Book Review/Promotion Requests

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I love to read; an obvious statement it seems. I also enjoy spreading the word about books I've read and promoting authors on their journey.

Review Requests: If you are interested in having me write a review for your novel, please contact me via email at: cmcgowan99@yahoo.com. 

Please state: Review Request in the title and give information about you, your novel, publication date, and publisher/agent. Spam is all too rampant, so I will check out each request thoroughly. Novels will need to be sent, postage paid, in the mail or provided via Kindle format. If you are interested in sending multiple copies, I am happy to host a "give away contest" of your novel after I've completed my reading and review.

I am a teacher and aspiring author myself, so if I am overwhelmed with tasks, I may have to decline a review request, but I am happy to do an author/book promotion*. Please see below for more information about this!

Book review dates are not guaranteed unless discussed ahead of time. All parties working on the book review to include myself, author, agent, or publisher will act in a professional manner at all times. If for any reason, there is a breach of this, I reserve the right not to review the book. Postage paid envelopes must be provided if the author/publisher wishes the book returned to them. Kindle books cannot be returned. Please note: I will only read well written books that are professionally ready for publication via a publishing house (large or small press), I am not available to read "self-published" books unless we already have a standing agreement. I will certainly read ARCs.

I will be honest in my review and work diligently to support the author and the novel (even if I feel the book isn't for me in the end). Please reviews I've done in the past for books I loved (and those that I didn't love so much, but still wanted to share...) Examples: Swamplandia!, The Secret to Southern Charm, or The Naked Gardner. However, I will keep my review directly related to the literary merit of the book and at no time will a review reflect a personal approach of the author. If you're book "isn't for me" I will still provide a summary, genre, context, and information about you and your past works and/or upcoming works. I hope to be published myself one day and extended this same courtesy and respect. I review and write about books all the time - however, please note that my reviews where I'm just sharing something I've read and those I write by request are quite different. A requested review receives exceptional attention 😊

I will read selections in:
  • Women's fiction/women's literary fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • "Chick-lit"  or Romance (love Regency Romance! but nothing classified as "steamy" - please just don't)
  • Historical fiction
  • Crime/Investigation
  • Cozy Mystery/Suspense (not horror - I do not like Stephen King "horror" - I do not find it scary at all, so if it falls under his "brand" it's not for me...I do love his other works: Stand by Me, 11/22/63, Shawshank Redemption, etc...)
  • YA Novels with "grit" (no sad dystopian novels where some future society is in danger and the current teens have to save the world...I teach teens - this is too far fetched for me. Authors I like in the YA genre: Ruta Sepetys, Sara Zarr, John Green, Rick Riordan, Trenton Lee Stewart, Brenda Vicars, Libbra Bray, Michelle Gangnon...)
I am not interested in anything that remotely falls into "erotica" - some sex in the book, if warranted, is fine, but overkill is NOT my thing. I cannot stress this enough.

I look forward to reading your work.

*Author/Book Promotion: If I am unable to review a book, I am happy to do an author promotion where I conduct a small interview, share your bio, your book (and previous works), and information in order to promote your book. 

Examples of Author/Book promotions: First by Chanda Stafford and Rebel Elements by Jasmine Giacomo.

Author/Book Promotion selections fall into the same genres as reading reviews (noted above).

I look forward to hearing from you and becoming a part of your published journey. Writers are my rock-stars and I am here to make this dream a reality for you!


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