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  • Kriya Yogi
    May 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Any of the books by Shailendra Sharma are worth your time.

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  • Harvey
    August 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Sorry, but the message I just sent you, about the Below Mile Zero book, contained a misspelling of my email address. Correctly, I am at

    Blame it on arthritis.

  • Cat Noir
    August 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I recommend a really funny middle grade series about a 10 yr old and her not-so-favorite grandma. The books touch upon serious subjects with humor.
    The Wig: Crazy Summer and
    The Wig: New School & Other Stuff

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    September 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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  • InkFan
    October 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a fan of the book…. Ink A new superhero is born.
    Good read.

  • meep
    November 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    fault in our stars
    john green

  • Art Van Kraft
    November 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Sleepy Hollow; The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod Crane,
    A. Van Kraft.

    Meet American literatures first outcast
    When I watched the Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a boy, I saw only a funny story, with Ichabod Crane as the goat. It never occurred to me that it was sending a message—a person who thinks too much is suspicious and subject to ridicule. I decided to write a new version, one in which a seemingly weak schoolmaster becomes a different kind of hero. It’s a version that I hope is welcomed in the twenty-first century.
    I have copies and would like to send you one, AVK

  • Alex
    December 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Please post if you answer is yes!

  • Jannah
    January 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hi guys

    I’m so glad I came across your blog, so many new books I can explore 😀 (I was gonna put this in a private contact form but it doesnt seem to work, after I submit it the browser asks me if Im sure I want to do this but theres nothing to click..)

    I was wondering if you’ve ever read anything by Ian Ogilvy (English author, more noted as an actor)? He has written a series of adventure books about a orphan boy who lives with a wrathmonk and even though he has no magic the ways he manages to outsmart the evil folk in his adventures 🙂 Goodreads link:
    I think its aimed at boys from 7 and up but I read them when I was about 19 and here I am a 23 (and a girl ooh) and this series is still one of my favourites 😀
    I’d love to know what you guys think of it if you ever get a chance to read them

    Anyway Ill be perusing your site 😀


  • Jannah
    January 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    ok so i just realised I couldve emailed you #blindasabat >_<

  • Anonymous
    March 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    A hidden gem

    I just finished reading Below Mile Zero, written by Brooke Babineau. Wow! How this one failed to get major attention is beyond me. This story is so well written and so believable.

    I keep thinking what other amazing tales this author could be giving the world, but the media circus seems to have turned a blind eye in his direction.

    We all do well with acknowledgement and encouragement, so it would be wonderful if you could help this man receive his deserved fair share of recognition by promoting his book.

    I located his website at, and was amazed at some of the setbacks handed this truly amazing individual by the publishing conglomerates.

    Check it out, and spread the word. Admittedly, I have a personal stake in his success, I’d love to read more of his work, which might be forthcoming with some encouragement.

    Harvey R.

  • Mary
    October 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

    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 or just pass by, it would be awsome. Thank you.


  • Priya Sridhar
    October 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I’ve tried emailing a request for a review, but the email on the website isn’t working; neither is the contact form. Do you think those could be fixed?

  • Ella Hansing
    October 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Do you review books of self-published authors?
    Can I send you a manuscript?

  • Byron
    October 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Somehow I’m unable to email you anything. Is that contact address the most up-to-date one or is it actually

  • Ana
    October 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Hi Byron, our contact email seems to be experiencing server problems at the moment, please feel free to use the hotmail address listed.

  • Nautica O'Neill
    October 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    How do we unsubscribe from the website?

  • asherlev1
    November 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm


    This is suuuper random, but I will go ahead and ask anyway. I first discovered this site a few years ago, and to the best of my knowledge, there was a feature where OTHER book review sites were recommended. I can’t seem to find that feature anymore and I really adore and trust this site, so I was wondering if the feature still existed in some fashion or other?


  • harvin sing wazir
    November 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    my story carries more that 33,000 word counts. It’s carry magical realism. so, are you accepting this much word counts.


  • C. Lee McKenzie
    December 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for smuggling books into the blogosphere. I’m always looking for new authors and new stories. And I’m going to contact you about reviewing one of my books. It was a treat to find your site.

  • J. Oliver Madison
    February 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Hi, I’m a newly published author. How would I go about submitting a book to possibly be reviewed?

  • Hanate Ackerman
    February 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Could you do a review on All Fall Down by Ally Carter?

  • susie
    March 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    So, what’s up with On the Smugglers Radar? I’m missing it, it is my favorite weekly column at Book Smugglers.

  • Kristin O'Neill
    May 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hello there!

    I just discovered your blog, I love the format and your style of writing. Very accessible and entertaining.
    The books you are publishing you look absolutely beautiful, great covers.

    I am writing to you today seeking reviews for our book series, the Red Hand Adventures.

    Book 3 Legends of the Rif was just released two weeks ago. I’d love to send you all 3 books if you are interested in reviewing?

    I have some individual reviews. I would love a professional opinion like yourselves on the series as a whole. If that’s possible…

    Here’s some reader feedback:

    Rebels was chosen for Battle of the Books in North Carolina which has really made a difference for us in sales. It’s pretty exciting!
    My husband Joe is the author, and I am the creative director for the series. I am super new to this business, making all sorts of mistakes as I go along but am enjoying the journey nonetheless.

