Christine Amsden - Mind Games

Friday, June 27, 2014

36. Mind Games by Christine Amsden (2014)
The Cassie Scot Series Book 3
Length: 275 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Started: 17 June 2014
Finished: 27 June 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Christine Amsden for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 5 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like paranormal mysteries and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past. I'm also completely hooked on The Cassie Scot Series as well.

Two months after she's left standing alone on Evan Blackwood's doorstep, Cassie Scot is heart-broken and devastated; and she still doesn't understand the reason why. With a seer's warning of "Beware your heart and soul..." constantly running through her mind, Cassie has tried to find out the reason behind his abrupt behavior change towards her. Yet, with Evan gone and Eagle Rock in need, Cassie finds herself in quite a conundrum.

So, she does what she's done before: she surrounds herself with family, friends and works diligently in her new job at the sheriff's department; but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man - mind mage Matthew Blair. As a senator and also the son of Eagle Rock's mayor, Matthew is - to Cassie's mind - captivating, utterly charming, and...irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one capable of keeping the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from exacting vigilante justice after a beloved pastor's wife is murdered. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame; but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running as hot as this, a single spark just might be enough to set the entire town of Eagle Rock ablaze. 

Let me say right from the start, that I'm completely hooked on this series! :) This is the third book in The Cassie Scot Series, and the plot is just as exciting as the first two books in the series. I give Mind Games a definite A! It was difficult for me to leave Eagle Rock behind when I turned the last page. These characters stayed with me for quite a while; and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Ms. Amsden's next book; which just happens to be Book 4 in The Cassie Scot Series - Stolen Dreams! I want to know what happens next.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Calling All Book Reviewers!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello everyone! :) I hope that you are all having a wonderful day today. I know that I am! ;) Anyway, I recently saw on Facebook that author Kathryn Meyer Griffith is looking for more reviews for her books, and because I think she is such a remarkable writer, I thought that I would make a request of all the readers of Emeraldfire's Bookmark.

Like so many authors out there, Ms. Griffith is always on the look out for more reviewers for her books - most specifically her Four Spooky Short Stories. All that is required from these potential reviewers, is a willingness to read the book, and also to write a fair and honest review of what you read. As I've said before, this is just a request of all the readers of my blog - but if you do decide to review any of the books in Four Spooky Short Stories, I would appreciate it very much! And I know that Ms. Griffith would as well. ;)

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-two years ago now, and have had twenty (ten romantic horror, two horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and three murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press; and I’ve self-published my last five novels with Amazon Kindle Direct and my dinosaur novels are my best-sellers.

I’ve been married to Russell for thirty-six years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha and Cleo, and live cat Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.

2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for my horror novel The Last Vampire - Revised Author’s Edition ~ 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for my thriller novel Dinosaur Lake.


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

Michael Phillip Cash - Schism: The Battle For Darracia

Friday, June 20, 2014

35. Schism: The Battle For Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (2013)
The Battle For Darracia Saga Book 1
Length: 202 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Started: 9 June 2014
Finished: 20 June 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Michael Phillip Cash and to Red Feather Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read. I received my first copy of this book from him in February. After it won a couple of awards, in April a second copy of the book arrived in the mail from Red Feather Publishing.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 8 February 2014; Since 2 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like science fiction and Michael Phillip Cash is a new author for me.

Darracia is a planet in turmoil. An ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing severe unrest, and that is quickly fracturing a once peaceful world. Already struggling with his identity, nineteen-year-old Prince V'sair dreams of someday wielding the elusive Fireblade - the key to a warrior's heart. However, deep in his heart, he secretly doubts his worthiness to harness such immense power.

The impetuous young prince will soon be tested beyond the point of endurance. For the coming battle for supremacy will pit brother against brother - and in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for power, Prince V'sair will discover his true destiny. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to that destiny or will Staf Nuen finally conquer Darracia?

I actually began reading this book back in April, but due to my schedule, I had to set the book aside temporarily. I am so delighted that I was eventually able to read this book when I did. I was completely drawn into the plot right from the start. Mr. Cash certainly knows how to create believable, well-developed and true-to-life characters - even if they are aliens from another planet! - and an engrossing and intriguing plot.

