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20 comments:

  1. Hi, hey, and hello! On behalf of Wondertale Press, I'd like to formally invite you to read and review our new young adult fantasy novel.

    I think this series would probably be more interesting for Anna, as it's fantasy. But we'd like to think that everyone would enjoy it!

    It all began when the ruling elders of Wondertale Press first laid eyes on the original manuscript of the novel.

    “Zango!” they shouted.

    It was like a mythical creature had landed in their midst. “Gather the magicians!”

    Straight away they embarked on a quest to have this tale published. They threw down bags of gold at the feet of the authors and set the magicians to work editing and designing.

    It was an exciting time. Everyone knew this was going to be mega.

    And what is the name of this flamtabulous tale? The Magician’s Workshop. Readers find it to be a playful coming-of-age story, full of childhood wonder, whooshing magic, and incredibly complex characters.

    It all takes place on a distant planet, billions of trillions of skyblips from our own. Everyone there lives on islands, and they can all do magic.

    Yup. Everyone is magical. Anything anyone can imagine can be projected into existence. Their entire world is crammed full of augmented reality.

    So what does this mean for the characters?

    As kids, this magical ability means silly fun, endless adventures, and deep personal expression. But as they grow, they’re forced to face great emotional conflict, oppressive rules, and a whole lot of vicious competition.

    This book was designed for teens, but in Wondertale’s market testing, they’ve found that adults love it just as much.

    If you think it might be monkey-flipping-mega to check the book out and give it a review, I’ve made it available as an ePub, MOBI, and PDF for any device. Email me at jrfstory@gmail.com.


    Thanks for your time. Best wishes, and happy reading!

    —From Jonathan, director of marketing, and all of the others at Wondertale who still believe in magic.


    (Oh! And in case you’d like some more information, and don’t find things like “details” or “numbers” to be boring, drenchous, or otherwise fragdaggaling, I’ve included them for you here at the bottom.)


    Webpage: www.oceea.com
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQGHGBH
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Magiciansworkshop/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32948256-the-magician-s-workshop-volume-one

    The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One
    Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
    Published by: Wondertale, California
    Ebook Publication Date: November 8, 2016
    Paperback Publication Date: April 25, 2017 (estimated)
    ebook ISBN: 1-945353-11-2
    ebook ASIN: B01MQGHGBH
    Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
    Ages: 12 and up.
    Length: 85,000 words / 290 pages

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  2. Hello Anna and Erin. I just stumbled across your book blog when searching for a potential review of my debut self-published fantasy novel, and from what I've read so far, your blog, with your honest opinions, is the kind of place I've been searching for As for my story, it's hard to narrow the genre down beyond 'fantasy', as there is so much happening, but it has a rundown, apocalyptic feel throughout. I wrote it specifically with the intention of it being accessible to both adult and young adult readers.
    I've included some details for you below. If you're at all interested I can send you a PDF copy of the book via email.
    Title: Crystal Castle
    Date of Publication: 24th October 2016 (Kindle), paperback was a week later, both on Amazon.
    Blurb: Gabriel sits by his fire awaiting the arrival of each member of his fellowship. They do not know of him nor of the epic journey that lies ahead. Brought together by forces unknown, they travel across the vast landscape of New Earth on their quest to bring to an end the evil reign of the mysterious Ruler of the Crystal Castle. During their treacherous journey, which is plagued by the cruel, dark power of the Ruler, they find friendship and love, but also suffer great loss and witness untold horrors as they move closer to the infamous Crystal Castle. Gabriel knows that this mission is his fellowship's destiny, but will they be strong enough to succeed?
    Contact: j_liverpoolmania@hotmail.com

    I hope to hear from you soon,
    All the best,
    John
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-D.-Ashton/e/B01M6BPIPV/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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  3. Hello

    My name is Robert Skuce. My latest Thriller/Crime story “Kiss of Death” will be released soon. I am currently looking for reviewers to provide an honest review in exchange for the book for free. It will be available in all e-book formats and I can send you the format you prefer. My book will be available at online retailers.
    Here is a brief overview of my book:
    Bruno Norcross is a detective who never got over letting a serial killer get away. Now that Kiss of Death of resurfaced, he is determined to close the case. The death of another young college girl has sparked outrage in Charlie Lassitor, the police Sargent, whose daughter was killed by this very killer. Bruno feels compelled to close this case, but the details get blurred when a new name enters the list of suspects. Can Bruno catch the killer before his killing spree ends and he vanishes again? Or will Kiss of Death once again elude him?
    You can read more about it on my website www.robertskuce.com The book is currently on pre-order set to be released March 1st, 2017.
    If you are interested in reviewing my book, doing an author interview or just reading my book for discussion, I would love to hear from you.
    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me: reviews@robertskuce.com
    Sincerely,
    Robert Skuce

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  4. Dear The Wood Between The Worlds:

            I see you like sci-fi, and thought you'd might enjoy a free advanced release e-copy of the brand new sci-fi comedy 11,984.  This is not a conventional novel. It contains a lot of creative innovations, including punctuation from the future. 

            Thousands of years in the future, humanity has finally eradicated war, poverty, and all forms of human suffering. With no problems or unanswered questions remaining in the world, everyone is bored out of their minds, that is until the sun starts putting on a light show, the first warning sign it's getting ready to supernova!

           Our heroes from the year 11,984 are your typical family of two mothers, three fathers, a couple of kids, and plenty of robots. Fun-loving Troll, so called because of her giant troll doll hair(They don't have names in the future, or wear clothes) is the world's leading hydrologist/interior decorator, whose plans to retire quickly change when faced with the drought to end all droughts. Bulb, bald head glowing like a lightbulb, is the cranky Minister of Rational Thought. His faith in science is tested by the total collapse of society. Last but not least is Litterbot, the clumsy garbagebot who gets no respect, and whose highest priority--to clean--is frustrated by a world without messes. 

           As the family works on building an escape spaceship, the sun bombards them in changing colors, which unbeknownst to them causes radiation insanity. The sky colors keep growing stronger, and these totally peaceful people are at each other's throats. It gets so bad their bodies mutate (which helps them work faster) and world computer crashes (forcing them to read primitive paper books, and rely more on Litterbot.) Will they launch before getting smashed to pieces? 

          My first humor novel, Foxavier and Plinka, was published in 2013. May I email the complete 11,984 manuscript of 75,000 words? Thank you.

    Scott Evans

    15 Savannah St., Rochester NY

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    1. Hi Scott,
      Thanks for giving us the option to review your book! We love getting to hear from authors. I think we're going to pass at this time, since the story-line doesn't really sound like something up our alley. But as an aspiring author, I (Erin) wish you all the best!

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  5. Hullo Anna,

    I'm writing to ask if you'd consider reviewing my novel The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows (available as an Ebook and in print). This Dickensian comic mystery recounts the misadventures of a humble and hapless law clerk as he wanders the gas-lit streets of an almost-London seeking the Empire's greatest villain.  A baroquely written tragicomic, the novel had been described as "a Guinness cake with cream cheese frosting".

    Thanks for your time and considerations,

    --Matthew

    MAJTimmins.com

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    1. Matthew, I would love to review your book! As a Dickens fan, it sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy. What form would you like me to review?

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  6. Hullo Anna, I can offer you an ePub, mobi, or PDF of the book. Or, if you prefer, I can send you a paperback (though that would take a few weeks). Thanks!

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    1. Epub would be fantastic!!! My email address is Dogkahn@aol.com.

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  7. Hey how are you?

    Would you like to review our new book the Bullied?
    It's a fascinating novel for young adults, with Fear as the narrator.
    It's the first book in a series and it's helping raise awareness about bullying.

    (YA fiction, 300 pages)

    Here is the link - http://amzn.to/2pBVUDk

    Thank you so much!
    Ben

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    1. Hi, thanks for reaching out! The Bullied doesn't quite sound like our kind of book, but we wish you the best of luck with it! Thanks for raising awareness about bullying. That's great!

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  8. Hi Anna and Erin,

    We would love to send you a free copy (ebook or print copy) of Jason Shulman's book, The MAGI Process, A Nondual Method for Personal Awakening and the Resolution of Conflict or Ecstatic Speech, Expressions of True Nonduality if you would be open to writing an honest review for your blog.

