Introducing Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

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

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

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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

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

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

Human No Longer Blurb: 

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

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

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

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

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

May you read well and often

Introducing Secrets and Lies: Cassie Scot Book 2 by Christine Amsden!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

 Meet Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.


 Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden (2013)
Length: 270 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Secrets and Lies Blurb:

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot Mystery Series.


May you read well and often

Giving Thanks For All Our Blessings This Thanksgiving!

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I hope that all my blog readers in the United States have a very happy Thanksgiving! May your Thanksgiving be filled with great food, wonderful friendship and all the family ties that you may wish for. :) I have to say that Mom and I will not be having the usual Thanksgiving turkey today - it will be smoked ham for us all the way. After that, we will kick up our feet and read books for the entire day! :)

May all of you have a wonderfully safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Be sure to find some quiet time for yourselves and count your blessings today when and if you can. I know that I'm incredibly thankful for my continued health and happiness, my mom's continued health and happiness, that we are both comfortable and love each other as much as we do, and that our family is as well as they are. We are also incredibly thankful for our three kitties - Ruby, Leila and Lollipop.

I also hope that everyone who is away from their families at this time, will know that they are sorely missed, truly loved and deeply appreciated by all! God bless all of you, may you have a very happy and wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

May you read well and often

Introducing Moon River by J. R. Rain!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet J. R. Rain

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

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

Visit his website at www.jrrain.com.

 Moon River by J. R. Rain (2013)
Length: 216 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Moon River Blurb: 

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

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

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For Tale Spins by Michael Mullin From December 16, 2013 to January 21, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Michael Mullin will be touring the blogosphere to promote his fairy tale trilogy Tale Spins. This virtual book tour is being hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and will last from December 16, 2013 to January 21, 2014!

The author is also doing two awesome giveaways during this tour - the first one, open to the US only, is for a Tale Spins Prize Package Blog Tour Giveaway - and the second, is for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter forms below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Tale Spins Blog Tour Information:

Meet Michael Mullin

Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are “8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf”; “The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny”; and “Jack’d”. Michael is also the co-author of the successful Larry Gets Lost children’s book series. His screenplay Zooing Time was recognized by the WGA’s Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.

Connect and Socialize with Michael!


About Tale Spins:

A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires “The Frog Prince” witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Michael Mullin and I am a Reader, Not a Writer is giving away a Tale Spins Prize Pack and an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!

Giveaway #1 - Tale Spins Prize Pack - Open to US Only



Giveaway #2 - $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash - Ends 1/21/14

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


Tale Spins Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


December 16th
Interview at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Spotlight at Emma Michaels
Spotlight at My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
Spotlight at Emeraldfire's Bookmark
December 17th
Review at Sarah Aisling
Spotlight at Paranormal Book Club
Review at Book Reviews From a Christian Gal
Spotlight at Fae Books

December 18th
Spotlight at A Blog Hop Place for Books
Review The Bookshelf Gargoyle
Guest Post at Gustosa Giveaways

December 19th
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Spotlight at Bookworm Lisa
Review at Readalot
Review at Doodles, Doodles Everywhere

December 20th
Review at Cover2CoverBlog
Review at Our Wolves Den
Review at Hide the Matches

January 7th
Review at Shelf Full of Books
Review at Hot Off the Shelves
Spotlight at MyLadyWeb: Women Authors and Women’s History
Review at A Casual Reader’s Blog

January 8th
Review at Tifferz and Her Sisterz Book Reviewz
Review at Mom With A Kindle
Review at fuonlyknew

January 9th
Review at Mythical Books
Spotlight at Kelly P’s Blog
Review at My Portable Library
Review at Taffy’s Writing

January 10th
Review at The Muse Unleashed
Review at Book Lover's Life
Review at Spiced Latte Reads
Review at Savings in Seconds

January 11th
Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Review at Bibliophilia, Please

January 12th
Tens List at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Review at Once Upon a YA Book

January 13th
Review at alwaysjoart
Interview at BookHounds YA
Spotlight at From the Bootheel Cotton Patch
Review at Vonnie’s Reading Corner

January 15th
Review at StoreyBook Reviews
Review at Min Reads and Reviews
Review at Author Janiera Eldridge
Spotlight at Literary Winner
Review at Brooke Blogs
Review at Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys
Spotlight at 3 Partners in Shopping - Nana, Mommy and Sissy Too!

