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Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Between Before and After

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Between Before and AfterBetween Before and After
by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Blink Publishing
304 Pages
YA / Historical / Mystery
Expected Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
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“The carnage began with the roses. She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn … Only two things kept my mother grounded to us: my uncle Stephen and stories.”

Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother’s growing depression. Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully-kept secret. A writer with an obsession for other people’s life stories, Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotions.

Molly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip-toeing around her mother’s raw feelings. Molly needs her mother more than ever, but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about. When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man, Elaine can no longer hide behind other people’s stories. And as Molly digs into her mother’s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother’s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating to 1918 New York—a secret that could destroy or save their future.

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About the Author:

MaureenMcQuerry_AuthorPhoto All of my books have an element of mystery and magic, even the realistic stories. And as a friend pointed out, there is a library in every one of them. It must be because libraries have always been magical places for me.

Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars (Abrams/Amulet 2012) is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent book is Beyond the Door (Abrams/Amulet), a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth. It is the first in a MG duo that combines, Celtic myth, shapeshifters and a secret code in a coming of age story. The adventure continues in The Telling Stone. Beyond the Door is a current for the WA State Book awards.

Website: https://www.maureenmcquerry.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maureenmcquerry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaureenMcQuerryauthor/

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+ 5 Finished Copies of Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

+ Signed Bookplates (USA only)

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Quick Reasons: deliciously poignant; that purple prose slays; believable, flawed characters; the growth discovered in the mystery was on point; this journey will crawl into your heart and stay there

HUGE thanks to Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Blink Publishing, and Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending a complimentary galley of this title my way! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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This book was a journey, Penguins–and a heart wrenching, poignant one at that. The dual POVs/time frames really helped to fully round the characters out, especially in the case of Elaine.
Where from Molly’s POV, Elaine seems trapped in her own world, full of secrets…we, as readers, get to see the world FROM Elaine’s younger years while also helping Molly unravel the mysteries of her mom. Maureen Doyle McQuerry built a strong story foundation, sprinkling just enough clues throughout that while readers might have a sense of SOME of the darkest abysses to be unraveled, some of the biggest reveals were left to settle in their own time, and with a bang. I really enjoyed the way that the most applicable life lessons were left to fill themselves out and fall into place without being forced. The growth found in the journey, especially in the case of Molly trying to figure out just who she is, was so beautifully rendered.

The purple prose is likewise delicious. Maureen Doyle McQuerry wielded a pen dipped in the finest of words, and knew how to weave a tapestry of gorgeous imagery. I had next to no trouble falling into this story from page one. The characters were believable and so easy to empathize with, as well. The gritty atmosphere and emotional leanings of the time period were equally well-handled, taking care not to sugar coat the hardest lessons but also approaching each with sensitivity and respect.

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I just CANNOT say enough about this book. It is beautiful, inside and out (no, really, every finite detail was approached with care, from the cover art to the title headings and page breaks). Maureen Doyle McQuerry crafted a winner in my book, Penguins. I encourage those who love historical fiction with believable characters and family secrets to pick this book up–I guarantee you’ll lose yourselves in the journey just as easily as I did!

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Sweetest Match

The Sweetest Match
Abby Tyler
Publication date: March 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

She hid secret messages in frosting, thinking no one would notice.

Abby Tyler welcomes you to the witty, well-meaning busybodies of Applebottom, Missouri, where the community takes its pies — and its matchmaking — very seriously.

When Sandy Miller emerges from her shack on the edge of town after eighteen years, she finds a job making tea cakes for a little shop on Town Square.

But then everyone starts spotting secret words of love and longing on her cakes.

Andrew McCallister is the first to admit that he never got over Sandy Miller when she dropped out of high school and disappeared. But now she’s back.

He just has to get the guts to talk to her.

When the town summons the pair to a meeting to plan the school’s centennial bash, Andrew and Sandy discover they are the only two members of the committee. As they attempt to rekindle the long-lost flame, they realize the community must come together for more than an anniversary party. For their new relationship to flourish, the old guard must learn to support their most vulnerable members even when times get hard.

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Author Bio:

Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody’s business.

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Release Week Blitz and Giveaway: We Told Six Lies

Hello and welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott
presented by Entangled Teen!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS, VICTORIA!

Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.

But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.

The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.

And that’s yours truly.

We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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Top Ten Tuesday 2.7

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HOSTED BY: That Artsy Reader Girl–AKA Jana
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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RECENT BOOKISH ARTS OF AWESOME

Because I just wasn’t feeling this week’s theme, I decided to come up with my own.  I haven’t done a “bookish arts of awesome” post in a while, soooooo here we go!

Also, I need some SERIOUS tips on how to work everything into my day to day world that I want because… I can’t keep up!  How do you do all the things!?  I need, like………..12 extra days in my week to be able to get everything accomplished, and even then, I might not get EVERYTHING accomplished!  Agh.

