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Christine Amsden - Secrets and Lies

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14. Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden (2013)
The Cassie Scot Series Book 2
Length: 269 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 23 February 2014
Finished: 28 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks 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 14 November 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and have read and enjoyed Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detectiveby the same author in the past.

Still reeling from her parents' betrayal, Cassie Scot is determined to leave the world of magic behind her. But the magical world isn't letting go that easily. Her family is imploding, and despite everything, Cassie may be the only one powerful enough to save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan Blackwood her life, making it extremely difficult to deny him anything he truly wants. And Evan apparently wants Cassie. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls who go missing from a summer camp in the m…

Gwen Knight - A Hunter's Passion

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13. A Hunter's Passion by Gwen Knight (2014)
Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Book 4(February 2014)
Length: 92 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Started: 22 February 2014
Finished: 25 February 2014
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 11 December 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal romance and Gwen Knight is a new author for me.

Ryker Bennett has dedicated his entire life to hunting down - and eliminating - creatures of darkness. He and his brothers had learned early - from the deaths of their parents - that the only people they could truly count on and trust implicitly were each other. His occupation was certainly grueling - and dangerous - but never once did he question the righteousness of his duty.

But Ryker's 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 lov…

Greg Messel - Fog City Strangler

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12. Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel (2013)
The Sam Slater Mysteries Book 4
Length: 493 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Started: 11 February 2014
Finished: 22 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy from Pump up Your Bookfor sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 8 January 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical mysteries and Greg Messel is a new author for me.

As 1958 nears its end, San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the Fog City Strangler. Each victim is a pretty, young blonde woman between the ages of twenty and thirty-five, and the strangler claims credit for each murder by sending a note and a piece of the victim's clothing to the local newspapers. The police have almost no leads to go on, and appear to be absolutely baffled by a suspect who has proven that he's capable of just about anything.

Private eye Sam Slater is just as anxious as everyone else that this murderer is caught soon. H…

Introducing Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel!

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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 Mr. Messel’s writings and books at www.gregmessel.com.

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Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel (2013) Length: 493 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon!
Fog City Strangler Blurb: 
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 the victim's clothing to the local newspapers. Angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victim…

Deborah Rix - External Forces

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11. External Forces by Deborah Rix (2013)
The Laws of Motion Series Book 1
Length: 210 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 26 January 2014
Finished: 19 February 2014
Where did it come from? From Netgalley
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 31 October 2013
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Deborah Rix is a new author for me.

A century has passed since the Genetic Integrity Act was enacted and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Only the genetic anomalies classified as Deviants - known to all as the enemy - remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each successive generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When sixteen-year-old Jess Grant begins to show signs of deviance, she enlists in the Special Forces, along with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the h…

Book Blast Blog Tour For A Woman Possessed by Marilyn Hering From March 3, 2014 to March 14, 2014 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Marilyn Hering will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Historical Fiction novel A Woman Possessed. This is Marilyn's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from March 3, to March 14, 2014! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Hering 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!

A Woman Possessed Book Blast Information:
Meet Marilyn Hering
Marilyn Hering’s father was a weaver at the Paterson silk mill for many years, inspiring her to learn its history and write this book. She has previously been an English teacher, but she is currently dedicating her time to writing the sequel to A Woman Possessed. She lives in Harrington Park, New Jersey.
About A Woman Possessed:
In 1913, silk …

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

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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 upYour 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 BlastInformation:
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 …

Book Blast Blog Tour For There Be Goblins in the Wood by Christopher Gray From March 3, 2014 to March 14, 2013 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Christopher Gray will be touring the blogosphere to promote his young adult fantasy There Be Goblins in the Wood. This is Christopher's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from March 3, to March 14, 2014! Come join us for all the fun!

Mr. Gray is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of his 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!

There Be Goblins in the Wood Book Blast Information:


Meet Christopher Gray
Christopher Gray was born and raised in the English West County. He is a retired Primary School Head teacher and a professional artist and Lay Preacher.

