Book Reviews & Review Policy

From 2008 until 2014, I edited an online review of books called Gently Read Literature. Its focus was presenting reviews of contemporary poetry and literary fiction. 

Since ending that project and becoming a self-published author, I’ve realized just how difficult it is for indie writers to get their work noticed. Reviews matter more when you’re an indie author or genre writer. Because of this, I’ve decided to open my site up to featuring reviews of indie and genre authors. 


If you would like to submit your book for review email me ( Include whatever promo materials, links, or images you’d like to have included alongside a digital copy of the book (pdf, epub, or mobi).

I write reviews of at least 500 words for a flat fee of $50 that is non-refundable.

Payment can be sent via Paypal to:

You can use PayPal.Me:

No review will be posted until payment is received. I’m also open to a review exchange, feel free to contact me to work something out.

All reviews are honest appraisals. The review will be posted to Amazon, Goodreads, and other social media sites. All star ratings are rounded up, so a 3.5 star review on my site becomes a 4 star review on Amazon/Goodreads. 

Rating System

♦◊◊◊◊–1 Star: Poorly conceived and written, not worth anyone’s time

♦♦◊◊◊–2 Stars: Limited audience, mediocre writing

♦♦♦◊◊–3 Stars: Solid writing, decent ideas and execution, genre appropriate

♦♦♦♦◊–4 Stars: Good writing, engaging ideas and execution

♦♦♦♦♦–5 Stars: Superb writing, excellent ideas and execution, appealing to all audiences

Reviews Published
Need to get a sense of the kind of reviews I write? Here are some links (blue are commissioned reviews, red are non-commissioned): 

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media, 2017

In the World’s Shadow, Christopher Hamilton, Austin Macauley Publishers, 2017

The Angel Strikes, Oliver Fairfax, 2017

Trace, Archer Mayor, Minotaur Books, 2017

Wild World, Peter S. Rush, Prior Manor Press, 2017

Don Quixote Goes To Yale, Eytan Halaban, Firstbooks, 2017 

The Regenerative BusinessCarol Sanford, Nicholas Brealey, 2017

A Bit of Candy in Hard Times, Blaine Beveridge, Promontory Press, 2017

Words of Fury, Ritchie Valentine Smith, RVSMedia, 2017

Anger Anonymous: The Big Book on Anger Addiction, Dennis Ortman, MSI Press, 2017

Jim and the UniverseD. M. Green, 2017

The Christmas CamelAnne Bancroft Fowler, 2017

No Thanks MomElizabeth Stewart, Flandricka House Press, 2017

The Life We Lead: Ascending, George M. Nagle, 2014 

Flowers & Sky: Two Talks, by Aaron Shurin, Entre Rios Books, 2017

Race to Judgment, Frederic Block, Select Books, 2017

The Sunshine Stone, Foster Henderson, 2017

Silencer, Marcus Wicker, Mariner Books, 2017

Joseph, Dena Rash Guzman, Hologram Press, 2017

The Idiot, Elif Batuman, Penguin, 2017

Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and ImprisonmentAngela J. Davis, ed., Pantheon, 2017

When Food Is Your Frenemy, Jacob Bustos, 2017

The Shepherd’s Calculus, C.S. Farrelly, Cavan Bridge Press, 2017

The Adventures of Doc Holliday Hennings, T.K. Bethea, Lulu Publishing, 2017

Atlas of Essential Monsters, Melissa Severin, dancing girl press, 2016

This Was Never About Basketball, Craig Leener, Green Buffalo Press, 2017

Beyond Our Degrees of SeparationJudith Ravin & Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Inkwater Press, 2017

Pop-Out Girl, Irene Woodbury, SynergEbooks, 2017

Amira Can CatchKevin Christofora & Dale Tangeman, Clarens Publishing, 2017

Disinheritance, John Sibley Williams, Apprentice House, 2016

The Age of Darkness, Joseph Murphy-James, Wise Grey Owl, 2017 

Away From Home, Joanne Clairmont, XLIBRIS, 2017

Shadow of Deathh, Jean Sorrell, Inkwater Press, 2017

Breaking the Surface, Matt Hebert, 2016

Collect Value Divest: The Savvy Appraiser, Elizabeth Stewart, Flandricka House Press, 2016

