About the Reviewer

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted you to get a quick feel for the person behind these reviews that you’ve been reading.  Reading is almost as vital as eating and sleeping for me.  “I just can’t get enough.”  I hate only reading reviews on a site you’re buying a book or movie from directly.  People leave reviews that are less than helpful or full of spoilers.  So, this blog will be full of my reviews for books and movies.

I’m a fan of reviews because if you read them carefully it gives you a little bit of insight into the person that wrote it.  It should be their opinion of the book.  It’s great if they can include facts about the book, but their opinion on whether or not anyone else should bother reading a book or watching a movie is the vital part of that review.

Were you hoping for a review on a certain book or movie?  Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Happy Reading or Watching (if you’re more into the movie side of entertainment)!!!


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15 Responses to “About the Reviewer”

  1. Sandy

    Hello Mel,

    I thought Elle Boca’s urban fantasy books might interest you. You can find a list of books (a series and a newly released novella) and descriptions at http://elleboca.poyeen.com.

    Let me know if you want a review copy of any of them.


  2. Jamie Marchant

    My second novel, The Soul Stone, an epic fantasy, was released on June 25 by Black Rose Writing. The blurb is below. The prologue and first two chapters are available on my website: http://jamie-marchant.com/soulexcerpt.htm. It can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Stone-Kronicles-Korthlundia/dp/1612965466/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1435314904&sr=8-2&keywords=jamie+marchant. I would love a review by you. If you are willing to review it, I’d be happy to gift you an ecopy. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Blurb: The Crown Princess Samantha and peasant sorcerer, Robrek, struggle to solidify their rule in the aftermath of the king’s murder. They are opposed by those who seek power for themselves and desire to prevent their marriage. As if that wasn’t enough, a deadly curse begins to spread throughout Korthlundia. While Samantha fights against priests, enemies, and her closest advisers, Robrek sets off to discover the source of the curse. He learns the reason the goddess chose him as king: to defeat the Soul Stone, a stone capable of sucking the soul out of its victims. Their archenemy, the Bard Alvabane, awakens the Soul Stone and plans to use its power to reclaim Korthlundia for her people, a people driven out over a thousand years ago by the hero Armunn. Armunn had to sacrifice his life and soul to contain the Soul Stone. Will Robrek have to do the same?
    The Soul Stone is the 2nd book in a series, but it does work as a stand alone novel. You don’t have to have read The Goddess’s Choice first. However, if you would like to review both books, I’d be happy to send you a copy of The Goddess’s Choice as well. Its blurb follows.

    Blurb: The crown princess Samantha fears she’s mad; no one but she sees colors glowing around people. The peasant Robrek Angusstamm believes he’s a demon; animals speak to him, and his healing powers far outstrip those of his village’s priests. Despite their fears, their combined powers make them the goddess’s choice to rule the kingdom of Korthlundia. The Goddess’s Choice, Samantha’s ability enables her to discern a person’s character through their multi-colored aura, and Robrek’s makes him the strongest healer the kingdom has seen in centuries. But their gifts also endanger their lives. Royals scheme to usurp the throne by marrying or killing Samantha, and priests plot to burn Robrek at the stake. Robrek escapes the priests only to be captured by Samantha’s arch-enemy, Duke Argblutal; Argblutal intends to force the princess to marry him by exploiting Robrek’s powers. To save their own lives and stop the realm from sinking into civil war, Robrek and Samantha must consolidate their powers and unite the people behind them. The Goddess’s Choice is based on a Norwegian fairy tale, “The Princess and the Glass Hill.” Though my favorite fairy tale as a child, it disturbed me that the female character has no name and no role other than being handed off as a prize. My novel remakes the crown princess of Korthlundia into a strong heroine who is every bit as likely to be the rescuer as the one rescued.

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Jamie Marchant

  3. Melanie Tomlin

    Hi Mel,

    I recently came across your blog and see that you review fantasy. I would like to ask that you review my story, Angel’s Kiss (the first book in the Angel Series), which is an urban fantasy reminiscent of the Twilight and Fallen series.

    Book Summary:
    Angel’s Kiss is about Helena, who doesn’t remember anything of her life before being placed with her first foster family, when she was four years old. Since then her life has been ruled by violent and abusive people. At the age of 22, she fought back…

    With a mob contract on her head, Helena has kept a low profile, living off the streets as best as she could. Cold and near starvation, she awaits death in an abandoned house, getting more than she bargained for when a vampire changes her forever.

    When the angel Danizriel arrives on the scene, he is puzzled how Helena can still be alive and the vampire dead. Intrigued, he shelters her, and together they discover what she has become — a living weapon…

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comment and considering my request.

    If you’re interested, please let me know. I can provide you with an eBook in mobi, ePub or PDF format, or gift a copy via Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Kiss-Angel-Book-1-ebook/dp/B017LTD6MQ)

    Kind regards (from another ‘Mel’),

    Melanie Tomlin

  4. mikki Smith

    My book is being published but has not been released, I don’t have my cover art yet she is using my vision but it isn’t done. I would like to see if you would review my professionally edited manuscript. (Dark Secret’s) fiction/thriller/suspense.

