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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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IR Approved
January 20, 2023

IN SEARCH OF THE MAGIC THEATER

By Karla Huebner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A young woman and an older, estranged wife explore the boundaries of art, consciousness, and love in Karla Huebner’s 90s period piece.

January 20, 2023

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

By John Morgan Mullen
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A collection of musings, anecdotes, and reflections in verse form, covering a diverse range of subject matter.

IR Approved
January 18, 2023

STALKED BY REVENGE

By Lynn Lipinski
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

The third in the Zane Clearwater series, this installment sees its hero battle to escape the clutches of his half-brother, a dangerous former prisoner who...

January 18, 2023

LIFE LESSONS FROM A LATE BLOOMER

By Jackie Ewing
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Canadian born author Jackie Ewing shares “life lessons”of her life as a teacher, wife, and mother.

January 18, 2023

THE GIRLS IN CABIN NUMBER THREE

By Chrysteen Braun
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

An aspiring interior designer encounters a mystery dating back to the roaring 20s mob and Old Hollywood glamor that has ties to her mountain cabins.

January 18, 2023

LAME GAME

By Clyde Sampson II
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Clyde Sampson looks back on his school years as an outcast to offer words of wisdom for youths who face similar struggles.

IR Approved
January 16, 2023

MAKING FRIENDS WITH MONSTERS

By Sandra L Rostirolla
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Twelve-year-old Sam discovers an awful family secret–and the Monster that caused it. Now he’s out to rid his family of all Monsters forever.

IR Approved
January 16, 2023

THE SILVER SPHERE TRILOGY

By David Gittlin
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A strange object is found on a Florida beach and leads mystery writer Jacob Casell on an out of this world adventure.

January 16, 2023

TAKING THE SHORT BUS: Teacher, I Need You

By Bruce Beryl Fisher
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A time-period accurate coming-of-age story and a humorous look at special education in the mid-1970s that avoids rose-colored glasses.

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Jack-of-all-trades Mike X lays out his recommendations for living a more fulfilling life.

IR Approved
January 13, 2023

SUBURBAN MONSTERS

By Christopher Hawkins
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A collection of thirteen tales of terror that challenge readers to question the dark secrets and hidden motivations of the people around them.

IR Approved
January 13, 2023

ANGELS OF ANTILA

By RG Shacklett
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

What if small pox was passed from the indigenous Americans to the Spanish explorers instead of the other way around?

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