Dactyl Review wants to give authors who review on this site the opportunity to place their books in the hands of qualified reviewers. So we invite authors to offer free copies of their own literary fiction books for review. We encourage authors to offer just published books as well as books that were published a while ago and haven’t gotten the attention they deserve. (Guidelines and ordering info further below.)
Free Copies Available for Review
Vic Peterson. The Berserkers. Hawkwood Books, 2021. 240 pages. Grammaticus, keyboardist in a Viking heavy-metal band, The Berserkers, is pulled into a murder investigation.
“A kind of delirium haunted the moment. The feathers spread until every barb of every plume fluttered. A harness of leather straps bound the wings over the girl’s shoulders. The wind gusted and wracked the vision. With a hollow snap, the delicate contrivance crumpled as swiftly as a kite in a gale.
“I approached the dark sight half under its spell. The Constable shouted, “Boy!” I halted, yards from the corpse. The message was clear: I was not to advance. The Constable then divided the crew among tasks. Bergthora and Snorri secured the wings by packing them down with snow; Jerker circled the body, snapping photographs. I remained alone on the ice without an assignment, bouncing on my toes to keep warm, a trick taught the children of our town in grade school.”
N.T. McQueen, Between Lions and Lambs, City Hill Publishing, 2011. 288 pages. Paperback, e-book. Literary. Televangelist Ezekiel Clemens and Gerald Lambough, his janitor, encounter a mysterious stranger who rattles their teetering lives.
“I compose myself and rub my palm across my bald head, back and forth. It’s hard to tell whether God or Clemens has made my hair leave but, as I come closer to the median of my life, I can’t help but lean toward the latter. I look at my boss, my friend, and see the gold crucifix dangling across his hairless chest and wish that that gold piece meant something to him like it once did. I wish the cross meant something to him at all if it ever truly did. That gold cross our lives.
“My eyes travel over to the nightstand and see the black leather Bible open and surrounded by jewelry and crumbs and lit by the nightstand lamp that I assume has been on all night. The old Bible he once held with passion and eagerness; the source of his conviction surrounded by sin.”
Charles Holdefer. Agitprop For Bedtime: Polemic, Story Problems, Kulturporn and Humdingers. Sagging Meniscus, 2020. 94 pages. Paperback, e-book. Literary Fiction. Hybrid flash fiction. A collection of polemical bedtime stories for adults.
“Hi, I’m Darrel and I’ll be your server. Can I start you off with some fear, honor or disinformation?”
“Just water for now. We’ll have a look at the menus.”
As soon as he left them, she giggled and lifted the silverware, noticing the weight. “I’ve heard so much about this place!”
He looked around. “Everyone who works here is a hero. Every last one of them.”
Marylee MacDonald. Bonds of Love & Blood. Summertime, 2016. 229 pages. paperback, hardcover, e-book. Realism. Short stories. Readers travel from Turkey to Vera Cruz to Ontario.
“It was getting on towards dusk, and I had stopped by the rug shop to tell Hamdi farewell. While the tense little Kurd with the shining eyes talked to his boss, Duran Duran, on the phone, I studied a framed photograph of a village somewhere in eastern Turkey. On a rolling grassless steppe, a settlement of low, domed houses huddled. No water vessels or stacks of wood, no clotheslines or looms, nothing to announce that, here, people needed warmth, light, water, food, or wore clothes or made love or laughed.”
Peter M. Bollington. President Citizenfarm: The USA in 2116. Createspace 2015. 466 pages, paperback, e-book. A dystopian satire on America ruled by billionaires, with citizens as farm products and rebellion underway.
“Sebastian Barnes had been hoping for a quiet morning taking stock of himself, including a visit to Museum 44. He would stop by the office, then monorail to Annie’s neighborhood where they used to walk over to the museum and sit in the stands looking at the field and the old advertising billboards. It was not supposed to be a morning of anger and collapse, kicked out of a job, with his editor’s eyeballs flashing and the custodian snickering to one side with his wide dust broom.”
Guidelines and Instructions
To offer your book for review, please write to info (at) dactyl (dot) org. Only active Dactyl Reviewers, who post at least one review per year, are able to offer their books for review. Provide the following information in this format (see examples above):
Your Name. Book Tile. Publisher, year. number of pages. format options (paperback, hardcover, used book, e-book). Also send a cover jpg 150 pixels high, and a link to more information about the book. Say what genre it is, if not strictly literary fiction, and describe its style or influence. Describe the plot in a few words (see examples). Include a 100 word excerpt.
To request a review copy, please write to info (at) dactyl (dot) org. To qualify for a free book, you must be a literary fiction writer and have published a book-length work of literary fiction. If you do not care for the work, you are not obligated to review it.
At Dactyl Review we want to help build relationships between like-minded authors and reviewers. We encourage writers to ask one of the author-reviewers on this site or a writer-friend to do a review exchange. Choose to work with a writer whose work you admire. We believe that the review-exchange method can produce well-written and honest reviews, since most literary fiction writers care too much about their own sense of aesthetics to ever consider praising a work that they dislike. Follow these guidelines for reviewing to ensure that your review is informative and reliable.