Sunday, July 26, 2015

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Wrap Up! #HSreadathon


The High Summer Read-a-Thon has come to an end. Time sure did fly! I hope you enjoyed your time reading this week. 

I'd like to thank all of your for joining me. We had quite the turn out this time around! Be sure to add your wrap-up link below (I want to stop by and see how you did with your reading) and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Tuesday, July 28 at 11:59pm CST to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners on Wednesday (please note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page). And now for a big round of applause for the authors who so generously donated our prizes. Bravo! And thank you!

Hope to see you next time at the FrightFall Read-a-Thon, coming up the week of October 5 - 11. The button is already in the sidebar. Isn't it cute? I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while (I'll be adding a grab code soon).

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Mid-Week Check-in #HSreadathon


Hi there, everyone! Well, I managed to finally make the rounds to everyone's blogs and now here we are... halfway through the read-a-thon! I hope everyone is finding time to read. I'm hoping that I will be able to salvage the rest of the time and get some good reading in myself. It sure has been a hectic summer!

I'm planning to attempt to monitor Twitter more closely so if anyone is game to chat, just tweet me. Hashtag #HSreadathon and my handle is @truebookaddict

If you are doing daily updates on your blog, or have done a mid-week update post, feel free to leave your link in the comments...or just let me know how things are going.

I've also added another prize to the prize page so be sure to take a look.

Happy reading!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

High Summer Read-a-Thon: Prize Promotion Page #HSreadathon


This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the read-a-thon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from some very generous authors, and a couple of prizes from me! At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the read-a-thon.

Note: These fine authors who so generously donated their books would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or on Goodreads and Amazon. Thank you!


Crowning Fantasy by Coral Russell
(3 Digital copies-Kindle, ePub or PDF-International)

"Be satisfied in your ignorance for there is no safety in knowledge."
Enter the world of Varlid, a sprawling fantasy story about power, loyalty, betrayal, and the courage to change. A great power struggle is poised to erupt across Varlid. A meek creature inherits power beyond her comprehension. A giant succumbs to a curse which will either liberate or defeat his kind. Tiny wizards practice the dark arts to save their race. The old order stews in bitterness and vows revenge. The rich sit on their thrones convinced they are invincible.

Join the Crowning Fantasy as the inhabitants of Varlid struggle to find refuge and fight to save Varlid from chaos.

About the author
Book worshiper, Kpop listener, Subtitle reader, Vintner, Just Dance Junkie, Family feeder, Keurig sipper, cats and dog lover, wannabe Go Master.

Crowning Fantasy Book 1 released May 2015
Sacrifice named Best of 2013 by Indie Reader 5 star review. Available through Library Journal's Self-e program Ohio.
Amador Lockdown Finalist in Horror Contest 2013
Sweet Trade of the Red Coral 1st Place in Pirate Themed Contest 2011
Peace on the Peninsula won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative

Contact the author at coralrussellbooks@gmail.com


Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby (1 ebook - International)
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?

Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety.

Before time runs out Ophelia must find a successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.

When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far. 

About the author
USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Crosby's published works to date are: Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011).

Buy the book and read more about the author and her other books HERE.


Set of 3 Sandra Byrd historical novels (paperback - U.S. only - One winner)

To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Starred Review "Told through the eyes of Anne Boleyn’s best friend, Meg Wyatt, this stunning novel by French Twist series author Byrd re-examines Boleyn’s life from her beginnings to her rise and eventual fall in the Tudor court. Meg has her own tale of young love and pride, having turned her back on her childhood love when he accepted a religious calling. She travels with Anne to court and finds her life intimately tied to Anne’s changing fortunes. Byrd’s novel adds a depth to the character of Anne Boleyn that is often missing in other novels, and she brings the history to life in exquisite detail. Readers might indeed find themselves sympathizing with the young queen. Highly recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory." —Library Journal

