Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Blast Blog Tour For The Howling Heart by April Bostic From August 5, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that April Bostic will be touring the blogosphere to promote her paranormal romance The Howling Heart. This is April's first Book Blast with Pump up Your Book! April will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Bostic is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash 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!

The Howling Heart Book Blast Information:

Meet April Bostic

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled A Rose to the Fallen. Her first short story, Right Here, Right Now, released in January 2012 is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled Eros, My Love, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled Love Addiction. After five years, she released her second novel The Howling Heart, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods.

Visit her website at www.AprilBostic.com.

About The Howling Heart:

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River. Soon she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 12th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack. Now she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

April Bostic and Pump up Your Book is giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash!

Terms and Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins August 5 and ends August 30.
  • Winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST August 30, 2013.
  • Winner has 24 hours to reply.
  • Each blogger who participates in this promotion is eligible to win.
  • Visit each “stop” daily for more entries.
If you would like to participate in this cover reveal, email Dorothy at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com. What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments for your blog, too! Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!



The Howling Heart Book Blast Tour Information:




Monday, August 5 - Midnight Thrillers
Monday, August 5 – Freda’s Voice
Tuesday, August 6 – Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
Tuesday, August 6 - Dr. Pepper Diva
Wednesday, August 7 – Maureen’s Musings
Wednesday, August 7 – Books R Us
Thursday, August 8 – Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, August 8 – Margay Leah Justice
Friday, August 9 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Friday, August 9 – Nightly Reading
Monday, August 12 – Shhh…Not While I’m Reading
Tuesday, August 13 – Inside BJ’s Head
Wednesday, August 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, August 14 – Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, August 15 – Alana Munro
Friday, August 16 – Darlene’s Book Nook
Monday, August 19 – Literary Winner
Tuesday, August 20 – Books Thoughts and a Few Adventures
Wednesday, August 21 – The Writer’s Life
Thursday, August 22 – My Cozie Corner
Friday, August 23 – Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, August 23 – Book Reviews by Dee
Monday, August 26 – Cindy’s Love of Books
Monday, August 26 – The Road to Here
Tuesday, August 27 – Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, August 28 – Reader Girls Blog
Thursday, August 29 – Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, August 30 – Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, August 30 – Must Read Faster

May you read well and often

Monday, February 25, 2013

Introducing Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Meet Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Romance Author.

Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

Connect and Socialize With Mimi!


Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (2013)
Length: 367 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookish and IndieBound!

Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? Blurb:

The Determined Vampire: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesies he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.

An Unwilling Bride: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.

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Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? Excerpt:

Helena’s tense body swooned when the force of his lips met hers. He pulled her greedily into his hard frame and moved his strong hands to grip her waist. It felt like he had claimed her as his personal prize. It felt euphoric. Owned by a sex god!

Wait! What the hell am I doing? She broke the kiss and pushed him away again. “This is insane. I don’t know who you are or how I got here, but you have to let me go. You have the wrong person.”

He smiled devilishly. “Afraid not, my dear Helena. Fate has united us.” Helena raised her brow in question.

“However, you are correct, bella. This is insanity. And as much as I would like to show you the depths of my lunacy - and the things it is asking me to do to your succulent body at this very moment - we must go. Before they come for me.”

That sounded ominous. “Who are ‘they’?” Wait. Did she want to know?

“It is forbidden to speak of such things to a human, but I vow the day will come when there will be no secrets between us.” The naked warrior held out his hand. “Come, mio cuore.”

Helena shivered. Something about that explanation left her feeling substantially more terrified. Why couldn’t humans know? And what exactly was he? If the scientist in her had no answers, then better not stick around to find out.

Helena nodded. She took his hand - it was cool to the touch, yet heated her skin at the same time - and followed him through the chamber toward the doorway. As they reached the passage, Helena nonchalantly dipped down and grabbed a golden statue. It reminded her of an Oscar. In fact, she could swear there was an inscription on its base. 

Sally Field? Too dark to know for certain.

She quickly jumped and struck Niccolo in the back of his head with all her strength. He stumbled to the side. She squeezed past him down the passage. The moment she burst from the temple into the night, the stupidity of her plan hit home. How far could she get?

At least he was barefoot, bare everything - sigh - and she still had on her low-tops. That might give her the advantage. Question was, would she find her way back to civilization? She had to try.

Helena pushed frantically with her hands through rough branches and vines. They lashed at her face and scratched her arms and legs. She ran straight into a tree trunk.

She cupped her nose. Ow! That hurt!

Thankfully, it wasn’t broken.

She slid around the enormous tree, panting and sweating. She continued on with her hands extended, wondering if running through the jungle, unable to see a g*******d thing, was actually more dangerous than trying her luck with that man. Were there any cliffs around here?

