Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reading Wrap-up For August 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 August 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 Bookmooch, authors 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 Keiki Mystery: Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman
- The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess by Judy Carlson

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash
- Princess Eyes Part I by Lucas Kana
- Princess Eyes Part II by Lucas Kana
- Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels With God by Deanna Nowadnick

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- A Keiki Mystery: Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman
- The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess by Judy Carlson

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

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 509
Grade Range: A+! to A!

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

May you read well and often

Friday, August 14, 2015

Judy Carlson - The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess

30. The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess by Judy Carlson (2015)
Length: 449 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 26 July 2015
Finished: 14 August 2015
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathleen 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 25 July 2015 as an ebook; Since 3 August 2015 as a physical book.
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Judy Carlson is a new author for me.

It has been a decade for the people of the Kingdom of Ajar; a decade since their beloved ruler - the benevolent King Elmern, and the entire royal family - were brutally murdered - and the malevolent and despotic Lord Regent ascended to the throne. During his tyrannical reign, the Lord Regent and his infamous Black Guard have effectively held the citizens of Ajar captive by dark sorcery and killed anyone who would openly oppose their new King. There are a brave but determined few who have created an underground resistance to the Lord Regent's tyranny, but they are beginning to lose hope that they will ever be liberated from their captivity.

According to an ancient prophecy, freedom will come from the neighboring Northern Dominions - from the demesne of the benevolent monarch, Emperor Haroldson. Since childhood, Prince Lael and Prince Cristin - the twin sons of the Emperor - have both been raised with a strong sense of righteousness and a deep knowledge of their royal duty. In an effort to fulfill that duty, Prince Lael will undertake a perilous quest to prove himself worthy of his subjects' continued fealty; he must first prove his strength and loyalty when he is challenged by an insidious enemy. The tragic loss of loved ones will only fortify Prince Lael's resolve to fight for the freedom of the Lost Kingdom.

Cousins Clara Mae Bennet and Ian Halverson - two children from Minnesota - suddenly find themselves dropped into the mystical realm of the Northern Dominions, and immediately swept up into an incredible adventure. Together, the cousins will search for a way home again; joining in the quest to free a captive Sea Princess, battling evil, and conquering lurking temptations. Clara and Ian will eventually meet the legendary White Knight - Lord Aryel - and along the way the children will gain better insight and wisdom about themselves, experience enduring love, and form the most extraordinary friendships.

I have always enjoyed reading mythical and epic tales of fantasy, and this book was certainly no exception. In my opinion, it was an intricately-woven and well-developed story that moved along at a leisurely, yet intriguing pace. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind reading a fantasy with strong Christian themes - I would give it an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Emily Kimelman - A Keiki Mystery: Warrior Dog

29. A Keiki Mystery: Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman (2015)
Kindle Worlds Novella: Lei Crime Series Book 4/The Keiki Mystery Series Book 1
Length: 60 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 4 August 2015
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Emily Kimelman's assistant Jen for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 July 2015
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Emily Kimelman is a new author for me.

Deep inside of all animals there dwells an innate fear of fire; and for the Rottweiller Keiki - Detective Leilani Texiera's most loyal friend and fiercest ally - the fear of fire is no less insidious or terrifying. As a decendant of the Drover Dogs of Rome, Keiki definitely understands the enormous legacy that she must honor. In ancient Roman times, these Rottweiller ancestors followed men into war, helped herd animals, and protected the flock from predators. All these tasks required a certain bravery and great skill to accomplish; yet it was also a noble responsibility for such creatures to undertake.

In more modern times, Keiki's role remains much the same. She must protect Lei and her family from any and all predators. They are members of her pack and rely on Keiki's indomitable strength and wily intelligence for their protection. This is a responsibility that Keiki takes enormous pride in and treats very seriously.

Yet, when the enemy that you must face is also one that fills you with the most shameful fear, what is a mighty protector to do? How will Keiki save her family from such a raging, uncontrollable beast? For the sake of her pack, Keiki must rely on her own protective instincts, and the assistance of some new friends in order to do what needs to be done. Because when you're only one dog - the protector of the pack - and facing off against a particularly devious enemy, your number one priority in this mission becomes crystal clear: protect the family.

