Sunday, September 29, 2013

Introducing Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

To celebrate the good news that Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been nominated as a Finalist for the 2014 Epic Ebook Awards in the suspense/thriller category, she wanted me to mention that she is hard at work penning a sequel to her incredibly popular Jurassic horror/thriller Dinosaur Lake. The winners of the 2014 Epic Ebook Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 15, 2014!

Ms. Griffith was kind enough to send me a copy of Dinosaur Lake to read for myself, and I must say that after just reading the blurb - it certainly seems like quite an adventure! :) I congratulate Ms. Griffith on the honor of having been nominated, and wish her all the best for the upcoming award announcements.     

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, 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:, or to see all of her book covers and trailers.

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 451 pages
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Dinosaur Lake Blurb: 

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it's been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he's about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin...people begin to go missing...then there's some mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it's not only growing in size, it's aggressive and cunning...and very hungry. And it's decided it likes human beings. To eat.

And it can come up onto land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it...before it can kill again.

May you read well and often

Kersten Hamilton's Tyger, Tyger - Free For Download From Amazon Stores

Hello Everyone! For those of you who may have read Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton - the fantastic first book in her series - The Goblin Wars Series, I'm delighted to tell you that the first book, Tyger, Tyger is now available as a free download from ITunes, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but only for one week - from Tuesday, October 29th to Tuesday, November 5th.

I have already downloaded my copy and so can you! Below is the author's biography and a brief synopsis of the first two books in the series.

Meet Kersten Hamilton

I was born in a trailer in High Rolls, New Mexico, in 1958. By my sixth birthday, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by the sound of words, the sweep of story. I wanted to make word magic and tuck it inside the covers of a book.

A writer needs a very tough skin. And she needs something to write about. Fortunately, my parents were quite eccentric. My childhood can only be described as 'exciting.'

I tracked caribou and arctic wolves across my family's homestead in Alaska, caught tiny tree frogs in the swamps and rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, and chased dust devils and rattlesnakes across the high desert of New Mexico.

Against all odds, I survived my many misadventures. I was not electrocuted or drowned. Most of the bullets missed, and the incidents with bears, snakes, wolves, and angry moose were not fatal.

Before I settled down to have children I worked as a ranch hand, a wood cutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor.

I am the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. Tyger Tyger, book one of the Goblin Wars Series, is my first novel for young adults.

Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton (2010)
Length: 325 pages
Available For Free Download From ITunes, Amazon and Barnes and Noble from Tuesday, October 29th to Tuesday, November 5th!

Tyger, Tyger Blurb:

What would you do if the stories of your childhood suddenly began coming to life? Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shapeshifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. 
Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives, with his killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. Either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

The e-book includes a sample chapter from the sequel In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton.

Download Your Copy Today!!
In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton (2011)
Length: 320 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!
In the Forests of the Night Blurb:

The battle against goblinkind continues . . .but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends.

Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

Goblin Wars Series:
Book 1: Tyger, Tyger
Book 2: In the Forests of the Night
Book 3: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

May you read well and often

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog Tour For A Hunter's Passion by Gwen Knight From February 3, 2014 to February 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Gwen Knight will be touring the blogosphere to promote her paranormal romance A Hunter's Passion. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 3, to February 28, 2014!

A Hunter's Passion Blog Tour Information:

Meet Gwen Knight

Canadian girl Gwen Knight first began to delve into the realm of the paranormal at the age of ten, when she wrote her first horror starring a clawed monster that hid beneath her bed. Since then, her tastes have expanded into many genres. Though addicted to reading and writing, she managed to achieve a degree in archaeology, geography, and mapping. Currently, she lives in the Great White North with her husband, two collies, and black cat. She loves meeting new people and you can visit her website at

Her latest book is the paranormal romance, A Hunter’s Passion.

Connect and Socialize with Gwen!

About A Hunter's Passion:

Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down - and eliminating - creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he’s ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she’s also the only woman Ryker has ever loved.

Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it’s clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever—and that they’ll have to walk through the flames to be together...

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

A Hunter's Passion Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

Monday, February 3 - Guest Blogging at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, February 4 - Book Featured at Paranormal Book Club
Wednesday, February 5 - Interview at Examiner
Thursday, February 6 - Interview at Melissa Keir
Tuesday, February 11 - Interview at Romance Lives Forever
Wednesday, February 12 - Guest Blogging at Melissa’s Midnight Musings
Thursday, February 13 - Book Review at Nina’s Literary Escape
Friday, February 14 - Book Review at Paranormal Sisters
Monday, February 17 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Monday, February 17 - Book Review at Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
Tuesday, February 18 - Book Review at Snarky Mom Reads
Wednesday, February 19 - Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, February 19 - Book Feature at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Thursday, February 20 - Book Feature at Naturally Kim B
Monday, February 24 - Book Review at Crazy Four Books
Tuesday, February 25 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, February 28 - Book Review at Lusty Penguin Reviews

May you read well and often

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Elaine Cantrell, Author of The Enchanted, Discusses Balancing Fantasy and Reality in Her Newest Romance

Meet Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

Her latest book is the fantasy romance, The Enchanted.

Visit her website at

Connect and Socialize with Elaine!

Synopsis from Goodreads: Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.

Coming to Amazon on 13 May 2013!

I would like to welcome Elaine Cantrell, author of The Enchanted to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Cantrell was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'It’s More Than Hocus Pocus'
by Elaine Cantrell

After spending most of the last ten years writing contemporary romance, I decided it was time for a change. So in the spring of 2012 I sat down to write my first romantic fantasy, The Enchanted. Several challenges immediately presented themselves.

First, I knew that I didn't want the fantasy to overpower the romance which meant I'd have to balance my world building details with the romantic elements. In my fantasy world such creatures as dragons and unicorns are real creatures, not mythical, and the world is awash in enchanters who create havoc. I also changed the physical world a bit. Some natural laws such as rain and thunder are retained, yet there are two moons.

Challenge two was finding characters who'd fit into my newly created world. I didn't want plastic, stereotypical characters. I wanted real people with warts and human imperfections, people whose lives and problems would draw you in and make you care about them. It always annoys me when someone says, ‘Oh, but a real person wouldn’t do that.’ Of course they would. Perfect people don’t exist.

My third challenge was to craft a plot that included fantasy elements, yet at the same time allowed my characters to be in charge of their own destiny and in the process grow and change. For example, I allowed a good enchanter to tell my hero how to rescue Princess Morgane from the enchanted forest, but the prince always had the choice of whether he would actually put himself in danger or not. At the time this happened, he didn’t realize he was in love with the princess, so it took a lot of bravery on his part to enter the dreadful forest to find her.

I'm pleased with the way the book turned out. It has everything in it that I enjoy as a reader: believable characters, a fantasy world where my characters rely on themselves and each other, not just enchantment, and a huge quest to save their people from evil. I enjoyed writing romantic fantasy so much that I have another fantasy/sci fi romance in the wings waiting for December and its turn at publication. This one is titled Blue 52, and it’s set a few years into the future right here on earth. Given my new love affair with fantasy romance, will I write contemporary romance again? I sure will. I'm working on one right now, and I just love it. It will be my first full length romantic comedy.

Elaine Cantrell, author of The Enchanted
You can visit Elaine's website at

May you read well and often

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Elaine Cantrell - The Enchanted

34. The Enchanted by Elaine Cantrell (2013)
Length: 200 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Started: 21 September 2013
Finished: 24 September 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 6 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal romance and Elaine Cantrell is a new author for me.

Prince Alan has quite a dilemma. For the past four years he has mourned his wife Olwyn's death; however, his father, King Bowdyn has recently commanded that he marry again - this time to a woman of noble birth. Alan cannot ever imagine remarrying, especially to a woman he has never even met or has a chance of loving. For his refusal to fulfill his father's wishes, Alan is imprisoned for defiance for the period of one year. When he is released, Alan finds out that he was married by proxy to the Princess Morgane for the past two months.