January 17th
Review at Sher A. Hart: Written Art
Spotlight at Pieces of Whimsy
Review at Author Cindy C Bennett
Review at Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Spotlight at Amethyst Daydreams


Praise for Tale Spins:

Not usually enamoured of either re-tellings or poetry I was totally taken aback by just how much I relished this trilogy of alternative fairytales and re-tellings aimed at the Young Adult market. ~ Tracy (Goodreads)

TaleSpins was like walking into a vintage store and finding a true treasure. This book takes the fairytales we all grew up on and gives them an interesting and modernized version that I enjoyed. ~ Rose (Goodreads)

May you read well and often

Our Library Visit For November

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Thursday? I'm doing just fine. :) Well, today being Thursday, this is the day that mom usually runs her errands. She still ran her errands, but before she did, she and I went to our local library and raided the library book sale! :)

It was absolutely wonderful! We spent about an hour and a half - from 11:45 A. M. to 12:30 P. M. - at the library, and had agreed before hand that this was to be our Christmas visit. The books that we bought at the library book sale would be kept as Christmas gifts for us both - we'll see how long that promise lasts! LOL!! :)

Between us, we bought 36 hardcovers, 61 paperbacks as well as 4 jigsaw puzzles (another one of mom's weaknesses! :)) We spent a whopping $65 for a total of 97 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

I just finished reading Moon River by J. R. Rain earlier today, so I have no idea what I'm going to read next! :)

May you read well and often

J. R. Rain - Moon River

45. Moon River by J. R. Rain (2013)
The Vampire For Hire Series Book 8
Length: 204 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 18 November 2013
Finished: 21 November 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 5 November 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and J. R. Rain is a new author for me.

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

Now in Moon River, private investigator, Samantha Moon, is asked to look into a series of bizarre murders - murders that are starting to look more and more like the handiwork of a bloodthirsty vampire. But when the danger creeps closer to home, and Sam's sister, Mary Lou, disappears - Samantha, her private eye trainee Allison, and werewolf attorney Kingley must take the fight underground...into the dark heart of a vampire's lair.

This was the first book by J. R. Rain that I've ever read, although I do have Teeth and Moon Dance my Wish List. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future and give Moon River a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Scott Eder - Knight of Flame

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

44. Knight of Flame by Scott Eder (2013)
The Knights Elementalis Series Book 1
Length: 355 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Started: 14 November 2013
Finished: 20 November 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Scott Eder and to Tracee 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 18 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal romance and Scott Eder is a new author to me.

As the most chaotic of the earth's primal elements, fire is notoriously fickle and unstable. 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 to dark deeds.

Stationed in Tampa, Florida, the sixth Knight of Flame, Develor Quinteele, waits impatiently for the prophesied emergence of the last Gray Lord, his Order's ancient nemesis. Hampered by the memories of a centuries-old tragedy, Dev knows of only one way to control his elemental power - rage. It simmers just beneath his surface - barely contained - igniting at the slightest provocation.

After a brutal attack by the Gray Lord's minions for which Dev is blamed, he is stripped of his freedom until he learns to control his violent impulses. With the help of his fellow Knights, can Dev balance his rage and unlock his true elemental potential in time to prevent Tampa's devastation?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was completely drawn into the story from the first page, and appreciated that while it possessed many romantic elements, the story wasn't overwhelmed by them. I give Knight of Flame an A+! and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Book Blast Blog Tour For The Rat Chronicles: Meta Cognition by G. W. Rennie From December 11, 2013 to December 25, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that G. W. Rennie will be touring the blogosphere to promote his science fiction novel, The Rat Chronicles. This is Mr. Rennie's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from December 11, to December 25, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Mr. Rennie 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!

