Blog Tour For Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel From February 3, 2014 to March 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Greg Messel will be touring the blogosphere to promote his mystery/romance Fog City Strangler. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 3, to March 28, 2014!

Mr. Messel is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a three book set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the SealsDeadly Plunge, and San Francisco Secrets) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Fog City Strangler Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Greg Messel

Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. Fog City Strangler is his seventh novel and is the fourth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.

Follow news about Messel’s writings and books at www.gregmessel.com.

Connect and Socialize with Greg!


About Fog City Strangler:

As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women. The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of cloth from the victim’s dresses to the local newspapers.

Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, stewardess Amelia Ryan. Sam’s angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention–the wrong kind of attention.

Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.

As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying–hoping to stop their investigation.

Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series - Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Greg Messel and Pump up Your Book are giving away a Three Book Set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card! 

Terms and Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the 3 book set and $25 Amazon Gift Card.
  • This giveaway begins February 3 and ends on March 28.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, March 31, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
    Good luck everyone!

    ENTER TO WIN!

    Fog City Strangler Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


    Monday, February 3 - Interview at Examiner
    Tuesday, February 4 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Book Connection
    Wednesday, February 5 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Vic’s Media Room
    Thursday, February 6 - Interview at Mia Downing
    Friday, February 7 - Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice
    Sunday, February 9 - Book Review at Memories in a Box
    Monday, February 10 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
    Tuesday, February 11 - Book Review at Carol’s Notebook
    Wednesday, February 12 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
    Friday, February 14 - Guest Blogging at Raven Reviews
    Monday, February 17 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
    Tuesday, February 18 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
    Wednesday, February 19 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Thursday, February 20 - Book Featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Friday, February 21 - Book Review at Mystery, Thrillers and Romantic Suspense
    Saturday, February 22 - Book Review at Bound 4 Escape
    Monday, February 24 - Book Featured at Literary Winner
    Tuesday, February 25 - Guest Blogging at My Reading Table
    Wednesday, February 26 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Dark Phantom
    Thursday, February 27 - Book Featured at My Reading Table
    Friday, February 28 - Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
    Monday, March 3 - Interview at Authors to Watch
    Tuesday, March 4 - Interview at As the Page Turns
    Tuesday, March 4 - Book Trailer Reveal at Confessions of a Reader
    Wednesday, March 5 - Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.
    Wednesday, March 5 - Guest Blogging at Alaskan Book Cafe
    Thursday, March 6 - Book Featured at Bookalicious Travel Addict
    Friday, March 7 - Book Review at My Reading Table
    Monday, March 10 - Book Trailer Reveal at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Tuesday, March 11 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
    Wednesday, March 12 - Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours
    Thursday, March 13 - Book Review at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
    Friday, March 14 - Book Review at Bibliotica
    Monday, March 17 - Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Moms
    Monday, March 17 - Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
    Tuesday, March 18 - Book Review at Southeast by Midwest
    Tuesday, March 18 - Book Review at Every Free Chance Book Reviews
    Wednesday, March 19 - Guest Blogging at The Writer's Life
    Thursday, March 20 - Book Featured at My Devotional Thoughts
    Friday, March 21 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
    Friday, March 21 - Book Featured at Confessions of a Reader
    Friday, March 21 - Guest Blogging at I Heart Reading
    Monday, March 24 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
    Tuesday, March 25 - Book Trailer Reveal at Literarily Speaking
    Wednesday, March 26 - Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
    Thursday, March 27 - Book Review at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
    Thursday, March 27 - Guest Blogging at Cherry Mischievous
    Friday, March 28 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
    Friday, March 28 - Book Featured at Maureen’s Musings
    Friday, March 28 - Book Review at From the TBR Pile

    May you read well and often

    Book Blast Blog Tour For Requested Surrender by Riley Murphy From February 28, 2014 to March 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Riley Murphy will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Erotic Romance novel Requested Surrender. This is Riley's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from February 28, to March 28, 2014! Come join us for all the fun!

    Ms. Murphy is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of her Book Blast Blog Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

    Requested Surrender Book Blast Information:

    Meet Riley Murphy

    Riley Murphy writes sexy, humorous and emotional romance, happy ending guaranteed. An optimist, she believes life is awesome, people are complicated, but in a good way, and we should never stop learning. Riley currently resides in Florida with her gorgeous husband. She has two wonderful kids and one very bossy English Bull terrier she has dubbed ‘The Divine One’. 

    When Riley’s not working she enjoys reading, oil painting and getting to the Sunday crossword puzzle before anyone else does, so she can fill-in all the easy answers first. If Riley wasn’t a writer she’d be an international spy with top-level security so she could have a peek at Area 51 and decide for herself if those green guys are for real. Failing that she’d probably go with chicken sexer. 

    Riley loves to hear from readers.To learn more about her or her upcoming releases swing by her website and say hello at: www.AuthorRileyMurphy.com or connect with her on twitter @Riley__Murphy where she’s always sharing her deep-dark secrets.

    Her latest book is the erotic romance, Requested Surrender.

    Visit her website at www.authorrileymurphy.com or her blog at http://www.badboyscanbefun.com/blog/.

    Connect and Socialize with Riley!


    About Requested Surrender:

    She knows he’s dangerous for a woman like her.

    He knows she’s perfect for a man like him.

    From their first meeting, David Hollan is intrigued because Lacy Pembrook is subconsciously hiding someone. Herself. And David wants to know why. He’s patient at first. Willing to give her space, but when she breaks the rules they’ve set between them, he’s ready to hold her accountable. One way or another, he’s going to find the piece of her that’s yet to be uncovered. And when he does? He intends to own it.

    Given an ultimatum after she got caught coloring outsides the lines of their “trial” relationship, Lacy decides to fall in with David’s plans. She’ll cancel her trip and spend her vacation time at his house making up for her transgression. No sweat, right? Wrong. What she doesn’t count on when she gets there is him going full-out Dom on her. She quickly learns why they call him the quiet one. He’s dead sexy, watchful and stern at the best of times, and now that he has her all to himself, each of those things are magnified tenfold.

    By the time Lacy realizes that he’s completely subjugated her - by way of an emotional striptease - it’s too late. She’s bared her soul to him, so when he requests her surrender she has no choice but to give it to him. Or does she?

    Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

    (The Amazon link will be live soon. Meanwhile, visit http://www.badboyscanbefun.com/coming-soon/ to be the first one to hear about its release date!)