Prince Alan soon finds that his new bride isn't the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn't thrilled about the marriage either. However, Morgane has discovered through bitter experience that defiance is dangerous, and she has the scar to prove it.

When dark treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan must embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, and was totally immersed in the story from the first page. I do love paranormal romance, but while there are brief mentions of fantastic creatures and enchantment, the paranormal elements weren't overstated or overwhelming. I give this book a definite A+!

A+! - (96-100%)
May you read well and often

Friday, September 20, 2013

Julianne Donaldson - Blackmoore: A Proper Romance

33. Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Jullianne Donaldson (2013)
Length: 276 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Started: 18 September 2013
Finished: 20 September 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Cheryl at Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 5 August 2013
Why do I have it? I like historical romance and Julianne Donaldson is a new author for me.

Seventeen-year-old Katherine Worthington knows her heart and she knows that - despite her mother's wretched schemes and plans for her future - she will ultimately never marry. She is determined to join her Aunt Charlotte and travel to India instead - if only to quiet her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate's meddlesome mother has other plans. She strikes a bargain with Kate: Kate may certainly go to India, yes, but only after she has secured - and rejected - three marriage proposals. 

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of the heart, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive for so many years. Will the proposal she is so determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters truly jumped off the page at me, and I felt such empathy for Kate's plight, that I was quite literally crying at certain points in the story. That might mean that I'm more tender-hearted than perhaps I should be, but it's a personality trait about myself that I wouldn't change. I give this book a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)  

May you read well and often

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blog Tour For A Bandit's Betrayed Heart by Michelle McLean From January 13, 2014 to February 7, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Michelle McLean will be touring the blogosphere to promote her historical romance A Bandit's Betrayed Heart. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from January 13, to February 7, 2014!

A Bandit's Betrayed Heart Blog Tour Information:

Meet Michelle McLean

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, insane eclectic tastes, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books.

When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.

Connect and Socialize with Michelle!

About A Bandit's Betrayed Heart:

Not your typical Southern belle…

Lucy Richardson’s bandit sisters may have taught her to sling a gun and pick a stubborn lock, but nothing prepared her for the agony of her first heartbreak. Her sisters taught her to fight like hell for what she wants… and she wants Finn.

Not your proper Southern gentleman…

Finn Taggart is bad news. His dark and tortured past always catches up to him, and Lucy deserves better than to be tainted by his touch. He couldn’t have her years ago, and he can’t have her now, no matter how enticing she is. If only he can convince her of that before the danger that follows him brings them both down.

Not your classic love story…

Danger doesn’t exactly scare a girl like Lucy, and she knows how to use all kinds of weapons… including her feminine wiles. Finn doesn’t stand a chance. And if they need backup… the Blood Blade Sisters are never far away…

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A Bandit's Betrayed Heart Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, January 14 - Book featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, January 16 - Book featured at Dawn’s Great Finds
Thursday, January 16 - Book featured at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Monday, January 20 - Book reviewed at In Our Spare Time
Monday, January 20 - Book featured at Read Me
Monday, January 20 - Book reviewed at Mission to Read
Tuesday, January 21 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, January 24 - Book featured at doingsomereading
Monday, January 27 - Guest blogging at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
Monday, January 27 - Book reviewed at Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
Tuesday, January 28 - Guest blogging at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, January 30 - Book reviewed at What’s on the Bookshelf
Thursday, January 30 - Interviewed at Becky on Books…and Quilts
Thursday, January 30 - Guest blogging at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Friday, January 31 - Book reviewed at Romance for Every World
Friday, January 31 - Interviewed at Ramblings of a quirky, slightly mad journalist
Tuesday, February 4 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Wednesday, February 5 - Book reviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, February 7 - Book featured at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

May you read well and often

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kathryn Meyer Griffith Tells a Holloween Story - Well, 'Horror Author Equals Writer of Spooky Stories', Don't ye Know!