I give this book a definite A+! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and look forward to reading the next book in the series - Collision: The Battle For Darracia - sometime very soon.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Introducing Schism: The Battle For Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back in February of 2014, my Mom received a copy of Schism: The Battle For Darracia, although she immediately passed the book on to me, since she doesn't usually read science fiction herself. I like reading some light science fiction, so Mom gave it to me instead. I started reading this book back in April, but had to put the book aside temporarily due to my schedule.

I was delighted to learn recently that four books by Michael Phillip Cash have won several awards! Congratulations on such a great achievement, Mr. Cash - it is certainly well-deserved. I am currently reading Schism: The Battle For Darracia - a Finalist for the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Award of 2013 in the Science Fiction Category, and the book also received Second Place for the Rebecca's Reads Readers Choice Awards of 2013 in the Science Fiction Category.

As of Tuesday, June 17th, I'm on page 63 (about 30%) into Schism: The Battle For Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash, and am thoroughly enjoying the story so far. As a matter of fact, I just received the second book in The Darracia Saga - Collision: The Battle For Darracia on Thursday, May 22nd from my Mom. Mr. Cash's publicist, Red Feather Publishing had sent her a copy, and she had again passed it on to me. I hope to start reading this book sometime very soon

Right at the moment, all I know is that Mom put Collision: The Battle For Darracia somewhere safely in my room; I just have to figure out where! lol! :)  

Meet Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long IslandThe Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle For Darracia have all been named to Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Michael currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Connect and Socialize with Michael!


Schism: The Battle For Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (2013)
Length: 202 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Schism: The Battle For Darracia Blurb: 

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? 

After the success of his first three books (Brood XStillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle For Darracia is the first book in a planned series.

Schism: The Battle For Darracia Book Trailer:


May you read well and often

Blog Tour For Stolen Dreams - Book 4 of the Cassie Scot Series - by Christine Amsden From July 16, 2014 to October 15, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Christine Amsden will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Paranormal Mystery Stolen Dreams - Book 4 in her Cassie Scot Series. This virtual book tour is being hosted by the author herself and will last from July 16, to October 15, 2014!

Ms. Amsden is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of her 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!

Stolen Dreams Blog Tour Information:

Meet Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction 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 relationships, 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.

Connect and Socialize with Christine!


About Stolen Dreams:

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot Series.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Christine Amsden is giving away an Awesome $100 Amazon Giftcard!





