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Kate FuentesJuly 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm
I would like to inquire/request a review from you for my newly released YA fiction, Elements The Beginning. I have included my webpage, amazon link, and Goodreads to give you an understanding of what the book is about. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great evening!
Joan SlonczewskiAugust 6, 2011 at 11:49 am
I think you would enjoy reviewing THE HIGHEST FRONTIER (Tor Books, September), about a Cuban-American woman going to college on a space satellite. It is “science fiction” that be read by anyone interested in adventure with ideas.
PW review here:
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Tom WintonAugust 19, 2011 at 6:26 am
I hope you’ll consider reviewing my new indie release, The Last American Martyr. It’s the story of an unemployed doorman who wins The Nobel Prize for Literature and is forced to run for his life when he returns home with his new-found fame and fortune. This book is in contention for Random House’s Youwriteon website “2012 Book of the Year.”
Thank you for your consideration.
Tom Winton–Author of Amazon Best Seller Beyond Nostlagia
Benjamin WolfeAugust 19, 2011 at 9:16 am
Hey Book Smugglers,
I have an ebook called “The Adventures of Squid Rasta” out on. Its a satirical,slightly irreverent,fantasy,crime drama.It tells the tale of a marijuana smuggling,gun running,Rasta squid who’s just trying to get along with the rest of squidkind.That’s easier said than done,with setups and assassination attempts abounding.After all,being the leader of the Jamaican-West Coast Connection was a dangerous job. On his journey to find where he fits in he crosses paths with an eclectic group of individuals,from a secret government agent,to an ex-supermodel cannibal.Will he come to the enlightenment he so desperately desires before he catches a bullet…or worse? Laugh out loud funny and thought provoking, The Adventures of Squid Rasta ia sure to be an instant counterculture classic.
Deborah KennedyAugust 27, 2011 at 11:52 am
Dear Book Smugglers:
I would love for you to consider reviewing my novel, Two Kinds of Color. It’s the story of a mother’s love and heroic sacrifice for her racially divided children. Two of them are white, two of them black, raised in a hustler’s brutal environment on the South Side of Chicago. I have included my webpage and Amazon link. I look forward to hearing from you.
Eamonn HarriganSeptember 3, 2011 at 11:35 am
just writing to enquire would you be interested in reviewing my recently published novel – Where The Dead Go -published by Solstice Publishing. I believe it is an interesting take on the afterlife and unlike anything you will have read before. It has been getting good 5 star reviews on amazon. The links are
I would happily provide a copy for review and appreciate your time.
Stella VanceSeptember 10, 2011 at 9:58 am
Am seeking reviews for a soon-to-be-released memoir:
Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit
Betrayed at the age of 21 by the first love of her life, Stella Vance embarks on a life of fearless adventure. She travels the world, adding notches to her lipstick case with lovers from all over the world, and surviving harrowing experiences, including abuse, addiction, abortion, date rape, and cult involvement. Along the way, Stella undergoes a spiritual transformation. Once awakened to the reality of nonduality, she gradually realizes that life is just a game, that death is just another dimension, and that nothing “out there” can really hurt her.
This inspiring page-turning memoir begins in the 1970s, with Stella as a Christian zealot. Subsequently questioning all religious dogma, Stella’s mystical quests leads her to delve deeply into the realms of dreams, psychic readings, astrology, tantric yoga, reincarnation and her own past lives, the entheogen ketamine, Indian holy men and women, revolving-door relationships, the seeker culture of southern California, and finally, the ultimate path of Advaita Vedanta. At the same time, she deals with anorexia and bulimia, addictions to cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol, unwanted pregnancies, teaching in public schools, the death of several loved ones, foreclosure, and emigrating to South America.
The life of Stella Vance embodies all the adventure, drama, romance, humor, and philosophy of a free spirit set loose in the ’70s and finding its way into the new millennium. Reading Dancing with Duality provides experience that life is meant to provide entertainment, as well as to teach us how to be grateful, forgive, and heal from all its vagaries.