The Rat Chronicles Book Blast Information: 

Meet G. W. Rennie

Gerald Rennie, currently working in Port Coquitlam in beer distribution, graduated High School in 1981, has a life long interest in the subject of rats. Previously published a short auto biography about experiences with them in The Rat Worshiper. Lives alone with his five rats in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

About The Rat Chronicles: Meta Cognition:

An alien race known as the Xzebuliens that exists in an alternate universe has developed the technology to create a rift in our own, that appears on the blind side of the moon. They send asteroids through the rift and deflect them to land on all the major continents of Earth, containing a virus engineered to wipe out the human race, so they can leave their dying world behind after we are gone. There will however, be limitations to the virus, like how far and fast it spreads from the epicenters of the land masses that they strike making our environment toxic to humans, but not to most any other forms of life on the planet. The virus, also designed to turn the environment against humans, including the plant and animal life.

What the aliens did not count on is that the rats of Earth are affected by the virus in a way that mutates them, rendering the virus inert so as not to be dangerous to us through them, but giving them an ability to become telepathic with people through their Meta cognitive abilities that they share with human beings which is evidently lacking in other animal species. They eventually become our allies using their superior senses and intellect that work through us because of their mutated telepathic abilities and the Meta cognitive powers that both our species have in common in thwarting the alien attempts to invade.

An ancient secret the rats discover in an otherworldly alien AI database that they reveal to us through their enhanced mental abilities is so shocking it will change the way people look at rats and our world forever. The human race becomes subservient to the rats because of their accidental alien viral metamorphosis as we depend on each other for the survival of both our species…

Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!

G. W. Rennie 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
  • This giveaway begins December 11 and ends on December 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 26, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
ENTER TO WIN!

The Rat Chronicles Book Publicity Tour Schedule: 


December 11 - The Fiction Enthusiast
December 11 - Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
December 12 - I’m Shelf-ish
December 12 - As the Pages Turn
December 13 - Blooming with Books
December 13 - Beyond the Books
December 16 - Maureen’s Musings
December 17 - Mary’s Cup of Tea
December 17 - Plug Your Book
December 18 - The Writer’s Life
December 18 - Book Marketing Buzz
December 19 - Ali’s Books
December 20 - Curling Up By the Fire
December 20 - Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
December 23 - Crystal’s Many Reviews
December 23 - Between the Covers
December 24 - Literarily Speaking
December 24 - The Dark Phantom
December 25 - Review From Here
December 25 - Literal Exposure
December 25 - Emeraldfire's Bookmark

May you read well and often

Introducing The Courtlight Series by Terah Edun!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. Since I have already done several book release posts for the novels of The Courtlight Series, I thought that I would also begin to highlight the series itself written by popular fantasy author Terah Edun. I would advise you to grab your own copies of these novels as soon as possible!


The Courtlight Series is a series of full length novels focusing on a young woman’s fight to rise from poverty to elegance. Each book is a clean, teen read with lots of magic and a hint of romance. If you’ve enjoyed books such as the Graceling Series and the Grey Wolf Throne Series then you’ll love this series.

Meet Terah Edun

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

Connect and Socialize with Terah!


 Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (2013)
Length: 245 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon

Sworn to Raise Blurb:

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

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

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

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

 Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun (2013)
Length: 354 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

 Sworn to Transfer Blurb: 

Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. The Ameles Forest lies unprotected and it's inhabitants are dying.

As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city's nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she's given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into
 question. 

To keep the Companions' Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she's faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

Courtlight Series:
Book 1: Sworn to Raise
Book 2: Sworn to Transfer

May you read well and often

Dina Di Mambro - True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

43. True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders by Dina Di Mambro (2013)
Length: 229 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 9 November 2013
Finished: 13 November 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Rebecca at The Cadence Group for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 28 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like true crime and Dina Di Mambro is a new author for me.

