About Me

e face smallWho 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–


9 responses to “About Me

  1. Margo

    May 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Hi Laura,
    Thank you for the kind words about my book! I’m so glad your book club enjoyed it.

  2. Kaye

    May 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, I just saw you on bookblogs.ning and you mentioned you were getting your blog “off the ground” so thought I would just pop in and say hi.
    Blogging is a lot of work but oh so worth it and you will “meet” the nicest people on earth. We get to talk about books all the time. It’s great! Welcome to the blogging world.


  3. Linda K.

    June 19, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I liked cropped photo #1. I feel more connected when I see a photo of the author.

    Especially liked the actor and housewife review.

    Somehow had a harder time finding blogs on books recently, instead found the blogiesta stuff in the home area. were the reviews there before?

  4. BevE

    July 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Hi Laura,

    Noticed that you stopped by my blog so I thought I would stop by yours. Blogging is a lot of work but you really do meet the nicest people and you can’t beat getting free books to review. I just started back in January and there’s so much to learn and do. There are so many sites and blogging communities to join, it’s hard to keep up with it all, so after awhile you have to make the choice to devote your time to reading and reviewing or expanding your blog. Don’t know where the future will lead me either-hope we keep crosses paths : D See you around the web!


  5. Marina Peregrino

    November 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Nice blog. So many reviews.
    I’m in a similar space in life. I like being able to take the kiddos to soccer/dance/etc and time with them in summer. Just not sure what the next move might be.

    Marina — So Many Books So Little Time!

  6. Amanda

    June 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Laura – So glad I got a chance to meet you at the BEA/BBC this year. Can’t wait to check out your posts and reviews 🙂

  7. lirebookgroup

    December 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Have just commented on a book review of yours (The Black Dahlia) and thought I would drop by here to say hello too!
    Our book club (Lirebookgroup) is based in Liverpool, UK and really just starting!
    All bes wishes,

  8. SynthesistChronicles

    June 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, I’m a member of The Bloggess’s book club on GoodReads, too (that’s where I ran across your blog). I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂


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