About Me

My name is Courtney. I graduated college with a fancy piece of paper that says I have a Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Psychology.

I run a book review blog, as you can see here. I review books that catch my attention as well as indie books that I receive as ARCs. 


My favorite author is James Patterson, and my favorite genres are suspense/mystery and thrillers. Although, I am open to read pretty much anything. 

My least favorite genres are fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction. That doesn't mean I won't read them, but it is harder for me to find books I enjoy.

Doing this blog and working with Indie authors has opened my eyes to many other genres that I probably would have not considered reading before. 


My reviews tend to be a little different from other ones I have read from other bloggers. I try not to give too much detail about the actual story, because I don't want it to be spoiled for those of you who go on to read the books. I will give a brief overview of the book then talk about the writing style and any other major points that I feel need to be addressed. I don't really follow a formula, so you never really know what to expect. 


I post all of my reviews to goodreads.com, and I post to Amazon upon request.


I would really like to work with New Authors and Young Authors to get the word out about their work.


Please contact me and subscribe if you would like a review! I hope you enjoy!

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  2. I'd love for you to review Colorworld. You can find it on Amazon in either eBook or Print. If you like the book and want to review Teleworld before it hits shelves next month, let me know.

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  3. Hello Courtney:

    My name is Alexandru Bujorianu; I write under the pseudonym Alex Stargazer. Please check out my short story, entitled "The Sandman"--it is available for free on Google Play as well as on my blog; it is also available on Amazon for USD 0.99.

    It is a fantasy cross literary fiction story. It is about the idea of freedom from oppression.

    Cheers,
    Alex.

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  4. Hi Courtney,

    This is just to let you know about my d├ębut urban fantasy novel, Feline Alchemy. As a quirky paranormal story set in modern-day England I feel the book might interest you.
    Written in a chatty style, the book is a warped romance and social satire, as well as an urban fantasy. Here's a link to the book's Smashwords page, in case you find you have any space in your schedule: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/439250

    Best,
    Blake

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  5. Hi Courtney,

    I am a 25 year old self published author from N.Ireland. It would be great if you could review one of my titles. I have put the descriptions below, if any peak your interests then please send me an email at dorrianstephen@hotmail.com

    Recall

    Set in modern day Belfast, a new technique known as 'Post Mortem Recall' has been developed that can extract a person's entire life's memories upon death. The technique was developed after an in-depth study into the claims that people's lives flash before their eyes when they have near death experiences.

    After Claire Bennett, the creator of the technology, uncharacteristically takes her own life, her sister Dianna uses Claire's own extracted memory imprint to investigate, refusing to believe that her sister would commit suicide. Her investigation leads Di into her sister's memories in an attempt to uncover the dark truth.


    A Scalpel's Edge

    The story follows a brilliant surgeron who has always excelled at everything he has done. He was top of his class and was the youngest head surgeon etc. He is highly skilled and as such can perform the most complex procedures with ease. The story is set when the surgeon is in his forties. Nothing excites him anymore, his operations no longer challenge him and his marriage has become stagnant. Then during a routine operation something happens and he hits an artery. For the first time in a long time, he has to think on his feet to save the patient's life. The doctor gets such a buzz and rush from the adrenaline that he feels alive again. He tries to rekindle his marraige but soon life returns to monotony and routine.

    He then begins to flirt with the idea of sabotaging his operations for a challeneg and a fix of adrenaline, playing Russian roulette with his patient's lives.


    The Puppetry of Sentience

    Depressed following the death of his father, Malcolm is visited by a strange man who tells him he must find a woman in London. Malcolm dismisses the man as a fool until a woman called Kathryn phones him and says that she felt that they needed to find one another.

    The pair embark on a dangerous journey with their very existence at stake. They soon become entangled up with ancient feuding Gods and discover that humans are the pawns in the ultimate game of fate.

    Thanks!
    Stephen

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  6. Hi Courtney,

    My novel, Dominoes, is available for free download from Amazon Kindle from 7/25 - 7/27 at http://www.amazon.com/Dominoes-Complete-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00HBVTWIC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406313083&sr=8-1&keywords=dominoes+by+c.+b.+blaha
    It is almost 180,000 words, so it's fairly long, but it moves rather quickly. It's a suspense thriller, mystery dealing with many different issues. If you think you'd be interested in reading it, I'd love to have your review.

