Showing posts from November, 2011

S. R. Johannes, Author of Untraceable Chats About Contemporary Thrillers in the Young Adult Genre

I would very much like to welcome S. R. Johannes, author of the new young adult contemporary thriller, Untraceable, due out on November 29th, 2011. Ms. Johannes was nice enough to answer a few questions for me about her book, her reading tastes and the contemporary thriller genre. Thank you so much for stopping by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Ms. Johannes, and I wish you all the best with Untraceable

Meet S. R. Johannes: 
When Shelli was younger, she spent all her time outdoors, hiking, camping and living the Girl Scout Way. Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America. Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business,, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
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Chill Run Contest hosted by the author, Russell Brooks

Hello everyone and welcome to Emeraldfire's Bookmark's Contest Corner. :) I just wanted to mention that Mr. Brooks is going to be hosting a giveaway for a FREE COPY of the Chill Run Ebook on his blog and Youtube. For the rest of the post, I am going to let Mr. Brooks explain the rules of the contest:

1. Every person that leaves a comment with their email address (Important) is automatically entered in the draw.

2. To be sure that the contest is fair and impartial, Clinton (my cat) will select the 10 winners for a free eBook copy of Chill Run.

The contest will run from Sunday November 27, 2011 to Wednesday November 30, 2011 at 8 PM EST. The winners will be announced via my blog and my page on YouTube the same evening.

Good luck everyone! :)

May you read well and often

Sunday Salon

Hello again, everyone and happy Sunday to you all. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving as we both did with family or friends and are all prepared as we fall headlong into the Holiday Season. :) I have banned myself from hearing Christmas songs until December 1st. :)

Anyway, I wanted to say that I have two new reviews coming up this week. Please look out for a review of Untraceableby Shelli Wells coming out on November 29th. Ms. Wells was wonderful enough to answer a few questions for me this week so look for an author interview coming up soon. Also, look out for a review of Chill Runby Russell Brooks coming out on December 1st. Mr. Brooks has a contest of some type going on involving Chill Run. It starts today and lasts until November 30th. I haven't read the email that he sent me yet, but will post about it later. For those of you who had followed the original Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Rosefire had read Unsavory Delicaciesalso by Russell Brooks. She really enjoyed it.

Have a Truly Blessed Thanksgiving!

To all our online and offline friends may you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends! We are blessed with happiness, health and enough "wealth" for our needs and wants ourselves. We bask in the love of each other, our extended family, our lovely kitties and our truly dear friends. We are going to settle down to a meal of ham, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, brussell sprouts, peaches and pears for dessert later on in the day. We are also going to watch the movie Julie and Julia as well.

I want to thank all the American service members as well. May you all have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving around the world. Have a wonderful day!

May you read well and often

Sunday Salon

Hello Everyone! Happy Sunday to you all and I must say that I have felt marooned being cut off from Internet access for a while. I am restarting, for myself, The Sunday Salon. Welcome again, Everyone!
First of all, a hearty welcome to all my followers and readers it's been a while. If you don't mind me explaining what happened to me for the past two weeks I will. Long story short, my computer hard drive crashed so I had to get a new computer. I needed wireless access and luckily I have an Internet savvy friend who was able to help me out of the goodness of her heart. Actually, her son hooked me up to the Internet finally, so I wanted to give a big shout-out to Lisa and Austin. Thanks so much, guys! :)
What also happened was that my blog went down as well. So I had to set up a whole new blog for myself. I'm afraid that I might have ticked off some of my virtual tour guides. I'm so sorry to you all! But I am back in "business" and as soon as I learn how to back …

Amanda Dickson, Author of A Gentle Thief Chats about Writing About Characters Who Capture the Imagination

Meet Amanda Dickson:
Amanda Dickson is a radio announcer, author, newspaper columnist and speaker based in Salt Lake City. Amanda earned her B.A. in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah. She practiced law for a brief time before returning to her first love of radio. Amanda taught Mass Communication Law at the University of Utah, becoming a favorite professor among the students. Amanda published her first book in the fall of 2007, Wake Up to a Happier Life. Her second book, Change It Up, came out in October of 2009. Her new book, Friends For Life, is due out in January of 2012. Amanda is married and the step-mother of three children. She is also the indulgent mother of two children.