I must say that while I do have at least five books by Emily Kimelman sitting on my virtual TBR pile, this was the first book by this author that I've actually had the pleasure of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it was extremely fast-paced and very well-developed for its length, and I absolutely loved both Keiki's and Blue's character development. I give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Monday, August 3, 2015

Introducing the Cover For Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton!



Meet Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton has published over 35 young adult and middle grade books about Goths, psychics, mermaids, aliens, cheerleaders, clones, parallel worlds, spies, dogs and ghosts. Her Young Adult series, Regeneration, The Seer and Dead Girl, were honored as YALSA Popular Paperback/Quick Picks. Her series for younger readers include, Strange Encounters and her 2015 release, Curious Cat Spy Club.

When she was 8, she wrote animal stories and by age 14 she was writing mystery novels. In 1986, she had the unique experience of co-writing a mystery, The Talking Snowman, with her favorite childhood author, Margaret Sutton (Judy Bolton Mysteries). Her goal was to have a mystery series of her own that that happened in 1994: My Sister the Ghost Series (Avon Camelot Books). Recently she’s crossed genres to publish her first picture book, Snow Dog, Sand Dog (Albert Whitman 2014).

When Linda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling and reality shows (she’s never missed a season of Survivor, Amazing Race or Big Brother). She also collects vintage girl series mysteries like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden and in 2014 spoke at a Nancy Drew convention. She’s a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and enjoys speaking at school, libraries and writing conferences.

She lives with her husband, David, in Northern California, in a country home where she’s surrounded by horses, peacocks, dogs, wild turkeys and demanding cats.

Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton (2015)
Length: 211 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Never Been Texted Blurb:

When Ashlee’s stepdad completely forgets her birthday she takes matters into her own hands to get the one thing she really wants: her own cell phone. But text messages start rolling in from a broken-hearted boy, and though Ashlee knows not all stories end happily, she’s determined to make hers the best it can be.

Never Been Texted Cover Reveal:


May you read well and often

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Reading Wrap-up For July 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 July 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 Bookmooch, authors 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 :))
- Hidden Poppies by M. L. Doyle
- Witchcraft Couture by Katarina West

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Bunnicula Strikes Again! by James Howe
- An Epiphany Gift For Robin by Joyce DiPastena
- Madison's Song by Christine Amsden
- I:32 P. M.: A Short Story by Shannon Celebi
- The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess by Judy Carlson
- A Keiki Mystery: Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman
- The Avalon Relics: Lilith Links by J. L. Clark

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Saint Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters
- Hidden Poppies by M. L. Doyle

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

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 425
Grade Range: A!

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

May you read well and often

Friday, July 31, 2015

Katarina West - Witchcraft Couture

28. Witchcraft Couture by Katarina West (2014)
Length: 342 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 2 July 2015
Finished: 31 July 2015
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Katarina West for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 January 2015
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and Katarina West is a new author for me.

Ever since he was a little boy, Frederico Pellegrini has dreamed of greatness. He has wanted nothing more from life than to be recognized and respected for his innate artistic talent. For the handful of people who have known him since childhood, Frederico - now known as Oscar to his friends and acquaintances - has always been considered to be something of a child prodigy. His amazing talent was something that was not only acknowledged, but also seen as extraordinarily intimidating to anyone who met him.

As a teenager, Oscar became the protégé of a very famous fashion designer, and under her tutelage he honed his considerable talent in the fashion industry; becoming a rising star in his own right. Yes, Oscar Pellegrini definitely has the talent and the drive to go tremendously far in his career, except for one deadly personal flaw: his own critical mindset. In fact, he destroys much of what he designs on a whim and slips into periodic, yet deeply depressing, artistic blocks. Actually, Oscar has been drifting along for years, gradually retreating from the fashion business he loves so much yet holding on to his dreams of success.

A highly-anticipated meeting with his new employer - who also happens to be a former girlfriend - triggers a creative crisis of monumental proportions within Oscar. His sudden depression weighs so heavily on him, that Oscar flees his home in Florence in the middle of the night and escapes to Russia. While there, Oscar suffers through a creative crisis the likes of which he has never before experienced. This time, he drinks and despairs almost to the point of no return.

