Review Policy/Disclosure

****UPDATE****  August 20, 2014

Big Otter Books is NOT accepting requests for review for:  Horror, Romance, Christian, Poetry or Sci-Fi.

We WILL accept requests for:  Mystery, suspense, non-fiction and all YA/middle-grade fiction & non-fiction.


WANT ME TO READ YOUR BOOK?  Well, then just email me at with “READ MY BOOK” in the subject line.  Let me know a bit about your genre/plot and I will respond ASAP if I think I would be able to read/review and support your book.

I like to get behind great books & authors and spread the word, if I don’t think I can do that for whatever reason (genre, subject matter, time factors etc.) I will let you know.  Thanks for considering Big Otter Books!!

My favorite genre is everything-really, I will pretty much read anything …except…

Any book with cruelty towards kids or animals.  Don’t like it and am not going to read any further in the book.

I love to read mysteries especially cozy mysteries.   Contemporary mystery/suspense/thrillers and chick lit that have a good mystery storyline with a touch of romance.

What I really LOVE to read are books that tell STORIES, well written with great characters and realistic dialogue.

Non-fiction:  Civil War, World War II, the ‘Old West’, interesting people & places.  ALWAYS interested in non-fiction for the YA middle-grade.  My ‘assistants’ on the blog (my kids!) are tremendous readers and will devour any YA/MG they get their hands on.   They will gladly read and review as many books as they can.


In accordance with FTC regulations for bloggers & reviewers of products including books:

I get my books from everywhere-library, yard sales, bookstore (yes, they still have them!) and online ordering.  I also receive books from publishers/publicists/authors/reps in exchange for reviews.

As stated elsewhere on the site-just because someone gives me a book, doesn’t mean I won’t give my total honest opinion.  Good, bad, …meh…, or yuck-you’ll always know exactly what I think about a book because my opinion isn’t for sale!

I do try to find something good in every book-there is a perfect match of reader & book for EVERY book; maybe a book isn’t my thing, but it may be just the book for someone else.


At times there will be links on this blog that may or may not be labeled as an “affiliate link”.  What that means is that I have signed up with some company or what not to put their link on my blog and then, if you click it, then buy something, I will get some type of payment.  Trust me, it ain’t much!  I appreciate it if you click through but you can always just type in the site in your address bar and then do your own search for the book or whatever and avoid the whole affiliate thing.

What you may also encounter on this blog are Amazon affiliate links that take you to an Amazon product that has my affiliate number in the link.  Sadly, I live in Missouri USA and cannot participate in the Amazon affiliate program.  But, they do have a killer set up to post book covers on the blog-so, even though you see an affiliate link, I’m not ‘technically’ an Amazon affiliate and whether you click through or not means absolutely nothing except you will go directly to whatever book I am blathering about on the blog that day!!

Hopefully this is now just a bit clearer than a muddy cow track and we can get back to reading some great books!!


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