Helena tripped and landed on her knees, reopening the cut. “Son of a - ” She cupped her hands over her mouth. She quickly picked herself up and slammed right into something hard again. Another tree? She probed hesitantly with her hands.

Nope. Not a tree.

“Well, well…What have we here?” said a deep, unfamiliar voice.
Helena screamed.

Two steel hands grasped her shoulders. “Hush, hush, now…” The voice was low and menacing.

She couldn’t see so much as an outline of a body or face. “Who the hell are you?”

“I go by Rodrigo. You may call me ‘Lucky.’ It’s been eons since I’ve dined on such a pure Forbidden, and your fresh blood smells…” - he paused and inhaled deeply - “divine.”

Yes. Running away had been a bad choice. Helena kicked and fought, but whatever held her was a thousand times stronger. She suddenly felt his hot tongue run down her neck.
“Ummm. Delicious.”

He tasted her? Holy s**t! “Let me go!” Helena shrieked. The man wrapped his unyielding arms around her waist and crushed her into his body.

“Release her, Rodrigo.” Niccolo’s deep voice sliced through the night like a welcome knife. “Or I 
will rip out your entrails and force you to swallow them. Repeatedly.”

Rodrigo froze, but did not loosen his painful grip on her body. Like a caveman trying to hold on to a drumstick, she thought.

“So, the anonymous tip was right.” Rodrigo’s voice was filled with arrogance. “You’re just the vampire we’ve been looking for.”

Vampire? Did he just say “vampire”? Helena’s frazzled body took what little energy it had left to resist fainting. She shook her head.

“And, let me compliment your fashionable attire, my friend. Is naked the new black?” said Rodrigo.

Apparently, the two men could see each other. That figures; all monsters can see in the dark.

“I am uncertain of what happened to the old black while I have been indisposed,” Niccolo replied flatly. “But I have no interest in indulging your urges to discuss my legendary body. I do, however, want you to let my woman go.”

My woman?
 
May you read well and often

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blog Tour For Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler From August 5, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Michael J. Bowler will be touring the blogosphere to promote his edgy Young Adult novel Children of the Knight. This is Michael's second virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Children of the Knight Blog Tour Information:

Meet Michael J. Bowler

Michael Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in San Rafael, California.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production and a second master’s in Special Education. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.”

A Boy and His Dragon, published in 2011, is an urban fantasy about a lonely boy in 1970 who discovers both a living dragon and his own true nature, a nature that makes him the most dangerous boy on earth.

A Matter of Time, a Silver Award winner from Reader’s Favorite, was published in 2012. It is a real-world-grounded story of an almost impossible loop in time that leads to undying love and unforgettable heartache.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys over 29 years with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles for 28 years. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

Children of the Knight, his most current novel, is likely to be controversial in its themes and conclusions. Those children society tends to reject or ignore or abuse or marginalize, who come in all shapes and sizes – black and white and brown and Asian and Pacific Islander and gang affiliated and gay and straight and those who are confused about their sexuality – are the subject of this book, and the story depicts an adult society that tells these kids, in various ways, that they are of no real value.

You can visit Michael’s website at www.michaeljbowler.com.

Connect and Socialize with Michael!


About Children of the Knight:

According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles?

This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.

With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and the children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.

Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.

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Children of the Knight Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, August 5 - Book Featured at Examiner
Monday, August 5 - Character Guest Post at Inside BJ’s Head
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Review at My Cozy Corner
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Review & Guest Blogging at Reader Girls
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Review at Day By Day In Our World
Wednesday, August 7 - Guest Blogging at Day by Day In Our World
Wednesday, August 7 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
Thursday, August 8 - Interview at Blogcritics
Thursday, August 8 -Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Friday, August 9 - Book Review at Must Read Faster
Monday, August 12 - Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice
Monday, August 12 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, August 13 - Book Review at My Book Addiction Reviews
Tuesday, August 13 - Guest Blogging at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, August 14 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, August 15 - Character Guest Post at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Friday, August 16 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, August 19 - Book Review at Naturally Kim B
Tuesday, August 20 - Book Featured at A Room Without Books is Empty
Wednesday, August 21 - Character Guest Post at Moonlight Lace and Mayhem
Thursday, August 22 - Book Featured at Bookworm Lisa
Friday, August 23 - Guest Blogging at Workaday Reads
Monday, August 26 - Book Featured at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Tuesday, August 27 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, August 29 - Guest Blogging at Sweet Southern Home
Friday, August 30 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

Children of the Knight Excerpt:

Once upon a time in the City of Angels, chaos was king, and carelessness ruled. Street gangs roamed the city. Politicians bettered their own lives, not those of the people they were elected to serve. Police corruption ran rampant through Rampart and other crime-ridden districts. Neighborhoods declined to slum-like conditions. The Los Angeles school system stumbled headlong down the road to total Armageddon. And the most victimized segment of the populace?
The children. The teens. The next generation.

