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Calling All Book Reviewers!

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So, what with the recent June cinematic debut of Jurassic World - starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard - Kathryn Meyer Griffith, the author of the thrilling Dinosaur Lake Series would like to ask one teeny, tiny, little favor of you all. If you'd be kind enough to write a brief but honest review of the third book in the series, Dinosaur Lake: InfestationforheronAmazon, she would be absolutely delighted. Just email Ms. Griffith at rdgriff@htc.net, and she'll be happy to send you a complimentary copy to read.

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is the first book in her Dinosaur Lake Series, and I had the pleasure of reading Book 1 way back in March of 2014! Here is my review. You can also download the other two books in the trilogy - Check 'em out! ;)

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun…

Joyce DiPastena - The Lady and the Minstrel

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26. The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena (2015)
Length: 613 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Started: 3 June 2015
Finished: 27 June 2015
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at Ebooks For Review for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 8 April 2015
Why do I have it? I like historical romance and Joyce DiPastena is a new author for me.

During the reign of King John - in thirteenth-century England - Robert Marcel chafes under the law that holds him bound as a villein on his lord's manor; serving at the whim of his master and denied any chance at freedom. He attempts a daring escape, determined to leave everything behind - his family, his security, the only life that he's ever known - to seize the only viable chance he can see to determine his own fate. He is very nearly caught by his cruel master, but a young girl's quick thinking actions allow him to slip away.

Several years pass and Robert takes up trade as a minstrel;…

Christi J. Whitney - Grey

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25. Grey by Christi J. Whitney (2015)
The Romany Outcasts Series Book 1
Length: 400 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 3 June 2015
Finished: 25 June 2015
Where did it come from? I downloaded a copy of this book to read for free from Netgalley.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 May 2015
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Christi J. Whitney is a new author for me.

Sebastian Grey is just your normal, average high school senior. He's in the drama club at school - strictly as a 'behind-the-scenes' set designer - he has a circle of good friends, gets fairly decent grades, and has a pretty sweet job at his foster brother's tattoo shop: 'The Gypsy Ink'. All in all, Sebastian's life is going great for him. At least he's always thought so, and as long as nobody knows about Sebastian's strange dreams, his life will continue to be terrific.

For the past several months, Sebastian has dreamed of a girl - a Gypsy girl dancing around a nightly campfire somewhere d…

Megan Tayte - Death Wish

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24. Death Wish by Megan Tayte (2015)
The Ceruleans Series Book 1
Length: 305 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 6 June 2015
Finished: 22 June 2015
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at Ebooks For Review for sending me a copy of this book to read. I downloaded a second copy of this book from Amazon.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 8 April 2015 from Kathy at Ebooks For Review; Since 19 June 2015 from Amazon.
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and Megan Tayte is a new author for me.

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake had always felt that she had lived in the shadow of her older sister, Sienna. Sienna was eighteen: lovely, vivacious, dramatic, the life of the party. Which is why Scarlett is so haunted by her sister's sudden death. True, the sisters had never been especially close - even with a ten month age difference between them - but Scarlett had always felt a sisterly bond of some sort.

Her estranged sister, it seemed, had made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from h…

Introducing The Battle For Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash!

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So, I was delighted to learn that Michael Phillip Cash's bestselling science fiction trilogy - The BattleFor Darracia Saga - was recently published in a single volume. Yes, Volume I: Schism, Volume II:Collision and Volume III: Risen have all been collected together and the book is now available as one epic novel on Amazon. I had the pleasure of reading Volume I: Schism by Michael Phillip Cash back in June of 2014, and here is my review.

I look forward to further refreshing my memory with this trilogy by reading the other two books very soon. I would advise you to grab your own copy as soon as possible! :) Mr. Cash is also hosting an awesome giveaway which will last until mid-November. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Meet Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After Ho…

Introducing the Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal!

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Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. Since I have already done several book release posts for the novellas of the Kindle Worlds Lei Crime Series, I thought that I would also begin to highlight the novels of The Lei Crime Series written by popular mystery author Toby Neal. I would advise you to grab your own copies of these novels as soon as possible!


Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water - but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop, but often the cases she works activate wounds and complications from her tangled family history. Lei is affected deeply by her cases even as she solves them with persistence, obsession, and intuition. She falls in love with Michael Stevens, the charismatic detective she works with, and they make a life solving crime in contemporary Hawaii with all its beauty and deadliness.

Meet Toby Neal
Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in H…

Calling All Book Reviewers!

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So, with the recent June of 2015 reissuing of the book that Kathryn Meyer Griffith calls "my masterpiece" - A Time of Demons and Angels - I would like to mention that I had the pleasure of reading Ms. Griffith's apocalyptic end-of-days horror novel back in July of 2010! Here is my review. Previously titled: Before the End: A Time of Demons, the book has since been reissued under a new title and with a completely redesigned cover. Ms. Griffith has hinted in the past that she may write a sequel to this novel, but until then A Time of Demons and Angels can be read as a standalone.

