Review Policy

Review Policy as of September 2013

If you have a novel you would like to submit for review please consider the following and then let me know about your work!

What kind of books do you accept for review?

I read a variety of books in most genres, although my favorites are historical fiction, general fiction and non-fiction.  I am not a fan of and sci-fi, young adult fiction, heavy horror, nor self-help or Christian fiction. Additionally, while I understand how difficult it is for authors to promote their work, I am not accepting self-published books for review at this time.

What about e-books and audiobooks?
I greatly prefer paper review copies, but I am willing to read and review e-books (PDF or Kindle for Mac format).   I do not review audiobooks. 

When will the review be posted? 
Real-life time constraints means that I can’t always respond to every query e-mail as quickly as I like, and that I can’t accept every book that looks interesting. Often the requests of independent authors come second to books that I have committed to review for a virtual book tour or have made a firm commitment with an author or publisher to read and review by a certain date (especially, pre-release and at release).  However, please know if I accept your novel I will read it and will share my thoughts with you directly and on my blog.

Does your blog feature only reviews?
No.  I am always happy to host author interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. that accompany my review. However, I will not feature books that I have not read.

What happens if you don’t like the novel I submit? 
I do my best to accept only books that I think I will enjoy. However, I honestly review every book that I read, and my acceptance of a review copy does not guarantee a positive review. In cases where I did not enjoy a book as much as I thought I would, I always do my best to describe my reasons in such a way that my readers can draw their own conclusions about whether or not the book would be a good fit for them.

Where will your review be posted?
All reviews are posted to this blog and will gladly add post to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, etc. at your request.

When will your review be posted?
Although I cannot guarantee how quickly I will read and review books, I will honor posting date commitment arranged in advance.  Otherwise, my general rule is that I review novels in the order they are received.

How do I submit a request for a review?
I appreciate your taking the time to check out my blog!  If you would like to discuss a review for your novel; please contact me by email at

1 comment:

  1. Hi Happy Reader. I would like to suggest a smart, fast-paced, funny, as in droll, irreverent, non-PC funny, amateur sleuth mystery for your reading pleasure. Small Town Trouble is the first in a mystery series by Jean Erhardt that features Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and amateur sleuth with moxie galore. The eBook has been #1 in the Amazon Kindle Amateur Sleuth category for 19 weeks now. The more recently released paperback version of Small Town Trouble is catching up and is in the top 5% of paperbacks on Amazon.

    In Small Town Trouble, we meet Kim Claypoole and get acquainted with her irreverent and witty ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that she regularly finds in her life. Claypoole's adventures begin as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn from financial disaster. In the first scene of Small Town Trouble Claypoole says, "I'd had a feeling all along that this wasn't going to be my day. But I hadn't been prepared for things to go this badly..."

    Setting off to assist Evelyn (i.e., "the other Scarlett O'Hara") with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves in her wake her Gatlinburg doublewide, her restaurant, The Little Pigeon, and her restaurant partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a budding secret love affair with a Martha Stewart wannabe that's hotter than an Eskimo in July.
    Claypoole's savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for her help clearing her hapless brother of murder charges. In true Claypoole fashion, Kim gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer complete with topless tavern dancers, small town cops, a stream of backwater characters-even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. Can Claypoole muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it's too late?
    With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what's around the next corner in the quirky life of Kim Claypoole.
    A review copy of Small Town Trouble in any eBook format can be sent promptly. It is available in paperback and eBook at independent booksellers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Jean Erhardt is a former private detective, and her second book in the Kim Claypoole series is due out in Spring 2014. Jean is currently is working on the fifth book in her Kim Claypoole series and is also writing the first book in a new series which is set in Portland, Oregon and features Haley Hammel, a private investigator who always seems to find more trouble than she is looking for.

    You can find out more about Jean on her website, or her Facebook page, which also has links to interviews and guest posts that Jean has done.
    Please contact Elle Grounds at Elle Grounds Literary Group (503.740.1771) or for further information.


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