct E-magazine, and he was looking for a home to continue Kingett Reads, a literary journey, if you will, that he takes with each book, exploring it chapter by chapter rather than in a single comprehensive review, exploring his thoughts and feelings about the books and their characters as the action unfolds. I was entirely intrigued by the idea, and after a couple of fits and starts, we shook virtual hands and the rest, as they say, is history.
Robert will be joining us each week to discuss the books he receives not through me and the publishers we typically feature in the M/M Romance genre but via a program that provides books for the blind. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about Robert’s life and his own personal journey, please visit his WEBSITE and you’ll understand why I’m so impressed by him, and fully embrace his enthusiasm for reading.
Kingett Reads will be debuting in just a little while, so be sure to stay tuned.