Hello, and welcome back!
This article is in response to a number of recent inquiries which lead me to believe that the guidelines listed in my biography section need to be expanded with more detail. This is both to make my life easier and to make things simpler for authors interested in reviews.
As mentioned in my bio, I love to find great new romance authors. Unfortunately, between my review reading and my pleasure reading, it's a rare occurrence. Yes, I've found some good ones, but few great. I'm sure I've missed a few, but I have only so many hours in a day, and my normal day is divided between family, work, writing and reading, in that order.
That said, much of my working day is spent on the computer, so I made the decision several years ago to stop reading review books in electronic formats. Since I hope to spend many more years reading and enjoying romance novels, I won't deliberately add to the strain on my eyes. So, if I can't get a book in paper form, whether ARC or galleys, I will not look at it, and this means no attachments to emails, which will be deleted unread, and no excerpts pasted into email either.
Before firing off that review request email, though, please, please, please take a look around the site to get a feel for my likes and dislikes. If your book is not a romance, I will not review it. This includes chick lit and women's fiction. BellaOnline does have other hosts who would be interested in these stories, so please contact them with your non-romance review requests.
Even among romance sub-genres, there are some I'm not wild about, so I'm less likely to agree to look at them. As an example, at the top of that sub-genre list are vampires. I know they're popular, but they just don't do anything for me, and it seems unfair to deliberately review something I know I'm not going to enjoy. So keep that in mind, too, as you look around the site.
Now, once you've determined that your book might be eligible for review, please email me with your request. Depending on how insane my life is at a given moment, an author with a story that intrigues me can expect a reply within a week at the outside. If you haven't heard back with a request for more information within two weeks, then I am not interested in looking at further material. Don't be offended: not everyone likes all the same types of stories.
Finally, don't be discouraged if your book doesn't grab me. As I mentioned above, every reader likes something a little, and often a lot, different. It's all a matter of opinion, of tastes. And thank goodness there are so many different kinds of romance novels: it gives each of us plenty to read!