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Book & Story Reviews

Do you do book reviews of other authors’  books and would like to share them on this blog?
If so, please read the guidelines below then email me. (currently booked to May 2016)

Do you have fictional short stories or a writing guide available online and want it / them reviewed?
If so, please read the guidelines below then email me. (currently booked to August 2016)
**NB. I no longer accept novels for review unless in audiobook format.
Short stories or writing guides only, ideally mobi files.**

PLEASE NOTE: As well as a writer, I am also an editor and because this is a writing
(as well as reading) blog, my reviews are often in-depth and look at the writing.
They don’t reveal the ending but aren’t usually as brief as other reviews tend to be.

From late May 2013, Wednesdays have been dedicated to book reviews; either by guests or ones I’ve reviewed. See the end of this page for links to other reviewers.

As well as a few novels, I’ve written 400+ short stories (mostly <1,000-word flash fiction) and it’s what I read mostly so I review individual fictional short stories (any genre up to 10,000 words), writing-related ‘how to’ guides (up to 70,000 words). I don’t review every book I’m offered so please provide the synopsis or purchase link which shows the synopsis when submitting your request. I also review audiobooks so if your writing is available as an audio file, I may consider crime or chick lit novels in this format. You can email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com for further information or with queries.

YOUR BOOK: Guidelines for short stories or ‘how to’ writing guide (audiobooks also welcomed) for review:

  • Your book title, genre*, synopsis and purchase link(s) for the book (full links please, no short links such as tiny.url etc). *I only consider contemporary crime, humorous chick-lit (Bridget Jones-style rather than typical romance) and writing guides.
  • Short third-person biography for yourself / your writing.
  • Your name and website address(es) – again full links only please.
  • All the above text in one document please, not embedded into an email.
  • Your Kindle-compatible (.mobi file) story (<10,000 words), collection (<50,000 words), writing guide (<80,000 words) or crime / chick lit novel (<80,000 words), in .mobi format only please. I can accept Word documents but pdfs don’t narrate on my Kindle which is how I listen to them.
  • Book cover, ideally .jpg format and small file size, c.200×300 pixels, max 500kb size and optional photographs of yourself and your books as separate email attachments, not embedded in the document text.
  • Email the above (in one email please) to me at morgen@morgenbailey.com.
  • Please note that I only review one guest eBook a month (usually the first Wednesday) so there may well be a long delay (of several months) getting to your book. Sorry but it’s a free service so other (paying) work has to take priority.

ANOTHER AUTHOR’S BOOK: Guidelines for guest book review (of another author’s book, of any genre):

  • The book title, author name/s, genre (any), synopsis and purchase links (.co.uk / .com) for the book you are reviewing.
  • Minimum 500-word first-person review without spoilers wherever possible (if there are spoilers, your review should put a spoiler alert at the beginning).
  • Please be as constructive as possible, say why the book does / doesn’t work and make it comprehensive so at least 500 words.
  • Star rating (out of 5).
  • Short third-person biography for yourself / your writing.
  • Your name, website address, titles of your book(s) and purchase link(s).
  • All the above text in one document please, not embedded into an email.
  • Photograph of the book cover you are reviewing as well as optional photographs of yourself and your books, if you have any, (ideally .jpg format and small file size, c.200×300 pixels, max 200kb size) as separate email attachments please, not embedded in the document text.
  • Email the above to me at morgen@morgenbailey.com.
  • All content has to be family-friendly please so no strong language or violence.

I will add the books I have received to the schedule below so you’ll have an idea of existing lead times and when your review will appear. Your book must be available for readers of the review to buy (or download for free) when the review goes live. NB. I won’t give a glowing review unless it really is a good book, and unlike some reviewers, I won’t post the review if I haven’t finished your book. I will email you to say why. Like my freelance editing & critique, I’m firm but fair.