    Thank you,
    C. B. Blaha

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  7. Hello Ms. Bauman,
    GO AWAY, you tell the voice. Schizophrenia? You don't believe it. You have a voice in your head like everyone else. But sometimes the voice ... it's you, but different ... from somewhere else. From another time. He questions your reality. He tells you things before they happen. You don't like him in your head, even if he helps you sometimes. This is your reality, not his. Why do you feel he is hiding something? Aurik was in the Split when it happened. A joint experiment between countries, the slit experiment, changes the world. Changes kids. Physical and mental disorders plague them and continue to get worse, as do confusing extrasensory powers that compel them to seek help. Aurik is no different, except for the voice in his head. Everybody says the island can help. He knows better. His twin brother went three years ago and returned in a box. A lead box with a window. Aurik's change starts and he finds other kids with the change. Together they make the trip to the island, but something isn't right. At the island Aurik discovers they already know him. He's never been there.
    If you would be interested in reading and reviewing my novel, please let me know.
    Thank you for your time!
    Noel Thomas Fiems
    oompsta@yahoo.com

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  8. April 3-7 Download a FREE Kindle ebook of Wormholes:A Novel, by Dennis Meredith, on Amazon [http://amzn.to/1N7M52u]

    Something is devouring Earth. . .

    A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern into a mountainside. A severed arm plummets from the sky in Missouri.

    Could these catastrophes possibly be related? Intrepid geologist Dacey Livingstone is nearly killed by her first attempt to plumb the mystery—a perilous descent into a house-swallowing sinkhole. Still determined, she joins with eccentric physicist Gerald Meier in a quest that takes them from the ocean's depths to interstellar space.

    What are these exotic "wormholes" that threaten Earth? Can their secrets be discovered, their power even harnessed? Or will they spawn a celestial monster that will annihilate the planet?

    Veteran science writer Dennis Meredith has crafted this cosmic adventure drawing on his decades of experience working at leading research universities such as Caltech, MIT, Cornell and Duke.

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  9. Hi! I'm a debut author and would love it if you could review my book 'Diamonds Fall'.
    "She noticed as if in a dream, a single diamond hair comb fall to the floor. The sparkling jewels landed face down in the mud."

    Annabel Maria Hoddington is the epitome of high society. She has everything money can buy and as befits a lady of her station, is engaged to the richest bachelor in England. However, on the day of her eighteenth birthday - her perfect future on the brink of fulfilment - she is abducted and held hostage in an isolated village, where she finds herself entrapped in the harsh world of poverty. Forced to live amongst three mentally scarred siblings, she must adapt to her new, sinister world...or die.

    If interested my email is rmgibson92@gmail.com

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  10. I would love for you to review my YA novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, if you're interested. I should let you know that the genre is a little hard to define. It's definitely action and adventure, it’s very similar to dystopian, and it could be considered fantasy because it takes place in a different world, but the world is very similar to ours in most ways. The main differences are that slavery is legal there, and characters compete in a martial art that doesn't exist in our world. Here is the blurb:

    Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

    Anyway, I would be glad to send you a digital copy in any format you like. No hard feelings if it doesn't end up being your thing. :-)

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Annie Douglass Lima

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  12. Hi Courtney,

    I'd love for you to review my debut novel, a legal thriller entitled The Judas Dilemma. I'll be happy to gift it to you or submit in any format you prefer.

    You can reach me at rnheath@gmail.com. Thanks for your consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Robert Heath

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  14. Hello Courtney

    I am hoping you would review my latest novel, ASSASSINS OF RIAZ. It has just been released. It is an epic fantasy fiction of app 125,000 words professionally edited by Kate Richards.

    Here is the short blurb - In Riaz, the profession of an assassin is an honored one. Hired throughout the other eight realms, their use of powerful magic to complete assignments makes them a valuable commodity. When a regional trade negotiation is scheduled in their capital city of Lymos, the demand for the skills of the assassins is sure to change the dynamic of the meetings. Caught in the maelstrom of political intrigue is young Kero, the ward of the assassin lord. He’s joined by Darlee, a girl from Sechland with her own magical powers, and Prince Brumaine of Morica, as each of them struggles to navigate the affair in their own way. Will old animosities prevail, or can new alliances alter the path toward all-out war.


    You can find my book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ITunes, Smashwords, Goodreads and more.

    Should you wish to preview the book you can do so at the Smashwords page in any number of formats.

    To obtain your FREE copy of the ebook in any format here is a Smashwords coupon - TD35W

    As always, I am prepared to do a giveaway should you want one for your site.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this email and consider my request. Should you wish to know more about me, you can visit my website here.

