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My Process For Picking Self-Published Books To Review

Posted by Roxanne Crouse on

It's a lot of work and stress to put yourself out there and submit your novel to reviewers. Especially knowing you may never hear from any of the reviewers. You may wonder, why don't I hear back? Well, I currently have around 300 requests for reviews and more are sent to me every day. I only read about one book every two weeks at night before I go to bed. That's the only time I have to read. So I have to be really, really picky about which ones I choose.  My first contact is normally the email I get...

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Some Book Review Requests I have Received From Self-Published Authors

Posted by Roxanne Crouse on

One of the review requests is EDGE OF THE BREACH. The description of the book is below. I read the first chapter of this one and it is pretty bleak. The world set up is interesting, but I did feel like the author was trying to cram too much of it into the first chapter. I'm a explain it when I need it kind of writer. I wasn't a fan of the first lines. I found them more confusing than poetic, which I think is what the author was going for. I haven't decided if I'm going to review this one...

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Book Review: The Ghost Files book 1 by Apryl Baker

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Description From Amazon Cherry blossom lipstick: checkSmokey eyes: checkSkinny jeans: checkDead kid in the mirror: checkFor sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. My Review: 31/2 black cats out of...

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Book Review: The Dragonrider Chronicles Fledgling by Nicole Conway, 4 Black Cats

Posted by Roxanne Crouse on

Fledgling is a Fun Ride on a Dragon 4 Black Cats Fledgling by Nicole Conway is a fun easy read  while on vacation or a rainy weekend.  Jaevid is our main character a half human, half grey elf who is hated by both species so sadly doesn't fit in anywhere.  By chance a dragonrider named Sile gets Jaevid into the Dragonrider academy after Jaevid is chosen by a wild dragon.  This story follows the hero's journey formula very closely in this first installment. It is a very easy read and perfect for younger readers. Her style of writing is very easy to...

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Book Review: Wicked Salem by Sam Baltrusis 3 1/2 Black Cats

Posted by Roxanne Crouse on

Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends   Sam Baltrusis    Genre: Ghosts, Hauntings, Local History, Salem, Haunted History   Publisher: Globe Pequot Press   Date of Publication: May 1, 2019   Wicked Salem is An Interesting Read For Salem Enthusiasts  31/2 Black Cats Wicked Salem by Sam Baltrusis is a nonfiction novel about  many of the tragic happenings in Salem's past and the resulting hauntings that occur today because of them. Each chapter is set up about the same. It talks about something that happened in Salem's past such as a few of the Salem witches, Captain White, and many...

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