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.

  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.


  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


  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


    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.


  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

  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

  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.

  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

  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.


    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.

    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

  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,

  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
    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

  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.