Blog Tour For The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia From May 5, 2014 to May 30, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Francesca Pelaccia will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Historical Fiction/Paranormal book The Witch's Salvation. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from May 5, to May 30, 2014!

The Witch's Salvation Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Francesca Pelaccia

The Witch’s Salvation is Francesca Pelaccia’s debut novel and the first book of The Witch’s Trilogy. A teacher and now at long last an author, Francesca has written in other genres but enjoys creating and writing time-travel fantasies. Francesca blogs on the craft of writing especially as it relates to genre and reviews books. Currently she is working on the second book of The Witch’s Trilogy entitled The Witch’s Monastery. Visit Francesca at www.francescapelaccia.com.

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About The Witch's Salvation:

A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457. This is the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred nobles.

How can Anasztasia and Matthias reverse the past when their families won’t speak of their sins? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?

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The Witch's Salvation Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, May 5 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 6 - Review at The Gal in the Blue Mask
Wednesday, May 7 - Interview at Blogcritics
Thursday, May 8 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, May 9 - Book Featured at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, May 12 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, May 13 - Book Review at Bewitching Bibliophile
Wednesday, May 14 - Book Featured at Sweeping Me
Thursday, May 15 - Book Featured at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Friday, May 16 - Interview at As the Page Turns
Monday, May 19 - Interview at The Book Connection
Tuesday, May 20 - Book Featured at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, May 21 - Book Featured at Literary Winner
Thursday, May 22 - Book Featured at Bibliotica
Thursday, May 22 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, May 23 - Book Featured at The Literary Nook
Monday, May 26 - Guest Blogging at I Heart Reading
Tuesday, May 27 - Book Review & Guest Blogging at The True Book Addict
Wednesday, May 28 - Interview at Angie’s Diary
Thursday, May 29 - Book Featured at Booklover Sue
Friday, May 30 - Interview at Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For Of Dreams and Shadow: Forget Me Not by D. S. McKnight From May 5, 2014 to May 30, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that D. S. McKnight will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Paranormal book Of Dreams and Shadow: Forget Me Not. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from May 5, to May 30, 2014!

Of Dreams and Shadow: Forget Me Not Blog Tour Information:

Meet D. S. McKnight

D.S. McKnight has enjoyed a varied career—from working as a radio DJ on a small AM station to serving as president and co-owner of a marina, until Hurricane Ophelia took aim at the Carolina coast. Currently, she works at an insurance agency as well as hosting her blog - Novel Notions.

It is her love of the North Carolina coast that fueled her desire to write. Of Dreams and Shadow: Forget Me Not (book 1) is her first novel.

You can visit the author’s website at: http://www.dsmcknight.com

Connect and Socialize with D. S.!


About Of Dreams and Shadow: Forget Me Not:

We live. We die. Is there anything more? Jenna Barton is about to find out. After moving to the coastal North Carolina town of Parson’s Cove, Jenna has unwittingly stepped into the middle of a mystery involving a missing child. Unfortunately, the predator is still on the loose and Jenna has become his new obsession. With a little luck and a bit of paranormal help, Jenna might survive.

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Of Dreams and Shadow Book Publicity Tour Schedule:



Monday, May 5 - Guest Blogging at Bibliotica
Tuesday, May 6 - Book Featured at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, May 7 - Book Review at World of My Imagination
Thursday, May 8 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, May 9 - Book Review at Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict
Monday, May 12 - Book Review at Book Club Sisters
Tuesday, May 13 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, May 14 - Interview at The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
Wednesday, May 14 - Book Featured at I Heart Reading
Monday, May 19 - Book Review at Crazy Four Books
Thursday, May 22 - Guest Blogging at CBY Book Club
Monday, May 26 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, May 27 - Book Featured at Mom With a Kindle
Wednesday, May 28 - Book Review at Queen of All She Reads
Friday, May 30 - Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf
Friday, May 30 - Book Review at Bound 4 Escape

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For The Education of George Washington by Austin Washington From May 5, 2014 to May 30, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Austin Washington will be touring the blogosphere to promote his Nonfiction/History book The Education of George Washington. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from May 5, to May 30, 2014!

The Education of George Washington Blog Tour Information: 

Meet Austin Washington

Austin Washington is the great-nephew of George Washington. He earned his masters and did post-graduate research focusing on colonial American history, and is a writer, musician, entrepreneur and global traveler. He returns to an old Virginia family home whenever he can. 

