For Authors


The Books & Benches volunteers were on a much-needed hiatus in Dec and part of January. Some submissions are still closed and others have opened. Options will be added below as they become available again.


WELCOME! Please be sure to look over what we feature and don't to make sure your book fits within the genre and content guidelines. 

Our goal is simple—to help authors share their books with readers. As much as we respect authors and the books they write, it is equally important for authors to respect the time of our volunteers. 

Author Directory

Complete the online form to get listed with your own page (New Feature)

Book Releases

Authors, publicists, and publishers may submit a book to be listed on the Book Release Page.

Author Access

Learn more about getting access to create your own blog posts. Publicists also eligible. (New Feature)

Author Resources

A growing directory of companies/individuals that offer various author services.

Review Requests

Authors, publicists, and publishers may submit books in specific genres for a possible review.

If you can answer "YES" to all three questions below, then click on one of the options above to get started.

  • My book is either traditionally published, or self-published and edited by a professional editor.

  • My book falls within one of the accepted genres on this site (scroll down to find genres).

  • My book has a tasteful and professional-looking cover that meets the general expectations of the genre.

We reserve the right not to work with anyone who makes the lives of our fun-loving, easy-going volunteers difficult.

  • NOTE: For the sake of our readers, we reserve the right to not post any content when the quality is in question.



We currently feature only the listed genres.

  •  Historical Romance (Victorian, Scottish/Highland, Civil War, and Western are current favorites of reviewers. All other time periods are secondary for our reviewers at this time.)

  • Historical Fiction (WWI or WWII considered on a book-by-book basis)

  • Historical Inspirational or Christian Romance

  • Romantic Suspense

  • Mysteries, Suspense, & Thrillers

  • Time-Travel, Timeslip, and Dual-Timeline Romance

  • Historical Mystery (with or without romance)

  • Historical or Contemporary Romance with some Paranormal/Fantasy elements

  • Contemporary Romance (Sweet, small-town romance , and holiday romances, are current favorites of reviewers.)

If a genre or sub-genre is not listed above, we do not currently feature it, even if we have in the past. This list is updated periodically based on our reviewers' reading preferences.

What We Don't Feature

This is a general audience site. While we do feature books that may have steamy scenes and some swearing (we have a rating system), we do have some limitations based on content. We do not feature erotica, erotic romance, BDSM, or books that contain or promote incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, rape, cruelty to animals, racial intolerance, or sexual encounters with minors. We also do not feature books with heavy/explicit language.


We reserve the right not to feature any book or other content, that does not meet quality publishing standards. Submission to this site is not a guarantee that your book will be featured or reviewed.