Review Requests

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I don’t mind taking requests when I have free time, so long as authors are fully aware of two things:

1. I’ll be honest in my reviews. I don’t try to nitpick everything, but if things are keeping me out of the story or bothering me, I’ll point them out.
2. I’ll review things on my own time. Don’t expect an instant review.

I post my reviews on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Deviantart, and Librarything. (Shelfari has been removed due to the merge).

Genres I read:

I enjoy a lot of genres, but my favorites would be fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, crime and mystery, and I’ve been surprised by some that I wouldn’t have normally read. Highly LGBT friendly and have a penchant for gay fiction. My least favorite would be romance, and I have no intention of reading any religious literature or anything political. I dislike poetry.
I would like to see some gay men in fiction right now. I have an unfortunately low number of requests with this.

I’m mostly interested in reviewing small press or self-published books. I also prefer shorter books, around 50,000 words, over long books.

If you want me to consider your book, go ahead and e-mail a Mobi or Epub file to Eisah@o-leander.com. Don’t e-mail a PDF file. I can’t take notes on them and they make writing a review hard.
Subject: Review Request
Include a link to where it can be bought/information. (Be concise, please). I have a preference for books that can be found on Amazon. I also don’t mind being gifted books on Amazon if that’s easier for the author.

Current number of requests: 370 (2/28/2016 – I’ve deleted e-mails that didn’t send the book or have a download link. If you send a temporary download link, it’ll probably expire before I get to the book.)

Questions:
I didn’t hear back from you. Are you going to read my book?
I put them on a to-do list. The most important thing you should ask is: did I actually e-mail the book? E-mails without a book attached or a download link are likely to be deleted because that just adds more work for me.
Unfortunately, I’ve had many instances where I get to someone’s e-mail, I think the premise sounds interesting enough, and then I see the attachment on the e-mail is a picture of the cover and they didn’t send me the book, or they sent me a PDF file. It’s a lot faster for me to move on down the list than to e-mail the author back, ask them for the book, and then wait for them to send the book. When I’m looking for a book to read I’m ready to start it right there and then, I don’t want to wait to get it.
I may not read a book if it doesn’t fit what I enjoy. I’ve already had people send things like religious literature when I’ve said I don’t like that. If it deals with current events I may skip it, too. I prefer fictional worlds and don’t like to read things too closely connected to real life tragedies.
I almost never e-mail back. I prefer to spend the time reading the books that are sent.

Is there any way to tell if you’re reading my book?
The best place to check what I’m currently reading is to look at my Goodread status.

What kind of rating will my book get?
The best way to guess this is to look at my other reviews – which I strongly encourage – and see how I felt about other books. For example, if your book features a romance at the forefront, you’ll see what type of romances worked for me and what didn’t because I’ve talked about that in different reviews.
I don’t like to give low ratings. I know other authors have worked hard writing their books and it’s never fun to tell them that you didn’t like it. Honesty is critical in reviews, though, and if I don’t enjoy a book I will say so. Please keep that in mind and look at reviews with different ratings to better understand my preferences.

Do you review books in the order you get them?
Nope. I look for what books fit my interests and specifications first, though I do try to get to some of the older requests. Keep in mind that for every book I read, I probably get 10 or so requests, so I can only do so much.

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11 thoughts on “Review Requests

  1. Hello,
    How are you? I am currently promoting one of the books in my children’s series “Oliver and Jumpy”. It is available on several ebook platforms for free-of-charge downloading. I would appreciate if you could support me with the promotion of this current book, preferably on Amazon, but, if you so prefer, also on any of the other platforms. It would be lovely if you could find the time to do a short review as well. Reviews are just so important to make any product stand out. The idea is to have many downloads on the same day to push the book up to the bestseller list.

    http://www.amazon.com/Oliver-Jumpy-Stories-Werner-Stejskal-ebook/dp/B00LMKWMC6

    My website with all other platforms like Kobo, Google Play, Ibooks, B&N:

    http://www.bedtimestory4you.com

    In take many suggestions and corrections on board to make a better updated edition at a later time. Thank you for your invaluable help! Kind regards, Werner

  2. Please allow me to introduce my book “The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe”, a beautifully illustrated Chinese fairy tale.

    The book was published in English and Chinese and launched at Expo 2010 Shanghai, but only for the Chinese market. In 2013, during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Xi Jinping, President of China, was presented copies of both editions as State gifts by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

    By the author’s choice, the book has not been published in hardcopy in any other part of the world. However, recently, it has been published for readers in the US and the international market as an E-book on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and other e-book stores.

    There are reviews of the book on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. The book is available for reviews on NetGalley. A book trailer can also be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wXQp9tTZlY.

    About the Book

    “The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe” is a wonderful fairy tale set in ancient China. It tells the story of a brave young emperor and two beautiful young women, who are suddenly thrust the incredible, once-in-a-life-time opportunity of marrying the emperor and becoming the next empress of China. Their journeys take them from their humble homes to the grand palace where their lives are forever changed for the better, and, at times, even for the worse as the competition to win the emperor’s heart intensifies. The young women meet their unexpected challenges in very different ways. But their struggle is the depiction of the fight between good and evil.

    Best wishes,

    Lisa Sankar-Zhu

  3. Hello,
    I would appreciate if you’d consider to review book 3 of my picture book series.

    Werner Stejskal

    Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 7-9

    Picture book

    1500 words

    Oliver is an elegant tomcat and Jumpy his kangaroo lady friend. They experience many adventures together.

    myBook.to/Stories7-9

    Free on Amazon for a few days. Please download now and review at your convenience. It will revert to paid in 10 days.