Synopsis from Media Guests: Maddie Johnson loved Shakespeare. Unlike everybody else she knew growing up, she seemed to understand him, enjoy him, more with every reading. It was partly because of this love that she drove from her home in rural Pennsylvania to college at Southern Utah Uni…

Nova Sparks, Author of The Dome Chats about World Building

Meet Nova Sparks:
I love romance/paranormal urban fantasies. I write about real life situations in a fiction world.

Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you knew the exact date and time the world will end, what would you do? Sam Tucker was faced with that dilemma when he began getting visions of the Earth's demise. Luckily for him, he was able to save his family and as many people as he could before the tragic event occurred, and he did so with the help of unknown visitors. With Earth now destroyed, Sam, his family and thousands of other lucky survivors must live the rest of their lives on a faraway planet in a Dome that simulates life on Earth. But Sam's mind can't seem to rest as a few questions arise. Why did the aliens save them? How did they know about Earth's sure fate? And exactly what are they hiding?
Emma Tucker begged for an escape from her boring life but never in a million years did she think it would come at the destruction of Earth. Living on a new planet and…

Reinstating my Blog

Hello to you all. I'm very happy to be back online after a forced time away. We are still ourselves: Emeraldfire is Mareena McGirr and Rosefire is her mother Mary McGirr. The problem was multifold. My computer crashed, taking my whole online profile down along with it. Blog was gone, contacts were gone and I now have to basically recreate Emeraldfire's Bookmark all the way from scratch. Thanks so much for your patience and kindness as I try to do this Herculean task basically on my own. :)

I will be slowly reposting all my reviews and my mom's reviews on this site and hope that you will continue to enjoy reading my thoughts and feelings on the books that I read all the time. In case you were wondering what my new blog address means; I am happily owned by three adorable eight-year-old rescue cats: Ruby, Leila and Lollipop. Affectionately known as "Ruby and the Twins"! :) Thanks so much!

May you read well and often

Alyssa K. Harrell and Marlene Siegal, DVM - Demi and the Dolphins: A Lesson in Ecology

26. Demi and the Dolphins: A Lesson in Ecology by Alyssa K. Harrell and Marlene Siegal, DVM (2011) Length: 108 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction Started: 13 November 2011 Finished: 14 November 2011 Where did it come from? Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book to read. How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 October 2011. Why do I have it? I have always considered myself an animal lover with a special love for dolphins.
Captain Demi is the youngest tuna boat captain ever. She is smart, stubborn and as such willing to break the laws protecting dolphins from tuna fishing nets on the ocean. Demi's mind and heart is changed due to the intervention of the mythical god Neptune who turns her into a dolphin so that she can see life from the sea creatures perspective.
I really enjoyed this story written by a ten year old animal lover. It is a wonderful opening lesson on ecology. I give it an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Ann McGovern - Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

25. Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest by Ann McGovern (1968)
Length: 128 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started/Finished: 12 November 2011
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 15 December 2010
Why do I have it? I've always had an interest in the Robin Hood legend.

I know that this is a children's book but I truly enjoy all tellings of the Robin Hood story. This book was full of adventure and even though it was written in 1968, it still held my attention and was riveting. I give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Andrew Friedman - Say Not What If

24. Say Not What if by Andrew Friedman (2011)
Length: 51 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 11 November 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Andrew for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 November 2011.
Why do I have it? I do really like short stories but I haven't read much lyrical poetry.

This is a 10,000 word rhyming poem on the importance of time, and living for the now the best you can. It also discusses the morality of the death penalty as well. A man is given the death penalty after murdering a ten-year-old girl. He has spent his life overworking at his job, ignoring his wife and generally living the good life for himself. Fate allows him to witness the outcome of his actions in murdering the little girl - the lives and possibilities that he ruined by his vile act. 

I, myself, am neither for nor against the death penalty but can certainly understand the feelings of victims of violent crimes who believe that the…