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  1. Sarah Hilary says:

    Thank you for this insightful and thoughtful review, Janet. I love your website!


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks very much Sarah, and thanks for letting me review your novel. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Rome and co in the future 🙂


  2. Thank you for taking the time to read ‘Forbidden’, Janet! Much appreciated, Linn!


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks very much for letting me review it and for taking the time to visit the blog 🙂


  3. Dear Janet,

    Product Details

    I live in Scotland and my debut contemp romance novel called “Rock My World”, has just been published digitally by London publishers Not So Noble Books.

    It is selling exclusively on Amazon and was released on Tuesday 11 Feb.


    Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops”. But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer. Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?

    I was delighted to hear just before Christmas, that they were offering me a publishing deal – like many writers, it has been a long road to publication, littered with rejections but I kept going and am so pleased I heeded the advice of fellow writers and never gave up!

    I trained as a journalist and also write captions and verses for greetings card companies – but have always wanted to write for the romance genre.

    I would be delighted if you were to review “Rock My World”/ grant me an interview or Guest Post on your fab website.

    Many thanks for your time.

    Yours sincerely

    Julie Shackman.

    22 March 2014.

    Julie Shackman


    1. janetemson says:

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks very much for visiting the blog and for getting in touch. Are you on Twitter? If so can you get in touch on there and we can discuss further. At the moment I’ve a bit of a backlog for reviews but an interview or guest post would be great.




  4. Thanks Janet – have contacted you via Twitter.




  5. guyportman says:

    Hi Janet,

    I am contacting you to ask whether you might be interested in reviewing my new book, Necropolis.

    This is the Amazon link:

    Necropolis received five stars on Crime Fiction Lover, Britain’s biggest Crime Fiction website.

    Here are some more details:

    Title: Necropolis
    Author: Guy Portman
    Genre: Transgressive Fiction/Crime
    Word Count: 75,277
    Previous Book: Charles Middleworth

    The Blurb:

    Dyson Devereux works in the Burials and Cemeteries department in his local council. Dyson is intelligent, incisive and informed. He is also a sociopath. Dyson’s contempt for the bureaucracy and banality of his workplace provides ample refuge for his mordant wit. But the prevalence of Essex Cherubs adorning the headstones of Newton New Cemetery is starting to get on his nerves.

    When an opportunity presents itself will Dyson seize his chance and find freedom, or is his destiny to be a life of toil in Burials and Cemeteries?

    Brutal, bleak and darkly comical, Necropolis is a savage indictment of the politically correct, health and safety obsessed world in which we live.

    ‘Not only a funny, twisted, erudite satire on the psychopath
    genre, this novel also boasts a compelling plot and
    finely sculpted characters’

    ‘A black comedy of true distinction’

    ‘I was at once fascinated and disturbed by the devious Dyson Devereux with his malicious pedantry, wicked schemes and grotesque good taste. A barbed joy’

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Twitter: @GuyPortman

    Kind regards



    1. janetemson says:

      Hi Guy,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ll take look at get back to you on Twitter if possible.



  6. Dear Janet,

    Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author that lives in Manhattan, NY. Her latest picture book #BabyLove: My Social Life is recommended for modern day moms.

    Synopsis: “Click.” “Tap.” Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.

    “A charming modernization of the traditional bedtime tale.”- Reviewed by Kirkus

    “#BabyLove: My Social Life is a clever and entertaining look at raising children in the age of social media… The author’s story flows beautifully, and her illustrations are brightly colored, cheerful and humorous… Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.” – Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

    “#BabyLove offers a hipster view of contemporary parenting. Beneath the story of technological trendiness, however, lies a more enduring portrait of nurture and joy.” – Reviewed by Foreword Clarion Reviews

    To learn more, go to

    Would you like to review #BabyLove, host a giveaway, post a spotlight, or interview Corine? Let me know if you would like a complimentary copy of the book (ebook or hard copy), have any questions, or need additional information.

    Thanks so much,


    1. janetemson says:

      Hi Kelsey, Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’d be happy to do a Q&A with Corine. Do let me know your email address and I’ll send questions through. Thanks, Janet


  7. Summersdale says:

    Dear Janet,
    We love the blog! Would you be interested in doing a Q&A with Sophie van der Stap the author of the wonderful memoir, The Girl With Nine Wigs. You can see a description here and read a sample chapter here Let me know if it is up your street.
    All the best,


    1. janetemson says:

      Hi Lizzie,

      Thanks very much for stopping by the blog. I’d love to do a Q&A with Sophie. I’ll email you to discuss further.




  8. Albina Hume says:

    Dear Janet,
    My name is Albina, I am the author of the memoir Miss Fortune, which could be describe in one phrase: ” Who would imagine that my inability to pronounce the letter R would turn my life upside down, and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa?”
    Currently, I am helping my husband with breeding and saving rhinos for future generations.
    Would you be interested to review my story?
    Thank you and kind regards,


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks very much for your message and your interest in the blog. I’m still at the stage where I’m not accepting new reviews unfortunately. I do hope the book, and rhino breeding is going well 🙂


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