Whether this book turns out to be the first book in a new series or just a standalone novel, I advise you to go grab yourself a copy - you won't regret it! :)

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21…

Introducing The Weight of a Wing by Ioana Visan!

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Meet Ioana Visan
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in Human Instincts, she played with shapeshifters in Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks, she dealt with vampires in The Impaler LegacySeries, and then she designed prosthetics in Broken People before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection Efectul de nautil and the Romanian edition of Human Instincts.

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon2013.

Connect and Socialize with Ioana!

Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * Goodreads


TheWeight of a Wing by Ioana Visan (2015) Length: 354 pages  Purchase your copy from Amazon!
The Weight of a Wing Blurb:
Alise has achieve…

Book Excerpt For BlindSight by Susan Peterson Wisnewski

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Hello Everyone! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day today. I'm so glad to welcome SusanPetersonWisnewski author of the Paranormal Suspense/Thriller novel BlindSight, to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Wisnewski is currently on a Book Excerpt Blog Tour with Pump up Your Book! lasting through the end of June. This is also my twentieth Book Excerpt post ever, but I still hope that I do BlindSight by Susan Peterson Wisnewski justice.
The author is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of her Book Excerpt 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!

About BlindSight:

Life is already bad enough after Tisha Adams loses both her job and her beautiful Manhattan apartment. Living in a musty garage apartment and working for her uncle in Queens, her life is upended when she witnesses a murder on her train commute.

When the body disappea…

Introducing The Liberty Series by Christine Nolfi!

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I'm delighted to announce that all five books of The Liberty Series by Christine Nolfi are now available through Amazon. I would advise you to grab your own copy of the books in this series as soon as possible. I actually had the pleasure of reading Treasure Me back in June of 2013 and look forward to reading the other books in the series very soon. :)

Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi (2012) Length: 318 pages Purchase your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and I-Tunes!
Second Chance Grill Blurb:
Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the amusing preteen - or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America. 

The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the…

Blog Tour For The Search For the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram From September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 - Come Join Us!

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Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Fiona Ingram will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult Fantasy novel The Search For the Stone of Excalibur - thesecond book in her Chronicles of the Stone Series. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from September 1,toSeptember 30,2015!

The Search For the Stone of Excalibur Blog Tour Information:


Meet Fiona Ingram 
Fiona Ingram was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel has resulted in the multi award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series - Chronicles of the Stone. Fiona has just published the second book entitled The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, a treat for young King Arthur fans. She is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

Connect and Socialize with Fiona!

Websi…

Introducing The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino!

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So, I was delighted to learn that the first book in Stephen C. Merlino's fantasy trilogy, The UnseenMoon Trilogy - The Jack of Souls - will be going on sale in ebook form for $0.99 from Amazon. The sale will only last for a limited time - the weekend of July 4th - from Friday, July 3, to Sunday, July 5, 2015! I would advise you to grab your own copy as soon as possible - I know you won't regret it! :)

I had the pleasure of reading Book 1 in The Unseen Moon Trilogy by Stephen C. Merlino - TheJack of Souls - in May of 2015 and here is my review. Keep your eyes open for my 'Flashback Friday' post on Friday, July 3, 2015, posted to coincide with the start of the $0.99 sale on Amazon!

Meet Stephen C. Merlino 
Stephen Merlino lives in Seattle, WA, where he writes, plays, and teaches high school English. He lives with the world's most talented and desirable woman, two equally fabulous children, and three attack chickens.

Growing up in Seattle drove Stephen indoors for eig…

Our Library Visit For June

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Monday? I'm doing just fine. :) Well, today is my birthday and as my special birthday request I asked to go to our local library's perpetual book sale and buy up the place. I was told 'the sky's the limit' as regards the number of books I could buy. However, my mom planned to be really strict with herself and not buy that many books. I think that I persuaded her to rethink her plan - after all it's my birthday and I don't mind sharing the good fortune with her; she's my mom! LOL!!! ;)

I think that I actually said to her, "As Birthday Girl, I decree that I be allowed to choose some of my mother's reading material today, and if 'the sky's the limit' for me, then that must also extend to my choice of books for my mom. As Birthday Girl, this is my decree, and I only ask that my mother doesn't limit me - Please!?!" I don't think that she can resist my 'Imperious Birthday Girl'…

Reading Wrap-up For May at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

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

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

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Half Moon Girls by Corinne O'Flynn
- The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino
- The Ghostcrow: A Tale of Andor by M. K. Theodoratus
- A Snake in Paradise by Eden Baylee

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- Grey by Christi J. Whitney
- Four Wishes by Christine Nolfi
- Narvla's Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi
- Papa Was a Gypsy: A Short Story by Shannon Celebi
- Shadow's Rise: Return of the Cabal by Jos…