My reading life is wide and varied. I love fantasy, and enjoy a good scifi (e.g., Illuminae). I love historical fiction and literary fiction. I read many types of nonfiction. Authors I enjoy include VE Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Jasper Fforde, Laini Taylor, JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien; Aimee Bender, Peter Geye, Audrey Niffenegger, Gregory Maguire and Tracy Chevalier; Louise Penny, Janet Evanovich, and Erin Hart; David McCullough, Simon Winchester and Walter Isaacson. I’ll even read a good contemporary YA if it’s done well, a la Rainbow Rowell or Becky Albertalli. And much more.
But there are some things that just don’t interest me. I’m not much into romance (unless it is buried in a fantasy world or a good historical), and I don’t like horror or erotica. I have only read a handful of Westerns, but they are not really my cup of tea either. I do not care for books that involve rape as a plot device, nor do I want to read about extreme brutality or abuse. I read to escape, and that means no tear-jerkers about cancer or stories about single mothers trying to make it or anyone physically trapped. (Yes, this means I have not read Room or The Fault in Our Stars or similar titles.)
Give me demons, though. Give me witches and magic and potions. Give me reading the stars and lots of book references. Give me How To Make Friends with Demons, Among Others, or Good Omens. Give me the Four Horsemen doing something different, or a twist on MacBeth. Give me that damn spot of blood – really, give me lots of blood because that doesn’t bother me in the least. Give me things that go bump in the night and an ending that leaves me breathless. If I love a book, I will sing its praises far and wide beyond this blog.
If you would like a book to be considered for review, please first know that I review for other publications and sites as well, and my reading schedule is very full. The more lead time you can give me, the better. I prefer to read books to review before their publication date if possible, but I will consider new paperback releases as well as titles that grab my eye after publication. I require a hardcopy for review.
A word about independently published books: Do your homework. I will not consider any title that does not demonstrate a complete publishing process. A professional cover, professional editing, and expertly crafted story are necessary. If you need help with any of these processes, check my BookMania site, where I offer manuscript critiques and editing, or The Loft Literary Center, which offers both online and classroom courses on all aspects of writing (and where I teach regularly).
Everyone has a story. I hope to share many here. If you would like to inquire about submitting a book for review, please email me (just once, please, and no attachments).