Monday, February 2, 2015

A Winter's Respite - Wrap Up! #WintersRespite


Well, another Winter's Respite comes to a close and I can't help feeling a little sad. Not sure if you all saw my mid-week check-in post, but I admitted to making a mistake by scheduling another read-a-thon during the last week of the month. End of month is the busiest time for my job and I found myself scrambling this week to get client hours used, etc. And, to add insult to injury, my Great Aunt passed on Saturday so I had visitation on Monday night and the funeral Tuesday. So, did not get much reading or socializing in. It's the latter that I feel the worst about. Stopping by your blogs is usually my first priority and I do apologize for not visiting and cheering you on. I've decided to change all the read-a-thons that fall on the latter part of the month to the third week instead of the end (that's the Winter, Spring, and Summer ones) and the Fall one will be the first official week in October (not starting at the end of September and into early October). I hope everyone will be fine with that. I'm hoping this will remedy my time issue. *fingers crossed*

Please let me thank you so much for joining me for the read-a-thon! 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, February 3 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). Let's have a big round of applause for the authors and bloggers (and publicist) who so generously donated our prizes. Here Here!

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me! See you next time at Spring into Horror!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: Mid-Week Check-In #WintersRespite


I'm making myself stand in the corner for being a bad read-a-thon host. I have decided that I will no longer schedule these read-a-thons for the end of the month. I work from home and end of the month is my most hectic work time. I finally realized the problem! For future reference the Winter, Spring and Summer read-a-thons will be the third week of the month and the FrightFall one will be the first full week in October. I must save my sanity somehow!

So, I'm just now making my way around to your blogs and...guess what? I didn't even post a starting post myself. Doh!

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.

I've decided to have the Twitter chat on Saturday at 8:30pm CST/9:30pm EST. Remember out hashtag is #WintersRespite Hope to "see" you there!

If you post an update, feel free to share the link in the comments.

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon - Prize Promotion Page #WintersRespite


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

(WINNER - LUCY)
The Goddess Born series, Books 1 and 2 by Kari Edgren (Digital copies, one winner--International)


Goddess Born
2013 RWA Golden Heart© Finalist
2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist

The power to heal is her divine gift, the fear of discovery, her mortal curse.

Selah Kilbrid is caught between two worlds. A direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid, she is bound by Tuatha Dé law to help those in need. Yet as a human, she must keep her unique abilities hidden or risk being charged for a witch. In 1730 Pennsylvania, the Quaker community of Hopewell has become a haven for religious freedom—and fanaticism—and there are those who would see her hanged if the truth were revealed.

For eighteen years, Selah safely navigates the narrow gap between duty and self-preservation, until the day a prominent minister uncovers her secret. Obsessed with her power, Nathan Crowley disregards her betrothal to a distant cousin from Ireland and demands marriage in exchange for his silence. Selah stalls for time, but when news reaches the Colonies of her cousin’s death, time has run out.

Rather than submit to Nathan, Selah coerces a stranger to pose as her husband. It’s a good plan—her only plan—even though Henry Alan harbors his own dark secrets. But when she returns to Hopewell a married woman, the real fight has just begun. As unseen forces move against her, Selah doesn’t know which poses the greater danger—a malignant shadow closing in from outside or the internal fire that threatens to consume her heart.


A Grave Inheritance
Selah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats—and breaks—the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London’s most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way—even another goddess born.

But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?

With these doubts threatening her impending marriage and the very last of Brigid’s fire draining from her soul, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength—or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.


About the author
Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013, she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as there’s a spark of paranormal. She resides on a mountain top in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts.

For more information please visit Kari Edgren’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

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(WINNER - TARA)
Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry 
(one copy, Kindle or print -- International)

The Elizabethan golden age was peopled by a court of flamboyant and devoted men - each one unique, ambitious and talented. At its centre was a woman, Elizabeth, the Tudor princess who succeeded to the throne of England in 1558 and who vowed to her Parliament to remain unwed and a Virgin Queen for the rest of her life. How did such a diverse group of red-blooded men view their ?Gloriana?? What were their aims and intentions? What were their dreams? And just how did Elizabeth manage to control and manipulate them? A unique blend of fact and fiction brings the Elizabethan court and its inhabitants to life in an evocative series of biographical sketches that will inform and entertain in equal measure. 