    Anyways, I’d love your honest opinion.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kristin O’Neill

  • Alexa
    July 3, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Hey! I just wanted to get your guys’ suggestions on some books! I’m interested in gay romance novels, and i remember you guys reviewed Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, so i was wondering if you guys could suggest to me your favorite gay romance novels that you have read, thank you in advance!!

  • Daft Ada
    September 2, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Hey, hope you don’t mind me popping this here. I’m trying to drum up a bit of interest in my best mate’s first self-published book, Cucumbertops (and Other Animals of the Veggiesaur Kingdom). It covers the fictional history of the Veggiesaurs – a prehistoric form of vegetable – and parodies the look and feel of factual dinosaur books from the 1980s. All the illustrations have been hand-drawn in the same style of those old natural history works (and even includes things like size comparisons and pictures of Veggiesaur excavations for good measure). After years of me badgering him to get the thing published he’s finally relented and it’s now available here

    50% of all sales are being donated to the Roy Castle Cancer Foundation in memory of his mum who died of lung cancer a few years ago.

    I’ve bought a couple of copies that I’d like to pass on to book reviewers and bloggers (and maybe give him an early xmas present in the process) so if you or any other bloggers reading would be interested in reviewing it please get in touch! My email is

    Many Thanks for reading.

  • Audrey
    October 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I was wondering how do I go about getting my client’s book reviewed?

  • Emiliana De Vico
    October 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Dear bloggers,
    Wish to present myself, I am an Italian writer and I publish in my own
    and/or in an Italian publishing house. I desire to offer my work “My
    name is Bloody Mary” to the English market. It would be a pleasure to
    me to use your area to insert an “incipit” (a starting line) and
    a chapter of the said book which is already available since last year in
    Amazon Italia.
    I will be glad to have your feedback from your readers and long to have a
    follow up then.
    Awaiting for your response and up coming advices.

  • Mark Ritchie
    November 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Book Title: The Last Shibboleth
    Author: Mark Andrew Ritchie
    Publisher: Island Lake Press
    Genre: Inspirational Thriller
    Buy Link:
    Length: 266pp
    Release Date: Feb 2016
    Shibboleth [sh?b??-l?th, -l?th?]
    1. a test
    2 a word or custom whose variations in pronunciation or style is used to differentiate members of groups, races, or classes
    3 ?“ear” of grain. From Hebrew: ??????, first used in Judges 12:5-6, a word by which one group, the Gileadites, identified, trapped, and executed their enemies who couild not pronounce the sound sh (a story never told in Sunday School).

    Islam, Judaism, Christianity, historic sources of love, good deeds, and war come together in the most unimaginable setting—Jerusalem—notorious for violence, forgiveness, redemption.

    These three contrasting world views are represented by three families who “accidentally” come together in the West Bank—A New York financier and family (Jewish), a Midwestern salesman and family (“nominal” Christian), and a Palestinian family (Muslim). And of course, there is a kid whose curiosity will always get the better of him. They unmask each other stereotypes as they read previously undiscovered documents from the first century. Meanwhile, Israeli security scrambles to protect them from each other.

    The lady continued, “Have you heard the word, shibboleth? It means test. It comes from a story in the Tanakh. Our people fashioned a checkpoint where they asked travelers to say shibboleth. It’s exactly like our word schedule. If someone pronounces schedule with an sh sound, you know they are from Britain. So if these people stumbled on the sh and said sibboleth, our people took them over to the side of the road and gave them a dagger right about here.” and she pointed to her abdomen.”
    Jen’s face could not conceal her suspicion. “I know what you’re thinking,” the lady continued. “Why didn’t they teach me this in Sunday School? you’d like to know. Not a great story for the little kids.” That may be, Jen thought, but Mic is gonna love this one.
    The lady grabbed a piece of paper. “See this letter here,” and she wrote it—??. “That dot on the upper right makes it a Shin. If you can pronounce the Shin, you live. Otherwise—” she paused for drama. “Off with your head.
    Jen was on emotional overload by this time. “Jeepers,” she whispered, mostly to herself. “What’d they do with the heads.” But really her mind was on Ari, who says salaam without the sh.
    Jen gave the lady a far away stare and said, “It looks like the difference is still with us.”
    “That’s it,” the lady responded. “We say shalom and they say salaam. It’s our last shibboleth.”
    “I think I’ve got it,” Jen responded. “Salaam over there. Shalom over here. Salaam, Shalom,” and she pointed back and forth. “All we’re missing now is the peace.”

  • Roxanne
    January 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Great logo!

  • KristinKingAuthor
    January 27, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Just found you guys when searching for info on “Airborn” by Kenneth Oppel. Love your banner and have added you to my wordpress “Reader” to follow. Maybe someday I’ll send you an ARC of my own. Meanwhile I enjoy your reviews. Thanks for doing this.

  • sandra walker
    January 31, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Can you please tell what age group this book is for – The Lie Tree –

  • sandra walker
    January 31, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Any help about age groups for this book please?

  • Caroline Edmunds
    March 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is a NEW festival for story-lovers of all ages; set to take place in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle near Edenbridge in Kent between 1 and 3 May 2016. The programme offers author events for adults and teenagers on Sunday 1st May, events for families and children on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and a whole day of events dedicated to schools on Tuesday 3rd May.

    Here is a link to the programme of authors for each day

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