Monday, December 3, 2018

#Christmas Spirit #Readathon - Wrapped up like a present! #CSreadathon

It's over already!? Time is just flying to Christmas and the new year! I hope everyone was able to get some good reading in...Christmas or not. And remember, even if you only got a little reading in, it's still an accomplishment. You deserve a pat on the back. So, pat away!

Remember, our process has changed for wrap-ups. No more linky for wrap-up posts. Fill out the form below and indicate if you want a chance at a prize by selecting yes or no. Also, double check that your name is listed in the sign up/starting line linky at this post so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Wednesday, December 5th at 11:59 pm CST to fill out the form. I will email the winners within a few days (don't kill me if I'm late!) following the deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from my truebookaddict gmail account. (Prize page is here)


If you haven't already, and you're still in the mood for more Christmas reading, why not join us for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs all season long, you can do so at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. You can still join in and we would love to have you! All the details can be found here.🎄🎅

Once again, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you next time. Next up is Winter's Respite the whole month of January!

(If you would like others to visit your wrap-up post, please leave a comment below with the link to your wrap-up, or you can visit participants via the starting line post linky here.)





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Sunday, November 25, 2018

#Christmas Spirit #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In #CSreadathon


So, how is the festive reading going? The first week was a whirlwind with Thanksgiving and all. I haven't been able to do any Christmas reading, but I'm seeking to remedy that this week and next weekend.

Share your progress in the comments, or a link to your post.

Also, the prize page is live here.


Don't forget, you can keep the Christmas reading going all season long with the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, hosted over at my Christmas blog. It runs all the way until January 6th. Would love to have you. Here is my Christmas reading stack for this readathon and the reading challenge. I know I probably won't get to them all, but I like to have choices.



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#Christmas Spirit #Readathon - Prizes #CSreadathon


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for readathon participants. At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the readathon.

Note: The author of the book donated would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or social media and/or on Goodreads, Amazon. Thank you! (This is not required to win.)


Wishing for Wonderful by Bette Lee Crosby  (One eBook - International)

A Magical and Heartwarming Romance…from a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction 

Eleanor has loved John Gray since she was seven years old. She grew up believing they would one day get married. They didn’t. They married other people. Now they’re both single again and they’ve got a second chance at love…or do they?

There are problems. Big problems. After a disastrous love affair, John’s daughter is coming home to live and she’s got a boatload of emotional baggage.

In a delightful tale told by Cupid himself, he is charged with giving Eleanor and John the happiness they should have gotten the first time around. Before that can happen he has to do something about the daughter, which will be no easy task since she’s addicted to handsome scoundrels with sexy smiles.

This time Cupid will need more than an arrow to the heart; he’ll need a bit of magic, a sizable miracle and a homeless dog.

This revised version of Cupid's Christmas takes a heartwarming look at animal adoption with a magical twist that is flat out fun for the both the young and young at heart!

Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award.

AMAZON

About Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books have been southern fiction, historical fiction, and women's fiction bestsellers. Her newest novel "The Summer of New Beginnings" will be released in March 2018 by Lake Union Publishing.

Midwest book review describes her books as "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances."

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 over twenty awards for her work including: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, In'DTale RONE Award Winner, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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Prizes from Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist.


Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Mary Jo Doig  1 Galley copy - U.S. only

A wife and mother of a grown son and two teen daughters, a woman enjoying her career and life, Mary Jo Doig wants nothing more from life than to live out her days embraced by the deep roots of family, friends, and her community. Tightly wrapped in a life-long protective cocoon, she has no idea how wounded she is—until, on one starless night following the death of a relative, she has a flashback that opens a dark passageway back to her childhood and the horrific secrets buried deep inside her psyche.

Part mystery and part inspirational memoir, Patchwork is the riveting story of one woman who strived to live a life full of love, only to endure tragedies with two of her children and struggles in her marriages—the consequences of a mysterious life-long behavior unnoticed by her family or teachers. Like a needle stitching together a quilt, the memories Mary Jo recovers following her first flashback show her why her early years were threaded with a need to be invisible, as well as a core beliefs that she was vastly different from her peers. Shattered by these revelations, overcome by depression, hopelessness, and a loss of trust in others, Mary Jo embarks on a healing journey through the underground of her life that ultimately leads to transformation.