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Have I convinced you to try YOUR hand at something artsy-fartsy bookishly awesome?  Do you own or have you made bookishly awesome artsy things before?!

Anyone want to buddy read with me?! I have so many other books besides these to read yet…feel free to shoot me a comment with ANY book and I’ll let you know if I own it, we can set up a buddy read thing!)

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday 2.7

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Bookmark Monday
Hosted By:  GUILTLESS READING
Description: Do you have a bookmark you want to share? Just take a photo and link up in the linky!

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My Theme: Terrariums

1. They’re SO SUPER PRETTY;
2. I’m absolutely obsessed;
3. I need more terrarium art in my life;
4. technically these are stickers but IDGAF.

But for real, guys.  Have you LOOKED at my page? Penguins…and terrariums?  WHAT WAS I THINKING when I came up with this theme, aside from OMGGGGGGG SO MUCH PRETTY AND ADORABLE AND I NEED IT ALL IN MY LIFE!

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Stacking the Shelves 2.3

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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ALL THE PUPPIES AND DOGS HAVE BEEN REHOMED….and/or moved to a shelter for the meantime until they can FIND their forever homes.  I’m so tired.

Also,  I take my final licensing exam for work on Monday, so…probably going to just jump right into the nitty gritty of the books for this specific post.  My brain hurts.

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from authors/publishers for book reviews/blog tours/etc

Between Before and After

Ayesha at Last

To Best the Boys

A Study In Shifters (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)  The Sign of the Serpent (Adventures of Marisol Holmes Book, #2)

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curse you, book deals! 
(no, no, I don’t really mean this)

The Fever King (Feverwake Book 1) by [Lee, Victoria]

Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by [Holmberg, Charlie N.]

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

 

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Cover Reveal: Book of the Dead

 

 

Book of the Dead
Nadine Nightingale
(Gods of Egypt, #2)
Publication date: February 7th 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Nisha

They called me Angel of Death, but I am something else. Someone else. That is, if you believe the Egyptian desert god, Seth, who haunted my dreams since I can think. Sounds crazy, huh?

I, too, thought I was insane.

Broken beyond repair.

But—

When Seth’s followers—the Black Flags—invaded our annual Halloween ball and slaughtered half the town, my nightmares became reality. Those crazy bastards think I’m the reincarnation of Nebt-Het, the Egyptian goddess of protection, that I can help Seth get his immortality back. It’s why they pushed my cousin, Izzy, through a portal to the Underworld, knowing I had no choice but to follow her.

Now, I’m trapped in this godforsaken place, forced to conquer all twelve caverns, with Seth by my side.

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I was born into a Traveler clan. Grew up with tales of warriors and magic. I thought it was all bullshit. Fairytales. Until—

Nisha Blake, the girl of my dreams, caused an earth quake.

And an Egyptian God sent his crazy disciples to kill half the town.

I failed to protect Nisha. Couldn’t stop her from going after her cousin, from walking right into hell. Now, she’s in Seth’s world, bound to do what he wishes.

Our only chance, to get the girls back, is to find The Book of the Dead—some long lost magic tome, no one has seen or heard of in ages.

Wish us luck.

We’ll need it.

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Author Bio:

Nadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow.

Her love for writing started in the sixth grade where she annoyed her classmates with a short story featuring Sailor Moon characters, a cemetery, and creepy ghosts. Yes, she’s always been addicted to the dark side. Nadine writes paranormal romance. Her debut novel “Karma” the first book in her paranormal romance series Drag.Me.To.Hell. is published by the Wild Rose Press.

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Fangs: There’s More to this than Coffins and Teeth

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Nightshadow Book 1
by Anna Katmore
281 Pages
YA / Fantasy / Parnormal / Romance
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For nineteen years, I was just an ordinary Californian guy. Until a car crash almost killed me, and Count Dracula suddenly stuck his teeth into my throat. As his great-great-grandnephew and rightful heir, he ships me off to freaking Transylvania to learn how to be a vampire the hard way: with no staff to eat, no chance to escape, and no Wi-Fi. It’s just the place to go mental. And starve.

But there’s this girl. Abigail… For some reason, she likes to roam the dark and musty castle. She claims to know nothing about vampires, but I swear she tries to kill me every damn time we meet. I would have invited her to be my dinner last night if she hadn’t fled with something very dear to me. My fang.

Now, I’m waiting for sundown to find her and get my tooth back. And then I’ll kill the werewolf that howls in the forest, because that’s actually the one condition under which Uncle Vladimir allows me to return home.

But the wolf problem is harder to solve than expected. And Abigail’s cookie-like scent is making me do really stupid things…

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Quick Reasons: super entertaining; LOVE the dark, witty humor; somewhat cliche in the “vampires and werewolves lore” aspect; I was hard-put to put this down once I picked it up; so many pop culture references, I could diiiiie!