Limited choices and often abusive or neglectful home lives forced hundreds, if not thousands of children, into the streets to join gangs, turn tricks, do drugs, sell drugs, drop out of school, get arrested and sent to prison for life, and in all ways subjugate their goodness in the name of survival.
All hope seemed lost. Until the mysterious ‘tag’ appeared throughout the city, spray-painted on walls and over graffiti, obliterating gang markings without mercy, without favoritism, with impunity.
A ‘tag’ that became the symbol of a revolution.

Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles had become a flashpoint for immigrant traffic and gang warfare as far back as anyone could recall. The gangs usually clashed over turf or drugs.

Tonight it was about disrespect.

LAPD officers fought to contain the brawling, screaming gang members, firing rubber bullets, banging heads with nightsticks, slapping cuffs on tattooed wrists. These rival Latino factions from different neighborhoods clashed often, especially on this street, a dividing line between the two hoods.

Scrawled on the wall behind the brawling youths and struggling cops were various gang monikers and names, indicating the back and forth struggle for control of the area. Above all these, written in beautifully articulated lettering and accompanied by the drawing of a dove flying over a rainbow, and partially scribbled over by graffiti, was painted: "Pray for Peace in the Barrio."

Anarchy reigned as cops in riot gear struggled to apprehend the fighting youths, while other gang members ran helter skelter between numerous police and local news media vehicles attempting to escape the police cordon. The news cameras rolled, taking in every violent moment while the flashing red lights of police and paramedic vehicles cast a dramatic strobe-light effect over the scene.

As the situation slowly settled into containment, with most gang members either restrained or dashing off into the darkness, the last two boys were roughly pulled apart by four cops. These two boys fought so furiously that two officers were required for each boy to keep them from killing one another.

May you read well and often

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Susan Hill - The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

8. The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill (1983)
Length: 164 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 11 February 2013
Finished: 20 February 2013
Where did it come from? I downloaded this ebook from Amazon back in January of 2012 and then I acquired a physical copy from a Library Book Sale.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 January 2012 as an ebook; Since 3 February 2013 as a physical book.
Why do I have it? I like horror and Susan Hill is a new author for me.

Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to the town of Crythin Gifford - deep in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. He comes to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow's house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and cloaked in mystery, however Arthur is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind Eel Marsh House's sheltered windows.

The routine business trip Arthur anticipated upon his arrival quickly takes a horrifying turn. He glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral and a creeping sense of dread begins to take hold within him. His sense of dread increases exponentially when he questions the townspeople about the mysterious young woman's identity and is met by walls of silence and deep, abject terror. That people know something of the young woman's purpose but refuse to say anything about it, is obvious and very perplexing to Arthur. As he sorts through Mrs. Drablow's papers, Arthur is continually haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and apparitions - a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap in trouble, and a child's terrified scream in the fog.

I loved this book! I had actually bought myself an ebook copy of this book from Amazon back in January of 2012, but was searching everywhere for a physical copy of my very own! :) I do enjoy reading ebooks, and I have an Amazon Kindle that I use a lot, however I find that I prefer actually holding a book and turning the pages from time to time. The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill was rather hard to obtain a copy of, but at the Library Book Sale that mom and I went to on February 2nd, I grabbed this book off the shelf and bought it. My mom read the book first and then I took it to read next. 

I give this book an A+! and was pleasantly surprised when a back ordered copy of the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe came in the mail. Now mom and I want to watch the movie whenever we can - I hope that the movie does the book justice.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Monday, February 18, 2013

Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Author of Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House Chats About the Inspiration For Both Stories

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. I began writing novels at 21, over forty years ago now, and have had seventeen (ten romantic horror, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and two murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press and Amazon Kindle Direct.

I’ve been married to Russell for almost thirty-five years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha, live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.

