Book Review Policy

Reviews Published

General information

I am NOT currently accepting fiction and non-fiction books for review.
I DO NOT accept physical copies of books. 

(If you happen to have my mailing address and send physical books, I retain the right to NOT REVIEW them.)

I  accept electronic ARCs and finished works, including self-published and independent press books.


I ONLY review books in the following genres:
- Mysteries and thrillers (with minimal sex scenes)
-Women's fiction (with minimal sex scenes)
- Short stories (any genre)

Policy For Accepting Books

If I accept a book for review, that does guarantee a fair and honest review. However, if for some reason I decide not to finish the book, a review will not be posted. In lieu of a review, I will post a spotlight. 

Procedure For Requesting a Book Review

  1. Submit a formal request using the Contact Form 
  2. Include the following: a complete synopsis, author's name, and title of the book
Upon receipt of your request, I will contact you if I am interested in reviewing your book. 

  • Upon acceptance of your book, you will be asked send a mobi file, author media kit, and book media kit/sell sheet
  • Ratings WILL ONLY be posted on Goodreads. 
  • An excerpt from the review can be used as an editorial review on Amazon (with permission) and a byline is requested
  • I retain ALL rights to the review. 
  • Harassment of any kind will lead to your book NOT being reviewed.

Review Time 

 6-8 weeks.

(NOTE: I review books from many sources and place the books in the order of receipt.)

Review Structure

While the majority of my reviews are literary critiques, there will be those works who do not lend themselves to such an in-depth analysis. For these works, my review will be written in conversational prose. 

Reviews MAY include the following:
  1. Title, Author, Series (if applicable), Publisher, Publication Date, and Genre
  2. Identification of the thesis and whether the author has achieved stated purpose
  3. Summary of the work
  4. Statement of strengths (optional, at my discretion)
  5. Analysis of the work's role in current literary trends and societal issues (optional, at my discretion)
  6. Assessment of the work and its real life application (optional, at my discretion)
  7. Rating (if requested) - (Explanation: Ratings are very subjective and can cause some readers to bypass titles.)
  8. Where the book can be purchased
  9. Goodreads link (optional)
  10. Author bio and relevant social media links


Criteria for hosting giveaway books is the same as that for review books. 

Entries will be compiled using Google Docs and the winner will be chosen using

If you would like me to host a giveaway for a book, please be sure to include the following information in your request:
  1. Title/Author
  2. Format of the book (ARC, hardcover, softcover, electronic)
  3. Shipping requirements (US, US/CA, or International)
  4. Run time of the giveaway
  5. Any additional information you would like included (photo of prize, synopsis, signed?, etc)

*Following The Literary Apothecary is not a requirement for entry. I will not host giveaways where participants are required to "like," follow, tweet, or make any other endorsements. Additional entries will not be awarded. 

Author Guest Posts and Interviews

I accept "form" guest posts, where the content has already been posted on other blogs.

If you would like to be featured on The Literary Apothecary, please email me with the following information:
  1. Your name 
  2. Name of your book
  3. A brief description of your book 
  4. Preference for guest post or interview
  5. Topic*
  6. Month you would like to be featured**
  7. If you would like to include a giveaway

*If I have not read your book , you will be asked to provide a gifted Kindle copy .

** Interviews and guest posts are scheduled in advance. 

Requests to Host Me On Your Blog

Thank you for your interest!  I am always willing and able to write guest posts, participate in blog tours, and contribute to review sites. 

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