About the author

Twenty years ago, Mary Jo Doig moved from her beloved rural Catskill Mountain community to Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. In a tiny cabin on a wooded Blue Ridge mountainside, she started to write the stories that she eventually stitched, in patchwork fashion, into her memoir. She also became, in addition to her professional human services career, a life-writing enthusiast who has supported women writing the stories of their lives as an editor, book reviewer, and facilitator of women’s writing workshops.

Her most recent story, “I Can’t Breathe,” was published in Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work has also appeared in Kitchen Table Stories, LaJoie magazine, and varied anthologies and periodicals. She writes in solitude near Charolottesville, VA, in her home by a huge window that looks out at the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. She also enjoys quilting, knitting, cooking, gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends, as well as with her three rescue pets, each of whom dream of being an only child.



Women of a Certain Age: Short Stories of the Twentieth Century by Mindy Reed  1 paperback copy - U.S. only

This short story collection is a portrait of various women throughout the twentieth century in the United States. The twentieth century was a pivotal time in America, moving from an agrarian society to the Industrial Revolution to the rise of technology. We went to war, protested for justice, moved from the farm to the city and found our voice. Women of all ages an walks of life make up the characters in these stories.

About the author

Mindy Reed is a writer, editor and the Managing Librarian for Recycled Reads at Austin Public Library.

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Prize from Elyse LeMieux, moderator at the 75 Books Goodreads group, and a member of our Goodreads group

(2) $5 or less Amazon Kindle  2 Winners

PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST

Prize One (One winner)

Since it's the Season of Giving, the charity prize this time will be a donation to an organization dedicated to helping those in need. For instance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Heifer International, etc. I will make a $15 donation in the winner's name. This is open internationally.

Prize Two (One winner)
Winner's choice of any book title from the bargain books (these are generally used books) section of Better World Books. They ship internationally. (priced at $3.98 or less) OR a Kindle book valued at $2.99 or less.

Giveaway Details
This is a readathon participant only giveaway. To be eligible, you must have signed up, participated and added a link to the official readathon wrap-up post (I will give everyone until Wednesday, December 5th at 11:59 pm CST to complete their wrap-ups). We will no longer use a linky for wrap-ups. There will be a Google form on the readathon wrap-up post where you will enter your info, your wrap-up link, and answer yes/no on whether you want to win a prize or not. We have a total of 7 prizes. This means there will be 7 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 7 winners with random.org and email all 7 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. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Christmas Spirit #Readathon 2018 - Starting line! #CSreadathon

And we're a go!

If you're joining us, remember these things:
  • Try to read at least one Christmas book...it is a Christmas readathon, after all. But I'm not a huge stickler for rules so if you absolutely despise Christmas books, read other books. 
  • You do not have to have a blog. Join us from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Goodreads, etc.You can also interact with us in our Facebook group, Goodreads group and check out our Instagram
  • The linky below is the same as the sign-up linky so if you've already signed up and now want to link up your reading plans, just add your link and put reading plans in parentheses (ex. Michelle (reading plans). 
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via the contact form, or visit the readathon guidelines page for answers, both in the sidebar menu.
  • If you're checking in on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) our hashtag is #CSreadathon
  • Just a reminder, I have eliminated the wrap-up linky and we are now just using the Google form for wrap-ups (since I require your wrap-up link there anyway). That way you don't have to do two steps at the end of the readathon. The wrap-up Google form will be on the wrap-up post instead of the prize page. I will have a yes/no so you can let me know if you're opting out of winning a prize. (If you want to visit people who participated, you can do so via the sign-up/starting line linky. I will have a link to it on the wrap-up post).
Regarding the readathon prizes, we have one prize donation from a generous author and I'm offering a couple of modest prizes, as usual. For my charity prize this time, I'm going to do as I did last year. See below...

