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1 Lisa Metlak
2 Matthew McCarty
3 Marian Krueger
4 Mackenzie Dohoney
5 Lorelai Rivers
6 Mary DeKok Blowers
7 Marie Sioco
8 Marilla Mulwane
9 Marnie Wilson
10 Mamta Madhavan
11 Mark Pople
12 M.L. Kilian
13 Lisa Jones
14 Lorraine Carey
15 Marissa Tapia
16 Maria Miller
17 Lorraine Cobcroft
18 M.J. Moores
19 Marguerite McCurry
20 Marius Viktor Aragon
21 Margo Bond Collins
22 Lorena Sanqui
23 Lisa Miller
24 Lucrecia Dixon
25 Maria Whelan
26 Marianne Barkman
27 Lisa M. Schlegel
28 Lucinda Weeks
29 Lucianne Carino Bernal
30 Marta Tandori
31 Lit Amri
32 Lisa Ryan
33 Lynn Fowlston
34 Maria Beltran
35 Lisa Sharpe
36 Louise Woods
37 Lisa Browngilbert
38 Lucas Howard
39 Marianne Sciucco
40 Marisha Huber
41 Martina Svyantek
42 Mark Wayne Adams
43 Lori Moore
44 Madelaine Kingsbury
45 Lisa McCombs
46 Marcia Abramson
47 Maria Stoica
48 Marsh Cassady
49 Marilyn Ayer
50 Lynda Williams
Lisa Metlak Hello, my name is Lisa Metlak. I am an avid reader and enjoy many different genres. I have found that my sons' books are just as fantastic as the books I choose for myself as an adult. An editor by trade, I find that I can't get enough to read.

I love assisting authors with their manuscripts, but I also love reading for enjoyment. I am thrilled to be able to provide informative reviews for new authors. You can learn more about me on my website.
H.P. Lovecraft Hello, my name is Matthew. I am a school Administrator with a doctorate in education, married with 2 children, and have 16 years in Education. I've had my full dissertation and an article published in Principal Leadership Magazine, and I have written book reviews for a local paper and have published posts on LinkedIn.

I've also written a feature story for the community paper in my hometown. I currently specialize in synthesizing academic research in Education, specifically in Social Studies Education, Rural Education, and mentoring programs for high school students. I enjoy reading and writing about books in all areas, and one of my favorite authors is H.P. Lovecraft (pictured left).
Marian Krueger My name is Marian Krueger. As an avid reader from the time I first was able to read, I've never been far away from a book my entire life. Always an integral part of my life, books had such a profound on me that my undergraduate degree was in English and I devoured ever book that I had to read for my classes. I later went onto get my Master's in English and still read as much as I can as often as I can.

My favorite book of all time is "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. A few of my favorite contemporary authors include Anne Tyler and Sophie Kinsella. Today I work as a travel consultant and enjoy the freedom it provides me to travel the world and work on my own writing habit. In between travel and writing I squeeze in as much reading as possible. You can learn more about me on travel blog.
Mackenzie Dohoney My name is Mackenzie Dohoney and I live in Rockport, IN. I am currently a freshman in high school where I am an avid softball and basketball player.

I also love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Stephanie Meyer, Nicholas Sparks, and James Patterson, but I am also excited to read young adult books by new authors. Stories of love, courage and adventure interest me the most. You can learn more about me on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Jane Austen Hello, my name is Lorelai and I love to read. I enjoy helping other readers find great new books and helping authors find someone who loves their work. My tastes vary with the weather, from Jane Austen (pictured left) and Jodi Picoult to Michael Crichton and some Stephen King. I can go for a great fantasy series, although not much has reached the level of the original DragonLance.

I tend toward PG material, but when a character's grit is integral to the story, well, then it has to be. The teenager still lives in parts of my mind, so I enjoy young adult books -- with intelligent characters. I never know what's going to pique my interest until I read a page or two.
Mary DeKok Blowers Hello, my name is Mary. I am a writer/blogger and love to read! I am working full time in an administrative assistant capacity and still read several books a month.

