September’s Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review

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In our effort to help facilitate the discovery of new titles that might interest overseas publishers for rights deals, we offer the occasional selection of “starred” reviews from BlueInk Review, a service which reviews self-published books. These are all books that BlueInk Review feels “merit your attention,” and “are of exceptional quality and particularly worthy of representation.”


The AwakeningThe Awakening, by Neville: Neville Goddard is one of the most important — yet little known — spiritual writers of the 20th century, a man whose work stressed the power of the imaginative mind to create a new reality by thinking of yourself living the life you wish for. He inspired the likes of self-help author Wayne Dyer, historian Mitch Horowitz and others. This book is a collection of Neville’s 1963 lectures focusing on esoteric interpretations of the Bible and provides a wonderful opportunity to expose modern readers to his influential thoughts. Read review.

Light of the Andes: In Search of Shamanic Wisdom in Peru, by J.E. Williams: This exhilarating story documents the author’s odyssey, both physical and metaphysical, into the teachings and ancient shamanic principles of the Q’ero, a traditional, indigenous people living in the Andes Mountains. The author lived with the Q’ero for years, and his exquisite, vivid description of his travel experiences is understated, fresh, sometimes astonishing and often as lyrical as poetry. Read review.

The following books did not receive Stars but were highly praised by our critics.


Bellhaven, by Paul B. Isom: This compelling story within a story is framed by the tale of a priest sent by the diocese to investigate another priest, Father David Mills. In the course of the investigation, Father Mills reveals his past as the son of a pastor whose church has just begun to allow African-American students into its private academy, creating tensions within the community. When Mills falls in love with one of the new black students, trouble inevitably follows. With its well-conceived, engaging plot and informed details of the era, this is a pleasure to read, a story that will appeal to those pondering universal questions of love, hate, forgiveness and faith. Read review.

The Lost Goddess, by Karen Ann Bevelle: Walking a fine line between young adult and adult fantasy, this tale reveals what happens when Vina, a member of a group of “Immortals” (gods with superpowers) is separated from her family in the woods and must escape the capture of a villain determined to drain her essence in hopes of getting a total immortality makeover.  With artful plotting, bold action scenes and authentic emotions at the heart of the story, this signals the start of what could be a winning series. Read review.

BlueInk Review is founded by Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, literary agent and subsidiary rights specialist. We offer serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books. Our reviews are penned by writers drawn from major mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and editors of respected traditional publishing houses.

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