Mello & June's REVIEW Policy:


If you're an independent or well-known author or a publisher looking for a book review, you've come to the "write" blog!  Below are a list of books I'm interested in reading. Please do not contact me to read anything other than the genres/subjects I list below.  If you find an (*) next to a genre, that means I do, from time to time, read those particular subjects, but they aren't my absolute favorite to read.  It will be left up to my discretion whether I decide to read your manuscript or not, depending on my workload at the time.  I assure you I will advise you either way.

Due to heavy demand, I am limiting the amount of books I plan to review per year.  Although I do try to meet deadlines, especially if you have a book coming out soon, please know I do have a life other than reading (not really), but seriously, I do have a 9 to 5 to pay my bills, while my side hustle is doing serious writing/reading in the evenings, so my time is very restricted.  Case in point, my fans are still waiting on my third novel.  It's literally impossible to write my novels and read everyone else's, but you know what, I wouldn't have it any other way.  I'm so in my element!  The cartoon captures my soul so well!


I accept .mobi files to read on Kindle.  I truly do not wish to read .PDFs, however, I realize some people do not have the .mobi format available.  I will accept the PDF depending on length of book and what it's about.  Again, I will let you know either way.  Otherwise, .mobi is the only format I prefer.


If I agree to review your novel, I post my reviews on Mello & June's, It's a Book Thang!  I will include a copy of your book cover, as well as links, if they are available, as to where other readers may find your work, whether I love the book(s) or not.  Also, your book cover(s) will automatically be guaranteed a spot on Mello & June's Pinterest Page, where thousands of viewers peruse. 

My review will also be posted on Goodreads and sometimes Amazon.  If the author and/or publisher requests that my review go on Amazon, that's the only way I'd usually list it, but Goodreads is an absolute bet.  All my book reviews are on Goodreads.  Feel free to check out my Goodreads page to see how your reviews will look, or check out our archives right here on this blog.

(Note:  If I find that I do not like your book and I've determined it's going to get an unfavorable review, as a courtesy, I will notify you in advance before I post it, so that you are not caught off guard. However, having said that, read the next paragraph below!)


MY REVIEWS ARE FINAL!!!!  It is not up for debate, negotiation, or change.  Once I post it, that's that!  There will not be any ands, ifs or buts about it.  My review may be favorable to you, and then again, it may not.  Even if it turns out I did not like your book, I will still provide the cover and links to where others may find it.  And to be fair, I will always advise why I didn't like the book.   


It drives me absolutely insane when I read reviews wherein an individual will state "I've received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." Umm, I don't know about you, but isn't that what you're supposed to do in the first place? Why would you lie about how a book made you feel?  Hmmph, I don't know, I suppose people do it, but you don't have to worry about that with me.  If I love your book, you'll know it, and if I don't, you'll know it.  I don't sugarcoat nor mince my words when it comes to my opinion.  You'll feel the review's honesty, which is what my readers love because I definitely keeps it real and one hundred always!  J


Murder/Suspense Thrillers

Psychological Thrillers

Legal Thrillers


True Crime





*General Fiction


*YA (Young Adult)



Christian Based or Religious





Children's Books

Chick Lit 


I don't mind any accepted novel that has great love scenes or profanity.  Profanity does not bother me, nor will I give an unfavorable review due to it.  The only thing I'll say on love scenes, if I find that the book is too sex oriented without a real plot (Example:  50 Shades of Grey) type of book, I can guarantee you either I will not finish your novel or I'll give it a review highly unfavorable.  I want to make that absolutely clear!  I want stories, not just several chapters of pure sex and nothing else going on!  I'd ask that you review this policy carefully before contacting me.  My time is valuable just like yours, so let's not waste each other's time because nobody has 'time' for that!   

For Contacting Me. . .
I look forward to Great Reading!

Best Wishes,

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer