Thursday, October 31, 2013

Introducing The Diabolist by Layton Green!

Meet Layton Green

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

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

His latest book is The Diabolist.

Visit his website at www.laytongreen.com.


The Diabolist by Layton Green (2013)
Length: 388 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

The Diabolist Blurb:

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

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

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


Dominic Grey Series:
Book 1: The Summoner 
Book 2: The Egyptian
Book 3: The Diabolist  

May you read well and often

Monday, October 28, 2013

Introducing Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron!

Meet Chuck Waldron

Chuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion's Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines...and has no idea what to do with his discovery.

An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire's plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.

"I grew up," Chuck said, "listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James' gang. It didn't matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels."

Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition - the good, the bad and the ugly.

As Chuck tells it, "stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet."

His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.

Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.

 Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron (2013)
Length: 318 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Lion's Head Deception Blurb:

Matt Tremain discovers a passion for writing blogs. When he is warned of a diabolical scheme, and the tipster is killed, Matt uncovers a conspiracy. An investigative television reporter and her cameraman may be potential partners or rivals. A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run to expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested, and perhaps exterminated themselves...

Lion's Head Deception Book Trailer:



May you read well and often

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chuck Waldron - Lion's Head Deception

40. Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron (2013)
Length: 317 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 23 October 2013
Finished: 26 October 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 August 2013
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Chuck Waldron is a new author for me.

Matt Tremain discovers a passion for writing blogs. He considers himself an investigative blogger, bound to discover the truth; and even though he has a rather small readership, they're faithful followers of his blog Vérité. When he is warned of a diabolical scheme, and the tipster is subsequently killed in a car accident, Matt is convinced that a true conspiracy is at work. 

An investigative television reporter and her cameraman may be potential partners or rivals. A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his motivation. Soon, Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run to discover the truth. Because Matt Tremain and his friends have all become Public Enemies - with warrants out for their detention, arrest, and probable extermination...

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I'm not entirely sure why, but I've frequently classified 'Dystopian Thrillers' in the same genre as 'Espionage Thrillers' - which was a genre I wasn't all that interested in reading at first. I actually haven't read that many dystopian thrillers before, although I now have several on my TBR shelf. I give this book a definite A! and look forward to reading more from Chuck Waldron in the future.

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blog Tour For Loving in Time by A. E. Kirk From March 3, 2014 to March 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that A. E. Kirk will be touring the blogosphere to promote her romantic sci-fi Loving in Time. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from March 3, to March 28, 2014!

Loving in Time Blog Tour Information:

Meet A. E. Kirk

Abi Kirk is a writer of sorts. Mostly she writes about fantasy or science-fiction for young adults and or horror for adults. After teaching and travelling most of Asia in 2012 and early 2013, Abi now lives in Devon, UK and is constantly inspired by the views of the sloping, idyllic landscapes around her.

She got her inspiration to write this book while competing for a Writers Competition on Wattpad in 2011, and after coming in joint second, Abi was guided by her fans and readers to seek out publishers.

Her first published book, Loving In Time, can be found on the Amazon UK and Pegasus Publishers websites for those who live outside of the UK.

If you want to contact Abi and see the other things she is working on, you can visit her website http://www.abi-kirk.webs.com

Connect and Socialize with A. E.!

About Loving in Time:

High school student Helen Xenakis is not just a teenager, she is also a Princess of Sparta. When her guards travel to her time, from the past, they take her back to the time of Trorian war, but there is someone that threatens her new regal life. Can Helen truly have her soul-mate or is her heart destined to be for someone else? And when a tragedy occurs, will she take up the mantle to do what needs to be done?

Purchase Your Copy From Pegasus Publishing and Amazon UK!



Loving in Time Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, March 3 - Book Feature at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Monday, March 3 - Book Feature at Mom With a Kindle
Wednesday, March 5 - Guest Blogging at Cherry Mischievous
Friday, March 7 - Book Review at Trips Down Imagination Road
Monday, March 10 - Book Feature at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, March 12 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, March 12 - Book Feature at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Monday, March 17 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, March 21 - Book Feature at I Heart Reading
Monday, March 24 - Interview at A Blue Million Books
Tuesday, March 25 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, March 26 - Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, March 27 - Book Review at Southeast by Midwest
Friday, March 28 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Brooke Blogs

May you read well and often

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Blast For A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson


Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson, authors of A Light in Dark Places, to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Graves and Ms. Clawson are currently on a Book Blast tour with I'm a Reader, Not a Writer lasting through the last part of the month of October. This is also my fourth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson justice.

