Welcome to “Babbling Book Reviews”! My name is Christina.  I’m a civilian employee of the U.S. Army whose job moved to Kentucky — and I chose to go with it.  I really love my job.

Despite the name of the blog, the reviews here are just my opinions on what I read — and not a formal review site.  What does that mean?  It means that I do this for my own pleasure, as a hobby.  I have no set review format, despite my many attempts to be consistent.  I don’t participate in book tours, interview authors, or conduct any giveaways.  And most importantly —

I do not accept review requests.  Period.

Even if  your book is in the genre I read, or I’ve read and liked an earlier book written by you, the answer will still be no.   It would stop being a hobby if I started accepting commitments like that.  Besides, I don’t have a following or a lot of blog traffic — two things most publicists would want me to have in order to help “spread the word”.

Since this is a hobby for me, I try to read books that grab my interest.  Lately, I review only the books that I  finished and enjoyed.  A 3-star or above is a guarantee that I will read more from that author, even if I pointed out something that might not have worked for me in the story.  I’ve moved away from reviewing books that I don’t finish — unless it is part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  As a long time female fan of Star Wars, it is one of the few areas I feel comfortable doing a DNF or low-marked review.

On the bookshelfStar Wars (which I’m woefully behind), Georgette Heyer, mysteries, romance (historical, contemporary, suspense, paranormal), sci-fi, and fantasy (romance, urban, futuristic). Hope to read more Young Adult.

Email: christina (at)

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  1. Would love to invite you to review books, but don’t see an email address. If you think you would be interested, please email me at amateurdelivre at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  2. I’m trying to get some early buzz going for HOPE’S FOLLY, the next book set in the Gabriel’s Ghost/Dock Five universe, so I’ve done up PDF ARCs for special people, like you. 😉 These are electronic and have NOT been though copy edits though they have been through substantive edits (ie: all plots points are fixed but there might be a misplaced comma or ten…). The book’s not been through GALLEY edits yet which means if a blogger or reviewer can get me a short blurb, it could make it to the front pages of the actual book (that doesn’t mean the review has to be “out” at that time…it can be posted Dec or Jan—though earlier the better.)

    I’ve been told Borders stores will be doing ENDCAPS for me on this book (FIRST TIME!!!!!) so I’d really like to get bloggers and internet reviewers on board as early as possible.

    Do you have time to read/review an electronic PDF of FOLLY?

    Here is a blurb to give you a feel of what HOPE’S FOLLY is about 😉

    It’s an impossible mission on a derelict ship called HOPE’S FOLLY. A man who feels he can’t love. A woman who believes she’s unlovable. And an enemy who will stop at nothing to crush them both.

    Admiral Philip Guthrie is in an unprecedented position: on the wrong end of the law, leading a rag-tag band of rebels against the oppressive Imperial forces. Or would be, if he can reach his command ship—the intriguingly named Hope’s Folly—alive. Not much can rattle Philip’s legendary cool—but the woman who helps him foil an assassination attempt on Kirro Station will. She’s the daughter of his best friend and first commander—a man who died while under Philip’s command, and whose death is on Philip’s conscience.

    Rya Bennton has been in love with Philip Guthrie since she was a girl. But can her childhood fantasies survive an encounter with the hardened man, and newly-minted rebel leader, who it seems has just become her new commanding officer? And will she still be willing follow him through the jaw of hell once she learns the truth about her father’s death?

    Thanks for all your support of my books! ~Linnea

    Please let us know if you’d be interested in reviewing Linnea’s book and we’ll send you a PDF ARC 😉

    Mo Boylan
    Online Assistant to Linnea Sinclair

    • Normally, I try to do a write-up after I read a book. I’m behind, due to a combination of things, and it’s about to get a little worse because I plan participating in a Read-a-thon.

      The closest thing to a plan would be the several reading challenges I’ve joined over the years. Since it’s voluntary and meant to be a fun way to meet other readers and discover new books, I don’t feel any pressure to stick to reading ONLY books that meet the criteria of the challenge.

      I don’t accept advance reading copies and I don’t accept invitations from publishers/agents/authors to review the book. I’m at leisure to read what I want, and if I don’t like the book, I don’t have to finish it.

      So, no, I don’t really have a grand reading plan or strict read/review schedule.

      Thanks for stopping by! :mrgreen:

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