Austin’s first book takes a common criticism of his academic writing - “You’re not writing a newspaper editorial, you know!” - and turns it into a virtue, taking a subject dry and dusty in other’s hands and giving it life. He has lived abroad much of his life, most recently in Russia, and visits friends from Sicily to Turkey to Bangladesh and beyond. His earliest influences as a writer were Saki, Salinger, and St. Exupery, although in more recent years he has got beyond the S’s. As for historians, he is partial to the iconoclast Gibbon, who wrote history to change the future.

His latest book is the nonfiction/history book, The Education of George Washington.

For more information, see author Austin Washington discussing his book in a video on his web site at www.austinwashington.com and also on You Tube at: http://youtu.be/1m6OvGRye9U.

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About The Education of George Washington:

In Austin Washington’s new book - The Education of George Washington - readers will learn all about President Washington’s true model of conduct, honor, and leadership, including the actual historic document that President Washington used to transform his life from a poorly educated child of a widowed mother, to the historic, curious, highly influential and awe inspiring figure he became and remains today.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

The Education of George Washington Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, May 5 - Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 6 - Book Featured at Confessions of a Reader
Wednesday, May 7 - Book Featured at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, May 8 - Interview at As the Page Turns
Friday, May 9 - Book Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, May 12 - Guest Blogging at Bibliotica
Monday, May 12 - Book Review at The Most Happy Reader
Tuesday, May 13 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, May 14 - Guest Blogging at The True Book Addict
Thursday, May 15 - Interview at Virgina Beach Publishing Examiner
Friday, May 16 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, May 19 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Tuesday, May 20 - Interview at Between the Covers
Wednesday, May 21 - Guest Blogging at I Heart Reading
Thursday, May 22 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Monday, May 26 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, May 27 - Book Review at Blooming with Books
Tuesday, May 27 - Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Wednesday, May 28 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, May 29 - Book Review at The Book Connection
Friday, May 30 - Book Review at Splashes of Joy

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For The Donor Part One by Nikki Rae From June 30, 2014 to July 21, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Nikki Rae will be touring the blogosphere to promote the first part of her horror novella The Donor. This virtual book tour is being hosted by the author herself and will last from June 30, to July 21, 2014!

Ms. Rae is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away an ebook of The Donor Part One (Just a friendly reminder: this is a serial novella told in parts. Each part is rather short, i. e. 20-30 pages in Word, but all three add up to a novella length) and a $10 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!

The Donor Part One Blog Tour Information:


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.

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About The Donor Part One:

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.

Blog Tour Giveaway of The Donor Part One and a $10 Amazon Gift Card Ends July 21, 2014.

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The Donor Part One Book Publicity Tour Schedule: 


Monday, June 30: So Bookalicious
Tuesday, July 1: A Reading Nurse
Wednesday, July 2: Dark Obsession Chronicles
Thursday, July 3: Maureen's Books
Friday, July 4: SassyCat's Book Reviews
Saturday, July 5: Books And Other Spells
Sunday, July 6: What's Beyond Forks?
Monday, July 7: My Book Boyfriend
Tuesday, July 8: Lost In A Good Book
Friday, July 11: Richard Schiver
Saturday, July 12: Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Sunday, July 13: Electively Paige
Monday, July 14: (Release Day Blitz!!!): ALL THE BLOGS
Tuesday, July 15: The Violet Hour Book Reviews
Wednesday, July 16: Pure Jonel
Thursday, July 17: The Bookie Monster
Friday, July 18: The Indigo Quill
Saturday, July 19: All In One Place
Sunday, July 20: Indie Writers Review
Monday, July 21: Best Chick Lit

May you read well and often

Annabel Hertz - Seeing Green

Saturday, April 26, 2014

27. Seeing Green by Annabel Hertz (2014)
Length: 223 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 17 April 2014
Finished: 26 April 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Samantha at JKS Communications for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Annabel Hertz is a new author for me.

Arcani Kirsch - a recent college graduate with Jewish-Hopi roots - is convinced that, just as her name implies, she is a woman who is 'destined for greatness'. Having attended the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, Arcani is subsequently compelled to do her part to make the world a better place after she witnesses the plight of the indigenous peoples.  

To that end, Arcani leaves her west coast cocoon and joins Environ Mentality - an international conglomeration of green-minded businesses in Washington, DC, that are committed to getting the Earth Treaty ratified. The first step in implementing their plan is ensuring that the next US President attends a Ministerial meeting in Paris. Arcani sets the wheels in motion, and spearheads a campaign to do just that. 