Stolen Dreams Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Wednesday, July 16 - Book Review at Cassandra Lost in Books
Wednesday, July 16 - Guest Post “Thirty-Six Point Font” at The Reading Addict
Thursday, July 17 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Thursday, July 17 - Guest Post “What’s Next” at Cassandra Lost in Books
Friday, July 18 - Book Review at D. E. Haggerty
Friday, July 18 - Guest Post “A Universe of Possibility” at The Avid Reader
Monday, July 21 - Special Feature at Miki’s Hope
Monday, July 21 - LIVE! Blogtalk Radio at Other Worlds of Romance
Tuesday, July 22 - Special Feature at Lissette E. Manning
Wednesday, July 23 - Book Review at Wall-to-wall books
Tuesday, July 23 - Book Review at Books, Books, and More Books
Thursday, July 24 - Special Feature at Cruising Susan Book Reviews
Friday, July 25 - Book Review at Cruising Susan Book Reviews
Friday, July 25 - Special Feature at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Monday, July 28 - Special Feature at Chapter Break
Tuesday, July 29 - Book Review at KT Book Reviews
Wednesday, July 30 - Book Review at The Book Review
Thursday, July 31 - Special Feature at Murder By 4
Friday, August 1 - Book Review at Once Upon a YA Book
Friday, August 1 - Book Review at The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer
Monday, August 4 - Book Review at Pink Fluffy Hearts
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Review at Genuine Jen
Tuesday, August 5 - Special Feature at RhythemPoets
Wednesday, August 6 - Character Interview at Genuine Jen
Wednesday, August 6 - Special Feature at Offbeat Vagabond
Thursday, August 7 - Book Review at Books Are Love
Friday, August 8 - Special Feature at Books Are Love
Monday, August 11 - Book Review at The Book Junkie
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Review at Pure Jonel Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 13 - Special Feature at KT Book Reviews
Thursday, August 14 - Book Review at Read Books and Live Green
Thursday, August 14 - Special Feature at The Book Review
Friday, August 15 - Book Review at L. Avery Brown
Monday, August 18 - Book Review at Biblio Belles
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review at Zili in the Sky
Tuesday, August 19 - Special Feature at Zili in the Sky
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Review at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 20 - Special Feature at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Thursday, August 21 - Special Feature at Dora Machado
Friday, August 22 - Special Feature at Maria DeVivo
Monday, August 25 - Book Review at RhythemPoets
Tuesday, August 26 - Special Feature at Shah Wharton
Wednesday, August 27 - Book Review at The Avid Reader
Thursday, August 28 - Mind Games Audio Review at A Little Bit of R and R
Friday, August 29 - Book Review at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, September 2 - Book Review at The Reading Addict
Wednesday, September 3 - Book Review at Short and Sweet Reviews
Thursday, September 4 - Book Review at Lovely Reads
Friday, September 5 - Special Feature at Dalene’s Book Reviews
Monday, September 8 - Book Review at Chapter Break
Tuesday, September 9 - Book Review at Hide the Matches
Tuesday, September 9 - Book Review at Rogue Reviews
Wednesday, September 10 - Interview at Pure Jonel Book Reviews
Thursday, September 11 - Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Friday, September 12 - Book Review at Lissette E. Manning
Monday, September 15 - Book Review at The Real World According To Sam
Monday, September 15 - Special Feature at Little Miss Drama Queen
Tuesday, September 16 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, September 17 - Book Review at The Story of a Writer
Wednesday, September 17 - Special Feature at The Real World According To Sam
Thursday, September 18 - Book Review at All In One Place
Friday, September 19 - Book Review at Little Miss Drama Queen
Monday, September 22 - Book Review at Tanya’s Book Nook
Tuesday, September 23 - Book Review at Laura’s ramblins and reviews
Wednesday, September 24 - Special Feature at Interstellar Woman of Mystery
Thursday, September 25 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, September 26 - Book Review at The Canon
Monday, September 29 - Special Feature at All In One Place
Tuesday, September 30 - Book Review at D’eBook Sharing Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 1 - Book Review at Bound 4 Escape
Thursday, October 2 - Book Review at Brooke Blogs
Friday, October 3 - Book Review at The Alaskan Book Cafe
Monday, October 6 - Special Feature at The Alaskan Book Cafe
Tuesday, October 7 - Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, October 7 - Special Feature at Pure Jonel Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 8 - Book Review at Literally Jen
Thursday, October 9 - Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Friday, October 10 - Book Review at A Little Bit of R and R
Monday, October 13 - Book Review at Fallen Over Books Review
Monday, October 13 - Special Feature at Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, October 14 - Book Review at Dalene’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, October 14 - Special Feature at Sheila Deeth
Wednesday, October 15 - Book Review at Sheila Deeth

May you read well and often

Introducing To Kill For His Queen by Carolina West!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meet Carolina West

Carolina West is a high school student living with her mother and younger sister in Arizona. She has been writing since she was fourteen years old. This is her first book.

To Kill For His Queen by Carolina West (2012)
Length: 216 pages
Purchase your copy from IUniverse!

To Kill For His Queen Blurb: 

Living in the world of werewolves, vampires, and dark magic can have a certain effect on a child, especially when that child is Hassen Mason, who seems destined to bring ruin to those he loves. Hassen was abandoned as a child and was immersed in the world of magic by the strange creatures that raised him. His lineage was a mystery, but no mystery buried in the past can stay buried for long - especially when that mystery is strong enough to span centuries.

An accident leaves Hassen without memories, and he must find a way to remember who he was and what his life meant to him before his past creeps up and kills him. He encounters evils worse than abandonment - vengeful demons and walking dead. Somehow, Hassen’s family was involved in this dark underworld. Now he has to fight his own internal battle: Is he a good guy or one of the villains?

Then he meets Carissa - a woman he suspects he knew before he lost his memory. She has had a similarly troubled past, and although the two of them are from different worlds, they find a common bond that even dark spirits cannot break. Will Hassen’s good side be strong enough to battle the side that longs to be bad? Will Carissa’s love keep him sane, or will the truth about his family finally cast him into the endless abyss of insanity?


May you read well and often

Introducing Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hello everyone! So, granted that I missed out on a recent free Amazon download for Kathryn Meyer Griffith's Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition - however, at the time my computer was having problems because there's been a lot of thunderstorms sweeping through my area with frequent lightning strikes. Anyway, I hope that you all still manage to grab your own copy of Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition by Kathryn Meyer Griffith as soon as possible! By the way, Scraps of Paper - Revised Author's Edition is the first Book in the Spookie Town Mystery Series.