I enjoy offering my support and opinions to authors through thoughtful and professional book reviews.
Marie Sioco Hi, my name is Marie Sioco. As a graduate student, I'm constantly exposed to academic books and articles, but I also enjoy fiction books. My favorite authors are Marian Keyes, Steve Berry, and Stephen King. I love chicklit and I am a huge fan of the horror genre too. Currently, I'm on the third installment of His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman and once I'm done, I plan on reading a few of Stephen Hawking's masterpieces.

Being a book reviewer is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. I just couldn't find the perfect job. At Readers Favorite I get to read books for free and to give something back to the author in return. It doesn't get much better than that for a book lover.
Marilla Mulwane Hello, my name is Marilla. Like most authors, I love to read and write. There is nothing better than the opportunity to read books and get to write about them as well. Writing is my life. I am a freelance web content writer, but only because it pays the bills. My passion is fiction, but that isn't paying the bills enough, yet. And, boy, are those bills high thanks to the Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing I earned at SUNY Oneonta.

I intend to continue to write product descriptions and DIY articles until my book series, Ilmarinen, finally starts paying the bills for me. For more information on me, my writing, and my work, please visit my website and Facebook page.
Marnie Wilson Hello, my name is Marnie. Reader, Writer, Mother of Teens, Wife, Homeschooler, Foodie, and Animal-Lover. I love many things, but nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially non-fiction. I have been passionate about reading and writing for as long as I can remember. At times these innate skills have been a part of my profession, at other times my obsession and avocation. I have had the good fortune to travel the world and revel in some of the finest lodging and dining facilities. I am a "foodie" who has tested and developed quite a few cooking and baking recipes.

Thus far in my career and volunteer endeavors I have been a global marketing manager for one of the world's largest accounting and consulting firms; conceived and owned my own small businesses; worked for several large hospitality industry companies; and, provided writing and marketing services for non-profits focused on children, education and parenting.
Mamta Madhavan Mamta Madhavan is a freelance writer with experience in content and creative writing, proof reading and editing. She is also a poet and is an editor at Her poems have been published in print and online literary journals, zines and anthologies.

I have been a film reviewer and just recently began reviewing books, which I have always wanted to do.
Mark Pople Hello, my name is Mark. I am a retired teacher living in Houston, Texas. My 25 years of classroom experience includes teaching Regular and Advanced Placement English as well as Sociology to juniors and seniors in high school. I have recently had my debut novel, Rogers Park, accepted for publication by Black Rose Writing, and I am off to an encouraging start with the second installment in the series.

I attend weekly critique groups in Houston. I am also the winner of The Houston Writers House 2014 Novel Contest. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, movies, and sports. I also paint and play racquetball on a regular basis. I am proud to be able to review my fellow author's work and provide them with honest reviews to help them and their readers.
M.L. Kilian Hello, my name is Mania. I've written all my life, expressing everything from my opinion to a simple poem for a lost crush. I did it without realizing the potential I had, until blogging became a thing to do. A hobby at first, turned into something I look forward to every day. That was 8 years ago.

Since then I've written and published my first novel and have developed a certain understanding and respect for all authors. I love reviewing works of fiction and sharing how they made me feel.
Lisa Jones Hello, my name is Lisa. I am an author/publisher and am currently working on my second novel, Redemption. I have written lots of children's book but I am focusing on finishing my first triology in The Prophecy saga.

I enjoy being a reviewer and I believe it is important to support other fellow indie authors because getting our book seen is often the hardest task of all.
Lorraine Carey My name is Lorraine Carey and I am a veteran Children's Literature Specialist now living on Grand Cayman which has given me much inspiration for writing. I have a short published memoir and am currently finishing a mystery thriller for YA readers which will become a trilogy.

I enjoy reading and reviewing and feel proud to be able to give something back to other authors by reviewing for Readers Favorite. You can learn more about me on my website.
Marissa Tapia Hello, my name is Marissa. I am a twenty year old college student working towards a Bachelor's degree in foreign language. I am an avid reader and read about two books a week. I've written a few stories on fan fiction websites and have taken two English classes and will take a creative writing class this spring.