The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr
"A young woman with the gift of prophecy becomes entangled in Henry VIII’s court in this engaging novel. [. . .] Byrd (To Die For) crafts a well-researched historical novel that engrosses readers in Juliana’s world and the juicy details of the Tudor court. [. . .] Anglophiles and history buffs alike will surely enjoy this bird’s-eye view into royal politics, love, and scandal." —Publishers Weekly

Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I
"The book spans nearly 24 years, and readers will be very caught up as the story unfolds and they see some of the familiar players of Elizabeth’s court through the eyes of a gentle and affectionate friend to the Queen. With this well written novel, rich in history and everyday court life during the Elizabethan period, I can now count Sandra Byrd as one of my favorite writers of historical fiction." —Historical Novel Society



The Lure by S.W. Hubbard (1 Kindle copy - International)
BLACK MARKET ADOPTION SCAM ROCKS A SMALL TOWN

In a small Adirondack Mountain town, secrets are hard to keep. No wonder Trout Run, NY is shocked when sweet, dowdy Mary Pat Sheehan dies from complications of childbirth. No one even knew she was pregnant. How did she hide her condition? Who is the father? 

And where is the baby?

Mary Pat’s devout parents are frozen in denial, but Police Chief Frank Bennett is determined not to let this scandal be swept under the rug. The more he digs, the more convinced he becomes that Mary Pat’s baby is very much alive. That someone is criminally responsible for Mary Pat’s death. And that other vulnerable young women are at risk.

When Frank uncovers a highly profitable black market adoption ring operating on his turf, he is determined to root it out. But cooperation is hard to find. For loving couples desperate to create a family, the lure of a healthy white infant is impossible to resist. And for wily manipulators desperate for cash, the lure is even stronger. Now Frank must navigate the dangerous intersection of love and greed. And one wrong turn could spell death to those he most wants to protect.

The Lure was originally published in 2004 as Swallow the Hook.

About the author
S.W. Hubbard is the author of the Audrey Nealon estate sale mysteries, Another Man’s Treasure and Treasure of Darkness. She is also is the author of three Police Chief Frank Bennett mystery novels set in the Adirondack Mountains: Take the Bait, The Lure (originally published as Swallow the Hook), and Blood Knot, as well as a short story collection featuring Frank Bennett, Dead Drift. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the anthologies Crimes by Moonlight, The Mystery Box, and Adirondack Mysteries. She lives in Morristown, NJ, where she teaches creative writing to enthusiastic teens and adults, and expository writing to reluctant college freshmen. To contact her or read the first chapter of any of her books, visit: http://www.swhubbard.net. Follow her on Twitter @swhubbardauthor or like her Facebook author page, SW Hubbard author. Connect with S.W. Hubbard on Pinterest and Goodreads too.




French Restitution by Sara Claridge (3 eBook copies - International)
She’s chasing stolen money…

Stranded in rural France while on the hunt for her mother’s latest boyfriend and the money he stole only confirms what Madeleine Symthe already knows – love is just an illusion. But when an enigmatic Frenchman with secrets of his own comes to her rescue, Madeleine’s beliefs are tested to the limit.

He’s pursuing her heart…

For electronics magnate Jean-Luc Delacroix, the captivating English woman is a pleasant distraction, but a deeper relationship isn’t part of his agenda. As they close in on the embezzler, can Jean-Luc persuade Madeleine that his love is everlasting, even if it means letting her go?

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About the author
Sara Claridge writes contemporary romantic suspense. Born in West London, she inexplicably moved to France six years ago on a whim. When not writing at her desk in the eaves of an old farmhouse, she can be found in the garden. Usually with a glass of red wine in one hand, and a good book in the other.


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Books by Brick Marlin


Shadow Out of the Sky (1 print copy {U.S. only}and 5 eBooks {ePub or mobi - International})
An evil entity invades and terrorizes a small town by possessing children, forcing their hands to kill and slaughter each and every adult, while a small group fight to survive in this apocalyptic tale.
The entity's plan is to shove the human race into extinction so a new world can Shift forward, a new world designed by four demons called The Reckoning that flying inside their own transparent spheres.