    Here is his Amazon author's page. https://www.amazon.com/Jason-Shulman/e/B001JPC8HI

    Jason Shulman is an American spiritual teacher whose original work springs from his Judaic and Buddhist background. He is the founder of A Society of Souls: The School for Nondual Healing and Awakening, based in the United States and the Netherlands. There he teaches the distinctive body of nondual work he has developed to awaken the human spirit: Nondual Healing, Impersonal Movement and the Work of Return. Jason’s main concern has been to develop paths of healing the mind, body and spirit based on his own understanding of the difficulties inherent in the human condition. Through his studies and practice, Jason has developed a unique perspective on human consciousness and the nature of existence. His work seeks to translate this perspective into a replicable and clearly-delineated path for other seekers of truth to follow. He has been especially interested in applying personal spiritual work to methods of transforming society at large. To that end, he has created the MAGI Process, a nondual method of working with conflicts between people, institutions and governments. He is the author of numerous monographs and books, and several albums of his work as a singer and songwriter. More about his work can be found at www.societyofsouls.com

    Please let me know if this seems like a good fit for your site.

    Thanks, Kim

    Kimberly Burnham
    Publisher at the Creating Calm Publishing Group
    nervewhisperer@gmail.com

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  9. Dear Anna and Erin:

    I am not certain if my historical novel, Revenants, The Odyssey Home (Moonshine Cove Publishing) will fall within your review range, but I did not want to presume so I am inquiring to request a review: When a grief-stricken candy striper resolves to return home a nameless veteran of the Great War, she must overcome not only his reticence to reveal his past but the skullduggery of a local congressman who controls the hospital as part of his small-town political fiefdom.

    Revenants is a 303-page coming-of-age retelling of Homer’s Odyssey about Betsy’s struggle to regain meaning in her life following her brother’s death in Viet Nam by returning home a war-disfigured patient the VA hospital has secreted away for fifty years. Hidden and forgotten. Almost. Because standing in her path is Congressman Hanna who knows her patient’s name. A name that if revealed would end his congressional career and destroy his marriage. Complicating Betsy’s struggle is her patient’s refusal to surrender his name. Yet he is compelled by his need for contrition to tell his story, dropping clues as to the boy he once was, about the girl he left behind, that Betsy must puzzle together before Hanna discovers she has learned his secret. While not an historical romance novel, a forbidden love, revealed near the end of Revenants, drives the plot. If I have piqued your interest, you can read the first two chapters on BookBuzzr by going to my website and scrolling down to the lower right-hand corner: www.scottkauffman.net.

    My fiction career began with an in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer's eighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, I failed to read the book. An exercise in invention was called for. I snagged a B, better than the C that I received on my last report when I actually read the book. Thus began my life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. I am the author of the legal-suspense novel, In Deepest Consequences, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. My short fiction has appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. I am now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories. I am an attorney in Irvine, California, where my practice focuses upon white-collar crime and tax litigation with my clients providing me endless story fodder. My Goodreads link is: www.goodreads.com/book/show/28365348-revenants

    Thank you for your consideration. I can make Revenants available to you by epub, pdf, gift Kindle, or print.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Kauffman

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    1. Scott, while we congratulate you on successfully writing a novel, and for thinking of us, it's not really up our alley. Good luck on your future endeavors!

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  10. My name is Kari Lynn West, and I thought you might be interested in reviewing my debut YA fantasy, The Secrets of Islayne. It was recently published on June 30, 2017, and it is about 68,000 words long.

    Here’s a short blurb about the story:

    A boy who can restore forgotten moments from the past unearths a secret that threatens his entire future.

    For centuries, the island of Islayne has given certain residents the ability to revive other people’s memories. These gifted individuals are known as luminators, and sixteen-year-old Ronan Saunders desperately desires to join their illustrious ranks. As he struggles against the prejudice of the old, powerful families who have an iron grip on the trade, Ronan falls under the tutelage of a reclusive luminator, rumored to be insane.

    Just when his long-desired future is within reach, Ronan and his three friends discover a deadly secret on the island. As they delve deeper into the mystery, what they find forces them to question their loyalties, doubt long-held beliefs, and wrestle with the dire consequences of revealing the truth. Ronan finds himself torn between everything he loves and the only future he’s ever wanted. The entire fate of the lumination trade hangs in the balance of his decision.

    I don’t have a specific timeframe in mind, but I would love if the review could be done within the next two months. Thanks so much for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Kari

    Website: www.karilynnwest.com
    Twitter: @karilynnwest
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/karilynnwestwrites/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16870760.Kari_Lynn_West
    Amazon book link: http://amzn.to/2tIfNKi

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  11. Hello!

    I found your site through a review of Rotten Magic, and, as a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, was immediately drawn to the blog name.