Her published novels and short stories:

Evil Stalks the Night (Leisure, 1984; Damnation Books, 2012)
The Heart of the Rose (Leisure, 1985; Eternal Press Author’s Revised Edition 2010)
Blood Forge (Leisure, 1989; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition, 2012)
Vampire Blood (Zebra, 1991; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition, 2011)
The Last Vampire (Zebra, 1992; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition 2010)
Witches (Zebra, 1993; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition 2011)
The Nameless One (short story in 1993 Zebra Anthology Dark Seductions; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition, 2011)
The Calling (Zebra, 1994; Damnation Books Author’s Revised Edition, 2011)
All Things Slip Away (Avalon Books Murder Mystery, 2006…Amazon Kindle Direct ebook & paperback 2013)
Egyptian Heart (The Wild Rose Press, 2007; Author’s Revised Edition, Eternal Press 2011)
Winter’s Journey (The Wild Rose Press, 2008; Author’s Revised Edition, Eternal Press 2011)
The Ice Bridge (The Wild Rose Press, 2008; Author’s Revised Edition, Eternal Press 2011)
Don’t Look Back, Agnes novella & bonus short story: In This House (2008; ghostly romantic short story out; Eternal Press 2012)
BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons (Damnation Books 2010)
The Woman in Crimson (Eternal Press 2010)
The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction)
4 Spooky Short Stories (Amazon Kindle 2012)
Telling Tales of Terror (I did the chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction)
Dinosaur Lake (from Amazon Kindle Direct 2012)
Human No Longer (Amazon Kindle 2013)
Scraps of Paper – Revised Author’s Edition (Avalon Books Murder Mystery, 2003; Amazon Kindle ebook 2013)

Find the Original Self made Book Trailers for many of Kathryn Meyer Griffith's books on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/kathrynmeyergriffith

Synopsis from Shelfari: Two short works by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. Don't Look Back Agnes: Agnes Michaels is coming home. Home to her childhood town of Fairfield and the house her father lovingly built for her mother. A house surrounded by the woods where Agnes' two childhood friends and her boyfriend, Tyler, were all murdered twenty summers ago when she was just seventeen. She was the only one who escaped, but not without emotional and physical scars. Agnes knows that the woods and the evil entity that lives in it have been waiting for her all these years but she has no choice but to return to Fairfield and her mother's house when her mother falls very ill and needs her care. Agnes can no longer avoid her destiny. Because the killings have begun again and she's the only one who can stop them. And with the help of a new friend and Tyler's ghost, she'll defeat the evil and save another child's life. 

In This House: Bernard and Althea have lived their whole lives in the neighborhood, in the same house and have grown old there. But Deer Run's lead smelter plant has been buying out the houses around them because of lead contamination fears and now the lots are empty weeds and only their house remains. Their neighbors are gone. They're alone. Althea's been sick and Bernard cares for her even as he remembers how lovely she once was, all the friends they once had and all the good times they enjoyed when they were young. He loves her and he'll never leave her. They'll never leave their home. But they can't stop time and they're only waiting for their lonely daughter, Jenny, to make one last visit so they can say goodbye to her and introduce her to the man they know she's meant to be with...then they can leave this earth happy.


Coming to Amazon on 6 January 2012! 

I would like to welcome Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Griffith was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'The Story Behind Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House: More Backstories'
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith


The older I get, the more I like to reminisce and write about what I’m going through at any particular time. I guess it’s an age thing. So many of my stories and novels come about because of what I’m actually experiencing in my real life. Not all, but some.

But my novella, Don't Look Back, Agnes is definitely one such story.

At the end of 1998 my beloved father, the very heart (along with my mother’s mother, Grandmother Fehrt, who was also much loved) of my large family, passed away after a short but heartbreaking battle with lung cancer. He’d been a cigarette smoker his whole life so it wasn’t a complete shock that it ended up killing him. Yet the suddenness and the swiftness of his departure devastated my six siblings, my mother, grandmother, and me. It was a very dark time for us.

To complicate the matter, my brothers and sisters, myself included, were in our forties and working hard at our lives, our families and jobs, but my grandmother and mother were left living alone together and neither one drove; so both needed constant care and attention. My grandmother was in her eighties and my mother in her late sixties; though my grandmother was fairly healthy (she was spunky lady, with a zest for life, who’d emigrated from Austria as a child) my mother was already in a wheelchair, crippled from bad ankle surgeries, debilitating osteoarthritis and a host of heart related problems.

The first thing the family had to do was move them into town, nearer to some of us, and out of the country where they’d been living in the new sprawling house my father had built them just the year before. It was too hard caring for them way out there and the house was too big, too expensive. Boy, that was fun. They had so much stuff, so many memories to dispose of and cry over. We settled them in a small ranch house in town and life went on. Or tried to.

Now, I loved my mother and grandmother dearly but taking care of them was often difficult. Each needed concentrated care, love, endless visits to the doctor, prescriptions filled and, as time went on, housekeeping and grocery shopping help–and finally, someone to do their bills, my mother becoming too disoriented and sick to any longer do any of those chores. For a long time, years, my grandmother stepped up, even at her age, and became my mother’s constant nurse and helper. Their two Social Security checks combined were just enough for them to live on. It was a thin line they had to tread and we tried to help them every step of the way.