    Pump Up Your Book and Riley are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    Terms and Conditions:
    • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
    • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
    • This giveaway begins February 28 and ends March 28.
    • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, March 31.
    • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
    Good luck everyone!

    ENTER TO WIN!



    Requested Surrender Virtual Book Blast Blog Tour Information:

    Friday, February 28 - The Writer’s Life
    Tuesday, March 4 - Behind Closed Doors
    Tuesday, March 4 - Literarily Speaking
    Wednesday, March 5 - A Little Bit of Spice
    Wednesday, March 5 - Margay Leah Justice
    Thursday, March 6 - Babbling Books and More
    Thursday, March 6 - Cherry Mischievious
    Thursday, March 6 - I Heart Reading
    Friday, March 7 - Literary Meanderings
    Friday, March 7 - Queen of the Night Reviews
    Monday, March 10 - The Phantom Paragrapher
    Monday, March 10 - Naturally Kim B
    Tuesday, March 11 - Lori’s Reading Corner
    Wednesday, March 12 - Authors and Readers Book Corner
    Thursday, March 13 - Sarah’s Organized Chaos
    Friday, March 14 - Jersey Girl Sizzling Reviews
    Monday, March 17 - Butterfly-O-Meter
    Monday, March 17 - I’m Shelf-ish
    Tuesday, March 18 - We’re Jumpin’ Books
    Wednesday, March 19 - Mary’s Cup of Tea
    Wednesday, March 19 - Urban Girl Reader
    Wednesday, March 19 - Cheryl’s Book Nook
    Wednesday, March 19 - Lori’s Reading Corner
    Thursday, March 20 - Deal Sharing Aunt
    Friday, March 21 - Escape by Fiction
    Monday, March 24 - As the Page Turns
    Tuesday, March 25 - Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Wednesday, March 26 - Crystal’s Many Reviewers
    Thursday, March 27 - Reviews by Molly
    Friday, March 28 - The Romance Evangelist
    Friday, March 28 - My Book Addiction and More

    May you read well and often

    Blog Tour For A Hunter's Passion by Gwen Knight From February 3, 2014 to February 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Gwen Knight will be touring the blogosphere to promote her paranormal romance A Hunter's Passion. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 3, to February 28, 2014!

    A Hunter's Passion Blog Tour Information:

    Meet Gwen Knight

    Canadian girl Gwen Knight first began to delve into the realm of the paranormal at the age of ten, when she wrote her first horror starring a clawed monster that hid beneath her bed. Since then, her tastes have expanded into many genres. Though addicted to reading and writing, she managed to achieve a degree in archaeology, geography, and mapping. Currently, she lives in the Great White North with her husband, two collies, and black cat. She loves meeting new people and you can visit her website at www.gwenknight.ca

    Her latest book is the paranormal romance, A Hunter’s Passion.

    Connect and Socialize with Gwen!


    About A Hunter's Passion:

    Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down - and eliminating - creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he’s ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she’s also the only woman Ryker has ever loved.

    Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it’s clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever—and that they’ll have to walk through the flames to be together...

    Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

    A Hunter's Passion Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


    Monday, February 3 - Guest Blogging at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
    Tuesday, February 4 - Book Featured at Paranormal Book Club
    Wednesday, February 5 - Interview at Examiner
    Thursday, February 6 - Interview at Melissa Keir
    Friday, February 7 - FACEBOOK PARTY WITH RELEASE DAY DIVA
    Tuesday, February 11 - Interview at Romance Lives Forever
    Wednesday, February 12 - Guest Blogging at Melissa’s Midnight Musings
    Thursday, February 13 - Book Review at Nina’s Literary Escape
    Friday, February 14 - Book Review at Paranormal Sisters
    Monday, February 17 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
    Monday, February 17 - Book Review at Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
    Tuesday, February 18 - Book Review at Snarky Mom Reads
    Wednesday, February 19 - Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
    Wednesday, February 19 - Book Feature at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
    Thursday, February 20 - Book Feature at Naturally Kim B
    Monday, February 24 - Book Review at Crazy Four Books
    Tuesday, February 25 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Friday, February 28 - Book Review at Lusty Penguin Reviews

    May you read well and often

    T. C. Tombs, Author of the Run With the Wolves Series, Talks About the Importance of the Story and Setting in the Trilogy

    Friday, January 24, 2014


    Meet T. C. Tombs

    T. C. Tombs earned degrees from Trent University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Like many Canadians, he loves hockey and golf, and he has a passion for medieval history, folk lore, literature, film, and music. Terry and his wife, Sandra, live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, where they have raised five daughters.

    Synopsis from Goodreads:

    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 a farm nestled beneath the Euralene Mountains along the western border of Medinia, young Willie works for the Smythes as a serf.

    One moonlit evening when the Smythes are gone to a neighbouring village, Willie hears the terrified cries of animals in the pastures. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that this wolf pack attack is like no other. Badly injured during the raid, he survives—but now he is afflicted by the full-moon madness that will soon transform him into one of the wolf creatures he dreads. With his life seemingly warped forever, Willie must face the prospect of a lifelong descent into horror.

    In a time of witchcraft, superstitious folk lore, and fear-some creatures roaming the night, Willie struggles with an uncertain destiny and must seek help from the one man he holds most responsible for the dark fate that awaits him during the next full moon cycle.

    Run With the Wolves Series:
    Volume 1: The Pack
    Volume 2: The Oracle
    Volume 3: The Beast


    Coming to IUniverse on 8 November 2011!

    I would like to welcome T. C. Tombs, author of the Run With the Wolves Series to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Tombs was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in his own words:

    'Story and Setting'
    by T. C. Tombs

    In writing the Run with the Wolves saga I initially had a concept for a story about a number of different people who suffered from afflictions that were not of their choosing - and how differently those various people chose to deal with what fate had cruelly bestowed upon them. I had in mind a 'Vampire-like' character; a 'Pack' of both wolves and wolf-like humans who suffered from a lunar-sickness; and finally, a group of people who were rejected by society due to physical abnormalities or forced into hiding due to religious persecution.

    To make these characters come to life, it quickly became apparent to me that the setting was going to be every bit as important as the story itself.

    I did a lot of research - and a lot of soul searching too, I suppose. The more I learned, the more I was drawn to the life and times of the 15th century in Medieval Europe, and in particular, to the year 1461. This was century of great discovery and learning. It was also a time of terrible repression and great cruelty.

