Review Policy

Review Policy:

**I'm not currently taking reviews from authors/publisheres whom I have no previous relationship. Unfortunately, I have over-committed myself. I hope to accept new review requests in the near future.**
If you are a publisher or an author and you would like me to review your book, feel free to contact me. I am willing to accept ARCs, EPUB, PDFs, or Audio but  prefer physical copies. Acceptance of a request does not guarantee  a review. I post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N.
Although I read all genres, I do not accept all genres as review requests. Please do not submit requests for the following genres:
  • Short Stories/Novellas
  • Nonfiction (unless Cookbooks)
  • Poetry
  • Erotica

About Reflections of a Bookaholic:

Reflections of a Bookaholic was started in January 2011 as a stress relief project. This site reflects my ongoing journey with books and all things literary. I review new releases, old favorites, and anything in between. I believe a good book is worth notice no matter which year it was released. I review an average of 3 books a week in paper form, ebook form, and audio form. Feel free to stop in to find a great read, discuss bookish randomness, or to just pass the time.
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  1. Dear Alexis,

    Will you please consider reviewing my new novel DON’T FORGET ME, BRO (Stephen F. Austin State University Press and Texas Book Consortium, Dec. 2014-Jan.2015).

    My novel tackles themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families--and leaves the reader uplifted!

    Kirkus Reviews says: "Read this book for the vivid imagery and sharp dialogue. Read it for the spot-on characterizations..."

    The subject matter is never treated frivolously or over-handled in details. The writing is taut and compelling throughout. The pace leans forward tirelessly.

    Those accomplishments alone took years.

    In all, five of my thirty years of writing were dedicated to this novel. I like to joke: I had to pull my soul sideways through a keyhole for those five years to get the right words down.

    My debut novel, THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN (Penguin Group, 2008), won The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and was one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY for Black History Month. For more info:

    My 2011 short story collection, UGLY TO START WITH (West Virginia
    University Press), was hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a work of “sharp observation and surpassing grace.” Here’s a link to some information about my collection:

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary
    journals, including The Iowa Review, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    But DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is my best!

    The novel is a fictionalized story of my brother. Joe died at 47 of system-wide neglect and indifference for the so-called mentally ill in my, until recently, extremely backward home state of West Virginia.

    I know thousands of lives are lost every day around the world. True, Joe was just one. But in this novel, you will see him live and die not once, but a thousand times in the minutes of his life.

    If you email me at, I'll send you the cover graphic for my novel. Then, please take a look at the image. You will see in Joe's innocent, dead-on eyes at 19.

    I'll also email you a new digital .pdf of my novel from the publisher. It's a clear, bold text.

    I promise you that DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is not too grim. I am
    sensitive to the reader's well-being and tolerance.

    Cleanly written and briskly plotted, DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is a quick, fabulous read, a literary page-turner. Never before in my career could I say this about my work. So I say so now with a truth I can all but guarantee.

    I hope I don't sound arrogant. I am just very happy and confident.

    To give you a bigger picture of my novel, I'll even email you a full advance review by Pauline Finch of, along with a list of authors who've blurbed my novel so far and what they have said.

    I would very grateful and honored if you were to review my new novel.

    Again, my email is

    My phone number is (304) 620-8747.

    In respect and gratitude for your work,

    and warmly,

    John Michael Cummings

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  2. Dear Alexis Villery,

    I am a little sad to hear you aren't taking in novels from newcomers at the moment, although, after going through your blog a little bit, it seems clear you really love books and working hard. I wanted to express my appreciation for the work you do with this blog. There's no way being a lawyer, having a family, and keeping up with reading is easy, so thank you for helping get good books to the people who want to read them.

    When you do welcome some new entries, I'll definitely be sending you an email. Until then, however, I'll have to see what good finds you've come across.

    Sincerely, Vivus Atramento

  3. Hello Ms Alexis,
    I definitely understand you being overcommitted at the time. If any time in the future you are free, I would be honored if you reviewed Partially Broken Never Destroyed. It's a four book suspensful series about romance, betrayal, sex, lies, and everything in between. Thank you


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