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Michael Drakich said...


I am requesting a review of my novel, The Brotherhood Of Piaxia. It is an epic fantasy. I have just released it as of March 15, 2012.

The work stands at 104,416 words, and is edited by Kate Richards.

Short Synopsis - Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! In the border town of Rok, a young acolyte, Tarlok and his older brother, Savan, a captain of the guard, become embroiled in the machinations of dominance. While in the capital city, Tessia, the daughter of Piaxia’s most influential merchant, begins a journey of survival. Follow the three as their paths intertwine, with members of the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own ends.

I have created a coupon at Smashwords allowing you to download your own free copy of the novel in whatever format appeals to you – Kindle, Epub, PDF, RTF, LRF, PDB or Plain Text.

Here is the coupon - JD46P

Here’s the link at Smashwords -

It is also at -
Or at -
It can be found at a number of other sites as well, Barnes & Noble & ITunes among others.

I’m pretty simple - really. No awards, no accolades, no writing degrees or diplomas, only a deep rooted love of reading and writing.

I am also available for author interviews.

Thank you.

Michael Drakich
748 Argyle Road
Windsor, Ontario
N8Y 3J7


Jade Kerrion said...

I am seeking an opportunity to guest blog or interview leading up to a large promotional event of my novel, PERFECTION UNLEASHED, in mid-September. I’d be happy to send to you an electronic copy of the award-winning dystopian/science-fiction novel, and I will be more than happy to stop by your blog on the day of the event to chat with your readers.

I would be deeply appreciative of an opportunity to guest blog/interview with you. Your followers will be eligible to win two $25 Amazon gift certificates, and bloggers who host me will also be eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate. The drawing will be held on September 21st.

You’ll find all the details of my request below. Thank you for what you do and thank you for the consideration.


Title: Perfection Unleashed
Release date: June 2012
Author: Jade Kerrion
ISBN: 978-1469980355
Number of pages / words: 212 pages / ~87,000 words
Genre: Science-fiction (Dystopian)
Cost: $9.99 (paperback), $2.99 (kindle)
Availability: Amazon


"A breakout piece of science fiction." - RPLA Judge
"The excitement escalates and stays high. The social commentary is subtle and sublime." - Bobbie Christmas, Zebra Communications

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted--a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives--the in vitros, clones, and mutants--collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab's search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

Iscah said...

My new fantasy novella "Before the Fairytale: The Girl With No Name" will be available to download for free this Friday (June 28th, 2013) on Kindle. I hope you'll check it out and consider reviewing.


Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world...

The first of four "Before the Fairytale" stories, "The Girl With No Name" is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm's fable, but don't expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interwoven with social commentary.

This story is recommended for older children to adult readers (9 & up) but may not be suitable for younger children.


Connie Smith said...

I have a YA/Urban Fantasy book. Maybe you could have it on your blog? Here's the blurb:

Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.

Now centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…

AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy to a fault and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy…. not so crazy after all?


Unknown said...

My latest novel, Valerie's Retreat, is now available from Amazon on Kindle, and I would like to invite you (if you love romantic thrillers) to read and review this novel. Here is a blurb:

Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive "cougar", and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie's female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie's bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?

If you are interested in reading and reviewing this novel, please email me at for a free copy. Don't forget to tell me what format you prefer (.mobi, .pdf, or .doc). I would also be very interested in an author interview and/or giveaway. Thanks!

Joseph Rinaldo

Anonymous said...

Hi, I’m Mariachiara, an Italian writer and blogger (also avid reader). I'm contacting you, because I wanted to let you know my blog A TASTE FOR THE ALIEN;

where I will post, chapter after chapter for free my first book in english. This is the first fiction that I write directly in another Language, so I will need the readers help to correct the many errors I will certainly do, this is the reason why I choose to publish it this way online.

A taste for the alien is a sci-fi story about freedom, diversity and integration. But is also about domination, love and power, with a very sexy twist and so much irony

If you could talk about this blog, on your blog, it would be awsome. Thank you.


Karen A Wyle said...

Dear Jo --

I hope this is the place to leave a review request, as I couldn't find an email address or contact form.

My fifth novel, Playback Effect, comes out on December 9, 2014( and is already up for preorders on Amazon and the Nook Store). I'd be delighted if you chose to read and review it. The book is a near-future science fiction thriller that also explores both a particular husband-wife relationship and the underpinnings of human relationships in general.

Here's the teaser:


"O wad some Power the giftie gie us/To see oursels as ithers see us!" But what if it's the other way round?

New technology records the highlights of emotional experience for others to share. Buy a helmet and you can feel the exhilaration of an Olympic ski jumper, or the heat of a lucid dreamer's erotic imaginings. Commit a crime, and you may be sentenced to endure the suffering you inflicted on others.