    Misty’s family, hid a dark secret from her. Until the coven came to claim what they believe belongs to them. Their chosen ones, to lead the coven to become the most powerful. It’s written the twins who they separated at birth are to reign together as one to keep the bloodline pure. When Misty refuses to stand with them, hell will break loose.
    my email- mikkijoenseysmith@yahoo.com

  5. CW Lovatt


    I would be pleased if you would consider writing a review for my debut historical fiction/humour/romance novel, “The Adventures of Charlie Smithers,” the first book of the Charlie Smithers collection. Here is the Amazon link http://mybook.to/tacs Of course if you are interested I can have an e-copy sent to you in the format you prefer.

    And the synopsis:
    The time is the nineteenth century. The place, the Serengeti Plain, where one Charlie Smithers – faithful manservant to the arrogant bone-head, Lord Brampton (with five lines in Debrett, and a hopeless shot to boot) – becomes separated from his master during an unfortunate episode with an angry rhinoceros, thereby launching Charlie on an odyssey into Deepest Darkest Africa, and subsequently into the arms of the beautiful Loiyan…and that’s where the trouble really begins.

    Maasai warriors, xenophobic locals, or evil Arab slavers, the two forbidden lovers encounter everything that the unforgiving jungle can throw at them.

    This book was released by Wild Wolf Publishing in November, 2013, and has done well, considering – achieving a #1 ranking in its sub category in the UK (historical fiction – African) but still has only fifty reviews in the US and half that number in the UK. I’m trying to augment those numbers, hoping that it reflects positively on the similarly ranked books that have since followed.

    Thank you very much for your time.

    CW Lovatt

  6. Phil Bowie

    Hello, Melissa:
    I was pleased to meet your folks recently when they stopped in New Bern to look at the home my girlfriend Naomi had for sale.
    Your Mom gave me your card, so I’m being so bold as to request a review for any of my books you might care to try. I’d be pleased to send you a print copy or gift you a Kindle version of any title. You can check out me and my books at http://www.philbowie.com

  7. M.J. Moore

    Hi Mel. I’d love you to review my novel, Little Treasures. It’s a gothic horror story about a family gradually falling apart with the deaths of each its members. Their demises are brought about by their obsessions with their possessions, which the only living descendent discovers in a box inside a closet when she inherits the family home. As she explores each treasure, she learns more about her family, and why she was able to survive them.

  8. Christopher W.J. Henderson

    Dear Mel,

    My name is Christopher W. J. Henderson, and I am seeking a book review for my forthcoming young adult fantasy novel, Miles Away: Time Crisis Saga, Book One (ISBN: 978-0692569320), which will be published by my imprint, First Knight Press, on November 22, 2016.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Miles Draven blames his birth parents for the problems in his life: classmates who torment him, sixteen years of rejection by foster families, and interminable loneliness. Despite his anger, he clings to an old photograph of his parents and two engraved, marble-sized glass orbs they entrusted to him the night of his birth—the same night they abandoned him. Miles hopes these objects will one day lead him back to his family and the answers he seeks. Those answers, however, defy all reason. When assassins murder Miles’ foster family and target him, a mysterious young man named Matthias thwarts the gunmen and ushers him to safety. There he unveils irrefutable evidence that he’s both Miles’ father and a time traveler. No longer safe in his own time, Miles travels with his father back to 1863 where he’s finally reunited with his family. But all is not well. He soon learns of the bloody treachery that not only led to his untimely rescue from the future but also jeopardizes their mission to defeat an ancient evil that threatens the unwritten future of mankind.

    I currently inhabit my own corner of the internet at http://www.cwjhenderson.com, which is currently being retooled for the upcoming release of my novel. I also possess a variety of active social media accounts including Twitter (@Fenicus), Facebook (www.facebook.com/CWJ-Henderson-269129026445347), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/book/show/29758493-miles-away).

    If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Miles Away for review purposes, I would be happy to send you an ARC softcover, mobi, epub, or .pdf file upon request. Thank you for your time and attention in considering my novel for review. I look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks.

    Warmest regards,

    C.W.J. Henderson

  9. Christopher Slayton


    My name is Christopher Slayton and I’m extremely excited to introduce you to my first ebook, an action/adventure titled Chaos Company, in hopes that you will consider it for a review.

    Chaos Company follows a team of super-powered soldiers hunting down a powerful mercenary who killed the team’s leader. During their hunt the team is forced to go AWOL and their abilities will be pushed to their limits as they engage with a ruthless private military company before coming to a final showdown on the Brooklyn Bridge.

    My ebook can be found at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UG4RK9E. If you are interested in reading in my work I can email a copy to you for a read and review. Thank you for your time and look forward to your response.

    Christopher Slayton

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