Book Review Disclaimer
Yes, about 90% of the new books I review are written by people I know. That's why I read them. Of that 90%, about another 90% are solicited, but only in a general way in groups I belong to (e.g. "I'd be grateful if any of you would review my book"). Apart from when I reviewed for the Historical Novel Society, I've never received anything other than a PDF for my efforts. I'm not an affiliate of Amazon or any other retailer, so I provide links for your buying convenience, not my profit. I try to offer an honest and helpful opinion, but I've learned that even best friends can have wildly different tastes in books. If you don't like a book I mention, how about getting your own back by sending me a recommendation for another?