The authors are also doing a giveaway - they are giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner at the end of their 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 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.

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About 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!


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

Terms and Conditions:

  • Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash.
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  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
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Good luck everyone!

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May you read well and often

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mayra Calvani - Dark Lullaby

39. Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani (2011)
Length: 176 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 17 October 2013
Finished: 21 October 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book and Mayra Calvani for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 September 2013
Why do I have it? I like horror and Mayra Calvani is a new author for me.

In a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her ethereal beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her, especially the perverse 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. Despite a heavy workload, and the disturbing nightmares and visions he's having about his sister's baby that's due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning splendor of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of Kamilah's true nature. In a place where death dwells and reality and illusion seem entwined, Gabriel must come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister's unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story was very intriguing and I found myself wondering about Kamilah's true motives. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading more from Mayra Calvani in the future.

A+! - (96-100%) 

May you read well and often

Friday, October 18, 2013

Introducing Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun!







Meet Terah Edun

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

Connect and Socialize with Terah!


Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun (2013)
Length: 275 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.


May you read well and often

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Joseph Spencer, Author of The Sons of Darkness Series, Talks About the Inspiration Behind Wrage

Meet Joseph Spencer

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph is hard at work on the rest of the series. Book 2 – Wrage – was released June 1, 2013. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

Visit his website at www.JosephBSpencer.com.

 Connect and Socialize with Joseph!
Synopsis from Goodreads: As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls push Prairieville to the brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.

Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatual realm in chaos and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Orlando Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family's stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers. Cyrus' heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.

The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero's name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert the destruction of all creation.

Coming to Amazon 1 June 2013!

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

'The Backstory to Wrage'
by Joseph Spencer

Though there is a great deal of fiction in my Sons of Darkness series, both Grim and Wrage are full of references from mythology, religion and historical lore of spirituality. I’ve always been fascinated with how various cultures explained unknown phenomenon in the world around them with supernatural tales or with faith-based belief systems. I’ve also loved reading the exploits of some of the great fictional detectives in literature from classical characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot to modern-day crime fighters like Jack Reacher and V. I. Warshawski. When I decided to write fiction professionally, I wanted to blend my fascination of occult and paranormal subject matter with classic crime conventions to create a different sort of book.

I’ve dealt with a great deal of loss in my life. My mother left my father when I was a toddler because he threatened my life with a hunting rifle. I haven’t seen my father since the age of five. In a lot of ways, my grandfather became the only willing father figure in my life and I attended his funeral on my tenth birthday. I lost my grandmother, who was a lot like a second mother, eight years ago. I think that’s why I’ve always fixated on the afterlife. When I started writing, I wanted to tap into some of my own emotions about losing loved ones too soon.

I wrapped many of these emotions into Heath Grim, a world-weary millionaire fixated on solving the riddle of his past. Mythological references played a central role in telling Heath’s story. His case of masks featured several mythological monsters such as the Piasa bird, a Native American legend from my home state of Illinois. During punishment of an arsonist who killed a family in a fire, Heath wore the mask of Ammut, the Egyptian destroyer god. Heath lectured the arsonist on the Egyptian tale of the weighing of the heart in the afterlife which describes how a soul is judged to determine its eternal fate.

When I decided to expand Grim into the Sons of Darkness series with Wrage, I incorporated many references from religion and historical lore. The “War Scroll” from the Dead Sea Scrolls foretells of an apocalyptic fight between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness in which Light will earn eternal peace by destroying Darkness. Each son in the Sons of Darkness series will represent a deadly sin, and each son in my future Sons of Light series will symbolize a cardinal virtue. Abaddon, a mysterious entity in Grim and Wrage which attempts to corrupt souls so that he can use them as vessels for the Sons of Darkness army, is a debated figure from religious contexts, viewed either as a bottomless pit for the damned or an angel of destruction. Archangel Michael also appears in Wrage as the leader of the Sons of Light. He attempts to dissuade Jeff Wrage from damning his soul by becoming Abaddon’s executioner.

