Hello Authors and Publishers
Thank you for visiting Read with a Cuppa. Please read this before sending a review request:
Read with a Cuppa welcomes review requests. It’s always exciting to see what is coming up for everyone to enjoy.
I accept hardcover, paperback, audio-books and electronic copies in PDF or EPUB formats. I don’t currently use a phone or e-reader, just a laptop for electronic viewing.
The stories submitted must be Romantic in either the historical, contemporary, paranormal or fantasy genres. That makes a lot of room for love!
This is an integral review blog. As such, if your story is liked – I’ll say so. If your story is not liked – I’ll say so. It is important that you understand that it is the story being reviewed, not the Author. If you are not pleased with a review, feel free to say so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact page.
I reserve the right to decline any review request or material sent at my own discretion, and cannot promise to meet any deadlines other than my own. All reading is done during my free time.
*** Please Note *** if your review request is not responded to within 14 business days it means that I am not interested in your story at that time, and life has simply prevented my response.
*** A Quick Note to Independents *** I am not a Proof Reader! Please send review requests only for works that have been professionally edited.
How Stories are Rated
I drink my tea and coffee with a lot of sugar. The sweeter the better. More often than not, I also add a little extra icing sugar to my coca to give it extra richness and sweet. So the more Sugar the Better! The Sweet-Tea rating is my overall view.
I also have a post which I outline my Expectations of an Epic Romance Novel.
DNF – I didn’t finish it. It was too boring, boorish or there was something about it that made me want to leave it.
1 Lump – Meh. There was something that interested me enough to get to the end of it, but I was sure glad when it was done. I won’t be recommending it.
2 Lumps – It was OK. I finished it, but I wasn’t that enthusiastic about it.
3 Lumps – A good Cuppa , the time passed very pleasantly. Though it’s better then average, I probably won’t read it again. However, I will look for other titles from this author.
4 Lumps – Almost Perfect. I really liked it and I’ll read it again a few times before donating it or giving it to a friend.
5 Lumps – A Perfect Cuppa! It has found a spot in my personal library.
Story Flow: Did the story develop at a forward pace that kept me reading – Higher Rating – or did I need to skip some pages to move forward – Lower Rating?
Nail Biting: Is the tension that kept the hero and heroine from recognizing and realizing they are falling in love believable – Higher Rating – or petty – Lower Rating?
Swoon: Did I fall mad rush, dazzlingly and epicly (<that’s a red squiggly line word, but it works for me) in love with the Hero – Higher Rating – or was I tempted to set him up with someone from out of town – Lower Rating?
HEA: Happily Ever After. Did the couple get to know each other on a deep enough level that their love story will remain – Higher Rating – or do I think they will eventually end up in Divorce Court – Lower Rating?
Emotion Coaster: Did this story make me cry, laugh, angry, wet – Higher Rating – or did it make me feel neutral throughout – Lower Rating?
I’m married, but I am not dead. I don’t mind my fantasy Hot-Tea a little on the scorching side. However, I am not into erotica. It’s just not my cuppa.
Tepid: Sweetness and Light.
Luke Warm: Mainly touching and kissing. The physical aspect is implied, while the emotional aspect is detailed.
Warm: Some graphic description, but you need to fill in the blanks.
Hot: Descriptions are more graphic or anatomical and things may get a little more involved than just intercourse.
Scorching: You may need to let your Cuppa cool after reading this!