Sectors (5 PDF copies - International)

And read the continuing adventures of the Sectors protagonist. Access the free read every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the publisher's website.

About the author
Residing in the sunny side district of Southern Indiana with his lovely wife, their two dogs, servo bed bugs programmed as snooze alarms if the six-foot clown alarm clock called Chainsaw Freckles doesn’t wake him up by the scream of its chainsaw, Brick Marlin juggles working a full-time job at UPS while honing his craft of writing in the early mornings. His latest novel, Shadow Out Of The Sky, has already gathered great reviews, as well as his previous works, Blue Lights In A Jar, Sectors and Raising Riley.

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Saving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link (2 eBooks - Kindle from Amazon or any format from Smashwords- International)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

Loving someone through their hard fall from grace takes a lot of grit.

In school, Toby Faye was a moody kid who sat in the back of class and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there. Claudia might have forgotten him if it weren't for the two fatal circumstances surrounding his family. In their small town, the Faye name was infamous.
An unexpected job offering drops Claudia back into Toby's life, and that of his widowed mother. Older now, Toby is a mass of muscles and unruly hair, a real head-turner. The reunion sparks a heated, palpable connection between the two.

Despite Claudia's attempt to stay away from Toby, his blue-grey expose a need she cannot ignore. Toby's world is a place where sadness lingers and old wounds run deep. Moved by the family's plight, Claudia vows to help Toby and his mother move past the hurt.

When a local hate crime is linked to Toby and his friends, doubts are cast. Old friends become enemies. Animosity between Claudia's father and Toby, strains the father-daughter relationship. Taking Toby's side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined she might. She will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be. Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?

Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part series that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.

Reviewers Rave:
- "I was gripped from start to finish. I was completely in love with Toby."
- "I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down!"
- "I found a new author that I really like, that's for sure."
- "I highly enjoyed it and can not wait to read the next installment."
- "Saving Toby was an outstanding read! From start to finish each character captures your heart! The message of finding your own personal happiness in order to have happiness with another person is beautifully entwined throughout the book."

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About the author
Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children. She is currently finishing up the sequel to Saving Toby, Keeping Claudia.

Twitter @SuzMcKLink


Yosemite Rising: A Zombie Novel by Julie Dawn (1 signed print copy with custom bookmark {U.S. only} and 1 eBook {ePub - International} - two winners)
A legend that will change the world.
It’s been 150 years since the Ahwahnee Indians lived where Yosemite National Park now stands. Their last surviving Chief appears to Elizabeth Hutchings, a twenty-year-old biology student, the very day her parents die. Within 24 hours, she too is clinging to life as his whispers echo in her thoughts.

An ancient prophecy has begun. A plague rips through the world’s population, taking everyone and everything she has ever cared about. As agents of a mysterious organization called Meadowlark hunt her, she must find the strength to fight the infected even as she struggles to keep herself alive.

Just when she thinks she can’t go on, a man from her past arrives. He holds the key to understanding the prophecy. If she can unravel its secrets, she not only may change her own fate—but the fate of the entire world.


About the author
Julie Dawn grew up in southern Jersey, spending the summers collecting bee stingers in her feet. After graduating from Richard Stockton College, she dipped her toes in the environmental field for a few years, got married, moved to North Carolina, and finally got to become a mom. Four years of living in state parks was enough to make her relocate to the Oregon Coast. Under bright stars, she started writing again, determined to change the world one story at a time.

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Books by Julie Coulter Bellon


All Fall Down
 (1 autographed print copy - continental U.S. or Canada OR an audio book from Audible)
Note: book is currently free on Amazon for a limited time - see Amazon link below)


Winner of the RONE Award for Best Suspense

"Ms. Bellon is a master builder of international suspense with just a smidgeon of romance to whet the readers' appetites. All Fall Down is an energetic read that guarantees satisfaction for the romantic as well as the adventurous reader." ---Erin Murdock, InD'Tale Magazine

Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . . 

That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden---with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security? 

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?

