About Me

I’m terrible with talking about myself so here goes nothing.

My name is Sarah and this is what I look like:

“What are you reading?” Shadowplay by Tad Williams

I have been a compulsive reader my whole life. At a young age I found my reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction. I blame my active imagination for the hobbies that threaten to consume my life. I am a freelance writer and editor, a semi-pro nature photographer, world traveler, three-time cancer survivor, and mom to one rambunctious toddler. In my ideal world, I’d do nothing but drink lots of tea and read from a never ending pile of speculative fiction books.


Other than this website, you can find me on SF Signal for my weekly column Special Needs in Strange Worlds where I try my hardest to get a conversation going (and keep it going) about the importance of disabilities in this genre I love so much. Occasionally you can find me on the podcasts of those brave enough to ask me to participate, doing interviews or writing guest posts around the internet, and hopefully soon I’ll be participating in some conventions.


You can find me annoying people on Twitter as @BookwormBlues, on Facebook, and here, on Bookworm Blues.


If you need to reach me for whatever reason, please don’t hesitate to email me: 

Sarah (at) bookwormblues (dot) net. No spam, please. 

Policies and etc. 

1. I review speculative fiction – that’s fantasy or science fiction with the exception of paranormal romance. That means that I do not review or read paranormal romance and I am very picky with what urban fantasy I want to read and review. Please, please do not send me PNR requests. I will either ignore them, or say no, and all that it does it show me that you don’t read my reviewing policies and that aggravates me. This also means that while your autobiography, or the book you wrote about the guy who invented ice cream might be fascinating, but it doesn’t fit this site and I won’t review it.
2. I appreciate when people send me queries before they send me their books. Please be aware of the fact that I get so many queries in my email, I cannot reply to all of them. I know this is bad form, but if you send me a query that doesn’t appeal to me, or I don’t have time to read your book or whatever, I’ll probably not reply. Horrible and unprofessional? Yes, but I don’t have a lot of time so that is how I have to work it.
3. I am currently not accepting self-published books. This isn’t because I hate on self-published authors. I go in and out of accepting them so check back frequently. The reason I’m currently not accepting them is because my backlog of traditionally published books is impressive and embarrassing so I need to winnow that pile down a bit before I can accept self-published books.
4. I try very, very hard to get books read and reviewed within two weeks of publication date. However, some authors or PR people have requests for books to be reviewed on a different date. Please tell me when you need your review posted, and I will try very hard to get it done by that time. That being said, also be aware of the fact that I get roughly 20 books in my mail a week, and I have a life, so while I try very hard to be timely, it does occasionally happen that I’m not. I will try hard, but that’s not a guarantee that I won’t be a month off on the review post time.
5. I prefer to read an author’s book before I interview them. 
6. All of my reviews are posted on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. If you want me to post on Amazon, you need to request it.
7. I am now running the Special Needs in Strange Worlds column on SF Signal. Some books that are sent to me might be reviewed there instead of here, if they fit the perameters of my column. Also be aware, if I think I can bother you (author) for an interview or guest post for my column, I will do it. If you think you have something to add to my column, please contact me. I’m always, ALWAYS taking or looking for guest posts or interviews for that column, and I’m always excited to read more books that I can review over there that fit the theme of Special Needs in Strange Worlds. If your book is reviewed over there, I will link to said review on my webpage (here) and I will also do my regular linkblast on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.
8. I also occasionally have reviews posted on Fantasy Literature. I don’t choose what reviews are posted and I don’t choose when they post, but random reviews of mine are posted over there, so be on the lookout for that.
9. I like to podcast. If you podcast and you’re looking around for a guest to have on (genre related, please) contact me.
10. I don’t mind my reviews being spread around, or quotes being blurbed various places, but I do want to keep track of who put what where. All reviews posted on this website are my property. If you’d like to use them, or quote them, please ask my permission first.

11. In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I would like everyone to know that while I do purchase my own books for review on occasion, most books are provided by the authors and/or publishers. I do specify which ones were provided for free. The books that do not say how they were procured are the ones I purchased myself, or got from the library. You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference in my reviews.

12. I have been inundated recently by people who want me to edit their huge novel for free. I do not edit for free, or for cookies, or for a good vibe sent my way from a happy author. Period. It takes a lot of time, and expecting me to dedicate that kind of time to someone for free is actually kind of insulting. If you are interested in me editing your book, contact me. I do, however, enjoy beta reading, and I do not charge for that.

13. Lastly, my reviews are honest. I try to be constructive in everything I write, but if your book doesn’t work for me, I will say that, and I will say why. You cannot bribe my good reviews with coupons, iPods, or money. And yes, I have been offered all of those things.

Sarah (at) bookwormblues (dot) net



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  1. Jake Elliot

    Hi Sarah,

    I saw your rant over on Bastards site via Tim Marquitz’s post on Facebook. I write dark fantasy and I have a strong female protagonist and a strong antagonist. Healthy, capable women deserving of respect by their own trades and ambitions. Both of them. Here is a link to a brief description — http://jakeelliotfiction.com/my-book/

    The first book is a little clunky, Still, Fantasy Book Review gave it 7/10 stars. Crossing Mother’s Grave is much better, but I’m still waiting on the review from FBR. If you were interested, I’d happily send to you an e-copy of each book for a review. Please let me know if you are interested.


  2. V.L. Jennings

    ROFL Really? “I’ll give you an Ipod if you give my book 5 stars” Really people!

    Thanks Sarah! I’ll be laughing about that one all weekend!

  3. S. C. Flynn


    Just to let you know that I have linked to your blog and also publicised it:

    http://wp.me/p4T72p-aF Essential SFF Blogs

    Keep up the good work!


  4. T.O.Munro

    I just felt I had to comment because the “not a bot check” sum was the one in the times table I most struggled t remember and which I cannot now get out of my head! seven eights are 56.

    I just wondered if you’d read Kirstin Cashore’s Graceling. One of her characters suffers a life changing event and ends up with a disability, but in the author’s notes either there or in one of her subsequent books she makes an apology for ameliorating the disability excessively – in a kind of superhero powers compensating kind of way. I guess she must have come in for some criticism from within her readership.

    Perhaps it is the fear of being unable to write convincingly from or about a perspective of disability that makes so many writers wary of approaching it.

    I like the reviews too – just read through The Desert Spear one, it was nice to find someone else who thought the fleshing out of Jadir’s back story was the best part of a book that otherwise fell short of the fresh imaginative concept that was the Warded Man .

  5. Beta Reading

    you are doing a great job…

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