  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/kathrynmeyergriffithwww.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

Introducing the Cover For The Donor Part One by Nikki Rae!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Meet Nikki Rae

Nikki Rae is a writer who lives in New Jersey. As an independent author, she has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists and she concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. Nikki writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely. 

The Donor Part One by Nikki Rae (2014)
Length: 31 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

The Donor Part One Blurb:

Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.

They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.

Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.

All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.
Inside or out.

[Disclaimer: This is a serial novella that will be told in parts about the length of a short story (20-30 pages).]


The Donor Part One Cover Reveal:

 
May you read well and often

Justine, Juan and Marco Borrego - War of the Gods

34. War of the Gods by Justine, Juan and Marco Borrego (2013)
The Chimera Box Series Book 1
Length: 35 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 4 June 2014
Finished: 9 June 2014
Where did it come from? From Netgalley
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 January 2014
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Justine, Juan and Marco Borrego are new authors for me.

Seven-year-old Justin is an ordinary little boy. He imagines living in a world full of mythical creatures and having thrilling adventures, similar to those that he studies about at school in Greek mythology. Then, one day, his mother brings home something that she calls a chimera box. When Justin asks her what the word 'chimera' means, he learns that it is derived from Greek mythology - describing anything perceived as wildly imaginative. 

As a naturally reserved child, Justin is initially wary of the box; but his wariness soon turns to curiosity, and then intrigue. Finally, on a dull and rainy day, he finds the courage to step inside the chimera box. Having the confidence to take that first step, Justin enters a magical world which exceeds even his wildest imagination.

He travels to dangerous lands and comes face to face with terrifying creatures. His journey into this newly discovered world is made alongside, and under the guidance of, the faithful Greek goddess, Gaea. Gaea has absolute faith in Justin's abilities - and she helps him to believe in himself and in his formidable skills, in preparation for the most challenging battle he will ever fight.

Justin will confront Hades; doing battle with Cronus and the Cyclops, in order to fulfill the prophecy and save all the trapped and defenseless gods, who are at the mercy of the combined wrath of Zeus and Jupiter. Justin must learn to face his fears and ultimately find the courage to endure many struggles and battles. Together Justin and Gaea must defeat the evil - the fate of the gods lies in their hands. 

War of the Gods is the first book in an exciting new series, written for children from the ages of five to ten. Each subsequent book in this series follows a different child's journey as they step into the magical chimera box; a special vessel which allows a child’s creativity and imagination to flourish, enabling them to transform into a different character. In order for this transformation to take place, the child must find their hero within. The chimera box will grant each child the ability to go anywhere and become anyone or anything their heart desires; a place where dreams come alive and where there are no boundaries to what voyage a child can go on.

I originally chose this book because I love reading anything having to do with mythology. In my opinion, this is a very intriguing premise and I'm curious to find out where this series will lead. I suppose only the chimera box will tell. I give War of the Gods by Justine, Juan and Marco Borrego a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Austin Washington - The Education of George Washington: How a Forgotten Book Shaped the Character of a Hero

Sunday, June 8, 2014

33. The Education of George Washington: How a Forgotten Book Shaped the Character of a Hero by Austin Washington (2014)
Length: 327 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 12 May 2014
Finished: 8 June 2014
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 14 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and Austin Washington is a new author for me.

When we hear the name George Washington, we immediately think of America's first president - a man of honor, bravery and leadership - a great general, and a humble gentleman. While he most certainly was all these things, as well as so much more; it is sometimes difficult to see the man through the blindingly brilliant glare of his reputation. But the father of our nation didn't emerge fully formed in commemorative marble and coated in Revolutionary glory.

George Washington created America. But what made George Washington the man he was? How did he become this man of such stature - who, even in his own time, was regarded as the embodiment of honor, courage and integrity? Who better than George Washington's own great-nephew, Austin Washington, to reveal the secret that he has discovered about Washington's past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership - an example that we could all use.

As an historian, Austin Washington has discovered the answer. It lies in a book - a book that was crucial to the formation of George Washington's character - but was subsequently forgotten for generations. Now this lost source has finally been uncovered and explored, and Austin Washington has found the key to his great-uncle's tremendous achievements - all within the pages of a simple book - one that changed George Washington's life; and ultimately all of us as well.

