Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sci-Fi Summer #Readathon - Sign up #SciFiJune


As always, a shout out to the person who originally inspired this event...Mallory (The Haunted Reading Room). This is our third year, folks...and we are now a two week long event!

How do you like the Fahrenheit 451 background? I'm going to be reading the book in June with my Goodreads group, TuesBookTalk. It's a reread (I think). Honestly, it has been so long, I can't remember! Really looking forward to the HBO film coming next weekend!

Details:
  • Read-a-Thon dates: Friday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Thursday, June 14 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly...there's a time zone converter in the sidebar menu). We do a different day configuration (rather than starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday) to go along with the quirkiness of science fiction. 👽
  • Since science fiction is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to the genre (often grouped together), if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.
  • to check in on social media, we'll use our new hashtag #SciFiJune
  • 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. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. We have a great community over there...and it's not just during readathons. Everyone should feel free to post in there any time. 
  • As always, please refer to the Guidelines page if you have any questions, or you can contact me via the contact me tab (both are in the sidebar menu).
  • Grab a button! You can get it from the sidebar using the handy grab code, or save the image to your computer to share.

As with the Christmas Spirit Readathon, I usually do not secure prize donations, but I will be offering one small prize this time. However, if anyone would like to donate prizes, please let me know. 

I'm excited that Sci-Fi Summer is now a tradition! I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Wrap Up #SpringHorror


Another one comes to a close. It went by so fast and I'm not ready for it to be over. (Like I don't read horror all the time anyway. lol) Of course, there are always readathons just around the corner. Bout of Books is in two weeks, and our Sci-Fi Summer is coming up June 1 - 14, and then High Summer the entire month of July. Such fun for us readathon junkies. Plus, we keep things fun in our Facebook group between times. We have quite a fun community over there. That's thanks to you guys. ❤

I'd like to thank you all for joining me. I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to add your wrap-up link below and please 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 will also need to fill out the form on the prize page if you would like to win a prize. You have until Friday, May 4 at 11:59 pm central time to add your wrap-up link and to fill out the form for prize entry. I will draw giveaway winners in the following few days after the wrap-up deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from truebookaddict. (Please be sure to note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page).

I'd like to send out a big thank you to Robert Stephen Parry, Erin Al-Mehairi, Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea, and Sinister Grin Press for their generous prize donations. Let's hear it for them. Hear, hear!

Give yourselves a big round of applause, no matter how much or little reading you accomplished. It's all about the experience, in my opinion.

I will have the sign up and button for the Sci-Fi Summer Readathon posted soon. Stay tuned.

Until next time...


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Mid Event Check-in #SpringHorror


How is the reading going for you? I've been doing okay. Still enjoying Dan Simmons' The Terror so much...and Murder on the Orient Express is enjoyable too. Hoping to get to the others on my list. I've been called for jury duty so hoping for some reading down time if I do actually get placed on a jury. My report date is April 23 so if I'm especially MIA that week that will be the reason. I'm not sure how it works, whether they sequester on weekends or not. Just hoping I don't get sequestered and miss the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon on the 28th. In truth though, I'm actually looking forward to jury duty. I'm like Minnie Driver's character in that show Speechless. I feel like I've got a golden ticket and this...


The prize page is finally up! We have some awesome prizes this time around. I'm so excited for you guys! Check it out here.

Share your progress in the comments, or leave a link, or update us in the Facebook group.

I hope you're enjoying the readathon!


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Spring into Horror #Readathon - #Prizes #SpringHorror


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for readathon participants. We have some amazing book prizes donated by some very generous authors, the incomparable Sinister Grin Press, and myself! At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the readathon. You will also find the form to fill out if you're interested in winning a prize.

Note: The fine authors of the books donated would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or social media and/or on Goodreads, Amazon. Thank you!


WINNER - KRISTIN
A choice of paperbacks from author Robert Stephen Parry (his books are so good! Not horror, but excellent historical fiction writing).  One paperback - One Winner (International)

Read more about the titles on Robert's website here. (Just click the book covers to read more)


Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, romance and magical realism.

