Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Blast and Giveaway For Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton - Come Join Us!


Hello Everyone! I was delighted to learn recently that Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton will be free to download from Amazon - at least for a short time! Yes, from Monday, December 15, 2014 until Friday December 19, 2014, Kimber Leigh Wheaton's supernatural young adult book Tortured Souls - Book 1 of her Orion Circle Series - will be available to download for free from Amazon.

Ms. Wheaton will also be hosting two awesome giveaways - she will be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card in a main giveaway. There will also be a host-only giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card as a thanks to all participants. More information will be provided sometime on or before Thursday, December 11, 2014!

Meet Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet roance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate - not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

 Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton (2014)
Length: 227 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Tortured Souls Blurb:

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts - and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before - a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.


Kimber Leigh Wheaton wants to give you a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!



May you read well and often

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks For Our Many Blessings This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Graphics
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I hope that all my blog readers in the United States have a very happy Thanksgiving! May your Thanksgiving be filled with great food, wonderful friendship and all the family ties that you may wish for. :) So, Mom and I had turkey and gravy, roast potatoes and mashed potatoes; and mom had brussel sprouts while I had canned peaches for dessert. We also had strawberry rhubarb pie and apple pie with custard. After that, we may watch a movie or read books for the entire day! :)

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

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

May you read well and often

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog Tour For Growl by Ashley Fontainne From February 2, 2015 to February 27, 2015 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Ashley Fontainne will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Gothic Horror/Suspense book Growl. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 2, to February 27, 2015!

Meet Ashley Fontainne

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest and is currently in production for a feature film.

Her paranormal thriller entitled The Lie, won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense and is also in production for a feature film.

The suspenseful mystery Empty Shell, was released September 29, 2014. Ashley then delves into the paranormal with a Southern Gothic horror/suspense novel, Growl, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2015. Plus, she will be teaming up with Lillian Hansen (Ashley calls her Mom!) to pen a three-part murder mystery/suspense series entitled The Magnolia Series. The first book, Blood Ties, is due out the Summer of 2015.

Ashley also hosts The WriteStuff, a popular BlogTalk Radio show, each Friday night at 10 p.m. CST.

Connect and Socialize with Ashley!

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads * Blog * 'TheWriteStuff'

About Growl:

My name is Sheryl Ilene Newcomb. And yes, my initials are S.I.N. A funny little piece of whimsical humor my parents found amusing when I arrived.

Then, it turned out to be true. Looking back with wiser eyes now, my family and I concluded that the events leading up to my transformation started the summer I turned nine. But the day we realized there was a problem, and no turning back, was a week before I started my senior year at Junction City High. The day the fangs and claws appeared and the monster inside of me emerged.

When mutilated corpses appeared near a pile of brush down by Caney Creek, everything changed. Because evil woke up and growled, its ominous rumblings heard by every living thing in Locasia County, Mississippi.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

Growl Book Publicity Tour Schedule



Monday, February 2 - Book Review at Fundinmental
Tuesday, February 3 - Book Review at Fallen Over Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 4 -Book Featured at Undercover Book Reviews
Thursday, February 5 - Book Featured at Jody’s Book Reviews
Friday, February 6 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
Monday, February 9 - Book Featured at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Monday, February 9 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Tuesday, February 10 - Book Review at Quirky Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 11 - Guest Blogging at Confessions of a Reader
Thursday, February 12 - Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Friday, February 13 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, February 16 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, February 17 - Book Review at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 18 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
Wednesday, February 18 - Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.
Thursday, February 19 - Book Featured at Jennifer Brinkmeyer
Friday, February 20 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Monday, February 23 - Guest Blogging at Defending the Pen
Tuesday, February 24 - Book Review at Kristy Centeno
Wednesday, February 25 - Book Review at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, February 25 - Book Review at A Simple Life, Really?!
Thursday, February 26 - Book Review at Must Read Faster
Friday, February 27 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

May you read well and often

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Introducing Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Hello Everyone! I was delighted to learn recently that Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Book 3 in her Four Spooky Short Stories collection - will be free to download from Amazon - at least for a short time! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith back in January of 2013, and here is my review.