There are, however, various potholes along Arcani's environmental path: One of her former ultra nationalist professors has plagiarized her thesis; then there's the man who could derail her with his lustiness; the one who wants her to come to Christ; and the one she'd written off as dead. Not to mention having to cope with Caroline, her albatross of a sister. Yes, the path to Paris is indeed muddy. 

But Arcani plows ahead, trying to stay true to her vision, making sure that her methods are kosher, and that her doting Aunt Lillian is proud of her. En route to the Ministerial, Arcani makes her mark on the world in totally unexpected ways. Against a backdrop of world events that are highly relevant to today, Seeing Green by Annabel Hertz explores the lighter side to dedicating oneself to changing a world that's rather resistant to change; as well as drawing on themes of individuality and enlightenment. 

I wasn't entirely sure what I was expecting when I first started this book - although the synopsis certainly was very intriguing. I must say that I found this story extremely funny. Arcani's personality shone through to me, I sympathized with her and appreciated that she stayed true to her principles. I give Seeing Green by Annabel Hertz a definite A! 

A! - (90-95%)              

May you read well and often

Christine Amsden, Author of Mind Games: A Cassie Scot Novel, Talks About the Imperfections of Parents

Friday, April 25, 2014

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!


Synopsis from Goodreads

Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and 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. Cassie finds him...irresistible

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the nonmagical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. 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 so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

Coming to Amazon and Barnes and Noble on 10 April 2014!

I would like to welcome Christine Amsden, author of the Cassie Scot Series to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Amsden was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'Imperfect Parents' 
by Christine Amsden

No one's perfect, but many of us expect our parents to be. Or maybe the trouble is that as children, we believe they are. The truth comes as a crushing shock to many adolescents, which feeds into the “generation gap” that commonly surfaces during the teenage years. It usually isn't until young people leave home and see some of the world when they can finally resolve the gap between expectation and reality.

Of course, some parents are more imperfect than others. Some mistakes are easy to forgive or overlook, some human weaknesses, such as temper, so normal that it takes much less to recognize that only we who are without sin should throw stones.

But what happens when parents make a bigger mistake? Is it okay to forgive them, even though what they did was not and can never be all right?

I see forgiveness as one of the major themes of my Cassie Scot series. It is my view that forgiveness isn't something you do for the benefit of the person being forgiven, but rather for the benefit of the person doing the forgiving. Forgiving is a process of healing and moving on. It is not about saying, “Well, I understand and that's all right then.” Maybe it isn't all right. Many things aren't. Many people act out of fear or selfishness and do things that leave deep, permanent scars. But when we forgive, which (done correctly) is a long-term process rather than a momentary act, we set aside anger and work towards healing.

I'm not a big fan of black or white characters. These days, it doesn't seem like anyone is, but it can still be challenging to depict certain people as having redeeming qualities after they do terrible things. I mean, is it okay to like anything at all about a man who kills, or steals, or disowns his daughter out of fear and selfishness?

Cassie Scot's parents are not likeable, but they do love their children. All of them. Including Cassie. She's a challenge for her parents because she reminds each, in their own way, of personal failures. (Part of what I mean by that comes clear in book two, the rest will be revealed in full in book four.)

I won't tell readers how to feel. Some hate Edward and Sheila Scot (passionately). Some have mixed feelings. Not too many people really like them, and I can't blame them. For my part, I … understand them to a certain extent. They aren't good people who do bad things and they aren't bad people who do good things. They are people who act at times out of selfishness and at times out of fear, but people who still have the capacity to love.

But this isn't their story.

Another theme I try to present in this series is that change comes from within. Cassie can't fix the people around her. (This is why I was ultimately forced to write spin-off novels for her two best friends. At first I was as confused as Cassie, thinking she could solve the problems that began to develop in the second book.) Cassie's parents won't change in this series because she doesn't have the power to fix them, and this isn't their story.

Cassie will never have perfect parents; she'll only ever have the ones she got. But she can forgive them, and she can decide that they were wrong about her. She can decide who she wants to be, regardless of what they think she can be. 

Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“Amsden continues the story of the only mundane member of a supernaturally-gifted family in this middling sequel to Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts a case involving a pair of magical girls who disappeared from summer camp. With the aid of the handsome Evan Blackwood, to whom Cassie is attracted despite her family’s disapproval and her own better judgment, she follows the trail of the missing girls. 

