Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Tour For Moon River by J. R. Rain From November 4, 2013 to November 29, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that J. R. Rain will be touring the blogosphere to promote his contemporary fantasy/mystery Moon River. This is J. R.'s first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from November 4, to November 29, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Moon River Blog Tour Information:


Meet J. R. Rain

J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator now writing full-time in the Pacific Northwest where he lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. He will be publishing a slew of new novels over the next five years, so stop by often and check out what’s new.

His latest book is the contemporary fantasy/mystery, Moon River.

Visit his website at www.jrrain.com.

Connect and Socialize with J. R.!

About Moon River:

Seven years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now in Moon River, private investigator, Samantha Moon, is asked to look into a string of bizarre murders, murders that are looking more and more like the handiwork of a bloodthirsty vampire. But when her sister, Mary Lou, goes missing, Samantha, Allison and Kingsley take the fight underground...into the dark heart of a vampire's lair.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Moon River Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, November 4 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, November 5 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, November 6 - Book Feature at Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem
Thursday, November 7 - Guest Blogging at Books-N-Kisses
Friday, November 8 - Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Monday, November 11 - Book Review at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, November 12 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, November 13 - Book Feature at Jody’s Book Reviews
Thursday, November 14 - Book Review & Character Guest Post at Bibliotica
Thursday, November 14 - Book Feature at Beth’s Book Reviews
Friday, November 15 - Interview at Brayton’s Briefs
Monday, November 18 - Interview at The Book Connection
Tuesday, November 19 - Character Guest Post at Carol’s Notebook
Wednesday, November 20 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, November 21 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Friday, November 22 - Character Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, November 25 - Book Feature at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, November 26 - Book Feature at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, November 27 - Character Guest Post at My Book Addictions and More
Wednesday, November 27 - Book Review at My Book Addiction Reviews
Friday, November 29 - Interview at You Gotta Read Reviews

May you read well and often

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blog Tour For A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson From November 4, 2013 to November 14, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson will be touring the blogosphere to promote the heartbreaking but truly inspiring book A Light in Dark Places. Jennifer Graves was the sister-in-law of Susan Cox Powell. This virtual book tour is being hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and will last from November 4, to November 14, 2013! 

The authors are also doing a giveaway - they are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner at the end of their Virtual Book Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

A Light in Dark Places Blog Tour Information:

Meet Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson

Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church.

Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009.

She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the Year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family.

She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, Utah.

Connect and Socialize With Jennifer!
 

♦ ♦ ♦

Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth. 

Connect and Socialize With Emily!

Facebook * Twitter * Website
 
About A Light in Dark Places

In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case.

For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews.

In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

Visit the A Light in Dark Places Website For More Information

Coming to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon!

Tour Giveaway of $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends November 21, 2013.

Terms and Conditions:
  • Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash.
  • Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. 
  • No purchase necessary. 
  • You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. 
  • The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. 
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. 
  • Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!




A Light in Dark Places Blog Tour Schedule:


November 4th
Guest Post at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Review at I Love to Read and Review Books
Guest Post at Sheila Deeth
Spotlight at Curling Up with a Good Book

November 5th
Spotlight at Bottles and Books
Review at Jordan McCollum

November 6th
Review at Literary Winner

November 7th
Review at My Book A Day
Spotlight at Gustosa Giveaways

November 8th
Spotlight at Chronicles
Spotlight at Reading in Twilight
Spotlight at Beck Valley Books

November 9th
Interview at Anna del C. Dye
Spotlight at Victoria Simcox’s Blog
Spotlight at Booklover Sue
Spotlight at Sweeping Me

November 10th
Review at Reading in My DNA
Spotlight at Reviews by Karen

November 11th
Review at The View From My Window
Spotlight at fuonlyknew
Spotlight at Mythical Books
Tens List at Indie Author How-to

November 12th
Review at Getting Your Read On
Interview at The Book Connection
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Spotlight at A Blog Hop Place for Books

November 13th
Guest Post at Amy’s Booket List
Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Review at Romance with a Book
Review at Karey White
Spotlight at Storeybook Reviews

November 14th
Review at Bound 4 Escape
Spotlight at Jenni Merritt
Review at Books in the Burbs
Review at Brooke Blogs
Review at The Fiddling Ant 

A Light in Dark Places Excerpt:

Jennifer's father, Steven Powell is arrested - but not for Susan's disappearance:

The phone rang at midnight on September 22, 2011. I shot up in bed, my heart pounding. Who would be calling at this hour? Unless—

I grabbed the phone. It was Chuck. Maybe this was it. “Hello?”