May you read well and often

Joseph Spencer - Wrage

38. Wrage by Joseph Spencer (2013)
The Sons of Darkness Series Book 2
Length: 293 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 12 October 2013
Finished: 16 October 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 29 July 2013
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and had read and enjoyed Grim by the same author in the past. 

As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes the town of Prairieville, Illinois to the brink of war in both the living and supernatural realms. When Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, in order to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife, their pact throws the supernatural realm into chaos. Seeing the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family stronghold over the Prairieville organized crime scene and thus install himself as mob kingpin, Orlando Marino unleashes a plague which turns its victims into mindless followers. Meanwhile, Cyrus' heir is busy rooting out a traitor in his ranks, and so is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.     

The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero's name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing and her new partner is reported dead. She ultimately learns the truth about her identity, and uncovers a trail of secrets that leads her to question her tragic past.

I have to say that, as with the first book in the Sons of Darkness Series, the plot is just as gritty and action-packed in Wrage. I enjoyed reading this book and was drawn into the story from the first page. I give Wrage a definite A! and can't wait to read the next book in the series.

A! - (90-95%)  

May you read well and often

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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

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

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tyler Whitesides - Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy

37. Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides (2012)
The Janitors Series Book 2
Length: 367 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 13 September 2013
Finished: 11 October 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 have read and enjoyed Janitors by the same author in the past.

In an epic battle which practically destroyed Welcher Elementary School, sixth graders Spencer Zumbro and Daisy Gates along with the wizard-like Rebel Janitors temporarily vanquished the Bureau of Educational Maintenance. However, the battle against Toxites - the small creatures that love to feed off the brainwaves of students - continues. Now Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere - although Toxites are only the beginning of their troubles.

The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is hunting for Spencer, so the Rebels hope to sneak him to safety within the walls of an elite private school. But danger follows Spencer and his friends, testing their loyalty and trust as well as their Toxite-fighting skills. Can they hold out long enough to discover the true secret of New Forest Academy and what it means for the future of education?

Again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story continued along wonderfully, full of action and completely believable characters. I give this book an A+! and can't wait to start reading the third book in the series; Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff.

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Blast Blog Tour For Gods of War by Storm Kesocascay From March 3, 2014 to March 14, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Storm Kesocascay will be touring the blogosphere to promote his young adult book, Gods of War. This is Storm's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from March 3, to March 14, 2014! Come join us for all the fun!

Mr. Kesocascay 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!

Gods of War Book Blast Information:

Meet Storm Kesocascay

Storm Kesocascay is a 16-year old teacher for the online website italki.com for Turkish, English and Japanese. His long-time dream was to become an author and a music artist.

Storm is a student at Parkview High School living in Springfield, Missouri.

Currently, he is still working on his debut album and finished his debut book Gods of War and is working on the second book The Night and Day.

About Gods of War

A long time ago, an ancient god sought to pool the powers of his brethren in order to create beauty out of chaos. He created the Divine Covenants, or Accords, which bound the gods’ powers together. They could have lived forever, peaceably and surrounded by paradise. However, one ancient god soon used the pooled powers for evil and was banished by his own son to eternal confinement.

Years later, in 1882 Atlantis Time, the continents still exist in the form of Pangaea—one huge, connected continent. The son who once banished his own father still lives as the god of war. His name is Arylos, and he has forgotten about his confined family foe—until he witnesses a suspicious murder in the midst of dreams. The murder turns out to be fact; someone has conjured Arylos’s father and died in the process.

Now, Aryas is back. He longs for power and revenge, against both his son and all of human kind. With the help of his Black Dog soldiers, Arylos must find a way to return his father to the grave. But does he have the strength to condemn his own father twice? The fate of Atlantis and all of reality is in Arylos’s hands, for if Pangea falls, so will reality, sucked into the dark madness of one power-hungry immortal.