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Ashes Ashes (1 Print {U.S. or Canada} OR Audio book from Audible OR Ebook copy {International}, winner's choice)

Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty?
Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. Getting arrested becomes the least of her worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out---if she tells him the truth.

Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him---including the woman at the center of it all?



About the author
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website juliebellon.com


Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller (1 print copy - International)
GREENSHIFT is the first book in a new series set within the world of Ambasadora. This space thriller contains an ensemble cast and elements of futuristic romance, military science fiction, a galactic empire, cyberpunk, and space opera.
In this caste-ruled society, celebrity, beauty, and power mean everything and multiple partners are the norm. Love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. But sometimes people just fall in love...and that can be deadly.

Mari's rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people...except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.

But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look--an obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure.

When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn't as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.

"It’s a sweet and fulfilling journey as Miller fleshes out the characters’ backgrounds and motives, threading the branches of circumstance and desire that blossom into love. David and Mari’s strong personalities burn through the pages and it’s easy to see their relationship as believable, passionate, and enduring."-K. Ceres Wright, Amazing Stories reviewer

"The action and romance are seamlessly woven together, transporting us and leaving us petulant for more when the story is over."
-from the foreword by Dana Marton, New York Times best selling author of THE THIRD SCROLL

"I love sci-fi romance and am always on the lookout for a new author. This was a great introduction to a new world with characters that were memorable and believable."
-Cyberclipher, Amazon reviewer

"I knew from page two of Greenshift that I had a writer-crush on Heidi Ruby Miller. I mean, holy crap, this girl can write! This is how you write Science-Fiction."
-Cary Caffrey, best selling author of THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE

"Miller's characters blaze with life and lust and depth, and her world is a dichotomy of the glamorously sensual and the brutally dangerous."
-Mary SanGiovanni, Bram Stoker nominated author of THE HOLLOWER trilogy

"...I loved the world building in this, the attention to detail and the portrayal of the characters. Heidi has a talent for making them so real. The writing is flawless and descriptive, and all the premises and reactions believable and consistent. The bad guys completely gave me the creeps..."
-Pippa Jay, author of KEIR

"GREENSHIFT gives readers a delightfully malicious villain and a thrilling climax that had me on the edge of my seat and left me gasping for breath when all was said and done. Fans of Sci-Fi Romance are sure to enjoy this romance and action-packed novel."
-S.A. Sullivan, author of THE HAUNTED HOUSEWIVES OF ALLISTER, ALABAMA

"No spoilers here, but if you love planet hopping, space crafts, incredibly thought out societal pecking orders, stuff called scent bots and voyeurs, and characters you simply cannot resist rooting for...read this."
-T. K. Toppin, author of THE LANCASTER RULE series

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About the author
Heidi Ruby Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in Anthropology, Geography, Foreign Languages, and Writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She's put her experiences and studies to paper in her far-future AMBASADORA series and into her two new thriller series.

In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. AMBASADORA was her thesis novel there, and the multi-award winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT, which she co-edited withMichael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and was named #5 in The Writer magazine's Ten Most Terrific Writing Books of 2011.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. In 2012, Heidi created the Dog Star Books science fiction imprint for Raw Dog Screaming Press and was the managing editor for the line for three years. Recently she was the Director of Professional Writing Relations for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival, an event she co-founded in 2014.

Her formal memberships include The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, Pennwriters, and Science Fiction Poetry Association. She is fond of high-heeled shoes, action movies, chocolate, and tea of any sort. Heidi lives near Pittsburgh with her award-winning writer husband, Jason Jack Miller, and a sweet little kitty.

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5 eBook sets of the Miss Taken series, Books 1 and 2 by Cleo Scornavacca and 5 bookmark sets (5 winners - International)


Miss Taken
Love........................The Ultimate Loss of Control

Rain and Raven Medici are identical twins. Although they come from a loving close-knit family their childhoods couldn’t have been more different. Raven went to school and was exposed freely to the outside world. Rain on the other hand was born with a blood disorder and denied many normal childhood experiences.

