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Andra Watkins, Author of Not Without my Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Challenges us to Make a Memory With That Special Someone in 2015

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Meet Andra Watkins
Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014.

Her latest book is the memoir, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

Connect and Socialize with Andra!
Website * Google+ * Facebook * Twitter * Tumblr * Pinterest * Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking o…

Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Forever and Always: A Romantic Short Story

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Reread. Forever and Always: A Romantic Short Story by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2014)
Length: 26 pages
Genre: Short Story
Originally Read: 9 April 2011
Reread Finished: 29 January 2015
Where did it come from? Originally, I received a copy of this book in February of 2011 from Kathryn Meyer Griffith; then I downloaded another copy for free from Amazonin January of 2015.
So, back on February 23, 2011, Ms. Griffith was kind enough to send me a copy of this book to read.  Originally, the story was called Always and Forever,and I read it for the first time on April 9th, 2011. Actually, it only took me one day - just about half an hour - to read it. 
So, when I learned that Ms. Griffith had revised and recently released her story with a title change and a newly redesigned cover, I decided that I wanted to reread it for myself. I downloaded my second copy from Amazon, during this most recent giveaway - from January 22, until January 26, 2015.
I actually downloaded this book on January 24, 2015, an…

B. A. Spicer - Strings

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4. Strings by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 18 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 27 January 2015
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 24 January 2015
Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon in January of 2015, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I have also read and enjoyed several books by this author n the past.

Astrophysicist Madeleine Happer is convinced that her nightly dreams are trying to tell her something. She isn't quite sure what is going to happen, but the frequency and vividness of each dream seems to indicate whatever happens - it will be momentous. Yet Maddy is certain - deep within herself - that in some indefinable way, the earth will be intrinsically changed.

Now, teetering on the brink of her own personal scientific discovery - one which could potentially prove monumental in the field of astrophysics - Maddy must make everyone understand that they all need to be prepared for what…

B. A. Spicer - Peaches in the Attic: A Rather Disturbing Tale

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3. Peaches in the Attic: A Rather Disturbing Tale by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 13 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 27 January 2015
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 24 January 2015
Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon in January of 2015, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I have also read and enjoyed  Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Storyby the same author in the past.

Valerie absolutely loves her Grandma's stories. From funny to scary and every genre in between, to little Valerie's mind Grandma is the best storyteller ever. She can transport the little girl to anywhere her imagination desires, simply by telling one of her wonderful stories. And the best part of all is that the star of every story is Valerie herself.  
However, sometimes the line between reality and fantasy can become very blurry. So, when something momentous happens to them, will Valerie be able to tell her story. And…

B. A. Spicer - Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Story

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2. Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Story by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 26 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 26 January 2015
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 24 January 2015
Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon in January of 2015, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I also like horror and B. A. Spicer is a new author for me.

For Flora James' mother, the grief and sorrow of her daughter's death is already immeasurable; yet learning that Flora died due to bullying at school sparks an unquenchable rage in her heart towards Flora's tormentors. Flora had so many dreams and desires for her future - she was preparing to go on a class trip to France soon and wanted so badly to see the Eiffel Tower while she was there. She loved nature and space, and knew so much about the planets and constellations. It is just inconceivable to her mother to think that her beautiful Flora is no longer here; no…

Blog Tour For Grey by Christi J. Whitney From May 4, 2015 to June 26, 2015 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Christi J. Whitney will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult urban fantasy novel Grey. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up YourBook and will last from May 4, to June 26, 2015!

Grey Blog Tour Information:

Meet Christi J. Whitney
Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the arts. She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons. When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, obsessing over Doctor Who, watching superhero movies, or pretending she’s just a tad bit British.

Her latest book is the young adult urban fantasy novel, Grey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1).

Connect and Socialize with Christi!
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads * Blog * Watch the 'Grey' Book Trailer on Vimeo!

About Grey: 
Sebastian Grey always thought he w…

Calling All Book Reviewers!

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Hello Everyone! I was delighted to learn recently that The Ice BridgeandBlood Forgeby Kathryn Meyer Griffith were recently released as audiobooks. I've had the pleasure of reading approximately eighteen of Ms. Griffith's twenty-two currently published books. Of those twenty-two books, twenty of them have been released as audiobooks distributed by Audible.