 About There be Goblins in the Wood:
Combe Dingle Wood can be found (if you look really hard) in the heart of the Somerset countryside. It exists in that twilight time bet…

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones - The Feast: A Parable of the Ring

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10. The Feast: A Parable of the Ring by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2013)
The Parables Series Book 2
Length: 119 pages
Genre: Christian Fiction
Started: 29 January 2014
Finished: 10 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like Christian fiction and had read and enjoyed Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stonesby the same author in the past.

Virginia has experienced the power and direction of the five stones, and has grown so much closer in her relationship with God. Now, five years on, Virginia will need to use the stones once again. For entirely different reasons.
Keeping her marriage together is not the only thing on Virginia's mind. Her successful business Just Desserts is beginning to founder, her five-year marriage is in trouble and apparently having a child isn't going to happen in the usual way. Virginia is convinced that ad…

Introducing Six Shot. Seven? by Jonn October!

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Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Jonn October - author of the mystery/thriller Six Shot. Seven?is hosting a virtual book blast from March 5th to March 8th, 2014 - when his book will be free to download from Amazon.

Meet Jonn October
I believe the first book I read cover to cover was an unabridged Swiss Family Robinson; it was predicated by a bribe from my mother, and it worked. I was nine or ten years old and remember more or less two things from the book: how to manufacture nitroglycerine and how to par-cook ortolans and small birds for long term storage in melted grease. While I'm not sure the benefit of either of those takeaways, the mindset behind it most certainly informs my writing.

From there I transitioned eventually into literary meanderings after a youth spent commercial fishing, feeding lions, and cutting up ancient cedar trees. It was a strange time but I was good for it, and again, it transitions into my work.

I live with my wife and little daughter i…

Michelle McLean - A Bandit's Betrayed Heart

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9. A Bandit's Betrayed Heart by Michelle McLean (2014)
The Blood Blade Sisters Series Book 3
Length: 257 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Started: 4 February 2014
Finished: 5 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Bookfor sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 8 January 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical romance and Michelle McLean is a new author for me.

The Richardson sisters hadn't always been such gently-bred Society ladies. In the past - Brynne, Cylla and Lucy Richardson - as the legendary 'Blood Blade', had battled their corrupt half-brother - the sheriff of their small California town. Having successfully defeated him, the sisters claimed their family's gold mining inheritance, and settled quietly. 'Blood Blade' left the bandit's life behind - Cylla staying in California with her husband Leo, Brynne and Lucy moving to Boston, occasionally helping Brynne's husband R…

Sarah Beard - Porcelain Keys

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8. Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard (2013)
Length: 346 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Started: 1 February 2014
Finished: 3 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Sarah Beard for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 January 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary romance and Sarah Beard is a new author for me.

Aria's life is full of secrets - secrets about her mother's death, her father's cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. In the five years since her mother's death - Aria has grieved silently and essentially alone - playing her mother's piano in secret, so as not to stir up any painful memories for her father. When Aria meets Thomas - her elderly next door neighbor's grandson - he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and ultimately gives her the courage to defy her father. However when personal tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her heart's melody int…

T. C. Tombs - Run With the Wolves: The Pack

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7. Run With the Wolves: The Pack by T. C. Tombs (2011)
The Run With the Wolves Series Book 1
Length: 392 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Started: 22 January 2014
Finished: 3 February 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks 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 1 January 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical fantasy and T. C. Tombs is a new author for me.

Europe in the fifteenth century is notoriously brutal and enmeshed in dire conflict. So it is for the three kingdoms of Medinia, Skoland and Varakov. Medinia and Skoland have been embroiled in a decade-long war, and Varakov has remained in uneasy neutrality during that time. Now, as a peaceful resolution provides tentative hope that the seemingly endless war will eventually reach an end, no one realizes that sinister 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, y…

Reading Wrap-up For January 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 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 month came from Barnes and Noble, Bookmooch, authors and Amazon

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
Accidentally in Love With...A God?by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
The Snow Owlby Jon Hartling
TaleSpinsby Michael Mullin
- The Tempest Murdersby P. M. Terrell
- He's Faster: A Short Storyby Carlyle Clark
- The Black Song Insideby Carlyle Clark

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Ashenden: A Novel by Elizabeth Wilhide
- Daughter of the God-King by Anne Cleeland
- Run With the Wolves: The Pack by T. …