So, with love, sometimes desperation, and some bickering every so often between us siblings as to who would do what when, we took care of them and their whole household, their house. There were many late night runs to hospital emergency rooms, or long stays, and rehab centers for my mother, who steadily over the next nine years grew worse. By the end of 2005 it seemed we were always at the hospital with mom or grandma. My mom had her heart troubles, high blood pressure and medication problems, and my grandmother broke her hip. One thing after another. It was exhausting at times. Who’d ever think two sick old ladies could need so much care?

Then my grandmother got really ill and was rushed to the hospital. She needed emergency surgery and afterwards was in intensive care for a month…never recovered…then sadly joined our grandfather in the next life. We were all so brokenhearted.

That left our mother, all alone, without enough money to live on (her Social Security meager; no savings), and unable to care for herself or her three cats. Born an only child, she was a demanding sort of woman, almost childlike in her unending need for attention and devotion. She was terrified of going to a nursing home so the family did what we could to keep her in her own home as long as possible. My brother got her a reverse mortgage on her house and we all chipped in financially whenever and however we could. We fought the good fight but there came a day where mom got so sick, was rushed to the hospital so often, needed so much constant supervision, couldn’t get out of bed and some of us couldn’t lift her, that my siblings and I had to admit defeat…mom had to go into a nursing home or one of us had to move in with her, which wasn’t feasible. We were married with families and mom needed too much nursing care.

So a nursing home it was. We picked out a newly opened one in town, the nicest we could find, and the next time mom got sick we moved her into it for her recovery. Then told her the truth. The house was up for sale and the cats had been placed in new homes. I even took one, Patches (the cat in the story), because it was old and no one wanted her. My husband and I already had two cats but it was something I had to do…for mom. She really loved that cat as she’d really loved her home. But poor Patches, probably pining for her mistress and her old life, only lasted five months. I lied to my mother for months afterwards, afraid to tell her that the old cat had died (mom had always said that when Patches died, she’d die) and it tore me apart when I finally had to tell her. Mom had come to our house for a family Thanksgiving and I couldn’t hide the fact that Patches wasn’t there. Oh, that was hard. Telling her.

If anyone has ever put a parent or relative into a nursing home, they know the heartbreak it causes all around. My mother was inconsolable and my guilt was awful. But, as sick as mom had become, with so many prescriptions each day, hospital visits, and how most days she couldn’t even get out of bed or get to the bathroom, clean or feed herself…we had no choice. She stayed in that nursing home – although it was a bright cheery place with kind people running it – until she died two years later. The hardest two years of my life. I visited her often, shopped for her and kept her company. Decorated her room so it looked like a home. Brought her special lunches and little gifts. Fancy quilts and stuffed cats. It still broke my heart.

I began writing the novella, Don’t Look Back, Agnes, while she was there. A ghost story centered around a young woman who’s forced by grim circumstances into returning to her haunted, and deadly, childhood home because her mother is ill in a nursing home and needs her. Looking back now, I can see it was also my way of dealing with the nursing home guilt…of wishing for a different ending to mom’s life than what had occurred. Writing the story was my therapy. I cried all my sorrow out into those words and prayed to be forgiven for putting my mother into such a place.

Even In This House, the bonus short story included because it’s also a ghostly tale, deals with old age and the passing of all a person (or a couple in this instance) ever knew or loved as time and their lives slip away, as it must always do. At the same time I was writing the Agnes story I read an article in the newspaper about this old man who was the last resident of a neighborhood that had been systematically bought out and emptied by an iron smelter plant. He was the last one living there in the last house. He spoke of his loneliness since his wife had died; about her. Their past. It sparked the idea for In This House. Both stories deal with responsibility, sacrifice and…love. Love for a mate, for an aging parent, children, and a way of life or the loss of one’s independence that we all in the end have to relinquish in one way or another. Life’s sorrows faced with a brave smile to cover the tears.

I hope the two stories help anyone going through what I was going through in those difficult years. If they do, then the words have done their job.

Written by the author Kathryn Meyer Griffith this nineteenth day of December 2011

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All of Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s Books are also available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kathryn+Meyer+Griffith

May you read well and often

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour For Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt From August 5, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Carol Pritt will be touring the blogosphere to promote her most recent paranormal novel Deviltry Afoot. This is Carol's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Deviltry Afoot Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Carol Pritt

Carol Pritt lives in the northeast Ohio. She has a large family and enjoys reading, writing, spending time her family and pet.

She has a Associate Degree in Pre-Professional Journalism and a Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Lorain County Community College.

Deviltry Afoot is her first book.