“Hi, sorry to call so late, but I thought you’d want to know. Your dad has been arrested.” Not Josh?

“My dad?” I’d always expected he would be arrested, but along with Josh, not instead of him. Kirk looked over at me with questioning eyes, and I waved at him to be patient.

“It was for voyeurism and child pornography. The boys have been removed from the home.”

My groggy brain fought to take it in. My stomach churned at the mention of the charges, but the other, glorious fact outshined that darkness.

“Kirk, the boys are out of that house!” I stage whispered. It was hard to keep my voice quiet, to not wake the kids.

Chuck went on to explain that the boys were in foster care until the court could sort things out. My mind was spinning. Were they frightened? Did they know what was happening? I ached for the fear and uncertainty they must be experiencing, yet I knew they were safe. That kind of emergency foster care meant that Josh wouldn’t even know where to find them. He couldn’t get to them now. And soon, they would be under their grandparents’ protective care.

I tried to listen as Chuck described what he knew of the arrest, but inside, I was jumping up and down for joy. Kirk took over the call and relayed bits of information back to me.

“They found stuff in your dad’s house—photos of girls. Chuck doesn’t know the details. The actual charges are unrelated to Susan’s disappearance.”

That was a disappointment. But I couldn’t let it keep me down for long. Surely, this would bring a break in the case. And regardless of what happened there, the boys were safe.

Chuck promised to keep us up to date with any developments, and we hung up. Sleep was elusive then. How could I sleep? It appeared that something real was going to happen after almost two years of waiting.

Over the next few days, we were on pins and needles, eager for any bit of new information. Though I usually avoided watching the news, I started combing through it, looking for details.

As the case unfolded, the child porn charges were dropped, and the focus became the voyeurism. My dad had allegedly been taking photos of his little next-door neighbors while they bathed and used the restroom—all through the blinds over his windows and theirs.

Every time I thought about that, my stomach would churn again. It was another stark reminder of how sick he was, how far he’d sunk.

Another detail came out then that stunned the world, though it didn’t surprise me a bit. There were hundreds of pictures found of Susan in my dad’s things. Many of them were of her in various states of undress, and they were obviously taken without her knowing. Others were close-ups of her buttocks, legs, or breasts. She was fully dressed in these pictures, and, again, it was clear she had no knowledge of his presence. It was physical evidence of his obsession with her.

How guilty this made him look! Of course, the investigators had been seeing the hints of this obsession for months. But now, the media got wind of it, and it started to bring up all sorts of questions. They were the same questions I’d asked myself from the beginning. How much of Susan’s disappearance was just Josh? What did my dad have to do with it? I didn’t know for sure, but that suspicion of his involvement had been there all along, and now others were asking the same questions.

In the meantime, all we could do was watch and wait to hear what was happening with the boys.

A couple days later as I was doing laundry, I caught myself humming happily. The sound was so foreign that it stopped me in my tracks. I put the laundry basket down and leaned against the wall. When was the last time I’d been happy enough to hum like that? I couldn’t even remember. Had it really been since before Susan’s disappearance? Suddenly, I realized what a burden had been lifted. Knowing the boys were out of that house had changed me. My shoulders were straighter. I was smiling. And humming. I closed my eyes and offered a silent prayer of gratitude.

“Thank you for getting the boys to safety.”

I picked up the laundry basket and carried it upstairs. I felt fifty pounds lighter.

It was amazing what hope could do. 


May you read well and often

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Introducing Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Hello Everyone! I was just checking Facebook today, and was delighted to learn that Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith will be free to download from Amazon - at least for a short time! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith back in July of 2013.

Yes, from Sunday, December 29, 2013 until Thursday, January 2, 2014, Kathryn Meyer Griffith's romantic vampire novel Human No Longer will be available to download for free from Amazon. So, you'll have to hurry and grab your own copy today!

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a wife of almost 35 years (husband, Russell), mother (one son, James) and grandmother (two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Joshua). She was a graphic designer in the corporate world for 23 years; and has published with Dorchester, Kensington, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle Direct, Damnation Books and Eternal Press, and Amazon Publishing. Six years ago Kathryn crossed over into e-books as well as paperbacks and now all her old/new books are in ebooks...and soon to be in Audio Books from ACX.

She loves cats and nature, classic rock and country music (her brother, J. S. Meyer www.jsmeyermusic.com, is a singer/songwriter and does the songs for all her self-made book trailers that are on her websites). Kathryn loves to interact with her readers, so visit her at either of the following websites: www.myspace.com/kathrynmeyergriffith, www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG or www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith to see all of her book covers and trailers.

Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 267 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Human No Longer Blurb: 

Jenny and Jeff Sanders become victims of a bizarre crime; leaving Jeff dead and Jenny in a temporary coma. She returns to her children. With Jeff’s death she must move back to her childhood home, a haunted farmhouse, in Summer Haven, Florida, where once they destroyed a family of vampires.

Jenny has no appetite. She’s edgy. Her eyes hurt. She thinks it could be trauma or grief. Until one night she can’t resist the night woods or the overpowering urge to drink warm animals’ blood–and accepts the truth. Her attackers were vampires. 

Now she’s becoming what she once reviled. She can’t abandon her children but must find a way to live in the human world. At night she hunts, in the day hides what she’s becoming and attempts to fit in.

Then townspeople begin dying. Like years before. With her blackouts, she fears she may be the killer, or is it her vampire attackers? For they've found her and demand she joins them–or her family will die. She resists until they kidnap her children. Then she has to find a way to outwit and ultimately destroy them.

The prequel to Human No Longer Vampire Blood - is also for sale on Amazon. 

May you read well and often

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog Tour For Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani From October 7, 2013 to October 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Mayra Calvani will be touring the blogosphere to promote her supernatural/psychological thriller Dark Lullaby. This is Mayra's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from October 7, to October 31, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Dark Lullaby Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Mayra Calvani 

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She's represented by Serendipity Literary.

Visit her website at www.MayraCalvani.com.


Connect and Socialize with Mayra!

 
About Dark Lullaby

At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. After a while, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature…

In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Dark Lullaby Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
 

Monday, October 7 - Book Review at Literary R&R
Tuesday, October 8 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, October 9 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, October 10 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Friday, October 11 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, October 14 - Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, October 15 - Interview at Blogher
Wednesday, October 16 - Book Feature at Read My First Chapter
Thursday, October 17 - Guest Blogging at The Book Connection
Monday, October 21 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, October 22 - Book Feature at Plug Your Book
Wednesday, October 23 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Thursday, October 24 - Book Review at Trips Down Imagination Road
Friday, October 25 - Book Review at Paperback Writer
Monday, October 28 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Wednesday, October 30 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Thursday, October 31 - Book Review at Queen of All She Reads

May you read well and often

Monday, May 20, 2013

Joseph Spencer - Grim

16. Grim by Joseph Spencer (2012)
The Sons of Darkness Series Book 1
Length: 232 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 17 May 2013
Finished: 20 May 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 April 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and Joseph Spencer is a new author for me.


Heath Grim is a man of mystery, always careful to hide his disfigured face behind a black mask which he has worn since his return home from Iraq two years before. As the son of Armand Reapentier - the Enforcer for the Marino Family, known only as 'The Reaper' - Heath has sought vengeance against his father's killers for the past two years with no sign of success.

Detective Adam White is a man known to follow his own strict moral code, incorruptible and a seeker of justice. Known by the press as the 'White Knight', Adam can always be counted on to make sure that the  criminals are punished and that the innocent are protected at all cost. What the public doesn't realize is that Adam White has spent the past decade trapped within his own private hell, trying to track down his wife's killers to no avail.

When a series of ritualistic murders targeting the rival Black Family and credited to 'The Reaper' - a serial killer who has been dead for two years strike the populace, all signs point to the reclusive, mysterious Heath Grim. However, when everything he values is suddenly taken from him, Detective Adam White will face a choice - does he maintain the heroic ideals which have made him the famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman, or will he give into his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife's murder, and become the type of killer he has hunted for so many years?

I enjoyed this book very much, because I like stories which deal with paranormal themes. I will say that Grim by Joseph Spencer is perhaps not to everyone's taste - I must admit that I wasn't always sure whether certain characters deserved the punishment that they received. The plot was realistic in that it shows that the desire for righteous justice can often be tainted by the very human desire for vengeance. I give this book an A! and will certainly be on the lookout for more books by Joseph Spencer in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blog and Book Blast Tour For A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson From October 22, 2013 to November 15, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson will be touring the blogosphere to promote the heartbreaking but truly inspiring book A Light in Dark Places. Jennifer Graves was the sister-in-law of Susan Cox Powell. This virtual book tour is being hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and will last from October 22, to November 14, 2013!


A Light in Dark Places Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson

Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church.

Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009.

She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the Year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family.

She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, Utah.