A tantalizing mixture of classic Hollywood nostalgia and true crime, this book is suspenseful, entertaining, and compulsively readable. Featuring 100 rare photographs and a dozen different chapters, True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders by Dina Di Mambro, uncovers the true stories of mystery and murder surrounding the lives and deaths of many stars of Hollywood's golden age. The lives, potential scandals, and untimely deaths of such people as William Desmond Taylor, Thomas Ince, Jean Harlow, Thelma Todd, Joan Bennett, Lana Turner, George Reeves, Gig Young, Bob Crane, Natalie Wood, Robert Blake, and Mickey Cohen are revealed. Included in the cast of characters of this book are Johnny Stompanato, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Charlie Chaplin. And read never before told mob stories about Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel, Virginia Hill, and a host of notorious underworld figures.

From 1922 until 2001, explore some of Hollywood's most fascinating mysteries, scandals and murders - true Hollywood noir lived by the players behind the scenes. The West Coast mob and city corruption intertwining with Hollywood mysteries on and off screen, the plots of noir films pulled from actual happenings in the criminal underworld - these are the stories behind the stories, the darker images playing out in living color behind the silver screen. Although many of the actors mentioned in this book met with tragic and untimely deaths, or notorious misfortune tainted the remainder of their lives, the talent of these highly creative individuals and the legacy they left behind has given them a timeless immortality which is undeniable.

I love watching movies, and so by extension, I thoroughly enjoyed reading True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders by Dina Di Mambro. Although I knew several of these actors' names and life stories because I took a Classic Film course when I was in college, there were also many of these names that were relatively new to me. I give this book an A! and certainly look forward to reading more by Ms. Di Mambro in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Book Blast For Soul Prints by Norman Hines

Monday, November 11, 2013


Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Norman Hines, author of the mystical book Soul Prints to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Hines is currently on a Book Blast tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through mid-November. This is also my fifth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Soul Prints by Norman Hines justice.

The author is also doing a giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two lucky winners at the end of his Book Blast. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

About Soul Prints:


Set within the backdrop of a mystical battle between good and evil, the lives of two young people unknowingly struggle to complete their soul prints on earth. The local high school has taken on the onerous task of mounting the musical Man of La Mancha. Infiltrating the lives of the members of the production is a force that threatens to exert a mind boggling influence on the cast.

Nuri Lemuel, a girl with a sweet soprano voice, and chosen to play Aldonza, the tragic lead of the play, has always longed to touch the heart of her unavailable father. Nathaniel is a fellow student with whom she is ill-fated for involvement. Unknown to her, he is a lost soul from the world beyond. So much of his life and memory is an unsolved mystery. Their efforts to fulfill the demanding reason for existence take them into a fearful world of the unknown.

Soul Prints is a poetic tale of grief, enlightenment and an underlying hope for peace.

Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!

Meet Norman Hines

Norman Hines is a graduate of Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College and has worked as a high school counselor and director of school and community theatre. Norman is one of the founders of the NOSCO Academy of Theatre Arts and is the recipient of awards for his work with children and community service. He currently lives in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Norman Hines 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.
  • Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins November 11 and ends November 22.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, November 25, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
ENTER TO WIN!


May you read well and often

Book Blast Blog Tour For Ghost Sanctuary: A Journey Into the Spirit World and God With Actual Video and Photo Evidence by Becky J. From December 11, 2013 to December 25, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Becky J. will be touring the blogosphere to promote her non-fiction paranormal/occult book, Ghost Sanctuary. This is Becky's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from December 11, to December 25, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Becky is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of her 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!

Ghost Sanctuary Book Blast Information:

Meet Becky J.

Becky J. is an equestrian lover and spends her days in Western activities, teaching, riding, training, and breeding horses. For more information about her unusual nonfiction tale, please visit www.GhostSanctuary.com.

