Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blog Tour For Rowena and the Viking Warlord by Melodie Campbell From August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Melodie Campbell will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Paranormal Romance Rowena and the Viking Warlord - Book 3 in her Land's End Series. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from August 4, to August 29, 2014!

Rowena and the Viking Warlord Blog Tour Information:

Meet Melodie Campbell 

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. Winner of nine awards, including the 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books), Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels.

Melodie got her start writing stand-up.  In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. Her fiction has been described by industry reviewers as “hilarious” and “laugh-out-loud funny.”
Melodie has a commerce degree from Queen’s University, but it didn’t take well.  She has been a bank manager, college instructor, marketing director, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever.  These days, Melodie is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.
Her latest book is the paranormal romance time travel, Rowena and the Viking Warlord.

Connect and Socialize with Melodie!


About Rowena and the Viking Warlord:

He was her enemy and her lover…

As Cedric fights battles down south, Rowena unwittingly rides into an enemy war camp and is taken prisoner by her old friend Lars, who is not what he seems.

Yet Rowena is not helpless. After all, she is a hereditary half-witch with a whole lot of magic in her.  Too bad she doesn’t know how to use it. Escaping from the camp, she continues to botch up spell after spell. Soon Kendra joins her on the trek back to Huel, along with the latest magical mistake, a flame-burping dragon called Cinders.

When war comes to Land’s End, it brings the one man who threatens to conquer everything in Huel, including Rowena’s heart. Now she has to make the biggest decision of her life. Will she return through the wall to safety in Arizona? Or will she stay in Land’s End for good, and fight to save her people from the Viking Warlord?

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Rowena and the Viking Warlord Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, August 4 - First Chapter Reveal at The Literary Nook
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Featured at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Thursday, August 7 - Book Review at My Book Addiction and More
Monday, August 11 - Guest Blogging at ARe Cafe
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday, August 13 - Interview at Examiner
Thursday, August 14 - Interview at As the Page Turns
Monday, August 18 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Tuesday, August 19 - Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Review at Written Love
Thursday, August 21 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, August 25 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Monday, August 25 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, August 26 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, August 27 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, August 28 - Interview at Review From Here
Friday, August 29 - Book Review at My Life, Loves and Passion

May you read well and often

Friday, June 27, 2014

Christine Amsden - Mind Games

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

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

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

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

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

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blog Tour For Divine Sanctuary by Cheryl Kaye Tardif From August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Cheryl Kaye Tardif will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Paranormal Mystery Divine Sanctuary - Book 3 in her Divine Trilogy. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from August 4, to August 29, 2014!

Divine Sanctuary Blog Tour Information:

Meet Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Divine Sanctuary, Submerged, Divine Justice, Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls “a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart…a beautiful, haunting novel.”

She is now working on her next thriller.

Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet and Other Creepy Stories (collection of shorts) and Remote Control (novelette eBook). In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot’s Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D’Angelo.

Booklist raves, “Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.”

Connect and Socialize with Cheryl!


About Divine Sanctuary:
 
There’s no place like home…

In the Divine Trilogy finale, the heat is tripled when CFBI Agent Jasi McLellan must rescue Emily, the ghost girl that haunts her dreams; expose her own mother’s killer; and uncover a murderer that preys on the weak at Sanctuary, a controversial cult nestled in the woods near Mission, BC.

Something insidious lurks behind the safe haven of Sanctuary’s wrought iron gates. Led by the charismatic Father Jeremiah, the cult’s idyllic lifestyle seems perfect on the outside. But a lethal hunter is on the prowl, and in a carefully executed game of cat and mouse, the body count rises.

Along with Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko, Psychometric Empath Ben Roberts and Special Consultant Brandon Walsh, Jasi follows three trails of clues that lead to one terrifying conclusion: home is not always the safest place on earth.

 Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Watch the Book Trailer on YouTube and Read the First Chapter

Divine Sanctuary Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

  
Monday, August 4 - Interview at Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Featured at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday, August 6 - Guest Blogging at To Read or Not to Read
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Thursday, August 7 - Interview at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, August 11 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, August 12 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, August 18 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review at My Life, Loves and Passions
Tuesday, August 19 - Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review and Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
Thursday, August 21 - Book Featured at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense
Thursday, August 21 - Book Featured at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Monday, August 25 - Interview at As the Pages Turn
Tuesday, August 26 - Book Featured at Booklover Sue
Wednesday, August 27 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Thursday, August 28 - Book Review at Becky on Books
Friday, August 29 - Book Review at Pink Fluffy Hearts Diary

May you read well and often

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Introducing Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

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

  Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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

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

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

Scraps of Paper Blurb:

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.

Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.

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

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

May you read well and often

Friday, June 20, 2014

Michael Phillip Cash - Schism: The Battle For Darracia

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

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

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

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

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

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Meet Michael Phillip Cash

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

Connect and Socialize with Michael!


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

Schism: The Battle For Darracia Blurb: 

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

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

Schism: The Battle For Darracia Book Trailer:


May you read well and often

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blog Tour For Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton From August 4, 2014 to August 22, 2014 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Kimber Leigh Wheaton will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Paranormal Romance Tortured Souls - Book 1 in her Orion Circle Series. This virtual book tour is being hosted by the author herself and will last from August 4, to August 22, 2014!

Ms. Wheaton is also doing two awesome giveaways - she is giving away an ebook copy of Tortured Souls - available either in Mobi, epub or pdf version for the winners. She is also giving a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky host 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!

Tortured Souls Blog Tour Information:

Meet Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. 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.

Connect and Socialize with Kimber Leigh!

WebsiteTwitter * Goodreads * Facebook * Young Adult Website * 'Once Upon a YA Book' on Facebook

 About Tortured Souls:

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.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!


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Tortured Souls Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10, Playlist at Shattering Words
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at For the Love of Books
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Bound 2 Escape
Monday, August 4 - Book Review at Itching For Books
Monday, August 4 - Character Bios at Books Authors Blogs
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Guest Post at Captivated Reading
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Guest Post at A Book Lover's Retreat
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Interview, Playlist at Coffee, Books and Art
Monday, August 4 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Shooting Stars Reviews
Monday, August 4 - Book Review at V's Reads
Tuesday, August 5 - Guest Post, Playlist at I am a Reader!
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10 at Becky's Barmy Book Blog
Tuesday, August 5 - Character Bios at Jess Time to Read
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist at Pink Fluffy Hearts
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios at Loves All Things Books
Tuesday, August 5 - Book Review, Playlist at Marked by Books
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Girls With Books
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10 at Fantasy Book Chick
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Review at Abookdoration
Wednesday, August 6 - Character Bios, Character Interview at Christine Amsden
Wednesday, August 6 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Imagine a World
Wednesday, August 6 - Guest Post, Top 10, Playlist at Gimme the Scoop Reviews
Thursday, August 7 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios at Write Away Bliss
Thursday, August 7 - Book Review, Playlist at The Story Goes...
Thursday, August 7 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Bookcrastinators in Wonderland
Thursday, August 7 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Bookworm For Kids
Thursday, August 7 - Author Interview at We do Write
Thursday, August 7 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist at Tich Brewster
Thursday, August 7 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10 at Fundinmental
Friday, August 8 - Character Interview at Strands of Thought
Friday, August 8 - Book Review, Character Interview, Playlist at Chelsea's Reading Adventures
Friday, August 8 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Guest Post at Team Nerd Reviews
Friday, August 8 - Book Review, Author Interview at The Bookworm Corner
Friday, August 8 - Book Review, Top 10 at Book Briefs
Friday, August 8 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at 6 Feet Under Books
Friday, August 8 - Book Review at The Canon
Saturday, August 9 - Character Interview, Character Top 10 at Fang-Tastic Books
Saturday, August 9 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Part of That World
Sunday, August 10 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Book Hostage
Monday, August 11 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist at Paranormal Romance Fans For Life
Monday, August 11 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Guest Post at The Book Bag
Monday, August 11 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at The Cover Contessa
Monday, August 11 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10, Playlist at Falling For YA
Monday, August 11 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10 at Whatever You Can Still Betray
Tuesday, August 12 - Guest Post at From the Shadows
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Sasha Hibbs
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Review at The Rest is Still Unwritten
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Review at Am a Book Lover Blogger
Tuesday, August 12 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at United Indie Book Blog
Wednesday, August 13 - Promotional TBD at The Rest is Still Unwritten
Wednesday, August 13 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at My Midnight Fantasies
Wednesday, August 13 - Guest Post at Urban Fantasy Investigations
Wednesday, August 13 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Guest Post, Top 10 at Blissful Book Reviews
Thursday, August 14 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios at Sunshine Book Promotions
Thursday, August 14 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios at Book Talk Reviews
Thursday, August 14 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Mom With a Kindle
Thursday, August 14 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Author/Character Interview at Sweets Books
Friday, August 15 - Book Review at Stressed Rach
Friday, August 15 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Bookworm Lisa
Friday, August 15 - Book Review, Character Interview at A Thousand Words, a Million Books
Friday, August 15 - Book Review at Worth Reading It?
Saturday, August 16 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Top 10 at Mad Hatter Reads
Monday, August 18 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Guest Post at Jillian's Books
Monday, August 18 - Book Review at The Bookish Outsider
Monday, August 18 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios at Sapphyria's Book Reviews
Monday, August 18 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Monday, August 18 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at I Read it and Wept
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review, Character Bios at Twin Spin
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review, Playlist at Books and Books
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Review at Megan Likes Books
Tuesday, August 19 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios, Guest Post at NaYa Books and More
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Character Bios, Guest Post at Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Review at Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Review, Playlist at Reviews and Rambles
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, August 20 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Author Interview at Enchanted by YA
Thursday, August 21 - Book Review at The Phantom Paragrapher
Thursday, August 21 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt at Doodles, Doodles Everywhere
Thursday, August 21 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review at Ali's Books
Thursday, August 21 - Book Review, Character Bios, Playlist at Fictional Reality
Thursday, August 21 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist at Endless Reading Blog
Thursday, August 21 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Playlist at Simplistic Reviews
Friday, August 22 - Character Bios at Chosen by You Book Club
Friday, August 22 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Character Bios at Goth Girl Gabs
Friday, August 22 - Book Review at Ohana Reads
Friday, August 22 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Playlist at Amethyst Daydreams
Friday, August 22 - Book Review at Musings of Immortals
Friday, August 22 - Book Review, Author Interview at A Leisure Moment
Friday, August 22 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Author Interview at Nay's Pink Bookshelf
Friday, August 22 - Book Spotlight/Excerpt, Book Review, Guest Post at Girl With Pen

