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Imagine a review of your book running in Booklist magazine! It’s possible through BlueInk Review. Booklist is now offering a monthly column featuring our reviews of select titles — those we deem noteworthy and appropriate. Booklist reaches more than 60,000 librarians. It is one of the most highly respected review publications in the country. A mention in Booklist provides invaluable exposure and immeasurable credibility for your title. Take a look at a recent two-page spread and consider ordering your BlueInk review today!
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In addition to Booklist, select titles are distributed to Douglas County Libraries, a major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) that buys many of BlueInk’s recommended titles, providing a unique and rare opportunity for self-publishers to boost their credibility. Select titles are also included in BlueInk’s monthly newsletter, emailed to readers, agents, publishers and librarians who have expressly signed up for the list, recommended on Goodreads and distributed on social media platforms.
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We have everything from edge-of-your-seat thrillers and mysteries to books on spirituality and serious academic works, and toss in a few great children’s titles.
Find it all on our Reviews page. Search notable indie titles, books by genre and even by authors whose work recalls your longtime favorites.
Great summer reads!
Take an independently published book to the beach with you this summer. These recent titles praised by BlueInk reviewers offer irresistible reads.
Delivering Virtue by Brian Kindall: This provocative, wholly satisfying Western adventure, couched in magic realism, centers on Didier Rain, a man struggling toward sobriety following “an epic bout of debauchery.” As he accepts a contract to deliver an infant girl to a Mormon settlement in Utah, the story skillfully blends historical insights, fantastical humor, exotic climes, references to European poetry and much more. Read review.
Dust on a Bowl of Roses by Adele Vincent: In this delightful new entry into the English cozy mystery genre, Julia Dobson, still reeling after the death of her parents, goes to their home in the village of Blymton to begin the process of healing. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of everything from sewing costumes for amateur theatricals, to finding a body at the English Heritage site of Hestercombe Gardens, to an attempt on her life. There may even be romance to come for Julia. This delightful read will have mystery fans looking forward to the next installment. Read review.
The Olive Picker by Kathryn Brettell: This memoir has the familiar elements of many abuse narratives: a cruel stepfather and a weak-willed mother who turns a blind eye. But none of it— not the beatings, the Herculean chores, nor the myriad rules and prohibitions—succeeds in breaking Kathi’s spirit, not even decades later, when her own husband makes an attempt on her life. Readers will cheer her on, all the way to the book’s triumphant ending. Inspirational as well as entertaining, The Olive Picker deserves a spot on the bookshelf alongside such popular memoirs as The Glass Castle and Running With Scissors. Read review.
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall, by Aaron Safronoff: Nothing short of a game-changer in the world of all-ages fantasy literature, this visionary, thematically profound, and visually spectacular story provides a mesmeric fusion of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hugo Award-winning novella The Word for World is Forest and James Cameron’s Oscar-winning motion picture Avatar. Our reviewer calls it “an instant fantasy classic” that will entertain readers young and old and leave them wanting more. Read review.
Anni Moon and the Elemental Artifact, by Melanie Abed: Magic, friendship and adventure sparkle in Abed’s richly imagined world featuring Anni Moon and Lexi Waterstone, students at Waterstone Academy for Girls in Chicago. Orphans, the girls are as close as sisters, but Anni discovers Lexi’s startling secret when Lexi is kidnapped. Desperate to save her best friend, Anni must rely on the ingenuity and talents of strangers and trust herself in a completely unfamiliar world wrought with danger and mind-boggling power. This girl-power story of friendship, devotion, and self-discovery is as empowering as it is entertaining. Read review.
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