About Ghost Sanctuary: A Journey Into the Spirit World and God With Actual Video and Photo Evidence:

Ghost Sanctuary is a factual accounting of a family’s struggle with ghosts living in their home. The book explains in detail the happenings faced by the family and their reaction to the invasion of the spirit realm into their own. The book contains fascinating photo and video evidence of what the family has and continues to experience. The author identifies how her own belief in God and the afterlife has helped her to overcome and understand the trials and tribulations of her family’s ordeal.

Purchase Your Copy From Author House!

Becky J. and Pump up Your Book are 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
  • This giveaway begins December 11 and ends on December 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Thursday, December 26, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
ENTER TO WIN!

Ghost Sanctuary Virtual Book Blast Tour Information: 

December 11 - Crystal’s Many Reviews
December 11 - Literal Exposure
December 12 - Literary Winner
December 12 - I’m Shelf-ish
December 13 - Inkslinger’s Opus
December 16 - Mary’s Cup of Tea
December 16 - Book Marketing Buzz
December 17 - Literarily Speaking
December 18 - Between the Covers
December 19 - Review From Here
December 19 - Redroom
December 20 - Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
December 20 - Celticlady’s Reviews
December 23 - The Dark Phantom
December 24 - As the Pages Turn
December 24 - All Inclusive Retort
December 25 - The Writer’s Life
December 25 - Beyond the Books

May you read well and often

Book Blast Blog Tour For Dear Friend: The Power of Pen Pals and Journaling by Cheri DeGroot From December 11, 2013 to December 25, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Cheri DeGroot will be touring the blogosphere to promote her non-fiction humanities book, Dear Friend. This is Cheri's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from December 11, to December 25, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. DeGroot is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of her 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!

Dear Friend Book Blast Information: 

Meet Cheri DeGroot

Cheri DeGroot loves writing letters and journals of her life. Pen palling helps her make new friendships by reaching out through written letters and by computer. DeGroot has initiated several pen pal clubs. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in Milverton, Ontario, with her husband, Joe.

About Dear Friend: The Power of Pen Pals and Journaling

Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordable—become a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters.

Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United States have helped her through life’s good and bad times. This guide demonstrates the positive aspects of pen palling—from sharing news of family, hobbies and emotions to expanding their knowledge by learning about different cultures and different people.

Stressing the importance of communication, Dear Friend reveals how becoming a pen pal can help those who are lonely to find friendship, love, and happiness through the power of the written word.

Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!


Cheri DeGroot 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
  • This giveaway begins December 11 and ends on December 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Thursday, December 26, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
ENTER TO WIN!



Dear Friend Virtual Book Blast Tour Information:

December 11 Ali’s Books
December 11 Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
December 11 Satisfaction for the Insatiable Reader
December 11 Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
December 12 I’m Shelf-ish
December 12 Svetlana’s Reads and Views
December 13 Blooming with Books
December 13 As the Pages Turn
December 16 Hanging Off the Wire
December 17 Lighthouse Academy
December 17 Between the Covers
December 18 Books, Books the Magical Fruit
December 18 The Writer’s Life
December 19 Redroom
December 19 Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
December 20 The Book Rack
December 20 - Plug Your Book
December 20 - Library of Clean Reads
December 23 Maureen's Musings
December 23 Crystal’s Many Reviews
December 24 Literary Winner
December 25 Celticlady’s Reviews
December 25 - Review From Here

May you read well and often

Introducing Knight of Flame by Scott Eder!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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.

 Knight of Flame by Scott Eder (2013)
Length: 355 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Knight of Flame Blurb:

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, Develor 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.

After a brutal attack by the Gray Lord's minions for which Dev is blamed, he's stripped of his freedom until he learns to control his violent impulses. With the help of his fellow Knights, can he balance his rage and unlock his true elemental potential to prevent Tampa's devastation?
  

May you read well and often

Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson - A Light in Dark Places

42. A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson (2013)
Length: 202 pages
Genre: True Crime
Started: 3 November 2013
Finished: 6 November 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 October 2013
Why do I have it? I had heard of the Susan Powell case back in December of 2009 and followed the news coverage avidly until its tragic conclusion.