Mistress Suffragette, Diana Forbes, Penmore Press, 2017

The Science of Shame and Its Treatment, Gerald Loren Fishkin, Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2016

Beneath the Surface, Matt Hebert, 2015

Power Geopolitics in the Pacific Age, C.D. Bay-Hansen, Inkwater Press, 2011

Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, Bailey Poland, Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2016

Conspiracy of Wolves, Ernie Hasler, 2012

AcanemiaLawrence E. Hussman, Inkwater Press, 2016 

Building 8, Anthony Mazzella, Inkwater Press, 2016 

The Last Commission, Eytan Halaban, Inkwater Press, 2015

Deviants, Colleen Abel, Sundress Publications, 2017

Nasty WomenHeather McDaid & Laura Jones, editors, 404 Ink, 2017

Some Thoughts on God and Other Things, Jerome Gleich, Page Publishing, 2015

Sanna, Sorceress Apprentice (The Sanna Chronicles Book 1), Roxanna Matthews, Inkwater Press, 2015

The Vermeer ConspiracyEytan Halaban, Inkwater Press, 2015

David the Great, Victor D. Sutch, Inkwater Press, 2016

Leaving Whittier: Bicycling Across America in the Summer of Nixon’s DiscontentRonald Colman & David Colman, Inkwater Press, 2017

The Tut Clone ContractsJan Issaye Berkhout, Inkwater Press, 2014

You’ll Do Anything For Her/You’ll Do Anything For Him, Maureen E Hosier, Berta Hosier Conger, Inkwater Press, 2017

All She WroteCharmaine L. Glass, Enaz Soul, 2016

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog: A Guide to Successful Dog Adoption for Every Family, Diane Rose-Solomon, SOP3 Publishing, 2016

GG’s Journey: From Lost to Loved, Cheryl Lyn Phillips, 2016

Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Jessica Luther, Edge of Sports Books/Akashic Books, 2016

Youth In The City, Chris Jafulka, Evil Tender Press, 2016

When Yellow Leaves, James Reiss, Spuyten Duyvil, 2016

The Unraveling of Mr. LintDavid Syatt , 2016 

Animal MagnetGary Anderson, Run Amok Books, 2016

Wynonna Earp: HomecomingBeau Smith, IDW Publishing, 2016

Silent HallN.S. Dolkart, Angry Robot Books, 2016 

Red Sonja: The Falcon ThroneMarguerite Bennett, Dynamite Entertainment, 2016

Splinter of Glass, Arleen Watson, Soul Solitude Press, 2016

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith, Nation Books, 2016

Coinman, Pawan Mishra, Lune Spark, 2015

God Is Round, Juan Villoro, Restless Press, 2016

Another Bloody Saturday, Mat Guy, Luath Press, 2016

Wonderland: Stories, Samuel Ligon, Art by Stephen Knezovich, Lost Horse Press, 2016

To Reach the Sea, John J Fulford, Astoria Press, 2014

Immortal Kisses, Mitzi Libsohn, Page Publishing, 2014

The Second Life of Nick Mason, Steve Hamilton, GP Putnam’s Sons, 2016

Suicide Hotline Hold Music, Jessy Randall, Red Hen Press, 2016

The Other Side of Him, Alice Rene, California County Press, 2016

My 60 Job Resume, John J Fulford, Astoria Press, 2016

Evolution’s End, CJ Daniels, Pronoun, 2016

Symposium, Joshua Gray, Red Dashboard, 2016

The Book, Julius Friedman, Old Stone Press, 2016

Thirst, Benjamin Warner, Bloomsbury, 2016

Grace of the Ginkgo, Michael Hardesty, Old Stone Press, 2015

The Other Slavery, Andrés Reséndez, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

Quiver, Chrissie Anthony, 2015

Ultimate Questions, Bryan Magee, Princeton University Press, 2016

Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat, Todd R. Baker, Aqueous Books, 2016

Urban Mermaid, Howard Parsons, Moonlight Garden Publications, 2015

Shelter, Jung Yun, Picador, 2016

Between Two Fires, Toni Williams, 2016

The Unfinished World, Amber Sparks, Liveright Publishing, 2016


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