Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Blast For Life in the Palace by Catherine Green

Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Catherine Green author of Life in the Palace, to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Green are currently on a Book Blast tour with I'm a Reader, Not a Writer lasting through the end of the month of April. This is also my fifteenth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Life in the Palace by Catherine Green justice.

The author are also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner at the end of her Book Blast. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

About Life in the Palace:

After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.

Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.

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About Catherine Green:

Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she’s not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.

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May you read well and often

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Alice Hoffman - Aquamarine

23. Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman (2001)
The Water Tales Series Book 1
Length: 105 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 16 April 2014
Finished: 19 April 2014
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 October 2011
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and have read and enjoyed Practical Magic by the same author in the past.

Best friends Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together before Claire moves to Florida with her grandparents. The Capri Beach Club has been the scene of so many memories for the girls, but this summer is especially bittersweet for them. Then, the morning after an awful storm, Hailey and Claire discover something unusual in the murky water at the bottom of the pool. There in the depths is a mysterious creature with a sharp tongue and a broken heart: a mermaid named Aquamarine has been separated from her sisters, swept away by the force of the storm.

Trapped in the deep end of the pool, Aquamarine is not only suffering from a severe case of homesickness, she is also experiencing the pangs of first love - for a totally inappropriate creature - a human teenage boy. Now, as this mythological yet very real being starts to fade in the burning August sun, the mermaid's fate rests with Hailey and Claire.

Just on the edge of growing up, during a summer that is the hottest on record, Claire and Hailey are discovering that life can take an unpredictable course, best friends are forever, and magic can often be found in the unlikeliest places. In Aquamarine, best-selling author Alice Hoffman weaves a luminous tale of nostalgia and enchantment, perfect for readers both young and old.

I've had this book on my TBR pile for almost three years. Despite waiting for such a long time to read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was certainly intriguing and while definitely written for children, I found the characters well-developed and extremely likable. I give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Dinosaur Lake

22. Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
The Dinosaur Lake Series Book 1
Length: 283 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 31 March 2014
Finished: 17 April 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn Meyer Griffith for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 February 2014
Why do I have it? I like horror and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Former police officer Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for the past eight years. He loves his quiet life with his family in Oregon - the solitude, the peace, the tranquility, the predictability. He likes his park the way it has always been - fun, safe and family-friendly. But Henry is about to be tested in so many ways.

First the earthquakes begin...people start to go missing...then reports surface of some sort of mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake. Not only is it growing in size, the beast is also incredibly aggressive and cunning...and ravenous. And it's quickly acquiring a taste for human beings. Very much so. It has also recently developed the ability to walk on land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann - a reporter with the local newspaper; a young paleontologist named Justin Maltin; and a band of brave men must not only protect Henry's beloved Crater Lake National Park from this threat, but also the people who live there. Somehow, Henry and his men must find out where the monster lives and destroy it...before it can kill again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were extremely likable and sympathetic, and the plot was fast-paced and intriguing. One aspect of the story that I especially appreciated was that it didn't become completely bogged down with scientific jargon - it was very readable and action-packed. I give Dinosaur Lake a definite A! and I'm looking forward to reading the recently released sequel to Dinosaur Lake Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising. 

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was also a Finalist for the 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards in the Suspense/Thriller Category. 

May you read well and often

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ami Blackwelder, Author of Dumah's Demons, Chats About The AngelFire Chronicles and Its Latest Installment

I would very much like to welcome Ami Blackwelder, author of the young adult Paranormal Thriller, Dumah's Demons. Ms. Blackwelder was nice enough to answer some questions for me about her young adult Paranormal Series The AngelFire Chronicles, and its latest installment Dumah's Demons. Thank you so much for stopping by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Ms. Blackwelder, and I wish you all the best now and in the future!

Meet Ami Blackwelder

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and traveled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand in her thirties.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

Synopsis of Dumah's Demons

The story of Dumah, Kian’s sister and how she becomes a Dark Angel. The reader will better understand Dameon and Kian through this story which is told through the eyes of Dumah.

Follow her story as she and Kian fight to survive on the streets of Manhattan and see how one event changes both of their lives forever, driving her toward darkness of the Dark Angels and Kian toward the AngelFire protectors.

If you've read
She Speaks to Angels this is a great way to understand the motives of Dameon, Kian and Dumah. Dumah is found in Falling Angels, the sequel to be released April 2014.