Below are the books / stories reviewed to-date and scheduled…

Posted

Scheduled (the dates may change if I don’t receive guest reviews to fill the gaps, or they may be filled with the others listed underneath the schedule):

  • 172: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 26th April).
  • 173: I shall review Hell’s Bells (an Agatha Raisin short) by M C Beaton – (Wednesday 27th April)).
  • 174: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 28th April).
  • 175: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 3rd May).
  • 176: I shall review Nick Hamlyn‘s novel Music for a Desert Island – (Wednesday 4th May).
  • 177: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 5th May).
  • 178: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 10th May).
  • 179: I shall review another of Paul Gitsham‘s books, details t.b.a. – (Wednesday 11th May).
  • 180: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 12th May).
  • 181: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 17th May).
  • 182: I shall review The Shelter (short story) by SunHi Mistwalker – (Wednesday 18th May).
  • 183: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 28th April).
  • 184: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 3rd May).
  • 185: I shall review The Bone Knife by Intisar Khanani – (Wednesday 4th May).
  • 186: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 5th May).
  • 187: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 10th May).
  • 188: I shall review Cat Call, a short story by Cynthia Leitich Smith – (Wednesday 11th May).
  • 189: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 12th May).
  • 190: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 17th May).
  • 191: I shall review Murder on the Page by Kennedy Chase. – (Wednesday 18th May).
  • 192: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 19th May).
  • 193: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 24th May).
  • 194: I shall review The DCI Jones Casebook – Raymond Collins by Kerry J Donovan – (Wednesday 25th May).
  • 195: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 26th May).
  • 196: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 31st May).
  • 197: I shall review The Jan-ken, Japanese short fiction by Larry Knipfing – (Wednesday 1st June).
  • 198: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 2nd June).
  • 199: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 7th June).
  • 200: I shall review Lightning Strikes, a short story by Josie Riviera – (Wednesday 8th June).
  • 201: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 9th June).
  • 202: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 14th June).
  • 203: I shall review Agatha Christie‘s The Problem at Sea and other stories – (Wednesday 15th June).
  • 204: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 16th June).
  • 205: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 21st June).
  • 206: I shall review Money & Murder, A Matt Kile Mystery by David Bishop – (Wednesday 22nd June).
  • 207: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 23rd June).
  • 208: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 28th June).
  • 209: I shall review The Page, a suspense novel by M. Jonathan Lee – (Wednesday 29th June).
  • 210: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 30th June).
  • 211: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 5th July).
  • 212: I shall review Home to Pebble Creek, a short story by Vannetta Chapman – (Wednesday 6th July).
  • 213: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 7th July).
  • 214: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 12th July).
  • 215: I shall review one of Robert Galbraith‘s (JK Rowling’s) crime novels, either ‘Cuckoo Calling’ or ‘The Silkworm’ (whom I met in July 2014 at the the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing weekend) – (Wednesday 13th July).
  • 216: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 14th July).
  • 217: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 19th July).
  • 218: I shall review Serial Date (a Leine Basso thriller) by D V Berkom – (Wednesday 20th July).
  • 219: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 21st July).
  • 220: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 26th July).
  • 221: I shall review Truman Capote‘s Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Other Stories – (Wednesday 27th July).
  • 222: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 28th July).
  • 223: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 2nd August).
  • 224: I shall review Burn District, a sci-fi contemporary women’s political thriller short story by Suzanne Jenkins – (Wednesday 3rd August).
  • 225: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 4th August).
  • 226: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 9th August).
  • 227: I shall review Where There’s a Will, There’s a War, a short story by Declan Conner – (Wednesday 10th August).
  • 228: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 11th August).
  • 229: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 16th August).
  • 230: I shall review Guest of Honor, a crime mystery novelette by Mark S. R. Peterson – (Wednesday 17th August).
  • 231: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 18th August).
  • 232: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 23rd August).
  • 233: I shall review Lust and Honor by Harriet Schultz – (Wednesday 24th August).
  • 234: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 25th August).
  • 235: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 30th August).
  • 236: I shall review The Shelter, a short story by SunHi Mistwalker – (Wednesday 31st August).
  • 237: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 1st September).
  • 238: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 6th September).
  • 239: I shall post one of my reviews here. Do email me if you’d like your short story or writing guide reviewed – (Wednesday 7th September).
  • 240: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 8th September).
  • 241: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 13th September).
  • 242: I shall review  Val McDermid‘s Killing the Shadows – (Wednesday 14th September).
  • 243: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 15th September).
  • 244: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 20th September).
  • I shall review Language Lessons, a short story by Jay Bell – (Wednesday 21st September).
  • 245: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 22nd September).
  • 246: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 27th September).
  • I shall review Eight the Hard Way anthology – (Wednesday 28th September).
  • 247: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 29th September).
  • 248: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 4th October).
  • 249: I shall post one of my reviews here. Do email me if you’d like your short story or writing guide reviewed – (Wednesday 5th October).
  • 250: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 6th October).
  • 251: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 11th October).
  • 252: I shall post one of my reviews here. Do email me if you’d like your short story or writing guide reviewed – (Wednesday 12th October).
  • 253: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 13th October).
  • 254: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 18th October).
  • 255: I shall post one of my reviews here. Do email me if you’d like your short story or writing guide reviewed – (Wednesday 19th October).
  • 256: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 20th October).
  • 257: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Tuesday 25th October).
  • 258: I shall review Haunted Love, short stories by Cynthia Leitich Smith – (Wednesday 26th October).
  • 259: you could have your review (of another author’s book) listed here (Thursday 27th October).
  • and so on…