Once grown, Raven becomes a lawyer at their dad’s firm Kane & Medici in NYC. Rain along with her only childhood friend Tommy Conte, builds a very successful business as professional photographers. Traveling between Europe and Manhattan, and enjoying a world that was kept from her, Rain vows never to be controlled again.

Dominick Kane is a product of his upbringing. He’s powerful, self-assured and knows he can achieve anything he desires. Nothing gets in his way. There is only one thing he has ever failed at. A relationship with his father Vincent Kane. Upon his father’s death, Dominick vows revenge. The events he sets in motion put him on a collision course he himself will be unable to control.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Dominick kidnaps Raven as part of his plan for revenge. Only to discover afterward, he has taken Rain by mistake. Rain knows she can never survive being confined again. So she strikes a bargain with the devil and agrees to help Dominick get back what he feels rightly belongs to him. His father’s share of Kane & Medici.

Dominick decides to use the strong attraction growing between Rain and himself to control her in every way imaginable. Too bad no one ever taught Dominick you can’t control the heart. Nothing could have prepared him for the effect Rain would have on his.

Will this plan of revenge turn into unconditional love? Or will Dominick and Rain’s need for control ultimately destroy them and any possible chance for a real future together…………...


Identity
People aren’t always who you believe them to be.
Dominick Kane and Rain Medici started their relationship with one another in the most unconventional way.

He kidnapped her.

With the kidnapping now behind them, life returns to normal, right?

Not a chance.

The push, the pull and their fights for control that we’ve come to love about Dominick and Rain still exist. And so does their passion.

People aren’t who you think they are. Familiar faces are not so familiar. The past and the present collide, opening up all of those old wounds and struggles once again.

Now, everything you thought you knew, gets blown out of the water.

Can Dominick and Rain finally heal what’s broken? Or will new discoveries push them even further apart.

Will love win out and bring them back together? Or will ghosts of the past ultimately destroy their love once and for all...

About the author
As far back as I can remember, I've loved books. I love reading them and finally, I've admitted to myself that I love to write them.

Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick's story, I've never looked back, nor do I regret one single moment of it.

When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music. We can all use a little background music.

I try to add elements of things I love. And share them with the readers. I'll continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about.

Let's face it, we can all use some crazy every now and then.

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READ-A-THON HOST PRIZE
TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE...

A $5 AMAZON DIGITAL GIFT 

OR

YOUR CHOICE OF A BOOK FROM THE BARGAIN BIN ($5 LIMIT) AT BETTERWORLDBOOKS.COM

Giveaway Details
This is a read-a-thon participant only giveaway. To be eligible, you must have signed up, participated and completed a wrap-up post at the end and link it here at Seasons of Reading at the official read-a-thon wrap-up post (I will give everyone until Tuesday {7/28} at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 34 prizes. This means there will be 34 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first servedI will draw the 34 winners with random.org and email all 34 at the same time. The first person who emails me back with their choice gets that prize. I will mark off the prizes as they are taken. All eBook prizes will be sent to winner via email (or will be given a coupon code) so please specify what format you require in your email. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above). 

Good luck and thanks for joining me for the read-a-thon!


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Monday, July 20, 2015

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Starting Post #HSreadathon


Time to start! I hope everyone is ready to get some summer hammock reading in...or on the beach...or just a nice air conditioned nook (like me) this week. I'm hoping I can find the time myself. I'm going to make an extra effort!

I have some awesome prizes lined up from some very generous authors. I'll try to have the prize page posted by the end of the day Tuesday.

Don't forget that you can participate even if you don't have a blog. Just link up with your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and just post your updates from whichever venue you choose). If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I'll have a midweek update post up on Thursday so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments.

If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines tab above or the sign up post, or you can always leave me a comment. The linky below is the same one as the sign up linky. If you do a starting line/goal post, just add your link again, but be sure to put "goal post" beside your name, i.e. Michelle/True Book Addict (goal post).