On December 7, 2009, a nightmare that eventually spanned two years began with a single phone call: "Susan never dropped off the boys." Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her West Valley City, Utah home in December, 2009. As law enforcement diligently tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, suspicion fell on her husband Josh Powell, and he soon became the only person of interest in the case.

For Jennifer Graves, Josh's sister, the nightmare began long before Susan's disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe that her brother was capable of murder, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to ensuring the safety of Susan's sons, 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 beyond devastated. However, somehow she had to believe there was a purpose for it all - including the deaths of her precious nephews. In A Light in Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy, she was finally able to embrace the truth that we all have the ability to choose our own path through life - and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

This was such a poignant story for me to read - in my opinion, A Light in Dark Places is truly a wonderfully inspiring tribute to the memories of Susan, Charlie, and Braden. I give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For The Howling Heart by April Bostic From December 3, 2013 to December 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that April Bostic will be touring the blogosphere to promote her paranormal romance novel The Howling Heart. This is April's first virtual book tour with Tribute Books. She will be coming to a blog near you from December 3, to December 31, 2013! - you may also visit Tribute Books' official Tour Blog For The Howling Heart as well. Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Bostic is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash, a Signed Paperback of The Howling Heart, and a Custom-Made One-of-a-Kind Wolf Necklace Designed by Artist Sandi Baker to one lucky winner at the end of her 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! 

Here is a picture of Ms. Baker's work, so you know what you can look forward to: 


The Howling Heart Blog Tour Information:

Meet April Bostic

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled A Rose to the Fallen.



Her first short story, Right Here, Right Now, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled Eros, My Love, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled Love Addiction.



After five years, she released her second novel, The Howling Heart in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth short story in December 2013, an 18th century paranormal romance entitled A Dark Scandal.

Connect and Socialize with April!


About The Howling Heart:

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.



Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv---wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon, ITunes, BooksaMillion and Barnes and Noble!

April Bostic and Tribute Books is giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash!

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The Howling Heart Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


December 3 - Review at The Character Connection - (click link to read the posted review)
December 4 - Review at The Bibliophilic Book Blog - (click link to read the posted review)
December 5 - Reviews at Bookish - (click link to read the posted review) and Rather Barefoot than Bookless - (click link to read the posted review)
December 6 - Reviews at The Plot Thickens - (click link to read the posted review) and The Story of a Writer (click link to read the posted review)
December 9 - Review at City Girl Who Loves to Read (click link to read the posted review)
December 10 - Review at Tribute Books Mama (click link to read the posted review)
December 11 - Review at Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess (click link to read the posted review)
December 12 - Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways (click link to read the posted review) and
Wicked Readings by Tawania (click link to read the posted review)
December 13 - Emeraldfire's Bookmark (click link to read the posted review)
December 16 - Unabridged Bookshelf (click link to read the posted review)
December 19 - Reading Challenged (click link to read the posted review)
December 27 - Sapphyria's Book Reviews (click link to read the posted review)

May you read well and often

Layton Green - The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense

Monday, November 4, 2013

41. The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense by Layton Green (2010)
The Dominic Grey Series Book 1
Length: 318 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 27 October 2013
Finished: 4 November 2013
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 December 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Layton Green is a new author for me.

William Addison - retired United States diplomat - disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bush veld of Zimbabwe. Assigned to investigate the Addison case is Dominic Grey - Diplomatic Security special agent - a product of a violent childhood and a well-worn passport. He is not typically a 'by the book, follow the rules' special agent - but because he is so well-traveled, and knowledgeable in the martial arts - Dominic has managed to keep his position with the American Embassy.

Aiding in the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenology scholar and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison. What Dominic uncovers during his investigation is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a demagogic priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest sacrifice.

Himself.

The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense, is the first book in a series which spans the globe; whose protagonists investigate the world's most bizarre and dangerous cults. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was well-written and fast-paced, and captured my attention right from the beginning. I must say that there were several unexpected plot twists - at least for me - and the various cliff-hangers throughout the story had me literally on the edge of my seat.