What she finds is a dark side of the magical world, and the hidden depths of her family’s past force her to reconsider long-held assumptions. The growing complexity of Cassie’s world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won’t-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery. An inconclusive ending is clearly intended to feed into the next volume.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

"When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

May you read well and often

Andra Watkins - To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

26. To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by Andra Watkins (2014)
Length: 305 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Started: 13 April 2014
Finished: 23 April 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 1 March 2014
Why do I have it? I like historical fantasy, especially when it also includes paranormal elements in the plot. Andra Watkins is also a new author for me.

On October 11, 1809, famed explorer and governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory, Meriwether Lewis was found dead of two gunshot wounds. The circumstances surrounding his death were suspicious, but his death was tentatively ruled a suicide. Drifting alone in the mists of Nowhere for the past two centuries, Merry has repeatedly attempted to gain redemption in various ways. However, with the taint of suicide shadowing his legacy, each attempt Merry has made has resulted in failure. Now, his last hope at redemption has finally arrived... 

Nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney is on the run. Fleeing her madame mother in New Orleans, Em desperately needs to find her father in Nashville. But with only a few of her daddy's letters to guide her, Em is not entirely sure where to start such a long journey. And with so many evil people looking for her, the only thing she knows for certain is that she'll need some help to get where she's going.

Merry had never imagined that his final assignment would involve helping a nine-year-old tomboy find her father in Nashville. He certainly knows the way, but to get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace. He'll also encounter the corrupt Judge Wilkinson - an old foe who has held a grudge against Merry for the past two hundred years. The Judge also has his own despicable plans for Emmaline.

In my opinion, this was a very intriguing premise to begin with, and I was completely invested in the story by the end of the first chapter. The characters were well-developed, and the story was thoroughly engrossing and very poignant. I found myself caring for these characters, and I wanted to see how they worked through their various dilemmas. Andra Watkins is a new author for me at the moment, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her in the future. I absolutely loved this book and give it an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Stacy Reid - The Duke's Shotgun Wedding

25. The Duke's Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid (2014)
The Scandalous House of Calydon Series Book 1
Length: 105 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 23 April 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Stacy Reid is a new author for me.

Alright, so as far as rash decisions went, this perhaps wasn't the wisest course of action. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne's will had to remain strong. After all, desperate times called for desperate measures.

If the only way to save her family's estate and reputation was to aim a derringer pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction - and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the dark and foreboding Duke himself. 

But Jocelyn has made the first move against a very dangerous opponent...For Sebastian Thornton is no callow youth to be trifled with. And the lady has just played her hand. Now, it's his turn...

Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with such spirit and fire - even if she means to only marry him for his money - would be a great prize indeed. He intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her...and demands his own satisfaction in return.

First of all, I must say that I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I read this book. The title is intriguing, and actually is what first captured my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, though. For its length, I found the plot and characters to be very well-developed. I give this book a definite A! and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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

Lily Maxton - The Affair

24. The Affair by Lily Maxton (2014)
The Sisters of Scandal Series Book 1
Length: 75 pages
Genre: Short Story 
Started: 21 April 2014
Finished: 23 April 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Lily Maxton is a new author for me.

When a beautiful stranger races into his bookshop to escape a sudden rainstorm, Cale Cameron - well-known rake - is instantly attracted to her. And wholly unprepared by the force of his desire. Especially for a lady whose name he doesn't even know.

Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something more from life. Society would most certainly frown upon a respectable countess - even if she were widowed - fraternizing with a mere bookseller. Especially when that bookseller is the notorious rake, Cale Cameron.

As their passion ignites and their connection grows, his brief liaison with Elizabeth begins to threaten the one thing Cale has always protected - his heart. Letting her go is the only practical solution to this predicament...and the only option Cale can not possibly tolerate.

I must say that I enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued by the story, and found the characters to be sympathetically drawn and extremely likable. I give this book an A! and am looking forward to reading further books in this series in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Book Blast For Life in the Palace by Catherine Green

Monday, April 21, 2014


Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome Catherine Green author of Life in the Palace, to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Green are currently on a Book Blast tour with I'm a Reader, Not a Writer lasting through the end of the month of April. This is also my fifteenth Book Blast post ever, but I still hope that I do Life in the Palace by Catherine Green justice.