Let me know in the comments if you would like to have a Twitter chat and what night of the week would work best for you and then I'll make a decision on whether we have one (or more) or not. Remember our hashtag is #HSreadathon and you can tweet your progress or check if anyone is around any time during the read-a-thon. I'll try to be more present on Twitter in case anyone has a question, etc. You can also use the hashtag on Facebook...and even Instagram, if you take pictures. 

I think that about covers it. Enjoy the week and Happy Summer Reading!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

High Summer Read-a-Thon in two weeks...time to sign up! #HSreadathon


I hope you guys didn't forget about this read-a-thon happening every July...since I'm SO late with sign ups. Sorry about that! June was a nightmarishly busy month. I hope you're ready to take a much needed break from your summer whirlwind, jump in the hammock and get some good reading in. I know I am!

The official dates are July 20th through the 26th. Guidelines for the read-a-thon can be found HERE or you can access in the tab at the top of the blog. Any information you need about the read-a-thon can be found there. I haven't decided about having one or more Twitter chats yet. If enough people express interest in having one, I will set them up when the read-a-thon starts. Please do be sure to check the guidelines, as it explains all about signing up and starting the read-a-thon. Our Twitter hashtag is #HSreadathon

Sign up in the linky below. Be sure to grab the button at the top of this post (there's also a grab code below the button in the sidebar). 
I am looking for prize donations so if anyone would like to contribute, let me know. Authors, this is a great way to promote your book! Contact me via the contact form link just below the header.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon - Wrap Up #SpringHorrorRAT


Time to wrap up another Spring Into Horror! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, it gave you the extra boost you needed.

Please let me thank you so much for joining me for the read-a-thon! Be sure to add your wrap-up link below (I want to stop by and see how you fared) and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59pm CST to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners on Wednesday (please note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page). Let's have a big round of applause for the authors and bloggers who so generously donated our prizes. Bravo!

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me! See you next time at the High Summer Read-a-Thon, coming up the week of July 20 - 26!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon - Prize Promotion Page #SpringHorrorRAT


This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the read-a-thon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from some very generous authors and bloggers and a couple of prizes from me! At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the read-a-thon.

Note: These fine authors who so generously donated their books would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or on Goodreads and Amazon. Thank you!


(Winners - Julia {Becca Booklover}, Julie, Aleksandra )
THE LUCIFER GENOME: A Biogenetics Thriller by Glen Craney and John Jeter
(3 2 One Digital copies-Kindle or ePub-International)

Someone with lots of guns and money has stolen the world's oldest human DNA. Recruited back into action to solve the heist, retired Defense Intelligence Agency operative Cas Fielding believes the mystery lies deep inside the core of a precious shard that fell to Earth thousands of years ago. Teaming up with sultry geophysicist, he descends into the global underground meteorite market and soon finds himself trapped between a rock and an Apocalyptic hard place.

This book was a great thriller. I couldn't put it down.
-- Goodreads reader

[A] fast-paced thriller which takes you on a very entertaining adventure.
-- Goodreads reader

Dan Brown meets Carl Hiassen--Big Thumbs Up!
-- Amazon reviewer

The Go-To weekend Summer thriller read!
-- Amazon reviewer

Paperback: 275 pages
Ebook (Kindle/Kobo/Nook/iBooks/Smashwords)
Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 0981648460
ISBN-13: 978-0981648460

About the authors


A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship for best new screenwriting, and he has been a three-time finalist for Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award. His historical fiction has taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.


A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, John Jeter has worked as an editor and reporter for theChicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News, and the St. Petersburg Times. He is the author of two nationally published books, including Rockin' A Hard Place (Hub City Press, 2012), a memoir of his years owning and managing one of the South's premier music concert venues. A television series based on the memoir is currently in production. His first novel, The Plunder Room, was published by St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books in 2010. This is his first major collaboration. He lives with his wife in Greenville, South Carolina.

Author Website
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Buy links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | ITunes | Kobo | Smashwords


(Winner - Whitney)
Fanny Price: Slayer of Vampires by Tara O'Donnell (ebook - International {winner will receive download code to use on Smashwords})

(Button winners - Whitney, Sarah, Carol ) Bonus Giveaway! Tara will also be giving away 3 sets of two buttons! U.S. only. If the winner of the book is in the U.S., one set will go to them and then two sets will go to additional U.S. winners.

