Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jeff Gunhus - Night Terror

54. Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus (2014)
The Night Chill Series Book 2
Length: 382 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 31 October 2014
Finished: 11 November 2014 
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 September 2014
Why do I have it? I like horror and Jeff Gunhus is a new author for me.

A decade ago, the residents of Prescott City, Maryland experienced a minor earthquake - as the result of a massive mine collapse and an expansive sinkhole that opened up in the area. Several people had died in the limestone cave-in, and their loved ones still mourned their deaths. At least, this was the official version of what happened. 

However, for a select few members of community, the reality of what actually happened so long ago still haunts them. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Tremont and her family's recovery has been very slow; Sarah was abducted ten years ago by a bloodthirsty cult and very nearly sacrificed to an ancient entity known as the Source. For Jack and Lauren Tremont - Sarah's parents - the knowledge that so many of their friends and neighbors were actually child murderers is horrific, but it is also knowledge they are willing to keep to themselves for the sake of the grieving families who were left behind; as revealing such gruesome information would only cause immeasurable anguish to people who knew absolutely nothing about their loved ones murderous and bloodthirsty double lives.

As far as her parents are concerned, Sarah's memories of her kidnapping and near death were mercifully blocked, and she can't remember anything of what happened to her. The truth is that Sarah remembers every last detail of her abduction and knows that she almost died, but since it eases her parents' minds to believe that Sarah has forgotten such a traumatic event, she is glad to give her parents some peace after what they all survived. In reality, her abduction has awakened an immense power within Sarah, one which she struggles to control to the best of her ability.

Determined not to frighten her parents, Sarah keeps her powers to herself and tries to be a normal teenager. However, as much as she has tried to suppress the power inside of her, it has grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves. The nightmare that she once believed was over, begins again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out.

Now, with her parents help and the help of an ex-Navy SEAL named Joseph Lonetree - someone who knows all about the evilness that was unleashed by that mine collapse ten years ago -  Sarah must stand up to an evil much stronger and infinitely more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger just might come from the power living inside of her.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story was very well-written, although certainly very shocking in some of the imagery that was created. I was completely immersed in the story by the end of the first chapter, and wrapped up in the Tremont family's plight. These characters were so well-developed and I avidly wanted to know what would happen to them next.  

Night Terror can be read as a standalone, perhaps, because Night Chill is referenced so strongly; but I think I may have enjoyed reading Night Chill first - although, that's only because I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to reading books in a series. I give Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)    

May you read well and often

Night Terror's Mama D. Muses on Halloween

Meet Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sequel to the Amazon Bestseller Night Chill.

Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With help from her parents and Joseph Lonetree, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.
 
Coming to Amazon on 8 September 2014!

I would like to welcome Jeff Gunhus, author of Night Terror to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Gunhus was kind enough to allow one of his characters - Mama D. - to write a guest post for me and here it is below in 'her' own words:

'How Much Do I Hate Halloween...Let Me Count the Ways!'
by Jeff Gunhus

Mama D hated Halloween. All of the regular folk, the ones who crossed themselves when the wind howled through trees on a dark night, or turned on all the lights in the house because of a single creaking floorboard, pretended for a night that they enjoyed the macabre. Only they didn’t enjoy it. They mocked it, hoping in their primal brains that such mocking would immunize them from the very real world of terror that lurked in the unlit places ready to reach out, touch them on their bare skin and make them unclean.

Mama D scanned the revelers in the street with her eyes closed. The information she wanted wasn’t the kind reflected light could give her. It was the kind she could feel only using the acute senses she’d been born with, the senses that had enabled her to hunt and to feed for the last century. She breathed in deep as she sensed a pesh with a little bit of the gift inside pass her by. It wasn’t enough though. She thought she could find better so she waited. And she watched.

She knew there were others like her around the country, taking advantage of this night where inhibitions were lowered, where protective parents let their children run wild on a sugar-high up and down streets. Nowadays parents had become increasingly paranoid and usually made feeding more of a challenge. That and law enforcement was better than ever so Mama D and her kind had to be smart. The last thing she wanted was to end up in jail or, more likely, under some scientist’s knife once they realized what she really was.

Mama D shut out those dark thoughts and looked back over the crowd in the street. She sensed a powerful young pesh walking toward her and she felt her hunger rise in her chest. The crush of the crowd would make things easy for her. As she opened her eyes and spotted the young trick-or-treater walking her way she though that maybe she had it all wrong. Maybe Halloween was going to be fun this year after all.

May you read well and often

Monday, November 10, 2014

Introducing Sceadu by Prashant Pinge!

Hello Everyone! I'm delighted to announce that Prashant Pinge - author of children's fiction, young adult fantasy, historical fiction and romantic comedy - will be hosting an awesome giveaway from December 1, to December 21, 2014 to celebrate the release of his newest young adult fantasy novel Sceadu. Sceadu: Your Shadow Holds a Secret was released just today, so go and grab your own copy as soon as possible!


Sceadu: Your Shadow Holds a Secret by Prashant Pinge (2014)
Length: 227 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!
Sceadu Blurb:
"All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey."