    The 15th century saw the birth of great minds like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Copernicus. The famous explorers Bartolomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and Vasco da Gamo opened up the world to new trade routes and lands not previously known to Europe. It was a century that saw the Johannes Gutenberg printed bible and the founding of universities in places such as Barcelona.

    The 15th century saw the birth of Joan of Arc in 1412, saw her lead the French forces against the English in 1428, and watched as she was burned at the stake in 1431. It saw the execution of the Czech religious reformer Jan Hus. It was the time of the War of the Roses, the Plagues that swept across Europe, the on-going conflict between the three pillars of society - the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. It was a century that saw the expulsion of Jews from Portugal and Spain - and of course, the 'Inquisition' under Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.

    And, it was the century that saw the advent of firearms and the change that development brought to warfare. If all that wasn't enough, it was the time of Vlad the Impaler - the man said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story Dracula. What better setting for my fantasy epic to take place in than this time period!

    I hope you will check out my trilogy Run with the Wolves. Pick up a copy of Volume One The Pack and see for yourself how history and fiction can be mixed to deliver a spell-binding tale that will keep you riveted and entertained.

    Please visit my website www.tctombs.com for retail sites, full reviews, storyboards, and special events.

    All the best

    T c Tombs

    Praise for Run With the Wolves:

    "Beware of the full moon. This one is for all the werewolf lovers!" - Top Book Reviewers

    "A well-written and addictive first novel" - Blue Ink Review

    "A well-developed, tightly plotted fantasy; readers will want installments two and three." - Kirkus Reviews

    May you read well and often

    Carlyle Clark - The Black Song Inside

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    6. The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark (2013)
    The Atticus and Rosemary Mysteries Book 1
    Length: 244 pages
    Genre: Contemporary Mystery
    Started: 18 January 2014
    Finished: 23 January 2014
    Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy 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 22 December 2013
    Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Carlyle Clark is a new author for me.

    Recently engaged private investigators, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, have both seen and experienced the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for the explosive murder case that they are currently working on. This is an investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could either send them to prison or to the morgue.

    Atticus' manipulative ex-girlfriend Claire bursts back into their lives harboring a secret about Rosemary's family that she exploits in order to force the couple to investigate the execution-style slaying of her lover. Taking the case thrusts Rosemary and Atticus headlong into the shadowy world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana cartel captain Armando Villanueva's bloody bid to take over the criminal underworld.

    The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, threaded with moments of dark gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists who, if they can save themselves, may finally learn the nature of redemption and forgiveness.

    I must say that while I enjoyed reading this book, it is definitely not for the faint of heart. The plot deals with some seriously dark issues, in a gritty and realistic way. For me, some of the profanity and racial slurs used made reading the story rather difficult, although it certainly enhanced the reality of the characters. I appreciated the thread of gallows humor that was present throughout the story and give this book an A! I will certainly be on the look out for more from this author to read in the future.

    A! - (90-95%)

    May you read well and often

    The Black Song Inside's Rosemary Sanchez Laments Her Brother's Choices in Life

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Meet Carlyle Clark

    Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer’s requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.

    He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.

    His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.

    Visit his website at http://carlyleclark.wordpress.com.

    Connect and Socialize with Carlyle!


    Synopsis from Goodreads:  

    Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life, but nothing has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart. They struggle to solve a case that as a best result could leave them in prison or dead.

    Atticus's manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary's family. She exploits the fact to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva's bloody bid to take over the Cartel. 

    The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists. If they can save themselves, they may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.

    Coming to Amazon 10 September 2013 and Barnes and Noble 28 September 2013!

    I would like to welcome Carlyle Clark, author of The Black Song Inside to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Spencer was kind enough to allow one of his characters - Rosemary Sanchez - to write a guest post for me and here it is below in 'her' own words:

    'Rosemary's Lament'
    by Carlyle Clark

    My brother Johnny doesn’t need me anymore. Gang life offers easy answers, the thrill of deadly consequences kept at bay, doing unto others before they do unto him, low deals, high stakes, and a pack of vicious brothers at his back. All of them hate the man I love, Atticus Wynn, my fiance, my partner, my life.

    Johnny’s eyes were always angry, but they were sad and sweet too. Now they gleam like a hungry wolf’s. Once I protected him, but he’s closed ranks and I’m outside. I remember when he put his arms around me and buried his grimy, tear-stained his face in my neck. Those arms are now thick with muscles that writhe beneath tattooed sleeves. The hands I used to hold have grown callused by endless pull-ups, cleans, and dead lifts.

    Once he gripped a stuffed blue bunny, a memento from the time before he was orphaned. He kept on clutching the tattered thing when he was swept to America by my well-meaning parents. They adopted him, but they never made feel he belonged. I was the one with potential. I drew their praise. He drew their disappointment. Now those hands that once held a bunny can become in a moment brutal fists; they wield knives, guns.

    Johnny used to collect baseball cards and model cars. He’d show me when I made time for him, rarely, nowhere near often enough. Now he collects only joyless things - promotions offered from higher ups, all of them murdering, no-conscience thugs, stacks of bills, and a seemingly limitless supply of needles and dope. Johnny’s teeth are as white and sharp as a predator’s, but I remember but I remember when he lost one and was too proud to tell Mama and Papa. I slipped a quarter under his pillow and spied on him when he woke to find it. I giggled behind my hand. He lit the room with a gap-toothed grin.

    What do I feel when I look at him now?

    Helpless.

    How can I love him so much when he hates my man to the point of murder?

    By remembering.

    How can I save him?

    I can’t.

    May you read well and often

    Carlyle Clark - He's Faster: A Short Story

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    5. He's Faster: A Short Story by Carlyle Clark (2013)
    The Atticus and Rosemary Mysteries Prequel
    Length: 26 pages
    Genre: Short Story
    Started/Finished: 19 January 2014
    Where did it come from? From Amazon
    How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 January 2014
    Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon as I'm currently reading The Black Song Inside. I also like contemporary mysteries and Carlyle Clark is a new author for me.

    Rosemary Sanchez just wants to spend some time alone in her aunt's remote cabin in the woods. She has some very important decisions to make, and the silence of the surrounding forest is just what she needs to think more clearly. However, someone else has something entirely different planned for her evening...and it will take all of Rosemary's courage and cunning just to see the dawn.

    I'm currently reading The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark, and this story just happened to catch my eye as I browsed the Internet. I enjoyed reading this story very much. There was a thread of dark humor - even in the midst of such suspense - that I totally appreciated. I found the characters' various choices and actions to be absolutely believable, and realistic for the situation.