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Gods of War Virtual Book Blast Tour Information:



March 3 - I’m Shelf-ish
March 3 - As the Pages Turn
March 5 - Plug Your Book
March 6 - Allvoices
March 7 - Blogher
March 10 - Review From Here
March 10 - She Writes
March 11 - Between the Covers
March 11 - The Dark Phantom
March 12 - Literal Exposure
March 12 - The Book Rack
March 13 - Beyond the Books
March 13 - The Zen Reader
March 14 - Inkslinger’s Opus

May you read well and often

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Introducing Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Hello everyone! I just received a heads-up email from Kathryn Meyer Griffith - author of 18 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories - and since I always enjoy finding free stuff (especially books), I decided to take a 'leap of faith' to see if my readers just might be interested in checking out this free download from Amazon as well! You'll have to hurry, so grab your copy today!

From Friday, November 8, 2013 until Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Kathryn Meyer Griffith's murder mystery Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition will be available to download for free from Amazon.

Or, if you prefer, Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is also available as an audio book from Audible.


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.

Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2013)
Length: 192 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Scraps of Paper Blurb: 

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.
 
Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.

But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of the eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why...but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer.

This book is the first of a series. The second book, All Things Slip Away, where Abigail and Frank's sleuthing adventures continue is also for sale on
Amazon.

May you read well and often

Monday, October 7, 2013

Introducing Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz!

To celebrate the release of Jennifer Quintenz's young adult Paranormal Romance, Sacrifice - the third book in her Daughters of Lilith Series - on January 31, 2014, Ms. Quintenz will be hosting a Goodreads Giveaway of three print copies until February 15, 2014. Sign up for a chance to win! I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part! :)

Meet Jennifer Quintenz

Jennifer Quintenz is an award winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Connect and Socialize with Jennifer!

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz (2012)
Length: 304 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Thrall Blurb:

Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they're doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren't always clear or easy. And as for "good" and "evil" - it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz (2013)
Length: 316 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Incubus Blurb: 

Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to protect humanity from the Lilitu - the beautiful, souls-stealing daughters of Lilith. 

As she fights the Lilitu, Braedyn must also fight her growing love for her boyfriend Lucas - because giving in to temptation could end his life. Their only ray of hope is an angel’s offer to make Braedyn human, but it’s an offer she can’t accept until the world is safe from the Lilitu. Braedyn knows she’s a key player in this ancient war...but she's not ready to believe she just might be humanity’s best hope of surviving the final battle for Earth.

Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz (2014)
Length: 316 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon soon!

Sacrifice Blurb:

Just when Braedyn Murphy thought she understood the danger descending on her little town of Puerto Escondido, a new threat arrives. A cult devoted to Lilith has taken up residence in town, led by a charismatic old woman with more than one secret. When Cassie gets tangled up in the mystery, Braedyn realizes her two worlds are colliding. But if she’s going to stop Lilith and her Daughters from reclaiming this earth, Braedyn might not be able to protect her friends.

As her duties to the Guard become more difficult, Braedyn turns to Lucas for solace. They begin to wonder if now is the time to claim their one night together—knowing that one night is all they may ever have.

Darker forces have their own plans for Braedyn and the Guard. No one ever told Braedyn this battle would be easy—but how much can one girl be asked to sacrifice in order to save the world?

Daughters of Lilith Series:
Book 1: Thrall
Book 2: Incubus
Book 3: Sacrifice

Praise for Thrall:

"Before you even start this review, put down anything you are doing and go read Thrall. It's AMAZING! BREATHTAKING! Engaging and smart, Thrall leaves you speechless!" ~ Savannah (Books With Bite)

"The writing style is so smooth, yet gripping. Add some good characters, well-paced story and you have something that I like. No, not like. Love... No surprise that Thrall gets full five stars and the highest recommendations I can give." ~ Linda (The Fantasy Librarian)

"How do I even begin to put all the crazy, gushy, ramblings in my brain about this book onto paper?!? Where to even begin?....This book is a MUST read!" ~ Hooked in a Book (Review on Amazon)

Praise for Incubus

"If you like gutsy fantasy of the urban variety this should definitely be on your 'must read' list. Don't let the YA label put you off either, like all the best YA fiction, this can be enjoyed by adults as well. I give it an unreserved 5 stars." ~ Tahlia (Awesome Indies)

