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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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RISING ABOVE IT

By Katherine P. Stillerman
Rating:
3.7 / 5

RISING ABOVE IT, the fourth installment in Katherine P. Stillerman's Barton Family Series, chronicles the emotional journey of Hattie Barton as she loses her fortune...

IR Approved

IF YOU TAME ME

By Kathie Giorgio
Rating:
4.2 / 5

Adopting an iguana launches a lonely woman’s exploration of feminism, companionship, and the politics of finding love in IF YOU TAME ME.

IR Approved

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE

By Anne Pfeffer
Rating:
5.0 / 5

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE is a captivating story about the depths of a mother’s love.

FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX

By Maédeiva Myre
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Cruelty and innocence meet in Pakistan in FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX.

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?

By Jacquelyn Middleton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? is a romance, and the sequel to LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

HEROINES OF AVALON

By Ayn Cates Sullivan
Rating:
4.7 / 5

HEROINES OF AVALON is an inspiring new take on Celtic spirituality aimed specifically at women.

IR Approved

IMMACULATE PERCEPTION

By Kik Phillips
Rating:
4.2 / 5

IMMACULATE PERCEPTION introduces readers to Lincoln, an offbeat but highly likable woman whose present life as a quirky introvert is shaped by her unusual, unsettling...

I AM LEMONADE LUCY!

By Kenneth Womack
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A Muslim student and a history buff form an unlikely friendship over the search for a plaster pear missing from the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum.

MAD MISCHIEF

By Susan St. John
Rating:
2.7 / 5

MAD MISCHIEF is the story of a wealthy American woman whose life is forever altered as the result of a Kenyan safari.

IR Approved

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD

By Florence Love Karsner
Rating:
4.0 / 5

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD is historical fantasy that details the training of a young woman as a healer and leader.

INDIGO DOVES

By Marie Masters
Rating:
3.8 / 5

INDIGO DOVES explores how lives intertwine, overlap, and transform, spanning generations, along with the realities of characters, both neurotypical and not.

WHAT’S LEFT UNSAID

By Deborah Stone
Rating:
3.8 / 5

Sasha is deeply committed to taking her family’s horrible secrets to her grave—at least until her son, Zac, finds a mysterious photograph that has him...

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