Review Policy

NOTE: I am still accepting review requests, but on a much smaller scale than before. It never hurts to ask anyway! Some months I have more time than others. :)


If you are interested in having Kame or Pat review your book, let me know and I can pass your review request email along. Keep in mind they do not cover all the genres I do. 


Remember, all of us have personal lives, too, and sometimes we just don't have the time to commit to a review. However, I'll let them know it's available and go from there.


Thanks!

Danielle (The_Book_Queen)


Interested in Having Your Book Reviewed?


Genres We Review:

  • Historical Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Contemporary Romance
  • M/M Romance [Only I review this genre at the moment]
    • I'm also open to other LGBTQ+ romances
  • Erotica -- So long as it's HEA/HFN
    • Note: some extreme kinks/fetishes/taboo subjects may not be a good fit for me/the blog, but the only way to know for sure is to at least ask me!
  • New Adult Romance
  • Romantic Suspense

Genres We WILL NOT Review:


  • Christian Fiction
  • Inspirational Romance
  • YA novels (characters are under 18)
  • Woman's Fiction/Chick Lit
    • There are a few favorite authors that we talk about who fit in this category, but by and large this blog is romance first
  • Children's books
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers that are NOT romances
  • General Fiction
  • Non-Fiction

Formats We Accept:

~ Print (hardback OR paperback, email me for mailing address)

~ E-Books -- Mobi files work best for all of us.

~ NetGalley widgets and invites

We accept ARC and finished copies in both print and e-book formats. 



We will NOT accept 'Direct to Kindle only' review requests. I'm talking about individual authors emailing the eARCs this way, NOT the "Send to Kindle" option on NetGalley. If that is the only way you will send out eARCs, then please take us off your list.


UPDATE: I am now accepting audiobooks for review, for the same genres as listed above for print/ebook. I listen to at least 2 or 3 audiobooks every month, and while I haven't done a full review for an audiobook here on the blog, I have done mini-reviews, both on my weekly Whatcha Reading? posts and on GR.

Audiobooks would get two separate ratings: 1-5 stars for the book itself (like with any book reviewed here on the site) and 1-5 for the narrator.

If your book is coming out in audio format, and you are looking to have it reviewed, please contact me!


Our Rating System:


5 Stars = Fantastic. Perfect keeper book and will be reread many times. A must read for anyone. Royal Pick status.

4.5 Stars = Great read, Highly recommended, definitely worthy of a reread or two. Royal Pick status.

4 Stars = Very good. Still a keeper, might be worthy of a reread again.

3.5 Stars = Nice, quick read.

3 Stars = Okay, about average.

2.5 Stars = Eh....Not the worst, but below average.

2 Stars = Borderline fail...Something was missing!

1.5 Stars = I didn't like it.

1 Star = Major flaws.... Or not my cup of tea, depends on how you care to look at it...

.5 Star = DNF or DNE (did not enjoy--- at all).


About Our Reviews:

~ We try to be honest in all our reviews, but we never set out to deliberately tear down an author about their writing. If we are writing a “negative review”, the most we will do is point out reasons why we did not enjoy the book or parts that we had issues with. We will not say, at any point, that the author was incompetent in anyway!

~ Our reviews usually consist of a brief summary of the story line, followed by the reasons we liked (or did not like) the book, perhaps an example or two that explains why we liked/did not like it, and an overall rating and final word on it. Our reviews are not always long, but neither are they terribly short—we say what needs to be said and that's it.

~ Often we put favorite quotes from the book in our reviews. When we quote, we always give credit to the author; we do NOT claim these quotes as our own!

~We try to post reviews in a timely manner, but obviously things do come up that may prevent this. ARC reviews are usually held off until 1-2 weeks before the release date; reviews for already released books are posted soon after we complete them.

~ I am also open to Giveaways, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Blog Tours and the like. Please see this page for more information!


A WORD ABOUT REVIEWS:

When I accept any book for review the point is, obviously, to get a review in return.

However, I (and my co-reviewers) reserve the right to choose not to write a review after reading the book.

Possible reasons why we could choose not to write the review include: 

~ Low rating. I do not post negative reviews on the site. Constructive reviews with a lower rating, sure, but if I don't have anything constructive to say about it, I'd rather pass up on the review entirely.

~ Lack of things to say. I hate when I have nothing to say and my review ends up like twenty others that I've written -- generic phrases and praises, but no real substance.

~ Lack of time. Life changes; I had time when I accepted the book for review. But by the time I read it, this is not always the case. As much as I love the blog, there are some things in life that are more important than it.


Final words: 

If we accept your book for review, please understand that we do not review every book, for various reasons, including the ones listed above. Should we choose to still write a review, I will let you know when it will be posted on the blog.

The day the review goes up on the blog, I promote it on social media (Twitter and Facebook mainly). I often include a line from the review, the star rating, and tag the author/publisher, if possible.

The average turn around time on reviews is 2 months. If you wish to have your book reviewed shortly before or after its release date, it would be best to plan on contacting me at least 2 months before that time. Giving us more time is always best, as it allows us to not only plan our "need to review" list, but it also allows me to mark out a good date for the review on the calendar.

Thanks!


If you are interested in having me review your book or host you here on TBQ's Book Palace, please email me: The_Book_Queen@yahoo.com, with your request in the subject line (ie: Author Interview Request or Book Review Request).


If you have any other questions, comments, concerns, etc., feel free to email me and I'd be happy to help!