"This is one of those books that I have been looking forward to since June of last year... I loved this book and I'm so happy I finally got to read it. I recommend the entire series for the fully developed characters, the impressive mythology, and the fight scenes. I am dreading waiting for the next book." ~ David (David Reviews)

"Great reading. LOVE IT. Jennifer Quintenz is a special writer who can be very riveting... Spent several sleepless nights in a crazy rush to see how it ends. Can't wait for the next books." ~ Terri (Review on Amazon)

May you read well and often

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blog Tour For Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel From February 3, 2014 to March 28, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Greg Messel will be touring the blogosphere to promote his mystery/romance Fog City Strangler. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 3, to March 28, 2014!

Mr. Messel is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a three book set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the SealsDeadly Plunge, and San Francisco Secrets) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Fog City Strangler Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Greg Messel

Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. Fog City Strangler is his seventh novel and is the fourth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.

Follow news about Messel’s writings and books at www.gregmessel.com.

Connect and Socialize with Greg!


About Fog City Strangler:

As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women. The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of cloth from the victim’s dresses to the local newspapers.

Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, stewardess Amelia Ryan. Sam’s angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention–the wrong kind of attention.

Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.

As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying–hoping to stop their investigation.

Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series - Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Greg Messel and Pump up Your Book are giving away a Three Book Set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets) and a $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 the 3 book set and $25 Amazon Gift Card.
  • This giveaway begins February 3 and ends on March 28.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, March 31, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
    Good luck everyone!

    ENTER TO WIN!

    Fog City Strangler Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


    Monday, February 3 - Interview at Examiner
    Tuesday, February 4 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Book Connection
    Wednesday, February 5 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Vic’s Media Room
    Thursday, February 6 - Interview at Mia Downing
    Friday, February 7 - Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice
    Sunday, February 9 - Book Review at Memories in a Box
    Monday, February 10 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
    Tuesday, February 11 - Book Review at Carol’s Notebook
    Wednesday, February 12 - Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
    Friday, February 14 - Guest Blogging at Raven Reviews
    Monday, February 17 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
    Tuesday, February 18 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
    Wednesday, February 19 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Thursday, February 20 - Book Featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Friday, February 21 - Book Review at Mystery, Thrillers and Romantic Suspense
    Saturday, February 22 - Book Review at Bound 4 Escape
    Monday, February 24 - Book Featured at Literary Winner
    Tuesday, February 25 - Guest Blogging at My Reading Table
    Wednesday, February 26 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Dark Phantom
    Thursday, February 27 - Book Featured at My Reading Table
    Friday, February 28 - Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
    Monday, March 3 - Interview at Authors to Watch
    Tuesday, March 4 - Interview at As the Page Turns
    Tuesday, March 4 - Book Trailer Reveal at Confessions of a Reader
    Wednesday, March 5 - Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.
    Wednesday, March 5 - Guest Blogging at Alaskan Book Cafe
    Thursday, March 6 - Book Featured at Bookalicious Travel Addict
    Friday, March 7 - Book Review at My Reading Table
    Monday, March 10 - Book Trailer Reveal at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
    Tuesday, March 11 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
    Wednesday, March 12 - Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours
    Thursday, March 13 - Book Review at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
    Friday, March 14 - Book Review at Bibliotica
    Monday, March 17 - Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Moms
    Monday, March 17 - Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
    Tuesday, March 18 - Book Review at Southeast by Midwest
    Tuesday, March 18 - Book Review at Every Free Chance Book Reviews
    Wednesday, March 19 - Guest Blogging at The Writer's Life
    Thursday, March 20 - Book Featured at My Devotional Thoughts
    Friday, March 21 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
    Friday, March 21 - Book Featured at Confessions of a Reader
    Friday, March 21 - Guest Blogging at I Heart Reading
    Monday, March 24 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
    Tuesday, March 25 - Book Trailer Reveal at Literarily Speaking
    Wednesday, March 26 - Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
    Thursday, March 27 - Book Review at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
    Thursday, March 27 - Guest Blogging at Cherry Mischievous
    Friday, March 28 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
    Friday, March 28 - Book Featured at Maureen’s Musings
    Friday, March 28 - Book Review at From the TBR Pile

    May you read well and often