His website: https://www.robertstephenparry.com

And blog posts on a wide range of topics can be found at: https://robertstephenparry.com/endymion/

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WINNERS - CHRISTINA, KRISTIN
Two winners - Kindle or PDF - International

Two winners will receive Breathe. Breathe., a mixed fiction collection of dark poetry and short stories, recently published by author Erin Al-Mehairi, garnering a Top 2 spot on Amazon's Best Selling Hot New Releases chart in women's poetry and a Top 20 in horror short stories, both places in which she is still trending. This one has deep soul and courage.

Breathe. Breathe. is a collection of dark poetry and short fiction that explores the deepest parts of the soul. It’s a representation of how life can break us apart and words can heal us. Deep, dark emotions are purged onto the pages awaiting you, urging you to get lost at sea and in the deep, dark woods of your mind. There is a fine line between breathing and death.

In Act One, readers are presented with a serial killer in Victorian London, a Lighthouse Keeper with an eerie legacy, a murderous spouse that seems to have walked right out of a mystery novel, and a treacherous Japanese lady who wants to stay immortal. The heightened fears in the twilight of our minds seep into the blackest of our nights, where we have to breathe in rhythm to stay alive.

In Act Two, the poetry turns more internal and pierces through the wall of denial and pain, bringing visceral emotions to the surface unleashing traumas such as domestic abuse, violence, and illness.

In the short stories, you’ll meet residents of Valhalla Lane whose lives are on a parallel track to collision, a man who is driven mad by the sound of a woodpecker, a teenage girl who wakes up on the beach and can’t find another soul in sight, a woman caught in a time shift pitting her up against the Egyptian goddess Anuket, and a little girl whose whole world changes when her favorite crayon color is discontinued.

Throughout the collection of dark poetry and fiction, readers will be haunted by themes of oppression, isolation, revenge, and madness told through folklore, nightmares, and often times raw, impulsive emotion.

With a foreword by the Bram Stoker Nominated author Brian Kirk, Breathe. Breathe. will at times unsettle you, at times embrace you. Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, a veteran writer and editor of the written word, offers up a mixed set of pieces, identifying her as a strong, new voice in dark fiction that will tear out your heart, but then remind you to breathe.

Available now on Amazon in paperback and for kindle, Kobo, and more to come.


From Sinister Grin Press...

WINNERS - JULIANE, BARBARA, STEVEN, CHRISTINA, DARLENE
One Two Three Four Five winners - International

Winner's choice of any Kindle ebook* title from Sinister Grin Press on Amazon. Visit this link to check out their titles. Books I've read and loved in their catalog...Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz, We Are Always Watching by Hunter Shea, Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe. (Titles on offer are predominantly horror, but there are some fantasy and scifi titles as well)

Sinister Grin: Please join our newsletter at our website to keep up with our latest releases.

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WINNERS - DARLENE, MALLORY
Two eBooks - Two winners (International)

An eBook of the winners choice from horror author, Hunter Shea. Any title from his catalog (excluding those from Kensington Books publisher). Check out titles available here.


Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of over 13 (lucky number!) books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

To really get to know of the monster behind the man, join the Dark Hunter Newsletter and revel in the terror!


WINNERS - LAURIE, BARBARA
One Two eBook copies of Land of Bones by Glenn Rolfe - Two Winners (International)

Demon lights, granted wishes, strange things, and brutal love at the Lucky Lounge Motel. A haunted sister, desperate parents, a little human touch, and the end of the world…

These are the stories whispered among dead leaves, the script etched bare for all to see. When the chills sink deep and your heart begins to pound…are you alone?

Welcome to Glenn Rolfe’s LAND OF BONES
14 tales of the strange and macabre

Glenn Rolfe is an author/singer/songwriter from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Ronald Malfi, Jack Ketchum, and many others. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author of Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Abram's Bridge, Things We Fear, and the collections, Out of Range, Slush. and Land of Bones.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

https://www.glennrolfe.com

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WINNER - ELYSE (Donation to The Trevor Project)
PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST
(One winner)

I will make a $15 donation to the winner's choice of a human rights organization, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice, perhaps your local chapter or a local organization. This giveaway is open internationally.

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 Friday, May 4th at 11:59 pm CDT to complete their wrap-ups) AND filled out the Google form below to show your interest in winning. We have a total of 13 prizes. This means there will be 13 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 13 winners with random.org and email all 13 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).

Good luck!





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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Time for a scary spring kickoff! #SpringHorror


Here we go...off and running!

Remember, the one main "rule" of Spring into Horror 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). The rest of the month? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose.

