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

Monday, September 30, 2013

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 Amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/mqfmyq8

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

Witches: http://tinyurl.com/ltsx963
Four Spooky Short Stories: http://tinyurl.com/lbsy3bd
The Last Vampire - Revised: http://tinyurl.com/n2e73zl

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 rdgriff@htc.net, in exchange for a brief truthful review on Audible.com, 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

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

Saturday, September 28, 2013

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

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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 www.elainecantrell.com.

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 www.elainecantrell.com

May you read well and often

Elaine Cantrell - The Enchanted

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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

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!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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!

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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!

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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:
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  • 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.
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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

Julianne Donaldson - Blackmoore: A Proper Romance

Friday, September 20, 2013

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

Book Blast Blog Tour For Run With the Wolves by T. C. Tombs From October 21, to November 1, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that T. C. Tombs will be touring the blogosphere to promote his paranormal fantasy book Run With the Wolves. This is Mr. Tombs' first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from October 21, to November 1, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Mr. Tombs is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of his Book Blast Blog Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Run With the Wolves Book Blast 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.

Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!

T. C. Tombs and Pump up Your Book is giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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 $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash. 
  • This giveaway begins October 21 – November 1. 
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday November 2, 2013. 
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply. 
Good luck everyone!
Run With the Wolves Virtual Book Blast Tour Information:

October 22 - Naturally Kim B
October 22 - The Dark Phantom
October 23 - I’m Shelf-ish
October 24 - Hardcover Feedback
October 24 - As the Pages Turn
October 25 - Miki’s Hope
October 25 - The Writer’s Life
October 28 - Mary’s Cup of Tea
October 28 - Carol’s Notebook
October 29 - Every Free Chance
October 29 - Review From Here
October 29 - The Fiction Enthusiast
October 30 - Literal Exposure
October 30 - Beyond the Books
October 30 - Ali’s Books
October 31 - Minding Spot
October 31 - Between the Covers
November 1 - She Writes

Praise For Run With the Wolves:

“Beware of the full moon. This one is for all of the werewolf lovers!”
Top Book Reviewers

A well-written and addictive first novel.
Blue Ink Review

A well-developed, tightly plotted fantasy; readers will want installments two and three.
Kirkus Reviews

May you read well and often

Introducing Ghost Brother and The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hello everyone! With Halloween coming up soon, I have a real treat for you all! Starting on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 and going on until Thursday, October 24, 2013, Kathryn Meyer Griffith's spooky short story Ghost Brother will be available to download for free from Amazon.  

Then from Friday, October 25, 2013 until Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - The Banshee and the Witch, another one of Kathryn Meyer Griffith's spooky short stories - will also be free to download from Amazon. You may download each of these short stories separately, or all together in one book - Four Spooky Short Stories

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. 

Four Spooky Short Stories by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2013)
Length: 103 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Four Spooky Short Stories Blurb:

Four contemporary spooky short stories:
Ghost Brother: So what happens after you die? Do you go to heaven, or hell? Or do you go to a special place fashioned just for you based on the life you’d lived in the real world? Based on how you treated people? What you did to them?

And do ghosts exist? Do they roam the earth and plague the living, persuade them to do things they shouldn’t do?

Two brothers and their tale follow; their journey through life and death. 

Do you believe in ghosts? Some do.

Running With the Train: Sarah has always been lonely. Searching for a love she’s begun to believe will never come. Her family and friends depend, need her…but they can’t give her what she wants. True, eternal love. Like the wolves have.

So she goes on an adventure of a lifetime to the Grand Canyon; rides the train from Williams to the South Rim and sees these huge wolves running alongside in the evening twilight; scurrying unbelievably below on the Canyon’s ledges among the trees. 

She’s told there are no wolves but she hears their haunting cries. No one else sees or hears them. Just her. 

Has her loneliness made her crazy? 

The Banshee and the Witch: What would you do to live forever, stay young forever? To find true love again? 

And if you were a white witch with the magical powers to make it happen…and the secret of how to do it, would you? 

So when the banshee comes calling for you one rainy dark night you’ll do what you have to do to get what you desire the most. More time.

Too Close to the Edge: Artist Penelope had been looking forward to going with her husband, sister and brother-in-law to see the Grand Canyon…even though she was terrified of heights and, when she got there, couldn’t bear to get too close to the edge. She watched people balancing on one foot, acting foolish, taking photos, oblivious of the death waiting below them. It scared her.

Especially when a woman relates a story of a small child that fell into the Canyon the day before. Over the edge.

Then she sees a young girl go over the rim and no one will believe her.

For there was no child that had died – that day anyway. 

Was she seeing things that weren’t there, or was there another explanation?

May you read well and often

Tyler Whitesides - Janitors

Friday, September 13, 2013

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

Introducing The Feast by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones will be having a signing for her latest Christian Fiction book The Feast: A Parable of the Ring, at her West Valley City, Utah home on October 19, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM. The Feast is Kathryn's second book in her Parables Series - the sequel to Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones, which I read and reviewed in May of 2013.

Meet Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

When I was young I thought I had to sound like a great writer to be one. It was all so overwhelming; now I know I only need to sound like myself. My ideas come from two primary sources. My work might spark from the enlightening words of a friend, teacher or writing prompt. At other times, I am sitting in a very still space and the words I should write come to me like a powerful and glowing wind.

My favorite tool is the pen. Though computer keys get the words down quicker and easier, I like to put pen to paper, smell the ink, see the words as they are developed and renewed by new phrases or thoughts.

I enjoy traveling to wherever the character takes me. This often means even I am surprised and warmed at the outcome. In the end, when my writing is done, I like to watch the eyes of the reader whenever I can. Their reflective expression gives me the greatest glimpse into what my writing has become.

Before I was one, I loved to read books-or at least, pretend to. I couldn't walk yet but I would crawl to the bottom shelf for what I wanted. My Grandma says my books were placed near the floor for that very reason, and my mother speaks of me pulling my favorite book from the shelf and crawling back to the couch with the book safely in tow.

I would sit on the couch and pretend to read, speaking the language of some foreign diplomat-or perhaps, the tongue of angels, my mother wasn't quite sure which, and when I was done, I would crawl back to the shelf for another story.

When I am not writing I'm reading. I am an avid reader of the scriptures and books of spiritual merit. I have been married 30 years and enjoy teaching and working with youth and children-including my own three girls, three grand-daughters and grandson.

A published writer since 1987, I have published various newspaper and magazine articles for teens and adults.

For more information, be sure to visit Kathryn's website at www.ariverofstones.com.

Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2012)
Length: 104 pages
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Conquering Your Goliaths Blurb:

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

Travel with her 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 is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you from God, a power that must ultimately be unleashed to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what he wants for you. Come…

The Feast: A Parable of the Ring by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2013)
Length: 118 pages
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The Feast Blurb: 

Virginia had experienced the power and direction of the five stones; now, she would need to use them again.

For entirely different reasons.

Keeping her marriage together was not the only thing on her mind. Having a child wasn't going to happen in the usual way, and Virginia was determined that adoption was the answer. If she did all of the right things, said all of the right words; if she remembered the five stones in her journey to get her child, God would surely have to answer her.

It wouldn't be too difficult.

Parables Series:
Book 1: Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones
Book 2: The Feast: A Parable of the Ring

May you read well and often

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

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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

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

Friday, September 6, 2013

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 www.accidentalauthor.ca.

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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 www.accidentalauthor.ca  

May you read well and often

Mike Hartner - I, Walter

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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.

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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