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Giving Thanks For All Our Blessings This Thanksgiving!

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I hope that all my blog readers in the United States have a very happy Thanksgiving! May your Thanksgiving be filled with great food, wonderful friendship and all the family ties that you may wish for. :) I have to say that Mom and I will not be having the usual Thanksgiving turkey today - it will be smoked ham for us all the way. After that, we will kick up our feet and read books for the entire day! :)

May all of you have a wonderfully safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Be sure to find some quiet time for yourselves and count your blessings today when and if you can. I know that I'm incredibly thankful for my continued health and happiness, my mom's continued health and happiness, that we are both comfortable and love each other as much as we do, and that our family is as well as they are. We are also incredibly thankful for our three kitties - Ruby, Leila and Lollipop.

I also hope that everyone who is away from their families at this time, will know that t…

Introducing Moon River by J. R. Rain!

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Meet J. R. Rain
J. R. Rain is an ex-private investigator now writing full-time in the Pacific Northwest where he lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. He will be publishing a slew of new novels over the next five years, so stop by often and check out what’s new.

His latest book is the contemporary fantasy/mystery, Moon River.

Visit his website at www.jrrain.com.

Moon River by J. R. Rain (2013) Length: 216 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon!
Moon River Blurb: 
Seven years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. 
Now in Moon River, private investigator, Samantha Moon, is asked to look into a string of bizarre murders, murders that are looking more and more like the handiwork of a bloodthirsty vampire. But when her sis…

Our Library Visit For November

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Thursday? I'm doing just fine. :) Well, today being Thursday, this is the day that mom usually runs her errands. She still ran her errands, but before she did, she and I went to our local library and raided the library book sale! :)

It was absolutely wonderful! We spent about an hour and a half - from 11:45 A. M. to 12:30 P. M. - at the library, and had agreed before hand that this was to be our Christmas visit. The books that we bought at the library book sale would be kept as Christmas gifts for us both - we'll see how long that promise lasts! LOL!! :)

Between us, we bought 36 hardcovers, 61 paperbacks as well as 4 jigsaw puzzles (another one of mom's weaknesses! :)) We spent a whopping $65 for a total of 97 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

I just finished reading Moon River by J. R. Rain earlier today, so I have no idea what I'm going to read next! :)

May you read well and often

J. R. Rain - Moon River

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45. Moon River by J. R. Rain(2013)
The Vampire For Hire Series Book 8
Length: 204 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 18 November 2013
Finished: 21 November 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Bookfor sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 5 November 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and J. R. Rain is a new author for me.

Seven years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon had the perfect life. She was a loving wife and mother, just your typical soccer mom with the minivan and a lovely suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a really long time for a vampire. 

Now in Moon River, private investigator, Samantha Moon, is asked to look into a series of bizarre murders - murders that are starting to look more and more like the handiwork of a bloodthirsty vampire. But when the danger creeps closer to home, and Sam's sister, Mary Lou, disappears - S…

Scott Eder - Knight of Flame

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44. Knight of Flame by Scott Eder (2013)
The Knights Elementalis Series Book 1
Length: 355 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Started: 14 November 2013
Finished: 20 November 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Scott Eder and to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal romance and Scott Eder is a new author to me.

As the most chaotic of the earth's primal elements, fire is notoriously fickle and unstable. When wielded properly by the Knight of Flame, it burns like the sun. Otherwise, it slowly consumes the Knight, burning away his control, driving him to dark deeds.

Stationed in Tampa, Florida, the sixth Knight of Flame, Develor Quinteele, waits impatiently for the prophesied emergence of the last Gray Lord, his Order's ancient nemesis. Hampered by the memories of a centuries-old tragedy, Dev knows of only one way to control his elemental power - rage.…

Dina Di Mambro - True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders

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43. True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders by Dina Di Mambro (2013)
Length: 229 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 9 November 2013
Finished: 13 November 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 28 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like true crime and Dina Di Mambro is a new author for me.

