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14 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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