Reviewing Policy

 A quick note before you read any further!

Firstly, thank you for visiting! I would like to take a moment to just clarify a few details before you read the entirety of this policy, which will also help you decide if I am the right reviewer/right blog for you. Because, I am the full-time carer for two family members, I do have to review around my personal life. I’m not a fast reader, I’m not one of those readers who can finish a book in a day. I do have longer time frames than most other reviewers and at times my reviews can take about a month, sometimes a little longer (dependant on my personal life) to finally go live on the blog. For that, I do apologise in advance!

But, I can assure you, that I do take my reviewing seriously and all books I take on will be reviewed, some reviews, unfortunately, have been ridiculously late, again something I apologise for. Each book will receive an honest and considerate review, with no spoilers. If you feel that because of this I am not the reviewer for you, I won’t be offended if you leave now, if not then thank you and do carry on reading…

Please, read all my reviewing policy before contacting me!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals is predominately a romance book review blog, but I do love to share my thoughts on a wide range of books in many genre’s. I also offer a range of other content such as author interviews, cover reveals, guest posts, book spotlights and I also participate in blog tours. All information can be found below!

The Review

All reviews are my own opinions and thoughts, with the exception of the back blurb of the book and the occasional quote which is for informational purposes only.

I always give an honest, thoughtful and considerate review.

I will always say what I particularly liked about the book and if by chance there is something I wasn’t too keen on then I will say so – but please don’t worry I never rip books apart, I am always respectful to the author’s hard work.

My aim is to never give away spoilers, as a reader I won’t read a review with spoilers in it, so I won’t add any spoilers to my reviews. If one of my reviews does fall too close to giving away too much about the plot, then please do let me know and I will edit the review as soon as possible, I don’t wish to spoil the book for others.

I also post the review on NetGalley (when appropriate) Goodreads, Bookbub and Amazon UK under the name Frankie | Chicks Rogues and Scandals on all.

Preferred Reading

  • Historical Romance
  • Historical Fiction
  • Women’s Fiction/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy
  • LGBTQ/Diverse Romance
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Seasonal/Holiday Romance

To give an idea of what I like to read here is a few of my favourite authors; 

  • Gaelen Foley
  • Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
  • Lara Temple
  • Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Virginia Heath
  • Nicole Locke
  • Lisa Kleypas
  • Jenni Flecther
  • Harper St George
  • Pam Jenoff
  • Marie Laval
  • Regan Walker
  • Elisabeth Hobbes

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Review Requests

From now on I will NOT be taking on any new authors for review unless I have shown interest in your book which can be from adding it on Goodreads or talking about it on Twitter/Instagram.

I will only accept review requests if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • I have previously reviewed your work before and enjoyed it (eg: I rated it four or five stars on Goodreads).
  • I have featured you on Chick’s, Rogues and Scandals before (eg; In Author Interviews/Guest Posts/Spotlight/Cover Reveals/BlogTours).
  • I am on your Reviewers Street Team.
  • I have shown an interest in the book via Goodreads or Twitter/Instagram. 

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I am happy to receive review requests from authors/publishers/blog tour organisers, these can be for ARC’s or already released; I’m not fussy, I don’t just want to read new books, if a book falls into any of the above categories then I will give it a read.

I would ask that authors/publishers who are requesting an ARC review, that they contact me at least 4 weeks before the release date – reasons for this is stated at the top of the page – and I will try to post my review as close to the release as possible unless otherwise stated.

If you have a specific date/time frame in mind, then do let me know, I’m more than happy to work around other schedules. 

If you are requesting a review you can contact me on the Contact Me page where you will find a short contact form, I will no longer be accepting requests via Facebook. When requesting a review can you please include all of the following information :

  • Name and email
  • Link to author website/ Social Media 
  • Genre
  • If an ARC, date of the release
  • Title of book and if apart of a series include the name of series and where the book falls in the series, ie; book 1/2/3..
  • Brief description/blurb

Preferred Formats

  • Mobi
  • Epub
  • Print (even though I do love a paperback, I am very conscious of postage costs)

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If for whatever reason I do not like the book or I don’t finish it,  I won’t post a review for it. I will contact the author directly and explain my reasons why, if the author would like a copy of my notes which I make for each book, then I am happy to provide them, this is because I never feel comfortable about posting negative reviews.

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~~~I DON’T AND WILL NEVER ACCEPT PAYMENT FOR REVIEWS~~~

That IS NOT what I do and more importantly, that IS NOT what Chicks Rogues and Scandals is about. I am not a professional reviewer, I am an enthusiastic and passionate book lover, who enjoys reading and sharing my thoughts.