    If you are interested, I would be happy to offer you a review copy of Song of Insurrection, Book 1 of the Dragon Songs Saga.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0192DPDR0/
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33097240-songs-of-insurrection

    A blend of East and West, it follows an awkward girl as she rediscovers the lost magic of Dragon Songs; with a parallel arc following a ninja version of Holmes and Watson.

    Feel free to contact me at: jc.kang.author@gmail.com.

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  12. Hello Anna ,



    Would you be interested in reviewing my book "Rescuing the Prince" ? It is a young adult fantasy novel with a dash of romance suitable for ages 12 and up. It was published in February 2017. Here is the synopsis:



    During the afternoon Fantasy Parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend. I am not making this up.

    So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, will she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider?



    Please let me know, and I will email you a Kindle MOBI file. I also have a PDF file and an EPub file if you prefer it in that format.



    Here is the Amazon link with a couple sample chapters: https://www.amazon.com/Rescuing-Prince-Meghann-McVey-ebook/dp/B01MUKB7J0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516388637&sr=8-3&keywords=rescuing+the+prince





    Here's a Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34183077-rescuing-the-prince?from_search=true



    Here's a link to another review: http://bookishcreature.com/rescuing-the-prince-meghann-mcvey/



    If you accept my book and could review it within 3 months, that would be great. If that isn’t possible, I’d appreciate a review whenever you can fit it in.



    Thank you for considering my book,

    Meghann McVey rescuing.the.prince@gmail.com

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  13. Hi, I'm looking to see if I can find anyone who is willing to review a PDF, Epub or .mobi of my 44k word sci-fi leaning paranormal/fantasy book called The Illumination Query and post the review in June when I'm crowdfunding it's publication. http://booklaunch.io/22niel/tsod1
    If you want to get an overview of the story, there’s a fairly complete explanation of it here: http://publishizer.com/the-illumination-query/ I stopped the original campaign before it ran it’s course because I had initially started it without having any way of publicizing the project. I would like to have a way to get people aware of the book when I re-open it.
    Sarah Baethge (http://www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge/)

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  14. Would you like a free copy of this exciting new utopian apocalyptic comedy sci-fi novel?

    THE DAY THE SUN CHANGED COLORS

    In the year 4377, the Earth is a utopia of total peace, but when the Sun starts changing colors like a giant disco ball, all hell breaks loose. The world's water is going to all dry up in 103 days. The family of two moms, three dads, and two kids must build a spaceship to escape, but the intense bombardment of colors coming from the sky is driving them nuts. Can their clumsy little unappreciated cleaning robot save the day?

    Here are the latest reviews:

    "I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face"

    "As entertaining as The Shape Of Water!"

    "Charming and colorful and wildly imaginative, and very cool--the kind of thing only a mad, iconoclastic genius could have conceived and birthed. Bravo..."

    Review on GoodReads from Valerie Roberson--
    The author, Scott Evans, has you wondering if you are dreaming or really in the future. He writes this with a sense of humor, such as "Warning: The following material contains punctuation from the future" and by golly, it does and that makes the book interesting. He has also put together his own words for us to enjoy. Such as helenreddyshere. Now it took me a while for it to sink in what he was doing. I love this part and love that he used Helen Reddy as one of his words, he must be from the 70's to know who she is. Love it!
    After millions, billions, and trillions of years, Earth is how we wish it would be. Peaceful, no money, everybody is equal and everybody loves and respects each other. One day the sky started to turn different colors. The colors of the rainbow.
    Now everybody is in an uproar and people are summoned to their professions to figure out what is going on. Yes, people are smart and as young as 2 have degrees in high tech areas. . I laughed so hard, I had tears streaming down my face.


    This peaceful planet is now like it was back in 2017. With people all over the world fighting for the last chicken nugget, shoving and couples arguing. This is all from the different sky colors.


    You see, the sun is going to explode and the moon is going to crash. So they were told to evacuate to another planet. And the people started to leave, except one family. This family is going to build their own ship. They go to a dispensary to get their parts. This place has all the old left over things from our time. They have never seen most of this stuff. It is so funny to read their comments on things we take for gannet.


    So they start to build the ship. But like most families, there is bickering and at least one person who thinks they know it all and are in charge. This goes on for a long time and they are running out of time to leave.