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been a writer for over 42 years and has had 18 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories published with Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press since 1984; and now also Amazon Publishing and Amazon Kindle in the horror/romantic horror/suspense/time-travel and murder mystery genres. And her romantic end-of-the-world horror novel The Last Vampire - Revised Author's Edition was a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist Nominee.

Her books (most out again from Damnation Books and Eternal Press): Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Egyptian Heart, Winter's Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don't Look Back, Agnes novella, In This House short story, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction), Telling Tales of Terror (I did the chapter Putting the Occult in Your Fiction).  
Dinosaur Lake; Four Spooky Short Stories; Human No Longer; Scraps of Paper - Revised Author’s Edition and All Things Slip Away are all for sale on Amazon Kindle Direct. ***

All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s Books available at here:

My Audio Books (try Four Spooky Short Stories, Witches - Revised or The Last Vampire - Revised for Halloween) with great narrators now available at here: 

Four Spooky Short Stories:
The Last Vampire - Revised:

And soon, April 2014, ALL 18 of my novels will be in Audio Books!

Connect and Socialize with Kathryn!

Well, with Halloween almost upon us, I would once again like to welcome horror author Kathryn Meyer Griffith to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Griffith was kind enough to write this guest post for me and here it is below in her own words: 

'A Halloween Story' 
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
If you email me directly at, in exchange for a brief truthful review on, I will send you a Free Audio Book Buy Code on either my Spooky Short Stories, my The Last Vampire - Revised or my The Heart of the Rose - Revised.

Since I was a child Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. No one loved horror movies or scary stories more than I did. As a poor child in a family of six other siblings I haunted the musty smelling libraries searching out books about ghosts, vampires, spooky houses and witches. I was addicted to supernatural or monster movies. Dracula. The Lady in White. Ghost Story. The Werewolf. Godzilla. The Mummy. Or any film that dealt with the supernatural in any way, shape or form. My heart would beat hard whenever I opened a new book about a demon or a monster in a lake or when the lights would fade down in a theater and I knew the coming movie was a thriller.

Well, why and how did I become such a lover of Halloween? I’ll tell you.

My grandmother, Mary Fehrt, had been an immigrant from 1930’s war-torn Austria and was a born storyteller. And she loved scary stories. I first remember hearing a ghost story from her lips when I was barely six years old.

One of the most disturbing, I recall, was about a rich little girl in her old country who’d died young, had been buried – and in those days, my grandmother had whispered in the candle’s flickering glow in her spooky basement where my siblings and I had gathered, bodies weren’t embalmed – but because some money-desperate peasant dug her up and cut her finger off for her diamond ring she sat up in her coffin, still alive. It scared the peasant nearly witless and, screaming, he’d scurried off. “Sleeping sickness, that’s what it’d been,” my grandmother had muttered. “The child hadn’t been dead at all but had been buried…alive.”

Ugh! Funny how some details of those stories eventually found their way years later into mine. Or, once, my grandmother told us the story about her mother who saw her dead husband out in the garden after he’d died, walking around between the tomatoes and waving at her…who then dematerialized in front of her eyes into a puff of smoke. Yikes. Let me tell you those eerie stories left their mark. They dried my mouth and made me shiver. Probably why I became a horror writer. I wanted to make people shiver in the same way.

Oh, yes, my grandmother adored Halloween. She’d decorate her home like a haunted house, filling it with puff-paper pumpkins, cats, skeletons, and tacking up paper witches everywhere. Cloth ghosts hung from the tree limbs in her front yard and when the wind blew they’d wave like tattered white banners. She’d hobble up to our door on Halloween night dressed as a witch and dare us to guess who it was. We always did, though, because her childish glee and familiar eyes, her mischievous smile would always give her away. Besides, her witch laugh sounded like her regular laugh, only scarier. The neighborhood kids loved going to her house because she always gave them special homemade treats; not only prepackaged candy so prevalent now days. She made the best chocolate chip cookies, caramel apples and popcorn balls in town.