I will never ask for anything in return for a review,  so please do not insult me by offering.

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Promoting

I always promote my posts on Twitter and Instagram, plus I will always tag the author and publisher when able to, I do understand that’s not always possible as not everyone is on those particular social media sites, but I very rarely use Facebook now, due to personal reasons and only the automatically shared links from the blog are posted to the page, apologies about that.

I am more than happy for you to promote the review/interview/guest post on social media, do tag me in your posts as I will always share.

If you are wanting to use quotes from my review for promotion of your book that’s absolutely fine by me, In fact, it would make my day! If you do use my review or quotes in promotion of the book then do let know, you can tag me so I can share too.

What I do ask is that you don’t copy the entirety of my posts for your own website without linking back or acknowledging myself or the blog as the author; which I believe is quite rude especially as I put a lot of time and hard work into my posts. I don’t have a problem with sharing so long as you share appropriately using the share buttons on the post or as I said above by tagging me.

Book Promo

I now offer free Book Promo for Romance and/or Historical Authors, a Chicks, Rogues and Scandals book Promo consists of a feature post on the blog of whichever book/s the author wishes to promote and promotion across the Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Social Media; Twitter and Instagram. I am happy to promote on social media for a week for such as a release or book sale/offer.

The Book Promo feature can also include guest posts and/ or author interviews if the author wishes.

All I ask for is a cover/s pic or graphic (no worries if you haven’t got a graphic, I can make one) and the info/links of the book/s to be provided. If you are an author in the specified genre’s and are interested in a book promo, then get in touch via the Contact Me page and quote ‘Book Promo’ further information about this new feature can be found here – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Book Promo

 

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Author Interviews

My interviews are open to all authors no matter genre, or whether you have been featured on the blog or not. But I must be honest that interviews from authors who write in my preferred genre’s which feature heavily on Chicks Rogues and Scandals do tend to have greater visits.

I use my own Interview which is exclusive to Chicks Rogues and Scandals.

If an Interview is requested, then I will send out my Interview document to you as soon as possible, this is usually within a few days. I usually post the interview within a week of receiving the interview back – unless stated otherwise. Please let me know if you have a particular date/timeframe in mind for your interview, I’m happy to work with your schedule.

I do request a few items which in turn will be added to the interview post.

  • A profile picture, which I will use at the top of the interview; this can be a social media profile picture if you like.
  • A short bio, again this can be from your social media or website.
  • A link to your main website/social media site. (If I need anything further, I can gather them myself)

You are more than welcome to add further links, photo’s, add questions to the interview, I am pretty flexible.

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Guest Posts

Guest posts can be about anything you would wish to talk about, suggested posts which have previously been popular are;

  • About your past/present books, where your inspiration about the said book comes from. 
  • Research into your books.
  • Writing tips
  • Themed/Topical post – eg; romance, why you read/write/review or a history lesson post.

As long as it falls within what is featured on Chicks Rogues and Scandals, then I’m happy to host for you – do have a look at previous Guest posts that I’ve featured and my own featured posts, which will indicate the type of posts I host and the type of posts which are popular.

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Cover Reveals

I am more than happy to host Cover Reveals for your books, all I ask for is that you send all the relevant information – cover, blurb, pre-order link and release date – at least a week before the date.

If you are interested in being featured on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals in any of the above posts, you can contact me at any time via the Contact Me  page – same rules apply as with review requests above – and I will reply as soon as I am able to.

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Blog Tours

I am happy to participate in blog tours, I may not always be able to review – it all depends on my schedule and the book – but, I am happy to host an Interview/Guest Post/Feature/ or Extract.

If you are a Blog Tour Organiser then you are most welcome to contact me with the details and I will be in touch as soon as possible. 

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Final Note

Due to a lot of time wasters and False People (those who are not who they say they are), if you haven’t got a visible online presence, this could be either a website/blog or social media then I’m afraid that I won’t be accepting any request.

I find all legitimate authors, blog tour organisers and those working within the publishing sector have at least one main online domain, even if that is just a social media page. If I find you haven’t, then I will treat your request with caution.

~~~I DO RESEARCH EVERY REQUEST BEFORE ACCEPTING~~~

I am sorry if that comes across as very blunt or harsh, but you can never be too careful who you are chatting online with.

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Dear reader,

Thank you for persevering right to the end, I do realise that this is quite a long ‘Review Policy’ to read.  If you are still interested in contacting me about any of the above then please do, I love hearing from you all, but more than that I love working with authors and helping to promote their book’s in any way I can.

It is a real joy to read these wonderful books and being about to share these books with everyone and to be able to introduce new authors to fellow readers.

I look forward to hearing from you,

lots of love