In the end, Stella’s free spirit journey takes her on the path to the ultimate freedom: freedom from the mind with all its fears, judgments, limiting beliefs, and worries.
Jennifer KleyDecember 4, 2011 at 7:24 am
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nicola ormerodDecember 21, 2011 at 3:16 am
hi there i am a small independant publishing house and i wondered if you would be interested in reviewing any of our books. We currently have around 15 titles, we currently have genres right across the board, from romance to sci-fi to horror and erotica, we like to think we can cater for everyone. I would be happy to send you a retailer catalogue so you can see the books we have to offer and i can send them in your prefered ebook format in either PDF, EPUB or prc (kindle). Thank you for taking the time to read this x
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Leo BolañosApril 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm
Dear Book Smugglers:
I would love for you to consider reviewing my novel “The eye of the lion”
I would happily provide a copy for review and appreciate your time.
AJ CushnerJune 2, 2012 at 7:50 am
I hope you’ll consider reviewing my new release from Martin Sisters Press, “Jake Dellahunt, Vineyard Lawyer.” It’s the story of a dysfunctional lawyer hiding out from his almony payments, the IRS and his two alienated young sons on Martha’s Vineyard who finds himself being drawn into a seventy year-old murder. This book is in contention for a Random House and Amazon Award for “Book of the Year.”
Thank you for your consideration.
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David L DawsonJuly 3, 2012 at 7:50 am
I hope you’ll consider reviewing my dystopian young adult novel The Fall. It’s written in third person, from the perspective of a young adult struggling with issues like sexuality and responsibility plus the added burdens of warring gods, cat people and ancient conspiracies. At the moment it’s only available as an ebook (I can send you any format).
Robert CarterJuly 11, 2012 at 4:14 am
Hi Book Smugglers
I am a new indie author, with a background in traditional publishing in historical fiction and fantasy.
Would you review my latest work? It is called Sheer Purgatory and is an hilarious romp through the Afterlife in a Douglas Adams meets Terry Pratchett kind of way. If Monty Python had shot another movie, this would probably have been the one they shot dead. Dan arrives in Purgatory with Victor 3157, his well-meaning but incompetent guardian angel, where he finds he has to wash away his sins, outsmart angelic security and figure out how to get his life back.
If yes, will provide book in epub format. Thank you for your time.
Greg TurkstraDecember 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm
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It would be amazing if you could have a look at a new format for eBooks called Wondertown. It is a full-length fantasy novel from Mac Fallows that includes twelve original songs—each one an extension of the story sung by the characters themselves- and seventeen illustrations from acclaimed illustrator, Emrah Elmasli.
If you are interested in having a look and listen I will send you a copy of the ebook including the music.
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and for more information and samples of the songs and book you can go to http://www.wondertownproject.com/
Thank you for your time and continued success on your terrific blog.
Nicholas BovingJanuary 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm
“Evil is alive and well. Demons exist. I know, for I have seen them. I have fought them and they are very real.”
“The Warlock” is an occult thriller with its share of horror and black magic. An overworked executive takes a sabatical on a Greek Island finds himself caught up in an horrific battle between good and evil.
Oublished by Taylor Street Publishing, it is available on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/SdBqGI
I hope you’ll find time to take a look at it.
P.L. ParkerFebruary 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm
Please accept this as a request to review my sci-fi novel, The Chalice. 1,000 women awaken on an alien ship bound for parts unknown. The males thought they’d came willingly. The women believed they’d been kidnapped and when the two sides meet, the battle commences.
Jack WeiandMarch 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Hi My name is Jack Weiand and I am writer of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and adventure. I’m currently working on 8 novels. My first and latest one is available on Amazon Ekindle and it is called Rocket 88. It is about a car customizer who inherits a mysterious black car from his grand father. He soon realizes that this isn’t an ordinary classic car as he discovers it has no fuel tank, no way to open the hood and it is ridiculously fast. As the story unfolds, he soon discovers his deceased grand father’s true identity as a Russian nuclear physicist and the car’s true destructive purpose and what it was truly meant for during an era where tensions were high between the soviet union and the United states. If you would be so kind to read and review it, I would greatly appreciate it.