    Thank you so much for your invaluable help! Kind regards, Werner

  4. Hello,

    I would like to submit a recently published, second edition, book I wrote for your review.

    Book Title: The Case

    Author: Marc Hirsch

    Genre: Fiction/Crime, Fiction/Mystery

    Pages: 234

    Formats available:

    Paperback, via United States Postal Service (USPS) and signed by the author, and available on Amazon directly.

    Kindle ebook (or by emailing an Amazon gift certificate)

    pdf version.

    Synopsis:

    The Case, the first novel in the Alice White Investigator series, follows Alice White, a hardened legal assistant in 1955 New York City, as she travels upstate to clear her firm’s client of responsibility for the violent death of a doctor in a house he, the client, built.

    What at first appears to have been simply an accident caused by the builder’s impatience and negligence turns out to be part of a deadly power play of greed and marital discord. Miss White persistently exposes twists and turns, as unseen forces threaten to put a horrific end to her life just as she has begun to thaw.

    A Nancy Drew-like mystery for adults!

    (Amazon) ASIN: B00P9RTXRA

    (CreateSpace) ISBN-13: 978-1502767219 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14417076-the-case Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCasebyMarcHirsch

    Yes, I am interested in Q&A and giveaways.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Marc Hirsch
    Author

    Marc Hirsch was born in New York City in 1945. He attended Boston University School of medicine, graduating in 1969. After 45 years as a doctor, he retired from hospitalist practice in 2011. He published his first book, The Case, in 2012 and will publish his second book, the sequel titled Hard Case, in 2015. The Case will be edited and republished as a second edition in 2014. Plans for his screenplay of The Case are being made.

    MARC HIRSCH
    email: mhirsch@me.com
    Home/Cell: 845-750-9076
    2500 Crossings Boulevard
    Unit 515
    Bowling Green, KY 42104

  5. Hello,

    I have just opened my Book Blog site and am interested in doing tours. In order to do that I’d need several bloggers willing to be tour hosts. If you would be interested and know some other bloggers who also would be interested, could you please let me know. I’d like to start touring in the next few months that way I can gather other Book Bloggers to help me out. Right now I’m accepting reviews, excerpts, guest posts and interviews.

    Thank you!
    Becca
    beccasbooks@yahoo.com

  6. The Butcher’s Daughter
    – A Journey Between Worlds –

    In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

    Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming. The King of Spain is assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen – an enormous beast – to invade England and depose the Protestant “heretic queen.” To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain, England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman’s axe for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

    Based on true historical events, this is a story about war, adventure, love and betrayal. This is a story about vengeance. This is a tale of heartbreak…

    Swashbuckler, New World Adventurer & the Queen’s Privateer

    Genre: Historical Nautical Fiction/Elizabethan Era
    Word Count: 122,000
    Author: Mark M. McMillin

    Mark M. McMillin
    92 Green Summit, Newnan, GA 30265
    (770) 463 2884 (H) – (321) 525 9332 (M) – markmcmillin@hotmail.com

  7. Hey Eisah!

    I wanted to let you know that I have a special promotion on Kindle coming up where the newest edition of my book Nero Demare will be available for free on launch week:

    – free on Tuesday 7/28/15, Wednesday 7/29/15, Thursday 7/30/15, Friday 7/31/15, and Saturday 8/1/15 –

    Nero Demare and the Legend of the Vampires (ISBN: 0595420141)
    http://www.amazon.com/Demare-Legend-Vampires-David-Patrick/dp/0595420141

    22 reviews with an average 4.9 star rating

    Here is where you can find me online.

    Blog: http://www.legendofthevampires.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nerodemare
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vampireslayerND

    Thanks for letting your readers know about this free book promotion!

    Best,

    David Patrick

    P.S. You can find a currently free copy of my book in the link below. Thanks! (The series is called Nero Demare and the Legend of the Vampires, but the first installment is called Nero Demare: Memories at the Graveyard)

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550463

  8. Hi,

    I visit your blogs and read some parts of it and thought you made some really great points. If you have a chance, please read and review my book if you are interested, titled ” Enter The Monkey”. Enter The Monkey is an exquisitely and often painfully soul-baring true life story. I think it might be of interest to your readers.If you do please let me know.

    Thanks,

  9. Hi!
    Would love a review.

    Genre: Action/Alternative history set in contemporary times
    Page count: 297
    Title: Journey Through Chaos: The Valley
    Author: Ward Williams

    Synopsis:

    After concealing their true financial instability to the world for a decade, the Chinese government implodes, triggering severe global economic crises and panic. Rioting, chaos, and ultimately anarchy breaks out in the U.S. as it experiences the sudden and complete collapse of banks, stock markets, and all major business enterprises twice as bad as the Great Depression. One man anticipates this chaos and prepares a journey to a safe haven in a valley just two hundred miles away. The rapid disintegration of government control puts him in grave danger but also brings several strangers into his life who help him fight his way to the valley. Grant is a widower, a student of history and has no experience at handling violent situations. However, circumstances rapidly put him in kill or be killed situations, forcing him to do anything to survive. Along the way, three other couples, whose relationships have just been forged in the chaotic new world, team up with Grant and a young woman he meets to travel to what they hope will be a peaceful sanctuary. If only that were true….

    Available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

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