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Book Review Submissions

Thank you for your interest in having me review your book. It is my joy to read promote a good book. If you would like to provide me with a free copy of your book for consideration for a book review or for a free book give away in my blog please email me at: agirlnamedeve @ yahoo . com

 I accept complimentary books in the following genres:


  • Children Books
  • Memoir/Biography
  • Travel
  • Latino/Latina Non-Fiction
  • Women's Non-Fiction
  • Literary Fiction By Professional Writers
  • Memoir/Biography
  • Relationships
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Young Adult
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry

If your book is selected, I will post a review on my blog along with a possible Author Q&A. Book give-aways are allowed and will be announced on my blog. My reviews may appear on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other sites.


I always give an honest review based on my reflections of what I think as a reader. All books must be in English or Spanish format. Self-published books are welcome.

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