Contact/Review Policy

Hi, I’m Susan and this is my humble little bit of the blogosphere. Be welcome. Did you bring a hard hat and steel-toed boots? No? Well, don’t expect us to issue any.

I read. A lot. Usually over 100 a year. And I feel the need to tell the world what I think of the books I read. In detail.

Review Policy

Since I started a home business in June of 2013, I have moved to mostly audiobooks; review audiobooks are almost always accepted for a listen and a review. Dab of Darkness does accept a small number of ebooks and paper books from indies, small publishers, and the big publishers for review per year. Feel free to contact me via email ( to see what my current schedule looks like and to ensure your book fits into my reading tastes (because if it doesn’t, it does neither of us any good). I will usually offer the author an interview or guest post slot if I don’t have the time or inclination to do a review.

All reviews are honest reviews. Period. I can not be bribed with chocolate, baby animals, quality sex, money, or ammunition.

Because I work full time as a weaver and full time on a small farm, it may take some months to get to your book. I will not guarantee that I will read every review book that ends up in my hands. Unsolicited review copies will go to the bottom of the pile unless I get really excited about them, in which case they will be devoured like any other great book. I’m not insulted by unsolicited review books, I just believe in giving solicited books a head start.

Format preference:

Audio (lets me read while my hands are busy, and they are often busy) – probably 70% or more of what I read is audio and yes, I have a USA account.

ebook (mobi, or I have a smashwords account are preferred, tho I can accommodate kindle as I have an older kindle).

Print (I love the feel, smell, and solid thump of a book as it smacks my face as I drift off to sleep) – print and ebook are about equal in preference.



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Read Alongs

I have also found I had a hidden addiction to Read Alongs/Group Reads. I do play well with others, in a controlled setting, as long as I don’t have to do face time. Simple. Feel free to contact me via email ( if you would like to plan a read along together.

What I Like

While much of what I read fits into science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction I have been known to read some non-fiction, mysteries, and modern-day adventure/thriller fiction. I do red a small amount of erotica (I prefer it be SFF erotica). There are a few genres I don’t particularly click with, like contemporary romance. Feel free to contact me with any questions (

Favorite Authors

Cussing, violence, and sex do not deter me from reading a good book. Some of my favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Karin Lowachee, Terry Pratchett, Elizabeth Bear, J. Bridger, Guy Gavriel Kay, Elizabeth Peters, Kory M. Shrum, Brandon Sanderson, Gemma Files, Ken Follett, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, N K Jemisin, Alan Dean Foster, Stephen Kozeniewski, Ann Lyle, Ilana Waters, Stieg Larsson, Mary Roach, Scott Lynch, James Maxey, Kevin Hearne, Jack Campbell, among many many others.

Book Tours

Typically, I do an interview of the author. I love to delve into whatever I can find on the web, the author’s blog, their tweets, what is on the publisher’s site. If I have time, I also read their book (provided by the publisher or the author). I don’t charge for this; this entire blog is for fun. Sometimes I do guest posts, providing topics to the author/publisher.


I really enjoy doing interviews. There is an amazing amount of info about a published person on the internet and I like to rake through it and see what I can pry into. While I do have some stock questions, they are not boring questions. Nope, I go for entertaining and skip the favorite color of Skittles question. And I tend to come up with new ones each time. Also, you don’t have to be an author for me to be interested in you. Do you make maps for books? How about card games based on books? Are you publisher or editor? Narrator? Then I probably want to pick your brain. I won’t be gentle.

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