A tantalizing mixture of classic Hollywood nostalgia and true crime, this book is suspenseful, entertaining, and compulsively readable. Featuring 100 rare photographs and a dozen different chapters, True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders by Dina Di Mambro, uncovers the true stories of mystery and murder surrounding the lives and deaths of many stars of Hollywood's golden age. The lives, potential scandals, and untimely deaths of such people as William Desmond Taylor, Thomas Ince, Jean Harlow, Thelma Todd, Joan Bennett, Lana Turner, George Reeves, Gig Young, Bob…

Book Blast For Soul Prints by Norman Hines

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Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Norman Hines, author of the mystical book Soul Prints to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Hines is currently on a Book Blast tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through mid-November. This is also my fifth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Soul Prints by Norman Hines justice.

The author is also doing a giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two lucky winners at the end of his Book Blast. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

About Soul Prints:

Set within the backdrop of a mystical battle between good and evil, the lives of two young people unknowingly struggle to complete their soul prints on earth. The local high school has taken on the onerous task of mounting the musical Man of La Mancha. Infiltrating the lives of the members of the production is a force that threatens to exert a m…

Introducing Knight of Flame by Scott Eder!

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Meet Scott Eder
Since he was a kid, Scott wanted to be an author and explored many genres through high school and college. Fantasy, though, captivated his soul. Tales of Knights and magic, dragons and elves filled his dreams. After greasing the gears of the corporate machine for many years, he escaped the Information Technology vortex to focus full-time on writing. The stories he’d envisioned years ago—of nobility and strife, honor and chaos—demanded they be brought to life.

Scott lives with his wife, two children, and a giant Chihuahua on the west coast of Florida.

Knight of Flame by Scott Eder (2013) Length: 355 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon!
Knight of Flame Blurb:
Fire. The most chaotic of the primal elements. When wielded properly by the Knight of Flame, it burns like the sun. Otherwise, it slowly consumes the Knight, burning away his control, driving him towards dark deeds.

Stationed in Tampa, FL, Develor Quinteele, sixth Knight of Flame, waits impatiently for the predicted eme…

Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson - A Light in Dark Places

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42. A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson (2013)
Length: 202 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 3 November 2013
Finished: 6 November 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 16 October 2013
Why do I have it? I had heard of the Susan Powell case back in December of 2009 and followed the news coverage avidly until its tragic conclusion.

On December 7, 2009, a nightmare that eventually spanned two years began with a single phone call: "Susan never dropped off the boys." Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her West Valley City, Utah home in December, 2009. As law enforcement diligently tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, suspicion fell on her husband Josh Powell, and he soon became the only person of interest in the case.

For Jennifer Graves, Josh's sister, the nightmare began long before Susan's disappearance. F…

Layton Green - The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense

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41. TheSummoner: A Novel of Suspense by Layton Green (2010)
The Dominic Grey Series Book 1
Length: 318 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 27 October 2013
Finished: 4 November 2013
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 December 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Layton Green is a new author for me. 

William Addison - retired United States diplomat - disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bush veld of Zimbabwe. Assigned to investigate the Addison case is Dominic Grey - Diplomatic Security special agent - a product of a violent childhood and a well-worn passport. He is not typically a 'by the book, follow the rules' special agent - but because he is so well-traveled, and knowledgeable in the martial arts - Dominic has managed to keep his position with the American Embassy. 

Aiding in the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenology scholar and expe…

Book Blast For Run With the Wolves by T. C. Tombs!

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Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome T. C. Tombs, author of the paranormal fantasy novel, Run With The Wolves to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Tombs is currently on a Book Blast tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through the beginning of November. This is also my fifth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Run With the Wolves by T. C. Tombs justice.

The author is also doing a giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of his Book Blast. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!
About Run With the Wolves Volume 1: The Pack:

It is the fifteenth century, and three kingdoms are caught up in the dire conflicts of their time. As the possibility of a peaceful resolution provides hope that a decade-long war will finally end, no one realizes that dark forces are waiting to invoke chaos as a full moon rises.

On …

Reading Wrap-up For October 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 October 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, Amazon, authors and Smashwords.

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 :))
- Dead Sexy Dragonby Lolita Lopez
- Last Chance Summer: A Short Storyby Hope Ramsay
- Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academyby Tyler Whitesides
- Wrage by Joseph Spencer
- Dark Lullabyby Mayra Calvani
- Lion's Head Deceptionby Chuck Waldron

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst
- Unspoken by Dee Henderson
- The Great English Short-Story Writers: Volume 1 b…