The author are also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner at the end of her Book Blast. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

About Life in the Palace:


After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.

Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.

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About Catherine Green:



Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she’s not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.

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Book Blast Giveaway of $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends May 15, 2014.


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May you read well and often

Alice Hoffman - Aquamarine

Saturday, April 19, 2014

23. Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman (2001)
The Water Tales Series Book 1
Length: 105 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 16 April 2014
Finished: 19 April 2014
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 October 2011
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and have read and enjoyed Practical Magic by the same author in the past.

Best friends Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together before Claire moves to Florida with her grandparents. The Capri Beach Club has been the scene of so many memories for the girls, but this summer is especially bittersweet for them. Then, the morning after an awful storm, Hailey and Claire discover something unusual in the murky water at the bottom of the pool. There in the depths is a mysterious creature with a sharp tongue and a broken heart: a mermaid named Aquamarine has been separated from her sisters, swept away by the force of the storm.

Trapped in the deep end of the pool, Aquamarine is not only suffering from a severe case of homesickness, she is also experiencing the pangs of first love - for a totally inappropriate creature - a human teenage boy. Now, as this mythological yet very real being starts to fade in the burning August sun, the mermaid's fate rests with Hailey and Claire.

Just on the edge of growing up, during a summer that is the hottest on record, Claire and Hailey are discovering that life can take an unpredictable course, best friends are forever, and magic can often be found in the unlikeliest places. In Aquamarine, best-selling author Alice Hoffman weaves a luminous tale of nostalgia and enchantment, perfect for readers both young and old.

I've had this book on my TBR pile for almost three years. Despite waiting for such a long time to read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was certainly intriguing and while definitely written for children, I found the characters well-developed and extremely likable. I give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Kathryn Meyer Griffith - Dinosaur Lake

Thursday, April 17, 2014

22. Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2012)
The Dinosaur Lake Series Book 1
Length: 283 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 31 March 2014
Finished: 17 April 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn Meyer Griffith for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 February 2014
Why do I have it? I like horror and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Former police officer Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for the past eight years. He loves his quiet life with his family in Oregon - the solitude, the peace, the tranquility, the predictability. He likes his park the way it has always been - fun, safe and family-friendly. But Henry is about to be tested in so many ways.

First the earthquakes begin...people start to go missing...then reports surface of some sort of mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake. Not only is it growing in size, the beast is also incredibly aggressive and cunning...and ravenous. And it's quickly acquiring a taste for human beings. Very much so. It has also recently developed the ability to walk on land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann - a reporter with the local newspaper; a young paleontologist named Justin Maltin; and a band of brave men must not only protect Henry's beloved Crater Lake National Park from this threat, but also the people who live there. Somehow, Henry and his men must find out where the monster lives and destroy it...before it can kill again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were extremely likable and sympathetic, and the plot was fast-paced and intriguing. One aspect of the story that I especially appreciated was that it didn't become completely bogged down with scientific jargon - it was very readable and action-packed. I give Dinosaur Lake a definite A! and I'm looking forward to reading the recently released sequel to Dinosaur Lake Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising. 

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was also a Finalist for the 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards in the Suspense/Thriller Category. 


May you read well and often

Ami Blackwelder, Author of Dumah's Demons, Chats About The AngelFire Chronicles and Its Latest Installment

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I would very much like to welcome Ami Blackwelder, author of the young adult Paranormal Thriller, Dumah's Demons. Ms. Blackwelder was nice enough to answer some questions for me about her young adult Paranormal Series The AngelFire Chronicles, and its latest installment Dumah's Demons. Thank you so much for stopping by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Ms. Blackwelder, and I wish you all the best now and in the future!

Meet Ami Blackwelder

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and traveled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand in her thirties.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

Synopsis of Dumah's Demons

The story of Dumah, Kian’s sister and how she becomes a Dark Angel. The reader will better understand Dameon and Kian through this story which is told through the eyes of Dumah.

Follow her story as she and Kian fight to survive on the streets of Manhattan and see how one event changes both of their lives forever, driving her toward darkness of the Dark Angels and Kian toward the AngelFire protectors.

If you've read
She Speaks to Angels this is a great way to understand the motives of Dameon, Kian and Dumah. Dumah is found in Falling Angels, the sequel to be released April 2014.

Coming to Amazon on March 2, 2014!

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: First of all Ms. Blackwelder, where in the chronology of the AngelFire Chronicles does Dumah's Demons fall?

