Reviewing Policy

I'm always humbled when authors approach me to review their work. That being said I do have a few policies.

1. I only review print copies. No ebooks, epubs, etc. I want a physical copy because I roll old school.

2. I need at least 4 to 6 weeks to publish a review. Usually, it's way sooner than this, but I like to have some cushion in case I have a backlog.

I post reviews to my blog, goodreads, librarything, pinterest, and amazon. In the past year I have received over 70 books from publishers for review and about 12 books directly from authors. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Erin Cataldi​

Positive Feedback From Authors:

"I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful review and the terrific postings. Because of friends like you, the book is starting to get a lot more buzz. I appreciate it so much." - Anthony Eglin - The Blue Rose, winner of the Prix Arsene Lupin for France’s best mystery novel of 2006

"Excellent. Thank you so much! I appreciate it, greatly. A nice review. When my next book comes out, I will send over a copy!" - Monique Roy - Across Great Divides

"Thank you so much for the great review, I hope you enjoy making more recipes from the book." - Adam Pittaway-Hay - Live to Eat

"Thank you so much. I really appreciate that you took the time and effort to write such an amazing review! It is very encouraging for me and will help me to work harder at my next story." - Alisha Nurse - The Return of the Key

"Thanks so much for the kind review, and also for reading the story so quickly. I know you have a lot of choices, and I really appreciate that." - John Horst - The Mule Tamer

"It's good to hear from you with such fab news, thanks! I appreciate your time and 4-star review!" - Elle Boca - Unelmoija Series

"What a lovely review, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) ... Thanks for taking the time to check it out and review it... it's a great encouragement as I try getting people to actually read it! I almost miss slogging through the painful attempt to write the damn thing!" - Neil Hughes - Walking on Custard and; The Meaning of Life

"I was delighted that you accepted my book and I really appreciate the time and effort you put into reading it and writing the review, which perfectly sums up the book and made me smile ear to ear. Thank you!" - Daniel Garrison - Drifting in the Push


  1. Hi Erin,

    Happy New Year! I hope you are well. My email inviting you to read my latest book due out February 1, 2016 (I'm holding a review copy for you) just bounced. What is the best way to reach you?

    Elle Boca

  2. Subject: book review request or whatever feedback or assistance you are willing to provide.

    (Multicultural/literary fiction; 133,000 words; 520 pages)
    Published by: Line by Lion Publishing, Louisville, Ky, [NOT a vanity/subsidy/participation press]

    Dear Avid Reader,

    I believe that, since you are addicted to well-written words with meat on the bone, you will like A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA--a lot. It contrasts the ennui and despair of late Twentieth Century America with the caring culture of "Mabouhey," an island in the Caribbean.

    Here's what Dr. Richard Hanson, Professor Emeritus (English), University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
    has to say about A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA:

    A PLACE CALLED SHUGARA offers an interesting variety of unusual characters, from
    frustrated and unhappy Midwesterners to shrewdly enterprising Caribbean natives
    whose colorful patois is entertaining and delightful. Three of those characters--a
    jaded academic from Chicago, a desperate factory owner from Ohio, and an
    opportunistic insurance investigator from New York--are drawn to a place that
    lovingly welcomes the three misfits. None is actively seeking spiritual rebirth as the
    story begins and each has his own reason for traveling to the little island, but the
    serendipitous result for all three is essentially the same: a renewal of life and spiritual
    wholeness among the inhabitants of a loving community that lives in a place called
    Schugara. Along with its cast of colorful characters the novel also contains a memorable
    blend of rollicking humor and poignant emotion, qualities that will linger in the memory
    of every reader.


    A Place Called Shugara is the story of three Americans who come together on the Caribbean island Mabouhey at a place called Schugara. Travers Landeman, an Ohio businessman, escapes a failing marriage and a failing business. Mourning the suicide of his nephew, he flees to Mabouhey, where he fakes his death. Joe Rogers, owner of The Yellow Harp bookstore in Chicago, leads a group of amateur archeologists to Mabouhey. He finds a pre-Columbian treasure, a jeweled mask dating to the Arawak era. Albert Sidney McNab, a private investigator, is hired by the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company to search for Travers. Travers discovers his nephew’s diary, which tells of his nephew’s sexual abuse by his parish priest, Father Art. He feels obligated to return to his former life to bring Father Art to justice. Joe, who has his own axe to grind with the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company, persuades Travers that it is better to leave that task to Albert. Albert consents, for the love he has found on Mabouhey, a woman named Esmerelda, matters more than the money he may or may not get from Atlantis Fidelity. Albert, Esmerelda, and the mask go to the United States. Father Art is beaten to death in his jail cell while awaiting trial. As United Nations Ambassador of its newest member nation, the Commonwealth of the Island of Mabouhey, Mrs. Esmerelda McNab has the mask auctioned at Sotheby's, despite protestors from Columbia University who denounce the sale as "cultural genocide."

    Please view SCHUGARA's website:
    or The book's cover is on this site.

    Please let me know if I may send you a copy (paperback or electronic file) for your review consideration.

    Maximum respect,
    Joe English

  3. Dear Erin, I have an historical fiction that I hope you might review. Please let me know if you would like more details. Best regards---Jim