Yes, from Thursday, February 6, 2015 until Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith will be available to download for free from Amazon. So, I would advise you to go grab yourselves a copy today! ;)


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.


Running With the Train by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 26 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Running With the Train Blurb:

Sarah has been lonely most of her life. She’s been searching for a love that she’s begun to believe will never come. Her family and friends at home depend on her, need her…but they can’t give her what she really wants. True, eternal love. Like the wolves have. 

So as a solitary traveler, desperate to try something new and get away, 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. Sees them in the evening twilight scurrying unbelievably below on the Canyon’s ledges among the trees. She’s told there are no wolves any longer in the region but she hears their haunting cries. No one else sees them and no one else hears them. Just her. 

Have her senses left her; her loneliness made her crazy? 

For there are wolves…unearthly prowling creatures that follow and achingly call to her…and in the end she must decide what she will do when she finally comes face to face with one.


May you read well and often

Friday, November 21, 2014

Introducing Forever and Always by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

I was delighted to learn that Forever and Always - Kathryn Meyer Griffith's romantic short story - recently revised and released with a redesigned cover - will be available to download for free from Amazon, at least for a short time! I actually had the pleasure of reading Always and Forever - Ms. Griffith's romantic short story as it was known at that time - back in April of 2011; and here is my review.

Yes, from Thursday, January 22, until Monday, January 26, 2015, Forever and Always by Kathryn Meyer Griffith will be free to download from Amazon. So, I would advise you to grab yourselves a copy as soon as possible! :)

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.

Forever and Always by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2014)
Length: 26 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Forever and Always Blurb:

Emma Baker’s husband, Jonathan, has just divorced her, shattered her heart and left her and her young son, Christopher, to fend for themselves. Bitterly lonely, she accepts a girlfriend’s suggestion to go out on her first night as a newly free woman. She vows not to let a man turn her head, vows not to let love make a fool of her again.

But she never counted on meeting a charismatic and sexy nightclub bouncer like Ben Lauery, who takes her for an exciting ride on his Harley, sweeps her off her feet and steals her heart. She never counted on the fireworks that explode in the bedroom and the sweetness of his burning kisses when he gently seduces her and makes her love him forever and always. All she knows is that, in the end, she can’t resist the passion, devotion and the forever love he’s offering and she has to give love a second chance.

May you read well and often

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour For ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More by Tamara Branch From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Tamara Branch will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Self-Esteem book ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from January 5, to March 27, 2015!

Ms. Branch is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 ITunes 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!

ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More Blog Tour Information:

Meet Tamara Branch

“I believe in the power, beauty, strength and amazing potential of girls. I believe girls deserve to feel extraordinary. I believe that when girls shine their light, they are unstoppable!”

- ItGirl4Life by Tamara Branch

Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ItGirl4Life, kicking off the ItGirl4Life self-esteem movement to empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.

Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.

After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She’s a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.

Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ItGirl4Life workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey.

Her latest book is the YA/self-esteem book, ItGirl4Life.

Connect and Socialize with Tamara!


About ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More:

Writer, artist and speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More. Packed with sage advice, life-changing insights and affirmations to help you soar, ItGirl4Life offers ideas, tools and principles that you can reference and build upon, supporting you in becoming your best. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty and strength.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Pump Up Your Book and Tamara are teaming up to give you a chance to win one $25 ITunes 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.
  • This giveaway begins January 5 and ends March 27.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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ItGirl4Life: How to Bring Out Your Special Something and so Much More Book Publicity Tour Schedule