You can visit Carol Pritt’s website at deviltryafoot.com

Connect & Socialize with Carol!


About Deviltry Afoot:

A mother’s love is a powerful force of nature.

Tina’s daughter is savagely murdered. Tina comes to know the police won’t be able to solve the crime because the answers are to be found in the supernatural realm and sets out determined to find answers herself.

Donald chose evil when he was a living being. Brought back to spirit he continues spreading terror.

As Tina explores, others come to know that something outside the norm is at work in Pendale.

Will the power of love bring light overcoming the spreading darkness?

Will Becky be able to rest in peace?

Purchase at Amazon!

Deviltry Afoot Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, August 5 - Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, August 6 - Guest Blogging at Moonlight Lace and Mayhem
Wednesday, August 7 - Interview at Examiner
Thursday, August 8 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, August 9 - Book Featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Monday, August 12 - Guest Blogging at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Tuesday, August 13 - Book Featured at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Friday, August 16 - Book Featured at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Monday, August 19 - 20 Questions with Carol Pritt at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, August 21 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, August 23 - Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
Monday, August 26 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, August 27 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, August 30 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

May you read well and often

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Introducing Accidentally in Love With...a God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Meet Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Romance Author.

Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

Connect and Socialize With Mimi!



Accidentally in Love With...a God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (2013)
Length: 416 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookish and IndieBound!

Accidentally in Love With...a God? Blurb:

Trapped for decades, a powerful god seeks freedom . . . and revenge. But the only thing that can save him is the passion of a woman's touch . . .
Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he'll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough? 
  
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Accidentally in Love With...a God? Excerpt:

With his golden face beaming, the man smiled as he stroked my sopping wet hair and cradled me against his warm, smooth chest. “I love this dream,” I said with a breathy voice, then stretched my arms above my head, gazing happily into the most striking set of luminescent, turquoise green eyes I’d ever seen.

To boot, they belonged to a breathtaking, masculine face, a face one would expect to see on the 
cover of a magazine named something like, I’m Way Too Hot To Be Your Man, or In Your DreamsHoney. 

Oh, yeah. Without a doubt, I’d topped myself this time. Sculpted cheekbones, thick dark lashes, chiseled jaw, and lips so full they had to be meant for kissing or eating something really juicy. He was way hotter than the specimen of perfection from my last dream, and bonus, he didn’t have that scary vibe. I reached up and ran my fingertip along the ridge of his hard-lined warrior nose.

“Emma, what in the name of the gods’ creation are you doing?” he scorned. “We really don’t have time for your immature little fantasies. We’re in the middle of a crisis. Do you not remember?”

I blinked and slowly moved my eyes from side to side.

Jungle? I was in the jungle. And my clothes were wet. Come to think of it, for a dream, I didn’t feel so hot. My lungs burned, my body felt like it’d been chewed up, and my head was throbbing. So aside from the perfect man with long, damp, wavy black hair holding me in his arms, none of this felt like a dream. It felt -

“Holy Mother!” I pushed myself away and rolled into the dirt, pointing in disbelief. “Wha - you -you -?”

“Ah…so eloquent as always, my sweet. It is astounding - you actually have a college degree, yet cannot find better words.” He pushed himself up off the ground.

As he rose, my heart stopped, started, and then went into overdrive. His legs and spine straightened into a towering mass of unforgiving muscles. With shoulders like a lumberjack and thick, powerful thighs, I didn’t know if I wanted to run away or climb him like a tree. He was utterly enormous. Jolly Green Giant enormous. Except, obviously, not green. More golden brown. He was a gorgeous, towering mass of golden brown perfection.

No. Definitely not a cave-dwelling, wart-infested troll. Great. Just great. Now I knew I wasn’t crazy - Guy was definitely real - but now I also knew I was in way over my head. He was gorgeous.

I stood in awe, my mouth gaping as my eyes attempted to register every rope of muscle, every capacious curve packed with power. Christ, he had to be at least seven feet tall.

“Six nine, actually,” he said, guessing my thoughts.

“This can’t be possible,” I whispered, my eyes continuing to dart up and down the length of his body, stopping right on dark trail of hair that started just below his navel and continued down, down, down to his enormous beast of a - “Oh! You’re naked.” I turned sharply, but only to stop myself from reaching out to touch it. No man could be that…that…endowed. Wow. “This can’t be happening.” I covered my face.

“Emma,” he moved behind me, placing his powerful hands on my shoulders. A jolt shivered its way through my body. 


I was wrong about the vibe. Way wrong. This man, or whatever he was, radiated hazard. He should come equipped with a set of blinking lights or flares. He was - “Bad. Very, very, bad,” I mumbled, pinching the bridge of my nose.