Ami Blackwelder: This novella is an accompaniment to the AngelFire Chronicles and is best read after reading She Speaks to Angels. I only say this because there are two spoilers in it if you have not read She Speaks to Angels. The next book to read would be Falling Angels where we see more of Dumah’s character.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: Did something or someone in your own life serve as inspiration for either the plot or certain characters in Dumah's Demons?

Ami Blackwelder: Well, I think as a writer you always bring your own emotions and life experiences so I’d have to say, yes. But then again there is not one event that solely defines this story or the characters, it is an accumulation of events and people I’ve known.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: I enjoy reading quite a lot of young adult paranormal or fantasy novels, but I admit that you are a new author to me. In your opinion, what would draw a new reader to your books?

Ami Blackwelder: I have always been told my stories are original. I hear readers say they’ve never read anything quite like my stories, that they always have several twists they were not expecting and once they get into the story they have a hard time putting them down. I have to say my stories tend to slower at first and build up the momentum. Some of later stuff just jumps right in.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: If you're able to give a 'sneak peak' at all, how do you see the AngelFire Chronicles progressing?

Ami Blackwelder: LOL, I know exactly how it progresses. What can I tell the readers and fans? Ali and Kian are in for a lot of emotional turmoil in Falling Angels. Dumah pulls them to their limits, but if you think things get bad for our main characters in Falling Angels, Dumah has a treat in store in Angel Codes and the human race gets messy.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: I noticed that you actually write five separate young adult series (I looked on Goodreads, so I might be missing one:)). Anyway, I was wondering how you manage to keep all the story lines straight? 

Ami Blackwelder: I have an elf romance saga comprised of two books. It is done. Guardians of the Gate. I have a Mers Chronicles which is comprised of two books. Book two will be out later this year. AngelFire Chronicles is made up of three books, book two and three will be released shortly. Those are for YA and Tween.

Midnight: Century of the Vampires is comprised of three books and is finished, but it is New Adult. Zombie Housewives has two books in the series, and more may follow. It too is more of a New Adult series.

My last series is Shifter Evolutions and has five books in the series currently with a sixth possibility, and a spring off series possibility after the indie film is released. This is an adult series. So, I’m really only working on the angels and then will finish the mermaid story.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: What are your future plans for writing - Do you already have your next book partially planned, or do you allow yourself a little 'down time' between books?

Ami Blackwelder: I usually go-go-go unless life gets in the way which it often does and I have to slow down to get some other stuff done. However, I do take down-time. Like now I’m in Chan Mai, Thailand and will be going into Cambodia. I do a lot of traveling or outdoors stuff for getting into different gears.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: Who are your favorite authors and do you have any favorite genres that you like to read?

Ami Blackwelder: I like literature and dystopia. Hemingway, Jane Austen, Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. Loved Dr. Zhivago, but damn those sad endings.

May you read well and often

Blog Tour For Life in the Palace by Catherine Green From May 6, 2014 to May 16, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Catherine Green will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Fantasy book Life in the Palace. This virtual book tour is being hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and will last from May 6, to May 16, 2014!

Ms. Green is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash 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!

Life in the Palace Blog Tour Information:

Meet Catherine Green

Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she’s not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.


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About Life in the Palace

After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.

Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.

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Life in the Palace Book Publicity Tour Schedule:



May 6th - Guest Post at I am a Reader, Not a Writer
May 6th - Spotlight at Cherry Mischievous
May 6th - Spotlight at Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
May 6th - Interview at Mythical Books
May 6th - Spotlight at Cassandra M’s Place
May 7th - Spotlight at The Loopy Librarian
May 7th - Spotlight at Christy’s Cozy Corners
May 7th - Spotlight at Sweeping Me
May 7th - Spotlight at Margay Leah Justice
May 8th - Review at Hope To Read
May 8th - Spotlight at Mama Papa Barn
May 8th - Tens List at It’s Time To Read Mamaw
May 8th - Spotlight at Books Beside My Bed
May 9th - Spotlight at Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys
May 9th - Review at Crazy Four Books
May 9th - Review at A Casual Reader’s Blog
May 9th - Spotlight at MAD Hoydenish
May 9th - Spotlight at Mary’s Cup of Tea
May 10th - Review at redpillows
May 10th - Character Interview at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
May 11th - Interview at Cuzinlogic
May 11th - Spotlight at Paulette’s Papers
May 11th - Spotlight at Stacy Claflin, Author
May 12th - Review at A Leisure Moment
May 12th - Spotlight at Sher A Hart: Written Art
May 12th - Interview at BookHounds YA
May 12th - Spotlight at Hearts and Scribbles ~ Jennifer Faye
May 13th - Review at Sheenah Freitas
May 13th - Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
May 13th - Interview at FLY HIGH!
May 13th - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
May 13th - Spotlight at Bound 2 Escape
May 14th - Review at Reading List
May 14th - Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Corner
May 14th - Tens List at Hott Books
May 14th - Spotlight at From the Bootheel Cotton Patch
May 15th - Review at A Thousand Lives Lived
May 15th - Spotlight at Shout with Emaginette
May 15th - Review at Bonnie Gets A Say
May 15th - Interview at Books Direct
May 16th - Spotlight at CBY Book Club
May 16th - Spotlight at Kelly P’s Blog
May 16th - Spotlight at Little Whimsy Books
May 16th - Spotlight at Katie’s Clean Book Collection