Monday, January 5 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, January 6 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Wednesday, January 7 - Book Featured at Undercover Book Reviews
Thursday, January 8 - First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Monday, January 12 - Guest Blogging at What Is That Book About
Wednesday, January 14 - Book Review at A Simple Life, Really?!
Monday, January 19 - Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Tuesday, January 20 - Book Review and Interview at Not Now…Mommy’s Reading
Thursday, January 22 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at Our Families Together
Tuesday, January 27 - Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday, January 28 - First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, January 29 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, January 30 - Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Monday, February 2 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Tuesday, February 3 - Book Review at The Phantom Paragrapher
Wednesday, February 4 - Interview at As the Page Turns
Thursday, February 5 - Book Featured at Margay Leah Justice’s Blog
Monday, February 9 - Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC
Tuesday, February 10 - Book Review at Must Read Faster
Wednesday, February 11 - Book Featured at Booklover Sue
Thursday, February 12 - Book Featured at Rose Wynters’ Blog
Friday, February 13 - Interview at Blogcritics
Monday, February 16 - Guest Blogging at Reecaspieces
Tuesday, February 17 - Book Featured at World of My Imagination
Wednesday, February 18 - Book Featured at Maureen’s Musings
Thursday, February 19 - Book Review at Mina’s Bookshelf
Friday, February 20 - Interview at Examiner
Monday, February 23 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, February 24 - Book Review at Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
Wednesday, February 25 - Book Review at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Thursday, February 26 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Friday, February 27 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, March 2 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, March 3 - Book Review at Lita’s Book Blog
Wednesday, March 4 - First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Thursday, March 5 - Book Review at Create With Joy
Friday, March 6 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Monday, March 9 - Book Featured at Fabulous and Fun
Tuesday, March 10 - Book Featured at 2 Kids and Tired Books
Wednesday, March 11 - Book Featured at StoreyBook Reviews
Friday, March 13 - Interview at The Book Rack
Monday, March 16 - Book Review at Mom Loves 2 Read
Tuesday, March 17 - Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure
Wednesday, March 18 - Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours
Thursday, March 19 - Book Review at I’d Rather Be At The Beach
Friday, March 20 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Monday, March 23 - Book Review at Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Tuesday, March 24 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
Wednesday, March 25 - Book Review at The Blended Blog
Thursday, March 26 - Book Review at The Literary Nook
Friday, March 27 - Guest Blogging at Farm Girl Books

May you read well and often

Monday, November 17, 2014

I Just Joined The Society of Feathers - So Can You - You Can Spread the Word About The Society of Feathers Series by Emma Michaels!

I'm delighted to announce that that the first book of Emma Michaels' Society of Feathers Series - Owlet - will go sale for $0.99 on Amazon from Friday, December 26, to Friday, January 9, 2015! To celebrate this sale, Ms. Michaels tells me that she has created a project on Thunderclap and has named it "Owlet $0.99 Sale!". All that is required is that the supporters of her project buy a copy of Owlet - or get it for free on Kindle Unlimited - and then embed the following message on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr: “** $0.99 or #Free on #KindleUnlimited ** ~ OWLET ~ Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl."

Ms. Michaels hopes to get 100 supporters on board and joining her cause by the time that Owlet goes on sale on Friday, December 26, 2014! I know that she will appreciate your support very much. So now, go forth and spread the word! :)


May you read well and often

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Get Ready to Celebrate 'Take Your Child to a Bookstore' Day!

Well, something that I just learned is that this Saturday, December 6th is the fifth annual 'Take Your Child to a Bookstore' Day! With many thanks to Samantha Lien who let me know all about it, I'd like to introduce you all to the creator of such an exciting day, mystery/thriller author and proud mom, Jenny Milchman.

Meet Jenny Milchman

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from the Hudson Valley of New York State, who lived for seven months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called "the world's longest book tour."

Jenny's debut novel, Cover of Snow, was published by Ballantine/Random House in January 2013, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and many other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of 2013, and has also been nominated for the 2013 Macavity and Barry Awards for best first novel.

Ruin Falls, Jenny's second novel, also an Indie Next Pick, was published by Ballantine in April 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and is available online and at your local bookstore.

Jenny is Vice President of Author Programming for International Thriller Writers, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated by over 700 bookstores in all 50 states and four foreign countries in 2013.

Jenny's short story 'The Closet' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in November 2012. Another short story, 'The Very Old Man', was published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in the July 2014 issue, and the short work 'Black Sun on Tupper Lake' appeared in the anthology Adirondack Mysteries II.