    Wishing you success in everything.

    Michael Drakich

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  15. I found you on The Indie Reviewers List and am interested in having you review as many of my books as you are able. They are all available on https://spencercoffman.com/amazon-author-profile. In addition, here is a list of the books I’ve written.

    A Guide To Deception
    Relax And Unwind
    Work Less Live More
    A Healthier You
    Affiliate Marketing Expert
    More Facebook Everything
    Zippo Advertisement Analysis
    YouTube Takeover
    365 Days Of Devotion
    The End-Times Prophecy
    Two Sets of Ten
    Deception Tips
    Find Us On Pinterest
    The Twelve Apostles
    Money God's Way
    Start Affiliate Marketing
    Deception Tips Revised and Expanded

    Several of my other books are on social media marketing or detecting deception. I also have several free devotional books. Please feel free to review any of them you like. I’ll provide you with whatever copies you request.

    Thank you,

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  16. Hi Courtney,



    I am currently seeking reviews for my 90,579 word historical/21st century psychological thriller. I am inquiring whether you would be open to reviewing my novel, and/or conducting an author interview, guest blog post, spotlight or giveaway?


    I happened to come across your blog when researching bloggers open to reviewing novels, I am inquiring when you might be open for reviewing? If you are interested, there is no rush for the review.



    INITIATED TO KILL tells the story of an infamous historical serial killer, connecting to present-day events in Seville, Spain. Annabella Cordova quickly becomes embroiled in the conspiracy involving the university she studies at. Her life is turned into chaos when her friend disappears, seven days later a gruesome package is delivered to Andres Valero; the troubled detective, returning from forced leave, only to be faced with horrific crimes that brings his memories to the surface.


    Annabella's past collides with her present, a traumatic childhood event leaving her deaf and without both of her parents. Her ability to read facial and body language in people leads her to discover parallels from an earlier century.

    Annabella and Andres must use their skills to track a brilliant killer; a psychopath exploring the mind and actions of an infamous serial killer, and how his crimes are linked to a controversial conspiracy, only he can unravel.

    The novel continuously takes the reader back in time to the 19th century; creating a psychological profile of the serial killer that wanders the London streets, his paintings depicting crimes only seen by a killer’s eyes.

    Annabella and Andres combined must stop this person at any cost, and reveal a conspiracy hidden for centuries.



    If you are interested, I can send you my e-book in pdf, epub or .mobi. I also have limited copies of my novel in print. I am also open to participate in an interview, giveaway, blog tour, or guest blog post.





    Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond – Annabella Cordova series
    Released on 14/01/15
    Historical/21st century psychological thriller
    Whiskey Creek Press and Start Publishing
    368 page Ebook or Soft Cover
    ASIN: B00RF0SGDQ
    Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc


    I have a diploma in Body Language and Criminology, enabling me to explicitly portray my main character. Living in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs and partner, I enjoy watching documentaries about history and conspiracy theories, giving me ideas for my next books. At 30 years old, I have a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Freelance Journalism, and Editing and proofreading; giving me the ability to better understand the human mind, writing about it in a comprehensive manner.


    I have also started up two additional websites: Body, Mind and Health services - https://bodymindandhealthservices.wordpress.com.

    And Animal Health and Welfare Services: https:animalhealthandwelfareservices.wordpress.com/home/

    Both websites are based around my qualifications in Counselling, Personal training, human and animal nutrition, Animal behaviour and Natural therapies.


    Links to where my novel can be purchased: https://www.amazon.com/Initiated-Kill-Sharlene-Almond-ebook/dp/B01E9DDKO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523337815&sr=8-1&keywords=initiated+to+kill+by+Sharlene+almond


    Publisher's website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Initiated-To-Kill/Sharlene-Almond/9781633556874


    Link to my website: https://sharlenefreelancewriter.wordpress.com/


    Thank you for your time

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  17. Dear Courtney,

    My name is Emmanuella Hristova and I'm contacting you to review my recently self-published poetry collection, "The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder".

    "The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder" is a short collection of poems that explores a tumultuous year of love, heartbreak and unimaginable loss. It documents the birth and death of a relationship, and the death of my sister. Each poem is an emotional time-stamp that plunges the reader into the depths of my feelings as they burgeon and wane. The book reads like a diary and chronicles the boundaries of the things that we all feel: passion, heartache, and pain that gives way to hope.

