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69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita Elam
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 19:11:55

    Hi there! My name is Anita Elam and I leaving a reply to request a book review of my self-published (Amazon) book “The Bugle Called You Home” a NON-fiction short book (64 pages) about the passing of my father from colon cancer when I was 17 and how I emotionally dealt with that (both then and now). I also contains embedded poetry by me (which is mainly what I write)


    • Mandi M. Lynch, author
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 02:37:27

      Anita, forgive me for the delayed response. If you would like to send a copy, I would be willing to review the book.


  2. Daniel Milton Taylor
    Sep 01, 2017 @ 05:37:44

    I was an atheist until the age of 31. I’m 59, an ordained Bishop and have published two books in 2003 and 2017 in regards to my faith and belief in God. The 1st, “Is God Real”, 208 pages, is more autobiographical about my path from atheism to Salvation. The 2nd, “Denomination”, 49 pages, is about the Denominations in the Church and how they show division in the Body of Christ. I’d like you to give me your honest review of both. If not both, the 2nd one is the most important. Here’s a link to my “Books” page on my website. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll send you a copy.


  3. Natalie Coe
    Sep 12, 2017 @ 14:56:37

    I am contacting you on behalf of Paul Stretton-Stephens (, regarding his two-part Teen/Young Adult contemporary fantasy. It is entitled Enemies Rising.

    We would like to submit Enemies Rising Part 1 for review, if possible. We can supply the book in various formats.

    To give you a feel for the book, please find below the blurb for Enemies Rising Part 1:
    “Fifteen-year-old Tacrem becomes acutely aware that all the hours of play fighting, language lessons, physical training, and strategy games during his undersea upbringing were designed to prepare him to carry out dangerous missions for the sake of Cetardia, also known as the Downside. His exceptional abilities: he can run, swim, and jump faster and higher than any Upsider (the Cetardian name for people living on the land) are required to confront threats from two fronts. 
    Firstly, some Upsiders are intent on discovering and exploiting Cetardia for their gain, and secondly, the ocean’s rising tides threaten to distance Cetardia farther from the mainland. 
    To survive Tacrem undertakes a rare and daring mission to make contact with a discredited Upside climatologist, Professor Jack Berry to gain and deliver vital information. During the process, Tacrem befriends Jack and his daughter Jess who becomes the focus of an enemy of Cetardia, The Fligers.
    The question is: Will Tacrem be able to obtain and deliver the information needed to save his world and can he protect his new friends Jack and Jess?
    Discover how Tacrem tackles his mission in this action packed adventure.”

    We would be most grateful if any of your team would be willing to review Enemies Rising Part 1.

    If you need any further help or information, please do let me know.
    Kind regards
    Natalie Coe
    P.A. to Writer, Paul Stretton-Stephens


  4. Derek Hunter
    Sep 15, 2017 @ 19:17:49

    Dear the Folks at Book in the Bag,

    Hope this message finds you well. I am an author of robust, riveting, edge of your seat “experimental” science-fiction (experimental in the same vein as James Joyce, Arthur Rimbaud, William S. Burroughs, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, August Strindberg, and others). It is a different kind of science-fiction in that it treats modern times similar to how most works in the genre treat the future, that of a bizarre “other” world.

    Recently Kirkus Reviews reviewed one of my novels, E.I.E. –

    I also have an author profile on Goodreads –

    A Facebook Group called Love Chaos with over 750 members to explore my work –

    A Facebook Page with over 4,400 likes –

    Along with Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and other social media sites.

    Last but not least I have my website, which has my entire body of work –

    I would love to get the opportunity for you to review one of my books, especially my novel E.I.E., which had a favorable review in Kirkus Reviews and I recommend checking out.

    Thank you for your time,
    Derek Hunter


  5. Dee Dee Prince
    Oct 08, 2017 @ 17:27:42

    My name is Dee Dee Prince. I’m requesting a review of my memoir “Unmarked Escape Routes,” a story of bold renewal, released on Amazon July 25, 2017.

    The memoir is seen through the eyes of Deborah, the eldest of three children born to an unlikely couple: an Oakey sailor and an English nurse, both reeling from the horrors of war and broken hearts over lost loves. They meet by chance and marry quickly. Momma is looking for a better life in America while Daddy is looking for his next bottle of beer.

    It chronicles a child’s struggle between remaining loyal to her family of origin and the desire to flee the pandemonium. As the family unravels, Deborah learns that friendship mitigates the chaos of being shuffled from town to town, house-to-house, with and without parents. The pain of pleasing her family outweighs the fear of disapproval – she makes courageous choices that empower her, and then is faced with more upheaval. But the truths held in her spirit continue to awaken until she turns eighteen, and no longer needs to be legally parented.

