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Blog Tour For The Magic Crystals Series by Stephen Hayes From July 1, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Stephen Hayes will be touring the blogosphere to promote his Young Adult fantasy series The Magic Crystals. This is Stephen's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from July 1, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

The Magic Crystals Series Blog Tour Information: 
Meet Stephen Hayes
Stephen Hayes lives and writes in Melbourne, Australia. Having been born partially blind in 1986 and lost his limited vision in 2000, he started writing stories at the age of eight, winning the Harold DickinsonMemorial Australian Literary Competition for a short story about a haunted house at the age of eleven. He completed his first novella in Braille at fourteen and by sixteen, had completed the first draft of The Seventh Sorcerer.

Since 2002, Stephen has allowed his imagination to run wild with The Magic Crystals saga; sometimes pushing boundaries that today’s somewhat moral society deem to…

Duncan Whitehead - An Actor's Life: A Short Story

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23. An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead (2013)
Length: 28 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started: 24 June 2013
Finished: 25 June 2013
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Duncan Whitehead is a new author for me.

It is Oscar night and people all around the globe - fans and Hollywood A-Listers alike - wait with baited breath for the ceremony to begin. Tonight, Sir Michael Brookes, one of the most admired and courteous actors ever to grace Hollywood, is nominated for two Academy Awards. If he wins both the 'Best Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor' Awards, Sir Michael will have an unprecedented six Academy Awards to his name...

Meanwhile, sitting alone in his dingy London flat, is Terry Sparkes - Sir Michael's biggest fan and a fellow actor. As Terry watches the ceremony, he is completely unaware that this evening's telecast will change his life forever.

I enjoyed…

Blog Tour For Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson From September 8, 2013 to September 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Julianne Donaldson will be touring the blogosphere to promote her proper Regency Romance Blackmoore, the latest title in the A ProperRomance product line from Shadow Mountain Publishing. This is Julianne's second virtual book tour with Shadow Mountain. She will be coming to a blog near you from September 8, to September 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Blog Tour Information:


Meet Julianne Donaldson
Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.



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About Blackmoore: A Proper Romance:
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Christine Nolfi - Treasure Me

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22. Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi (2011)
The Liberty Series Book 1
Length: 273 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Started: 12 June 2013
Finished: 23 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Christine for originally sending me a copy of this book to read. I then bought another copy from Amazon as a replacement copy for the first one which was lost due to an unforeseen computer hard drive crash sometime in 2011, I think.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary romance and Christine Nolfi is a new author for me.

Petty thief Birdie Kaminski has arrived in Liberty, Ohio with one thing on her mind...Treasure! Her plan is to steal a cache of treasure hidden since the Civil War. She's in possession of a charming clue which has been passed down in her family for generations: 'Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.' The beautiful thief has dreams of going straight. She secretly admires the clue's author, freedwoman Just…

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Blog Tour For Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes From June 20, 2013 to July 3, 2013 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Diane M. Haynes will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult fantasy/romance book Rift Healer, the first installment of her Forest Magic series.  This is Diane's first virtual book tour with I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. Diane will be coming to a blog near you from June 20, to July 3, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Rift Healer Blog Tour Information: 
Meet Diane M. Haynes
Diane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an “excellent report writer” were often noted in previous employment.
On her brother Rick’s birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now …

Aliya Anjum - An Arranged Marriage

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21. An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum (2011)
Length: 18 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 11 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Aliya for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 July 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Aliya Anjum is a new author for me.

An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum is a short story -18 pages - based on the true events in the lives of four women who the author met in the United States.

Twenty-three year old Reem married thirty-one year old Iftikhar in an arranged marriage. She had dreams of living a joyous, beautiful life in America with her husband. Arriving in America, so full of hope, Reem discovered that everything she knew about Iftikhar was a lie. Read the story of her suffering and eventual triumph, in the land of opportunity.

This book was sent to me on the release day back in July of 2011 and to be completely honest, I have just gotten around to reading it now. It was a really …

Amy Neftzger - Bedtime Stories For Dogs

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20. Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger (2011)
Length: 72 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 10 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Amy for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Amy Neftzger is a new author for me.

This book features 21 short stories and fables written specifically for dog lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for dogs) combined with canine poetry and a couple of essays written by a dog in order to help the rest of us understand canine logic and reasoning. The majority of the stories are actually the same stories that are found in the companion book, Bedtime Stories For Cats, only each story is written from the dog's perspective.

Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and even though I have never actually owned a dog (I prefer owning cats...I know, I know, I can hear the …

Amy Neftzger - Bedtime Stories For Cats

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19. Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger (2011)
Length: 65 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started: 29 May 2013
Finished: 7 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Amy for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Amy Neftzger is a new author for me.

