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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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May 11, 2022

A COLLISION IN QUEBEC

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Fans of LGBTQ fiction will likely relish every last moment of Michael Hartwig’s A COLLISION IN QUEBEC, but the story’s themes of cultural identity and...

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April 25, 2022

A LITTLE RAIN

By Bill VanPatten
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A psychological thriller with flashbacks that propel the story forward to the present, Bill VanPatten’s A LITTLE RAIN delves deep into what makes its characters...

IR Approved
April 6, 2022

INKED CAFFEINE

By Monique Duclos
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

With an adorable slow-burn romance sprinkled with bursts of exciting action, Monique Duclos’s INKED CAFFEINE introduces lovable characters for a genre-blended series.

IR Approved
March 7, 2022

OUR ROMAN PASTS

By Michael Hartwig
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In OUR ROMAN PASTS, Michael Hartwig blends sense with sensuality, proving how vital the story's setting can be when attempting to hem its narrative. With...

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February 4, 2022

HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP

By William Jack Sibley
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Aside from being a comic tour de force, HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP also offers contemplative moments focusing on real human emotions like life...

IR Approved
December 29, 2021

THE CYPRESS CLUB

By Jeff Wiemiller
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Expressions of character through dialogue and behavior, both subtle and overt, work to build a well-rounded, realistic cast in Jeff Wiemiller’s heartrending novel THE CYPRESS...

IR Approved
December 22, 2021

TAINT: A Novel

By Janet Kelley
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Through visceral language, humor, and relatable streams of consciousness, author Janet Kelley honestly explores teen relationships, sexual assault and sexual curiosity, and all the pitfalls...

IR Approved
December 6, 2021

DESCENT OF RAVENS

By AC Andrews
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

AC Andrews’ DESCENT OF RAVENS (BEL’S WAR #1) is a near-perfect fantasy featuring superb world-building and excellent storytelling that will be compelling for any audience...

IR Approved
November 18, 2021

MY GAY CHURCH DAYS

By George Azar
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

George Azar’s MY GAY CHURCH DAYS is a touching autobiography that will resonate among all those who denied themselves for a cause or a group...

IR Approved
November 10, 2021

JUST RIVER

By Sara B. Fraser
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Sara B. Fraser's prose is fluid, stylish and filled with exquisite turns of phrase. This may be only her second novel but she writes with...

June 9, 2021

COMING IN FROM THE COLD

By John-Gabriel Hsu James
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Even as the author John-Gabriel Hsu James aims to take readers on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, COMING IN FROM THE COLD works far better...

May 10, 2021

ATHENS OPHELIA THE PARTITIONER

By Zachary Aneiress
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

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