*** As of 1/1/13, I am only accepting books for review through publishers and tour companies.
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What You Need to Know Before I Review Your Book:
1. Family First: I am a wife and mom, and those are titles I take very seriously. I read and review books as a hobby, not as a profession. Therefore, I primarily read at bedtime and when I have some free time. Once I start a book, I do intend to finish it before moving on to another book to review.
2. Love Reading: As stated in my bio, I absolutely love curling up with a good book and reading. While I love free books, I will not accept every book available to me.
My interests are:
***While I will read, Historical Biographies, Memoirs, YA, Children, and Mystery, I am selective with the books I choose to read within those genres.
3. I Do Have My Limits:
Violence and Gore: I am a Twilight fan. There, I said it. Stephenie Meyers brought books into my world when my husband was recovering from surgery and it helped me to have a true “escape” with sci-fi/romance. However, I do not read vampire books other than Twilight. I also do not like gore, demons, aliens, Freddy Krueger kinda books, or books that are so violent and brutal towards people and animals that I literally have to shut the book. I also don’t read demonology type of books.
Sex, Sex, Sex: I like Romance/Contemporary Fiction….I do not like Fabio-esque books or raunchy S&M scenes at all. No, I do not want the whole seductive, porn reading materials with a “barely there” story line. Think -Bridge Jones Diary and Pride and Prejudice.
Self-Help Books: I am a marriage and family therapist by profession. As a therapist, I have realized that there is not a book/tape/video that will be a quick fix for any relationship, self, or life. I prefer to limit my therapy books to those written by the mental health community. HOWEVER….in memoirs/biographies, I have often found wonderful opportunities to learn about different disorders/illnesses through story telling. That is entirely different from “Self-Help Books”.
Self-Published Books: I limit these books to tours I participate in. With tour companies, the publisher/agency/tour host already knows the genres I will accept and have already reviewed the book.
4. Reviewing Your Book: When I accept a book, it is based on my opinion that if I were to walk into a bookstore and see your book on a table or shelf, I would naturally gravitate to it. When I read your book, I am reading it as a consumer. I am not a literary critic. I am the woman you will find in any book store looking for a good read. As such, I never go into reading deciding beforehand if I will like it or not. Sometimes I will select a book that is really not in my genre, but something about it drew me to the book. Regardless if I love or don’t like the book, my written reviews are the same. I write a brief synopsis, my review that includes what I loved/liked, what I would have liked (which is a nicer way of saying I didn’t rate your book high because of these points), and a cupcake scale. Regardless of rating, I will post on Goodreads and Library Thing. However, I will only post my review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for 4 and 5 star ratings.
Publishers, tour hosts, and authors may contact me at: booksintheburbs (at) gmail (dot) com.
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