Monday, December 10, 2007

Happy Holidays


Happy Holiday
Happy holiday, happy holiday
While the merry bells keep ringing

May your ev'ry wish come true

Happy holiday, happy holiday

May the calendar keep bringing

Happy holidays to you


I'd like to take some time to thank everyone who has helped 2007 to be such a great year. I would like to thank the publishers and authors who have provided me review copies in the past year. I look forward to working with you in the coming year. I'd like to thank the authors I've interviewed. I do appreciate your time! I'd like to mention my fellow Cybil panelists--this holiday season will be busy no doubt, but working with such a fun group makes it cheerier and definitely less daunting. I'd like to thank all of my fellow bloggers that I've befriended in the past year. I love the comments and the occasional email. I really do. I like getting to know my audience.

Bloomsbury USA
Boyds Mill Press
Candlewick Press
Charlesbridge
Chronicle Books
Clarion Books
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Feiwei & Friends
Harcourt
HarperCollins
Harry N. Abrams
Kane/Miller
Little, Brown Young Readers
Meadowbrook Press
Penguin
Razorbill
Scholastic
Shadow Mountain
Simon & Schuster
Tundra Books
Waterbrook Press

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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