On her blog, Jenny hosts the Made It Moments forum, which has featured more than 300 international bestsellers, Edgar winners, and indie authors. She also founded the literary series Writing Matters, which attracted guests coast-to-coast and received national media attention, and teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.


You can find Jenny Milchman's books at Amazon, Indiebound or at your local bookstore!  

I would like to welcome Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Milchman was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day A.K.A. How to Build Literacy, Support Community, and Make Magic Happen All in One Day'
by Jenny Milchman

In 2010 I had two young children whom I was bringing to story hour at our local bookstore almost every week. After all, what better activity to do with kids? It was enriching, fun, even relaxing. I didn’t have to feel guilty when I drank that 700 calorie butterscotch latte from the coffee bar. I was running back and forth between adult fiction and the flower-flocked children’s section - working off the calories for sure.

My kids probably didn’t realize it was as much of a treat for me as for them. Which started me thinking - were other parents in on this secret? How many children knew the pleasure of spending time in a bookstore?

I frequent the mystery listserv, DorothyL, and a more avid group of readers you couldn’t hope to find. When I floated the idea for Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, bloggers on the listserv spread the word. My husband designed a poster, a website, and bookmarks, and we designated the first Saturday in December as Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. This would coincide with holiday gift giving, hopefully giving people the idea that books make great presents. Just two weeks later, 80 bookstores were celebrating.

That summer my husband and I loaded the kids into the car and drove cross-country, visiting more than fifty bookstores. (You can tell he’s a supportive guy). In 2011, the second annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day found over 350 bookstores celebrating in all 50 states. Some planned special celebrations - children’s book authors, puppet makers, singers, even a baker who led kids in a gingerbread cookie decorating activity - while others simply hung a poster in the window. When 2013 came around, and the number had risen to over 600 independent bookstores, and one major chain, we knew that word was getting out. Kids + bookstores = magic.

And maybe something even more than that.

There’s a cultural wave behind Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. The word locavore isn’t just for a Dr. Seuss story anymore. Supporting your local community and the resurgence of Main Street are goals that more and more people recognize as important to build strong citizens as well as strong readers.

You know that old ad campaign, “Orange juice isn’t just for breakfast anymore”? I hear that now as, “Bookstores aren’t just for reading anymore.”
And by that I mean more than the fact that you can also buy toys, cards, gifts, or have your butterscotch latte at a bookstore. Bookstores are places where people come together over ideas and engage in a cultural conversation. That concept is so important I have to say it again. They are places where people come together. And booksellers are a group who know how to zig while others are zagging, so impassioned are they by their life’s pursuit. Their stores are places of physical interaction in an increasingly virtual world.

When you take a child to a bookstore, you stimulate his mind and all five senses. (If taste seems a stretch, just let her have the whipped cream on your latte). There’s a tactile dimension to the experience that seems rare these days. You also make that child a crucial part of the place where he lives, supporting it and helping it grow.

Best of all, these things happen in a guise that to the child is sheer magic. On the shelves of a bookstore sit gateways into whole new worlds. Children go into bookstores - but they come back out having journeyed somewhere else entirely.

This Saturday, December 6, 2014 is the fifth annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Whether you take your own child, a child you know, or the child inside yourself to a bookstore, together let’s build literacy, support community, and make magic happen.

- Jenny Milchman is a suspense novelist and mom from the Hudson River Valley who once drove past Disney with her children en route to the nearest bookstore.

May you read well and often

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Introducing The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Hello Everyone! I was delighted to learn recently that The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Book 2 in her Four Spooky Short Stories collection - will be free to download from Amazon - at least for a short time! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith back in January of 2013, and here is my review.

Yes, from Monday, January 26, 2015 until Friday, January 30, 2015, The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith will be available to download for free from Amazon. So, I would advise you to go grab yourselves a copy today! ;)


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.


The Banshee and the Witch by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 39 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

The Banshee and the Witch Blurb:

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.

May you read well and often

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jeff Gunhus - Night Terror

54. Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus (2014)
The Night Chill Series Book 2
Length: 382 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 31 October 2014
Finished: 11 November 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 22 September 2014
Why do I have it? I like horror and Jeff Gunhus is a new author for me.

