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Duncan Whitehead - The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

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14. The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead (2012)
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club Series Book 1
Length: 189 pages Genre: Contemporary Mystery  Started: 14 April 2017 Finished: 25 April 2017 Wheredidit come from? Many thanks to Duncan Whitehead for sending me a copy of this book to read. How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2013 Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and have read and enjoyed An Actor's Life: A Short Story by this author in the past.
Something just doesn't seem right in beautiful Gordonston. It may not be anything particularly noticeable, but something is most definitely peculiar about this charming little community in Savannah. Somewhere beneath the leafy shade of its trees and behind the friendly faces of its residents, not everything is as it appears. Something dark and destructive lurks behind the genteel southern facade.

The friends and fellow members of her afternoon cocktail club gather to reminisce and mourn the…

Welwyn Wilton Katz - Come Like Shadows

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13. Come Like Shadows by Welwyn Wilton Katz (1993)
Length: 289 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 3 April 2017
Finished: 12 April 2017
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 3 February 2014
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and had read and enjoyed Witchery Hill by this author in the past.

Sixteen-year-old Kincardine O'Neil is absolutely ecstatic when she manages to get a summer job with the prestigious Stratford Theatre of Canada. Although she has a sneaking suspicion that she may not have gotten the job based on her own merits, but because her mother went to high school with Jeneva Strachan - the director of Stratford Theatre's annual Drama Festival. Whatever the truth of the matter, Kinny is determined to do the best that she possibly can in her new position.

However, when Kinny first arrives in Stratford, nothing is as it seems. In fact, things start to go wrong almost immediately. Her position as Jeneva Strachan's assistant seems a …

Reading Wrap-up For March 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 March 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 Paperback SwapandThe Wayback Machine.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
-To Teach an Ancient God by Sapphire Phelan
- The Gladiator's Girl by Amy Hearst
- Wish by a Hazel Tree by Tia Nevitt
- The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- The Gladiator's Goddessby Amy Hearst
- The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt
- Narvla's Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a n…

Therese Gilardi - Narvla's Celtic New Year

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12. Narvla's Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi (2014)
Length: 275 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 10 March 2017
Finished: 30 March 2017
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Therese Gilardi for sending me a copy of this book for me to read from Netgalley.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 February 2015 as an ebook; Since 10 May 2015 as a physical book
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyedMatching Wits With Venusbythis author in the past.

Narvla believes that she has everything going for her back home in Connecticut. Her life has always been as precisely choreographed as one of the routines that has made her a national step-dancing champion. Actually, Narvla's life is as close to perfection as it gets; and she wouldn't have it any other way. She has a loyal best friend named Gabby, a devoted boyfriend named Derek, and a definite lock on admission to her dream college - the University of Notre Dame.

Everything is perfect -…

May You All Have a Blessed St. Patrick's Day!

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We hope that all of our lovely family and dear friends - both in real life as well as online - have a safe and holy St. Patrick's day. May you all have a wonderfully peaceful celebration full of fun, food, and happiness! ☘️☘️☘️🇮🇪

May you read well and often

Tia Nevitt - The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf

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11. The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt (2013)
The Accidental Enchantments Series Book 2
Length: 114 pages  Genre: Short Story  Started: 12 March 2017 Finished: 15 March 2017 Where did it come from? From Apple I-Books How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 September 2016 Why do I have it? I like short stories and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Prince Richard of Schwarzberg is a cursed man. Having initially accepted willing guardianship of the magic mirror that has been in his family for generations, Richard soon finds himself enslaved to both the mirror and to the whims of the cunning enchantress queen of Weissland. Twice a day for almost a decade - whenever the Lady Sybelle calls upon the spirit of the mirror - Richard is compelled to answer her three questions truthfully. Determined to discover a way to free himself from the Lady Sybelle's thrall - and desperate to protect other innocents from her evil sorcery - Richard leaves hi…

Tia Nevitt - The Sevenfold Spell

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Reread. The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt (2010)
The Accidental Enchantments Series Book 1 Length: 90 pages  Genre: Short Story Originally Read: 28 December 2010 Reread Finished: 12 March 2017 Wheredid it come from? Originally I downloaded a copy of this book from Netgalleyin August of 2010. I also acquired another copy of this book from Apple I-Books in September of 2016.

So back in August of 2010 - August 17th, to be exact - I downloaded a copy of this book from Netgalley. I don't know why, but I finally got around to reading it for the first time approximately four months later, in December of 2010. Actually, it only took me two days to finish reading this book - from December 26th, to December 28th, 2010.

Although I deleted the first copy of the book right after I read it, I had always wanted to be able to reread the story again at some point. When I received an Apple gift card for my birthday in June, I made sure to acquire a second copy of this book as soon as I possibly could. S…

Tia Nevitt - Wish by a Hazel Tree

Reread. Wish by a Hazel Tree by Tia Nevitt (2011)
The Accidental Enchantments Prequels Series Book 1
Length: 17 pages
Genre: Short Story
Originally Read: 7 February 2013
Reread Finished: 10 March 2017
Where did it come from? Originally I downloaded a copy of this book as a free read from Tia Nevitt's website in January of 2013. Although I realize that the book has since been deleted from Ms. Nevitt's website, I was able to find the link again through the internet archive website The Wayback Machinein March of 2017.

So back on January 18th, 2013, I downloaded this novella as a free read from Tia Nevitt's website. I actually read it approximately a month later - on February 7th, 2013 - and thoroughly enjoyed my first reading of the book. I always enjoy reading fairy tale retellings, and this one one was no different for me.

What caused me to download another copy of this novella to read again was the fact that I had recently acquired the first two novellas in Ms. Nevitt's Acci…

Amy Hearst - The Gladiator's Goddess

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8. The Gladiator's Goddess by Amy Hearst (2014)
The Gladiators' Gifts Series Book 2 Length: 83 pages Genre: Short Story
Started: 7 March 2017 Finished: 8 March 2017 Where did it come from? FromApple I-Books How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 September 2016 Why do I have it? I like short stories and have read and enjoyed TheGladiator's Girl by the same author in the past.
Nardine has been a slave ever since her mother sold her at the age of eleven. Her master runs a school for gladiators in ancient Rome known as a ludus. Although she occasionally serves the master and his family whenever they travel to gladiatorial events; Nardine primarily divides her duties between the kitchens and the infirmary as both a cook and a physician's assistant.
She had always counseled her friend Celeste to be extremely careful about falling in love with a gladiator, as that sort of relationship could only lead to heartbreak in the future. Nardine knows this feeling from personal experi…

Amy Hearst - The Gladiator's Girl

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Reread. The Gladiator's Girl by Amy Hearst (2013)
(Revised Author's Edition 2014)
The Gladiators' Gifts Series Book 1
Length: 48 pages Genre: Short Story  Originally Read: 7 January 2015 Reread Finished: 5 March 2017 Where did it come from? Originally I downloaded a copy of this book for free from Amazon in November of 2013. I also acquired another copy of this book from Apple I-Books in September of 2016.

So, back on January 7th, 2015, I read this book for the first time. I had actually acquired a free download of it from Amazon on November 15th, 2013. While I don't understand why it took me so long to read the book, I eventually did and then deleted the ebook afterwards.

I acquired another copy of this book from Apple I-Books on September 19th, 2016. Actually, I had wanted to reread this book for quite some time, and was happy to finally do so in March of 2017 - from March 4th, to March 5th! My reread of the story only took a day, but despite the main characters names bei…