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I've been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years, mostly covering the legal field. But you can't think about lawyers all the time. Some years ago, I started writing THE THINKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC after a couple of characters, Nora and Aruendiel, wandered into my imagination and wouldn't leave. In fact, they're still there--which is why I'm currently working on a sequel.

"Barker's debut is full of allusions to dark fairy tales and literary romances. If Hermione Granger had been an American who never received an invitation to Hogwarts, this might have been her story." —PEOPLE magazine

“A marvelous plot, clever dialogue, and complex characters.... Fun, seductive, and utterly engrossing, this wonderful tale of magic and adventure
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Emily Croy Barker Thanks so much! Happy to report that I've finished a draft of the sequel and have started the wonderful, maddening process of revision. No publication…moreThanks so much! Happy to report that I've finished a draft of the sequel and have started the wonderful, maddening process of revision. No publication date yet, but I'll spread the word as soon as I have one.(less)
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Emily Croy Barker I am thrilled and honored and over the moon to hear that you have been reading The Thinking Woman's Guide multiple times! Thanks so much, and here's a…moreI am thrilled and honored and over the moon to hear that you have been reading The Thinking Woman's Guide multiple times! Thanks so much, and here's a quick update/preview: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...(less)
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I absolutely can’t wait for you to read the sequel to THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC.

From the social media messages and emails I’ve received, I know a lot of you can’t wait, either. Here’s a quick update: Over the past year I’ve revised the sequel further, I’ve gotten great feedback on it, and now I'm working on bringing it to you.

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“Out of habit, she stopped by the bookshelf in the living room to see if there was a paperback that she could stuff into her pocket for emergencies — you never knew when you might need a book to entertain and comfort and distract you in the day's empty places”
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“It was one thing to read about a society obsessed with female purity—quite another to find yourself living in one.”
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“You know, sometimes, very innocently, you can develop a sort of fascination with a man, and then you see all these little signs that actually don't mean anything, but it's too late because you're reading in them exactly what you want to read. Be careful, is all I'm saying. It's easy to get fooled.”
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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
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Lexi Lexi wrote: "Just wanted to say that of all the books I've read so far in 2014 (okay I know it's only April) The Thinking Woman's Guide has been my favorite. In fact while I've enjoyed the others I've read I st..."


It's been a year since reading your the book. I just wanted to let you know I still have yet to find one since that tops my most recommended to friends and I hope the sequel is going well because I like many others can barely contain ourselves.


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Lexi Just wanted to say that of all the books I've read so far in 2014 (okay I know it's only April) The Thinking Woman's Guide has been my favorite. In fact while I've enjoyed the others I've read I still keep thinking back to your characters wanting to know more about them, their lives, and the mouse.

Thank you for such an intriguing book!


Ariana Fennimore I am currently reading your book THE THINKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC. Can I just say I am really loving it and was so pleased to find out there would be a sequel! The book was a rare find for me and incorporated a lot of the things that I love in a book (fantasy, magic, little bit of love, and a strong female). I cannot wait to see where the rest of the book goes as well as where the sequel will take me!


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