Tara O’Donnell is a former bookseller who is now working at making her literary dreams come true. She is the author of several e-books such as The Austen Avenger, The Hench Woman’s Handbook and The Chronicles of Copper Boom, all of which feature cover art created by her talented sister Stephanie O’Donnell.

Tara has contributed humorous pieces to Galleycat’s Longest Literary Remix series and had a sketch entitled “Bennet Bridezillas” published in the anthology Bad Austen: The Worst Stories That Jane Never Wrote. Her current writing can be seen at Living Read Girl, her pop culture blog, and in private, she has a full fledged novel in the works.

Much like Elinor Dashwood, Tara resides with her widowed mother and younger sister, plus a trio of charming cats (and yes, one of them is named after the heroine of Twilight). Unlike Elinor, Tara does have a passion for dead leaves, along with Gilmore Girls and the delight that a good book can bring.

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Two  One books from author Evans Light (choice of paperback or eBook in US, eBook only for international - two winners)


(WINNER - TIF)
SCREAMSCAPES: TALES OF TERROR by Evans Light
Razor-sharp scares and Tales from the Crypt-style mayhem lurk within these dark stories of possession, obsession, deception and revenge...this is one collection you don't want to miss!

This collection includes:
Crawlspace
Fooling around on your wife can be hazardous to your health.
Jusk ask Tom. He's a man with a lot to juggle: a frustrated wife, a secret new girlfriend, and the unpleasant task of trying to keep his deteriorating vintage farmhouse from falling down around him.
Now with his wife out of town for the week, Tom is eager to get busy under the covers with his beautiful new lover - but first there's something he has to finish up in...the Crawlspace.

Whatever Possessed You?
A strange encounter and a cryptic message leaves Gerard Faust a changed man. Now a novel he can't remember writing is burning up the sales charts, but is something other than his own talent lurking within?

ArborEATum
When a band of westward pioneers - lost, starving, and desperate -stumbles upon an unlikely oasis in the middle of a barren prairie, Micah wonders if his family has finally caught a lucky break...or does this new Garden of Eden hide a forgotten terror behind a veil of earthly delights?

Curtains for Love
When Claire and James move into a beautiful Victorian home together, she soon discovers that he is being seduced by a secret from his past, one thought buried long ago.

Gertrude
"Tell me something interesting about yourself."
"Well, I have a symbiotic twin named Gertrude. She lives in a small cavity under my ribcage, next to my spleen. If I lie still in bed at night, I can hear her. I think she might be crying."
So begins this short twisted tale where an obvious lie faces off with the truth.

Black Door
William and his brothers are on their way to summer camp. But when a wrong turn leads them to an abandoned campground, things start to get weird in this nail-biting and suspenseful short story.

The Mole People Beneath the CityLate at night in the subway, a little girl and her father wait for a train that runs deep beneath New York City. It will be a ride they never forget.

Pay Back
Stephen Hill has been heaping abuse on poor Joe King since second grade.
Now they're grown men with nothing in common, and Joe still patiently endures Stephen's unrelenting ridicule. But when friendship is only a matter of perspective, PAY BACK might be just around the corner in this irreverent and darkly humorous tale of revenge.

Nose Hears
A man thinks he might be losing his mind when he starts to hear voices inside of his nose.

The Package
When a world-famous personality discovers there's a way to enlarge his "package" to become the world's biggest, he finds it an opportunity too enormous to resist.


(WINNER - JULIA)
DEAD ROSES: FIVE DARK TALES OF TWISTED LOVE by Adam Light, Evans Light, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent and Gregor Xane
The creators of the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR team up once again to bring you five dark tales of twisted love.

ELEANOR, by Jason Parent

When Father Stuart McKenzie finds a disfigured girl abandoned on the steps of his church, he decides the child is a blessing from God and raises her as his own. But the special needs of Eleanor demand more from Stuart than a father can give.

