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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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SMUGGLER

By Nicholas Fillmore
Rating:
4.5 / 5

SMUGGLER is the true crime-story of heroine smuggler Nick Fillmore, which comprised the actual events behind Netfix's show Orange is the New Black.

THE FOREST TABERNACLE

By Patrick D. Milroy
Rating:
3.9 / 5

A young man pedals thousands of miles through the Eastern American landscape and his spiritual doubts to find himself and his Lord in THE FOREST...

IR Approved

NO CAMERAS ALLOWED: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer

By Julian David Stone
Rating:
4.0 / 5

NO CAMERAS ALLOWED: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer recreates, in never-before-seen images, the best of rock in the 1980s.

IR Approved

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

YES YOU CAN: It All Starts With You

By Vivian Risi
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Creating an authentic life is worth challenges faced along the way according to Vivian Risi's YES YOU CAN: It All Starts With You! 

INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATURE

By Tracie Frank Mayer
Rating:
4.7 / 5

INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATURE is the true story of a young mother faced with finding a cure for her son’s severe heart defect.

IR Approved

CHASING A FLAWED SUN

By Daniel McGhee
Rating:
4.5 / 5

CHASING A FLAWED SUN is a look at the tragic and seedy life of a young heroin addict and dealer.

BREAKING BONDS: How to Divorce an Abuser and Heal

By Rosemary Lombardy
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Author Rosemary Lombardy taps into her own unfortunate experiences for the book BREAKING BONDS, creating a comprehensive guide for women who are seeking to escape...

IR Approved

HOW TO WASH A CHICKEN: Mastering the Business Presentation

By Tim Calkins
Rating:
4.0 / 5

HOW TO WASH A CHICKEN demystifies presentations into a step-by-step process anyone can follow.

IR Approved

THE PURPLE WORLD: Healing the Harm in American Health Care

By Joseph Q. Jarvis
Rating:
5.0 / 5

THE PURPLE WORLD by Dr. Joseph Q. Jarvis outlines the worst about the US healthcare industry and what to do to make it better.

AMSTERDAM EXPOSED

By David Wienir
Rating:
5.0 / 5

An American law student abroad develops an unlikely friendship with a Red Light District worker in the heartfelt memoir AMSTERDAM EXPOSED.

THE ART OF HUNTING HUMANS: A radical and confronting explanation of the human mind

By Sidney Mazzi
Rating:
3.8 / 5

In THE ART OF HUNTING HUMANS: A Radical and Confronting Explanation of the Human Mind, author Sidney Mazzi explains the foundations of human behavior. He argues...

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