I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m kind of nutty about authors and books. It hit me that, hey! I can use this blog to help promote my favorites.

Here’s the deal, check out the page RECOMMENDED READS. That’s a list of authors and books I especially like (it’s not complete, since it’s only those books I’ve read in the past three years). You’ll get a good idea about my favored genres, too.

If you’re already on the list, you’re a shoo-in. Just let me know if and when you have a new book out (or a short story, or taking part in an anthology). If you feel up to doing a guest post, I’d be totally honored to spotlight your new release. If you’re releasing your back list as ebooks, I’d love to know about that, too.

If you’re a debut author, and your novel is in a genre I like (heavy on urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, thrillers, mysteries and humor, but not limited to, so one never knows, does one?) drop me a line. Tell me about yourself and your writing and don’t forget links to your blog site and your Twitter name (I find lots of good stuff to read that way). I don’t discriminate between indie and traditional. I like good stories wherever I find them.

A few guidelines:

  • I buy my own books. Don’t offer me coupons, gift certificates or PDF files.
  • If you’re one of those creepy publicity services, I know how to deal with you, so don’t bother.
  • I’m not your typical reviewer. Read my posts and you’ll see what I mean.
  • I hate Star (heart, cup, devil faces, etc) ratings. They’re a pet peeve of mine. I try to review what I read on Amazon, but sometimes the system just gets to me, so I put it off. Nothing personal if I don’t post a review on Amazon right away. I have to be in the mood.
  • If you tell me about a book and I read it, but don’t like it, I won’t review it. No offense if it wasn’t my cup of tea. Occasionally I talk about things that don’t work for me or point out that I took something away from a book I doubt the author intended, but I’m not out to harm any writer’s promo efforts. In other words, I don’t post burn and slash reviews, or do in-depth criticisms of stories I don’t like or have no interest in.

So that’s it. If you like what I do here, send me an email at and tell me about yourself and your writing. I’d love to hear from you.



2 responses

  1. That is a great list! I found myself nodding in agreement, everything from Lawrence Block to Christopher Moore and Connie Willis–oh, and let’s not forget Robert Sawyer.

    Good stuff.

  2. Thanks, Margaret. I have to find more of Sawyer’s books. I’m not as big of a fan of hard science fiction as I am of other genres, but I loved how he brought the technology to life–literally.

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