Who I am
I live in Silicon Valley. I’m a 42 year old mom-at-home to an 12 year old girl. I’m heavily involved at her school and in her activities. She has been my primary focus for 12 years.
Now she’s growing up, and it is time for me to start directing my focus elsewhere. She’s still number one, but she needs some space, and so do I. I used to be in high tech, but I’m not sure what is next for me. My current theme is exploration: exploring the Internet (Twitter, blogs…), exploring options (taking classes, talking to people about where they are going) and exploring who I am.
I’ve always loved books. I’ve been running two book clubs for years now, and chat about books any chance I get. A book blog seemed to be a reasonable next step. So far, I’m having fun (particularly when people leave comments)!
Review Policy/Ethics Statement
Feel free to contact me about books for review, but beware, I’m quite likely to say no. This is even more true now than in the past– I’ve got a backlog of books right now. I’m more likely to say yes to romance, mystery, literary fiction– the things you see a lot of in this blog. I can’t imagine reviewing self help, religious books or westerns. If the pitch is addressed to me by name, I’ll try my best to reply. If not, I’ll just ignore it if I’m not interested.
I will consider self published books. However, I will often ask for a sample chapter if I am considering one for review. It’s been a while since I accepted any.
If I receive a book, I will mention it in my blog on “Mailbox Monday”. If I’ve agreed to review it, I’ll do my best to do so. However, if I’m not enjoying it, I may well just put down and not return to it. There are too many books out there to spend time on something that isn’t working for me.
I do not promise a positive review for any book, no matter the source! I will always give an honest opinion. Since I don’t read books I don’t think I’m going to like, and I generally like books I think I’m going to, this hasn’t been an issue for me. If you read my reviews, you will see I point out good and bad about almost every book I read.
The only difference between a review of a free and purchased book is that I will (if requested, and the request seems reasonable to me) include links to specific information in my post. Examples include authors website, other stops on a blog tour, or the Book Club reader’s guide.
I always disclose the source of a free book. I consider this a thank you to those providing the book for me and a notice for me reader, so they can decide if I’ve been unduly swayed.
Feel free to drop me a note– ImBookingIt@deLeons.com.