    This is my debut poetry collection and my first self-published work. I first published in April, 2018. It's about 50 pages. Although the book only has a few reviews so far, it's rated a 4.5 on both Amazon and Goodreads. It's available via eBook on Amazon, iBooks, barnesandnoble.com, Bookshout, Kobo, and Lulu for $3.99.

    If you're willing to read and review my book, I'd be more than happy to send you a free ePub, mobi or PDF copy via email at ehristova@berkeley.edu

    To read some more of my poetry, feel free to view my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/emmy_speaks and my website at http://www.ehristova.com.

    I want to thank you so much for your time, and sincerely hope you take the time to read and review my work. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Emmanuella

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  18. Hi Courtney,

    My name is J.P. Barnett and, as a fan of James Patterson, I think my debut novel, The Beast of Rose Valley, would be a perfect fit for your tastes.

    I'd be happy to send you a free copy for review. I couldn't find any direct contact information for you, but you can get in contact with me via my website at: https://jpbarnett.com/contact/

    Here's a synopsis of the book:

    After suffering through a horrific car accident, Jake Rollins struggles to survive in his tiny hometown of Rose Valley—a place to which he hoped never to return.

    When a sheep is viciously mutilated on the ranch where Jake is recovering, he’s dragged back into the cloying politics of small town life. While the Sheriff tries to pass off the incident as the work of coyotes, Jake turns to a local reporter and old high school flame, Shandi Mason, to search for the truth.

    They discover that this creature has stalked Rose Valley before, claiming nearly a century of carnage and intrigue, all starting with a shameful secret guarded over by one of the town’s most respected citizens.

    As livestock mutilations escalate into deadly attacks on humans, and the Sheriff organizes a foolhardy manhunt, Jake and Shandi must race to save the town from a seemingly unstoppable evil.

    Thanks! I hope to hear from you.

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  19. Hi Courtney.
    Would you be interested in reviewing my book?
    My linked short-story collection 'Treading the Uneven Road' will be released soon by Fomite Press. It is approx. 50000 words.

    The stories in this collection are set in a small village in the West of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.
    The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

    The blurb from Pamela Painter, author of Getting To Know The Weather, and The Long and Short of it--
    Set in Ireland, the wonderful stories in TREADING THE UNEVEN ROAD are connected with bands of steel and heart. Their unforgettable characters weave in and out of each other’s lives, acting on impulses that are sometimes misguided, occasionally dangerous but often beautiful. A great read.

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  20. Hi Courtney,
    I came across your blog on The Indie View and it caught my attention. I know that you are probably inundated with review requests, but I’d like to offer my novel for the pile. The title of the book is The Land that Shivers. The genre is fiction and its length is 327 pages (91,500 words). I can provide you with either the ePub or Mobi version. The novel is scheduled for release on Amazon early February 2019. I do not have my amazon link yet. If possible, I need the review completed by February 4.
    The Land That Shivers follows the story of Asa, a young Nigerian man, who must make a living to support his mother and his three sisters following his father’s tragic death. Still jobless after five years of university graduation and desperate job search, he remains determined that hard work and integrity will prevail over his circumstance.
    Meanwhile Governor Azim, governor of Ekanga State is depriving his citizens of their livelihood by catering more to the good of his pocket than the duties of his office. He surrounds himself with a horde of bodyguards and police that kill at whim. With the judiciary in his pocket, the governor gives off an aura of invincibility. Asa and his fellow citizens have no ammunition against the governor.

    Finally, faced with a situation where crumbling infrastructure has extinguished hopes of a job, he finds himself at a dangerous crossroads and between choices that will change his life forever.

    While exploring strange but true events that impact the lives of modern African citizens, this novel gives an insightful and poignant look into the challenges of post-colonial life on the continent.

    Thanks.

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  21. Hi Courtney,
    Would you consider reviewing my book called Development? The closest genre I can find is mystery, but it is really a family drama and some have called it "a moral tale."

    It follows four members of one dysfunctional, suburban family over several years, in the early 1970s. The father has borrowed money from a loan shark to fund a housing development that he should not have been involved with in the first place. Now some of the money has disappeared. That's the mystery. Meanwhile, his wife is an alcoholic who is forcing Amy, their beautiful 14 y.o. daughter, into a modeling career. And Dora, the older daughter, is a promiscuous drug user. Those are the family dramas. The lives of these characters interweave throughout the book and readers have told me they get hooked on them and can't stop reading. In addition to the story, the book has a deeper message about how society’s “progress” can harm nature and beauty.
    I can send a MOBI file or PDF of the book.
    Please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Paul Backalenick