I give this book a definite A+! and look forward to reading more from Layton Green in the future. This story is certainly not for the faint-of-heart, and is totally thrilling and suspenseful.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark From December 2, 2013 to February 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Carlyle Clark will be touring the blogosphere to promote his mystery/thriller, The Black Song Inside. This is Mr. Clark's first virtual blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from December 2, to February 28, 2014! Come join us for all the fun!

Mr. Clark is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $100 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!

The Black Song Inside Blog Tour Information:


Meet Carlyle Clark

Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer’s requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.

He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.

His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.

Visit his website at http://carlyleclark.wordpress.com.

Connect and Socialize with Carlyle!


About The Black Song Inside:

Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could leave them in prison or dead.

Atticus’s manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary’s family that she exploits to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva’s bloody bid to take over the cartel.

The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists who, if they can save themselves, may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!


Carlyle Clark and Pump up Your Book is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the Accelerate Your Power Grand Prize.
  • This giveaway begins December 2 and ends February 28.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, March 3, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

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The Black Song Inside Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, December 2 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, December 3 - Interview at Blogcritics
Wednesday, December 4 - Book Feature at Examiner
Thursday, December 5 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Friday, December 6 - Guest Blogging at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Friday, December 6 - Book Feature at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
Monday, December 9 - Guest Blogging at Raven Reviews
Monday, December 9 - Book Feature at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, December 10 - Interview at The Book Connection
Wednesday, December 11 - Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC
Wednesday, December 11 - Book Feature at Confessions of a Reader
Thursday, December 12 - First Chapter Reveal at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, December 13 - Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Mom
Monday, December 16 - Guest Blogging at Confessions of a Reader
Monday, December 16 - Book Feature at The Road to Here
Tuesday, December 17 - First Chapter Reveal at Reader Girls
Wednesday, December 18 - Book Review at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Thursday, December 19 - Book Review at Hezzie D’s Books and Cooks
Friday, December 20 - Book Review at Teenage Rush
Monday, December 23 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Thursday, December 26 - First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books
Friday, December 27 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Monday, January 6 - Interview at Every Free Chance Book Reviews
Tuesday, January 7 - First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, January 8 - First Chapter Reveal at Literary Winner
Thursday, January 9 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Rambling Voices in My Head
Thursday, January 9 - Character Guest Post at The Fiction Enthusiast
Thursday, January 9 - Book Feature at Krazy Book Lady
Friday, January 10 - Guest Blogging at My Reading Table
Monday, January 13 - Book Feature at Bibliotica
Tuesday, January 14 - Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Wednesday, January 15 - Book Review at My Reading Table
Thursday, January 16 - Character Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Table
Monday, January 20 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, January 21 - Character Guest Post at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, January 23 - Interview at Workaday Reads
Monday, January 27 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Tuesday, January 28 - Guest Blogging at Reading Rendezvous
Wednesday, January 29 - Book Review and Character Guest Post at My Book Addiction Reviews
Friday, January 31 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Monday, February 3 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Monday, February 3 - Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, February 5 - Book Review at Carol’s Notebook
Thursday, February 6 - Guest Blogging at Musings by Maureen
Monday, February 10 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, February 11 - First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom
Wednesday, February 12 - Interview at As the Page Turns
Thursday, February 13 - Character Interview at Beyond the Books
Friday, February 14 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Saturday, February 15 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Monday, February 17 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Tuesday, February 18 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Thursday, February 20 - Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Friday, February 20 - Book Review at Secret Southern Couture
Monday, February 24 - Book Feature at Plug Your Book
Wednesday, February 26 - Character Guest Post at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, February 27 - Book Review at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Friday, February 28 - Book Review and First Chapter Reveal at Svetlana’s Reads and Reviews
Friday, February 28 - The Black Song Inside Book Tour Highlights at PUYB Virtual Book Club

May you read well and often