I make no secret of the fact that I love reading, and spend up to two hours a day reading while commuting to and from the CBD. As author and editor, I understand how those biting reviews can really put a pall on your day, so my standpoint on approaching reviews is that if I can't say it to the author's face, I've got no business saying it. But as reader I am passionate about the books I read, and aim to balance my reviews so that there's the good stuff to soften the blow with any hard words that need to be shared.
That being said, there will be times that I will decline reviewing a book. The reasons may vary (I might be very busy with my editing or writing at the time), but sometimes I just can't get into a story. That is no reflection on the quality of the writing or the author, it's just that I am not the reader for the book, and for me to review it wouldn't be right.
So, what do I like to read? I've got quite a broad range I'm interested in, but if I have to say who my favourite authors are, they're Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z Brite and Storm Constantine. Other authors who figure highly on my "to be read" list include JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, George RR Martin, Mary Renault, Kate Elliot, Jacqueline Carey, Mark Lawrence, Mary Gentle, CJ Cherryh and Robin Hobb, among others.
My favourite genres are fantasy (epic, GrimDark, dark, urban), horror, historical and some SF. I have a soft spot for vampires. I know they're not fashionable, but then again, neither am I. I also enjoy GLBTI fiction. Immensely. And stories involving musicians, in any of these genres. Extra bonus points if you can mix it up a little.
I'm not averse to romance, but the story needs to be narrative-driven if it's going to grab me by the short and curlies.
Send your review requests to email@example.com. Please don't mail me any files until I've agreed to read your book. I'm happy to receive epub, PDF or mobi and I'm also a member of NetGalley. I post my reviews on my blog, on Amazon and Goodreads (where I'm in the top 1% of users).
In addition to reviews, I'm happy to host authors as part of their blog tours. Guest posts and interviews welcome. If you have a bright idea, mail me and let's see whether it will work.