About the author
Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with special interests in Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian England; Victorian Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite art. A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting. Publications to date include:

2014 'ELIZABETH - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.'
2013 'WILDISH - A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love'
2011 'THE ARROW CHEST - A Victorian Mystery'
2009 'VIRGIN AND THE CRAB - Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor'

https://robertstephenparry.wordpress.com
https://elizabethsmen.wordpress.com

(WINNERS - BRITTANY, JANE, SARAH)
Miss Taken series, Books 1 and 2 by Cleo Scornavacca (3 2 sets, digital--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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(WINNER - LAURIE)
From literary publicist extraordinaire, Stephanie Barko 
www.stephaniebarko.com/blog
(One winner, winner's choice from list below--U.S. only)

Up The Hill to Home by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi (historical novel galley)
http://www.jbyacovissi.com/about-the-book

Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest by Wayne Muller (nonfiction paperback special edition)
http://www.waynemuller.com/books_and_cds

Marilyn & Me: A Timeless Love Story (revised edition) by Jack Underhill (memoir paperback)
www.marilynandme.org

Live at Five by Larry Brill (autographed contemporary novel paperback by former network news anchor)
http://larrybrill.com/books.php

Kid Me Not: An Anthology by Child-free Women of the ‘60s Now in their ‘60s by Aralyn Hughes with foreword by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert
www.childfreewomen.com

Eulogy by WC Jameson (debut Western novel by movie soundtrack singer/songwriter & nonfiction author of 80 + titles)
http://www.wcjameson.com/books--writing.html

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From Jenna at The Girl with Book Lungs
{8 7 5 4 books (8 7 5 4 winners--U.S. only)}

ARC of Death by Blue Water by Kait Carson (WINNER - CAROL)
ARC of Small Town Spin by LynDee Walker - released 2014, gently read (WINNER - LAURIE)
ARC of Bridges Burned by Annette Dashofy - new, TBR 4/7/15 (WINNER - CAROL)
ARC of With Vics You Get Eggroll by Diane Vallere - new, TBR 4/14/15 (WINNER - NAILA)
Night Watch by Linda Hall, new (WINNER - ANNA L.)
ARC of Macdeath by Cindy Brown - gently read, releases 1/20/15 (WINNER - ANNA)
Final Notice by Jennifer L. Hart - released 2014, gently read (WINNER - THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY)
Fraud at Snofields by Daniel Klock (WINNER - SARAH)

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(WINNERS - SHARON, TIF)
Two  One 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 (2/3) at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 16 prizes. This means there will be 16 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first servedI will draw the 16 winners with random.org and email all 16 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, January 26, 2015

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon - Starting Post #WintersRespite


Time to start! I hope everyone is ready to get some relaxing Winter reading in this week. I know I am. Just hoping I can find the time, as always!

I have a few prizes lined up and I'll have the prize page posted by 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).

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 #WintersRespite 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 Winter Reading!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: It's Almost Here! Sign Up Now! #WintersRespite


I am SO late with this sign-up post. Sorry all! The holidays were a whirlwind of fun, family and some unfortunate illness on my part so it all went by in a flash...literally. The next thing I knew, we were in a new year and A Winter's Respite is just around the corner. Yikes! I hope you're ready to come in from the cold and curl up with a good book, or two.

So...official dates are January 26 through February 1. 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 it explains all about signing up and starting the read-a-thon. Our Twitter hashtag is #WintersRespite


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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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon - Wrapped up like a present! #CSReadathon


What a whirlwind week! I'm not sure if hosting this Thanksgiving week was the smartest thing. I was off work on Thursday and Friday so Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday was all about getting stuff done for work before my days off. This really interfered with my social interaction during the read-a-thon. If I missed visiting any blogs, I do apologize. I will be sure to visit ALL of your wrap-ups. And be sure to wrap up because we have some wonderful prizes on offer (see the prize page tab at top of blog).

Add your wrap-up post to the linky by Tuesday, December 2 at 11:59pm CST to be eligible for the prizes.

Thanks for participating! I hope you will join me for the Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon, coming January 26 through February 1. Button is coming soon. And, if you haven't already, you can still sign up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which lasts through January 6.

Also, a big thanks to the authors and bloggers who contributed prizes. We didn't have prizes for this read-a-thon last year so it was a welcome addition!

Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon - Prize Promotion Page #CSReadathon


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 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!



The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
(3 2 1 eBooks - International) WINNERS - LUCY, JANET, ALEKSANDRA

As the 14th century dawns, Scotland’s survival hangs by a spider’s thread. While the clans scrap over their empty throne, the brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades the weakened northern kingdom, scheming to annex it to his realm.

But one frail, dark-skinned lad stands in the Plantagenet monarch’s path.

The beleaguered Scots cherish James Douglas as their "Good Sir James." Yet in England, his slashing raids deep into Yorkshire wreak such terror that he is branded the Black Douglas with a reward placed on his head.

As a boy, James falls in love with the ravishing Isabelle MacDuff, whose clan for centuries has inaugurated Scottish monarchs on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. Their world is upturned when James befriends Robert Bruce, a bitter enemy of the MacDuffs. Forced to choose between love and clan loyalty, James and Isabelle make fateful decisions that will draw the opposing armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn.

Here is the story of Scotland’s War of Independence and the remarkable events that followed the execution of Wallace, whose legend was portrayed in the movie Braveheart. This thrilling epic leads us to the miraculous Stone of Destiny, to the famous Spider in the Cave, to the excommunicated Knights Templar, to the suppressed Culdee Church, and to the unprecedented Declaration of Arbroath, the stirring oath document that inspired the American Declaration of Independence four hundred years later. An unforgettable saga of the star-crossed love, religious intrigue, and heroic sacrifice that saved Scotland during its time of greatest peril.
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Foreword Magazine Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist

B.R.A.G Medallion Winner
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"[Craney] has woven a well-crafted, interesting tale." -- Historical Novel Society

"The best book I've read this year." -- John Graham, seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism

"It was a marvelous book and I was moved to tears at the long and sad ending." -- Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages blog

"[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!" -- Crystal Book Reviews

"An atmospheric and heart wrenching depiction of a time of upheaval in Scotland." -- Caroline Wilson Writes Review Blog


Paperback: 432 pages ($14.99)
Ebook: $7.99
Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (First edition 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981648401
ISBN-13: 978-0981648408 (print)
ISBN 978-0981648415 (ebook)

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


About the author
Glen Craney is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences has honored him with the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. He is also a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and has three times been named a Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist. His debut novel, The Fire and the Light, was recognized as Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and as an Honorable Mention winner for Foreword's BOTYA in historical fiction. He lives in southern California.



In Time for Christmas: A Novella by Heather Blanton
{2 1 print (U.S.)  2  1 eBooks (International)} WINNERS - NAILA, JENNA, KAI, SARAH

Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting … a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas -- a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father?

She’ll learn one thing for certain: God does see the tears of his children.
In Time for Christmas -- A Novella - Kindle edition by Heather Blanton. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


About the author
Heather started writing when she was five; her first tale was a ghost story that her mom typed up for her on a Brother typewriter. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist for newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She has also spent decades in the corporate communications field, marketing everything from software to motorcycles. (Did she really just say "decades"?)

Heather grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. Her most fond memories are of sitting next to her dad, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! She loves exploring out West and would happily spend all her time researching and exploring ghost towns till the cows come home.

Heather lives with her husband and two adventurous boys on a farm outside Raleigh, NC. They enjoy riding practically anything with four legs or two wheels, and being outdoors.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton
https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton
http://ladiesindefiance.com/my-novel-blog/

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From Jenna at The Girl with Book Lungs
{6 books (6 winners--U.S. only)}

ARCs
Fatal Brushstroke by Sybil Johnson WINNER - NAILA
Finding Sky by Susan O'Brien  WINNER - SARAH
The Bullet Catch by John Gaspard
Death by Blue Water by Kait Carson

Others
Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull  WINNER - JANET
GI Brides by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi  WINNER - LUCY

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From Sarah at Flood of Books

$10 Amazon eGift card (International)  WINNER - JANE HARFELD

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WINNERS - ALEKSANDRA, CARLA (JEN7WATERS)

One 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 (12/2) at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 16 prizes. This means there will be 16 winners. I will award prizes as they do during Dewey's Read-a-Thon. That means first come, first servedI will draw the 16 winners with random.org and email all 16 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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