Coming to Amazon on March 2, 2014!

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: First of all Ms. Blackwelder, where in the chronology of the AngelFire Chronicles does Dumah's Demons fall?

Ami Blackwelder: This novella is an accompaniment to the AngelFire Chronicles and is best read after reading She Speaks to Angels. I only say this because there are two spoilers in it if you have not read She Speaks to Angels. The next book to read would be Falling Angels where we see more of Dumah’s character.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: Did something or someone in your own life serve as inspiration for either the plot or certain characters in Dumah's Demons?

Ami Blackwelder: Well, I think as a writer you always bring your own emotions and life experiences so I’d have to say, yes. But then again there is not one event that solely defines this story or the characters, it is an accumulation of events and people I’ve known.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: I enjoy reading quite a lot of young adult paranormal or fantasy novels, but I admit that you are a new author to me. In your opinion, what would draw a new reader to your books?

Ami Blackwelder: I have always been told my stories are original. I hear readers say they’ve never read anything quite like my stories, that they always have several twists they were not expecting and once they get into the story they have a hard time putting them down. I have to say my stories tend to slower at first and build up the momentum. Some of later stuff just jumps right in.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: If you're able to give a 'sneak peak' at all, how do you see the AngelFire Chronicles progressing?

Ami Blackwelder: LOL, I know exactly how it progresses. What can I tell the readers and fans? Ali and Kian are in for a lot of emotional turmoil in Falling Angels. Dumah pulls them to their limits, but if you think things get bad for our main characters in Falling Angels, Dumah has a treat in store in Angel Codes and the human race gets messy.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: I noticed that you actually write five separate young adult series (I looked on Goodreads, so I might be missing one:)). Anyway, I was wondering how you manage to keep all the story lines straight? 

Ami Blackwelder: I have an elf romance saga comprised of two books. It is done. Guardians of the Gate. I have a Mers Chronicles which is comprised of two books. Book two will be out later this year. AngelFire Chronicles is made up of three books, book two and three will be released shortly. Those are for YA and Tween.

Midnight: Century of the Vampires is comprised of three books and is finished, but it is New Adult. Zombie Housewives has two books in the series, and more may follow. It too is more of a New Adult series.

My last series is Shifter Evolutions and has five books in the series currently with a sixth possibility, and a spring off series possibility after the indie film is released. This is an adult series. So, I’m really only working on the angels and then will finish the mermaid story.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: What are your future plans for writing - Do you already have your next book partially planned, or do you allow yourself a little 'down time' between books?

Ami Blackwelder: I usually go-go-go unless life gets in the way which it often does and I have to slow down to get some other stuff done. However, I do take down-time. Like now I’m in Chan Mai, Thailand and will be going into Cambodia. I do a lot of traveling or outdoors stuff for getting into different gears.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: Who are your favorite authors and do you have any favorite genres that you like to read?

Ami Blackwelder: I like literature and dystopia. Hemingway, Jane Austen, Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. Loved Dr. Zhivago, but damn those sad endings.

May you read well and often

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blog Tour For Seeing Green by Annabel Hertz From April 18, 2014 to April 30, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Annabel Hertz will be touring the blogosphere to promote her debut Historical Fiction novel Seeing Green. This virtual book tour is being hosted by JKS Communications and will last from April 18, 2014 to April 30, 2014!

Seeing Green Blog Tour Information:

 Meet Annabel Hertz

Annabel Hertz is an ardent fan of international and US Presidential politics, and fiction with unconventional protagonists. Seeing Green is her first novel and, like the story’s protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on avocados and espresso. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Arch Institute and has over a decade in leadership and consultant roles with international NGOs - primarily in the areas of environment, development, and security. More recently, she was adjunct professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and Global Governance Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Annabel holds a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, a MA from California State University, and a BA from the University of California, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in International Relations at American University.

Connect and Socialize with Annabel!

About Seeing Green:

Described as a “timely, energetic and witty” story of a young woman “on a mission to puncture the stasis of Reagan-Bush environmental policy” (Book Review, Huffington Post, 04/04/2012), Seeing Green pays homage to the DC scene, international---and office---politics, and idealism. The novel also explores the rocky and rewarding terrain of family and personal relationships from the perspective of a multicultural protagonist in “a felicitously fast-moving, tightly organized narrative” (Amazon book review).