But such recordings may carry more information than the public has realized. What will criminals learn about their victims? When a husband is wrongfully convicted of injuring his wife, how will their marriage change? And what uses will a sociopath find for recordings of the experience of death?


I can supply a .mobi, .epub, PDF, or Word file for your use.

Please let me know if you'd like any other material (e.g. book cover image, author bio) or information. Thanks!

Karen A. Wyle

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo. I'm looking for reviews for my new novel Snapshot, and thought I should start with people who reviewed "Exchange", my first novel. You reviewed Exchange on August 6, 2011. Belatedly, thank you for the review.

Snapshot has a different premise than Exchange, but I think you'll find it interesting: In a nutshell, Snapshots are alternate realities you can fly to.

Here is the blurb: For eighty million years, the Tourists have taken Snapshots of Earth, creating living replicas of continents. Life in the Snapshots quickly diverges from the real world, creating a universe where humans and animals from Earth’s history fly between Snapshots, exploring, fighting, and sometimes meeting themselves.

In 2014, the Tourists’ newest Snapshot catches Middle East Analyst Greg Dunne rushing toward Hawaii to join his wife, who just went into labor. The new Snapshot doesn’t include Hawaii, cutting Greg off from everyone he loves.

Greg is thrust into the aftermath of a hidden, decades-old massacre, where Germans from a pre-World War II European Snapshot battle ranchers from a Korean War-era U.S. Snapshot. The prize: an ancient, wild Madagascar Snapshot. Whoever controls it can fly to Snapshots where dinosaurs still roam, Indians rule the New World or Nazis or Soviets control Europe.

Caught between powerful opponents, and joined by a woman nearly driven mad by her past, Greg struggles to survive in this cutthroat new reality, to remain faithful to a family he may never see again, and to find a way back to his original Earth.

Set in a unique universe and played out in the shadows of larger social and technological issues, Snapshot is a fast-paced story of power and revenge, and an intriguing speculation of what we might have become.

I can send you Snapshot in pretty much any format you want. It's available at Amazon, with the link at

If you remember Exchange, you have a pretty good idea what my writing style is like, though I've written three published novels and four so-far unpublished ones since Exchange, so hopefully I'll have kept the good parts and gotten the bad ones out of my system by now.

Dale Cozort

Christy McKee said...


Please consider doing a review of my 98,000 word contemporary romance, The Truth About Lilly. It was released as an eBook on Feb. 8 and will come out in print in mid-March.

It is available at:

Lilly Talbot never imagined she would be starting her life over again. Losing her good name for something she didn’t do forces her to move into an old lake house she inherited in Vermont. Upon arrival, she is shocked. Half the roof is about to slide into Lake Champlain. Even more upsetting, the man who can fix it will only agree if she trades him room and board for his labor. What will the good people of Haley think of her sharing a house with the handsome bachelor?

A man with a past…
Connor “Mac” McQueen, once one of the infamous Whiz Kids of Wall Street, spent three years in prison for insider trading. Only one thing sustained him during his time inside, the thought of owning Point Cottage, a home he’d fallen in love with years ago. Now his plans to transform the house into a stunning showcase for his eco-friendly home construction business might be scrapped.

Secrets and lies…
Now someone’s trying to drive Lilly from her home. Is it someone from her past? Mac has secrets of his own-- that could ruin lives if revealed. But if Lilly and Mac are to have a future together they must first delve into the past for answers and accept some difficult truths about each other. Only then, will they know if true love is in their hearts.

I can send Lilly to you in Epub, PDF or Word.

I appreciate your time and consideration.

Christy McKee

AR said...

Hi J,

I'm reaching out to you because I saw some of your book reviews on Amazon (John Scalzi, Kevin J. Anderson, and others) and thought you might be interested in my debut novel, Sacred Planet.

Sacred Planet is a space opera epic that I describe as "Firefly meets Game of Thrones." It's got the swashbuckling space adventure of Firefly but is set in a scheming, Machiavellian world similar to Game of Thrones. Would you be willing to read it and leave a review on Amazon? If so, I'd be deeply grateful.

I would be happy to provide you with a complimentary Kindle copy.

Here's the book's Amazon page:

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Now here's the full pitch:

Sacred Planet is set in a future where humanity has spread out about 15,000 lightyears in all directions. Three great civilizations have risen to power, each dominating one of the three galactic spiral arms closest to Earth: Orion, Carina, and Sagittarius.

Earth—the Sacred Planet, the destination of millions of religious pilgrims (and their money) each year—remains independent and coveted by all. So long as Earth stays independent, peace reigns in the galaxy. But now a ruthless religious faction threatens to plunge the galaxy into a catastrophic war.

The story centers around the Carinian prime minister's daughter, Sierra Falco, and an opportunistic space scavenger, Davin de la Fossa.

