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Our Library Visit For April

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Saturday? I'm doing just fine. :) So, for the second time this year my mom and I went to our local library and bought books at the library book sale. :) I suppose we each thought our separate TBR piles needed replenishing! We had promised ourselves that we wouldn't go overboard, but I think that that particular promise went out the window as soon as we both walked through the door! :) We came away with two boxes and three bags of books - not bad!!!

We hadn't been to the library since February of this year. We arrived at the library at about 12:00 P. M. and spent two hours there. We had a wonderful time together - as we always do!

Between us, we bought 27 hardcovers, 26 paperbacks and 4 oversized paperbacks, as well as 3 audiobooks and 4 movies. We spent a whopping $65 for a total of 60 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

At the moment, I'm reading an ebook Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of Five Stones by K…

Steve O'Brien, Author of Dead Money, Chats About How Not to Plan a Series

Meet Steve O'Brien
Steve O'Brien is the author of four novels: Elijah's Coin, Bullet Work, Redemption Day, and Dead Money. Elijah's Coin has been added to the reading curriculum in multiple secondary schools throughout the US and has been incorporated in a university ethics course. The e-book version of Redemption Day was an Bestseller. Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Washington University Law School. He lives in Washington, DC.

Synopsisfrom Goodreads:
You Can’t Stop It.
The stranger’s menacing, dismissive laughter echoed in attorney Dan Morgan’s head. In the heart of thoroughbred country--Churchill Downs--a major con was about to be pulled. Despite Dan’s efforts, his filly, Aly Dancer, was somehow part of the scheme. You Can’t Stop It.
Dan’s dream as a thoroughbred owner was to run in a Grade I race—a televised stakes race. That opportunity had finally appeared. So far it had only resulted in threats, violence and death.You Can’t S…

Computer problems have plagued me all week!

Hello everyone! Well, for the past week I've had an intermittent Internet connection because my cable company has been experiencing an increased number of outages around the area. I actually have no idea if or when I will have access to the Internet or email from one day to the next! It started out as somewhat sporadic, and has turned increasingly annoying! 
In fact, we just had a cable service call today. The lady came and spent between an hour and a half to two hours this afternoon trying to find out what is wrong, as the television, telephone and Internet were all affected by outages at some point during the week. It appears to be fixed now, thank goodness! I just hope that it lasts!
For those of you who dropped by today expecting to find my review of Dead Moneyby Steve O'Brien, I was finally able to post it and I apologize for the lateness of my review - my computer is finally cooperating!
May you read well and often

Steve O'Brien - Dead Money

13. Dead Money by Steve O'Brien (2012)
Aly Dancer Mysteries Book 2
Length: 299 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 25 March 2013
Finished: 4 April 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Rebecca at The Cadence Group for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 February 2013
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Steve O'Brien is a new author for me.

In the heart of thoroughbred country - Churchill Downs - a major con was about to be perpetrated. For prominent attorney Dan Morgan, Churchill Downs is a major stepping stone towards running in the famous Kentucky Derby. As a thoroughbred owner, Dan has dreams of running his filly, Aly Dancer, in a Grade One televised stakes race, such as Churchill Downs. He is flying high with excitement, until a sinister phone call tells him: "You can't stop it!"

However, when Dan gets a million dollar offer to sell Aly Dancer right before her showing at Churchill Downs, …

Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Author of Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House Chats About the Inspiration For Both Stories

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. I began writing novels at 21, over forty years ago now, and have had seventeen (ten romantic horror, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and two murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press and Amazon Kindle Direct.
I’ve been married to Russell for almost thirty-five years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha, live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town…

Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House

12. Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 62 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 29 March 2013
Finished: 2 April 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn Meyer Griffith for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 14 July 2012
Why do I have it? I like horror and I have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

In these two short stories by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, the pull of the past and a person's memories can prove to be incredibly strong. In Don't Look Back, Agnes, Agnes Michaels, recently widowed and returning to care for her critically ill mother, comes back to her hometown twenty years after the gruesome murder and kidnapping of herself and three of her teenage friends. Agnes, as the sole survivor of this horrific event, has attempted to forget the summer when she lost her two best friends - Sophie Cunningham and Lawrence Nilson - and her first love, Tyler Summers and…

Reading Wrap-up For March at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Emeraldfire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. Anyway, I started out March with about two hundred unread books lying around the house and ended the month with...umm...uncountable amounts of books unread. All of the books that I acquired this month came from Amazon.
Let me try to break down the influx for you:
Changes to the TBR pile 
Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :)) - Why She Left Usby David Dennis
- Trilogy: A Collectionby Prudence MacGregor
- Oddities and Entitiesby Roland Allnach

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring
- Elijah's Coin by Steve O'Brien
- Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
- A Gift For Wilber by K. R. Cox
- The Stone by K. R. Cox

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Why She Left Us by David Dennis
- O…