A decade ago, the residents of Prescott City, Maryland experienced a minor earthquake - as the result of a massive mine collapse and an expansive sinkhole that opened up in the area. Several people had died in the limestone cave-in, and their loved ones still mourned their deaths. At least, this was the official version of what happened. 

However, for a select few members of community, the reality of what actually happened so long ago still haunts them. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Tremont and her family's recovery has been very slow; Sarah was abducted ten years ago by a bloodthirsty cult and very nearly sacrificed to an ancient entity known as the Source. For Jack and Lauren Tremont - Sarah's parents - the knowledge that so many of their friends and neighbors were actually child murderers is horrific, but it is also knowledge they are willing to keep to themselves for the sake of the grieving families who were left behind; as revealing such gruesome information would only cause immeasurable anguish to people who knew absolutely nothing about their loved ones murderous and bloodthirsty double lives.

As far as her parents are concerned, Sarah's memories of her kidnapping and near death were mercifully blocked, and she can't remember anything of what happened to her. The truth is that Sarah remembers every last detail of her abduction and knows that she almost died, but since it eases her parents' minds to believe that Sarah has forgotten such a traumatic event, she is glad to give her parents some peace after what they all survived. In reality, her abduction has awakened an immense power within Sarah, one which she struggles to control to the best of her ability.

Determined not to frighten her parents, Sarah keeps her powers to herself and tries to be a normal teenager. However, as much as she has tried to suppress the power inside of her, it has grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves. The nightmare that she once believed was over, begins again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out.

Now, with her parents help and the help of an ex-Navy SEAL named Joseph Lonetree - someone who knows all about the evilness that was unleashed by that mine collapse ten years ago -  Sarah must stand up to an evil much stronger and infinitely more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger just might come from the power living inside of her.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story was very well-written, although certainly very shocking in some of the imagery that was created. I was completely immersed in the story by the end of the first chapter, and wrapped up in the Tremont family's plight. These characters were so well-developed and I avidly wanted to know what would happen to them next.  

Night Terror can be read as a standalone, perhaps, because Night Chill is referenced so strongly; but I think I may have enjoyed reading Night Chill first - although, that's only because I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to reading books in a series. I give Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)    

May you read well and often

Night Terror's Mama D. Muses on Halloween

Meet Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.

Connect and Socialize with Jeff!

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sequel to the Amazon Bestseller Night Chill.

Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With help from her parents and Joseph Lonetree, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.
 
Coming to Amazon on 8 September 2014!

I would like to welcome Jeff Gunhus, author of Night Terror to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Gunhus was kind enough to allow one of his characters - Mama D. - to write a guest post for me and here it is below in 'her' own words:

'How Much Do I Hate Halloween...Let Me Count the Ways!'
by Jeff Gunhus

Mama D hated Halloween. All of the regular folk, the ones who crossed themselves when the wind howled through trees on a dark night, or turned on all the lights in the house because of a single creaking floorboard, pretended for a night that they enjoyed the macabre. Only they didn’t enjoy it. They mocked it, hoping in their primal brains that such mocking would immunize them from the very real world of terror that lurked in the unlit places ready to reach out, touch them on their bare skin and make them unclean.

Mama D scanned the revelers in the street with her eyes closed. The information she wanted wasn’t the kind reflected light could give her. It was the kind she could feel only using the acute senses she’d been born with, the senses that had enabled her to hunt and to feed for the last century. She breathed in deep as she sensed a pesh with a little bit of the gift inside pass her by. It wasn’t enough though. She thought she could find better so she waited. And she watched.

She knew there were others like her around the country, taking advantage of this night where inhibitions were lowered, where protective parents let their children run wild on a sugar-high up and down streets. Nowadays parents had become increasingly paranoid and usually made feeding more of a challenge. That and law enforcement was better than ever so Mama D and her kind had to be smart. The last thing she wanted was to end up in jail or, more likely, under some scientist’s knife once they realized what she really was.

