EFC Reviewers

Founder, Reviewer, Blogger

ChrissyI’m a stay-at-home mom of two active boys and a beautiful little girl who is more fearless than her brothers, and I love to read. I read every free chance I can. I read while I’m folding laundry and the kids are playing. I read while relaxing in the tub. I read while waiting in line at Starbucks, the grocery store . . . well, you get the idea. I read while waiting in the drive-thru. I have a Nook, a Kindle, and you know what? I’m not afraid of toting a paperback while waiting in line at Target either. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have even picked the slowest check-out lane at the grocery store just so I could finish a book. True story. If you’re an Every Free Chance reader, I’d bet you’re in the same boat!

Favorite Genres: chick lit, YA, general fiction, NA, women’s fiction, some memoirs and nonfiction, paranormal . . . I’m an eclectic reader.


Reviewer, Co-Blogger

MelissaI have a BA in English. I’ve won a few writing awards and had a few paltry things published. I spent all the money I made as a “professional writer” on a tattoo (I’m sure my parents were super proud). After I accepted the idea that being a writer wouldn’t pay the rent (sorry I didn’t believe it sooner, Dad!), I went back to school. I spent two years pursuing a nursing degree and another two in the world of behavior analysis, ultimately ending up as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst.

After ten years of working with special needs students (particularly those on the Autism Spectrum), I welcomed my son into the world and started looking for work I could accomplish while wearing yoga pants and feeding a toddler mashed avocado. I’ve now got not only an effervescent 4-year-old but a wee baby girl as well, which means blogging sometimes takes a back seat to sweeping Cheerios off the floor and snuggling. Totally worth it.

I read Katherine Patterson’s Bridge to Terabithia once a year. I thought the movie was terrible. I haven’t given up hope that the Sesame Street people will hire me to teach Elmo proper grammar. I love Tim O’Brien, Ernest Hemingway, and J.K. Rowling. I secretly enjoy Stephenie Meyer, but seriously . . . don’t tell anyone, okay?

Favorite Genres: sci fi/fantasy, memoir, paranormal romance, special education



GinaI am a stay-at-home mom of boy/girl twins who always remind me that I should get more sleep instead of trying to squeeze one last chapter in at night. They have also inspired me to read more children’s books; I’ve found that books about monsters and princesses are some of my favorites. It probably ties into my love of Disney and my desire to be a mermaid when I was young.

I graduated from college with a BA in Secondary Education and a focus in English but found out that teaching wasn’t the right fit for me. I taught a two-year-old daycare class for a time, but again, I just couldn’t see myself staying in the job. That’s when the idea of books came back into my mind and I decided to discover my inner writer. I’m working on a few different projects right now, but reading and being a mom are my passions.

One of my favorite things to do is curl up by the fire or in the bathtub with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and a good book. I love getting lost in the story and falling in love or even loathing characters. The best books in my mind are the ones that make you feel something, otherwise they are just words on a page.

Favorite Genres: YA, romance, historical fiction, chick lit, literary fiction



JulieI am a stay-at-home mom of three kids (can I still say that when one is away at college?!?). Reading is my passion. I have been part of several book clubs over the years–the most recent of which I founded. Reading is extremely relaxing for me; I just love becoming immersed in characters and their lives. Having a stack of unread novels on my nightstand is comparable to Christmas morning!

Fun fact: I am known as a book snob among my family and friends. But really, I enjoy most books I cross paths with!

Favorite Genres: historical fiction (particularly WWII Germany), women’s fiction, and occasionally humor (see David Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed in Flames)




I’m a stay-at-home super-mom to a boy and two girls. I love to read so much that when I was a teenager, I’d stay up all night long reading romance books I’d stolen from my grandmother. And not your new, everyday romance . . . I’m talking the bodice-ripping Harlequins that my grandmother’s friends would give her by the paper bag full! I’m still a closet fan of those books, but now I prefer to read books with a little more oomph. I’m a big fan of romance, vampires of all kinds (even sparkly ones), murder, mayhem, and most everything except (real) science fiction and war books.

All that reading has given me an overabundance of imagination–which comes in handy when dealing with my active, angsty, creative, and lovable children–and also for writing my own stories. I have three published novels with plans to release my fourth and fifth later this year. When I’m not taking care of house and home, writing or reading, I can be found watching football and UFC, practicing my British accent, and dreaming of living on an island where it’s eighty degrees year-round. I can also be found all over social media, so when you’re finished reading my reviews, be sure to look me up and follow me! You can check out my books on Amazon.

Favorite Genres: romance, mystery, chick lit, fantasy



jaclynHi! My name is Jaclyn and I love to read! My mom tells me I started reading at three years old–and I haven’t put down a book since! I work in Finance full time and I have three rambunctious little ones–so my time is a precious commodity. Don’t be surprised if you see me cooking dinner with a book in hand or reading on my Kindle while exercising over lunch. Multitasking at its best! When I pick up a book, I want it to pull me into another world. I love historical fiction, thrillers, sci fi–but I have to balance it out with some YA, chick lit, and even self-help books every now and again! I absolutely cannot see a movie based on a book without reading the book first. Immediately after the movie (and frequently DURING the movie), I will complain about all the things they did wrong. Except Game of Thrones–they are doing everything right! (Finish the next book, GRRM!) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with 18th century Scotland . . . !

Favorite Genres: historical fiction, thrillers, sci fi, YA, chick lit, self-help


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