Connect and Socialize With Jennifer!
 

♦ ♦ ♦

Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth. 

Connect and Socialize With Emily!

Facebook * Twitter * Website
 
About A Light in Dark Places
In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case.

For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews.

In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

Visit the A Light in Dark Places Website For More Information

Coming to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon!

Book Blast Giveaway of $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends November 15, 2013.

Terms and Conditions:
  • Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash.
  • Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. 
  • No purchase necessary. 
  • You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. 
  • The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. 
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. 
  • Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Good luck everyone!
ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Light in Dark Places Blog Tour Schedule:


October 22nd to October 28th - Book Blast

November 4th
Guest Post at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Review at I Love to Read and Review Books
Guest Post at Sheila Deeth
Spotlight at Curling Up with a Good Book

November 5th
Spotlight at Bottles and Books
Review at Jordan McCollum

November 6th
Review at Literary Winner

November 7th
Review at My Book A Day
Spotlight at Gustosa Giveaways

November 8th
Spotlight at Chronicles
Spotlight at Reading in Twilight
Spotlight at Beck Valley Books

November 9th
Interview at Anna del C. Dye
Spotlight at Victoria Simcox’s Blog
Spotlight at Booklover Sue
Spotlight at Sweeping Me

November 10th
Review at Reading in My DNA
Spotlight at Reviews by Karen

November 11th
Review at The View From My Window
Spotlight at fuonlyknew
Spotlight at Mythical Books
Tens List at Indie Author How-to

November 12th
Review at Getting Your Read On
Interview at The Book Connection
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Spotlight at A Blog Hop Place for Books

November 13th
Guest Post at Amy’s Booket List
Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Review at Romance with a Book
Review at Karey White
Spotlight at Storeybook Reviews

November 14th
Review at Bound 4 Escape
Spotlight at Jenni Merritt
Review at Books in the Burbs
Review at Brooke Blogs
Review at The Fiddling Ant 

May you read well and often

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Introducing Jack: The Tale of Frost by Tony Bertauski!

Hello everyone! I'm delighted to introduce you all to Jack: The Tale of Frost by Tony Bertauski! :) For those of you who may be interested, Jack: The Tale of Frost is the sequel to Claus: Legend of the Fat Man, which I read in December of 2012

Or, if you prefer, The Legend of Socket Greeny, The Discovery of Socket Greeny, Foreverland is Dead, Halfskin, The Drayton Chronicles, The Annihilation of Foreverland, Claus: Legend of the Fat Man, and The Training of Socket Greeny are all available as audiobooks from Audible. Download and listen to them all while you're on the way to grandmother's house! 

Meet Tony Bertauski

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I've written textbooks on landscape design, but that was straightforward, informational writing; the kind of stuff that helps most people get to sleep. I've also been writing a gardening column with a humorous slant. That takes a little more finesse, but still informational for the most part.

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I wanted to write, not the assigned reading we used to get in high school. I wanted to create stories that kept you up late.

Fiction, good fiction, is hard to write. Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy. 

For more information, be sure to visit Tony's website at www.bertauski.com.  

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski (2012)
Length: 326 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon and Audible!

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man Blurb: 

The Christmas story you never heard.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat, and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.

Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions - time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They've even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He's tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold One and total chaos. He's white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven known as…Claus.


 Jack: The Tale of Frost by Tony Bertauski (2013)
Length: 290 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords

Jack: The Tale of Frost Blurb:

Some tall tales are true.

Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He’s very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn’t Jack, she’s told. And that’s all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost’s love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He’s made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he’s an elven, but that’s silly. Elven aren’t real. And if they were, they wouldn’t live in South Carolina. They wouldn’t hide in a tower and go to the basement to make…things.

Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she’ll meet the love of her life. It’s where she’ll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it’s where she’ll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It’s where she’ll meet Jack.

Jack hates Christmas. 

The Chronicles of Claus:
Book 1: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
Book 2: Jack: The Tale of Frost  

May you read well and often

Monday, May 13, 2013

Blog Tour For Knight of Flame by Scott Eder From October 7, 2013 to November 29, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Scott Eder will be touring the blogosphere to promote his romantic fantasy novel Knight of Flame. This is Scott's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from October 7, to November 29, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Knight of Flame Blog Tour Information:

Meet Scott Eder

Since he was a kid, Scott wanted to be an author and explored many genres through high school and college. Fantasy, though, captivated his soul. Tales of Knights and magic, dragons and elves filled his dreams. After greasing the gears of the corporate machine for many years, he escaped the Information Technology vortex to focus full-time on writing. The stories he’d envisioned years ago—of nobility and strife, honor and chaos—demanded they be brought to life.

