Policies & Disclaimers

I am currently accepting review requests.
If your review request makes it clear that you did not read my review policy, I will delete it.

Review Policy:

Books/genres I will accept: Adult fiction, new adult fiction, YA fiction (on a very limited basis), and adult non-fiction.

My preferred genres include romance (of most kinds, particularly historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense… and bring on the rom-coms), fantasy, mystery/thriller, and memoirs (I love travel memoirs).

Books/genres I will not accept: Erotica, fanfiction, picture books, middle grade, self-help, poetry, and books with religious themes (while I am religious, my blog is secular). I avoid books with gratuitous vulgar language/swear words, books containing graphic violence, and books containing/about physical or sexual abuse.

IMPORTANT: I will not read books containing violence against animals (even if it’s only a sentence), or books where an animal that the reader or main characters care about dies on the page. For example, if the hero/heroine’s beloved pet dies through natural/unnatural/violent causes I will not read it. Please do not pitch your book to me if it includes animal violence or death. This is a major trigger for me, and you will be blacklisted for not respecting my wishes. When in doubt, ask me and include spoilers for anything you are concerned might fall into this category. I’d be happy to discuss this with you to determine if I would be the right fit for your book.

I am also not currently accepting self-published books or books from small presses until I get my review pile under control.

Formats I will accept: ARCs/galleys (both print and digital), finished copies (both print and digital), and audiobooks (both CD and digital). I’m also on Netgalley and Edelweiss, and would be happy to receive copies through either platform.

Formats I will not accept: ebooks that are not formatted for a Kindle.

If I accept your book, I will do my very best to post a review in a timely manner, but please understand that I have committed to read and review many other books as well. This is why I appreciate a specific date or time frame you’d like the review to appear on my blog, so that I know if I have time for it. If no date is agreed upon, I will run the review when I choose to do so. I always do my best to post a review around the book’s release date (unless you request something different). If your book is already out, I will review it as soon as I can. I appreciate your patience.

I reserve the right to not finish your book. If this happens I will e-mail you and let you know, and I will not rate or review it. It would not be fair for me to rate or review a book without reading the entire thing, but I will most likely mention my reasons for not finishing on my blog, Goodreads, and/or Twitter.

I don’t love everything I read. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions, and may or may not contain negative/critical comments about your book. I write my reviews in the classiest manner possible, but will not post a glowing review just because I received a free copy.

Non-review things I’m open to: blog tours, promotional events (if I’ve read the book, or am excited about it), author interviews (if I’ve read a book by that author or am excited to in the future), exclusive cover reveals, exclusive guest posts, and giveaways.

Non-review things I’m not open to: release blitzes/blasts, cover reveal blitzes/blasts, guest posts that will be posted anywhere else, promotional posts for a book or author I have not read, and paid content.

When e-mailing me, please include: book summary, publisher, release date, and preferred review post date (if you have specific wishes). Any links to further information (such as cover, reviews, blurbs, etc.), if available, would also be greatly appreciated.

Send me an e-mail (JanaSparkles [at] yahoo [dot] com)! I’m excited to hear from you!

Quoting and Plagiarism Policy:

Quotes from my book reviews may be used by authors, publishers, publicists, and anyone else involved with the ownership, production, or promotion of the book in question. However, please credit me, using my name (Jana) and my blog’s name (That Artsy Reader Girl). Anything else is considered plagiarism, and I will pursue it vigorously. Do not take my post, change a few words, and claim it as your own (even if you totally agree with me). Don’t repost or copy/paste my content to your outlet with credit to me and expect me to be ok with that. That’s still plagiarism. If you wish to include a link to my blog on your site or in your publication, directing readers to me, absolutely go for it.

If you find that I’m a victim of plagiarism, please let me know! I’ll do the same for you!

Privacy Policy:

This policy briefly outlines the information I collect from and how I protect the privacy of my readers.

When you leave a comment on That Artsy Reader Girl, the information you enter in the comment form (Name, email address, and website) will be stored on my server. The purpose of including your email address is so that when I reply to your comment, you will receive an email notification. I will not use your email address for any other purpose, nor will I sell/share it with a third party. Akismet, a spam detection service that I use, will receive information about your comment to determine whether or not it is spam. To read their privacy policy, click here.

Any personal information you choose to post publicly as a comment on That Artsy Reader Girl is not my responsibility to protect.

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I use Rafflecopter forms for all of my giveaways (to read their privacy policy, click here.). Rafflecopter stores the information you voluntarily submit through the entry forms, along with your name, email address, the country you were in when you entered the giveaway, and your I.P. address. If you choose to log in to the entry form with Facebook Connect, your Facebook display picture is also stored within the entry form. I do not use use this information for any purpose other than to verify that the entry was not spam, that the winner lives in a country that was eligible for the giveaway, and to contact the winner to ask for their mailing address/email address so that I can send them their prize. Once I mail the winner the prize, I delete their mailing address from my email and do not store it anywhere else. If an author, publisher, or other third party is sponsoring the giveaway, I will pass your mailing address/email address on to them with your consent. I am not responsible for what they do with your information.

