Reviews & Beta-Reading

This site is dedicated to my Three-Rs: Reading, Writing, and Romans. You’re probably on this page due to the first bit, to read your novel.

When Felix isn’t twisting my ear with his memoirs, I read. A lot. And then I blog about it. You can see what I read by looking at my book reviews. Since my to-read pile is already longer than my life expectancy, I tend to be capricious: I read whatever catches my fancy at the moment. I hop genres and themes like a rabbit with ADHD, with occasional year-long binges when I find something really good.

My main preferences are Fantasy in most its sub-genres, Historical Fiction (mostly Roman, mostly mysteries, almost never romance), Mysteries & Detectives, Science Fiction, and just any thing else I find engaging. I particularly love mash-ups (as can be gleaned from what I write: an historical-fantasy detective).

If you want me to read your published book, bear in mind the following:

  • I read capriciously, so it might take time till I’m in the mood for it. I’ve also been swamped with requests recently, so it will likely be a long time – probably not this calendar year.
  • Life is too short for books I don’t enjoy. If I don’t like something, I quietly move on.
  • I’ll only review what I liked enough to finish reading.
  • My reviews will be posted here, on Amazon, and on Goodreads, in this format. Read this post!

If you’d like me to beta-read your unpublished book, I can guarantee you a time-frame and a full report. That does take me away from my own writing so it will come with a cost. On the bright side, it’s an 80/20 split: I’m 80% as good as a professional line editor (focusing on prose and story), but I only charge 20% of the rate 🙂
Just fill out the same form below, and detail your request. Note that I may still decline (if life is too hectic for me to commit to a time-frame), but I’ll let you know well ahead of time.

If I haven’t scared you away, fill in the below contact form. I also suggest you take a look at my other project, The Protagonist Speaks. It’s a separate blog dedicated to interviewing character out of books. It’s a fun, free way to get some unique exposure for your writing.

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