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  22. Hello,
    My name is Gabriel Hatcher, and I am an indie author who just published my debut novel, City of gods. It is contemporary fiction with some light thriller elements. The book follows two white collar workers in the heart of Chicago striving desperately for purpose. But their desperation quickly turns toward complete breakdown, and as their lives come together, they find that they are at odds with themselves, and the people that they love.
    amzn.to/2UUYCzH
    I would love it if you would add it to your stack of books to review.
    Blessings!
    If interested, you can email me back at swordsman1347@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Courtney,

    I’m the Indie author of five previously published private detective mysteries. My latest novel Confessions, a Psychological Thriller, published by White Bird Publications launches in late April 2019 (Pub Date 4/30/2019) and I’d love to send you a copy for review consideration. It is available in ARC (paper copy) or PDF version.

    BLURB: The bodies of young women are being left in a triangle of multi-state locations. The killer, in search of “THE ONE” that will fulfill his unrealistic needs and wants, has placed these bodies on display to be discovered by unsuspecting civilians. The victims all bear similar atrocities: cuts and markings on their bodies; eyes and mouths sewn shut; ears severed.

    Police detective Maeve Brennan is chosen to lead a multi-agency task force to investigate these brutal murders. FBI Agent David Willinger is attached to the task force but he and his team of profilers have been able to add little value. The team finds itself stymied, with no clear direction to pursue, when Jonathon Boyd, an investigative journalist, presents himself to the task force informing them he possesses important information related to the investigation. With critical holes now filled in, plus a vital find by Willinger’s team, they formulate a strategy to apprehend the killer, but the plan quickly goes south.

    Will the team be able to regroup in time or will the killing go on?


    Originally from Queens, New York I have been a resident of Central Pennsylvania for twenty plus years with my wife and an assortment of furry friends (dogs and cats)

    Please let me know where I can send a review copy or if you’d like additional information. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Rich Kisielewsk
    kizsr@aol.com

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  24. Hi Courtney,
    This is Deep Udeshi, Director, Vibrant Publishers. I found your blog and liked your style of writing reviews. Vibrant Publishers publishes series of books on IT Job Interview questions, Self-Learning Management and Entrance Test preparation. I wanted to check if you would be interested in writing a no obligation review of any of our books.

    IT Job interview questions series covers topics like JAVA, Oracle, SAP, SAS, C, Big Data and others.
    Self-Learning Management series covers topics like Financial accounting and management, Business strategy, Cost accounting and management and others.
    Test Prep series includes books on exams like GRE, GMAT and SAT.

    Vibrant Publishers' website:
    www.vibrantpublishers.com/

    Vibrant Publishers' Amazon page
    bit.ly/vibrantpublishers

    If you’d like to receive a copy for possible review, I’d be glad to send you an e-book (your choice of .pdf, .epub, or .mobi), or a paperback.

    Thank you for your time! I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,
    Deep Udeshi

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  25. My name is L. C. Hayden and I'm looking for reviews. Here's a synopsis of my mystery, When Memory Fails which will see an April release:
    When Sandra Sechrest discovers the terrible secret about her family’s ancestors, she’s determined to right the wrongs. She seeks Bronson, a retired cop’s help. They along with Bronson’s nephew travel to a ghost town in Colorado to unearth the secrets buried there.

    But Sandra’s family will do anything to guarantee that Sandra fails—anything, including murder.
    Suddenly Sandra, Daniel, and Bronson are thrown into a world filled with deception and danger. Bronson swears to protect the young couple at all costs, but when the house he’s at explodes, Bronson is left for dead, and Daniel and Sandra are forced to fend for themselves.
    When Bronson regains consciousness, he can’t remember who he is, where he’s at, and why he’s there. Will he regain his memory in time to save Daniel and Sandra? Or has he finally met his match When Memory Fails?

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
    L. C. Hayden
    tinyurl.com/LCHaydenbooks

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  26. Hi Courtney!

    I have been looking through your blog and really enjoy it! My name is Kara and I am the Marketing Assistant to C.N. Comer, an indie author who has just released his first book in The Nyytian Trilogy: Entropy.

    Here is a brief synopsis:
    Among those struggling to survive the decline of Nyyt, a boy hounded by slavers stumbles across something wondrous that opens a whole new world of possibilities to him... and makes him more liable than ever to meet a tragic end.

    Meanwhile, twenty-five klipses in the boy's future...