So, no wonder, I grew up loving Halloween.

When that dark night rolls around every year I still get excited. These days, because very few trick-or-treaters find their way along our street (don’t know why…perhaps because the older people around us don’t turn on their lights and open their homes…afraid of being robbed); after we leave a bowl of candy on the front porch just in case someone would come by, my husband and I walk hand in hand to our small town’s City Hall where they have a town get-to-together with a pumpkin decorating contest for the kids, free hot-dogs, hot cider or hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows, and lots of little dressed-up goblins for us to exclaim over. A safe Halloween. Then we go home and watch scary movies the rest of the night and eat the candy still left in the bowl. I like the Paydays and Milky Ways.

It’s a far cry from my 1950’s childhood where my six siblings and I would dress in spooky homemade costumes, sheet ghosts with cut-out eyes or gypsies dripping with mom’s jewelry, and clutching our brown grocery bags, would trudge from one porch lit and decorated house to another gathering those large (not those measly ones they give out now) candy bars or homemade treats. I can still hear the laughter and leaves whispering on the chilly autumn air as we gathered our treats. As I remember, most of those nights had been rainy, dark and chilly. But that never stopped us candy monsters. We always went out and came home with a huge bag of goodies…which our mother would promptly take away from us and ration out sparingly over the next few weeks. So we wouldn’t get sick. Yeah, sure. I always suspected my parents pillaged from our bags themselves and stole our treats. Never could prove that, though.

But I still love Halloween, no matter what. It’s the night that the misty wall between the worlds of the living and dead is the weakest, or so the witches say…and, watch out, maybe a ghost or a demon might slip through and land on your doorstep. That’s why I never answer the door without peeking out the window first.

Because…hey, you never know.

May you read well and often

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tyler Whitesides - Janitors

32. Janitors by Tyler Whitesides (2011)
The Janitors Series Book 1
Length: 307 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 10 September 2013
Finished: 13 September 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Cheryl at Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 5 August 2013
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Tyler Whitesides is a new author for me.

Having just arrived in the small town of Welcher, twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro is still trying to get used to being the new kid in school. As the oldest child in a family of five, Spencer can barely find a moment of peace for himself - especially when his three-year-old brother Max can usually be found either hiding in Spencer's closet, ready to surprise him, or jumping on his older brother's bed while wearing sneakers. Spencer sometimes feels like he's the only tidy one in his whole family - he puts his dirty clothes in the hamper, cleans up any food he spills, and okay, so maybe he's just the slightest bit germophobic - but doesn't everybody wash their hands ten to fifteen times a day?

When the class bully - Dez Riley - writes on his face during algebra class, Spencer is in for a bigger shock than his sudden bout of inexplicable drowsiness. The mysterious pink soap he uses to wash his face, causes his skin to tingle and burn; although it certainly takes care of the black marker quickly. Suddenly, Spencer starts seeing weird creatures in his classroom and all around Welcher Elementary School: bat-like creatures rummaging through trashcans in the lunchroom, dust gophers foraging beside bookcases, and salamanders frolicking in the drinking fountain!

The strangest thing is that nobody else seems to see the creatures - nobody, that is, except the janitors of Welcher Elementary School. Spencer starts to suspect that the janitors know a secret that no one else does. He doesn't know how close to the truth he actually is: the creatures - known as Toxites - feed off the brainwaves of students, slowly draining their intelligence and replacing it with apathy, fatigue and inattention.

Now, with the help of fellow classmate Daisy 'Gullible' Gates - another one of Dez's frequent targets - Spencer must fight with and against a secret janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. But who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and ultimately the world? The Battle for Education has begun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters are extremely likable, and the story teaches truly valuable lessons about friendship, honesty, and standing up for what you believe in, even in the face of ridicule. I give this book an A! and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series; Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blog Tour For Run With the Wolves by T. C. Tombs From January 20, 2014 to March 18, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that T. C. Tombs will be touring the blogosphere to promote his paranormal fantasy Run With the Wolves. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from January 20, to March 18, 2014!