As someone who aspired to be an author as a child, I have a great deal of respect for authors. They work very hard and put so much of themselves out there with their stories. I am proud to be able to lend a hand in helping to spread the word about their work as a reviewer.
Maria Miller Hello, my name is Maria. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English from Xavier University, and I've enjoyed writing for a long time. I've written five novels and am working on the sixth. I was born and raised in the United States, but I lived in Costa Rica for a year and a half, which gave me a different perspective on the world.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my husband and kids. I feel honored to be able to review the work of other authors and always provide honest and informative reviews.
Lorraine Cobcroft Lorraine Cobcroft is a semi-retired technical writer, now enjoying writing fiction and creative non-fiction. She has written a children's book (Emily's Easter Gift), a minimally-fictionalized biography (The Pencil Case), and a women's fiction novel (Mortgaged Goods), as well as numerous poems and short stories, some of which have featured in Anthologies.

Lorraine loves to read, has diverse reading tastes, and delights in discovering new writing talent. She has written many book reviews and enjoys writing honest but encouraging reviews focused on giving readers a valid guide to assessing the overall appeal of a work and the likelihood that it fits their reading preferences.
M.J. Moores M.J. Moores is a budding author of the speculative fiction genre. She began her career as an English & Drama high school teacher, but after 10 years decided to get away from the politics of the profession and became absorbed in her passion for books and writing.

M.J. is also a freelance writer and editor and currently writes articles on a pitch-by-pitch basis for the online magazine Authors Publish and is the author of Publicizing Yourself: A Beginner's Guide to Author Marketing. M.J. is the mother of a busy toddler who actively keeps her on her toes as she works from home. You can learn more about her on her Facebook and her website.
Marguerite McCurry Hello, my name is Marguerite. I'm the widow of a Guadalcanal Marine/author and have been editing/proofing manuscripts for his small publisher for a couple of years in a wide variety of genres. I have worked as a newspaper reporter, and had shows on radio and TV. I'm also a professional fundraiser who has raised over $100-million for nonprofits.

I hold degrees in journalism, public administration, health education, and am a planned giving specialist. I also help charities with PR issues —“they won’t give to you if they don’t know who you are!” I enjoy reviewing and editing -- it keeps me off the streets at night!
Neil Gaiman Hello, my name is Marius and I am from the Philippines. I am a book blogger and reviewer and have my own Young Adult book review blog called Forever YA. I enjoy many different genres in besides YA, and one of my favorite authors is Neil Gaiman (pictured left).
Margo Bond Collins Hello, my name is Margo. I am a college professor and teach a variety of English courses, from freshman composition to graduate-level courses in British literature. I am therefore both a writer and a writing instructor. As a fiction author, I write paranormal fiction of all kinds (mysteries, romances, and so on) and urban fantasy. I am currently the founding editor of the academic journal Supernatural Studies. I am also in the process of editing several essay collections on popular culture--in particular, television shows such as Supernatural or Farscape.

I review writing every day; being able to review works that I have chosen myself sounds heavenly. I can be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Kristen Proby Hello, my name is Lorena. Words cannot describe how much I want to read but let me try anyway. I discovered books when I was in elementary school and I haven’t stopped reading since then. I like all genres but right now my library is full of romance books. Kristen Proby (pictured left) is one of my favorite authors.

There are books that frustrate me because they don’t happen the way I want them to. This is why I like being a reviewer, to give the writers a piece of my mind. Haha, kidding! Reviewing allows me to show my gratitude to authors and possibly in a small way, help them with their writing careers.
Maya Angelou Hello, my name is Lisa Miller. I work in education and reading has been a lifelong passion for me. One of my favorite authors is Maya Angelou (pictured left). I have a son graduating from high school, and a daughter graduating from elementary school.

