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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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DAYS PASSED

By McEntry Dunbar II
Rating:
3.0 / 5

McEntry Dunbar’s DAYS PASSED is a sweeping, epic tale of human connection, loss and love told through the stories of two best friends and childhood...

IR Approved

THE NEON GOD

By Ben D'Alessio
Rating:
4.0 / 5

An ancient Greek god wreaks havoc in 21st century New Orleans in THE NEON GOD.

IR Approved

THE LOVELOCK

By Eichin Chang-Lim
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Personal triumphs and family tragedies mark the milestones of a young woman’s life in THE LOVELOCK.

SECRETS THE WALKERS KEEP

By J. Morgan Michaels
Rating:
3.5 / 5

In SECRETS THE WALKERS KEEP, the first in a new series that mixes magic and family drama, the sudden death of a young man’s mother...

THE SPEECHWRITER

By J.P. Maximus
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Two friends bonded by the craft of speechwriting take opposite sides in a campus election that captures worldwide attention when a series of murders unsettle...

IR Approved

THE FIVE WISHES OF MR. MURRAY McBRIDE

By Joe Siple
Rating:
4.5 / 5

One-hundred-year-old Murray McBride is still recovering from the recent death of his wife and debating whether life is worth continuing.

QUEEN OF CORONA

By Esterhazy
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A recent high school grad travels to Poland after a protest ends in tragedy in QUEEN OF CORONA.

IR Approved

LAST EXIT TO MONTAUK

By Phillip Vega
Rating:
4.2 / 5

A doppelganger in a grocery store stirs up the memory of a summer fling in a middle-aged man, who recounts in detail the lust, love,...

Racial tension jumps through time in THE SELAH BRANCH

By Ted Neill
Rating:
2.9 / 5

A young black woman is sent to conduct medical research in a struggling town in West Virginia, where her preconceived notions of racism in small-town...

GETTING GAY

By Bryce Hunter
Rating:
2.7 / 5

GETTING GAY is a story about the ways that insular communities, rampant homophobia, and unchecked ideology impact us all.

IR Approved

Romance and suspense collide in small town Wyoming in SOME THINGS STAY WITH YOU

By Summer Hines
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A New York City photographer returns to her Wyoming roots only to become entangled in renewed feelings for a longtime friend and her small town’s...

Follow a half-dragon into a magical world in DIFFERENT LEE

By Bill Hiatt
Rating:
2.7 / 5

There's a vampire trying to collect powerful magical artifacts, a town built around a run-down fantasty-themed amusement park, the nagging ghost of a dead grandmother...

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