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Book Review of Snow What Sorrow by Cameron Jace

Our review of the long awaited novel Snow White Sorrow.  Was the wait worth it?…Continue

Started Jul 17, 2013

Well....I finished this book....which I guess is something

Bitches be crazy!!  And really, so is this book.  Our review of Platinum Blackmail by Jay Atleson…Continue

Started Jul 10, 2013

Incredibly tough review

My 1700 word review of For God, Country, and Coca-Cola. Pictures, videos and blurbs included...this was a challenge to write, and I hope I did it justice. This review has been revised so many times.…Continue

Started Jul 3, 2013

Good Covers vs. Good Art; Award winning designer Farah Evers explains!

So what exactly makes a good cover vs. just a good piece of art?Farah Evers, who recently won the EPIC Ariana Award for best cover stops by to explain.It would benefit everyone to also click the…Continue

Started Jul 2, 2013


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Well....I finished this book....which I guess is something

Bitches be crazy!!  And really, so is this book.  Our review of Platinum Blackmail by Jay Atleson More
Jul 10, 2013

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Incredibly tough review

My 1700 word review of For God, Country, and Coca-Cola. Pictures, videos and blurbs included...this was a challenge to write, and I hope I did it justice. This review has been revised so many times. More
Jul 3, 2013

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String of bad reviews

Thankfully these are being spaced out so I'm not posting a ton of bad reviews at once...but this is my first completely un-apologetic bad review.  This is also why (although not mentioned in the review) Outskirts Press is VERY bad for the publishing industry.  They don't care about quality, just money. …See More
Jun 14, 2013

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Review of the creepy crawly "The Colony"

This book was just all sorts of buggy creepiness.  I mean...really.  2 million ants liquifying a human from the inside out?  Yeah...*shudder* More
Jun 3, 2013

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Top of the Heap reviews Haunted Halls Volume 2!

Today's Flash Friday is the second volume in The Haunted Halls by Glenn J Rolfe. Does the momentum continue? More
May 31, 2013

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Posting my story starting next week

Well, I'm going to bite the bullet.  I'm going to post one chapter, maybe two a week on my bloghttp://topoftheheapreviews.comI think this will go in place of my Tuesday Ten segment and possibly on Thursday as well.I'm hoping that I can get some good feedback on it.  I don't have a title, or anything like that, just about 14 pages in this short story.  It's not done, but it will motivate the heck out of me to get it done.See More
May 19, 2013

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Two fantastic childrens book reviews!

A couple fantastic kids books by Eric B. Thomasma!  Sam and the Dragon, and, Billy's Family!Check out the reviews here! More
May 18, 2013

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And we're back!

We are back after a bit of a hiatus. We are doing reviews again, but being VERY selective on what we are reviewing! Mostly coming from publisher lists or agents at this time! You can read this for more info on what happened. More
May 7, 2013

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My name is Joe Hempel, I run a new Book Review Blog called Top of the Heap. I review books, do author interviews, and will be hosting some giveaways in the future!

If you are an author and want your book reviewed or want to do an online interview you can reach me at the contact page of the Top of the Heap website or you can message me at the official facebook page:

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At 3:37pm on April 22, 2013,
Larry Rodness

Hi Joe, my name is Larry Rodness and I am inquiring about receiving a review on my newest YA novel entitled, "Perverse", published by Itoh Press in both print and electronic formats. Synopsis as follows:

19 year old Emylene Stipe is a 2nd generation Goth who, like every teenage girl, is trying to find her place in the world. One night she comes upon an old painting in an antique store and is compelled to purchase it. When she brings it home an image of a young woman appears in the sketch and then magically materializes in her apartment. Emylene nick-names her 'Poinsettia' and they soon become fast friends. But Poinsettia has an ulterior motive for her sudden and strange intrusion into her host's life which causes Emylene to question her whole belief system.
If there is interest I can forward an E Pub or PDF.
You can also get more info at my website:
At 12:44pm on March 5, 2013,
Jay Siva
Hi, I came across your blog, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.

My name is Jay Siva, the founder of, an easy 'buy book' widget for authors. I'm contacting you today because I think you and your readers would love to know about the EZBuyButton widget I've created.