    The two enigmatic masters of the A.R.R.C, a powerful artifact hunting consortium, attempt to go about their incredibly dangerous trade as their city nears its tipping point. Despite their best efforts, it is becoming more and more difficult to shield their people from the depredations of their corrupted civilization and the time is coming when final decisions will have to be made, and old plans enacted.

    I’m currently seeking reviewers and wondered if you’d be interested in receiving a copy the book for review. It is also available to read on KindleUnlimited. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you for your time,
    Kara
    Marketing Assistant
    NyytianTrilogy@gmail.com

    Entropy: The Nyytian Trilogy (Book One)
    By C.N. Comer
    Science Fiction
    ISBN 978-1796329414
    Published January 2019
    276 Pages
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MCW9HKD

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  27. Hi Courtney,

    My name is Sage Kalmus. I am the cofounder and senior editor of Qommunicate Publishing, a LGBTQ+ imprint, and we have just published the third volume of our annual literary anthology series, HASHTAG QUEER: LGBTQ+ CREATIVE ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME 3, releasing July 30, 2019.

    As did the first two volumes preceding it, this volume presents original, unpublished fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scripts all by and/or about LGBTQ+ people and lives. This third volume of the series brings together 25 more writers from the US, UK and around the world, including India, where being gay was only just made legal less than a year ago.

    Would you be interested in reviewing HASHTAG QUEER: LGBTQ+ CREATIVE ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME 3 for the [website]? I'd be happy to send you a review copy. If you would like copies of the first two volumes to look over as well, I’d also be happy to send you all three, though each collection is standalone.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Sage Kalmus
    Qommunicate Publishing; Qommunity Media LLC
    201 Lancelot Lane; Becket MA 01223
    sage@qommunicatepublishing.com;

    Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 3
    Edited by Sage Kalmus
    Qommunicate Publishing; qommunicatepublishing.com
    ISBNs: 9781946952257 (paperback); 9781946952264 (epub ebook); 9781946952288 (Kindle)
    Date of Publication/Sale: July 30, 2019; 230 pages
    Retail Price: $16.99 paperback; $6.99 ebook
    No illustrations (except for a 1-page b&w book ad on the last page)
    No index or bibliography
    Distributed by Ingram

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  28. A dark humour / sci-fi horror novella nobody asked for awaits you...

    Time Travel + Brain Stealing = Murderous Appliances and Good Times
    www.stupidmadeeasy.com

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  29. Why we should believe the Bible

    We should believe the Bible because of the wealth of good evidence that has demonstrated the Bible is historically reliable and divinely inspired. It speaks about:

    • Its hundreds of fulfilled prophecies
    • The Bible's amazing internal harmony
    • The Bible's incredible scientific accuracy and foresight
    • Thousands of archaeological discoveries
    • Numerous details in the Bible that have been corroborated by extrabiblical historical sources
    • And so on

    THE BIBLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE

    For the Bible to be regarded as the inspired word of God, it must be scientifically accurate…since God would certainly know the facts about his creation. A word of caution, however, as we seek to evaluate the claim of scientific accuracy. Over time, science has often discovered new facts that confirmed a revised understanding of the truth, previously unknown. These discoveries have always been consistent with the Bible, however, at times a careful consideration of the words and (importantly) the context of the words must be made.
    The account of creation (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The account of creation as given in the Bible (Genesis 1) is accurate according to the steps understood by science. Written down originally by Moses, they were not fully recognized by science until the 1900s, using modern astronomy, physics, chemistry, paleontology, and geology.


    Time, space and matter had a beginning (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1916). The Bible’s first words are “in the beginning.” And elsewhere, including the New Testament, there are references to the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7). In 1915, Albert Einstein’s equations of general relativity proposed a beginning of time, matter and space. Later these equations were confirmed by repeated experiments.

    The first law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1842). The law of conservation of energy indicates that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed (just converted). There are many biblical references to God’s completion (that is, there was no more creation), going as far back as Genesis (2:2-3), and also in several other books (Psalm 148:6; Isaiah 40:26; 2 Peter 3:3-7; Hebrews 4:3-4,10). Joule and Mayer both independently discovered this in the same year (1842), what is now known as the first law of thermodynamics.

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  30. The second law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; Science: 1850). Commonly known as entropy, this law states that all things progress from a state of order to a state of disorder (within a closed system) without a purposeful input of energy. Common illustrations: things decay, springs unwind, stars burn out, heat dissipates, and materials become mixed over time. There are many references to the principle of entropy in the Bible, for example,

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like garment (Psalm 102:25-26).

