Before I put out money for a book, I want to be as sure as I can that it’s the type of book I will enjoy reading. I suspect that most of you who are reading this page feel the same. At some of the on-line retail stores – Amazon, for example – you can read the first few pages of a book. You can also check out reviews posted by other readers at some of the the on-line retailers or on Goodreads.
Traditional publishers will have their books reviewed by other authors (usually those whose books are published by the same firm) and by professional reviewers at magazines and newspapers, or dedicated review publications like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and always provide review copies free of charge. Following suit, independent publishers like Proud Horse Publishing also give away copies to avid readers who want to review new books. That’s why some of the reviews will state “I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review”. Note that all of the reviews linked here are honest reviews, and none of the reviewers were asked to provide a favorable review.