I am happy to be a volunteer reviewer on the Readers Favorite Team and am looking forward to reviewing many books and hopefully helping authors and readers alike.
Lucrecia Dixon Hi, my name is Lucrecia. I grew up in a small coastal town in Florida and have always had a very vivid imagination. My passion for reading began when I was a child and has grown stronger with every book. I love to get lost in a good story and be swept away to other worlds. Reading is empowering, and can even change your life.

Being a reviewer allows me to give back to authors who give us all so much. I enjoy many genres from both new and established authors.
Maria Whelan Hello, my name is Maria and I am a current Mount Holyoke College student where I am an English and religion major. I began reviewing books as a young teenager. When I went to college, I began writing reviews for the Mount Holyoke News, our college newspaper, and quickly became the "Books" section editor.

I am excited to be reviewing for Readers' Favorite and for the opportunity to provide authors and their readers with honest, professional reviews.
Lauraine Snelling Hello, my name is Marianne and I live in Arizona. I am a certified readaholic and love to talk about books I've read. In fact my last job was doing just that. Today I am constantly reading and posting my reviews on my 3 review websites. I enjoy reading many genres, but some of my favorite authors are Lauraine Snelling (pictured left), Karen Kingsbury, and Dee Henderson.

I am excited to be reviewing for Readers Favorite so I can play a small part in helping to introduce readers to new and talented authors. You can learn more about me on my review blog.
Lisa M. Schlegel Lisa Schlegel has had several names and careers over the years, but none as treasured as that of author. With the love of writing comes obsessive reading. During most spare moments, you will find Lisa either reading a book, or her alter ego at the laptop, writing one. She is an active member of several writing groups and organizations. Every year, Lisa attends writer workshops, retreats, or conferences.

Lisa's professional background includes computer technologist, dot-com company exec, to most recently, alternative health care provider. Lisa lives in Texas with her astrophysicist husband in a house with three rescued dogs and a confused cat.
Lucinda Weeks

Hello, my name is Lucinda and I have been writing Fiction since I was eight years old. My work has appeared in national magazines and websites. I am currently writing a Christian Fiction series entitled women who met Jesus. I have been working with developmentally disabled adults for over 15 years.

I love to read to write and being an author allows me to do both, while also helping my fellow authors with honest and professional reviews of their work. My educational background includes secondary and post secondary degrees in Psychology, Biblical studies and Biblical counseling, Human services, nursing  and business.

Robert Jordan Hello, my name is Lucianne. A bookworm and proud of it, I prefer reading fiction and non-fiction books to almost any alternative form of entertainment out there today. I stumbled onto reading for pleasure during my elementary school years and really got into it when introduced to the school library's extensive collection of hardbound Nancy Drew books.

Currently, my preferences lie more along the lines of quirky and intriguing works like the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan (pictured left). As much as I love reading, reviewing gives me even more satisfaction as I can voice my opinions in the form of honest and professional reviews.
Marta Tandori Hello, my name is Marta. I've always been an avid reader but it wasn’t until I began studying acting in my early twenties at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York that I realized acting wasn’t really my passion – writing fiction was. Thanks to an overly zealous addiction in my youth to all things Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, I fell in love with mysteries and it’s hardly a surprise that I chose to write in the same genre!

I'm the author of the Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Series as well as several other standalone mysteries. As a writer, I know how difficult it is to become noticed and to find a readership. I love reviewing books because reviews help new authors get their work noticed. You can learn more about me on my website, Facebook and Twitter.
Anne Rice My name is Lit and I'm an indie writer still trying to find my own solid platform in the writing industry, and freelancing at the same time to support my dream. I am an avid reader of many genres and authors, with Anne Rice (pictured left) being one of my favorites.

As a writer myself, I understand the importance of reviews. We writers need feedback to get better and we need to know our readers, and as a reviewer I am able to provide that support to my fellow authors.
Lisa Ryan My name is Lisa and I am an avid reader, particularly in the non-fiction, personal growth genre. I am reading a little fiction now for a change of pace, but I love personal development. I am an author and English was always my favorite subject in school.