LOVE LIES IN EYES, by Evans Light

Nathan falls for a beautiful girl from across a crowded room, but she disappears before he can muster his courage. Obsessed with getting a second chance, he’s about to learn that true love isn't only hard to find...it can be hard to lose.

PANACEA, by Adam Light

Decades of marriage haven’t tarnished Rob’s affection towards his dear wife Molly one bit, and he’s not about to let cancer snatch her away, no matter the cost. But every medication has its side effects, some more than others.

CINDER BLOCK, by Edward Lorn

Toby’s dad may have hit the road long ago, but his mother still loves him - along with every other man in town, that is. But after the beautiful Lauren shines a light into his dreary world, he realizes just how crazy love can get.

LOVING THE GOAT, by Gregor Xane

Embattled comic book artist and notorious animal lover Bill Capra is willing to do anything (literally) to get his dirty paws on the fabled object of his desire, even if it means his own destruction.

(This book contains adult content and is suitable for mature readers only.)


Read more about Evans and his work at www.lightbrothershorror.com


(Winners - Gina, Julie, the bluest butterfly, Jane, Michelle )
Survival by Rhonda Hopkins ( {2 left} eCopies {any format} via Smashwords coupon - International)
When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the walking dead invading Fort Worth, TX, she is forced to rely on a competitive coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and zombies looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

SURVIVAL is a 14,000 word short story. It has 4.8 stars on Amazon with 21 reviews and 4.6 on Goodreads with 21 reviews.

Excerpt:
Sarah Jamison's gaze met her twin's fear-filled blue eyes. "I—"

"It's no use. The cuff is too tight. You're going to have to leave me." Dana put her free hand on Sarah's, stilling their frantic motions.

"No. I won't leave you. Maybe I can . . ." She turned, taking in the empty basement—the cement walls, exposed pipes, and her sister handcuffed to one of the metal cylinders. A small amount of light trickled in through the one lone window, but there was nothing she could use as a weapon. Unless . . . .

She strode over to the dangling pipe from which she had managed to extricate herself earlier. Grabbing the unattached end, she tried wresting it clear of its fittings, her own wrist dangling handcuffs which clinked against the metal with each pull. Rust and time made it impossible to remove.

"Sarah—"

"No." Tears ran down her face. "I can't leave you, Dana."

"You have to. It's the only way we're both getting out of here. You have to go for help."

Sarah knelt beside her sister who reached out and wiped her thumb across her cheek, brushing the tears aside.

"I'll be okay until you get back. I won't give them any excuse to throw me out to those . . . ." Dana choked back the word they had both been avoiding, choosing another instead. "Creatures."

Book Two - SURVIVAL: DEAD OF WINTER will be released soon.



About the author
Best-selling and award-winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda's imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes Horror, Suspense, Paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy.
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From Jenna at The Girl with Book Lungs {2 books (2 winners--U.S. only)}

Grimm's Furry Tail by Kathie Daley (Winner - Carol)
Arc of A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart (Winner - Sharon)

From Gina at Book Dragon's Lair {3 books (3 winners--U.S. only)}

Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz (hardcover)
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters (hardcover) (Winner - Tara)
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard (hardcover) (Winner - Sarah)

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(Winners - Jane, Aleksandra)
One Two winners will each receive a $5 Amazon digital gift from yours truly!

Giveaway Details
This is a read-a-thon participant only giveaway. To be eligible, you must have signed up, participated and completed a wrap-up post at the end and link it here at Seasons of Reading at the official read-a-thon wrap-up post (I will give everyone until Tuesday (4/28) at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 18 prizes. This means there will be 18 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first servedI will draw the 18 winners with random.org and email all 18 at the same time. The first person who emails me back with their choice gets that prize. I will mark off the prizes as they are taken. All eBook prizes will be sent to winner via email (or will be given a coupon code) so please specify what format you require in your email. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above). 

Good luck and thanks for joining me for the read-a-thon!

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