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?

Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

"Well-crafted and executed, this is a book that is worthy of belonging to the time-honoured fantasy genre." ~ Himanjali Sankar, Editor at Bloomsbury India

May you read well and often

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mike Hartner - I, James

53. I, James by Mike Hartner (2014)
The Eternity Series Book 2
Length: 235 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 30 October 2014
Finished: 5 November 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 6 October 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and have read and enjoyed I, Walter by this author in the past.

Born on September 21, 1613, James Luis Juan Crofter was the second son of English merchant seaman turned ruler of the Iberian Empire, Walter Crofter and his wife, Maria, Princess of Castile. For the next eleven years, young James lived a privileged life as a much-favored prince near the port of San Sabastian on the west coast of Spain. Then on his eleventh birthday, in the year 1624, James is unceremoniously ripped from his family.

Kidnapped and sold into slavery by a ruthless man, who just happens to be his father's estranged brother, James is subsequently shipped off to a tobacco plantation in Africa. For the next five years, James toiled away in enforced servitude, and the prince became a veritable pauper - a stranger living in a strange land. He dreamed of the day when he would be free and be able to return to his loving family. 

As James quietly plots and plans for the day that he will eventually escape; he prepares himself for life beyond the plantation. James secretly promises himself that he will return someday to ensure freedom for the other slaves - people whom James considers to be honorary members of his much missed and longed for family. The question that continually haunts James' thoughts is: Is it possible that nature is stronger than nurture? And even if it is, will James still be able to find the happiness that he so richly desires?

I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was as engaging as I, Walter and I found myself hoping that James would be able to find his family very soon, and overcome the many obstacles that were in his way. The characters and plot were well-developed, and I could sympathize with so many of the characters. I also hoped that others would receive appropriate justice or punishment. 

I would give I, James by Mike Hartner an A! This is the second book in The Eternity Series, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, which I think will focus on the life of James' daughter, Mary Crofter.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reading Wrap-up For October at Emeraldfire's Bookmark


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 October 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 authors, Bookmooch and Amazon.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- A Murder Country: A Novel by Brandon Daily
- The Donor Part Three by Nikki Rae
- Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- I, James by Mike Hartner
- A Glimpse of Forever by Linda O. Johnston
- The Knave and the Maiden by Blythe Gifford
- Seduction by Amanda Quick
- Duchess by Night by Eloisa James
- The Donor: The Full Novella by Nikki Rae
- Owlet by Emma Michaels
- God's Formula by James Lepore and Carlos Davis
- Torch Ginger by Toby Neal
- Blood Orchids by Toby Neal

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- A Murder Country: A Novel by Brandon Daily
- The Donor Part Three by Nikki Rae
- High Noon by Nora Roberts

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me, considering. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 486
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was October. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Introducing The Donor: The Full Novella by Nikki Rae!

I'm delighted to announce that the all three parts of The Donor by Nikki Rae - in one volume - has just been released today! The entire novella is now available to download from Amazon -  so grab your own copy today! To celebrate the release of The Donor: The Full Novella by Nikki Rae, on Thursday, October 30, 2014, Ms. Rae is hosting a Release Party on Facebook from Thursday, October 30th to November 2nd, 2014.

As Nikki says: "Come hang out, talk books, win prizes, maybe a live show. Come and help me celebrate the release of my newest project so I'm not alone in my room drinking tea. Invite your friends and help spread the word!" - Hope to see you there!



The Donor: The Full Novella by Nikki Rae (2014)
Length: 115 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

The Donor: The Full Novella Blurb:

Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking. They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.

Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.

All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body. Inside or out.


May you read well and often

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Introducing Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi!

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 Chance Grill 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’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.

If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one - Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up - as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Second Chance Grill, The Impossible Wish and Four Wishes.
 

Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi (2012)
Length: 319 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Kobo, and I-Tunes!

Second Chance Grill Blurb:

Welcome to Book Two of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life provide an inspiring second chance for the town’s new doctor and a precocious adolescent.

Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the amusing preteen - or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.

The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, The Impossible Wish and Four Wishes.

Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me,
2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.” 

The Impossible Wish by Christine Nolfi (2014)
Length: 242 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Kobo, and I-Tunes!

The Impossible Wish Blurb:

Notorious swindler Wish Kaminsky puts her daughter’s romance at risk in this hilarious and heartwarming installment of the award-winning series.

Wish is about to arrive in Liberty, and that means trouble. Liberty is the town that open-heartedly welcomed her daughter. Recently engaged, Birdie has turned her life around - and Wish is the last person she wants to see.

The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill and Four Wishes.

Four Wishes by Christine Nolfi (2014)
Length: 255 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Kobo, and I-Tunes!

Four Wishes Blurb:
 
Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.

The books of The Liberty Series serve as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill and The Impossible Wish. Future releases coming soon.

Praise for Treasure Me, Book One of The Liberty Series:

“…this zesty novel is rife with witty dialogue and well-drawn characters…” - Publisher’s Weekly
as reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly for the
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

Treasure Me is a riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.” - Susan Bethany, The Midwest Book Review 

 
May you read well and often