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)

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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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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon - It's Time! #CSReadathon


Here we go! Time to kick off the holiday season with style...reading style. If you're joining us, remember these things:
  • Try to read at least one Christmas book...it is a Christmas read-a-thon, after all. But I won't arrest you if you don't. *wink*
  • You do not have to have a blog. Join us from Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads
  • 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 read-a-thon guidelines page for answers (you will also find out how we do the read-a-thon giveaway) here: http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/p/guidelines.html
  • Have fun!
If you're on Twitter, stop by and chat with the hashtag #CSReadathon No official chats are scheduled, but I'm sure people will be hanging out or stopping by. Maybe we can share a cup of cocoa or spiced cider. 

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, The Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you! Also, my season long Christmas event kicks off over there tomorrow. 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. Can you tell Christmas is my favorite time of year? I'm SO excited!!!
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon...It's Back!!!


Once again kicking off the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (the 5TH year, I might add!) at The Christmas Spirit, it's the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon...and this year it's a week long. Yay!

Details:
  • Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 24 at 12:00am CST until Sunday, November 30 at 11:59pm CST (adjust your time zone accordingly)
  • 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 read-a-thon, 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 Twitter, 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, etc.

If anyone is interested in donating prizes or hosting a giveaway or mini-challenge, please contact me using the contact tab above. 

Authors...read-a-thons are always a great way to promote your books...and they don't have to be about Christmas (but if they are, that's great too!). Please contact me if you'd like to contribute.

Hope I haven't forgotten anything. If you have any questions or notice something I've left out, please feel free to contact me via the contact tab.

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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.

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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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