I use Inlinkz to allow users to link up their Top Ten Tuesday posts each week. If you submit a link, the URL, name, and email address you choose to submit are stored on the InLinkz website. Your email address will not be accessible to anyone publicly. To read Inlinkz’s privacy policy, click here.

Third Parties:
Blog posts on this site may contain embedded videos or links to other websites. These websites obviously do not have the same privacy policy I do, and may use cookies, track your location, track your interaction with that content (e.g. if you play a video), etc.

That Artsy Reader Girl is not targeted to children, and I do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age and wish to enter a giveaway, leave a comment, or subscribe to my site via email please do so with the assistance of your parent(s) or guardian(s).

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact me at (JanaSparkles [at] yahoo [dot] com).

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Disclaimer:

Each and every book featured on my blog was either given to me free from the publisher/author/publicist for review/coverage consideration, purchased on my own, or gifted to me by friends and family (where I received the book is noted in each review as “source”.). My opinions of these books are my own honest thoughts, and are in no way influenced by how I acquired them. I am not a paid blogger, and receive no compensation or punishment for my reviews—positive or negative.

Amazon Associate Disclaimer:

I’m an Amazon Associate, which means the book links I post send you to Amazon. If you buy the book using my link, I get a small percentage of the sale to use for blog events, giveaways, and other fun stuff! I appreciate your support.

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One response to “Policies & Disclaimers

  1. Hi Jana, Please consider reviewing any, or all, of my books – Kindle & paperback. More info on my website. Thanks for your time and consideration.
    Be well,
    Don Lubov

    Chick-lit: “The Side Job” —
    Synopsis: At 17, unmarried, unskilled, and pregnant, Maggie Gomez is abandoned by her boyfriend and evicted from her home by her parents. For five years, she leads a hardscrabble life on the underside of a Las Vegas ghetto, working at menial, minimum-wage jobs, to support herself and her asthmatic daughter. As her daughter’s health declines, Maggie’s need for money turns from needy to desperate. Either 5-year-old April gets an expensive operation, or she dies.
    When she takes a new and dangerous profession; as a hitman for a local mobster, Maggie’s life becomes a soap opera of mixed emotions and dangerous ties. Things come to a head when she discovers that her detective lover is investigating her loan-shark boss…who, has put out a contract on her.
    With the help of one of Frankie D’s thugs, all of Maggie’s unsavory connections to the Las Vegas underworld are violently canceled. She and Shawn and April survive ‘what happens in Vegas…’ and remain in Las Vegas, together.

    Picture book: “Frosty the Soulman” —
    Synopsis: “Frosty the Soulman” is a 32-page picture book, with 612 words and 14 illustrations. “Frosty” experiences the act of creation, popularity, abandonment, a cruel death, transcendence, and enlightenment. His story of life is inspirational in a generic sense, that will appeal to both secular and religious audiences.

    Travel memoir: “Near Death in the Gila National Forest” —
    Synopsis: “Near Death in the Gila National Forest” — It’s 1971 and a university art instructor has just been informed that his contract won’t be renewed. His life is spiraling out of control. He decides to set out on a solo hiking trip across the U.S. Two men, offer to pay him $50,000, to set up a drug deal in Mexico. He agrees to do it, with the hopes that he will finally be financially secure.
    In 4,500 miles, he encounters a 7-day rock festival in the woods, an invitation to a lynching, Mexican drug dealers, near death in the wilderness, a spiritual awakening and a ride with a Hell’s Angel. His exploration covers homelessness in Haight-Ashbury, an urban, mega-warehouse commune, a bizarre New Year’s Eve and a stabbing in a cheap hotel.
    He learns to cope with vigorous hardships of nature and living off the land; hitchhiking and sleeping in strangers’ homes. After the drug deal fails, his designs for a unique energy-efficient building system score him a collaboration with a prestigious, San Francisco architecture firm. He unsuccessfully pairs with financial suitors, only to be disappointed at every turn. 
    His “Bucky” Fuller approved work is published in “The New Earth Catalog”. This leads to a teaching position at Stanford University. After 1 ½ years at Stanford, a realtor offers to fund his energy-efficient architecture. After one year, this project goes nowhere. 
    Finally accepting his spiritual awakening, he makes some hard decisions about the direction of his life and career. 4 ½ years after he began this journey, he returns to New York, to kick-start his former career in fine arts and to find his true love. 
    His recent awakening makes his journey bigger than just one person. His spiritual awakening will lead to 47 years (and counting) of first-hand knowledge, to share with others and to be of service to them. Unconditional love is all there is…all that matters. As for death, once accepted, it’s no longer a problem, but simply a fact of life.