    I give He's Faster by Carlyle Clark an A! It's not necessary to read this story to understand The Black Song Inside, but I'm certainly glad that I did.

    A! - (90-95%)
     
    May you read well and often

    P. M. Terrell - The Tempest Murders

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    4. The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell (2013)
    The Ryan O'Clery Mystery Series Book 1
    Length: 243 pages
    Genre: Contemporary Mystery
    Started: 8 January 2014
    Finished: 17 January 2014
    Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book and P. M. Terrell for sending me a copy of this book to read from Smashwords.
    How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 October 2013
    Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries that have slight paranormal overtones to them and P. M. Terrell is a new author for me.

    In Lumberton, North Carolina, Detective Ryan O'Clery is working a series of homicides when he comes into possession of a journal kept by his great-uncle, five generations earlier. In his writings, Constable Rian Kelly details an eerily similar set of murders that he is investigating in Dublin, Ireland, during 1839. The number of victims steadily increases - until the night of January 6, 1839, when the 'Night of the Big Wind' swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland - completely devastating the country.

    As Hurricane Irene barrels towards the North Carolina coastline, Ryan O'Clery discovers that even the killer's description that Rian Kelly mentions, matches exactly Ryan's prime suspect for the homicides in North Carolina. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he wonders if she is, in fact, the reincarnation of Caitlyn O'Conor - Rian Kelly's fiancee, and the suspected final victim of the killer - lost as the storm raged across Ireland.

    Ryan is in a desperate race against time. For, if reincarnation is possible, then Ryan suspects that he may just be the reincarnation of Rian Kelly. Now, he must rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her. Or risk losing her forever, as history appears destined to repeat itself.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As I've said before, I do like stories that have paranormal overtones to them, and mysteries of any kind woven throughout storylines certainly intrigue me. I also like reading stories that are in any way connected to Ireland. I was originally born in Belfast, although until I was about four years old, my family and I lived in Dublin. Anyway, I give The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell a definite A+! and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

    I just wanted to mention something that happened that surprised me: I had just finished reading this book, and was telling my mom about it. I was explaining how part of the story took place during the 'Night of the Big Wind', when I noticed that my mom was looking at me sort of curiously. I stopped speaking, and she picked up a magazine off a stack of Irish magazines that had just arrived in the mail the day before. The magazine was an issue commemorating 175 years since the 'Night of the Big Wind'!

    A+! - (96-100%)          

    May you read well and often

    Introducing Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz!

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    To celebrate the release of Jennifer Quintenz's young adult Paranormal Romance, Sacrifice - the third book in her Daughters of Lilith Series - on January 31, 2014, Ms. Quintenz will be hosting a Goodreads Giveaway of three print copies until February 15, 2014. Sign up for a chance to win! I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part! :)

    Meet Jennifer Quintenz

    Jennifer Quintenz is an award winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

    Connect and Socialize with Jennifer!

    Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

    Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz (2012)
    Length: 304 pages
    Purchase your copy from Amazon!

    Thrall Blurb:

    Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they're doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

    But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

    As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren't always clear or easy. And as for "good" and "evil" - it all depends on how we choose to act.

    Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

    Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz (2013)
    Length: 316 pages
    Purchase your copy from Amazon!

    Incubus Blurb: 

    Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to protect humanity from the Lilitu - the beautiful, souls-stealing daughters of Lilith. 

    As she fights the Lilitu, Braedyn must also fight her growing love for her boyfriend Lucas - because giving in to temptation could end his life. Their only ray of hope is an angel’s offer to make Braedyn human, but it’s an offer she can’t accept until the world is safe from the Lilitu. Braedyn knows she’s a key player in this ancient war...but she's not ready to believe she just might be humanity’s best hope of surviving the final battle for Earth.

    Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz (2014)
    Length: 316 pages
    Purchase your copy from Amazon soon!

    Sacrifice Blurb:

    Just when Braedyn Murphy thought she understood the danger descending on her little town of Puerto Escondido, a new threat arrives. A cult devoted to Lilith has taken up residence in town, led by a charismatic old woman with more than one secret. When Cassie gets tangled up in the mystery, Braedyn realizes her two worlds are colliding. But if she’s going to stop Lilith and her Daughters from reclaiming this earth, Braedyn might not be able to protect her friends.

    As her duties to the Guard become more difficult, Braedyn turns to Lucas for solace. They begin to wonder if now is the time to claim their one night together—knowing that one night is all they may ever have.

    Darker forces have their own plans for Braedyn and the Guard. No one ever told Braedyn this battle would be easy—but how much can one girl be asked to sacrifice in order to save the world?

    Daughters of Lilith Series:
    Book 1: Thrall
    Book 2: Incubus
    Book 3: Sacrifice

    Praise for Thrall:

    "Before you even start this review, put down anything you are doing and go read Thrall. It's AMAZING! BREATHTAKING! Engaging and smart, Thrall leaves you speechless!" ~ Savannah (Books With Bite)

    "The writing style is so smooth, yet gripping. Add some good characters, well-paced story and you have something that I like. No, not like. Love... No surprise that Thrall gets full five stars and the highest recommendations I can give." ~ Linda (The Fantasy Librarian)

    "How do I even begin to put all the crazy, gushy, ramblings in my brain about this book onto paper?!? Where to even begin?....This book is a MUST read!" ~ Hooked in a Book (Review on Amazon)

    Praise for Incubus

    "If you like gutsy fantasy of the urban variety this should definitely be on your 'must read' list. Don't let the YA label put you off either, like all the best YA fiction, this can be enjoyed by adults as well. I give it an unreserved 5 stars." ~ Tahlia (Awesome Indies)

    "This is one of those books that I have been looking forward to since June of last year... I loved this book and I'm so happy I finally got to read it. I recommend the entire series for the fully developed characters, the impressive mythology, and the fight scenes. I am dreading waiting for the next book." ~ David (David Reviews)

    "Great reading. LOVE IT. Jennifer Quintenz is a special writer who can be very riveting... Spent several sleepless nights in a crazy rush to see how it ends. Can't wait for the next books." ~ Terri (Review on Amazon)

    May you read well and often

    Introducing A Bandit's Betrayed Heart by Michelle McLean!

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Meet Michelle McLean

    Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, insane eclectic tastes, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books.

    When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.