Life in the Palace Excerpt:

Chloe watching a battle at the nursing home (Chapter 11)

I considered protesting that I wasn’t trying to do any Service, I just liked spending time with the elderly. I was about to give some bland response she would have seen straight through, when Tal saved me by walking through the door guitar in hand.

She smiled when she saw me, “Oh good, you made it. We’re in for a treat today. Gal and Dava came today too.” 

Her brother and the chick with the mousy brown hair that was at their house for the Dinner wandered over to the little stage area. In actual fact, it was just where Marian had cleared away some of the chairs, but it was as close to a stage as any one was going to get in the activities room. Gal pulled up two extra chairs for them and they took their places. Jov waved hello at me as he took his place. 

Marian seemed to have disappeared so Cale just started playing. It was the same opening number as always, the one that seemed like a prayer. Now that the music and the setting were familiar, I felt brave enough to try sliding my mind with Tal’s. I couldn’t get a clear picture. There were swirls of pink and sunflower yellow. Something beautiful was happening but I couldn’t tell what.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Mrs. Hols staring at me again. After a minute she seemed to make a decision. “They’re thanking He Who Gives for life and for enabling us to make the Service,” she whispered. 

I guess she really wasn’t deaf because she pitched her comment exactly right for me to hear clearly but for no one else to overhear. I nodded and smiled. I didn’t want to say anything and break my concentration. 

When the song ended, it felt like a curtain had dropped over the stage. As Dava began singing the next song, it was obvious that we had changed scenes. Her voice was spectacular. The notes seemed to weave higher and higher as Tal, Noy and Jov harmonized and Gal strummed the guitar. I didn’t recognize the language. The song itself sounded as old as time. The melody flowed up mountains and across oceans. I was almost lulled to sleep. In contrast, Mrs. Hols was remarkably alert. I vaguely wondered if I’d eaten too much lunch. Another thirty seconds and I’d have been asleep. Later it occurred to me that was the point. Just as my eyes closed, the attack came. 

It started with a feral snarl somewhere to my left. For a second I saw Tal still strumming her guitar, Dava and Noy were still singing, and Cale’s hands didn’t even pause on the piano. Like a badly developed photo superimposed on their calm performance, I saw each straighten and clasp their weapons for battle. Dava pulled an arrow from the quiver on her back as a bow materialized in her hands. Behind her Tal gripped the hilt of her sword with both hands. Cale readied his spear. A low rumbling that was almost more threatening than the original snarl announced the enemy getting closer and closer. This beast was in no hurry to attack. A matching snarl from the right made it clear that they were in no hurry to attack. 

When they came into view, I realized that my hands were trembling. This was no species that walked the face of the earth. It was big like a bear with a face like a wolf, but no wolf was that big, no bear that light on its feet. Its fur was jet black, only emphasizing the double row of bared teeth. The jaw looked large enough to snap a person in two. With heads cocked to one side, they stopped about five meters away and looked the defenders up and down. 

Tal was white with fear. Jov looked like he was about to throw up. Apparently they had never seen anything like it either. I could tell they were thinking what I was thinking: how the hell were they going to defeat these things and still walk away? I remembered what Tal had told me, if you die in the Palace, you die in the physical world too.

Am I just supposed to sit here and watch them die? 

I looked around wildly and nearly fell out of my chair. When I took my focus off the immediate battle scene, I was still in the beige walled old age room. The elderly were all still sitting there in their chairs; some of them were still clapping. Mrs. Hols was muttering something under her breath. I stared at her. 

