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How This Works…

I usually have a bit of trouble explaining myself, (yes, I know I’m a writer), so it’s no wonder I’ve received a few emails from confused people.

Let me try and break it down.

This blog is for READERS.



This blog is not for cat lovers.   I mean, to each his/her own, but I do love dogs. Which has nothing to do with the purpose of this blog. I’m just throwing it out there. I also love roses, orchids, cheese and wine and Starbucks. Not necessarily in that order.


If you are a READER (you’re awesome, we love you!!), you’re probably going to want to hang out in the New Releases Section. This where we hope wonderful authors are going to list their new and upcoming book releases. Because I don’t want to pop anybody onto the blog without their permission, it may take a while for me to compile this list, which is why I’ve directed you to ACFW’s Fiction Finder.

If you are a REVIEWER, then obviously you’re a READER so ditto what I just said. And if you’re not listed on THE LIST (this is the good list – the list of lovely people who do book reviews) and you want to be, then hop up to the How To Get On The List page. Don’t leave me a comment here saying you’d like to be on the list. I wrote the How To Get On The List page for a reason.

If you are an AUTHOR then you’re in the right place. I hope I have made your life a little easier by compiling a list of reviewers who you can contact when you need a review. You can send wine, chocolates, money to the following address… If you have a book that released in the last year,(from Jan 2011 on…) and you WANT to be in the New Releases section, please let me know. I won’t post your information without your permission. But I would love to feature your book/s here, so I hope you will want them featured here!

So that’s what I WILL DO.

Here’s what I WON’T DO. 

I won’t be posting a myriad of reviews on this blog. I’m still thinking about it, but I might compile a reviews for the week page, where you could send me your link to upcoming reviews. Mulling it over, I’ll get back to you.

I won’t put a link to your book unless you are published through a publisher on the approved ACFW list, which you can find under the New Releases section.The reason I adhere to ACFW’s list is because I’m an ACFW member and hey, they’re just an awesome organization. I’m also a Zone Director, so the rules is the rules.

I’m not listing self-published or e-books. At this time I’m also not listing non-fiction.

I won’t do reviews. I’m an author. I love to read and I’ll occasionally post a review someplace if I like a book, but I don’t have the time to do a bunch of reviews. That said of course, I’m always happy if anyone wants to review my book. Hey, it’s my blog. Might as well get some perks, right?

As I said, this is a work in progress. I’m open to any and all suggestions. Bottom line, I really hope this will be a helpful place to visit and find great Christian fiction!




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  1. Sharon A Lavy on October 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but I love the alphabet.

    I even alphabetize my spices. (How else can you find what you need when you need it?

    So I sort of struggle with a list that is not alphabetized.

    • Cathy West on October 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      All alphabetized for you now, Sharon! 🙂

  2. Cathy West on October 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    LOL, Sharon!! Duly noted. I will get to it in due time. It might take me a little while. I still count using my fingers… 🙂

  3. ausjenny on October 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Ok doest this mean that as a cat lover I am not wanted! Sorry I am scared of dogs not a lover of them. But I am willing to read books with dogs in them! wonderful Idea Cathy.

    • Cathy West on October 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      It’s okay, Jenny! I will still hang out with you!! 🙂 Used to have cats but had some bad/sad experiences with them, so have gone off the species entirely but I do understand your love for them.

  4. bonnie leon on October 18, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Cathy, you are fun. I love to hang out with fun people.

    Congratulations on the new site.

    I’m an author and book two, “Wings of Promise”, in my “Alaskan Skies” series released in August. Is there a place for me on this site? Looks like ti’s going to be great.

    By the way, I’m a dog lover. Does that help?

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