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Rabid Reader’s Reviews presents reviews written by book lovers for book lovers. Our goal is to bring you balanced reviews of current indie and popular novels. Rabid Reader’s has temporarily closed review requests.

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Tammy Dewhirst was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan—just outside of Ann Arbor. Educated in a church school and raised in a generally restrictive environment, Tammy’s mother was a strong believer in education and not limiting—within reason—the types of novels and literature available to her children. At an early age, Tammy developed an interest in biography and mystery that have lasted her a lifetime. She attended varied universities in Tennessee and Michigan eventually earning degrees in history, politics, literature and historical preservation. Tammy now works at a local telecommunications company and volunteers in the role of Chair for a branch of a provincial heritage non-profit .She lives with her husband and daughter in Amherstburg, Ontario.

David Vaughn Sr., Tammy’s father, is an occasional contributor to Rabid Reader’s Reviews. David was born and raised in Brunswick, Ohio. At a young age, he was sent to live with family in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended a grammar school geared toward visually impaired children. David returned to Brunswick for high school but eventually dropped out after 4 years in the 9th grade. He relocated to Ypsilanti, Michigan after marrying and spent his career working for General Motors in Ypsilanti and later Toledo, Ohio. David retired in 2005 and now lives in southern Tennessee with his wife of 52 years. David was diagnosed with dementia in 2018 and interaction in book discussion is now limited though he still reads a book per day on most days.

Reviews are posted regularly to Rabid Reader’s Reviews Facebook page, Rabid Readers Reviews Google+ page and on Twitter @RabidReaders. You can also follow my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.



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Pam Alster

Hi Tammy,

I tried to submit my book for your consideration to your email address but it was returned to me several times as an incorrect address. Please advise if your info. has changed. Thanks.


I answered this message privately. I get notifications daily so if the e-mail issues happen again, posting here works well too.

J.E. Ryder

Good morning Tammy,

I left an email message for you on April 25 (further information to add to our previous conversation). Can you let me know if you’ve read it please?
Many thanks,

Michel Sauret

Dear Tammy,

I found your reviewer’s blog through a search of Indie Book Reviewers / Bloggers.

I’d love to submit my collection of interconnected short stories for your review consideration. Information about the book is below, or it can be found here:


AMIDST TRAFFIC is the winner of the International Book Awards and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

It was also selected as an Editor’s Choice by Independent Publisher (which hosts the IPPY awards annually) and received the Indie Reader Approved stamp by IndieReader.com

Additionally, I was the winner of the Army Journalist of the Year Award in 2008 for my work in Iraq.

Here is a synopis of the book:

From an old man collecting drinking straws three at a time, to a pair of Chicago drug addicts faring poorly in their attempt to raise a child, nearly everyone involved in this collection of connected stories cannot shake the feeling that something bigger than themselves is going on.

Moving from diners to gas stations, from urban apartments to the war in Iraq, these stories tackle the question of faith in desperate times. Lost, struggling characters look for meaning. And yet, the topic of faith is handled with literary class, without insulting the reader with preachy lines. Just honest, compelling stories reside inside.

The prose is literary and poetic. The characters are so real, you can’t help but feel their struggles.

Fate and free will are called into play. There are visionaries who can predict tragedy before it strikes. And there are visionary hunters who stand on the edge of manipulating their power. There’s a man who inexplicably digs a hole in his back yard to escape nightmares, a woman who tattoos words on her body, and a man who thinks his shoes are talking to him.

Everything is connected.

While many of the characters and their actions can come across random, chaotic or ordinary, as their stories begin to intersect, they lead to greater questions about life and who is in control of it. How do we reconcile the chaos of the world with a faith in God? These stories explore the answers and the questions that drive them.

Thank you so much for your consideration and your time.

I’ll be happy to provide you with a Smashwords coupon upon request.


Ava Easterby

Hi Tammy!

Sorry to bother you, but I submitted a review request for my Psychological Thriller Novella, Blood in the Past, on June 21st and have yet to receive a response. Can you verify that you received it? Thank you so much.



I did receive your e-mail. I have not yet opened it or responded as I’m reworking my upcoming review schedule.

Gary Alan Henson

I’d love a review of either/both of my books, ‘Genome’ and ‘Arlo and Jake Enlist’. You can find links to Amazon, B&N, Smashwords on my writing blog at ‘garyalanhenson.blogspot.com’.

‘Genome’ is a ghost story with a techno twist or a high tech mystery with a paranormal plot; depends on your viewpoint 😉 It flowed from a screenplay I wrote in 2006.

‘Arlo and Jake’ is a SciFi series dedicated to pure adventure and fun. The first book (out) is ‘Arlo and Jake Enlist’. The second ‘Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp’ is in edit. This series is pure on-the-beach-with-an-umbrella-drink enjoyment.

I hope you’ll mosey over and look through my blog and try/review my books.