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  2. Hi Courtney,
    I'd love to send you a free Kindle ebook of my debut short story collection "Momentary Illumination of Objects In Motion".

    Please email me at if you're interested.

    Jason Arias

  3. Hello Courtney,
    Hoping you'd be kind enough to review my thriller novel STORM OF THE SOUL. If you are interested I will send you a free pdf copy. thank you for your time. Hope to hear from you soon. sandy EMAIL:

  4. My name is Edward Weingold, author of an historical novel, A Map of the World (With All Faults), released on Oct. 1, 2019. I am asking you to consider this book for review, as three families tackle the thorny history at the onset of the 80 Years War, the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands, 20th Century anti-Semitism, and the rise of neo-Nazis in Europe and America in the 21st Century.

    The story in a nutshell:
    A bloodstained map comes up for auction (2016). As the characters intersect, the principals are pulled into events they wanted so to avoid. The action tracks the Ortelius’ map (1570) from the Dutch Revolt, Antwerp, through WWII and its impact on its owners, from the engraver who limns this map in the 1570s, to the adult daughter of a little girl who was hidden from the Nazis 1943-44. The daughter is a grade school teacher, married to a graphics dealer tasked with learning the provenance of the antiquarian map. The unlikely 16th C. engraver’s apprentice illuminates the 20th and 21st Century action throughout.
    The search to find the provenance of the map takes readers on a journey to the Lowlands and London in the 1570s, the Netherlands and Germany in the 1940s and the San Francisco Bay Area in current times. Through the eyes of the three families, the novel explores religious intolerance in each of these time periods in a fast paced narrative in which the principal characters are drawn together by multiple mysteries surrounding the consigned map.
    In April, 2019, Chapter 2 was published online, providing a sample of the writing in this novel.

    A Map of the World (With All Faults), 472 pp.
    Please advise which format you would prefer for a review copy:
    Paperback ISBN 978-1946005311
    Hardcover ISBN 978-1946005328
    E-book (your choice) ISBN 978-1946005335
    Brief bio: I was born in NYC in 1941, and have been a Santa Cruz, CA, resident since 1984. Published fiction includes (prizewinner), Porter Gulch Review, short stories 2015-2019 (
    Two stories appear in Santa Cruz Weird, an anthology of short fiction (2018). I am a produced playwright (12 plays, 20 runs). Over a 30-year career in the theatre, I staged 120 productions in the U.S and England. (A day job I held for three years was cataloger for rare books and prints including antiquarian cartography—centerpiece of this novel.) For many years I have written and recorded a monthly piece for an NPR affiliate feature, First Person Singular. I have taught English and Theatre courses at the City University of New York and colleges in California. BA: English Writing. MA: Theatre Arts with a Concentration in Playwriting. A Certificate in Technical Communication provided a meal ticket for 20 years in Silicon Valley.
    A Map of the World (With All Faults) is currently available at: and other independent booksellers
    I hope the subject matter of this novel piques your interest. I am very happy to provide additional information.
    Thank you for considering this review request.
    Best wishes,
    Edward Weingold


  5. Review Request: "A Bittersweet Tale" by Laury A. Egan. Interested in a dark, twisted version of The Bridges of Madison County? With romance, mystery, and psychological suspense, told with a literary touch? If so, I would be delighted to send you a NetGalley link or a PDF for "A Bittersweet Tale."

    The deck has always been stacked against you. Then an attractive woman promises love, respect, employment, and a home. Wouldn’t you be hooked? Jango Jacks is.

    Jango is a fifty-three-year-old Korean War vet, itinerant worker, and sweet-natured fellow who left kith and kin in Kentucky decades ago. On a hot August day in 1984, he lands in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, pockets empty, hungry, and in need of a job. After answering an ad for a farmhand, he is hired by a recent widow, Audrey Dalton, and is immediately charmed by her; surprisingly, Audrey also seems entranced and prepares him a candlelit dinner, which turns into an evening of love. Jango considers ending his tumbleweed ways and settling down after decades of roaming…until the next morning, when he is shocked to learn he’s ensnared in a dangerous trap.

    Let me know! And many thanks--Laury

  6. Dear Courtney--I've been receiving your reviews and enjoying them. Thanks for the great service to authors! I have a new book that might interest you: "A Bittersweet Tale," a mystery with a touch of romance, a dark, twisted "The Bridges of Madison County." I would love to send you a PDF or NetGalley link if you would be kind enough to consider the book. All the best! Laury

  7. I just one an award for best YA book of 2019, sponsored by N. N. Light Awards Contest. It's YA portal fantasy/suspense. Would you be interested in looking at the pitch and cover? I'm chris

  8. Courtney,

    Please consider reviewing my book, Santander: Rambling on Borrowed Time. (Description below). For the next five days it is free on Amazon. A memoir, Santander recounts my extraordinary life as a gay teacher/traveler.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    What if you should have died before you were even born? What if, since you knew you were living on borrowed time, you’d lived, taught, traveled and wondered outrageously? Why, sixty years later you’d have one hell of a good story!

    A unique memoir/travelogue/reflection-on-life, Santander features poignant short stories that, like pieces of a puzzle, create a captivating whole exploring themes of personal growth, adventure, justice, wonder, disillusionment, and ultimately gratitude. Although Santander recounts a teacher’s wild exploits and perceptive musings, it appeals to anyone who has raised or taught children, who’s traveled the world of countries and ideas (or who’d like to live vicariously though someone who has); anyone who’s struggled to find compassion for oneself and others; who, in the words of Robert Frost, “had a lover’s quarrel with the world” and tried to make a difference. Santander pays homage to living an authentic life.

    From Santander:
    “Terrified, I finally realized the federal agents answered to no one and could do with me whatever they pleased. I thought of the death squads who had “disappeared” so many others into the Central American jungle.”

    “I was filled with awe and gratitude, but with sadness, too…the constant companions, it seems to me, of anyone who dares to travel with an open mind and heart through the world, through history, and through life.”

    “Children all have that same amazing power over me—not only to make me laugh, but to make me believe in myself, in them, and in life.”

  9. Courtney: i am writing to you to ask if you would like to review my book: Pugilist From Shandong (hist. fict.) about Lee Kwan Shan (1866-1948) his childhood in north China, living in a temple, experiencing numerous wars, to walking to Vietnam and Hong Kong while avoiding the authorities and numerous bandits intent on killing him.
    thank you,
    Thomas J Haase

  10. Hi Courtney: I would love to submit my book to you for review. How do I contact you? It's my fist book, so I am nervous putting it out there, but keep taking the leap. I feel it fits your genre. As an educator, I worked with police throughout my career. They arrived as school resource officers, a bit black and white. Good guys, and bad guys. Go get the bad guys and lock them up. As they began to work with our students, they learned that there are no 'bad guys", only people with a story behind their actions. Kids full of hurdles, walls, and some horrific things in their lives. Once you dig down, you realize that these kids don't want to be acking out, cutting school, etc. They just are overwhelmed by life. My main character is the lead Detective of the SFPD. He's about to retire, and has a life changing experience, which changes what he's going to do in retirement. However, he has no idea that through his new found life, he's going to evolve as a person; on more fronts than just the black and white of crime. Anyway, there's action, humor, crime fighting in it's own way, etc. I would love to have you look it over to see if you would review it. I am so new, I don't know what an ARC is!! Thanks for your consideration. Jon Salinger

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