Policy

Hey y'all! Bambi is about to move across country to Arizona, and its all very last minute! Therefore, the blog is going to be on semi-hiatus until I get moved and unpacked in October. This means I will not be accepting review requests for the time being. Please check back once I've relocated to the desert!
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Thank you for being interested in having Bambi review your book! Right now, I blog for fun of it, with the hopes of creating something more one day when I have time. I don't like to refuse authors, so before you send me that email request, please read below. Keep in mind that even if your book fits the genre, it also depends on my interest on the book plot and my availability. I am an attorney by day, so my reading and review schedule revolves around my day job and hearing schedule. Because of this, I book my review/promo schedule at least two months in advance. For monthly features such as Indie Wednesday, Thrify Thursday, Throwback Thursday and Freebie Friday - they are usually scheduled more than 3 months in advance.


Sub-Genres of Romance I Prefer to Read/Review:
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
  • Erotic Romance
  • Dark Romance
  • Biker/MC Romance
  • Contemporary Romance (prefer heroines 25+ y/o)
  • Time Travel
  • Historical Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • RomCom/Chick Lit
Genres I Will Review if Time Permits, outside of the Romance Genre:
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Legal Fiction (stories featuring lawyers!)
  • Southern Fiction
  • Y/A Fantasy
I Do Not Read/Review the following:
  • Children's Fiction
  • Biographies
  • LGBT Romance
  • I/R Romance
  • Femdom
  • Zombie Stories
  • Horror
  • Poetry 
  • Religious Fiction
  • Male Author Romance (sorry, I tried but it never works out)
Note:
  • My reviews are posted here and on Goodreads, and I also post the link on Facebook, G+ and Twitter. They also show up via RSS on BookBlogging and Bloglovin'. I try to post reviews on Amazon on the release date.
  • I love audiobooks and will accept them for review... but it may take me longer to read/listen to those as they move slower than I read. 
  • If you are looking for a beta reader or proofreader for your book, I am open to that as well. Given my occupation, I tend to be good at proofreading others' work (not always my own).
Book reviews will include the following information:
  • book cover
  • book title and author
  • name of series and number in series, if applicable
  • synopsis (from Goodreads or Amazon)
  • publication date and publisher
  • purchase link to iBooks
  • link to review on Goodreads
  • rating scale is posted below
 Does your book fit a genre I might enjoy? Great! Keep reading!

For authors/publishers:

If you want me to review your book(s), e-mail me at bambi_unbridled@aol.com (bambi_unbridled[@]aol[dot]com).

Step 1: Get in touch with me

Email me with an introduction to the book, the genre, if it's part of a tour/launch, your preferred date for the review, and a blurb/synopsis. Please give me a week to reply, since I have to consult both my work and blog/review schedule.

Step 2: Send the copy (if I agreed)

If I agree to consider the book for a review, I prefer a copy in EPUB or MOBI format for my tablet.  Signed paper copies are also a welcome souvenir, and comprise the bulk of my book collection.
If for any reason I cannot finish your book, I will email you to let you know. I would rather not finish a book and eventually decline to do a review than to try to finish a book and just rant about it. This will only make you (author/publisher) and me feel bad.

Step 3: Wait for my review/update

If I review the book, I will send you the link when it goes live.  I try to review the book as soon as I finish it so I don't forget anything.  I do not send my blog draft to the author/publisher prior to posting unless you have provided images/content you would like included with the the review/post.  I do not have time to create a lot of graphics for my reviews, so I welcome media content from the author/publisher.

Step 4: Let me know

If you want to share the review link or a part of the review on other websites (Facebook, Amazon, etc), please let me know so I can cross-post it on my social media accounts.

For interviews, guest posts and exclusive content:

I am also happy to interview authors whose books I will read, whose books I have read already, and for upcoming books I would actually want to read. I also love to do guests posts from authors, as long as you are giving me quality and exclusive content. Same deal with promos, I have no problem posting a promo but I want unique content, not just a regurgitated post that tons of other blogs are doing. Unique content helps both of us with SEO results.

Step 1: Contact me

Email me a request for a review and interview, if your book is out or upcoming.  For an interview, I need time to read your book first doing the interview. So if you need a specific date for the review and interview to be published, give me enough time to read your book and formulate interview questions. Or if I am not reading the book, I will formulate more generic questions or a fun type interview.

Step 2: Wait for my questions (if I agreed)

If I finish your book, I will email you questions and some other info I might need.

Step 3: Email me your responses

Be as thorough and as engaging in your answers as I know you can! Include in your responses the links you want me to post. These can be your blog, website, twitter, where your books are sold, etc. Give me your profile pic you want to include as well as a short profile for my About the Author section at the end of the interview.

Step 4: Wait for my blog post/update

I will email you the date when my post will be out as well as the link. As this is supposed to be a mutually beneficial relationship, I request that you share my post on your social media and/or website.

My Rating System:

I give honest book reviews.  I post both the good and the bad on my blog and goodreads.  That being said, if you have asked me to review your book, I feel privileged to have the opportunity and don't want either one of us to feel bad if the content does not agree with me.  So, if I just can't get into the book (and I always try to make it to at least 30% before I give up), I will email you and let you know that it didn't work for me, so I won't leave a review.  That way I don't end up struggling through a book that isn't interesting me and end up ranting about it at the end.  (If I do not finish a book, I do mark it as "abandoned" on my GR shelf, but I do not leave a review or star rating.)

5 starsThis book is amazing and a must read.  I will recommend it to all my friends.
4 starsThis book was great, but some small thing was missing or annoyed me.
3 starsGood book and still recommendable to my friends.
2 starsI did not really enjoy the book, but my OCD kept me reading.
1 starI did not like the book.  I struggled to finish it and it made me ranty.
DNFThe book was not for me.  I abandoned it before finishing.

Sultry Scale:

Because I read mainly in the romance genre, I like to know what kind of heat/steam/sultry sex factor a book has.  For that reason, I also give books a rating on the Sultry Scale.

5 flamesMultiple partners, BDSM or backdoor sex.
4 flamesSteamy sex (somewhat kinky or descriptive).
3 flamesMore plot than sex, but it happens once or twice. Vanilla.
2 flamesOne sex scene mostly behind closed doors (without much description).
1 flameNo sex at all, but may have kissing, sexual tension or innuendo.
No heatSelf-explanatory.

Disclaimer

My reviews are not influenced by author(s) or publisher(s). Giving me a copy of your book does not guarantee a favorable review. My reviews are my honest opinions and thoughts while reading, and after reading, the book. I do not accept/receive monetary compensation for reviews.

All books, unless otherwise stated, are my own copy. I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews.  I will not share, forward, copy, distribute, trade, or in any way infringe on an author’s copyright regarding ebooks I receive. I will NEVER sell ARCs. From time to time, Bambi Unbridled holds giveaways which may include printed ARCs and printed finished copies that have been received for review. If you prefer that I do not giveaway the print book you provided for review, please let me know in the review request.

All reviews and promotional posts will include a link to purchase the book through my Apple Affiliate link. (Note: I am no longer affiliated with Amazon due to recent tax laws that were passed in Louisiana. Amazon elected to discontinue the affiliate program in our state.)

Please don't copy my posts and pass them off as your own.

Contact me if you have any questions.