August 11, 2020

10 Indie Books You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

By Paul Goat Allen

I’ve reviewed a lot of books over the last 25+ years and many of those have featured formulaic, rehashed, and predictable storylines, premises, and ideas. When it comes to traditionally published titles, I get it—publishers need to make money and they only publish what books that they think are going […]

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July 30, 2020

10 Apocalyptic Reads to Make 2020 Seem Less of a Dumpster Fire

By Paul Goat Allen

Yeah, 2020 has been a nightmare thus far—and the pandemic is just one burning bag of garbage in this blazing dumpster fire of a year. Every day seems to introduce some new horror, and—to no one’s surprise—people are turning to novels to temporarily escape all of the stress and existential […]

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July 6, 2020

10 Steamy Novels to Heat Up Your Summer Nights

By Paul Goat Allen

Fiction, at its very best, elicits a powerful emotional response—be it fear, sadness, joy, or sexual arousal. Achieving the latter, however, may be the most difficult challenge to writers. Decades ago, when I first started editing and reviewing for B&N, one of my very first interviews was with the legendary […]

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June 8, 2020

The Next Coming Golden Age of Science Fiction?

By Paul Goat Allen

Some people enjoy gardening in their free time. Or watching movies. I like to examine weekly bestselling lists—and watch the various mainstream fiction and genre fiction categories rise and fall in popularity. I’ve been doing it for decades—and it’s quite fascinating to try to connect the popularity of genre categories […]

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February 10, 2016

Romantic and sexy reads for Valentine’s Day

By Irene Sanders Celebrate the month of love with BlueInk Review!  From fiction to self-help, these titles offering both sweetness and spice are guaranteed to make your February a memorable one.

Molly Takes the Cake by the Taylor Sisters: This delightfully charming romance revolves around bakery-owner Molly, who has been waiting patiently for long-distance […]

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October 20, 2015

5 chilling books to set the mood for Halloween

Looking for a collection of books to chill your spine, curdle your blood, and get you ready for Halloween? Look no further! Fall is in the air and the holiday is nearly upon us. Check out our collection of books to get you into the “spirit”.

Ethics of the Undead, by Loren Schechter. Here’s a surprising […]

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August 13, 2015

BlueInk Review offers A+ reads on educational topics

By Irene Sanders

That inevitable time of year has come again: school bells begin to ring and students start their classes. Between making sure your kids have their new folders and freshly shined shoes, take the time to crack the binding on a fantastic self-published book! BlueInk Review has uncovered several titles that can be […]

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June 12, 2015

BlueInk Review announces great summer reads!

By Ali Correll

Looking for a new contemporary romance, memoir, mystery — or other unique read — to fill up those long, lazy summer hours? Why not support an indie author at the same time?  At BlueInk Review, we’ve culled our favorite titles of the year from the hundreds of books we’ve reviewed and put […]

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February 19, 2015

Ten must-read self-published urban fantasy novels

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of blogs by highly respected genre critic Paul Goat Allen that highlights stellar, not-to-be-missed titles by self-published authors in various genres.

By Paul Goat Allen

Although the paranormal fantasy boom has most definitely ended in traditional publishing—after an unprecedented Golden Age that lasted almost two […]

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