Yet, just when he starts to believe that he has lost everything that matters most in his life, Oscar discovers a mystical machine that somehow turns ordinary outfits into irresistible triumphs of sartorial splendor. He takes the machine back home to Italy - and before he knows it, Oscar becomes an overnight fashion sensation. It seems that he has finally achieved the greatness he has always wanted - his name has become legendary, his designs are the most sought after creations in the world of fashion; celebrities and socialites alike vie for the honor of being the first to wear his gorgeous garments. In a shockingly short span of months, Oscar has seemingly undergone a fascinating transformation: his creative crisis has miraculously vanished, leaving in its place a reinvigorated desire to design - a second chance to leave his own unique contribution to the fashion industry.

However, the fairytale ending for the recently christened fashion mogul rapidly turns into a waking nightmare. The dresses that have become such an integral part of Oscar Pellegrini's trademark style, seem to have acquired a life of their own. Drawing their unearthly allure from the very people who wear them - in the form of that person's energy and vitality - the glamorous clothes soon gain the inexplicable ability to bewitch others; enthralling essentially good people to commit uncharacteristically malicious or immoral deeds. Haunted by his creations, and the dark secret that he is no longer able to hide, Oscar's talent has become nothing more important to him than a millstone around his neck.

He soon finds himself engaged in a valiant fight for both his life and his sanity; struggling to maintain his extremely tenuous hold on reality. And desperately searching for the answer to a question he never even knew existed. Is there such a thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can such genius turn against the very person who stole it?

I must say that despite the apparently slow reading pace that I set for myself, I was completely caught up in Oscar's story right away and avidly wanted to know what would happen to him next. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the story; the plot was well-developed and moved along in a dramatic fashion for me. The story itself was very well-written; filled with a variety of plot twists and turns that I fully appreciated. I would give this book an A! and am eagerly awaiting Ms. West's next book.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Release and Cover Reveal Blog Tour For Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton From August 26, 2015 to September 3, 2015 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Linda Joy Singleton will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult contemporary fairytale Never Been Texted. This virtual book  release and cover reveal tour is being hosted by Leap Books and will last from August 26, to September 3, 2015!

Ms. Singleton is also doing an awesome Goodreads giveaway - she is giving away five (5) paperback copies to five lucky winners at the end of her Blog Tour. This giveaway will run from August 3rd to August 31st! Be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Never Been Texted Blog Tour Information:


Meet Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton has published over 35 young adult and middle grade books about Goths, psychics, mermaids, aliens, cheerleaders, clones, parallel worlds, spies, dogs and ghosts. Her Young Adult series, RegenerationThe Seer and Dead Girl, were honored as YALSA Popular Paperback/Quick Picks. Her series for younger readers include, Strange Encounters and her 2015 release, Curious Cat Spy Club.

When she was 8, she wrote animal stories and by age 14 she was writing mystery novels. In 1986, she had the unique experience of co-writing a mystery, The Talking Snowman, with her favorite childhood author, Margaret Sutton (Judy Bolton Mysteries). Her goal was to have a mystery series of her own that that happened in 1994: My Sister the Ghost Series (Avon Camelot Books). Recently she’s crossed genres to publish her first picture book, Snow Dog, Sand Dog (Albert Whitman 2014).

When Linda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling and reality shows (she’s never missed a season of SurvivorAmazing Race or Big Brother). She also collects vintage girl series mysteries like Nancy DrewJudy Bolton and Trixie Belden and in 2014 spoke at a Nancy Drew convention. She’s a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and enjoys speaking at school, libraries and writing conferences.

She lives with her husband, David, in Northern California, in a country home where she’s surrounded by horses, peacocks, dogs, wild turkeys and demanding cats.

Connect and Socialize with Linda!



About Never Been Texted:

When Ashlee’s stepdad completely forgets her birthday she takes matters into her own hands to get the one thing she really wants: her own cell phone. But text messages start rolling in from a broken-hearted boy, and though Ashlee knows not all stories end happily, she’s determined to make hers the best it can be.

Purchase your copy from Amazon!


Book Release and Cover Reveal Blog Tour Giveaway of five paperback copies of Never Been Texted Ends August 31, 2015.


Goodreads Book Giveaway


Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton

Never Been Texted

by Linda Joy Singleton


Giveaway ends August 31, 2015.

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May you read well and often