It is the most advanced 'buy now' widget for selling books. I make it free for authors and publishers, worldwide, to quickly and easily create and use our EZBuyButton widget to place on their website or blog to immediately increase the sales of their books, especially if their books are listed for sale in more than one retail store. I made it super easy, with just a few clicks they just copy & paste a piece of code onto their website/blog, and they're done.

The widget allows website visitors to select which device they'd like to use to read the author's book, and then select their preferred retail store that they'd like to purchase the book from. It also geolocates the visitor's location and will send the visitor to the correct country specific retail store so that they can buy the author's book. The widget is also fully customizable, and the author will have access to detailed real-time statistics of the use of their widget.

I would like to invite you to visit my website, and try out the EZBuyButton widget. I hope you find that my widget will be useful to you and your readers, including all the authors, literary agents, and publishers you're in contact with.

My website is

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you. Thank you for your time.

kindest regards,
Jay Siva
At 12:33am on February 6, 2013,
Ife Oshun

Hi Joe,

Welcome to Book Blogs! I'm new too, and already feel like I fit right in. I hope you enjoy it too.

My debut YA urban fantasy novel, Blood To Blood, came out in December.

Read the first few chapters |  Official Press Release Website |  Twitter |  Facebook

Summary: Angelika Brown has a killer voice. Too bad her über-conservative parents aren’t happy when she decides to quit high school to be a pop singer. What’s worse, she’s morphing into a blood-drinking immortal and her soaring vocals can now destroy everything, and everyone, within earshot. Will she learn how to control her new powers? Or will her bloodlust cause her to kill her girl group before they reach the Top 10?

Have a great time here. There's a ton of great folks! Let me know if there's anything I can help you with.

Best Regards,


At 3:53pm on February 5, 2013, Intoxicated by Books said…

Hi! Welcome to Book Blogs! I hope you enjoy it here. I would love for you to come by and visit my blog. I have a giveaway going right now for 17 ebooks! These books are GREAT reads!

At 2:39pm on February 5, 2013,
Jean Wagner

"Do you feel welcomed yet? Let me extend another hand of friendship and a slightly off blog for interesting people to sharpen their minds on. Swing by and lets talk some shop over virtual coffee"

At 12:02am on February 5, 2013,
Sycho Faerie

Hello! Please check out my book blog Sycho Faerie's Book Obsession and give me a follow. Leave me a comment with your blog link and I will follow you back. Thanks!

At 8:51pm on February 4, 2013, Kate Evangelista said…


Welcome to Book Blogs! I'm Kate, a young adult author. My second novel, Reaping Me Softly, has just been released by Omnific Publishing last October 30, 2012. 

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clarke, is a Reaper. 

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves.  This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did? 

Grab your copy now at:

Barnes & Noble

Omnific Publishing

I hope you enjoy your stay here! Lots of great people and interesting topics. If there's anything you might need, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my page.



At 12:26pm on February 4, 2013,
Catalina Egan

Hello Joe

WELCOME TO BOOK BLOGS, I have forged many friendships here with bloggers, avid readers and prolific writers. We help each other out and have a great time while we do so; I am an author who enjoys History and connect with people to cross-promote.


If you get a chance please check out Barnes and Noble or AMAZONIt is a well-documented factual pre-World War II event with a twist of fiction and a touch of the paranormal.

Meet me on Facebook

M.C.V. Egan


At 8:11am on February 4, 2013,
Erica Verrillo

Welcome to Book Blogs! I am an author of middle reader fantasies and medical reference books. (It's an odd combination, I know.) If you are an aspiring author, you absolutely must read my blog, "Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity." It covers how to get an agent, how to work with an editor, how to promote your work, best websites for writers in various genres – all based on having sold my soul to the devil (Random House owns it). My latest post on blogspot is: Considering Self-Publishing? Don't Bother, Unless You Follow Guy Kawasaki's Advice. (This is a fascinating interview with best-selling author, Guy Kawasaki.) The current post on my author site is: How to Increase Your Website's Visibility Through Website Directories.

my website:

I write a second blog with useful tips for treating and coping with CFS/ME (aka chronic fatigue syndrome):

and on the website: (this website also contains lots of useful resources)

My book, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition, will be free on Amazon on February 16. Go here:

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