Monday, October 6, 2014

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Time to Wrap it Up!


I hope you enjoyed this year's FrightFall and were able to properly kick off the season of scary! I'd like to thank everyone who participated and also the authors who generously donated prizes. Be watching for sign-ups in the next couple of months for A Winter's Respite, January 26 through February 1. I'll be posting a save the date soon along with more info about the upcoming Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon and Reading Challenge.

Be sure to add your wrap-up link below and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59pm CST to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners on Wednesday (please note the new system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page). 

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me for the read-a-thon! 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Mid-Week Check-In


So, how's it going for you this week? Please share any updates in the comments. You can leave a link so I can stop by or just tell us what you've accomplished in your comment.

Have you checked out the prize page yet? We have some great prizes from some generous authors...and from me too! You can check it out HERE or by clicking the tab in the menu above.

Reminder about the Twitter chat. It is tomorrow night (Friday) at 9:00pm CST/10:00pm EST. Hashtag #FrightFall  Hope you can make it!

NEWS!
Season of the Witch kicked off at Castle Macabre yesterday and I'm also hosting a read-a-long of Anne Rice's The Vampire Armand, which starts on October 10th. I'm looking for contributors for my month long scary event over at CM so it you'd like to be my guest, let me know.

You may have noticed a little countdown box at the top of the posts sections. Yes, that's right. The Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon will be back again for its second year! This year it will be a week long (11/24 - 11/30) and will be in conjunction with the kick off of the 5th annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge hosted at The Christmas Spirit blog! I can't believe that time of year is right around the corner. So excited!

Now back to the reading!

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#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Prize Promotion Page


This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the read-a-thon. We have a couple of 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!


Winner - Whitney
Exorcist Road (Novella) by Jonathan Janz (1 eBook, all formats -- International)
Possessed by a demon...or by the urge to kill?
Chicago is gripped by terror. “The Sweet Sixteen Killer” is brutally murdering sixteen-year-old girls, and the authorities are baffled.

A seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his entire family and had to be chained to his bed. His uncle, police officer Danny Hartman, is convinced his nephew is possessed by a demon. Danny has sent his partner, Jack, to fetch the only priest in Chicago who has ever performed an exorcism.

But Jack has other plans tonight. He believes the boy isn’t possessed by a demon, but instead by an insatiable homicidal urge. Jack believes the boy is the Sweet Sixteen Killer. And he aims to end the reign of terror before another girl dies.

Available for Purchase at Amazon


Winner - Lady T
Dust Devils by Jonathan Janz (1 paperback - U.S. only)
Beware when the vampires come to town.

When traveling actors recruited his wife for a plum role, Cody Wilson had no idea they would murder her. Twelve-year-old Willet Black was just as devastated the night the fiends slaughtered everyone he loved. Now Cody and Willet are bent on revenge, but neither of them suspects what they’re really up against.

For the actors are vampires. Their thirst for human blood is insatiable. Even if word of their atrocities were to spread, it would take an army to oppose them. But it is 1885 in the wilds of New Mexico, and there is no help for Cody and Willet. The two must battle the vampires—alone—or die trying.


About the author
Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Acclaimed author Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up,House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice The Darkest Lullaby in April and his serialized horror novel Savage Species this summer. Of Savage Species Publishers Weekly said, “Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror—Janz citesRichard Laymon as an influence, and it shows—will find much to relish.” His newest release, the superhero/action/horror/thriller Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows, is available now through Kindle Worlds.

His vampire western Dust Devils will be released in February, and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) will be published in July 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

Winners - Aleksandra, Diana, Rockett
The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Mystery-Thriller of the End Times by Glen Craney
(3 2 eBook copies -- International)

While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane becomes obsessed with solving an ancient Latin palindrome embedded with a cryptographic time bomb. Separated by half a millennium, two espionage conspiracies dovetail in this breakneck thriller to expose the world's most explosive secret: The true identity of Christopher Columbus and the explorer's connection to those now trying to launch the Apocalypse.

