Request Review

I would love to get around to reviewing everyone's books. With the amount of requests I receive, it just isn't possible. Unfortunately, I must pick and choose. 
That said, if you would like to request a review, send me an email at and please follow these guidelines:

Page Count
Release Date (or expected date if ARC)

And include the blurb at the bottom of the email. 

Please do not send attachments, I won't open them. 

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Thank you and I look forward to reading your books!


  1. Thank you! Great input here for newbies!


  2. Thank you! Great input here for newbies!

  3. Hi Courtney,
    I've attached the finished article: Cascade on Amazon. My email:

    I gave a donation back in November. Have a great Christmas!

  4. Hi Courtney

    I found your blog on a list of the most important book review sites and I thought that maybe you might be interested in my book as well: "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" with sixty witty short stories about my adventures as a Dutch expat in Italy. It has had over 100 positive reviews on Amazon and won a few rewards as well.

    Book summary:
    In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, sometimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.

    Author bio
    Stef Smulders and his husband Nico are two adventurous Dutch men who decided to start a new life in Italy. In 2008 they made the big move with their dog Saar and set up Bed and Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine region of the Oltrepò Pavese to the south of Milan. In 2014 Stef published his first collection of amusing short stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the Italians, entitled "Italiaanse Toestanden - Leven en overleven in Italie". It was so well received that he published a follow-up volume of humorous anecdotes in 2016. The third volume is under preparation, expected to be in press by spring 2017. "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" is the translation into English of the first volume.

    "The book is a comical, often downright hilarious account" - Reader's Favorite Five Stars Review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
    "Smulders storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining." - Blogcritics and Readerviews five stars review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

    Goodreads page:

    Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak preview if you like:

    Hope to hear from you
    Cari saluti

  5. Hi Courtney, I attempted to send a review request your way today, but the email address didn't seem to be working. Is there a different way I can contact you?

  6. Hi Courtney, I just tried to send a review request in your preferred format but it bounced back from the email address you give — is there another way to send it? Many thanks.