The Education of George Washington: How a Forgotten Book Shaped the Character of a Hero by Austin Washington definitely took much longer to read than I was expecting, although I'm entirely certain that this is due to my own slow reading pace, and has absolutely nothing to do with the book itself. I enjoyed reading this book very much. I appreciated the easy writing style that the author used, and must say that to me, George Washington became more of a living and breathing person, and less of the dry historical figure who is portrayed in most history books. I give this book an A! and I look forward to reading more from Austin Washington in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For The Dancing Boy by Michael Matson From July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Michael Matson will be touring the blogosphere to promote his Contemporary Mystery The Dancing Boy This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from July 1, to July 31, 2014!

The Dancing Boy Blog Tour Information:


Meet Michael Matson

Michael Matson was born in Helena, Montana, and was immediately issued a 10-gallon Stetson and a pair of snakeskin boots. After formative years spent in New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, California, Hawaii and Japan, Michael earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Following a brief military stint in Oklahoma, where he first encountered red, sticky mud, heavy rain and tarantulas, he returned to Seattle and worked as an advertising agency copywriter, creative director and video producer.

In 2007 he (regretfully) left Seattle for Mexico to have time to write and has since published The Diamond Tree, a fairytale for all ages; Bareback Rider, an inspirational adventure for children; and Takeshi’s Choice, a mystery novel. His short story “Gato” was selected for inclusion in Short Story America’s 2014 anthology. His second mystery novel: The Dancing Boy, was released by Dark Oak Mysteries, a division of Oak Tree Press in April 2014.

He lives with his wife María Guadalupe (Tai), in Morelia, the colonial capital city of Michoacán, where, despite all the bad publicity given the area by U.S. news media, he has never seen a narcotraficante.


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About The Dancing Boy:

Treat Mikkelson is not exactly a burnt-out case but he’s grown tired of his life as a criminologist, weary of memories of a marriage gone wrong and of his time in Vietnam. Trying to burn the bridges to his past, he finds and remodels a cabin on a small Pacific Northwest Island, settles down to enjoy fishing, setting his crab pot, digging for clams and documenting the lives of his island neighbors.

When an elderly woman in the nearby tourist town of La Conner is found dead however, the victim of what appears to be an accidental fall, Mikkelson is persuaded to look into her death. The discovery that it was murder leads to something even more shocking: the human trafficking of young boys brought into the US and Canada.

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The Dancing Boy Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Tuesday, July 1 - Book Excerpt and Book Review at My Life, Loves and Passion
Thursday, July 3 - Book Spotlight and Book Excerpt at Room With Books
Monday, July 7 - Author Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, July 14 - Book Spotlight and Book Excerpt at Read My First Chapter
Tuesday, July 15 - Book Review at Readalot
Thursday, July 17 - Book Spotlight and Book Review at Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Friday, July 18 - Author Guest Post, Book Spotlight, Book Excerpt and Book Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Monday, July 21 - Author Interview as As The Page Turns
Friday, July 25 - Book Spotlight at Bound 2 Escape
Monday, July 28 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Thursday, July 31 - Book Review at The Top Shelf

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The Woman in Black Movie Review

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Woman in Black: British theatrical release poster. Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Liz White, PG-13, Released on February 3, 2012 in the United States and Canada, and on February 10, 2012 in the United Kingdom.
So, back in February of 2013, I read The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill - here is my review of the paperback. I had downloaded this ebook for myself in January of 2012, although I then grabbed the paperback at a Library Book Sale that Mom and I went to in February of 2013. Mom read this book first, and I started it almost immediately after she finished it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and it took me nine days to read it. I'm actually thinking of rereading this book sometime very soon.

Back in February of 2013 - on February 9th - the DVD starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds arrived in the mail. It has literally taken Mom and I over a year to finally watch the movie! Our DVD player had somehow burned out, and since we don't watch that many DVDs, we didn't know that we needed a new DVD player until we tried to play this DVD. :)

I received a new television for my birthday (along with a package of eight clip-on bookmarks and three blank journals - what can I say, I just love book related presents and office supplies!) Mom had hoped to get our new DVD player hooked up to be able to watch The Woman in Black for my birthday - but everything took just slightly longer than we expected it would. Anyway, we started watching the movie at about 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday night - or perhaps it was closer to 10: 45 P. M. By 1:00 A. M., the movie was over and we went directly to bed.