Mama D shut out those dark thoughts and looked back over the crowd in the street. She sensed a powerful young pesh walking toward her and she felt her hunger rise in her chest. The crush of the crowd would make things easy for her. As she opened her eyes and spotted the young trick-or-treater walking her way she though that maybe she had it all wrong. Maybe Halloween was going to be fun this year after all.

May you read well and often

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog Tour For Epitaph: Reveille by Victor Nieves From February 2, 2015 to February 27, 2015 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Victor Nieves will be touring the blogosphere to promote his Science Fiction book Epitaph: Reveille. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from February 2, to February 27, 2015!

Epitaph: Reveille Blog Tour Information:

Meet Victor Nieves

Victor Nieves lives in West Virginia. He enjoys writing, reading, and is a huge horror movie fan, zombies in particular. At the young age of twenty-one, he found a way to communicate his ideas and imagination with others through writing, which he plans on doing for the rest of his life.

His latest book is the sci-fi, Epitaph: Reveille.

Connect and Socialize with Victor!


About Epitaph: Reveille:

In year 2343, the galaxy receives a deadly wake-up call...

Nearly three-hundred years have passed since humanity ascended to the stars, joining with a conglomeration of alien races all living under the rule of a single, united community - the United Galactic Coalition - a joint, multi-species alliance that upholds the principles of democracy, freedom, and equality for all races.

The Milky Way Galaxy's future looks bright...

Until a research team uncovers a mysterious crystal buried deep beneath the surface of a frontier world on the edge of settled space. This discovery proves to be the catalyst for an invasion from an unknown alien force that is just as ruthless as they are mysterious.

As the races of the galaxy are catapulted into a vicious fight for their very survival, fate hastily throws together a legendary admiral with a dark past, a brilliant scientist with precious little time to find the answers, an elite Special Forces Operative who must come to terms with a past failure, a spunky young military officer for whom this war is a baptism by fire, and a top notch Marine who will discover a truth that will define him as a hero.

These five men and women hold not only the keys to their own survival, but the survival of their entire civilization. With the clock ticking, the race to uncover the truth begins. As they try to fend off this cruel and merciless alien foe, this handful of soldiers must discover what secrets this crystal could hold that would be worth the destruction of all life in the galaxy. But the question is...

...Can they do it in time?

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Epitaph: Reveille Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, February 2 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, February 3 - Book Review at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, February 4 - Interview at DJ’s Book Corner
Monday, February 9 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Tuesday, February 10 - Book Featured at Undercover Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 11 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
Thursday, February 12 - Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape
Monday, February 16 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, February 17 - Interview at A Little Bit of R and R
Wednesday, February 18 - Book Review at Kristy Centeno
Monday, February 23 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Tuesday, February 24 - Book Review at My Life, Loves and Passion
Wednesday, February 25 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, February 26 - Interview at Examiner
Thursday, February 27 - Book Review at Sit Back and Get Cozy

May you read well and often

Friday, November 7, 2014

Introducing Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

Hello Everyone! I was delighted to learn recently that Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Book 1 in her Four Spooky Short Stories collection - will be free to download from Amazon - at least for a short time! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith back in January of 2013, and here is my review.

Yes, from Saturday, January 17, 2015 until Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith will be available to download for free from Amazon. So, I would advise you to go grab yourselves a copy today! ;)

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.

Ghost Brother by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
Length: 28 pages
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Ghost Brother Blurb:

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.


May you read well and often

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mike Hartner - I, James

53. I, James by Mike Hartner (2014)
The Eternity Series Book 2
Length: 235 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 30 October 2014
Finished: 5 November 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 6 October 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and have read and enjoyed I, Walter by this author in the past.

Born on September 21, 1613, James Luis Juan Crofter was the second son of English merchant seaman turned ruler of the Iberian Empire, Walter Crofter and his wife, Maria, Princess of Castile. For the next eleven years, young James lived a privileged life as a much-favored prince near the port of San Sabastian on the west coast of Spain. Then on his eleventh birthday, in the year 1624, James is unceremoniously ripped from his family.