And pathetically, after everything that had happened, all I could think about was this naked, hard-bodied, glorious “man” who’d just permanently seared his image inside the storage compartments of my female DNA. All men, from this day forward, would have to survive a mental side-by-side comparison against him. They’d all lose.

Then a part of my brain, which was now marinating in a pool of whatever hormonal overload he’d triggered, was trying to tell me something important. It wasn’t ready to capitulate and hand over the keys to the Emma kingdom.

Ah…there it is. “Don’t touch me!” I swiveled sharply, pushing his hands from my body, pointing one angry finger in his face. “I asked you for one simple thing! One!”

The corners of his delicious lips curled as he arrogantly flipped his dark, wet hair over his bronzed shoulder. “Exactly. You asked.” He took one bold step forward, well within my personal-space bubble. Clearly, he was trying to intimidate me with his endless ripples and naked body. How sad. It was totally working, which made me even madder.

He bent down to meet my glare, his nose inches from mine. “But I didn’t agree. Did I? In fact, my exact words were, ‘I. Will. Not. Promise.’ Sharp emphasis given on the not, little girl.”

He so had this coming. I lifted my knee, thrusting squarely in his groin. The almost-seven-foot brawny male fell to his knees cupping himself.

“I am not a little girl. Emphasis on the not…"

Accidentally in Love With...a God? is Coming Soon!

May you read well and often

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blog Tour For The Magic Crystals Series by Stephen Hayes From July 1, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Stephen Hayes will be touring the blogosphere to promote his Young Adult fantasy series The Magic Crystals. This is Stephen's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from July 1, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

The Magic Crystals Series Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes lives and writes in Melbourne, Australia. Having been born partially blind in 1986 and lost his limited vision in 2000, he started writing stories at the age of eight, winning the Harold Dickinson Memorial Australian Literary Competition for a short story about a haunted house at the age of eleven. He completed his first novella in Braille at fourteen and by sixteen, had completed the first draft of The Seventh Sorcerer.

Since 2002, Stephen has allowed his imagination to run wild with The Magic Crystals saga; sometimes pushing boundaries that today’s somewhat moral society deem to sweep under the carpet. Although classified as fantasy genre due mainly to the prominent magic component, Stephen’s writing also includes a good balance of drama, mystery, romance, humour, and he isn’t afraid to address controversial moral issues.

His latest books are The Seventh Sorcerer and Rock Haulter from The Magic Crystals Series.

Visit his website at www.themagiccrystals.com.

Connect and Socialize with Stephen!


About The Magic Crystals Series

The Magic Crystals is a story of the greatest power in the world, a power so supreme that it can control most aspects of life. Amazing if used for good, terribly dangerous if in the wrong hands, the question throughout is exactly how this power should be used.

Should it be wielded to its fullest extent to benefit all of humankind, or tamed in order to protect others from it?

Follow a group of teenagers from out in the bush as they are forced to mature rapidly as the world they always knew unravels around them. Watch as romance blossoms and is then tested by circumstance; listen as the youngsters resort to ridiculous humour in the face of danger just to find something to smile about; and above all, enjoy an intense and somewhat controversial tale of how human society can become so horribly unstuck simply due to mankind’s own insidious nature in the face of power.

Purchase your copy of The Seventh Sorcerer:


Purchase your copy of Rock Haulter:


The Magic Crystals Series Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, July 1 - Interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, July 2 - Interview at Examiner
Wednesday, July 3 - First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Friday, July 5 - First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life (Rock Haulter)
Monday, July 8 - Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice
Tuesday, July 9 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
Wednesday, July 10 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Thursday, July 11 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Monday, July 15 - First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Tuesday, July 16 - First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking (Rock Haulter)
Thursday, July 18 - Character Guest Post at Sweet Southern Home
Friday, July 19 - Books Featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, July 22 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Wednesday, July 24 - Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Friday, July 26 - Book Review at Inside BJ’s Head
Monday, August 5 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Tuesday, August 6 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book (Rock Haulter)
Wednesday, August 7 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, August 8 - Book Review at Books Books and More Books (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Friday, August 9 - Book Review at Books Books and More Books (Rock Haulter)
Monday, August 12 - Guest Blogging at Cindy’s Love of Books
Tuesday, August 13 - Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
Wednesday, August 14 - Book Featured at Literal Exposure
Thursday, August 15 - First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn (The Seventh Sorcerer)
Friday, August 16 - First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn (Rock Haulter)
Monday, August 19 - Book Featured at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Tuesday, August 20 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Wednesday, August 21 - Interview at Review From Here
Thursday, August 22 - Interview at Between the Covers
Friday, August 23 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter (Rock Haulter)
Monday, August 26 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, August 28 - Guest Blogging at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, August 29 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, August 30 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

May you read well and often

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tia Nevitt - Wish by a Hazel Tree

7. Wish by a Hazel Tree by Tia Nevitt (2011)
The Accidental Enchantments Prequels Series Book 1
Length: 17 pages
Genre: Short Story 
Started/Finished: 7 February 2013
Where did it come from? I downloaded this ebook for free from Tia's website to read on my Amazon Kindle.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 January 2013
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and had read and enjoyed The Sevenfold Spell by the same author in December of 2010.