The Woman in Black was released in February of 2012, and is rated PG-13. It is a horror movie that runs approximately 95 minutes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe (as Arthur Kipps), Ciarán Hinds (as Sam Daily), Janet McTeer (as Elisabeth Daily) and Liz White (as Jennet Humfrye). This film was directed by James Watkins, and was produced by Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver.  

Who Plays Arthur Kipps - A Young Lawyer From London?

While he made his acting debut at age 10 in BBC One's 1999 television movie 'David Copperfield', followed by his film debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama, Daniel Radcliffe rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter movie - 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He went on to star in the series over the next ten years until the release of the eighth and final film of the franchise - 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

Daniel Radcliffe began to branch out into stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of the play Equus, and in 2011's Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2008, he revealed that he suffers from a mild form of Developmental Coordination Disorder - also known as developmental dyspraxia or 'Clumsy Child Syndrome'. This disorder is a chronic neurological disorder beginning in childhood, which can affect the planning of movements and motor skills coordination. This is as result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body.

For Daniel Radcliffe, his Developmental Coordination Disorder causes such poor motor skills that he sometimes has trouble doing simple activities such as writing or tying his shoelaces. Many sufferers of this disorder have memory problems, typically resulting in difficulty remembering instructions, difficulty organizing one's time and remembering deadlines, increased propensity to lose things or problems carrying out tasks which require remembering several steps in sequence (such as cooking). Whilst most of the general population experience these problems to some extent, they have a much more significant impact on the lives of dyspraxic people. 

Despite having poor short-term memories, many sufferers generally have excellent long-term memories. They benefit most from from working in a structured environment, as repeating the same routine minimizes the difficulty with time-management and allows them to commit procedures to long-term memory. Because sufferers sometimes have difficulty moderating the amount of sensory information that their body is constantly sending them, these people are also prone to panic attacks. 

Many dyspraxics struggle to distinguish left from right, even as adults, and generally have an extremely poor sense of direction. Moderate to extreme difficulty doing physical tasks is experienced by some dyspraxics, and fatigue is common because so much extra energy is expended while trying to execute physical movements correctly. Some (but not all) dyspraxics suffer from low muscle tone - know as hypotonia - which like Developmental Coordination Disorder, can detrimentally affect balance.

Who Plays Sam Daily - a Local Landowner in the Village of Crythin Gifford?

Born and raised in North Belfast, Ciarán Hinds is the only son in a family of five children. His father was a doctor and his mother was a school teacher and an amateur actress. Ciarán was an Irish dancer in his youth, and was originally enrolled as a law student at Queen's University, Belfast, but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen's to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.

He began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in a 1976 production of Cinderella. While he remained a frequent performer at the Citizens' Theatre during the late 1970s and 1980s, Ciarán continues to act on stage up to the present. He made his feature film debut in John Boorman's 1981 movie Excalibur, and has since built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to PerditionThe Phantom of the OperaMunichThere Will be BloodHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2The Woman in Black and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series 'Rome', DCI James Langton in the series 'Above Suspicion', Bud Hammond in the series 'Political Animals' and Mance Rayder in the Emmy Award winning 'Game of Thrones'

Ciarán Hinds lives in Paris with his long-time partner Hélène Patarot; they met in 1987 while in the cast of Peter Brook's production of The Mahabharata. The couple have a daughter named Aoife, born in 1991. Ciarán is also a close friend of fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson and served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Liam's wife, actress Natasha Richardson in upstate New York on March 22, 2009.

Who Plays Elisabeth Daily - Sam Daily's Wife?

Janet McTeer made her professional stage debut in 1984, and since then has won a Tony Award, an Olivier Award and a Drama Desk Award. In 1986, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Newcomer for The Grace of Mary Traverse, although she actually won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for her role as Nora in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House in 1997. She is also a two-time Academy Award nominee.