Mr. Tombs is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard and 10 Free Ebooks to the lucky winners at the end of his 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!

Run With the Wolves Blog Tour Information: 

Meet T. C. Tombs

T. C. Tombs earned degrees from Trent University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Like many Canadians, he loves hockey and golf, and he has a passion for medieval history, folk lore, literature, film, and music. Terry and his wife, Sandra, live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, where they have raised five daughters.

About Run With the Wolves: 

It is the fifteenth century, and three kingdoms are caught up in the dire conflicts of their time. As the possibility of a peaceful resolution provides hope that a decade-long war will finally end, no one realizes that dark forces are waiting to invoke chaos as a full moon rises.

On a farm nestled beneath the Euralene Mountains along the western border of Medinia, young Willie works for the Smythes as a serf. One moonlit evening when the Smythes are gone to a neighbouring village, Willie hears the terrified cries of animals in the pastures. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that this wolf pack attack is like no other. Badly injured during the raid, he survives—but now he is afflicted by the full-moon madness that will soon transform him into one of the wolf creatures he dreads. With his life seemingly warped forever, Willie must face the prospect of a lifelong descent into horror.

In a time of witchcraft, superstitious folk lore, and fearsome creatures roaming the night, Willie struggles with an uncertain destiny and must seek help from the one man he holds most responsible for the dark fate that awaits him during the next full moon cycle.

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T. C. Tombs and Pump up Your Book are giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card and 10 Free Ebooks!

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Run With the Wolves Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

January 20 - Book reviewed at Alaskan Book Cafe
January 21 - Guest blogging at Alaskan Book Cafe
January 23 - Book reviewed Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
January 24 - Guest blogging at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
January 27 - Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
January 28 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
January 29 - Guest blogging at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
January 30 - Guest blogging at Mary’s Cup of Tea
January 31 - Interviewed at Review From Here
February 3 - Guest blogging at Moonlight Reader
February 5 - Guest blogging at Krazy Book Lady
February 6 - Interviewed at Broowaha
February 7 - Guest blogging at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
February 10 - Guest blogging at The Fiction Enthusiast
February 11 - Guest blogging at Book Suburbia
February 12 - Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
February 13 - Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
February 17 - Guest blogging at She Writes
February 18 - Interviewed at Examiner
February 19 - Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
February 21 - Book reviewed at Castle Macabre
February 24 - Guest blogging at Blogher
February 25 - Guest blogging at Beyond the Books
March 4 - Interviewed at As the Pages Turn
March 5 - Guest blogging at Book Marketing Buzz
March 6 - Guest blogging at Crystal’s Many Reviews
March 7 - Book reviewed at Sweet Southern Couture
March 7 - Book reviewed at Ashley’s Bookshelf
March 10 - Guest blogging at Sun Mountain Reviews
March 11 - Book reviewed at Turning the Pages
March 12 - Book reviewed at Shhh…Not While I’m Reading
March 13 - Book reviewed at Inside BJ’s Head
March 14 - Guest blogging at Carol’s Notebook
March 15 - Book reviewed at Review From Here
March 16 - Interviewed at Between the Covers
March 17 - Guest blogging The Book Rack
March 18 - Guest blogging at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem

May you read well and often

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mike Hartner, Author of I, Walter, Discusses His Thoughts on Writing The Eternity Series

Meet Mike Hartner

Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband.

His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga.

He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

Visit his website at

Connect & Socialize with Mike!

Synopsis of I, Walter: This is the life story of Walter Crofter, an English commoner who ran from home at the age of 11. After two years living on the street, he ended up on a Merchant Mariners boat in the service of the Crown.

On his first voyage, he rescued a girl from pirates. A very important girl, who stole his heart before she was returned to her home.