Fayette is almost thirteen years old and is still recovering from an accident that has left her with a lifelong limp. The last thing that she wants to hear are the glad tidings that her widowed father wants to marry her lovely young aunt - her late mother's sister, Tante Marie. When Fay goes out into the back garden and makes a frivolous wish by the hazel tree that she and her father planted in her mother's memory, she never expects it to actually come true. This story takes place about a dozen years before the events of Mischief at the Prince's Ball - an upcoming book in The Accidental Enchantments Series.

I really enjoyed this story. It is only two chapters long, but it has certainly sparked my interest to read the full-length book whenever it will be released. I give Wish by a Hazel Tree by Tia Nevitt an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Monday, February 4, 2013

Introducing The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell!

Meet P. M. Terrell

P.M. Terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in 4 genres. A full-time author since 2002, she previously opened and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the Secret Service, CIA and Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement. Computer and spy technology are two themes that recur throughout her books.

She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. And she founded the annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair which takes place each February. She is also an animal advocate and helped to start the New Leash on Life program in which dogs destined for euthanasia are rescued and paired with prison inmates in Robeson County, North Carolina, who train them. The dogs are then adopted into loving homes.

The Tempest Murders by P. M. Terrell (2013)
Length: 252 pages
Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

The Tempest Murders Blurb: 

Detective Ryan O’Clery has always had dreams of a beautiful woman he’d loved and lost but when he discovers his ancestor’s journals from his native Ireland, he realizes his dreams are really the other man’s memories.

Now he is working a series of murders in North Carolina that are eerily similar to cases Rian Kelly was working when his soul mate was murdered during one of Ireland’s most horrific storms, in which the Atlantic Ocean swept over the island all the way to the Irish Sea.

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers the serial killer’s real target is a reporter who bears a striking resemblance to the woman of his dreams - a woman with whom Ryan O’Clery is falling deeply in love.

Is history destined to repeat itself? Or can Ryan save Cathleen Reilly from a killer intent on destroying everything he ever loved?

May you read well and often

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Our Library Visit For February

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Saturday? I'm doing just fine. :) So, for the first time this year Mom and I went to our local library and bought books at the library book sale. :) I suppose we each thought our separate TBR piles needed replenishing! We wound up buying five bags of books and staggered out to our friend's car where she helped us to unload our 'burden'! :)

Neither of us had been to the library since July of 2012 and I must say, I was looking forward to a return visit! We arrived at the library at about 11:45 A. M. and spent an hour and a half there. We had a wonderful time together - as we always do!

We bought 25 hardcovers and 23 paperbacks and 14 oversized paperbacks between us and spent a whopping $20 for a total of 62 books. In fact, mom bargained with the young librarian's assistant up from $18! :)

May you read well and often

Friday, February 1, 2013

Reading Wrap-up For January 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 January 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.

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 :))
- Fruit of my Spirit: Reframing Life in God's Grace by Deanna Nowadnick
- Matching Wits With Venus by Therese Gilardi
- Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Too Close to the Edge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Oddities and Entities by Roland Allnach
- Othermoon by Nina Berry
- The Forgotten Queen by D. L. Bogdan
- The Water Witch by Juliet Dark
- Stalking You Now by Jeff Strand
- Double Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy
- Summerset Abbey by T. J. Brown
- Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
- The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
- The Forever Year by Lou Aronica
- Paper Airplane: Unique Tales From a Mile High by Kersten L. Kelly
- The Living Room by Bill Rolfe
- The Bad, the Good, and Two Fly-Fishing Women, and a Life-Changing Day on a River by Randy Kadish
- Into the Small Hours by Patrick C. Greene
- In the Shadow of the Moonlight: The Awakening by J. J. Bidell
- India Was One by An Indian
- Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch
- The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part IV by Jennifer Malone Wright
- The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part V by Jennifer Malone Wright
- The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski
- The Fifth Man by James Lepore
- Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Wish by a Hazel Tree by Tia Nevitt

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Fruit of my Spirit: Reframing Life in God's Grace by Deanna Nowadnick
- Matching Wits With Venus by Therese Gilardi
- Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Too Close to the Edge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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

Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 552
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was January. 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