Rather than having a singular genre focus, Beauty in Ruins is a reflection of the imagination, the diversity, and the creativity to be found upon my shelves. Generally, that means a lot of fantasy and horror, with some adventure thrillers mixed in, and the occasional science fiction read. Explicit gore or sexuality is never a problem, and LGBT characters are more than welcome.

Please note that I do not (and will not) read Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult fiction. 

With a big move coming in June, and then laser eye surgery coming later in summer, I am hyper vigilant about not allowing the review pile to get out hand. There are a few literary itches I am always looking to scratch, but even then I'm hesitant to add to the pile:

  1. Bizarre, kinky, twisted, fetish-fueled WTF Friday reads (think Calderwood, Mellick, Lee, Laymon, Everson, etc).
  2. Epic or high fantasy novels, complete with elves, dwarves, dragons, and magic swords (think Weis, Goodkind, Sanderson, and Williams)
  3. Archaeology or paleontology based adventure novels (think Cussler, McDermott, and Gibbins).

I'm still old school in that I prefer to hold a bound novel in my hand, especially if it's a big book that I want to flip back-and-forth in, but I do love the convenience of ebooks and never leave the house without my Kobo. I prefer the ePub format, but I can work with just about anything except pre-press, print-formatted PDFs that just don't convert cleanly.

Unless I have committed to a tour or a pre-release review, I can’t make any promises as to how long it will take me to get a review posted. I try to juggle my review pile no more than 2 months out, but life (and my job) often intervenes to make a mockery of my best intentions.

If you are a publisher looking for advance reviews, or a publicist looking for tour opportunities, please feel free to email me directly (bob [dot] beautyinruins [at] gmail [dot] com).

Otherwise, if you are interested in requesting a review, please complete the form below. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions I cannot guarantee a response, but if the book looks interesting, I will likely get back to you within the week. Even if I can't squeeze in a review at this time, we might be able to look at a guest post or interview.

Before you waste your time filling out the form, don't be a spamhole.