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My name is Angie and I'm a lifelong bibliophile. I read all kinds of books but I have a particularly soft spot for YA, urban fantasy, fantasy, and mystery novels. In real life I'm an editor for an educational publisher and spend most of my time researching and writing about people and cultures from around the world. I got my masters in English literature and am particularly partial to the Victorian period. I spent a few years teaching freshman composition at my local university and, even though I love being an editor, I still miss teaching every day. I'm married to an audiophile/photographer who (thankfully) understands obsessive hobbies and fully supports my habit. I am also Mom to three little squirts--7-year-old Will, 2-year-old Piper, and brand new baby Finn--all named for characters in a book. Can you guess which ones? They keep me busy and happy. I don't get much sleep because I spend whatever spare time I have reading feverishly and blogging into the late hours of the night!

Authors/Publishers
I happily accept books for review. YA, urban fantasy, fantasy, and mysteries are favorites but I enjoy a variety of genres and love trying new things. 

Other Places I Can Be Found

Interviews, Profiles, & Guest Blogs
Interview & Blogger Profile at Mrs. Magoo Reads
Interview at Ink and Paper
Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blogger Interview Swap at Muse Book Reviews and Her Book Self
Guest Dare at The Book Smugglers: Review of Mr. Impossible
YA Appreciation Month at The Book Smugglers: Angie on Reading Young Adult Books
Guest Blog for Smugglivus at The Book Smugglers: 20082009, 2010
Guest Blog at Peace Love & Pat: Bookpushers Anonymous
Guest Blog for Pursuing the Lioness Challenge at Tempting Persephone
Guest Blog for Literary Love Event at See Michelle Read: It's All About the Slow Burn
Guest Blog for Books We Love at Book Chick City
Guest Blog for We Love YA! at Chachic's Book Nook
Guest Blog on Best Retellings at Steph Su Reads

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