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Our reach is wider than ever. BlueInk reviews are now featured in Booklist magazine!
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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BlueInk also posts a review excerpt in the Editorial section of the author’s Barnes & Noble page (upon request); this position designates the review as professional, in contrast to customer reviews. All reviews are eligible to appear in the Editorial section of Amazon’s author pages.
Select titles also go to:
In addition to Booklist, select reviews are distributed to No Shelf Required, a popular website for librarians interested in ebooks; Douglas County Libraries, a major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) that buys many of BlueInk’s recommended titles.
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. All of these venues provide opportunities to enhance your title’s credibility immeasurably!! Unlike other review services, BlueInk does not charge extra for any distributions.
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Two reviews are better than one!
When it comes to establishing credibility for your title, the more reviews you receive, the better off you are. To that end, we are partnering with Foreword Clarion to offer a popular 2-review package. For the discounted rate of $695, you will receive one review from BlueInk Review and one from Foreword Clarion, both within 6 weeks. Better yet, you will save more than $300 and greatly enhance your book’s exposure! For more information, click here.
From edge-of-your-seat thrillers to lushly illustrated children’s picture books to practical business books, we have what you’re looking for!
Find the best in indie books on our Reviews page by searching for “Notable Titles.” Narrow the search even further by clicking on your favorite genres.
You won’t go wrong with any of the following, highly recommended titles:
Blue Bear: Or the Impossibility of Annonymity, by Fr. Joseph M. Grady: This rollicking new novel features a feisty young American expat in Rome, who stumbles – or rather jogs – into a murder mystery. A spirited and highly entertaining novel, it’s sophisticated enough to appeal to adults, but the young, charismatic protagonist, exotic setting and fast-pace make it a potential YA hit as well. Read review.
Aphrodite’s Stand, by Sandra Scott: Twists and turns abound in this smart, engaging story filled with romance, heat, and international intrigue. There’s no shortage of jaw-dropping surprises, and the tension, both romantic and action-based, ebbs and flows perfectly. Readers barely have time to catch their breath before a new mystery or thrill takes hold. Read review.
A Clean Death, by Adriaan Verheul: Verheul’s gripping novel revolves around the murder of an international aid worker. Fans of Graham Greene’s elegant writing and David Ignatius’s and Dan Fesperman’s topical thrillers will find similar pleasures here. Read review.
Boarding Passes to Faraway Places, by Guy A. Sibilla: Here, Sibilla recounts eight of his journeys to out-of-the-way locales such as Myanmar, Pakistan’s Karakoram mountain range, and the jungles of Belize. Excellent not only as adventure/travel writing, but as a look at people from different cultures who aren’t so different after all. Read review.
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars, by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola: The first installment in the saga featuring Martian investigator Denver Moon is a gloriously action-packed, pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride that seamlessly fuses a variety of genre elements (science fiction, mystery, pulp noir, etc.) to create an irresistible read. Readers looking for adrenaline-fueled and downright fun literary escapism should look no further. Read review.
Jack Gregson and the Forgotten Portal, by Peter Wilson: Wilson has created a fantasy world that older children and young teens, like its hero Jack, will want to explore. The author has artfully crafted a smart, bold boy hero who must battle not only the dark mist and its brutal leader, but inner burdens as well. The totality has a cinematic feel, and readers will eagerly anticipate sequels two and three. Read review.
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32, by B. C. R. Fegan: Fegan combines the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house in his picture book. It’s a perfect book to captivate young children, as well as an excellent example that “suspenseful” doesn’t have to mean “frightening.” Read review.
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