Scott lives with his wife, two children, and a giant Chihuahua on the west coast of Florida.

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About Knight of Flame:

Fire. The most chaotic of the primal elements. When wielded properly by the Knight of Flame, it burns like the sun. Otherwise, it slowly consumes the Knight, burning away his control, driving him towards dark deeds.

Stationed in Tampa, FL, Develore Quinteele, sixth Knight of Flame, waits impatiently for the predicted emergence of the last Gray Lord, his Order’s ancient enemy. Hampered by a centuries-old tragedy, Dev knows of only one way to control his elemental power—rage. It broils just below his surface, waiting for the slightest provocation to set it alight.

Anticipating Dev’s transition from asset to liability, his commander assigns a young guardian, Wren, to report on Dev’s actions. Torn between duty and love, Wren struggles to save her Knight; but, after a brutal attack by the Gray Lord’s minions for which Dev is wrongly blamed, he’s stripped of his freedom until he regains control.

With the help of his fellow Knights, can Dev regain his balance and unlock his full elemental potential in time to prevent the destruction of all life in Tampa?

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Knight of Flame Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7 - 1st chapter reveal at Wanted Readers
Tuesday, October 8 - Book featured at Naturally Kim B
Wednesday, October 9 - Book featured at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
Friday, October 11 - Interviewed at Broowaha
Monday, October 14 - 1st chapter reveal at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, October 15 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, October 15 - Interviewed at Acting Balanced
Wednesday, October 17 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Thursday, October 18 - Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, October 18 - Book featured at The Wormhole
Monday, October 21 - Interviewed at Straight From the Authors Mouth
Monday, October 21 - Book featured at Wanted Readers
Tuesday, October 22 - Guest blogging at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, October 23 - Guest blogging at Between the Covers
Friday, October 25 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Friday, October 25 - 1st chapter reveal at Literary Winner
Monday, October 28 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
Monday, October 28 - Book review and Guest blogging at Inside BJ’s Head
Tuesday, October 29 - 1st chapter reveal at Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, October 30 - Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, November 5 – Guest blogging at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Wednesday, November 6 – Book featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, November 7 – Book reviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, November 8 – Guest blogging and 1st chapter review at Ali’s Books
Tuesday, November 12 – Guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
Wednesday, November 13 – Book reviewed at Naturally Kim B
Thursday, November 14 – Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, November 20 – 1st chapter reveal and 1st chapter review at Read 2 Review
Thursday, November 21 – Guest blogging at Every Free Chance
Friday, November 22 – Guest blogging at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Wednesday, November 27 – Book featured at Bibliotica
Thursday, November 28 -Guest blogging at Bibliotica
Friday, November 29 – Guest blogging at Curling Up by the Fire
 
May you read well and often

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones - Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones

15. Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2012)
The Parables Series Book 1
Length: 95 pages
Genre: Christian Fiction
Started: 12 April 2013
Finished: 11 May 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 3 June 2012
Why do I have it? I like Christian fiction and Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is a new author for me.

David gathered five smooth stones to meet and defeat the giant Goliath. What did each of these stones represent and how can you use them to conquer Goliaths on your own personal quests through life? Ms. Virginia Bean will show you how.

Join her as she travels on her own personal journey. See what she does. Learn how she grows. Discover what she becomes.

Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you by God, a power that must be unleashed in order for you to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what He wants for you.

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I actually started reading this book on April 12 and probably would have finished this book much sooner, but my Kindle's battery overloaded on April 15 and until I can get it fixed or buy a new Kindle for myself, any reading of ebooks will have to be done on my computer. Reading ebooks on my computer slows down the pace of my reading for some reason, and I don't really understand why.

Anyway, in my opinion, Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones deserves an A! This book does have a strongly Christian theme running through it. It is very well-written and understandable, and primarily is about how you can live an inspired and inspiring life.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Introducing Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun!

Meet Terah Edun

Terah Edun is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of epic and urban fantasy. Her favorite writers include Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb and Maria Snyder.

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Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (2013)
Length: 275 pages
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Sworn to Raise Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire's seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder - intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she'd never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn to Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

May you read well and often

Monday, May 6, 2013

Eleanor Druse - The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident

14. The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident by Eleanor Druse (2004)
Length: 244 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 8 April 2013
Finished: 6 May 2013
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 March 2012
Why do I have it? I like horror and can remember watching 'Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital' - the television miniseries that was broadcast in 2004.

