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Introducing The Healers by Holly Barbo!

I'm delighted to announce that Holly Barbo's latest young adult Fantasy novel, The Healers has just been released today! This is Book 2 in her Sage Seed Chronicles. Yes, Ms. Barbo's young adult novel is now available to download from Amazon - so grab your own copy today!


Meet Holly Barbo
Holly's world is shaped by her love of family, the beauty of the natural world and an irrepressible creative drive. She has always been curious and sees life through questions. These four characteristics color her writing voice and her stories frequently evolve from her asking "What if....?" Her tales tend to have non-urban settings with nature contributing to the plot, building discordant themes inside a seemingly peaceful refrain.

My motto: Weaving Alternative Worlds with Threads From Today.



The Healers by Holly Barbo (2016)Length: 245 pagesPurchase your copy from Amazon!
The Healers Blurb:
There are no monsters on Ose. People can be monstrous enough.
A virulent disease sweeps …

Scott Bury - Torn Roots

7. Torn Roots by Scott Bury (2015)
Kindle Worlds Novella: The Lei CrimeSeries Book 3Length: 131 pages Genre: Short Story Started: 18 April 2016Finished: 25 April 2016Where did it come from? Many thanks to Scott Bury for sending me a copy of this book to read.How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 August 2015Why do I have it? I like short stories and Scott Bury is a new author for me.

After successfully closing a case involving murderous poachers targeting Maui's national park, Detective Pono Kaihale gladly accepts the temporary position of Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island's rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to spending the next six months working on a much easier caseload and just enjoying the beautiful scenery. After all, as quiet as Hana seems to be, Pono is fairly certain that he will only be called upon to redirect lost hikers or to moderate the occasional lovers' spat: nothing too strenuous at all. The rest of his time there, Pono intends to spend …

'Full Moon Madness' Happens in April!

Hello everyone! First of all, let me say that despite loving everything having to do with Holloween and never having had a nightmare ever in my life - I still have no idea when there is a full moon. Surprisingly, there is going to be a full moon this month - Friday, April 22nd, 2016! I was delighted to learn that the 'Full Moon Madness' Saleisbeing hosted by independent horror author Corey J. Poppandwill be going on for the next two days - from Friday, April 22nd, to Saturday, April 23rd, 2016!

Kathryn Meyer Griffithrecently sent me an email to remind me that 25 horror authors - Ms. Griffith included - will be participating in this awesome sale. Yes, for the next two days, all horror novels from these authors are absolutely, positively FREE! I've always suspected that people tend to act slightly strangely around the time of the full moon, but I could never be entirely certain about how true my suspicions actually were. I would advise you all to take advantage of the '…

Here Are Some Books That I'm Hoping to Read!

Back in January of 2015, I posted about eight books that I wanted to read to celebrate NationalReadathon Day on January 24th! Granted, I didn't get to finish reading that many books back on the actual day, yet that post did inspire me to post more about the books that I'm currently reading or planning to read very soon. Since I last posted about the books I was hoping to read back in December of 2015, I have read three of the eight books that I highlighted in that post.

I'm hoping to do this type of post approximately every four months or so, and plan to read between two to three books that I mention in the post, before the next post. Wish me luck! Here's my potential reading list for the next few months:

Awakened by a Kiss by Lila DiPasqua (2010)Length: 357 pagesPurchase your copy from Amazon!
Awakened by a Kiss Blurb:
Three classic fairytales - Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, and Little RedRiding Hood - cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever a…

Introducing Four Wishes by Christine Nolfi!

I'm delighted to announce that Four Wishes - Book 4 in Christine Nolfi's The Liberty Series - is on sale for only $0.99 at four online retailers for a limited time. For five days in May - fromWednesday,May 25th to Monday, May 30th - Four Wishes by Christine Nolfi will be on sale! 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 pagesPurchase your copy from Amazon, Barnes and NobleKobo 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 Se…

Blog Tour For The Young Ladies of Mystery Series by Stacy Juba From May 5, 2016 to May 12, 2016 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Stacy Juba will be touring the blogosphere to promote her Contemporary Mystery Boxed Set: The Young Ladies of Mystery Series. This is Ms. Juba's first virtual book tour with Magic of Books Promotions. She will be coming to a blog near you from May 5, to May 12, 2016! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Juba is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away 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 Young Ladies of Mystery Series Blog Tour Information:

Meet Stacy Juba
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics,…

Blog Tour For The Wolf of Britannia Part I by Jess Steven Hughes From May 2, 2016 to May 27, 2016 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Jess Steven Hughes will be touring the blogosphere to promote his historical fiction novel The Wolf of Britannia Part I. This is Mr. Hughes' first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from May 2, to May 27, 2016! Come join us for all the fun!

The Wolf of Britannia Part I Blog Tour Information: 


Meet Jess Steven Hughes
Jess Steven Hughes is a retired police detective sergeant with twenty-five years experience in criminal investigation and a former U.S. Marine. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from the University of Southern California. He has traveled and studied extensively in the areas forming the background of this novel, which brings vivid authenticity to the unique settings for his historical novels, The Wolf of Britannia, Part I, The Wolf of Britannia, PartII, and The Sign of the Eagle. 
He currently lives with his …

Introducing The Young Ladies of Mystery Series by Stacy Juba!

I was delighted to learn recently that the first book in Stacy Juba's Young Ladies of Mystery Series: Twenty-Five Years AgoToday will be free to download from Amazon for a limited time only! Yes, from now until Monday, May 2nd, Ms. Juba is inviting all of you to download the first book in her Young Ladies of Mystery Series for Free! Since this is the first time Twenty-Five Years Years Ago Today has - and according to Ms. Juba, perhaps the only time - this book will ever be free, she advises you to take advantage of this offer while you still can!

The Young Ladies of Mystery Series by Stacy Juba has been referred to as the grown-up version of Nancy Drew, and although each book can be read as a standalone mystery, the entire series features the common theme of strong young women thrust into a world of danger and mystery in various small towns in New England. The Audible version of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is also available for only $1.99, so if you prefer to listen to audio books…

Reading Wrap-up For March at Emeraldfire's Bookmark

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

Anyway, I started out March 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, Paperback SwapAmazon.

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 :))
- Fey: A Fantasy Novella by C. S. Feldman
- BlindSight by Susan Peterson Wisnewski

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- The Bad Lady: A Novel by John Meany
- The Strength of a Heart by Ioana Visan
- Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
- Her Secret Rose by Orna Ross
- A Man of Genius by Janet Todd
- The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Promised …