My name is Sassy Brit, and I am an independent reviewer and freelance writer. I started this site with the intention of promoting my own work, whilst reviewing for other people every now and then. However, before anyone can say ‘books-a-bound’, a part-time hobby turned into an all-consuming passion, and since June 2005 this site has seen many changes.

As a book and film fanatic with a keen interest in scouring the shelves for that something different I always have a book attached to me in some form or other. If not reading, I’m watching a film, or trying out a new notebook…Crazy, but I love them! I’m officially a notebook nerd.

My love for world cinema is forever growing. I have many favourite foreign films, too many to mention them all;
  • Run Lola Run (Germany), directed by Tom Tykwer
  • The Grudge (Japan), directed by Takashi Shimizu
  • The Matrix (America) directed by The Wachowski Brothers
  • The Ring (Japan), directed by Nanako Matsushima
  • Requium for a Dream (America) directed by Darren Aronofsky
  • American History X (America) directed by British Tony Kaye
  • The Double Life of Veronique (Polish) directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • The Limey (America) directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Apocalypse Now (America) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Okay, so America is not quite classed as world cinema these days, but I am British!

Excellent British films have to incude:

  • 28 Days Later directed by Danny Boyle
  • Dog Soldiers directed by Neil Marshall
  • Sexy Beast directed by Johnathan Glazer
  • Shallow Grave directed by Danny Boyle
  • Hot Fuzz by Edgar Wright
  • Shaun of the Dead by Edgar Wright


  • Mulholland Drive directed by David Lynch
  • The Bourne Identity directed by Doug Liman
  • Road to Perdition directed by Sam Mendes
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind directed by George Clooney
  • The Rules of Attraction directed by Roger Avary

So, here I am, eager to promote books and other products with a difference (hence the ‘alternative’ theme). Yes, I’ve reviewed more than just books!

Items include, but are not limited to:
  • audio and ebooks
  • computer software
  • DVD’s
  • electrical items
  • cookware
  • games
  • indie horror film productions
  • music CD’s
  • health and beauty products
  • pet products (currently I own one dog, two rats and 6 fish).

As you can see, anything goes.



If you have a product or service you’d like reviewed or maybe you’d like me to host a giveaway, or post your press release to this site, please email me at Sassy[dot]Brit[@]gmail[dot]com to pitch your idea.

For giveaways I usually prefer to contact you with the winner’s information and you then send the prize out. I much prefer this option as it saves on postage, especially when I live in England, and many of our giveaways are based in America. If you do chose to dispatch the items yourself, please confirm which locations you will send to.

As part of the review I will generally use a picture of the book or product in the post.

I also cross post everything to various social media marketing places;


I enjoy writing reviews and posting my findings to this blog, but it wouldn’t be so much fun without my readers. So, this blog is for you! I am truly honoured to have your support and enjoy reading and responding to your comments.

Thank you!


P.S. For interested authors I am also on Patreon promoting your books further — for more exposure — from just $1/£1 per month! Seriously, it’s not work to me, it’s too much fun. Please, pop over and see for yourself if you think you could benefit from my services. I’d love to promote you!


  • all PATRON levels come with a Tweeting Service
  • I re-tweet (RT) a lot. I also personalise your tweets to suit you, and try to gain you more followers (in short, I get Twitter and know how to use it!)
  • your books and ebooks are promoted via my website and all the above social media channels
  • your “Spotlight” features include links to your website, blog, Twitter, Facebook etc.
  • I also link to your authors Amazon page, so visitors can directly buy your books
  • I regularly and prominently feature my Patron community on my home page
  • your advert is placed on the front of my website, and can be of your book cover, or your author photo
  • the picture used as an advert can link directly to your sales page, or your website landing page, wherever you prefer -anywhere
  • I’m happy to promote reviews, which aren’t written by me
  • when we reach our first goal we’ll have IN-HOUSE, PATRON ONLY contests!
  • I link to your authors Amazon page, so visitors can directly buy your books
  • I also promote my patrons on Instagram!
  • although this service does not include a review, when we reach our first goal (to cover my expenses) a review, and book trailers are a couple of things you’ll be able to win during my PATRON ONLY contests!
  • plus, I am always looking for extra ways to give you more value – that’s why YOU GET REWARDS for joining our community, with very little outlay to you. (From $1.00 / £1.00…
  • honestly, I could go on…

Interested? Pop over to my Patreon page and become a valued patron TODAY!  Thank you.

Author: Sassy Brit, Author Assistant

Founder and Owner of Alternative-Read.com author personal and virtual assistant. Editor and reviewer for #altread since 2005.

19 thoughts on “WELCOME: About Me

  1. Great review site and reviews. I absolutely enjoyed reading the reviews and would buy the books just to see how they unfold.

  2. This is SO COOL, Sissy! I'd love to send you a review copy of a book that I think would dovetail beautifully with your interests. Could you please email me at julie@jkscommunications.com and let me know how I can get it to you, if you're open to that? Thanks for following me on Twitter!

  3. I am so intrigued by this site – as strange as it may seem I am new to the inernet 🙂 Anyway, I am an aspiring writer, an editor (medical at the moment) and if I could spend my life doing nothing but reading and writing I would. I will be spenging a lot of time here I think.

  4. Thank you for your kind words, Milissa!

    Ooh, a newbie on the Internet, well, I am very pleased to meet you and hope you enjoy your stay here.


  5. I'm not so much into world cinema but love the list you have for British film. Loved 28 Days Later! I think you are doing a great job with your blog. It's a very interesting, busy looking blog. Always lots going on! Thanks for working so hard 🙂

  6. Thanks very much, Carolyn!

    Yes, 28 Days Later, has got to be one of my all time favourites from a very long list — too long to place above!

    Keep on blogging! I love your blog, too.

  7. Love your taste in film! Sexy Beast, The Limey, Run Lola Run, Requiem for a Dream, Shaun of the Dead, Mulholland Drive etc. great movies.

    Have you senn In the Loop? It's LOL funny

  8. Hi Amy!

    Thanks. No, I haven't actually seen In the Loop, but it's one I know I can't miss out on forever!

    Looks like my kind of film with James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander and Steve Coogan.

    A foul-mouthed, political 'fly-on-the-wall satire' What more could a girl ask for?


  9. This is such a sassy site! I love it and all that you guys have done here for authors and readers.

  10. Reblogged this on Alternative-Read.com and commented:

    This is a reblog of my very first post way back in 2005. It’s been buried for years, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I have just added a little extra about becoming one of my Patrons, (haha! I’ve got no shame!) but other than that – it’s real #ThrowbackThursday fodder! Enjoy!

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