May you read well and often

Friday, June 13, 2014

Introducing To Kill For His Queen by Carolina West!

Meet Carolina West

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

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

To Kill For His Queen Blurb: 

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

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

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


May you read well and often

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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

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

The Dancing Boy Blog Tour Information:


Meet Michael Matson

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

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

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

Connect and Socialize with Michael!

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


About The Dancing Boy:

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

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

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

The Dancing Boy Book Publicity Tour Schedule:


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

May you read well and often

Monday, June 9, 2014

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

Meet Nikki Rae

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

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

The Donor Part One Blurb:

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

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

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

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

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


The Donor Part One Cover Reveal:

 
May you read well and often

Justine, Juan and Marco Borrego - War of the Gods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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

33. The Education of George Washington: How a Forgotten Book Shaped the Character of a Hero by Austin Washington (2014)
Length: 327 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 12 May 2014
Finished: 8 June 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 14 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and Austin Washington is a new author for me.

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

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

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

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

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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

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.

Connect and Socialize with Nikki!



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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Author of the Incredibly Popular Dinosaur Lake, Chats About the Creation of Her Novel and the Cultural Fascination With Dinosaurs

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I have a real treat for the readers and followers of Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of 19 published books, 2 novellas and 12 short stories, originally wrote a backstory about Dinosaur Lake - a Finalist for the 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards in the Suspense/Thriller Category - back on August 30, 2012!

Yes, I realize that this was almost two years ago, and that I'm just getting around to posting it today, but in my own defense I literally just found Ms. Griffith's guest post while I was perusing several old emails. Since this guest post was written, Ms. Griffith has since gone on to publish 3 more books, 2 novellas and 12 short stories. As a matter of fact, one of those books is the recently published Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising - the sequel to Dinosaur Lake - which I had the pleasure of reading back in April of this year. Here is my review. :) 

Ms. Griffith was also kind enough to send me a copy of Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising last month, and I sincerely hope to start reading it very soon!

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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

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

Connect and Socialize with Kathryn!


Synopsis from Goodreads:

An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake…and it’s hungry. 

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry. 

And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat.

And it can come up onto land.

So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again.

Coming to Amazon on 29 August 2012!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Prehistoric creatures have again invaded Crater Lake National Park 
…and this time there’s more than one. 

Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for thirteen years now and thought the days when he’d had to fight a rogue dinosaur that lived in the caves below the lake were long over. Until one of his park rangers, to save a visitor’s life, is in a deadly struggle out in the woods with a new breed of dinosaur worse than the last one. It’s as big as a man, but this one is a young one. And growing. 

Then more of the creatures begin to show up everywhere, threatening people and destroying the tranquility and safety of his beloved park. 

A tourist trolley filled with fifteen people is snatched up off the crater’s rim by another version of the younger one…but this one has grown into a giant with fangs, claws and a deadly tail. And this one has wings. Ugly Gargoyles, Henry calls them. For this one isn’t alone. They’re flying beyond the park’s boundaries into the neighboring towns. 