Regards Jack Weiand
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There are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or ghosts; we are the monsters.
I thank you in advance for your consideration.
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Nora FarrMay 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm
How do I get “The Lightbearers” to you for a review? Aside from physical copies, I have a Kindle and PDF version.
Kristy Feltenberger GillespieMarch 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm
I recently published Jaded, a YA Thriller. Please let me know if you’re interested in reviewing and I’ll send you an e-copy.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00II0UUSQ
Blurb: Jade has spent her entire life within the confines of the eye-color- obsessed Nirvana commune. She dreams of experiencing freedom but travel to the Outside is forbidden. Besides, she’s a dutiful daughter who never breaks the rules. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, however, she realizes just how little she wants to follow the commune rules. She doesn’t want to undergo another eye color surgery, or immediately choose a life partner, or follow her parents’ life paths of teaching or wine making. In fact, her green eyes suit her just fine, she’s never even been on a date, and she’s passionate about photography. And yet she’s resigned to do as she’s told because it’s easier for her to close her eyes and follow orders.
Her Grandmother Ruby’s murder is the catalyst that causes Jade to open her eyes wide for the first time in her life. She’s devastated yet determined to find the killer and their motive. With help from her mysterious friend Tyrian, and Peaches, the commune leader’s sweet daughter, Jade unearths dark secrets which include her mother’s illicit affair, her maternal grandparents’ escape from Nirvana, and a plethora of murders. To make matters worse, someone is hell bent on ending Jade’s mission for the truth, and that someone is most likely the killer.
Jade can’t continue conforming to an evil society and yet she fears the Outside is just as corrupt. If she resolves to flee and is caught, the punishment is banishment to the slave cabins…and blinding.
Although Jaded is considered a young adult dystopian novel, adults will be able to relate to Jade’s plight.
John StilwellJune 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm
The email on your contact page gave me an error. If you are still doing reviews, request you consider my short book, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful. It is a collection of three time travel short stories.
What if everybody has time travel?
Giving an serving of humor and action, the three stories deal with the same event. One morning everybody wakes up to find a new internet service. One that lets you send an email to yourself exactly one month into the future or into the past.
The first story is about the average person’s experience. The second is about a criminal coming to grips with his life in chaos. The third is the government’s reaction to the situation. Just trying to keep up, the situation quickly turns into an arms race that threatens nuclear holocaust.
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I would be forever indebted to you if you would take a moment to visit The Amber Conspiracy website. My hope is that you’ll find the story captivating enough to warrant your time to review it. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
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Victoria Louise SadlerAugust 23, 2014 at 10:22 am
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Title: Unconventional Desires: A diary of discovery… Domination, Submission, Sadism and Masochism
Author: Victoria Louise Sadler.
Publisher: Victoria Louise Sadler
Edition: Kindle Edition Only
Synopsis: Victoria is a twenty something biology graduate who is currently living at home with her parents and just embarking on her new career. Victoria aspired to be “normal,” even run of the mill as a teenager, although this was not to be so as she found herself attracted to and excited by fictional scenes of domination and erotic torture. Her thoughts and feelings disturbed her greatly and were pushed to the back of her mind for many years. Then the internet stirred her repressed thoughts; reawakening her desires. What she discovers allows her to understand her desires and lessen the fears she had felt in the past, ultimately it freed her to explore her needs. Now she has a lover… Not an ordinary lover, but one who understands and satisfies her desires. In this, her diary she reveals to the world how she found him, what they do together and what he does to meet her very unconventional desires.
Victoria Louise Sadler
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Right now, my novel is priced at $0.99, but I would be happy to send an electronic file to you.
Thanks for reading through this and I hope you consider my novel. Have a good day!
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