About Me and Review Policy

Years ago I was known for my movie reviews, but these days it’s all about the books, going back to my roots in book reviewing (my background is in archaeology, publishing and non-fiction reviewing). I bought a kindle about six years ago and it rejuvenated my love for books and reading in whatever form. Now, though, I read more tree books than I did before the kindle. Here I can talk about them.

I contribute regular features on historical fiction to the Sunday Express and I was on the judging panel for the Historical Writers Association (HWA) Debut Crown in 2015.

There is a good chance, however, that not all posts may be bookish. I may get distracted, thanks to my love of history, archaeology and the natural world around me.

Say hello on GoodReads.

Review Policy

This blog includes reviews of advance copies and bought books. I live in a book nest. I have hundreds to read. This means that I can’t read everything I want to but I do my best. I read and review for a fun hobby and if I don’t enjoy a book, I won’t finish it or review it.

I prefer print copies but will occasionally review well-formatted kindle versions. I don’t read or review pdfs.

I am a genre reader! This means that I read historical fiction (but not romantic historical fiction and not all periods of history), science fiction, apocalyptic and dystopian thrillers, mystery thrillers, a little YA science fiction and some fantasy and horror (definitely not zombies). These days I also read a little crime fiction, mostly detective fiction but some psychological thrillers.

I don’t read romance, epic fantasy, most ‘literary fiction’, books with gangsters and/or zombies, most non-fiction.

Please note! I only read self-published/indie authors that either I know or I have contacted myself. I NEVER read a self-published/independently-published book as a response to an unsolicited email.

Contact: forwinternights@gmail.com

Visiting North Leigh Roman Villa

16 thoughts on “About Me and Review Policy

  1. shelley

    Hi! thanks to Elizabeth Chadwick on my FB, I have been introduced to your blog – the first I have tried, and I am really looking forward to following your reviews.

  2. rhchatlien

    Hi Kate,

    I sent you an email a couple of days ago asking if you would consider reviewing my book. Just checking to see if you received it (or did it possibly go into the spam folder). Thanks.

  3. chronophlogiston

    I’m not sure if you are interested in military scifi. I’m not, but in spite of that, I really enjoyed R.M. Meluch’s Tour of the Merrimack series of 5 books. Loved the writing style and the gung-ho world of the troops on board the USS Merrimack. As you would expect from military scifi, characters are a bit 2-dimensional, but (for me) still very likable.

  4. rosemary2morris

    In my non-genre novel Far Beyond Rubies set in Queen Anne Stuart’s reign the hero served with The East India Company. Sent hundreds of miles up country at a young age to negotiate a trade agreement his only contact for many years was by courier. He returns to England profoundly influenced by Hindu culture and philosophy. The heroine daughter of an Anglican and a Huguenot is intrigued by the gentleman’s unorthodox beliefs.
    To read extracts from Far Beyond Rubies and decide whether you would review the novel please visit my website.
    All the best,
    Rosemary Morris

  5. pdtillman

    PS: Currently reading Matt Riddley’s “Evolution of Everything”. Quite provocative, and he’s one of our best pop-sci writers….

  6. Grab the Lapels

    I found your blog on Twitter (Bibliophile Book Club retweeted one of your reviews). I also write book reviews at Grab the Lapels and love to read and comment on other people’s blogs (as I’m sure you’ve noticed recently). Hello 🙂


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