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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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THE WATANABE NAME

By Sakura Nobeyama
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Family secrets that span generations are slowly uncovered in THE WATANABE NAME.

IR Approved

FALL ROTTEN

By Eric Serrell
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A group of sharp, fun-loving ne'er-do-wells pull off a gold heist in Paris right before the Nazis invade in 1940.

INFERNALLY YOURS

By Molotov Mitchell
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A demon plots to kill George Washington in INFERNALLY YOURS.

THE SUGAR MERCHANT

By James Hutson-Wiley
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE SUGAR MERCHANT by James Hutson-Wiley offers a fascinating glimpse into a surprisingly sophisticated world of the 11th century.

IR Approved

ACROSS THE RIVER

By Richard Snodgrass
Rating:
4.7 / 5

Author and photographer Richard Snodgrass's lush historical novel ACROSS THE RIVER is part of his series set in the fictional west Pennsylvania mill town of...

ACID AND BRIBERY

By Jeanne Ann Off
Rating:
2.1 / 5

A teenage girl working alongside her divorced mother in the stables of a racetrack finds herself in the middle of violence and intrigue in ACID...

IR Approved

TRIALS AND TRAILS: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life

By Jim Halverson
Rating:
4.7 / 5

Jim Halverson creates a new type of Western in his historical novel TRIALS AND TRAILS.

THE PROGENY

By Mark Rudes
Rating:
3.8 / 5

THE PROGENY transports a small-town kid destined for greatness to the big leagues.

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MUDDIED WATERS

By Theo Clarkson
Rating:
4.8 / 5

A captain gives chase on the high seas to pirates who have stolen a king's treasure from his Portuguese warship.

TWISTED FATE

By Frank Harrelson
Rating:
2.8 / 5

The historical novel TWISTED FATE explores the lives of the Huguenots--regarded as respected members of society one day, while having their businesses burned to the...

IR Approved

THE ASTONISHED EARTH

By Christopher Beck
Rating:
4.7 / 5

THE ASTONISHED EARTH is a fact-based novel about the early days of aviation.

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IN THE COMPANY OF LIKE-MINDED WOMEN

By Elaine Russell
Rating:
4.3 / 5

A well-mannered look at women's rights a century ago, IN THE COMPANY OF LIKE-MINDED WOMEN is engaging historical fiction.

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