Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Disclosure & Review Policy

This post is dated January 1, 2009 just to get it out of the way. It was posted in October 2009 but that doesn't mean I haven't been following it all along. I've been thinking about it for a while now and thought I'd better get it out there. Then there's that thing with the FTC....

~Disclosure Statement~
I am not a professional reviewer nor do I have a journalism or English degree. I just love to read. Books are sent to me, free of charge, to review on my blog. I read them and give an honest review. I also review books I've purchased and borrowed. There is no difference in my reviews. I do not review all books I read ;-) but will review all books sent to me.

I am not paid to review books. I do make a small referral commission from Amazon if you click through one of my "buy from Amazon" links and buy books during that viewing session. I have no idea how much, it hasn't happened yet. But, frankly, I don't care where you buy your books, I just want you to read. Purchasing is preferred since it supports an author & industry but use the library if you need/want to. JUST READ.

All books sent to me for review will be labeled "Review Book" (going back to double check all my reviews.....)

I'm not sure how much you need/want to know. I borrow a book from the library, I may review it. I purchase a book (from a number of places), I may review it. I grab a book off my shelf and re-read it, I may review it. An author/publicist/publisher sends me a free book? I will review it. That's just to say thanks for the book it doesn't mean I'm going to love it. However, you need to realize that I try not to say "Yes, I'll review this book" unless I think I might enjoy it!

Any questions? ask!


Saying I'd recommend a book can get tricky - I tell everyone about the books I'm reading. After much thought and revision, I think I've got a review policy I can live with....

~A Review Policy, of sorts~
I love to read. I thought I'd read almost anything. Once I started blogging, joining challenges and being asked to review books I realized just how narrow my reading was. Sure I read across genres but not like now. And people are willing to send me free books so I can talk to you about them? COOL!

I've been trying to come up with a review policy, one with stars or something, checking out other bloggers. I guess it boils down to the fact that my reading interests have changed/grown. I expect them them to change as I continue to blog/review. One thing before you read further. I like to own my books since I may read them again. Budget and Space have joined together to force me to THINK before buying/keeping all the books I want to.

So, for now:

5 = shelf-worthy OR I own this book, have read it multiple times and plan to keep it.

4 = Bargain Table then donate OR I own this book and am keeping it to read again later.

3 = borrow OR I own this book, have read it at least twice but am not sure if I'm keeping it any longer.

2 = Well, that was interesting. Want to give it a try?

1 = DNF

I have no idea how this stacks up to retail/social sites that have a rating system. When I get a chance to cross-post a review, I'll adjust my thoughts to fit their system. It is possible (most likely) that they won't match up.

revised 1-9-10
revised again in 2012...see sidebar

copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2010


Sami Jo said...

Hiya! I have a book that you may be interested in (good to get you in the mood for Halloween :))

Can you please e-mail me if you'd be interested and I can send you some more information? I've seen some other reviews you've done for our other authors and you did such a great job!

Thank you so much

Karen A Wyle said...

Greetings! I attempted to email my ebook to you at an email I'd found somewhere in the past, but it bounced. I'd be happy to provide a free .mobi file.

My new novel, Wander Home, is a family drama with mystery elements, set in an afterlife of my own devising. Here’s the current jacket copy (for an upcoming paperback edition):


Death is what you make it. . . .

Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander -- to search, without knowing what she sought -- drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family's loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.

Cassidy has her grandparents, and her Great-Grandma. And all of them have what may be eternity. Memories can be relived, or shared. The wonders of the world they left behind are only a thought away. The one-way tyranny of aging is no more -- a white-haired and stooped great-grandmother one moment can be a laughing young playmate the next. But nothing can ease Cassidy's longing for her mother; and Eleanor's parents know better than to hope that Eleanor's life has been a happy one.

Now, they are all reunited, with the chance to understand and heal. But the restlessness that shaped Eleanor's life still haunts her in death. Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace.


I hope you’ll give the book a try! Please let me know if you need any further information.

Karen A. Wyle


In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.