    A Bandit's Betrayed Heart by Michelle McLean (2014)
    Length: 171 pages
    Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

    A Bandit's Betrayed Heart Blurb: 

    Not your typical Southern belle…

    Lucy Richardson’s bandit sisters may have taught her to sling a gun and pick a stubborn lock, but nothing prepared her for the agony of her first heartbreak. Her sisters taught her to fight like hell for what she wants… and she wants Finn.

    Not your proper Southern gentleman…

    Finn Taggart is bad news. His dark and tortured past always catches up to him, and Lucy deserves better than to be tainted by his touch. He couldn’t have her years ago, and he can’t have her now, no matter how enticing she is. If only he can convince her of that before the danger that follows him brings them both down.

    Not your classic love story…

    Danger doesn’t exactly scare a girl like Lucy, and she knows how to use all kinds of weapons… including her feminine wiles. Finn doesn’t stand a chance. And if they need backup… the Blood Blade Sisters are never far away…

    May you read well and often

    Introducing The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell!

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Meet P. M. Terrell

    P.M. Terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in 4 genres. A full-time author since 2002, she previously opened and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the Secret Service, CIA and Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement. Computer and spy technology are two themes that recur throughout her books.

    She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. And she founded the annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair which takes place each February. She is also an animal advocate and helped to start the New Leash on Life program in which dogs destined for euthanasia are rescued and paired with prison inmates in Robeson County, North Carolina, who train them. The dogs are then adopted into loving homes.

    The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell (2013)
    Length: 252 pages
    Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

    The Tempest Murders Blurb: 

    Detective Ryan O’Clery has always had dreams of a beautiful woman he’d loved and lost but when he discovers his ancestor’s journals from his native Ireland, he realizes his dreams are really the other man’s memories.

    Now he is working a series of murders in North Carolina that are eerily similar to cases Rian Kelly was working when his soul mate was murdered during one of Ireland’s most horrific storms, in which the Atlantic Ocean swept over the island all the way to the Irish Sea.

    As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers the serial killer’s real target is a reporter who bears a striking resemblance to the woman of his dreams - a woman with whom Ryan O’Clery is falling deeply in love.

    Is history destined to repeat itself? Or can Ryan save Cathleen Reilly from a killer intent on destroying everything he ever loved?

    May you read well and often

    Michael Mullin - TaleSpins

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    3. TaleSpins by Michael Mullin (2013)
    Length: 47 pages
    Genre: Short Story
    Started: 8 January 2014
    Finished: 11 January 2014
    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 3 December 2013
    Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Michael Mullin is a new author for me. I definitely want to read more short stories, and do like fairy tale retellings as well.

    This book is actually a trilogy of fairy tales, retold from a different perspective. The first fairy tale is called 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf. You may think you know the tale of Snow White backwards and forwards, but Creepy - the eighth dwarf who lives in the cellar - is going to set you straight.

    The second fairy tale is called The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny - where a teenage princess named Penny hires the same witch who cursed 'The Frog Prince'. Penny wants to exact revenge against a Mean Girl who's been harassing her.

    The third fairy tale is Jack'd. So, how did the giant, the boy thief and those magic beans actually cross paths? Learn how that entire tale truly went down.

    I must say that while most of the books I read generally have adult story lines, I also like reading young adult books on occasion. It doesn't matter to me, just as long as the story is interesting reading. Anyway, this book is a trilogy of fairy tale re-tellings - which is a type of fantasy that I really enjoy reading. I also thoroughly enjoy reading stories that happen to have a moral behind them. So, I give TaleSpins by Michael Mullin an A+! and will certainly keep my eyes open for more from this author in the future.

    A+! - (96-100%)

    May you read well and often

    Book Blast For To Kill For His Queen by Carolina West

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014


    Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Carolina West, author of the paranormal fantasy novel, To Kill For His Queen to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. West is currently on a Book Blast tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through mid-January. This is also my ninth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do To Kill For His Queen by Carolina West justice.

    The author is also doing a giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of her 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 To Kill For His Queen:


    Living in the world of werewolves, vampires, and dark magic can have a certain effect on a child, especially when that child is Hassen Mason, who seems destined to bring ruin to those he loves. Hassen was abandoned as a child and was immersed in the world of magic by the strange creatures that raised him. His lineage was a mystery, but no mystery buried in the past can stay buried for long - especially when that mystery is strong enough to span centuries.

    An accident leaves Hassen without memories, and he must find a way to remember who he was and what his life meant to him before his past creeps up and kills him. He encounters evils worse than abandonment - vengeful demons and walking dead. Somehow, Hassen’s family was involved in this dark underworld. Now he has to fight his own internal battle: Is he a good guy or one of the villains?

    Then he meets Carissa - a woman he suspects he knew before he lost his memory. She has had a similarly troubled past, and although the two of them are from different worlds, they find a common bond that even dark spirits cannot break. Will Hassen’s good side be strong enough to battle the side that longs to be bad? Will Carissa’s love keep him sane, or will the truth about his family finally cast him into the endless abyss of insanity?

    Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!

    Meet Carolina West

    Carolina West is a high school student living with her mother and younger sister in Arizona. She has been writing since she was fourteen years old. This is her first book.

    Carolina West and Pump up Your Book are giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    Terms and Conditions:
    • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
    • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
    • This giveaway begins January 7 and ends on January 21.
    • Winners will be contacted via email on January 22, 2014.
    • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
    Good luck everyone!

    ENTER TO WIN!


    May you read well and often

    Jon Hartling - The Snow Owl

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    2. The Snow Owl by Jon Hartling (2011)
    Length: 11 pages
    Genre: Short Story
    Started/Finished: 7 January 2014
    Where did it come from? From Amazon
    How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 26 December 2013
    Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I also like fantasy and Jon Hartling is a new author for me.

    Seven-year-old Eric has always had an active imagination and a fascination with snow and cold weather. Initially, his father Ben doesn't think that his son's talk of a magical kingdom known as Lukana is anything more than a little boy's typical childhood imagination. Ben, himself, prefers the summer, while his late wife Jamie - Eric's mother - loved the winter. Jamie died giving birth to Eric, but her final act in life was to apologize to Ben.

    Ben never knew exactly why Jamie apologized to him, although he vowed to himself that as his son grew, Eric would always be loved. Then, one winter day, Eric sculpts a snow owl in the backyard. With such a simple and childish act, Eric unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that cannot possibly be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit...a spirit that just might be the boy's true father.