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Seeing Green Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

The Week of April 20 - 
Q&A Feature with The Page Turners Book Club
April 21 - Interview at Literary Lunes
April 21 - Guest Post at Obsessed with Progress
April 23 - Author Interview at The Pen Muse
April 25 - Review at Calamus
April 25 - Spotlight and Promotional Giveaway at Gina’s Library
April 26 - Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
April 27 - Review at The Reading Room
April 28 - Guest Post at Great Minds Think Aloud
April 30 - Guest Post Feature at Historical Fiction Obsession
May 1 - Review at Jorie Loves a Story Review
May 3 - Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
May 15 - Review and Promotional Giveaway at Books R Us
May 30 - Guest Post at Dear Teen Me
Also on the Tour - Review at Miki’s Hope
Also on the Tour - Review at Little Miss Train Wreck
Also on the Tour - Review at Reader’s Favorite
Also on the Tour - Review at The Bookish Foodie Reviews

May you read well and often

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog Tour For Mind Games: A Cassie Scot Novel by Christine Amsden From April 15, 2014 to July 15, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Christine Amsden will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Paranormal Mystery Mind Games - Book 3 in her Cassie Scot Series. This virtual book tour is being hosted by the author herself and will last from April 15, to July 15, 2014!

Ms. Amsden is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of her Blog Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Mind Games Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

Connect and Socialize with Christine!

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About Mind Games:

Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Christine Amsden is giving away an Awesome $100 Amazon Giftcard!

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Mind Games Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