She looked up, “Just keep clapping, dearie. We don’t want Marian to notice anything funny going on.” 

Anything funny going on? My friends were about to be mauled to death by some quasi-mythical beasts and we were worried about Marian getting the wrong impression. 

I opened my mouth to say something.

“Don’t worry love, we’re on it.” 

If I had retained power over my body, I might have slapped her. Instead I just watched. I hadn’t noticed that she was holding a small book in her hands. I looked from the book to her face. 

She paused for breath and said quickly, “Supplications. They need more firepower.” 

I felt pressure building in the seat next to me. Mrs. Hols spoke faster and faster, her wrinkled hands flicking the pages as she went. After a lifetime, that was probably no more than half a minute, I thought I saw an ax head hover in front of her. 

I looked back to the battle. The beasts were inching closer. Suddenly two things happened, the color returned to Tal’s cheeks, and she seemed to grow taller. At the same time a heavy wooden stick with a double headed axe appeared in her hands. I didn’t dare look at Mrs. Hols, but it seemed like the extra firepower had arrived. The others now also brandished new weapons. Presumably, all of the other elderly were busy doing what they could.

My heart began to beat again. Now they might actually win. At least they might walk away from it alive. Do those things ever just retreat? I’m not sure if I missed the signal but one the beasts leapt in attack. Dava shot off her arrow, hitting the left beast in the eye. It didn’t pause for a second. Noy was closest to its giant paws. As the thing bore down on her, she ducked and rolled under it. Tal swung the pike and the axe lodged behind its left ear. She jumped to the side, retrieving her pike and swinging wildly again as soon as it was free from the beast’s flesh. Noy had disappeared but as the beast reared suddenly in the air, I saw her roll out from underneath it, a bloody dagger in her hand. 

On the other side, Dava seemed to be holding the beast at bay with a barrage of arrows. Cale flexed his muscles and hurled a spear into the side of the attacking animal. I counted five other spears still lodged in its hide, making it look like a really angry pincushion. Gal held a large sword, but he could hardly get close enough to use it. Jov was creeping around to the side of the snarling animal. Just as it looked like he might get close enough to attack - it wheeled around and sent him flying with one flick of its head. Jov landed awkwardly and seemed unable to get up again.

Even with the extra firepower, it wasn’t working. They were only just managing to hold them at bay. Do they just keep going until they drop from exhaustion? A quick glance around me showed that the elderly were still doing their thing. For every spear Cale threw another arrived in his hands but it didn’t seem to be enough. My mouth was dry and I had to remind myself to breath. 

Would You really let them die here with everyone watching? What about Marian? What would happen? Would they just drop dead here in the middle of the activities room? Would they do an autopsy? How would anyone explain away five young people just dying in the middle of the afternoon? 

I didn’t want to watch the battle, but I couldn’t draw my eyes away. They were going to get massacred and I was just sitting and watching. As I felt despair washing over me, something changed. At first I didn’t see him, I just saw the shift in their posture. I registered surprised and relief.

“About time,” Mrs. Hols whispered under her breath. 

Soon I saw what they were all looking at. The beasts moved closer to each other and further away from the approaching horse. I skipped that horsy stage when I was younger, but this thing was certainly not My Little Pony. Its hazel flank glistened, standing at least as tall as the black beasts. It moved with the calm of a body builder breaking up a playground fight. The beasts still snarled but the edge had gone out of their menace. 

It took me a while to realize the most unusual thing about the approaching horse; it had a rider. In all the times I’d seen the Palace through Tal’s eyes, the animals had been the forces of the Adversary. The regal figure in robes rode the glistening horse like a farmyard pet. His sword was blinding as he drew it from beside him. With a tiny twitch of his heel the horse surged forward. With one swoop, the head of the first beast lay on the floor and the return thrust finished off the second. As suddenly as it had started, it was over. The hood of the rider’s long mauve robes covered his face, but he seemed to bow to Tal and the others before he too disappeared.

My head pounded as the pictures snapped back into one and the activities room returned to being the only thing I saw. Gal wiped his brow, Tal shot me a smile of relief. Dava held one long note as she ended the song I hadn’t heard, continuing in the present. The elderly clapped with extreme enthusiasm. Their shining eyes made it clear they were acknowledging a job well done in more ways than just singing.

May you read well and often