I have some nice scary prizes lined up from Sinister Grin Press and Erin Al-Mehairi, and there may be more to come. Of course, I'll be offering a couple of prizes myself. Also, Sinister Grin Press is making possible free eBook ARCs of Jason Parent's new horror novel, They Feed for participants to read during the readathon. I posted about it in our Facebook group, but if you're not on Facebook, contact me via the contact tab in the menu and I'll get your email address to Erin so she can send you the book. Here's the cover and the synopsis:


The night uncovers all we wish not to see.

A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they'll
settle for some old-fashioned revenge.

But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger.

The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.

An unrelenting tale of terror from Jason Parent, acclaimed author of
People of the Sun and What Hides Within.

Also, on the prize front...one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Robert Stephen Parry, is offering a choice of one of his books in print and it's international!

I'll have the official prize page posted hopefully by midweek in the coming week. Stay tuned!

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) AND don't forget to interact in our Facebook group! If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I will be posting weekly check-ins on Saturdays so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments of those posts.

Social media hashtag across all platforms - #SpringHorror (you can also use #Readathon)

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). Note: If you're just signing up, you can do it here on this post. It's the same linky. Sign-ups are open through Friday, April 27 at 11:59pm CDT.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Time to sign up! #SpringHorror


Welcome to the official sign up for the Spring into Horror Readathon! All our regular seasonal readathons are now a month long so Spring into Horror runs for the entire month of April. A month of horror...I'm so in! We start at 12:00 am on April 1 and end at 11:59 pm on April 30. Times are set for the central time zone so adjust your times accordingly (you can use the link to the time zone converter in the sidebar menu).

Just remember...the one main "rule" of Spring into Horror is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). Since we are doing a month long, I hope you will indulge the scary a bit more, but that is entirely up to you. It is all about the reading after all. After you've read your "scary" title (or before...you don't have to read the scary one first), you can read whatever you want in any genre. Novels, novellas, comic books, children's books, non-fiction. Anything goes!

You DO NOT have to participate the entire month. Join in when you can, start in the middle, end early...whatever works best for your schedule. As with all of my readathons, it will be an event of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries. Also, Dewey's 24 Hour readathon will fall on one of the weekends so that will be a fun addition to our month of reading bliss.

Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the sidebar menu. Any information you need about the readathon can be found there. Please do be sure to check the guidelines to make sure you're following along correctly. There are specific rules regarding signing up and wrapping up, especially in regards to the giveaway. Also, regarding the giveaway, I'll be again adding a Google form to capture names and email addresses so if you're interested in winning a prize (and you've met the sign up and wrap up criteria), I will ask you to fill in that form which will be located on the prize page. The form will now have a required field for you to enter the link to your wrap-up post.

As is typical, I will not be hosting any mini-challenges. However, if anyone else would like to host a mini-challenge or giveaway, you are more than welcome. I am also looking for prize donations so if anyone would like to contribute, let me know. Authors, this is a great way to promote your book(s)! (Contact me using the contact form link in the sidebar menu).

Our hashtag for social media is #SpringHorror Also, don't forget about our Facebook group. You can also access via the link in the sidebar menu.

Sign up in the linky below. You do not have to do a post now, unless you want to help spread the word (much appreciated). If you don't have a blog, use Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube...or any social media. Having a blog is not required. Be sure to grab the button at the top of this post (there's also a grab code below the button in the sidebar).

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Winter's Respite #Readathon - Wrap Up #WintersRespite


I can't believe it's already over! I'm kind of sad. 😢 Take heart though. We have Spring Into Horror coming all month long in April and SciFi Summer coming the first two weeks in June AND, of course, we always have our Facebook group where we can interact in between time. Feel free to share any reading doings you have going on any time, not just during readathon time.

I'd like to thank you all for joining me. Be sure to add your wrap-up link below and please 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 will also need to fill out the form on the mid-event check in page/prize page if you would like to win a prize. You have until Sunday, February 4 at 11:59 pm central time to add your wrap-up link and to fill out the form for prize entry. I will draw giveaway winners in the following few days after the wrap-up deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from truebookaddict. (Please be sure to note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page).

I'd like to thank Elyse LeMieux for the generous prize donation. 

Give yourselves a big round of applause, no matter how much or little reading you accomplished. It's all about the experience, in my opinion.

Until next time...

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