Sierra's space yacht is attacked by a powerful and shadowy enemy, destabilizing the fragile balance of the galaxy. But her attackers’ plans are disrupted when a rugged band of scavengers stumble across the yacht and jump at the opportunity to make a profit. Davin, captain of the scavenger ship, must choose between the lure of fabulous wealth and the nag of conscience as he is dragged into a conspiracy bigger than he can imagine.

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I look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,
Austin Rogers

Bluette Matthey said...

Dear JC Jones,

I invite you to read the fifth book of my Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series, Engadine Aerie, to be released on April 26, 2017. Although part of a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone. Set in less-known European locales (Abruzzo, Corsica, Dalmatia, Black Forest), my books are carefully researched to introduce readers to the history, culture, and cuisine of an area while enjoying what I hope is a well-written mystery.

Trained in Sigint, a crack marksman, and fluent in four languages, Hardy Durkin has an interesting set of subskills. He worked for a research and development start-up in New Hampshire using his decoding and intelligence skills, but it wasn’t a good fit. Ten plus hours a day in a work space divided up like a rabbit warren was incentive to start Durkin Tours, an outfitter company specializing in hikes in Europe. A trouble magnet, mayhem, murder, and madness have a habit of following Hardy wherever he goes.

Engadine Aerie takes place at the annual Skimarathon in glitzy St. Moritz, Switzerland (imagine 13,000 skiers in a race), where the protagonist, Hardy Durkin, gets embroiled in a tangle of murder, falconry, weaponized drones, and arms-smuggling.

As an Amazon(or Goodreads) review on launch day is coveted, I would very much appreciate it if you would accept a free copy of Engadine Aerie to review it for its launch date of April 26, 2017. I have e-books available in PDF or .MOBI (please specify which), and a few paperback versions. If the latter, please e-mail me your address so that I can send it out straight away.

I value your assistance in helping me launch my book and hope you will review Engadine Aerie.
Thanks so much,
Bluette Matthey

Unknown said...

Dear Jo,

I am the founder of #HelpAfricanAlbinos and personally write to you kindly requesting your support because you, as an Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer, are a person who I believe can make a difference.

I would like to draw your attention to a new novel, “Then She Was Born” that also forms part of an international human rights campaign which has been endorsed by Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama and eleven Nobel Peace laureates who lent their voices and who each read aloud a different sentence of the novel, recording a video message and being pictured alongside the official hashtag #HelpAfricanAlbinos.

“Then She Was Born” is an independently published work of fiction that meets the same standards as books published by mainstream publishers. You are an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer and your honest (but not mandatory) review of the book would allow this story and the reality faced by many to become noticed.

The e-book is published through Amazon KPD select (free for Kindle Unlimited and Prime) but if you prefer I can send it to you as a gift. There is no obligation of a review.

It would be my pleasure, if you agree, to mention your name in the e-book in the “thanks” section and your review, if you have a blog, will be showed on the official website campaign ( with a link attached.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and time with this important matter.

With my best regards,

Link to Kindle:

Eugene Kirk said...

Hello Jo,

I came across your blog while looking at your review for Pew! Pew! - Sex, Guns, Spaceships... Oh My!

I've recently published a series entitle Once Giants which, while not comedy, is along the same vein as Pew! Pew! being a fun, action sci-fi with a bit of humor. It also has a very odd premise :D  

I was wondering if you might be interested in reviewing the first book of the series, The Neon Amazon. It's on sale right now for $0.99, but I'd be more than happy to provide you with an ARC copy if you're interested.

You can find the amazon link here.

If you are interested, please do let me know and thanks so much for your time!

Best regards,

Eugene Kirk

cindy dorminy said...

I’m the author of LEFT HANGING, a sweet contemporary romance, and I would love for you to review it in exchange for an honest review. I’d be happy to send you a copy as a pdf, epub, or mobi file. I have included the book description, as well as links to the Amazon and Goodreads pages.

Thank you for your consideration!
Cindy Dorminy

Book cover content:
As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella.

When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.

Once Darla realizes Theo doesn’t know he’s Stella’s father, she has no idea how to tell him the truth. And the longer she waits, the more difficult it becomes. When the situation spins out of control, can the two come together for the sake of their daughter? Or is forgiveness out of reach?
Link to book on Goodreads:

See details for the book on Amazon here:

cindy dorminy said...

I am writing to ask if you would consider reviewing my rom com / chick lit novel, IN A JAM, to be released April 10th by Red Adept Publishing. I read your review guidelines, and I feel my book would be a good fit for you. I have included the book description, as well as links to the Amazon and Goodreads pages. On behalf of my publisher, I would be happy to send you a digital copy of the novel at no charge. A review on the 10th or any day after would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration!
Cindy Dorminy
twitter: @cindydorminy
facebook: @authordorminy
Instagram: @dorminycindy

Book cover content:
Andie Carson has to do three things to inherit her grandmother’s lottery winnings—sober up, spend a month running her grandmother’s Georgia coffee shop, and enter homemade jam in the county fair. If she can’t meet those terms, the money goes to the church, and Andie gets nothing. She figures her tasks will be easy enough, and once she completes them, Andie plans to sell the shop, take the money, and run back to Boston.