Janet McTeer has starred on television in the title role of Lynda La Plante's 'The Governor' from 1996 to 1997, has received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers - the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of King Edward IV - in 'The White Queen' and starred opposite Glenn Close in the final season of the television show 'Damages'

She made her film debut in 1986's Half Moon Street - based on a book by Paul Theroux called Doctor Slaughter. In 2009, she portrayed Clementine Churchill - the wife of Sir Winston Churchill - in the HBO movie, Into the Storm. This was the role for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination. Further film roles include: HawksWuthering HeightsCarringtonSongcatcher and As You Like It

Janet McTeer also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1999 movie Tumbleweeds and another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Hubert Page in the 2011 movie Albert Nobbs. She was appointed 'Officer of the Order of the British Empire' in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008 for her Services to Drama.

Who Plays Jennet Humphrey - The Woman in Black?

Elizabeth 'Liz' White is perhaps best known for her role as WPC/WDC Annie Cartwright in the British version of the television series 'Life on Mars' - which was broadcast from 2006-2007. She also appeared in four episodes of the television series 'Teachers' which was broadcast in 2003. Her other prominent television roles include: Jess Mercer in six episodes of the British television series 'The Fixer' in 2008; and Caroline in BBC's 2011 adaptation of Michel Faber's 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White.

Liz White has also had increasing success in films; making her film debut in 2004's film short Ten Minute Movie. This was followed up with her appearances in Mike Leigh's 2004 movie Vera Drake and in the 2005 television movie Angell's Hell. She also played Laura in Gerald McMorrow's debut film Franklyn and Alice Kelly in the independent film New Town Killers in 2008. She was featured in the music video for Bush's final single Inflatable - off their fourth studio album, Golden State, which was released in 2001.

My Review of the Movie Adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story:

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. Something that I never realized was that the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe, was actually a remake of a 1989 television drama adaptation of Susan Hill's novel. Nigel Kneale, who died in 2006, was the screen-writer of the 1989 television movie; and is perhaps best known for his creation of the fictional character Professor Bernard Quatermass - a heroic, intelligent, highly moral British scientist - and a pioneer of the British space programme, heading up the British Experimental Rocket Group.

Mom has often told me of her recollections of gathering round the television with her mother, brother and sister every Saturday night (her father would usually be out) - and the four of them would watch 'Quatermass' together. To properly set the mood, my grandmother would make them all snacks, start a fire in the fireplace, and turn out out all the lights. Mom was never really all that interested in science fiction television shows as a child, and still isn't, even as an adult - but 'Quatermass' was definitely the exception for her!

Anyway, the 2012 version of The Woman in Black was excellent; at least in my opinion. Daniel Radcliffe has certainly shed whatever remnants of Harry Potter that were left! While I noticed that there were some slight differences between the book and the movie, I thought that overall the movie turned out to be a very faithful adaptation of the book. The movie plot ultimately stayed as true to Susan Hill's book as possible, and I now have the strongest desire to reread The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill after seeing the movie.

As I may have said before, I'm usually very wary of watching any movies that are based on books I've read. I find that so many movies turn out to be very poor adaptations of otherwise terrific books. However, this is not the case with The Woman in Black

Both the book and the movie are equally outstanding; I enjoyed the movie just as much, if not more, than the book. It was thrilling and gripping, and was absolutely worth the year-long wait that we went through in order to watch this movie. I whole-heartedly give the movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill an A+!  

May you read well and often

Reading Wrap-up For May at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

Sunday, June 1, 2014


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

Anyway, I started out May with about two hundred unread books lying around the house and ended the month with...umm...uncountable amounts of books unread. All of the books that I acquired this month came from authors, Bookmooch and Amazon.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- A Comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce
- The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia 
- The Soul of the Sun by Genevieve Crownson
- Life in the Palace by Catherine Green  
- Of Dreams and Shadow by D. S. McKnight

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine
- The Last Ancient by Eliot Baker
- Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Salted by Aaron Galvin
- Collision: The Battle For Daraccia by Michael Phillip Cash
- Sunshine by Nikki Rae
- Sun Poisoned by Nikki Rae
- Sun Damage by Nikki Rae
- Allegiance by Lacy Yager
- Khaki=Killer by Connie Corcoran Wilson
- Rumors by Erica Kiefer
- Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- A Comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce
Deviltry Afoot by Carol Pritt
- Seeing Green by Annabel Hertz
- The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia
- The Soul of the Sun by Genevieve Crownson
- Life in the Palace by Catherine Green
- Of Dreams and Shadow by D. S. McKnight

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

Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1,462
Grade Range: A+! to A!

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

May you read well and often