This book features 17 short stories and fables written specifically for cat lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for cats) combined with a couple of essays written by a cat in order to help the rest of us understand feline logic and reasoning. Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and I found myself instantly recognizing certain feline personalities and traits displayed in the book, and equating them to each of the four lovely rescue kitties who I have had (and still have) the pleasure of sharing my life with.

I really enjoyed reading this book very much. I give Bedtim…

Amanda Tru - The Locket

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18. The Locket by Amanda Tru (2012)
The Yesterday Series Book 2
Length: 241 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 3 June 2013
Finished: 5 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like Christian fiction, anything having to do with time travel and after reading Yesterday,I really wanted to find out what happened next.

Hannah is terrified to learn that she has time traveled once again, but this time is different. After helping to save a woman's life, Hannah discovers that she has completely altered the timeline and thrown her very existence into jeopardy.

Facing life-threatening effects upon returning to her own time, Hannah is given a death sentence: if she time travels again, she will die. Now, Hannah must solve the mystery of her own identity - gather the clues to explain her continued existence - and find a way to save her own life b…

Surprise Birthday Party For me at "Red Lobster"!

So, as you probably all know by now, it was my birthday on Saturday, June 1st! Mom and I had originally made plans with my best friend Lisa and her mom Sylvia - who just happens to be my mom's best friend, also - to all go to Lake George together on Friday, May 31st, to celebrate my birthday. The plans were all set, and then my mom woke up on the Wednesday - May 29th - with a severe case of gout in her left foot!

We hoped that it would go away by Friday so we could go to Lake George, but unfortunately there was no such luck and we had to postpone our get together until the next week. It all worked out for the best anyway, as Friday's weather turned out to be over 90 and incredibly muggy! Not the best weather to attempt to do anything in, but that was alright. :)

So, by Tuesday afternoon, we were all 'chomping at the bit' to get together. Lisa and Sylvia picked us up at 12:00 P. M., and we off to lunch at Red Lobster. It wasn't necessarily a birthday party - more of…

Amanda Tru, Author of Yesterday and The Locket Opens up About Her Various Literary Inspirations

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I would very much like to welcome Amanda Tru, author of nine published books. Ms. Tru was nice enough to answer some questions for me about her various literary inspirations, her books, and her writing plans for the future. Thank you so much for stopping by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Ms. Tru, and I wish you all the best now and in the future!

Meet Amanda Tru: 
Although I loved my job as an elementary school teacher, I am now very blessed to be mommy to three adorable little boys and living my dream of being an author.

I have a vivid imagination and have always been easily entertained by the stories in my head. Fortunately, I also love to paint those pictures with words. I like writing a wide variety of genres, and my current book list includes everything from a Christian time travel/romance series, to an action-packed suspense, to a romance involving a woman who likes to anonymously play matchmaker.

Although I enjoy historical, Christian, paranormal, suspense, and everything in betwee…

Amanda Tru - Yesterday

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17. Yesterday by Amanda Tru (2012)
The Yesterday Series Book 1
Length: 114 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 2 June 2013
Finished: 3 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writerfor sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like fantasy, anything having to do with time travel and Amanda Tru is a new author for me.

Hannah Kraeger is driving to her sister and brother-in-law's travel lodge for a visit when a desperate and injured woman appears out of nowhere and begs Hannah for help. In a driving snowstorm, Hannah manages to do the impossible, and gets the severely injured family to her sister's lodge, where they are airlifted to hospital. She meets Seth McAllister - a medical student who is staying at the lodge - who treats Hannah for shock, then puts her to bed.

The next morning, Hannah wakes up and is desperate to learn about the condition of the family that she saved the nigh…

Our Library Visit For June

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Saturday? I'm doing just fine. :) Today is my birthday, and in honor of that we decided to go to our local library and then brought home a pizza. I was told "sky's the limit" as regards raiding the book sale! :) We came away with three overflowing bags of books - pretty good, considering the last time we went to the library was only two months ago, in April. :)

We had a wonderful time together - as we always do! It has become something of a birthday tradition for me - from 12:30 P. M. to 2:30 P. M. - we go to the library every June 1st. Or at least try to get there on the weekend closest to my birthday - the weekend before, or the weekend after.

Between us, we bought 15 hardcovers, 31 paperbacks as well as 1 audiobook. We spent a whopping $37.50 for a total of 47 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

At the moment, I'm reading Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger which I hope to finish reading soon even th…

Reading Wrap-up For May at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

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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 May 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 Netgalley, AmazonI'm a Reader, Not a Writerand authors.
Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Rereads
- The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident by Eleanor Druse
Changes to the TBR pile 
Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stonesby Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
- Grimby Joseph Spencer
Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- The Search For Artemis by P. D. Griffith
- An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead
- Prisoner of Paradise by Sinhue Noriega