After a rough breakup from his crazy ex-fiancée, Officer Gunnar Wills decides to take a hiatus from women. All he wants is to help make his small town thrive the way it did when he was a kid. But when wild and beautiful Andie shows up, Gunnar’s hesitant heart begins to flutter.
Gunnar knows that Andie plans to leave, but he’s hoping to change her mind, fearful that if her coffee shop closes, Main Street will fold to the big-box corporations and forever change the landscape of his quaint community. But convincing her to stay means getting close enough to risk his heart in the process. Even though Gunnar makes small-town life seem a little sweeter, Andie has to decide if she’s ready to turn her world upside down and give up big-city life. One thing’s for sure—it’s a very sticky situation.

Amazon Link:

Goodreads Link:

Allison S. Bass said...

Hi there, Jo!

I came across your blog after finding some of your reviews on Goodreads! I believe my novel, Magic by Midnight, fits your reviewing criteria. It's YA retelling of Cinderella told through the eyes of a librarian who works at Prince Charming's palace. If you are interested, I can send you an ebook copy.

Thank you for your consideration and your time!

All the best,
Allison S. Bass

Back cover description:

Felicity, a young librarian, is certain her only adventures will come in the form of the books she reads. When her uncle reveals that the palace librarians have the secret gift of interpreting fairy tales, stories that control the fate of the kingdom, she is thrust into a new world of magic. Between rescuing Cinderella, charming a prince, and battling an evil force trying to sabotage the fairy tale, Felicity realizes orchestrating a happily ever after ending is going to take all of her wits.

However, it’s her heart that is put to the real test. She finds herself having to choose between her own happy ending or protecting the fairy tale she’s been tasked with completing. After the clock strikes midnight, Felicity discovers her world will change forever and some fates are stronger than magic.

Amazon link:

Kendall Talbot said...

Hey there Jo, I came across your name after a review you did of Winter World by AG Riddle. I have an EMP Thriller due for release in January and I was wondering if you would be interested in reading and reviewing it.

Here are the details:

Prepare for a cruise like no other.
When two electromagnetic pulses strike Rose of the Sea, the pleasure cruise becomes a drifting nightmare. Powerless and desperate, the eleven hundred passengers and crew must face their new reality: No one is coming to save them.

The First Mate. When the EMP destroys the captain’s pacemaker, Gunner McCrae is thrust into the top position. But no amount of training could prepare him for the savagery of desperate humans and an unforgiving ocean.

The Anchorwoman. Gabrielle Kinsella is known for bringing shocking stories to the world. She should be reporting on the headline of the century. Instead she’s fighting for her children’s lives.

The Acrobat. Held captive by a predator as a child, Madeline Jewel found freedom as the ship’s acrobatic dancer. But being trapped in an elevator brings her worst fears back to life.

The Gambler. Zon Woodrow, notorious gator hunter, won his ticket in a poker match. But that isn’t the only pot he’s looking to score. When the EMP destroys the ship’s security system, Zon’s eyes turn to the casino’s vault. And this time, the house won’t win.

As resources dwindle aboard Rose of the Sea, the body count continues to rise. Will ordinary people survive an extraordinary disaster? Or will human nature drown them in darkness?

Find out in this gripping post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller. FIRST FATE is the first book in the Waves of Fate series.

Here's the link on Goodreads:

If you are interested I can send you the Netgalley link once it's available.
I hope to hear from you soon,
Kendall Talbot

Karim Soliman said...

Hi Jo,

My name is Karim Soliman. I'm an indie fantasy author, and I'm reaching out to you after reading your review on The Core by Peter V. Brett.

I wonder if you might be interested in receiving a copy of my new epic fantasy Army of the Cursed in exchange for an honest review. You may check the blurb below to see if it's something right up your alley.

Everybody knew the Cursed were coming.
Nobody knew how to defeat them.

The Goranians thought they were ready to face demons in battle. But when the foretold War of the Last Day begins, one fact becomes clear: the doom of mankind is just a matter of time. Now its fate rests in the hands of a hapless trio.

A mage’s apprentice who relies on her wits rather than magic.

A princess who seeks the ultimate weapon against demons, but first, she has to survive the turmoil of civil war.

And a warrior whose swordplay could prove more useful against a threat graver than the bandits infesting his village.

Can the three unite and put aside their differences before it is too late? The entire human race is already on the brink of extinction.

Link to Amazon:

Link to Goodreads:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Karim Soliman