This is the story of his life. What adventures he had at sea; what took him off the waters, and what happened to him as he lived his life and stayed true to his character.

Coming to Amazon on 10 May 2013! 

I would like to welcome Mike Hartner, author of I, Walter to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Hartner was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in his own words: 

'Pantser or Planner...The Story Behind the Eternity Series'
by Mike Hartner

In the beginning, there was light :).

So the truth is, in the beginning there was a book about 4 20somethings that will probably fit into the New Adult listing that is now gaining popularity. Loosely fashioned in a "Magnum P.I." format, these four caballeros used an older man, Bill, as their 'Higgins' -- the little guy who tried very hard to keep everyone out of trouble and running the straight and narrow. And the 4 heroes were destined to do great things together, but solving the riddles of a few major battles was a headache that just couldn't be put into perfect form for publishing.

My editor saw enough promise in those 4 heroes that he suggested I break from telling their story, and go to one aspect of the story... a darker aspect... and search for its history as far back as I could. It was during this search that I wrote a 10,000 word expose in a matter of two hours. And found Geoff, Walter's father.

But Geoff, to me, wasn't interesting enough. And with my editor's blessing, we got I, Walter.

More though, we found that I, Walter is the first book in this series, and that the four 20somethings that I had been working on were going to come into the series much later. So now, I know that they will be there, and I know that Walter is the start. And as I finish one book, I know the next one or two that are coming. So, Right now, Walter's son James is competing with a Scotsman named Angus to see who will be book two and who will be book three. But they will both be there.

Walter's son James is the logical choice, as most people will understand if they read I, Walter. And those people that have already read it have asked me when they will hear James' story. But, Angus' tie-in is equally important. And while the reader won't see the connection for several more books afterwards, I can promise you it is an important one.

I'm an organic writer, or what most people call a 'pantser'. I listen to the protagonist(s) and then try to tell the story that they've given me. Sometimes, there events take several days of perocolation to get through the bedroock in my head and come out on paper. But in each case, I'm nearly as surprised as the writer from listening to these characters.

To directly answer your question, I would say that each book will have an era of its own, even if it is a generation later. In some cases, it might be more than two generations later, but it will be concurrent on a timeline. Walter was born 1588, his son James 1610/11 ? if I remember correctly. So, James' story really starts 1621/2 and goes forward. Angus' is very similar timeline.

And book 4 will probably start in the 1670s, and maybe book 5 around the turn of the 1700s. Chronologically, the series will continue to march forward.

Mike Hartner, author of I, Walter
You can visit Mike's website at  

May you read well and often

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mike Hartner - I, Walter

31. I, Walter by Mike Hartner (2013)
The Eternity Series Book 1
Length: 221 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 2 September 2013
Finished: 5 September 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 10 July 2013
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and Mike Hartner is a new author for me.

Walter Crofter was born into a family of London shopkeepers in 1588. He never truly felt like he belonged within his own family - so by age eleven, Walter had run away and somehow found his way on to a British ship. For the next eight years, Walter sailed around the world and rose quickly through the ranks of the Merchant Navy. 

Now at the age of 67, Walter looks back over a life lived during a period of turmoil - where politics and royal favor could turn deadly, shifting at a whim. With a family background such as his, can an honest boy stay true to himself and his principles?

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It was such an engaging plot, and the characters fairly jumped off the page at me. I give this book an A+! and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, which will focus on the life of James Crofter, Walter's son.

A+! - (96-100%)    
May you read well and often

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sinhue Noriega - If It's Broken, Don't Fix it: A Candid Look at Our Complacent Education System

30. If It's Broken, Don't Fix It: A Candid Look at Our Complacent Education System by Sinhue Noriega (2013)
Length: 237 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 29 July 2013
Finished: 3 September 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Sinhue Noriega for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and Sinhue Noriega is a new author for me.

