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This policy is valid from 02 October 2013

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In accordance with FTC guidelines for bloggers, I would like to be clear that the books reviewed on My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews are provided by the publisher/author free of charge. I am not compensated for my reviews. All of my opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the way I obtain my materials. I am not required to post a good review in order to obtain the book, nor will I give a good review if I think the book is not good. I will try to post a star rating on my reviews. This will be my honest opinion of the book
When reviewing a book that was given to me free for review, I will state it clearly in the post.  This statement will be located at the end of my review. 

Book Review Policy

 I am not required to post a good review in order to obtain review copies, nor will I give a good review if I think the book is not good. I accept books from many sources. Some are direct from the author, some are from publishers, and some I seek out myself. No matter how I obtain the book, I will fairly review it. If I  post a star rating on my reviews, it will be my honest opinion of the book.

★☆☆☆☆ bad, didn't finish or didn't want to finish reading it

 something kept me reading, but still not good
 mediocre, good enough to keep reading to the end
☆  good book, good story line, good characters, wanted to finish it
★ Great book, couldn't put it down

If you are an author or publisher that would like me to review your book, feel free to contact me HERE. I check my email multiple times a day, including my spam folder. I review books in the order I receive them unless otherwise agreed upon. If you want a book reviewed by a certain date, please clearly state the date in the email. 


  1. Hello again Amanda
    Thank you once again for your review of Lover in Law. If you have a moment I would SO appreciate it if you could post it to Goodreads too..........have a great day. best Jo

  2. Hello dear Amanda,
    I wondered whether you might be interested to consider reading my new title (advance review), ‘Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights/Traditional tales from a thousand and one nights, Contemporary tales for adults’, (to be published in October)? I’m also interested in possibly paying for a blog tour, spotlight or other promoton when the book is published, if these might be options that you could consider.
    The book comprises contemporary short stories inspired by traditional tales from the One thousand and one nights, presented alongside retellings of the original tales. It is primarily aimed at adult readers, and might best be described as being ‘contemporary fiction’ or ‘fairy tales and myths’, although is difficult to classify as a specific genre. I’ve included a brief synopsis on my website: http://www.labyrinthepublishers.com/arabiannights.html.
    If you are interested to receive an advanced copy to possibly review, please let me know where I should send a copy to you (print, PDF, or Kindle).
    Thank you for considering my title as a possible option to add to your doubtless busy reading list.
    Kind regards,

    Clive Johnson (E: crj@dircon.co.uk)


  3. Subject: book review request

    (Multicultural/literary fiction; 133,000 words; 520 pages)
    Published by: Line by Lion Publishing, Louisville, Ky,
    [An Indie Publishing House, NOT a vanity/subsidy/participation press]

    Dear Avid Reader,

    It would be my honor to send you a paperback of A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA.

    I believe that, since you are addicted to well-written words with meat on the bone, you will like A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA--a lot. It contrasts the ennui and despair of late Twentieth Century America with the caring culture of "Mabouhey," an island in the Caribbean.

    Here's what Dr. Richard Hanson, Professor Emeritus (English), University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
    has to say about A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA:

    A PLACE CALLED SHUGARA offers an interesting variety of unusual characters, from
    frustrated and unhappy Midwesterners to shrewdly enterprising Caribbean natives
    whose colorful patois is entertaining and delightful. Three of those characters--a
    jaded academic from Chicago, a desperate factory owner from Ohio, and an
    opportunistic insurance investigator from New York--are drawn to a place that
    lovingly welcomes the three misfits. None is actively seeking spiritual rebirth as the
    story begins and each has his own reason for traveling to the little island, but the
    serendipitous result for all three is essentially the same: a renewal of life and spiritual
    wholeness among the inhabitants of a loving community that lives in a place called
    Schugara. Along with its cast of colorful characters the novel also contains a memorable
    blend of rollicking humor and poignant emotion, qualities that will linger in the memory
    of every reader.


    A Place Called Shugara is the story of three Americans who come together on the Caribbean island Mabouhey at a place called Schugara. Travers Landeman, an Ohio businessman, escapes a failing marriage and a failing business. Mourning the suicide of his nephew, he flees to Mabouhey, where he fakes his death. Joe Rogers, owner of The Yellow Harp bookstore in Chicago, leads a group of amateur archeologists to Mabouhey. He finds a pre-Columbian treasure, a jeweled mask dating to the Arawak era. Albert Sidney McNab, a private investigator, is hired by the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company to search for Travers. Travers discovers his nephew’s diary, which tells of his nephew’s sexual abuse by his parish priest, Father Art. He feels obligated to return to his former life to bring Father Art to justice. Joe, who has his own axe to grind with the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company, persuades Travers that it is better to leave that task to Albert. Albert consents, for the love he has found on Mabouhey, a woman named Esmerelda, matters more than the money he may or may not get from Atlantis Fidelity. Albert, Esmerelda, and the mask go to the United States. Father Art is beaten to death in his jail cell while awaiting trial. As United Nations Ambassador of its newest member nation, the Commonwealth of the Island of Mabouhey, Mrs. Esmerelda McNab has the mask auctioned at Sotheby's, despite protestors from Columbia University who denounce the sale as "cultural genocide."

    Please view SCHUGARA's website: http://sites.google.com/view/schugara
    or schugara.com The book's cover is on this site.

    Please let me know if I may send you a copy (paperback or electronic file) for your review consideration.

    Maximum respect,
    Joe English


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