The newly built Kingdom Hospital in Lewiston, Maine, is one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the country - a truly remarkable edifice known for its esteemed doctors and ground-breaking medical advancements. Eleanor Druse is called to Kingdom Hospital on a snowy night in December, at the behest of her childhood friend, Madeline Krueger. Madeline had attempted suicide and Eleanor's name was mentioned in the note that she had written that had been found near her.

The night that Eleanor arrives at the Kingdom - Friday, December 13th - is the night Madeline dies and Eleanor herself has a near death experience. Now a patient at the Kingdom, Eleanor is determined to discover the dark secrets of the Kingdom - secrets which may in fact have their roots in the request Madeline Krueger printed at the bottom of her note: 'Sally, the little girl who saved us has survived the fire but she is still lost in the lair of the living.' Madeline signed the note November 2, 1939.

Eleanor's memories of that specific date are somewhat cloudy. She and Madeline had been patients in the children's ward on November 2, 1939, both suffering from whooping cough at the time. November 2, 1939 was also the date the hospital known as the 'Old Kingdom' was razed by a mysterious fire which killed a doctor and a 15-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment.

Eleanor's further investigations uncover an even darker history surrounding Kingdom Hospital: it had been erected on the site of a terrible tragedy - a textile mill burned to the ground on November 2, 1869 - killing dozens of workers, mostly children. And it appears that beneath the sheen of the new construction and scientific innovations of the Kingdom, an indecipherable and primal evil lurks - and the soul of a trapped and helpless child cries out for solace.

I remember reading this book sometime in 2005, I believe. 'Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital' was broadcast between March 3 and July 15, 2004 and I watched every episode except one. That ignited my interest in reading the book the miniseries was based on, so I went to the library when I could and checked out this book as soon as it was available. I give this book an A! 

I had wanted to review this book much earlier than now, but I could never find another copy until I looked the title up on Paperback Swap and was able to get a copy for myself. I have noticed that 'Eleanor Druse' has been attributed as being a pen name for Stephen King, but I believe that the author behind 'Eleanor Druse' is actually Richard Dooling - who co-wrote and produced the 2004 miniseries - and is himself the author of four books.

A! - (90-95%)
     
May you read well and often

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Tour For The Diabolist by Layton Green From October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Layton Green will be touring the blogosphere to promote his suspense/mystery/thriller novel, The Diabolist. This is Layton's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from October 1, to October 31, 2013! Come join us for all the fun! 

Mr. Green is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Copies of the three Dominic Grey Novels (The Egyptian, The Summoner and The Diabolist) to one lucky winner at the end of his Book 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 Diabolist Blog Tour Information:

 Meet Layton Green

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade (even though he still resents having cut his hair for that first interview). He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door-to-door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.

He has traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map. Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. Combine the travel and the religion with fifteen years of Japanese Jujitsu training, and the Dominic Grey series was born.

His latest book is The Diabolist.

Visit his website at www.laytongreen.com.

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About The Diabolist:

In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.

Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.

The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

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Layton Green and Pump Up Your Book are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and signed copies of The Diabolist, The Egyptian, and The Summoner

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 one $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • This giveaway begins October 1 and ends October 31, 2013
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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The Diabolist Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 1 - Book featured at Under My Apple Tree
Wednesday, October 2 - Book featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Thursday, October 3 - Book featured at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
Friday, October 4 - Book reviewed and 1st chapter reveal at Miki’s Hope
Friday, October 11 - Guest blogging at Book Reviews by Dee
Monday, October 14 - Guest blogging at Carol’s Notebook
Tuesday, October 15 - Book featured at Jody’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 16 - Book featured at Bibliotica
Friday, October 18 - Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, October 21 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Wednesday, October 23 - Book reviewed at Bibliophilia, Please
Thursday, October 24 - Book featured at Sweeping Me
Friday, October 25 - Book reviewed at Bibliotica
Monday, October 28 - Book reviewed at My Reading Table
Monday, October 28 - Book reviewed at 1st chapter reveal at Hardcover Feedback
Wednesday, October 30 - Book reviewed at Book Him Danno
Wednesday, October 30 - 1st chapter reveal at Psychotic State
Wednesday, October 30 - Book reviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, October 31 - Book reviewed at The True Book Addict
Thursday, October 31 - Book reviewed at Psychotic State 
Thursday, October 31 - Book reviewed at Curling Up by the Fire
Thursday, October 31 - Book featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

May you read well and often