"Read this book if you are prepared to take a wild ride from the modern idea of the upcoming rapture to the the historical theories of the Ark of the Covenant and the Age of Exploration. ... Again, a wonderful novel." —Goodreads reviewer

"An adventure/thriller. No, an historical adventure. No again, perhaps a double adventure with each story explaining the other. Even that doesn’t quite capture this book. ... A good romp through history and the bringing together of various discoveries that can be explained in several ways or perhaps unexplainable." — Amazon reviewer

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Paperback: 406 pages
Ebook (Kindle/Kobo/Nook/iBooks/Smashwords)
Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 0981648428
ISBN-13: 978-0981648422
Ingram/Baker&Taylor


About the author
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.

Author Website
Facebook
Goodreads

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


Winner - Darlene
The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book One) by Juli D. Revezzo 
(1 eBook -- International)

The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.
Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

Available now at Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords and in paperback from Createspace.


About the author
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl with a love of speculative and romantic fiction and legend, and loves writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. Aside from Changeling's Crown, she is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal RomanceHarshad Wars series and many short stories. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. Learn more about her at: http://julidrevezzo.com/
Twitter: @julidrevezzo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julidrevezzo


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Winner - Sarah
Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens (1 print copy - U.S. only)
Interest in supernatural phenomena was high during Charles Dickens lifetime. He had always loved a good ghost story himself, particularly at Christmas time, and was open-minded, willing to accept, and indeed put to the test, the existence of spirits. His natural inclinations toward drama and the macabre made him a brilliant teller of ghost tales, and in the twenty stories presented here, which include his celebrated A Christmas Carol, the full range of his gothic talents can be seen. Chilling as some of these stories are, Dickens has managed to inject characteristically grotesque comedy as he writes of revenge, insanity, pre-cognition and dream visions, he indulges also in some debunking of contemporary credulity.
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Winners - Jane and Julie
Two winners will each receive a $5 Amazon digital gift from yours truly!

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 (10/7) at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 9 prizes. This means there will be 9 winners. I will award prizes as they do during Dewey's Read-a-Thon. That means first come, first servedI will draw the 9 winners with random.org and email all 9 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, September 29, 2014

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Time to Start!


Here we go! Yay! I hope everyone is ready to get their (scary) read on. I know I am. Just hoping I can find the time this week. The age old problem.

Unfortunately, I don't have as many prizes lined up as last time, but that's okay. It's all about the reading anyway, right!? Prize page will be posted late Tuesday.

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/The True Book Addict (goal post).

Remember...one of your books this week must be something scary. For those who are faint hearted, your book can be a mystery, thriller, etc. Everyone knows I'm not a meany. *wink*

Once again, we will only have one Twitter chat. I know that I will have to schedule it at night, probably after 7:00pm central time. Please let me know in the comments what night of the week and time would work for you. I will go with the majority out of who votes in the comments.

Our hashtag for the read-a-thon is #FrightFall  You can use the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook...and even Instagram if you take pictures. 

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

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Time to Sign Up! #FrightFall


I'm so very excited that it's almost officially Fall again (although I always kick off Fall personally on September 1...haha)! The FrightFall Read-a-Thon is only two weeks away! Official dates are September 29 through October 5. I hope you're ready to get your scary on! 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. We will have one Twitter chat. I will announce the date and time in the starting post. Please do be sure to check the guidelines, as I've made changes regarding signing up and the starting line. Our Twitter hashtag is #FrightFall

Just remember...the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). 

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.

Thanks for signing up!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Reminder about wrap-ups #HSreadathon

I'm going to keep the linky open for another day or two in case you forgot to link up or if you'd still like to post your wrap-up. We only have 13 wrap-ups so far and 27 prizes so I'd like to see more of a pool of people to pick from.

Add your link to the wrap-up post

Also, while I have your attention...

have you heard about my new Anne Rice Challenge? I'm super excited about it. You can read all about it by clicking the image below.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

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


I am extremely late with this wrap-up. So sorry! Busy weekend which also means I didn't get much reading done. 

I hope everyone enjoyed this year's High Summer! I'd like to thank everyone who participated and also the authors (and blogger) who generously donated prizes. Be watching for sign-ups in the next couple of months for FrightFall, September 29 through October 5. This scary event is a big hit every year. I'll be posting a save the date soon along with some other exciting events I have planned for Castle Macabre this Fall AND an exciting new long term reading challenge I have in the works. The FrightFall button is in the sidebar and I'll be adding a grab code soon.

Be sure to add your wrap-up link below and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Tuesday, July 29 at 11:59pm CST to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners on Wednesday (please note the new system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page). 

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me for the read-a-thon!

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