Since it's the Season of Giving, our prize this year will be a donation to an organization dedicated to helping those in need. For instance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Heifer International, etc. I will make a $15 donation in the winner's name. This is open internationally.


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If you haven't already, why not join us for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs all season long, you can do so at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you! Also, my season long Christmas event kicks off over there today. I'm looking for guests so if you love Christmas and want to be my guest to tell us why (anything goes...favorite movies, books, family memories, traditions), please stop by over there and leave me a message in the contact form. Christmas is my favorite time of year! Can you tell? 🎄🎅

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Christmas Spirit #Readathon 2018 - Sign up now! #CSReadathon

We are once again kicking off the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge over at Christmas Spirit, with the annual Christmas Spirit Readathon!

Details:
  • Readathon dates: Monday, November 19 at 12:00am CST until Sunday, December 2 at 11:59pm CST (adjust your time zone accordingly...you can access a time zone converter in the sidebar).
  • You do not have to be signed up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge to participate (but I sure would love for you to join us!) 
  • I am not requiring that you read only Christmas/holiday books during the readathon, but I hope you will pick up at least one holiday tale, even if it's just to read some children's books with your kids or some holiday short stories 
  • to check in on social media, we'll use hashtag #CSreadathon 
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. You can also interact with us in our Facebook group, Goodreads group and check out our Instagram.
  • Just a reminder, I have eliminated the wrap-up linky and we are now just using the Google form for wrap-ups (since I require your wrap-up link there anyway). That way you don't have to do two steps at the end of the readathon. The wrap-up Google form will be on the wrap-up post instead of the prize page. I will have a yes/no so you can let me know if you're opting out of winning a prize. (If you want to visit people who participated, you can do so via the sign-up/starting line linky. I will have a link to it on the wrap-up post).

Prizes: Not sure if I will get any prize donations, but I will offer a charity donation and a small book prize. If you know of any authors who would like to donate a book for a prize, send them my way. Thanks!


If you're interested in joining us for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs all season long, you can do so at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

#FrightFall #Readathon - Wrap up #SomethingWickedFall


Our scary month of reading is now officially over (although I never stop reading scary. lol). As always, it flew by!

I hope everyone enjoyed FrightFall and that you were able to get a lot of reading done. Even if you only got a little reading in, like me, it's still an accomplishment. So, pat yourselves on the back! Not sure what you thought about the pre and post 48 hour readathons, but I'm thinking to forego them next time. It was a bit more work for me. However, I think we will still have a 48 hour kickoff readathon for Castle Macabre's Something Wicked This Fall Comes every year (yes, I plan to continue that event yearly). I'm considering shortening the name to its hashtag incarnation: Something Wicked Fall. What do you think?

Remember, our process has changed for wrap-ups. No more linky for wrap-up posts. Fill out the form below and indicate if you want a chance at a prize by selecting yes or no. Also, double check that your name is listed in the sign up/starting line linky at this post so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Monday, November 5 at 11:59 pm CDT to fill out the form. I will email the winners within a few days following the deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from my truebookaddict gmail account. (Prize page is here)

Looking forward to Thanksgiving week (USA) when we have the Christmas Spirit Readathon for two weeks...November 19 through December 2. Sign ups will go up within the week so stay tuned.

If you write in addition to reading (and if just might be participating in NaNoWriMo), I'm hosting a two month long writeathon over at my writing blog. The event is Sit Down and Write 10. You can check out all the details here.

Once again, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you next time.

(If you would like others to visit your wrap-up post, please leave a comment below with the link to your wrap-up, or you can visit participants via the starting line post linky here.)




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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

#FrightFall Post #Readathon (Oct 31 - Nov 1) #SomethingWickedFall


The post readathon started a bit over two hours ago! We're closing out FrightFall 2018 with an extra day of scary reading. Woot!

Remember, no special requirements. If you're signed up for FrightFall, you're in. Now what do you do? Just read!

FrightFall sign up is here.

Facebook group is here. Goodreads group is here.

Let's do this! Happy Reading!

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