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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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THRESHOLD DELIVERY

By Patty Seyburn
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Patty Seyburn's new collection of poems, THRESHOLD DELIVERY, addresses everything from her relationship with her mother to what lies beneath the surface of Mahjong.

IR Approved

ON THE OCCASION OF A WEDDING

By Ollie Bowen
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Reminiscent of Pablo Neruda and Sappho, Ollie Bowen’s ON THE OCCASION OF A WEDDING, is a playful, erudite, and romantic collection of love poems.

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CAN’T FORGET THE MOTOR CITY

By Joseph Nicks
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Author and poet Joseph Nicks shares (and bares) all in his latest collection of verse, CAN’T FORGET THE MOTOR CITY. 

IR Approved

OUT OF CONTEXT

By Thom Kudla
Rating:
4.5 / 5

OUT OF CONTEXT is a collection of poetry by Thom Kudla, the author of COMMENCEMENT, concerning relationships of heart, mind, and soul.

IR Approved

TOURMALINE

By Ginger Tran
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Named for the most colorful of gemstones, TOURMALINE by Ginger Tran is a collection of poems that reflects a kaleidoscope of emotional disquietude. The stone--a...

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RISK A VERSE: A Year in Daily Sonnets

By Libby Weber
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The author challenges herself to write a sonnet every day for a year, and succeeds.

PATHS OF FEAR, a diverse anthology that will engage both mind and heart

By Connie Kerbs
Rating:
2.5 / 5

A collection of short stories, essays, poems and collected proverbs concerning fear.

IR Approved

Rediscovering happiness and wholeness in: Broken Places

By Rachel Thompson
Rating:
5.0 / 5

BROKEN PLACES is the heartbreaking memoir of a middle-aged woman who was molested when she was a girl and is a must-read for anyone who’s...

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Alcoholprism

By Presley Cox
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Presley Cox’s ALCOHOLPRISM is a short book of poetry designed to provide varying viewpoints of substance abuse, not only alcoholism, but can certainly be applied...

Range Of Motion

By Paul F. Lenzi
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A collection of poems and essays on topics ranging from quantum physics to the New Hampshire countryside.

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