Book Review Requests
As a book reviewer, I currently accept a limited number of review requests for fiction reads that are mild to moderate in content. However, I do not participate in review-for-review exchanges with other authors. See my Book Review Requests page for further information.
Requests to Review My Books
As an author, I’m happy to provide ebook review copies of my books to honest book reviewers and bloggers. However, I do not participate in review-for-review exchanges with other authors. Find further information under “For Book Reviewers and Bloggers” on my Stay Updated page.
Book and Film Reviews and Ratings
As book and film reviews are subjective, I tend to rate books and films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect (or not) they are to me. In addition to posting on my blog, I review and/or rate most of the books I read and all the films I watch on Goodreads and Letterboxd.
I often can’t fit all of the reasons why I liked or disliked a book or film in a review, so I try to point out my main reasons. Ratings are not included in my blog reviews for books I did not finish. If an author, publicist, etc. requests that I post a review of a book I did not finish on a site that requires a rating, I rate the book based on the portion I completed, which I note in the review.
My book ratings are based on the Goodreads scale:
5 Stars = It was amazing!
4 Stars = I really liked it!
3 Stars = I liked it!
2 Stars = It was okay.
1 Star = I didn’t like it.
My film ratings are similarly based and include half stars. The ratings for my Online Book Club reviews, for which 4 stars is the maximum, may differ from the ratings I post for the same books on Goodreads, due to the different scale.
I’m passionate about posting on this site, and I welcome interested readers of my blog to respectfully share their thoughts and opinions on the posts here. With that said, I reserve the right to moderate the comments. Comments that include multiple links or profanity may automatically be held in moderation mode for me to review.
Also, while a commenter may have a valid product or cause to share, it’s bad form to use commenting on someone else’s blog as a chance for free advertising/promotion of a product, service, ministry, etc. without the blogger’s permission or request. Comments on my site that include unsolicited advertising may be deleted or otherwise edited to remove promotional blurbs or bios. However, if I specifically ask for suggestions of products, services, etc. in a blog post or a reply, I’ll welcome promotional comments that are relevant to my request.
If I have received a complimentary product for the purpose of an honest review, I’ll state that at the top of the review.
A specified version of the following giveaway terms will accompany each open giveaway on my blog:
“If you’re interested in the giveaway, comment on this post to be entered to win [specified prize(s), retail value(s)]. Be sure to clearly mention that you’d like to enter the giveaway, and state which giveaway [prize(s)] you’d like to win. Comments that do not request entrance into the giveaway are more than welcome and will not be entered. Giveaway begins on [specified date, time] and ends on [specified date, time].
“Giveaway for [physical prize(s)] is open to U.S. residents and mailing addresses only in the contiguous U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. Giveaway Bonus for [digital gift(s)] is open internationally. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Randomly determined winners, one for each prize, will be notified by email on [specified notification date]. If a winner does not respond by [specified deadline], a different entrant will be selected. Add p[dot]prospects[at]live[dot]com to your address book to ensure that a giveaway notification isn’t sent to your junk mail/spam box. For additional giveaway terms, see the Blog Giveaways and Giveaway Privacy information on my Policies page. Entering the giveaway indicates your agreement to the terms.”
Additional Giveaway Terms
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Odds of winning are based on the number of giveaway entrants. If the number of eligible entrants meets or exceeds the number of prizes, all prizes will be awarded. My blog readers and visitors can enter giveaways by commenting on the related posts, and winners are determined via random.org. In the event that an entrant participates in two or more giveaways that end at the same time, or when an entrant has requested more than one prize in the same giveaway, that entrant will be eligible to win only one prize at that time, unless the number of prizes is greater than the number of entrants. All giveaway entrants, winners and otherwise, are eligible to receive any additional Giveaway Bonus gift(s) that may be tied to the giveaway. The authors of books on my Christmas Book Picks, Favorite Covers, Favorite Reads, Noteworthy Reads, and Favorite Book Titles lists, and the cover artists for books on my Favorite Covers lists, are ineligible to enter the giveaways related to the lists they’re on that same year. However, the authors’ and artists’ general comments on the posts are welcome.
I make a good faith effort to send notifications and prizes in a timely fashion, but I am not responsible for any notifications or prizes that may be inhibited, lost, delayed, or damaged as a result of website or email unavailability, shutdowns, or malfunctions, incorrect email or physical mailing addresses, or problems through the postal service. Sponsor: Nadine Keels, 11923 NE Sumner St, STE 704752, Portland, OR 97250
When my blog readers and visitors submit their email addresses to comment on my blog, I do not share those email addresses, except in the case of passing on an address to a third party who may be offering his/her own giveaway prize through my blog. Giveaway entrants may be given the option of joining a group or email list of mine (e.g., to receive advance review copies of my upcoming books), but those who do not opt-in will not be solicited with further promotional emails from me. The names or nicknames of giveaway winners will be announced on my blog after a giveaway ends, but only as the winners themselves have publicly posted their names or nicknames upon entering the giveaway. I will not share the mailing addresses giveaway winners submit to receive their prizes, and I will not use the addresses for anything other than mailing the prizes.