    The ending was nothing like I thought it would be. I really liked the ending and found it interesting and shaking my head thinking that it figures. There is a lot of science terms and I had a hard time figuring it all out in the beginning, but all of a sudden the story fell in place for me and I was really enjoying it. This is for the true science fiction lover. Completely different from any other I have come across of. Good story line, good writing (after I figured it all out), good humor and down right unusual."



    THE DAY THE SUN CHANGED COLORS is available for purchase

    in paperback(288 pages) on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/198748617X

    and as an e-book(187 pages) on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYP83F3

    GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36437499-the-day-the-sun-changed-colors

    Comedy sci-fi, 74,000 words, ISBN: 9781987486179


    Read sample chapters and more on the Scott Talbot Evans author page on WordPress: https://ScottTalbotEvans.wordpress.com


    Please let me know if you would like a free mobi or pdf copy.


    Thank you.


    Scott Talbot Evans

    Rochester New York


    ScottTalbotEvans@gmail.com

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  15. Would you like a FREE e-copy of FOXAVIER LOVES PLINKA, the funny tale of love and cookies?

    CAN A CRAZED DIETER FIGHT THE TEMPTATION OF COOKIE COMMERCIALS STARRING THE PRETTY PIE GIRL?

    Here are some Amazon reviews:
    "Scott's book has opened my eyes to some of the realities to things we have fallen asleep about what the government is doing to our food supply, services that are not being implemented. It makes me more aware of concerns you need to be aware about to protect your health. Thanks you for your hard biting, truthful, satire of things we have fallen asleep to.
    Easy read, hilarious, connected flowing really well. Dedicates to talking about religioun without being offensive. Open your eyes to things you have been taught about historical religions."
    Review from William Turner of Rochester NY 4/15/18

    CAN A TROUBLED SOUL FIND HAPPINESS IN A SERIES OF GOVERNMENT SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS?

    (Five Stars) “A whimsical tale from an institute that would have Ken Kesey Cuckoo with jealousy. From the twisted (in the BEST way) mind of Scott Evans comes this soon to be classic tale of love and cookies."

    CUCKOO'S NEST MEETS DR. STRANGELOVE

    "Scott Evans' flowing narrative is engaging and absorbing and creates instant empathy for this love-lorn protagonist who is riding the ups and downs of an unstable relationship while managing life on the margins of a gray city. He paints a mini-community of vivid personalities, each with their own challenges. And then he stirs in the madness of corporate beasts, that puts the individual characters issues in a new perspective." Kindle Verified Purchase --

    JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PARANOID DOESN'T MEAN THEY AREN'T AFTER YOU.

    "... resurrected the Beat Generation style of narrative, where those "beat down" by society search for answers but never find them; filter this through a neurotic worldview . . . a unique story unlike anything else I've ever read: laugh-out-loud funny, tear-jerkingly sad, with deep philosophy chaotically jumbled with madcap humor. "Foxavier and Plinka" is a kaleidoscope of everything that is wrong with us as a species, and everything that's right with us as well..."

    Read sample chapters on the Scott Talbot Evans author page on WordPress https://ScottTalbotEvans.wordpress.com

    A quirky man goes through a series of counseling programs, encounters many zany characters, and eventually meets the love of his life.
    His struggle with diets is constantly being sabotaged by incessant junk food commercials, which star The Pretty Pie Girl, corporate mascot of globe-dominating corporation, Food United Chemical Technologies.
    In one of their candy factories, a mouse runs across a control panel, changing the setting on a machine, thus producing a batch of Ga-Ga-Roos containing way too much tri-benzene-deliciouside.
    When the drugged cookies are released onto store shelves all over the world, the big question becomes: Who will unknowingly eat one of these psychosis causing confections?


    ISBN-13: 978-1545331774 ASIN: B075ZLZZ58
    Release date: 4/14/17
    260 Pages 72,000 words

    AMAZON BUY PAGE
    https://www.amazon.com/Foxavier-Loves-Plinka-Scott-Talbot/dp/1545331774

    KINDLE BUY PAGE 246pages
    https://www.amazon.com/Foxavier-Loves-Plinka-Scott-Talbot-ebook/dp/B075ZLZZ58
    Free with Kindle Unlimited!

    GOODREADS PAGE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34876862-foxavier-loves-plinka


    CATEGORY literature/ fiction/ humor/ satire/ dark comedy/ literary/ urban fantasy/ adult


    May I email you a FREE mobi or pdf?

    Scott Talbot Evans

    Rochester NY

    ScottTalbotEvans@gmail.com

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