    Other similar references include Isaiah 51:6; Matthew 24:35; Romans 8:20-22; 1 John 2:17; and Hebrews 12:27. In 1850, Clausius discovered this second law of thermodynamics.

    Circumcision on the eighth day (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1947). No one really knows for sure why God specifically chose circumcision as the sign of his covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:11). Though it seems like an odd practice, research has indicated that it does have medical value. A study in the mid-1900s showed that Jewish women had a lower rate of cervical cancer. The smegma bacillus has been shown to be a major cause of cervical cancer. It can be easily carried in the foreskin of uncircumcised males and transferred to females through a abrasions of the cervix (as those occurring in childbirth).

    Interestingly, God specified that newborns be circumcised on the eighth day after childbirth (Genesis 17:12). Research shows that infants are particularly susceptible to hemorrhaging from the second day after birth to the fifth. A small cut can be deadly. Vitamin K, necessary for the production of prothrombin (the body’s blood-clotting substance) is not present sufficiently until days five through seven. It skyrockets to 110 percent of normal on day eight, and then levels off. The Bible specifies the best possible day.

    Sterilization (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1800s). It is easy to take our understanding of germs and disease for granted. However, germs and sterilization were not understood until the time of Joseph Lister (1865), near the end of the Civil War. The Bible required sterilization for many things: infectious disease (Leviticus 13), childbirth (chapter 12), bodily discharges (chapter 15), and handling of the dead (Numbers 19).


    Interesting to note that many of the world’s greatest scientists have been Christians working from within a Christian worldview, including men such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton. These brilliant men found to be true what many others discovered: The Bible is a book that can be trusted.


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  31. Archaeological Evidence


    Archaeologists have discovered substantial support about many
    details of Jesus’ life. Some examples include:

    Indirect Resurrection Evidence

    Evidence that the people in Jesus’ time believed in the resurrection is found on caskets of bones (ossuaries) discovered in a sealed tomb outside Jerusalem in 1945. Coins minted in about A.D. 50 were found inside the caskets, dating the burial within about 20 years of Jesus’ crucifixion. Markings are clearly legible, including several statements reflecting knowledge of Jesus’ ability to overcome death. Example of writings (in Greek) of hope for deceased loved ones include: “Jesus, Help” and “Jesus, Let Him Arise.” The caskets also contain several crosses, clearly marked in charcoal. This is powerful evidence that early Christians believed in Jesus’ ability to triumph over death. It also ties the idea of victory over death to the cross.

    Jesus’ Burial Shroud?

    A burial shroud (Shroud of Turin) is believed by many people to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus (Matthew 27:59; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53). Items supporting its authenticity are:

    1. Test that confirm fiber type and small particles of limestone dust unique to the region.
    2. Confirmation of blood, in wounds precisely as indicated in the accounts of Jesus’ unique execution.
    3. Confirmation of a crucifixion as likely cause of the type of image created: matching a deceased body.
    4. Coins on eyes dated about the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916). Sir William Ramsay was, arguably the greatest archaeologist of his day. His archaeological journeys took him to 32 countries, 44 cities, and 9 islands. Throughout some 15 years of intensive study, he concluded that “Luke is a historian of the first rank, this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”

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  32. The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Any doubt regarding the accurate transmission of manuscripts was erased in 1947
    with the discovery of hundreds of scrolls buried in caves for nearly 2000 years.
    Many were written before 100 B.C. Comparison of biblical books with recent
    Jewish copies shows virtual no change in words or even letters.


    The Trustworthiness of the New Testament

    1 The New Testament has better manuscript evidence than any other ancient book.

    a. There are over 5,000 New Testament manuscripts and portions of manuscripts. By comparison, the majority of classical works have less than 20 manuscripts.

    b. The dates of the New Testament manuscripts are close to the original writings. One Gospel fragment (Ryland’s) dates about 25 years after the Gospel of John and most of the New Testament (Chester Beatty and Bodmer Papyri) from 50-150 years after the originals. Most classical works date from 700 – 1400 years after the originals.

    c. None of the canonical New Testament is lost or missing. By comparison, 107 of Livy’s 142 books of history have been lost and about one half of Tacitus’ 30 books of Annals and Histories is missing.
    2. Good arguments can be given that each of the Gospels was either written by an eyewitness, or significantly influenced by firsthand testimony, as recognized by many contemporary scholars.
    3. Even without proving eyewitness authorship, the Gospels measure up well by normal historical standards used in ancient historiography.
    4. The Gospel are trustworthy sources, as explained by A.M. Hunter
    a. These Christian authors, like their Jewish counterparts, were careful to preserve traditional material.
    b. The Gospels are close to eyewitness sources.
    c. The Gospel authors were honest reporters.
    d. The picture of Jesus presented in the four Gospels is virtually the same (see Archibald M. Hunter, Bible and Gospel, pp. 32-37).