I enjoy reviewing because I love to read, and I also know how much I have appreciated the reviewers that have taken the time to read my book. I want to make a difference and help other authors. You can learn more about me on my website.
Lynn Fowlston My Name is Lynn Fowlston and I live with my husband in Tennessee. We have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren! I have many hobbies, including counted cross stitching, puzzles, working with animals and of course, reading.

I have loved reading all my life, and have amassed a home library of close to 1,400 books from the 1800's to 2010. I have tried to pass my love of reading to my children. Reading is not only an adventure for children, it also helps them tremendously in school.

I will read almost any genre, and enjoy being one of the first to read works from new authors, because you never know who will be the next James Patterson! You can read more about me on my blog.

Maria Victoria Beltran Maria Beltran is a voracious reader who is also a writer. After getting her Biology degree at the University of the Philippines, she worked in different jobs such as Commodity and Currency Futures Trader, Marketing Manager, Businesswoman, Scuba Dive Instructor, Resort Owner, Film Maker and Visual Artist.

Through all these experiences she was always a writer, maintaining a column at a local newspaper and winning two literary prizes for fiction. Her latest foray is into screenplay writing. You can learn more about her on her website and blog.
Lisa Sharpe Lisa Sharpe was born in Baltimore MD. but raised on the beautiful Eastern Shore by her grandmother. Lisa is a fable fanatic and loves to create them in the form of short stories. She is the author of "Tanda's Kin" and is working on her new novel "Venetian Dr.."

As an author herself, Lisa understands the value and importance of quality reviews and enjoys helping her fellow authors with honest feedback about their work.
Louise Woods Hello, my name is Louise. I am originally from the United Kingdom. I have lived in the United States for fourteen years. We are a military family and have lived all over the U.S. I am a part time freelance proofreader/editor/creative writer.

I am an avid reader with a very eclectic taste in books. I enjoy genres like Military History, Science Fiction, Autobiographies, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance and everything in between. I have over seven hundred books in my personal collection. I also have young children who love to read a wide range of books from Enid Blyton's classics to the amazing world of Harry Potter.
Thomas Hardy Hello, my name is Lisa. I am an avid reader, a bibliophile and a freelance writer. Many of my articles and reviews are posted on the internet at varying websites. I love writing reviews so that I can enhance my experience with the books I read and share it with others.

My love for books is insatiable and I love the excitement of reading a new book and re-visiting old favorites. My favorite book of all times is Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (picured left), it is a fine example of superior writing skills, finely tuned characterizations and aptly represents human nature at its finest and worst.
Lucas Howard Hello, my name is Lucas Howard. I am 17 years old, I live in Kentucky and am a senior at the David School. In my free time I read and write poetry and play the guitar.

I have always loved to read and am excited about reviewing books for other authors.
Marianne Sciucco Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and, when not writing, works as a campus nurse at a community college. She loves books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoys the three of them together.

A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up. She later brought her two passions together and now writes family dramas with medical issues. Her debut novel, “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimer’s love story, is an award-winning book and Kindle bestseller.
Marisha Huber Marisha Huber fell in love with poetry at a young age and has been reading and writing it ever since. In 2005, her poem To the Victor was First Writer’s US Runner Up of their Fourth International Poetry Competition. She also has poems and short stories published in eZines (Jersey Works and Speculative Fiction Centre) and in print (Secret Attic).

She loves creating vivid emotional images with her writing. Currently, she has books published under two different pen names and is always working on something new in the science fiction and fantasy romance genres. She is excited to be helping other authors with honest reviews of their work as a Readers' Favorite Reviewer.
Anne Bishop Hello, my name is Martina. I am a graduate student with a voracious appetite when it comes to the written word. I will read the owner's manual for cars that I do not even own if there is nothing else available. Each week, I go to the library and check out 10 books.

I love many different genres and books from new authors, but one of my favorite authors is Anne Bishop (pictured left).
Mark Wayne Adams Mark Wayne Adams is a multiple award-winning illustrator who has worked as an artist for Disney and Sea World. He is currently the CEO of an illustration and publishing company, is the president of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and is the judge for the annual Readers' Favorite Illustration Award competition.