Kidnapped and sold into slavery by a ruthless man, who just happens to be his father's estranged brother, James is subsequently shipped off to a tobacco plantation in Africa. For the next five years, James toiled away in enforced servitude, and the prince became a veritable pauper - a stranger living in a strange land. He dreamed of the day when he would be free and be able to return to his loving family. 

As James quietly plots and plans for the day that he will eventually escape; he prepares himself for life beyond the plantation. James secretly promises himself that he will return someday to ensure freedom for the other slaves - people whom James considers to be honorary members of his much missed and longed for family. The question that continually haunts James' thoughts is: Is it possible that nature is stronger than nurture? And even if it is, will James still be able to find the happiness that he so richly desires?

I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was as engaging as I, Walter and I found myself hoping that James would be able to find his family very soon, and overcome the many obstacles that were in his way. The characters and plot were well-developed, and I could sympathize with so many of the characters. I also hoped that others would receive appropriate justice or punishment. 

I would give I, James by Mike Hartner an A! This is the second book in The Eternity Series, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, which I think will focus on the life of James' daughter, Mary Crofter.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Monday, November 3, 2014

Introducing Three Short Stories by B. A. Spicer!

I was delighted to learn that three of B. A. Spicer's short stories - Peaches in the Attic: A Rather Disturbing Tale, Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Story and Strings - will all be available to download for free from Amazon, at least for a short time! I think that I have at least two other books by B. A. Spicer already on my TBR pile, although I haven't gotten the chance to read them yet. Surprise, surprise! sigh - lol! Although I hope to at some point in the very near future.

Yes, from Friday, January 23, until Saturday, January 24, 2015, all three of these short stories by B. A. Spicer will be free to download from Amazon. So, I would advise you to grab yourselves a copy of each of these books as soon as possible! :)


Meet B. A. Spicer

Bev Spicer is the author of five ebooks and two paperbacks. If you would like to read more reviews of her books, the majority are posted on Amazon.co.uk.

Bev was born in a small market town in the Midlands, daughter to an observer for the Royal Air Force and her mother, a local beauty queen.

She was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge and became a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 1997 moving to live in France with her husband and two of her children ten years later, where she writes full-time.

She is widely read and has travelled extensively, living in Crete, where she taught English and learned to speak Greek, and in the Seychelles, where she worked for the government and co-designed materials which were used to teach at secondary school level.

She is currently working on Stranded in the Seychelles, a humorous memoir and sequel to her best-selling Bunny on a Bike.


Peaches in the Attic: A Rather Disturbing Tale by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 13 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Peaches in the Attic: A Rather Disturbing Tale Blurb:

Please note this is a short story. Valerie is fascinated by the stories her grandmother tells, but sometimes the line between fantasy and reality blurs...

Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Story by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 26 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Angels: A Metaphysical Horror Story Blurb:

When a mother loses her daughter to bullying at school, she decides to take revenge. Angels is a story of loss and the human fascination with the metaphysical world. Please note that this is a short story.


Strings by B. A. Spicer (2012)
Length: 18 pages
Purchase your copy from Amazon!

Strings Blurb:

Please note: this is a short story. Astrophysicist, Madeleine Happer, is on the brink of a momentous discovery. But will she be too late?

May you read well and often

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reading Wrap-up For October at Emeraldfire's Bookmark


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

Anyway, I started out October 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 Murder Country: A Novel by Brandon Daily
- The Donor Part Three by Nikki Rae
- Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- I, James by Mike Hartner
- A Glimpse of Forever by Linda O. Johnston
- The Knave and the Maiden by Blythe Gifford
- Seduction by Amanda Quick
- Duchess by Night by Eloisa James
- The Donor: The Full Novella by Nikki Rae
- Owlet by Emma Michaels
- God's Formula by James Lepore and Carlos Davis
- Torch Ginger by Toby Neal
- Blood Orchids by Toby Neal

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- A Murder Country: A Novel by Brandon Daily
- The Donor Part Three by Nikki Rae
- High Noon by Nora Roberts

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

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 486
Grade Range: A!

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