Below are books (mostly eBook freebies) of my choosing to be read and reviewed (in no particular date / reading order). Some are not the genres that I would normally read but that’s the whole point of reviewing, and I won’t let that effect my opinion. Swap the links below for .co.uk, .com or wherever you live, wherever appropriately:

***

Are you looking for your book to be reviewed?

I only review short stories, writing guides and contemporary women’s / crime novels but list below some who review those and other formats. If you’re a reviewer it maybe worth seeing if they need more reviews (and if you’d be interested in reviewing my eBooks, do email me).

  • click here for reviewers of more than one genre
  • click here for reviewers of children’s books
  • click here for crime reviewers
  • click here for fantasy, horror, sci-fi genres reviewers
  • click here for flash fiction reviewers
  • click here for non-fiction reviewers
  • click here for reviewers of poetry
  • …pages for reviewers of other genres to follow
 

12 responses to “Book & Story Reviews

  1. Julia Hughes

    May 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Morgen:) I adore reviewing, and have some deserve a wider audience! Will email you,
    Julia x

     
    • morgenbailey

      May 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Excellent! Thanks, Julia. I look forward to reading, and sharing, them.

       
  2. jennyworstall

    May 31, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Great idea, Morgen. Lovely to have another place to put reviews.

     
    • morgenbailey

      May 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you, Jenny. I look forward to posting them.

       
  3. tadwojnicki

    June 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Morgen, that’s a great idea! I’d love to review other writers’ books,,, I’ve been given so much love and attention from unsolicited reviewers over the years that it’s only fitting that I give some of it back!

     
    • morgenbailey

      June 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you, Tad. I look forward to reading them.

       
  4. Elizabeth

    August 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Nice idea. I will get back to you if I decide to put my reviews on your site.

    Have a great weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

     
    • morgenbailey

      August 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth, and you. NB. I don’t need (or really want) exclusivity.

       
  5. gvb1210mine

    May 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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    Your message is greatly appreciated. I am aware that your time is valuable and short. I will make this quick and email you data and particulars concerning a possible review.
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    Gregory V. Boulware, Author of ‘FAIRMOUNT’ and a view other items of interest.
    http://www.BoulwareEnterprises.comhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_gnr_fkmr0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Cn%3A283155%2Ck3AGregory+V.+Boulware&keywords=Gregory+V.+Boulware&ie=UTF8&qid=1324957155
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