The two newest releases are, of course, The Ice Bridge and Blood Forge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. The Ice Bridge is narrated by Ashley Arnold and Blood Forge is narrated by Marilyn Ghigliotti. I haven't had the pleasure of reading either book as yet - although I hope to at some point in the very near future.


Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-two years ago now, and have had twenty (ten romantic horror, two horr…

Get Ready to Celebrate 'National Readathon Day'!

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I was delighted to learn that the first-ever National Readathon Day will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 12:00 P. M.-4:00 P. M. local time, anywhere in the world. According to an email that I recently received, Mashable, the National Book Foundation, Penguin Random House, and Goodreads are joining forces and encouraging people to slow down, disconnect, and pick up a book. It all happens at noon, wherever you are in the world.

I'm definitely going to take part in this, and hopefully I will be able to finish up some books. Does anyone know if it still counts as 'disconnecting' if three or four of my book choices are actually ebooks? Anyway, here's my potential reading list:


Jezebel: A Horror Thriller Novel by Gordon A. Kessler (2001) Length: 388 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon!
Jezebel: A Horror Thriller Novel Blurb:
Sleep lightly tonight, America…JEZEBEL is on the loose!

In Jezebel: a madman has come to town seeking a diabolical revenge and large dogs begin…

Introducing The Gladiators' Gifts Series by Amy Hearst!

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So, I was delighted to learn that both books in Amy Hearst's The Gladiators' Gifts Series - The Gladiator's Girl and The Gladiator's Goddess - are available from Amazon for $0.99 and $1.99, respectively. Each book has been revised and was republished in 2014 by Buroughs Publishing Group. I would advise you to grab your own copies as soon as possible!

I had the pleasure of reading Book 1 in the Gladiators' Gifts Series by Amy Hearst - The Gladiator's Girl - in January of 2014 and here is my review. I think that I may want to read the revised version of Book 1, as well as The Gladiator's Goddess at some point in the very near future. ;) Anyway, come take a look!

Meet Amy Hearst
Hi everyone. I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. I have loved books since I learned to read and only recently began to write fiction. Before that I wrote as a journalist for many years. This is quite different from that. It's also way more fun.
I have also history since ch…

Book Blast For Not Without my Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins

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Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I am delighted to welcome Andra Watkins, author of the memoir Not Without my Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Watkins will be going on a Virtual Book Tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through the middle of April. This is also my seventeenth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Not Without my Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins justice.

About Not Without my Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace:

Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine…

Blog Tour For Stonehill Downs by Sarah Remy From April 6, 2015 to April 30, 2015 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Sarah Remy will be touring the blogosphere to promote her fantasy novel Stonehill Downs. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from April6,toApril30,2015!

Stonehill Downs Blog Tour Information:
Meet Sarah Remy
In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison PlacePress.

Sarah lives…

Calling All Book Reviewers!

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I'm delighted to announce that Treasure Me - Book 1 in Christine Nolfi's contemporary romance series The Liberty Series - is now permanently free on Amazon, Kobo and I-Tunes! I had the pleasure of reading Treasure Me back in June of 2013 and was delighted to receive Second ChanceGrill and Four Wishes - Books 2 and 4 of The Liberty Series - from the author as well. I do hope to start reading both books some time soon! :)


Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi (2011) Length: 273 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon, Kobo, and I-Tunes!
Treasure Me Blurb:
Welcome to Book One of The Liberty Series, where love, friendship and family life arrive with a second chance in the most heartwarming circumstances.

Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.

The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue…

Amy Hearst - The Gladiator's Girl

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1. The Gladiator's Girl by Amy Hearst (2013)
The Gladiators' Gifts Series Book 1
Length: 51 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 7 January 2015
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 15 November 2013
Why do I have it? This ebook was a free download from Amazon in November of 2013, although I certainly want to read more short stories. I also like historical romance and Amy Hearst is a new author for me.

Rue is an orphaned slave girl in ancient Rome whose master runs a gladiators' school known as a ludus. She is primarily a servant to the master and his family; although she is often given to gladiators for their enjoyment after they win a match in the public arena. Being kept as a reward; expected to provide pleasure to some of Rome's fiercest warriors, Rue's experiences with these men are painful. Most gladiators take the greatest pleasure in brutalizing and humiliating her; and for Rue, they are nothing more than violent brut…