So Henry, with the help of his son-in-law, a paleontologist named Justin, and a band of brave park rangers, and a few good soldiers, must not only protect his park and his people from monsters once more but find their lair and destroy it and them before the creatures kill again.

Coming to Amazon on 27 March 2014!

I would like to welcome Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of Dinosaur Lake to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Griffith was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'Dinosaur Lake’s Backstory Essay'
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith 

Of all my 16 novels Dinosaur Lake has the strangest story attached to its creation, death and rebirth…20 years later…of any of them.

Not so much because, as a few of my books, it took so long to write or publish, but because in 1993 it was contracted, edited and the final galleys had been proofed by me for a 5th paperback book release from Zebra (Kensington Publishing) after 3 earlier novels with Leisure Books. I even had a stack of the full-color, printed and embossed covers; it was only weeks before it was to go to the bookshelves (in those days the brick and mortar stores were still king, no Internet or ebooks). I strongly believed it’d be my breakout book. You know, the book that’d make my career and launch me into the stratosphere with Stephen King and Anne Rice? How wrong I’d be. But, hey, I thought who wouldn’t love a tale of a cunning but malevolent rampaging prehistoric dinosaur living in Crater Lake, Oregon, and the Park Ranger who, along with a ragtag gang of heroes who’d try to stop it? I mean, I’d always loved anything about dinosaurs…dinosaur books, playing with those little plastic figurines and watching old stop-action dinosaur movies of the 1950’s and 60’s…who hadn’t?

Apparently someone. My new editor at Zebra.

By 1994, after four novels with them, I’d lost my sweet editor there and a new one took her place...and over the next year he didn’t like anything I wrote for him and later that year Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my book (Predator…which never came out but still lingers to this very day like some weird ghost book in every computer on the global Internet) only six weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. When we were editing the book and deciding on the title and the cover, I’d begged the new editor not to call it Predator (his choice as they hadn’t liked my American Loch Ness Monster title), bad title since there was a popular movie out of that name and the movie, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nothing about a dinosaur, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake…what!!! Having that book - my first ever - dumped like that was a crushing experience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed covers and my final edits were done! But nothing my agent or I could say or do would change their minds. They said they were cutting their horror lines and setting adrift a lot of their mid-list horror authors because horror (in 1994) was on the decline. The new editor-that-didn’t-like-my-writing explained: “And no one wants to read a book about a dinosaur.” Yeah, sure.

And six months later Jurassic Park the book came out! We all know how that story ended, don’t we? People loved the book, the movies; they loved dinosaurs.

I’ll never know the real reason they cut the book but that male editor never bought another book from me…which was another weird thing because when I’d met him in New York (I went for a Horror Convention) in the summer of 1993 he’d taken my husband and I out to lunch and gushed over me and said how much he’d loved my last release Witches. Hmmm.

Anyway, I got to keep my advance but the book was officially dead. It never came out. I grieved.

I was so disgusted I stashed it in a drawer somewhere and tried to forget it.

Until now. After I’d finished revising and rereleasing all my new/old 15 books (and besides paperbacks they’re in ebooks for the first time ever) from Eternal Press/Damnation Books in June of 2012 I remembered about my American Loch Ness Monster novel, took it out and reread it.

Whoa, like a lot of my older novels now years later I could see what was wrong with it and how to fix it. Back then I hadn’t seen the head-hopping I did or the awkward phrasing, stiff or overly dramatic dialogue, repetitive words and other things I’ve learned since to recognize and stay away from. Of course, computers help make the editing so much easier. I think I’d done the original book on my electric typewriter.

Anyway, telling myself the dumping of that book had been a turning point in my writing life - sending me in the wrong direction for a long time apparently…I couldn’t sell a book for eight long years after that - I decided to rewrite and finally release it. In fact, I was going to do something that twenty years ago would have been unheard of and frowned on…self-publish the book myself. With Kindle Direct. For the first time in forty years I was walking away from the traditional publishers and going on my own. Thank you J.A. Konrath’s blog! I figured I could sell the Kindle ebook a lot cheaper and, thus, use it to introduce (as enticement) more readers to my writing and perhaps, if they liked it, they’d buy more of my other fifteen novels, novellas and various short stories.

It could work, right?

So here it is, retitled, rewritten, updated and with an amazing new cover I love by Dawne Dominique… Dinosaur Lake. I hope my readers will like it.

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Written this thirtieth day of Aug, 2012 by the author Kathryn Meyer Griffith E-mail me at rdgriff@htc.net - I love to hear from my readers.
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Novels and Short Stories from Kathryn Meyer Griffith

All available on Amazon on my page - check 'em out!

May you read well and often