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  33. 5. The Gospels and Acts exhibit a specific interest in reporting historical facts, not mythology. This is especially the case when the life of Jesus is reported.
    6. Contemporary historians frequently opposed the application of radical criticism to New Testament studies. According to A.N. Sherwin-White and Michael Grant, such attacks fail at a number of crucial points (see A.N. Sherman-White, Roman Society, pp. 186-193; Grant, Jesus: An Historian Review, pp. 179-184, 199-201).
    a. Numerous ancient works exhibit intentions and methodologies similar to that of the New Testament authors, and yet these ancient works are well accredited as historical works.
    b. There are no ancient writings in the category that radical critics place the Gospels.
    c. New Testament books such as Acts have been largely confirmed by external test of historicity.
    7. The Gospel and Acts were recognized as inspired books almost immediately after being written (see J.B. Lightfoot, The Apostolic Fathers).
    a. 1 Timothy 5:18 quotes Luke 10:7 and refers to it as “Scripture.”
    b. Clement of Rome (about AD 95) speaks of the “Gospel” and quotes portions found in all three synoptic Gospels, referring to them as the words of Jesus (Corinthians 13,46).
    c. Ignatius (Smyrnaeans 3) and Polycarp (Philippians 2, 7), both writing about AD 115, refer to verses in the synoptic Gospels as the words of Christ.
    8. Paul’s epistles were also recognized as inspired Scripture almost immediately after being written.
    a. 2 Peter 3:15-16 calls Paul’s epistles “Scripture.”
    b. Clement of Roman (Corinthians 47), Ignatius (Ephesians 10; to Polycarp 5), and Polycarp (Philippians 1,3-4, 6) all refer to Paul’s writings as inspired.

    Ralph Muncaster, (former atheist) in his book: Examine the Evidence, presents extensive evidence to validate the truth-claims of Christianity. He provides compelling arguments from science, biblical prophecy, history, and archaeology. This former skeptic points out that of all religions and philosophies on earth, only one, Christianity is verifiable and testable. He was challenged to honestly investigate the Bible and the facts of modern science. He was stunned. Fact after fact, from biology, history, archaeology, physics, lined up with the Bible’s account!


    Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) Greenleaf, (former Atheist), one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, and a world-renowned expert on evidence, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen. Being a man of conviction and reason, and in accordance with his conclusions, Greenleaf converted from Agnosticism to Christianity.

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  34. Manuscript Documentation

    The position of Jewish scribe was one of the most demanding and esteemed jobs in biblical times. After training for years, scribes were allowed to practice the profession only after age 30. Often referred to as doctors of the Law, they joined the priests in the teaching of the Law.

    Scripture Copy Rules

    Recording of Holy Scripture was a serious responsibility. So important was exact reproduction that Old Testament scribes were forced to adhere to demanding rules anytime a manuscript was copied:

    1. Scrolls – special paper, ink, and surface preparation required.
    2. Tight specifications – specified column number, 37 letters per column.
    3. Master used – no duplicates of duplicates.
    4. Each letter visually confirmed – no writing of phrases.
    5. Distance between letters checked with thread.
    6. Alphabet – each letter counted and compared to original.
    7. Letters per page counted and compared to master.
    8. Middle letter of scroll verified to be the same as the master.
    9. One mistake – scroll was destroyed (i.e., master scrolls)

    Consider the following facts about the Bible:

    First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.

    Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

    Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.

    Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.

    And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God's people.

    Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What's more, this collection of books shares a common storyline - the creation, fall, and redemption of God's people; a common theme - God's universal love for all of humanity; and a common message - salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and
    commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God's word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

    The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.

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  35. The Bible Itself Argues Against the Possibility of Its Corruption

    The charge that the Bible has been corrupted, contradicts what the Bible itself teaches. After all, in Isaiah 40:8 we read, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.” In the New Testament Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”
    (Matthew 24:35).

    The Almighty God who had the power and sovereign control to inspire the Scriptures in the first place is surely going to continue to exercise His power and sovereign control in the preservation of Scripture.







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  36. Do you have an email address where we can send review requests?

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    Thanks!
    Carly Spade

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  38. Hi Courtney,

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