Privacy Policy

On May 25, 2018, a new law begins. It is called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. This law has to do with handling personal data with respect and privacy.

I do use an https:// address.

I offer an email subscription of my posts using FeedBlitz. You may choose to subscribe by providing your name/email address. I believe a confirmation email is now sent to confirm your subscription. (This may not have been the case in the early days of the service.) You may UNSUBSCRIBE at any time from the service by following the directions on the email. I use the FREE plan of Feedblitz, so there will be ads. I do not profit from those ads. I have no control over the content of those ads.

I currently use a free (and very limited) version of stat counter. The information that I see is how many visitors the blog gets per day, per week. This information is emailed weekly. Because I’m exceeding my “free” data limit, ALL information gets deleted within a week according to the site. Only the past five days are kept at any time. I do not personally have access to most of the data because I am using the free plan.

Comments. I do not require a name or an email address to comment on the blog. You may choose to comment while logged into an account, but it is by no means a requirement. If you decide to delete a comment you’ve left, I believe you can do that yourself. IF not, you may email me and I will look into deleting it for you.

Google followers. I do have this gadget on my sidebar. You may choose to follow the blog this way; it is completely optional. I believe there is even a way to follow anonymously. You may choose to unfollow at any time. You can click 'unfollow' while on this blog. Or there is a way to unfollow by going to your blogger dashboard's 'reading list' and editing the blogs you follow. (Clicking the pencil.) You can change to 'anonymous' or unfollow for the blogs on your list.

I do not host giveaways. I will not ask for your name or email for any contest or giveaway. So I will certainly not be storing it.

The blog does not publish automatically to any social media. I sometimes do share my posts on Facebook. But I do that manually.

I do link to other sites. Other sites may or may collect data. I am not responsible for anything you do on other sites.

I use Blogger powered by Google to blog. I have no interaction/control over what information or cookies they may be collecting when you visit the site.

Here is Google’s new privacy policy:

I believe most if not all sites or pages on the internet use cookies in some way.  I know nothing about cookies. If you want to learn more:
Visiting this site is optional after all. 


Review Policy

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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Good Rules Cheat List

Board books and picture books = new is anything published after 2013
Early readers and chapter books = new is anything published after 2013
Contemporary (general/realistic) = new is anything published after 2007
Speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy = new is anything published after 2007
Classics = anything published before 1968
Historical fiction = new is anything published after 2007
Mysteries = new is anything published after 1988
Nonfiction = new is anything published after 2007
Christian books = new is anything published after 2000
Bibles = new is anything published after 1989

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