Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review Policy & Disclosure

Review Policy

Authors and Publishers:

Thank you so much for considering me to review your books; however, I think it only fair to let you know that I've reached the point where I'm getting more offers than I can comfortably handle. This means that I am turning down 99.9% of the books I'm offered. If you contact me about a book and do not hear back from me within a week, this means "No thank you." Please don't take it personally. It all boils down to three things: (1) Time. (2) This is a hobby, not a job for which I'm being paid. (3) My insistence that I have a life outside the printed page that I can spend with my husband whom I love dearly. Now back to the books!

When contacting me, please use the contact form above my header at the very top of the page. Please do not leave a comment on this post. Thanks!

My favorite genres include mystery/thrillers, historical fiction, time travel and women's history. I do not read romance, fantasy, horror or self-help books.

I have an eReader and a tablet, and can read books in either Kindle or Nook formats, so yes-- I am willing to accept eBooks for review.

I do not accept self-published books.

If you already have my mailing address, please do not send me unsolicited books. If we haven't talked about the books in advance, and if I haven't said that I would like to read and review them, I am under no obligation to do either. You may very well be sending books into a black hole, and I really don't want that to happen.

My acceptance of your book for review does not guarantee a positive one. I will review your book honestly, and point out things that did not work for me as well as the things that did. In addition to posting my reviews here on my blog, I also post them on Amazon, LibraryThing, Goodreads, CrimeSpace, and Paperback Swap.

If I am unable to finish your book, I may mention that and list the reasons why. I also reserve the right not to post a review.

I give priority to my review books, and have ARC reviews published during the first week of their release. If the book has already been released, I will work with you on scheduling a date for the review.

I do not have giveaways of ARC copies on my blog.

I do not participate in blog tours at this time. I will have an occasional giveaway, and when I do, the books will be available to all, regardless of the country they live in.

I currently have a weekly series called Scene of the Crime in which I interview crime fiction authors. (See the Scene of the Crime tab at the top of my header.) The authors I interview are ones that I've read, so if you see your name listed in my labels and you're a crime fiction writer, feel free to contact me about an interview.

If you are a crime fiction writer, and you're interested in writing a guest post for Kittling: Books, please contact me.

Thank you again for your interest in my blog, and I look forward to working with you. You will find a Contact Me form in my header.


I review books as a passion and a hobby, not as a way to earn money. It is my greatest wish to get everyone on the planet to pick up books and read.

I do accept Advanced Reading Copies (hereafter referred to as ARCs) to review. The publicists and publishers have read my review policy and know that my acceptance of their ARCs does not guarantee a favorable review.

When I review an ARC or any other edition of a book that was given to me by a publicist or publisher, that fact is clearly stated in each review.

Although I may include links to author websites and places such as Amazon where the reviewed books may be purchased, I am in no way affiliated with any of them. I post these links in order to make it easier for my readers to find a copy of the book to buy. No money, goods or services change hands.

Once I have finished reading an ARC, it is disposed of so someone else doesn't pick it up and try to sell it. After all, NOT FOR SALE is clearly marked on those books!

If you have any questions at all, please email me using the contact form in my blog header. 

Thank you!

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