HUGE thanks to Anna Katmore and YA Bound Book Tours for sending a complimentary galley of this title my direction! This in no way altered my review of or opinions on this book.

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I had a LOT of fun with this book, Penguins. Of course, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a LOT of fun with a LOT of vampire books, so this shouldn’t come as any big surprise. While this book was full to the brim with cliches about vampire and werewolf lore, I felt like the witty banter and humor of the POVs (especially Quentin’s) helped keep me entertained and giggling throughout. I especially adored his habit of calling humans–particularly Abigail–food names. Cookie was a favorite–I about died laughing the first time he referred to her as such!


The character growth/arcs in this novel are endearing, though Abigail was a bit of an overdramatic soul throughout the entirety of this novel. The different obstacles these characters faced along the way happened in a pretty short window of time, but were written in such a way that I could still “believe” them. The only thing I guess I really couldn’t wrap my head around, was the fact that EVERYONE ELSE in this town knew about Abigail’s grandma’s connection with the occult…and yet Abigail didn’t have the slightest clue? That seemed a bit too unrealistic to me, though maybe Abigail just wasn’t very observant.

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Overall, I had a BLAST reading this novel. The characters’ interactions are witty and full of sarcasm (just how I like them); the growth was believable; and I didn’t have much trouble at all getting lost in this world. Hats off to Anna Katmore for crafting such a delightful, awesome journey! There’s more to this story than coffin and teeth, Penguins…will you discover what lurks in the shadows?

 

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Cover Reveal: Fool’s Errand

 

 

Fool’s Errand
Ophelia Bell
(Fate’s Fools, #4)
Publication date: March 19th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In my case that was literal – I had Ozzie West’s soul and didn’t know it, but now it’s been torn from me and I will never get him back.

My heart is broken.

My three mates may try to fill that void, but they don’t understand what he meant to me. They can’t see the memories unlocked by Fate.

Only one man can help, but he’s the one man I can never trust again.

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Author Bio:

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

If you’d like to receive regular updates on Ophelia’s publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/

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Top Ten Tuesday 2.6

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HOSTED BY: That Artsy Reader Girl–AKA Jana
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Find their latest post here!

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

And lemme just tell yah, Penguins….there have been a LOT of recent additions.  With almost no time to actually read them, because people suck and abandoned 2 adult doggos and 6 puppies in the backyard of the vacant house next door so ON TOP OF 

  1. Me moving in with le guy
  2. Me working
  3. Me studying for my licensing exams FOR work
  4. Me trying to not go absolutely insane in the meantime…

I’ve also been up to my elbows in all things pups.  Which is also why I’ve not been around a whole lot, recently.  Sorry about that, y’all.  Things might get back to somewhat normal soon…. I hope.

 

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The Dark Lord The Darker Lord The Darkest Lord

In this hilarious parody of epic fantasy, a young man travels into a dark and magical world, where dwarves, elves, and sorcerers dwell, to restore the balance between good and evil After spending years as an undercover, evil wizard in the enchanted world of Trelari, Avery hangs up the cloak he wore as the Dark Lord and returns to his studies at Mysterium University. On the day of his homecoming, Avery drunkenly confides in a beautiful stranger, telling her everything about his travels. When Avery awakens, hungover and confused, he discovers that his worst nightmare has come true: the mysterious girl has gone to Trelari to rule as a Dark Queen. Avery must travel back to the bewitched land and liberate the magical creatures . . . but in order to do so, he has to join forces with the very people who fought him as the Dark Lord.

Ayesha at Last

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

To Best the Boys

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

The Oldest Trick (Saga of the Redeemed #1-2) Dead But Once (Saga of the Redeemed Book III)

No Good Deed (Saga of the Redeemed Book II) The Far Far Better Thing: Saga of the Redeemed: Book IV

Compiled for the first time, The Oldest Trick comprises The Iron Ring and Iron and Blood in the Saga of the Redeemed

Tyvian Reldamar gets betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. To add insult to injury, his mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing.

Revenge just got complicated.

On his quest to get even, Tyvian navigates dark conspiracies, dodges midnight assassins, and uncovers the plans of the ruthless wizard Banric Sahand. Tyvian will need to use every dirty trick in the book to avoid a painful and ignominious end, even as he learns to work with—and rely on—his motley crew of accomplices, including an adolescent pickpocket, an obese secret-monger, and a fearsome gnoll.

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Have I convinced you to pick any of these awesome reads up?!  Anyone want to buddy read with me?! I have so many other books besides these to read yet…feel free to shoot me a comment with ANY book and I’ll let you know if I own it, we can set up a buddy read thing!)

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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