Mark contributes his talents and time to the community locally and nationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings and participation in book events from South Florida to Ohio. You can learn more about Mark on his website.
Lori Moore Hello, my name is Lori and I live in Louisville, KY with my husband and our cat, Grady. What author doesn't also like to read? As a recovering workaholic, reviewing books provides me with the opportunity to read books and get to write about them as well.

I have graduate degrees in Management, Media Communication, Organizational Leadership and Business Administration and have taught college as an adjunct business professor for 15 years. You can learn more about me on my website or on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Madelaine Kingsbury Hello, my name is Madelaine and I am a lover of the written word in all forms - narratives, drama, poetry, nonfiction, experimental... you name it, I've tried it! I'm a high school English teacher from the Philadelphia area who's best friend is my local library. I'm an amateur photographer, a frequent concert-goer, and a mom to a wiley, brilliant elementary-aged daughter.

For the last five years, I've set a goal to read 100 books in 365 days, and I've gotten close each year, missing by less than 10 books each time! As a reviewer I get to do what I love and help others at the same time.
Lisa Annette McCombs Hello, my name is Lisa Annette McCombs. As a veteran RLA (Reader and Language Arts) teacher of 30 years, I am exposed to a wide variety of YA literature. I love to read and talk about books. In February 2011 I published my first YA novel (Abby) and am near completion of the sequel and its subsequent third installment of the planned trilogy.

I try to introduce at least one new author a month to my classroom library and being a reviewer for Readers Favorite provides an excellent opportunity to introduce new authors to my students. You can learn more about me on Facebook.
Marcia Abramson Hello, my name is Marcia. I am a professional freelance copy editor, proofreader and book reviewer. I previously was a head copy editor for a major daily U.S. newspaper, where I reviewed books for the paper and its parent companies for many years.

My specialty, though, has always been romance novels, science fiction and historical novels. (I am eagerly awaiting the next novel from Diana Gabaldon, one of my all-time favorites.) I have a BA in Honors English and Spanish and an MA in comp lit from a major university in my home state in the Midwest. Reading is absolutely my favorite thing to do!
Maria Stoica Hello, my name is Maria from Romania. I code by day and write by night; In between, I draw. I write better than I speak and I draw better than I write. I'm a self-taught artist and a software developer. I love reading new books, especially those from new authors.

I'm nuts about animal fantasy and timeless, witty children's books. I also enjoy young adult fiction and fantasy. As a reviewer I watch the flow of words, grammar, and transfer of feelings to the reader.
Marsh Cassady Hello, my name is Marsh. I was a regular book reviewer for two national magazines and an arts newspaper in San Diego. I still write reviews occasionally for local papers. A former theatre and creative writing professor with a Ph.D. degree, I'm the author of fifty-four published books of my own in many genres and about twenty-five books that I've ghosted. I'd estimate that over the years I've had about 4000 short pieces published.

For thirty-seven years I've led all-genre writing workshops. For eight years I was co-publisher of a small press and have been editor of two magazines and two literary journals. I've also been a professional actor/director/scene designer and my art is in several area galleries. Before going to graduate school I was a newspaper journalist.
Marilyn Ayre My name is Marilyn Ayer and I am a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse practitioner and a voracious reader. Reading has been a passion of mine since I got my first library card. Although I am not retired yet I still find time to read at least one book a week.

I am often awed at the amount of work that goes into creating a wonderful story, and am excited to be able to help new and existing authors with an honest and kind review of their work.
Lynda Williams Hello, my name is Lynda. I'm a web/graphic designer and copy writer/editor, mother of two daughters with two granddaughters and a grandson - and two cats! I've always enjoyed reading, as well as writing and editing. I'm happy to be a part of the Readers' Favorite family, and looking forward to reading YOUR books, giving you that third-party point of view and second set of eyes that all of us creatives need in order to continue to improve our craft!

As Captain Kirk pointed out to us, there's nothing quite like holding a book in your hand to transport you into another world. And even though these days that book may be a tablet, computer, or smart phone, humans will never run out of the need for books!

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