    Unmarked Escape Routes is a soul-searching portrayal of a young girl who grows up, climbs the wall of her past, and becomes a woman who can look back on it with compassion, gratitude and freedom.

    Thank you for your consideration.


  6. jrousso
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 19:58:46


    I came across your website and was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing a children’s book that I wrote this year on coping with fear and other negative feelings by looking at inner strengths and the beauty in the world around us. I have attached a press release and a pdf file of the book if you have any interest.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    All the best,

    June Rousso


  7. Karsten Bech Nielsen
    Nov 28, 2017 @ 22:27:14

    I would love you to review my new book; Mind your Money. It is the only universal / 360 degree view on your personal finances, and how you can improve it.

    Its an easy 200 page read: 3-4 hours according to Kobo (Maybe a bit optimistic).

    I can send you a giftcode to iBooks or an ePub/mobi file. Unfortunately no paperback (yet).

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Br. Karsten

    Want to challenge your basic assumptions about personal finance and arrive at better financial choices?

    Mind Your Money offer clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape by providing the practical tools needed to understand and improve financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately improve the chances of realizing your dreams.

    Learn the magic of compounding returns rather than compounding costs and learn how to utilize the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term. Topics also include guidance on asset allocation, risk management, and retirement investing.

    With budgeting as the offset we move on with ideas for improving income and “Don’t work harder – spend your money smarter” ideas that might reduce your expenses by 30% or more.

    The book covers all major financial decisions in life from choosing the smartest study, nesting, marrying, maintaining financial autonomy, raising economically responsible children, to planning and choosing the smartest pension options. In addition, it will help you identify how to surf the waves of the economy when making life changing decisions or investments.

    Read the book from start to end, use it for inspiration for specific financial situations or use the extensive examples with suggesting for how to calculate the smartest options for life’s financial decisions.

    Recommended minimum level of education: junior high school / ISCED level 2 (10 years).

    Not suitable for black and white eBook viewers, text-to-speech, or small screens.


  8. mathias freese
    Nov 30, 2017 @ 16:32:43

    I am seeking a review.and Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau
    And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the Story of a New York City
    man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler
    living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and
    unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the
    societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so
    who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher
    who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and
    waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to
    Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential
    impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.
    Book Awards:
    • The i Tetralogy: Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award 2007
    • Down to a Sunless Sea: National Indie Excellence finalist Book Awards 2007 &
    • Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award 2007.
    • This Mobius Strip of Ifs: National Indie (Winner) Book Awards, 2012 & Global
    Ebook Award finalist, 2012.
    • I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust: Finalist in the 2012 Leapfrog Press
    Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Winner;
    • Readers’ Favorites, Five Stars; Indie Excellence Book Awards, Finalist; Readers’
    • Favorite, Book Award Winner – Bronze medal
    • Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers: 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable
    Mention, Great Northwest Book Festival Winner in Biography/Autobiography
    • Category, Runner-up in General Non-Fiction Category in the San Francisco Book
    Festival, Winner for General Non-Fiction in The Beach Book Festival & Runner-Up
    in General Non-Fiction in the Paris Book Festival
    is a multi-published,
    award-winning author,
    writer, teacher and
    Title: And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau
    Author: Mathias B. Freese
    Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
    Formats: Paperback & eBook
    Published by: Wheatmark
    ISBN: 978-1627875387
    Pub. Date: September 22, 2017
    Number of pages: 117 pages
    And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau by Mathias B. Freese


  9. Bonnie Davis
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 03:08:55

    Hi, Marilyn Sherman has a new book available for review. Our Amazon listing is at and the Goodreads listing is at Marilyn would be happy to send you a print version if you choose to review it! Thank you for your consideration.


  10. Shawn Phillips
    Jan 07, 2018 @ 05:30:12

    I’m hoping that you will pull my novel out of the bag for review. Darkened Demigod: Weapon of War is a fantasy novel, or rather the story of a demigod imprisoned miles below the surface of the post-apocalyptic Earth he crafted. He is the first modern-day demigod, and must come to terms with his failings that led to global annihilation. From the charcoaled ashes of remorse and uncontrollable anger must rise the embodiment of what he was meant to be—a savior for all humankind. However, who he is saving them from and why propels this demigod on a pained journey beyond his home planet, where he must face much more than just an advanced offshoot of humanity. He and the diminutive Bookworm will fight for Earth, but at a cost even a demigod will not be able to rectify.

    Thank you for reading my request. The novel is currently on Goodreads as a giveaway and will be released on Amazon (paperback/eBook) on Jan 31st.


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