Monday, April 14 - Live Radio Show at Other Worlds of Romance: 11:00 pm EST/ 10:00 pm CST: I will be reading an excerpt from Mind Games
Tuesday, April 15 (ebook release) - Book Review at KT Book Reviews
Tuesday, April 15 - Book Review at Blogcritics
Wednesday, April 16 - Special Release Day Party and Giveaway at Bitten by Books
Thursday, April 17 - Book Review at Biblio Belles
Thursday, April 17 - Guest Post at The Reading Addict
Friday, April 18 - Book Review at Literally Jen
Friday, April 18 - Guest Post at Miki’s Hope
Monday, April 21 - Book Review at The Book Junkie
Tuesday, April 22 - Book Review at RhythemPoets
Tuesday, April 22 - Interview at KT Book Reviews
Wednesday, April 23 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Wednesday, April 23 - Guest Post at The Book Junkie
Thursday, April 24 - Book Review at Books, Books, and More Books
Thursday, April 24 - Interview or Guest Post at Tanya’s Book Nook
Friday, April 25 - Guest Post at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, April 25 - Guest Post at Literally Jen
Monday, April 28 - Book Review at The Magnolia Blossom
Monday, April 28 - Interview at The Magnolia Blossom
Tuesday, April 29 - Book Review at Pure Jonel Book Reviews
Tuesday, April 29 - Guest post at Literal Hotties
Wednesday, April 30 - Book Review at My Life on the Crazy List
Wednesday, April 30 - Guest Post at Murder By 4
Thursday, May 1 - Book Review at Pink Fluffy Hearts
Friday, May 2 - Book Review at Lissette E. Manning
Friday, May 2 - Guest Post at The Avid Reader
Monday, May 5 - Book Review at Read Books and Live Green
Monday, May 5 - Guest post at Parsimonious Pash
Tuesday, May 6 - Book Review at Once Upon a YA Book
Wednesday, May 7 - Book Review at The Avid Reader
Wednesday, May 7 - Guest Post at Books Direct
Thursday, May 8 - Book Review at D. E. Haggerty
Thursday, May 8 - Guest Post at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Friday, May 9 - Book Review at Cassandra Lost in Books
Friday, May 9 - Interview at Savvy Authors
Saturday, May 10 - Interview at Genuine Jen
Monday, May 12 - Book Review at Zili in the Sky
Monday, May 12 - Interview at RhythemPoets
Tuesday, May 13 - Book Review at Genuine Jen
Wednesday, May 14 - Interview at Chapter Break
Thursday, May 15 - Book Review at Cruising Susan Book Reviews
Thursday, May 15 - Interview at Read Books and Live Green
Friday, May 16 - Book Review at The Book Review
Monday, May 19 - Character Interview at The Book Review
Tuesday, May 20 - Book Review at The Real World According To Sam
Tuesday, May 20 - Interview at Once Upon a YA Book
Wednesday, May 21 - Book Review at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, May 21 - Guest Post at Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
Thursday, May 22 - Book Review at All in One Place
Friday, May 23 - Book Review at Books Are Love
Friday, May 23 - Interview or Guest Post at The Real World According To Sam
Monday, June 2 - Book Review at Alaskan Book Cafe
Monday, June 2 - Book Review at Sheila Deeth
Monday, June 2 - Book Review of Secrets and Lies (Book 2) at Wall to Wall Books
Tuesday, June 3 - Book Review at Booker Like a Hooker
Wednesday, June 4 - Book Review at The Canon
Thursday, June 5 - Book Review at Parsimonious Pash
Thursday, June 5 - Guest Post at All in One Place
Friday, June 6 - Book Review at Little Miss Drama Queen
Sunday, June 8 - BlogTalk Radio Live with Back Porch Writer: The Trouble with Gods (5:30 CST)
Monday, June 9 - Book Review at Wall to Wall Books
Monday, June 9 - Guest post at Sheila Deeth
Tuesday, June 10 - Book Review at Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
Tuesday, June 10 - Guest Post at Gin’s Book Notes
Wednesday, June 11 - Book Review at Shah Wharton
Wednesday, June 11 - Guest post at The Story of a Writer
Thursday, June 12 - Book Review at Short and Sweet Reviews
Friday, June 13 - Book Review at Bound 4 Escape
Friday, June 13 - Top Ten List at Short and Sweet Reviews
Monday, June 16 - Book Review at The Reading Addict
Monday, June 16 - Guest Post at Little Miss Drama Queen
Tuesday, June 17 - Book Review at Hide the Matches
Tuesday, June 17 - Book Review at Rogue Reviews
Wednesday, June 18 - Book Review at The Story of a Writer
Wednesday, June 18 - Interview at Shah Wharton
Thursday, June 19 - Guest Post at Book Bliss
Friday, June 20 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Friday, June 20 - Interview at Hide the Matches
Friday, June 20 - Interview at Rogue Reviews
Monday, June 23 - Book Review at Book Bliss
Monday, June 23 - Special Promotion Event at Kay Dee Royal
Tuesday, June 24 - Book Review: D’eBook Sharing Book Reviews
Tuesday, June 24 - Special Promotion Event at Kay Dee Royal
Wednesday, June 25 - Book Review at Gin’s Book Notes
Wednesday, June 25 - Special Promotion Event at Kay Dee Royal
Thursday, June 26 - Book Review at Tanya’s Book Nook
Thursday, June 26 - Special Promotion Event at Kay Dee Royal
Friday, June 27 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, June 27 - Special Promotion Event at Kay Dee Royal
Monday, June 30 - Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Tuesday, July 1 - Book Review at Desert Rose
Tuesday, July 1 - Guest Post at D’eBook Sharing Book Reviews
Wednesday, July 2 - Book Review at Chapter Break
Thursday, July 3 - Interview at Desert Rose
Monday. July 7 - Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf
Monday. July 7 - Guest Post at Pure Jonel Book Reviews
Tuesday, July 8 - Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, July 9 - Book Review at Lovely Reads
Wednesday, July 9 - Interview or Guest Post at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, July 10 - Book Review at A Little Bit of R and R
Thursday, July 10 - Guest Post at Whispering Wind Book Reviews
Friday, July 11 - Book Review: Whispering Wind Book Reviews
Monday, July 14 - Book Review at Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, July 15 - Book Review at Fallen Over Books Reviews
May you read well and often

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our Library Visit For April

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Wednesday? I'm doing just fine. :) Last week, Mom and I discussed whether we could fit in a visit to our local library - to raid the perpetual book sale! LOL! :)

Well, today was the day and it turned out absolutely wonderfully! We spent about an hour and a half - from 1:45 P. M. to 3:30 P. M. - at the library, and stopped to get tuna subs from Subway.

Between us, we bought 15 hardcovers, 12 paperbacks and 1 jigsaw puzzle . We spent a whopping $15 for a total of 27 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

At the moment, I'm reading Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith - which I actually started on Monday, March 31st! I've just started Chapter 4! :)

May you read well and often