Told from the perspective of an educator and author, Sinhue Noriega reveals many of the secrets of America's broken and failing education system. Learn the reasons why - despite spending tens of millions of dollars on education - the American education system still allows and accepts failing test scores and graduates students who are poorly prepared for life beyond the classroom. Learn how the government managed to wrest complete control over education from the states; bypassing congress with a power-grab that happened seemingly overnight. 

From inside a women's correctional facility, to the small town public junior high school, a teacher on the "inside" takes you on a tour of our public education system and exposes the hypocrisy of the philosophy: "they preach what they don't want you to teach."

I have to say, that as I read this book, there seemed to me to be more news coverage of the American education system than there ever was before. Perhaps that was the way it has always been; but I was just more attuned to the news coverage, because I was reading this book. Anyway, I knew that the American education system was in dire straits; I just never realized that education standards had slipped as low as they have so quickly. It's frightening to witness! 

I have a question: How is it possible that debate over children's health and weight can be so rampant - which certainly is a worthy debate, don't get me wrong - but how then can schools remove recess or physical education classes from their schedule, and still complain that children are no longer as fit as they should be? If you remove cursive writing from a school's curriculum, I believe that schools should subsequently be denied the ability to complain about their students' handwriting skills. 

How can teachers allow students to continue to believe 3 times 4 equals 11; just as long as they can show their work sufficiently? My father was a former math teacher, and usually - if I used a particularly difficult mathematical concept correctly, but still got the wrong answer - I was certainly praised for figuring out the tough mathematical formula; but I was also told that my answer was wrong, or that I was using a particular mathematical formula in the wrong context. Then my dad taught me how to do the math correctly.  

I give this book an A+! and am eagerly looking forward to reading Sinhue Noriega's novel, Prisoner of Paradise sometime in the future.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reading Wrap-up For August at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Emeraldfire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog.

Anyway, I started out August with about two hundred unread books lying around the house and ended the month with...umm...uncountable amounts of books unread. All of the books that I acquired this month came from Amazon, authors, Netgalley and a Library Book Sale that Mom and I went to on the 22nd.

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 :))
- Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt
- The Marriage Prize by Virginia Henley
- Keeper of Reign by Emma Right
- Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Wool Part I by Hugh Howey
- To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor
- Tea With Emma by Diane Moody
- The Light Keepers by Mande Matthews
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson
- Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
- Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides
- Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides
- Mirror of the Nameless by Luke Walker
- Nightmare Man by Alan Ryker
- The Troop by Nick Cutter
- Red is For Rage by Connie Corcoran Wilson
- Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
- The Unholy: A Novel by Paul DeBlassie III
- Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
- I Never Thought I'd See You Again: A Novelists Inc. Anthology edited by Lou Aronica
- Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay
- The First True Lie by Marina Mander
- Covenant With Hell by Priscilla Royal
- A Beautiful Liar by Leanna Harrow
- Killing the Desire by Leanna Harrow
- Maggie's Men by Leanna Harrow
- Me, Myself and I: Funny Fights I've Had With me, Myself and Well...I by Leanna Harrow
- Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron
- Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart
- The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd
- Helen, the First Trojan Horse by Michael Lally
- The King Arthur Trilogy: Warrior of the West by M. K. Hume
- Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
- After Dark With a Scoundrel by Alexandra Hawkins
- The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter
- The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran
- Highland Champion by Hannah Howell
- In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady by Gayle Callen
- The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
- Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle
- Missing by Sharon Sala
- Much Ado About Magic by Patricia Rice
- My Scandalous Viscount by Gaelen Foley
- Retribution! by M. Flagg
- Scandal in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
- Threats at Three by Ann Purser
- Velvet is the Night by Elizabeth Thornton
- The Breach Between by Duncan McGonall
- The Trials of the Core by Michael E. Thies
- Jessie's Song by Eleni Papanou
- Echo Prophecy by Lindsey Fairleigh
- The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange
- The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt
- Keeper of Reign by Emma Right
- Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

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

Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 895
Grade Range: A+! to A!

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

May you read well and often