    I must say that I chose this book because I liked the cover. I also enjoy reading fantasy, and was curious to see how the story would eventually pan out. I give this story an A! - It was a quick and engaging read, and I look forward to reading more from Jon Hartling in the future.

    A! - (90-95%)
           
    May you read well and often

    Mimi Jean Pamfiloff - Accidentally in Love With A...God?

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    1. Accidentally in Love With...A God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (2012)
    The Accidentally Yours Series Book 1
    Length: 404 pages
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Started: 18 December 2013
    Finished: 5 January 2014
    Where did it come from? Many thanks to Marissa at Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read. Then I bought a copy for myself from Barnes and Noble.
    How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 28 October 2013 as an ebook; Since 1 January 2014 as a physical book.
    Why do I have it? I like paranormal romance and Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a new author for me.

    Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane is just your average city girl trying to get a date. She's a petite and bubbly redhead who's always up for having a little fun. There's just one tiny snag holding her back from finding the perfect guy. And that would be...well...'Guy': the disembodied male voice speaking to her in her mind.

    Sound kind of crazy? Probably. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades Emma to travel deep into the Mayan jungle. There she will be able to free him from the prison where he has been trapped for the past seven decades.

    Humans are so vulnerable, so undisciplined, so susceptible to their emotions - particularly love. He must have spent too much time among human-kind before his imprisonment, because it certainly seems that many of their vulnerabilities have begun to alter his personality. That must be the only reason why from the first moment this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Never before has he felt such a protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of madness for one particular woman.

    Actually, that might not be such a bad idea, because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he'll have to do everything in his considerable power to keep her safe. But will that be enough? Honestly, if he wasn't already immortal, Emma Keane would quite literally be the death of him!

    This is the first book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff that I've ever read. I usually enjoy reading paranormal romances - especially stories that draw from cultural myths. In my opinion, this was a thoroughly engaging story - filled with a number of likable characters - along with several characters who I felt quite comfortable hating from their introduction, as well. The plot was thrilling and action-packed, and held my attention until the very end.

    I give Accidentally in Love With...A God? an A+! and look forward to reading the next book in the series sometime very soon. I'm actually quite curious to see how this story will continue; and how each subsequent book will incorporate the world that Ms. Pamfiloff has created with this series.

    A+! - (96-100%)           

    May you read well and often

    Introducing Sworn to Conflict by Terah Edun!

    Friday, January 3, 2014

    Meet Terah Edun

    Terah Edun is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of epic and urban fantasy. Her favorite writers include Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb and Maria Snyder.

    Connect and Socialize with Terah!


    Sworn to Conflict by Terah Edun (2013)
    Length: 331 pages
    Purchase your copy from Amazon!

    Sworn to Conflict Blurb: 

    Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides.

    A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever.

    As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire.

    This third novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn to Transfer.


    May you read well and often

    Barnes and Noble Here we Come! - Our First Bookstore Visit of the New Year

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    Hello Everyone! First of all, I hope that you all have a very happy and much blessed New Year! :) Mom and I had actually planned on going to Barnes and Noble this Saturday to spend $75 worth of giftcards that I had received for my birthday and Christmas - actually an accumulation of three - one from June, and two were separate Christmas gifts from friends! So, a post-Christmas book blowout was bound to happen! :)

    But the first major snowstorm of 2014 was forecast to hit this Friday, and continue straight through the weekend! :) Slight change of plans, and the post-Christmas book blowout has been rescheduled.

    So, today from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, we went off on our little jaunt - and had a great time! Between us we bought 6 books and 3 CDs - and brought home Chinese food from the food court as a treat! :) Oh, and the snow started early - surprise, surprise - LOL! Oh well :)

    I'm currently reading Accidentally in Love With A...God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. I've been reading this book since Wednesday, December 18th and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! :)

    May you read well and often

    Yearly Reading Wrap-up at Emeraldfire's Bookmark



    Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading year for yourselves. I am known as Emeraldfire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog.

    Anyway, I started out January 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 year came from BookmoochPaperback Swap, authors and Library Book Sales. Quite a number of my books that I read this month left my house to go to new homes so that's something I guess. :)

    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 :))
    - Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden
    The Howling Heart by April Bostic
    - Moon River by J. R. Rain
    - A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson 
    - The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense by Layton Green
    - Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron
    - Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani
    - Wrage by Joseph Spencer
    - Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
    - The Enchanted by Elaine Cantrell
    - Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson
    - Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
    - I, Walter by Mike Hartner
    - Keeper of Reign by Emma Right
    - The Marriage Prize by Virginia Henley
    - Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt
    - Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    - Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes
    - An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead
    - Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
    - An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum
    - Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger 
    - Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger
    - The Locket by Amanda Tru
    - Yesterday by Amanda Tru
    - Grim by Joseph Spencer
    - Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

    Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
    - Unscrambled Eggs by Nadia Brown
    - Picture Perfect: A Novel by Janice Thompson
    - Bloodied by Butch Chrestians
    - Abacus by Josh Burton
    - Irreparable Harm by Melissa F. Miller
    - Dance in Shadow and Whisper: The Marionettes of Myth by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis
    - Hounds of Autumn by Heather Blackwood
    The Foundlings by R. M. Garcia
    - The Saints Go Dying by Erik Hanberg
    - Untogether Lives: Short Stories by Andy P. Jones
    - All the Talk is Dead by Michael Ebner
    - The Soulkeepers by G. P. Ching
    Saratoga by M. R. Pritchard
    Taken! Box Set - Books 1-6 by Donald Wells
    The Rules of Dreaming by Bruce Hartman
    Turned by Morgan Rice
    - A Feast of Dragons: Book 3 in the Sorcerer's Ring by Morgan Rice
    - Devil's Lair by David Wisehart
    - Caroline by Cynthia Wright
    Mimi's Mix - A Book From Each Series! Hot Suspense and Active Spirits! by Mimi Barbour
    - Chocolate Worth Dying For by Pat Amsden
    Thomson Twins Tales Box Set by Lois Lavrisa
    - Witch Song by Amber Argyle
    - The Kindling Heart by Carmen Caine
    - Drayton: The Taker by Tony Bertauski
    - Mouse: A Psychological Thriller and Murder Mystery by D. M. Mitchell
    - Divided by Livia Jamerlan
    - Timeless Trilogy Book One: Fate by Tallulah Grace
    - No Gods of Conscience: Unlife Legend by Jason Bilicic
    - The Snow Owl by Jon Hartling
    - Blood and Snow Volumes 1-4: Blood and Snow, Revenant in Training, The Vampire Christopher, Blood Soaked Promises by RaShelle Workman
    - Broken: Reflections by Dean Murray
    - Young Love in Old Chicago by April Marcom
    - Talented: Talented Saga by Sophie Davis
    - Quest by Laura Masciarelli
    - Revenge of the Taken: Humble Walker by Shane Scollins
    - Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery by Terri Reid
    - A Kiss For Midwinter by Courtney Milan
    - The Non-Silence of the LAMB: Real-Reality Fiction by Luke and Berthalicia Brown
    - Pavlov's Dogs: Pedigree by D. L. Snell and Thom Brannan
    - Pavlov's Dogs: Moreau Labs by D. L. Snell and Thom Brannan
    - Illumine by Alivia Anders
    - Touched by Darkness - An Urban Fantasy Romance by Catherine Spangler
    - Saving Mrs. Claus: An Apocalyptic Fairytale by Serena Walken
    - A Gift Of Two Silver Pistols by Nan Coleman
    - Ever Shade: A Dark Faerie Tale by Alexia Purdy
    - The Symbolon: The Oracles by Delia Colvin
    - Wolf Six's Salvation: A Shifter Love Story by Krista Lakes
    - Tegan's Blood: The Ultimate Power Series by L. H. Cosway
    - A December Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella by Denise Hunter
    - Pearseus: Rise of the Prince by Nicholas C. Rossis
    - The Journals of Jacob and Hyde: Jekyll and Hyde by Morris Randall
    - Emerald Queen by Karen Jones Delk
    - The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark
    Corporeal Pull by Sara Gauldin
    - A Thread in the Tangle: Legends of Fyrsta by Sabrina Flynn
    - The Plantation by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons
    - Ecliptic: The Ecliptic Saga by Sara Lunardi
    - The Mystery of the Copper Raven by Colleen Cutayne
    - Honeysuckle and Jasmine by Liz Grace Davis
    - The Sanctuary: Playa Luna Beach Romance by Sarah Collins
    - The Librarian: Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs
    - The Librarian: Unhappily Ever After by Eric Hobbs
    - Treasure of Egypt by Barbara Ivie Green
    - His Dark Empire: Tears of Blood Book One by M. R. Forbes
    - Wind Warrior: World Aflame by Jon Messenger
    - Stolen Secrets by Nancy Radke
    - Gillian's Do-Over by Kate Vale
    - Revenge of the Homecoming Queen: The Aspen Brooks Trilogy by Stephanie Hale
    - Silence by Natasha Preston
    - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson
    - Broken Silence by Natasha Preston
    - Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
    - Parallel Attraction by Deidre Knight
    - High Witch by Mona Hanna
    - Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance by Shelly Thacker
    - The Turning by Paul J. Newell
    - The Cruel Path by David J. Normoyle
    - Forbidden Call by Martha Bourke
    - Kill Clock by Allan Guthrie
    - A Touch of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella by Lara Adrian
    - Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu by Karen Prince
    - PSIONIC Book One: Wild-Born by Adrian Howell
    - Where Monsters Dwell by Jørgen Brekke
    - The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle
    - The Dead of Winter by Lee Enderlin
    - A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle
    - Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
    - Going Home Again by Sarah Atkins
    - The Conduit: The Gryphon Series by Stacey Rourke
    - Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen
    - The Sword of Sighs: The Age of Flame Book One by Greg James
    - Colm and the Lazarus Key by Kieran Mark Crowley
    - Recess Rules by Jill Vialet
    - Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms by Jamie Eubanks
    - Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller by Shelly Dickson Carr
    - Undaunted Love by Jennings Wright
    - Cross my Heart: A Contemporary Romance Novel by Abigail Strom
    - Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust
    - Wicked by Jillian Kleine Der Lowe
    - Eleanor by S. F. Burgess
    - Dream of You: A Laurel Heights Novel by Kate Perry
    - The Cinderella Project by Stan Crowe
    - Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young
    - Murder at the Maples by Joanne Phillips
    - The Big Goodbye by Michael Lister
    - Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
    - Parched by Z. L. Arkadie
    - The Seventh Sister by Z. L. Arkadie
    - Find Her, Keep Her: A Martha's Vineyard Love Story by Z. L. Arkadie
    - Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton
    - The Afterlife Series Box Set by Willow Rose
    - Autumn Masquerade by Gemma Juliana
    - Blue Christmas: Sexy Military Romantic Suspense by Taylor Lee
    - The Ghost Pirate's Treasure: Mystery of the Jaguar Warrior by Barbara Ivie Green
    - The Diver: The Snake Charmer by Holden Gerrig
    - The Magic Manuscript: Voyage to Eve Ilion by Barbara Burgess
    - Broom With a View by Gayla Twist and Ted Naifeh
    - Only Vampires Cry Blood by Trina M. Lee
    - Joyfully Yours by Amy Lamont
    - Knights: The Eye of Divinity by Robert E. Keller
    - Blood Faerie by India Drummond
    - Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright
    - Time Release by Martin J. Smith
    - Love Like You've Never Been Hurt by S. J. McCoy
    - A Hunter's Passion by Gwen Knight
    - Bloodstone by Helen C. Johannes
    - Murder on the Mind by L. L. Bartlett
    - Quicksilver by Toni Dwiggins
    - The Secret Trinity: Unearth by Jenna Bernel
    - Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen
    - Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove
    - Cool Heat by Richter Watkins
    - Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart
    - Lunara: Seth and Chloe by Wyatt Davenport
    - Oh, Cherry Ripe by Claudy Conn
    - Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
    - The Cracked Slipper by Stephanie Alexander
    - Christmas Mysteries: Ten Excerpts to Set the Season by Charlotte MacLeod
    - House of Jaguar by Mike Bond
    - The Unlikely Savior by T. S. Seley Elliott
    - 'Tis the Season: A Collection of Mimi's Christmas Books by Mimi Barbour
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    - The Trials of the Core by Michael E. Thies
    - The Breach Between by Duncan McGonall
    - After Dark With a Scoundrel by Alexandra Hawkins
    - The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter
    - The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran
    - Highland Champion by Hannah Howell
    - In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady by Gayle Callen
    - The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
    - Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle
    - Missing by Sharon Sala
    - Much Ado About Magic by Patricia Rice
    - My Scandalous Viscount by Gaelen Foley
    - Retribution! by M. Flagg
    - Scandal in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
    - Threats at Three by Ann Purser
    - Velvet is the Night by Elizabeth Thornton
    - Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
    - The King Arthur Trilogy: Warrior of the West by M. K. Hume
    - Helen, the First Trojan Horse by Michael Lally
    - The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd
    - Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart
    - Me, Myself and I: Funny Fights I've Had With me, Myself and Well...I by Leanna Harrow
    - Maggie's Men by Leanna Harrow
    - Killing the Desire by Leanna Harrow
    - A Beautiful Liar by Leanna Harrow
    - Covenant With Hell by Priscilla Royal
    - The First True Lie by Marina Mander
    I Never Thought I'd See You Again: A Novelists Inc. Anthology edited by Lou Aronica
    Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
    The Unholy: A Novel by Paul DeBlassie III
    Red is For Rage by Connie Corcoran Wilson
    The Troop by Nick Cutter
    - Nightmare Man by Alan Ryker
    - Mirror of the Nameless by Luke Walker
    - Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides
    - The Light Keepers by Mande Matthews
    - Tea With Emma by Diane Moody
    - To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor
    - Wool Part I by Hugh Howey
    - Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt
    - Vampire Blood by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    - Canapes for the Kitties by Marian Babson
    - Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi
    - Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler
    - The Assumption of Guilt by Amanda Tru
    - Ryann by Paul Dorset
    - The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
    - Lady Bess by Claudy Conn and Karen Babcock
    - Distant Dreams by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson
    - Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen
    - The Princess Problem by Diane Darcy
    - Dark Secrets by A. M. Hudson
    - Guardians Inc: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain
    - Witch's Bell by Odette C. Bell
    - Greater Than Rubies by Hallee Bridgeman
    - Nightfall by Laura Griffin
    - Scotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara Ramsey
    - Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster
    - Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone
    - The Crown Prince by Jason W. Chan
    - A Deal With Lord Devlin by Jennifer Ann Coffeen
    - Clara's Room by Kimberly McCreight
    - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    - The Descent Series: Books 1-3 by S. M. Reine
    - Seduced by Innocence by Kimberly Kinrade
    - Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood
    - A Well-Deserved Murder by Katherine John
    - The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles
    - Maiden Flight by Bianca D'Arc
    - The Five Kisses by Karla Darcy
    - A Body in the Backyard by Elizabeth Spann Craig
    - The Big Blind by Nicolette Pierce
    - Forevermore by Jim Musgrave
    - Cursed by Casey Odell
    - Gone by Christine Kersey
    - Highland Song by Tanya Anne Crosby
    - The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw by Suzy Turner
    - Dying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson
    - Captured by Erica Stephens
    - The Job Offer by Eleanor Webb
    - Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall
    - The Pink Rose: Secrets, Love and Betrayal by Alicia Roberts
    - Arianna Rose by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci
    - The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill
    - The Rush by Rachel Higginson
    - Dark Wolf Rising by Rhyannon Bird
    - Descension by B. C. Burgess
    - Far Horizons by Kate Hewitt
    - Kindred by Erica Stephens
    - 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart
    - Everflame by Dylan Peters
    - The Last Bride in Ballymuir by Dorien Kelly
    - Enchantress by James Maxwell
    - Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
    - The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
    - Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories by Julian Hawthorne
    - Dragon Call by E. R. Davis
    - The Earl's Inconvenient Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin
    - Survival by A. M. Hargrove
    - Frey by Melissa Wright
    - The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania
    - The One You Love by Paul Pilkington
    - A Witness Above by Andy Straka
    - The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
    - Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith
    - Coexist by Julia Crane, Cheryl Bradshaw and Kadri Umbleja
    - Black Daffodil by Katherine John
    - He Loves me Not: A Novel of Suspense by Christine Kersey
    - Demonsouled by Jonathan Moeller
    - Twice a Rake by Catherine Gayle
    - Empath by H. K. Savage
    - Lichgates by S. M. Boyce
    - UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn
    - The Child of Mystery by Eve Hathaway
    - Promise by Kristie Cook
    - Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil
    - Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci
    - The Maiden of Mayfair by Lawana Blackwell
    - Marysvale by Jared Southwick
    - Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance by Sarah Woodbury
    - A Murder Country by Brandon Daily
    - The Seventh Sorcerer by Stephen Hayes
    - Rock Haulter by Stephen Hayes
    - The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauen Willig
    - Will in Scarlet: The Boy Behind the Robin Hood Legend by Matthew Cody
    - Christmas Conspiracy by Robin Perini
    - Damaged by Debra Webb
    - Dangerous to Know by Leanne Shawler
    - Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle
    - Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
    - Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
    - The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
    - Highland Hero by Hannah Howell
    - Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    - Knights by Linda Lael Miller
    - The Marriage Prize by Virginia Henley
    - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    - Perfidia by Elspeth McKendrick
    - Persuasion by Jane Austen
    - Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    - Radio's Great Detectives: Sherlock Holmes by Orson Welles
    - The Reckoning by Jana DeLeon
    - The Red Badge of Courage: An Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Sources Criticisms by Stephen Crane
    - Rosamund's Revenge by Madeleine Conway
    - Sandbar Sinister by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
    - The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
    - Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
    - Some Like it Sinful by Deborah Raleigh
    - The Sword by Jean Johnson
    - Trace Evidence in Tarrant County by Delores Fossen
    - Warrior's Redemption by Melissa Mayhue
    - The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton
    - Prisoner of Paradise by Sinhue Noriega
    - The Search For Artemis by P. D. Griffith


    Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
    - The Howling Heart by April Bostic
    - Moon River by J. R. Rain
    - Knight of Flame by Scott Eder 
    - The Ripper by D. E. Athkins
    - A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson
    - The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense by Layton Green
    - Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron
    - Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani
    - Wrage by Joseph Spencer
    - Last Chance Summer: A Short Story by Hope Ramsay
    - Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
    The Enchanted by Elaine Cantrell
    - Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure
    - Keeper of Reign by Emma Right
    - Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt
    - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    - Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
    - Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    - Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes
    - An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead
    - Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
    - An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum
    - Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger
    - Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger
    - The Locket by Amanda Tru
    - Yesterday by Amanda Tru
    - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    - Grim by Joseph Spencer
    - Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

    Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading year for me. Here's a further breakdown:

    Books Read: 47
    Pages Read: 5,475
    Grade Range: A+! to B+!

    So, there you go! The reading year that was 2013! I hope that you all had an equally good reading year; if not a little better. :) See you all next year! :)

    May you read well and often