Note: Due to the backlog of books that I still need to review, I am currently only accepting Children’s Books (in print format) and reference-type books (because I can read those quickly). I am, however, accepting author guest posts on an ongoing basis. If you would like to promote your book on Pretty Opinionated with a guest post (or an excerpt of your book) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I gladly except books for review in a wide range of genres (see below for examples), and am happy to review e-books as long as they are available for reading on the Kindle. I try to read and review every book sent to me, however I exercise my right to withhold publishing a review if the book is just not for me. This is not a poor reflection on the author, as no one is going to enjoy every book they read, and it doesn’t mean the book isn’t good, but rather it is not a good fit for that particular reader.
Preferred Book Genres
- Urban Fantasy
- Paranormal Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
- Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
- Romantic Suspense
- Medical Thrillers (especially those involving infectious diseases)
- Children’s Books
- Selected Non-Fiction
Genres I Do Not Review
- Christian Fiction
- Historical Romance
- Romance without a strong element of suspense or the paranormal
- Military Action or Adventure (unless it’s along the lines of James Rollins)
- Most Biographies and Autobiographies
What To Expect from a Book Review:
My reviews typically range from 400-1000 words in length. Generally, I prefer to talk about the story within the review by pointing out elements that I particularly enjoyed (i.e.- character development, descriptions, writing style), rather than present a synopsis and follow up with my opinions. I feel that this provides a more comprehensive overview of the book. I do write a very brief “the story revolves around…” in the beginning of the review to familiarize the reader with the overall plot, but the bulk of the information is written into my thoughts. Reviews are posted on Pretty Opinionated first, and then on Amazon, Good Reads, and any other site requested by the author or publisher a few days later.
Current turn-around time is about 2 months. If you need a book review posted by a certain date, let me know and I will work with you. I try to read books in the order they are received, but occasionally it doesn’t work out that way.Sometimes I’m in the mood for a YA paranormal fantasy when a medical thriller is next in line, or vice versa. I’d rather hold off on your book a few extra days than risk not enjoying it because it wasn’t what I was in the mood for.
What to Expect from an Interview:
I recently started doing author interviews, and I really enjoy it. If the interview goes along with a book, I will tailor the questions towards that book. I do not ask questions like “where do you get your ideas” because, as a writer myself, I already know the answer, which is some variation of “from thin air, they just kind of appear in my head.” I try to keep the questions to between 6-10, however I am willing to do longer or shorter interviews if requested. For examples, see my interview with Daisy Piper and Derrolyn Anderson.
If you are interested in having your book featured on Pretty Opinionated, please fill out the form below or email email@example.com