Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon - Here We Go! #CSReadathon

I'm late...again. Had to help my son finish a school project. One of those 11th hour kind of things. I'm sure many of you can relate. Kids! Anyhoo...let's get this holiday reading season going!!!

If you're joining us, remember these things:
  • Try to read at least one Christmas 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...or in our Facebook group.
  • 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:
  • 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. Yum!

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 on November 25. 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? Yup, I love it!!!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sign Up for the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon! #CSReadathon

Yes, I know I'm late. Better late than never I guess....but please do accept my apologies. My life literally blew up this week. And I thought it was bad the weeks before. lol So, we are once again kicking off the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (this is the 6th year!) over at The Christmas Spirit, with the annual Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon!

  • Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 23 at 12:00am CST until Sunday, November 29 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. AND we now have a Facebook group, in case you didn't know.

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, The Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you! 

Since it's so late in the game, I won't be so pretentious to ask for prize donations BUT I will offer a small prize from Christmas-y me! There has to be at least one gift when Christmas is involved, right?

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 12, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - It has all come to an end...

FrightFall is at an end. It went by fast, but was great fun, as always, and our new Facebook group is a success! I hope you enjoyed your time reading this week. 

I'd like to thank you all for joining me. Be sure to add your wrap-up link below (I want to stop by and see how you did with your reading) and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59pm CST to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners as soon as I can (my birthday is Thursday and I'm going out of town for a long weekend so may not be able to pick winners until Monday...please bear with me). Please be sure to note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page). And now for a big round of applause for the authors and bloggers who so generously donated our prizes and hosted giveaways. Bravo! And thank you!

NOTE: You can still enter Erin's FrightFall giveaway through Wednesday at 11:59pm CST. Click Here.

Hope to see you next time at the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon, coming up Thanksgiving week (November 23-29). The button is already in the sidebar. You like? (I'll be adding a grab code soon).

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

Hi everyone! I am sadly behind on visiting blogs and I apologize. My week has been a mess. My reading is also suffering, of course. 

So, we are at mid-week. Where did the time go!? Our Facebook group has really been a success and I've been checking in there often, but I need to also check-in on Twitter. I hope everyone is getting some good (scary) reading in. 

If you are doing daily updates on your blog, or have done a mid-week update post, feel free to leave your link in the comments...or just let me know how things are going. I promise I plan to make the rounds today/tonight. 

Also, Erin at Oh, For the Hook of a Book will be adding a giveaway to her blog on Friday so be sure to stop by. I'll share the official link on Twitter and in the Facebook group (and on the prize page) when it goes live officially. 

Happy reading!


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon: Prize Promotion Page

We have a prize addition! Scroll to the bottom of the post.

This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the read-a-thon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from some very generous authors, prizes from a couple of awesome bloggers, and, of course, 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!

(Winners - Autumn, Jane, Laura, Naila, ... )
Yosemite Rising: A Zombie Novel by Julie Dawn  ( 1 2  4 5 eBook copies {All formats - International} ) 

A legend that will change the world.
It’s been 150 years since the Ahwahnee Indians lived where Yosemite National Park now stands. Their last surviving Chief appears to Elizabeth Hutchings, a twenty-year-old biology student, the very day her parents die. Within 24 hours, she too is clinging to life as his whispers echo in her thoughts.

An ancient prophecy has begun. A plague rips through the world’s population, taking everyone and everything she has ever cared about. As agents of a mysterious organization called Meadowlark hunt her, she must find the strength to fight the infected even as she struggles to keep herself alive.

Just when she thinks she can’t go on, a man from her past arrives. He holds the key to understanding the prophecy. If she can unravel its secrets, she not only may change her own fate—but the fate of the entire world.

About the author
Julie Dawn grew up in southern Jersey, spending the summers collecting bee stingers in her feet. After graduating from Richard Stockton College, she dipped her toes in the environmental field for a few years, got married, moved to North Carolina, and finally got to become a mom. Four years of living in state parks was enough to make her relocate to the Oregon Coast. Under bright stars, she started writing again, determined to change the world one story at a time.



(Winners - Carol, ... )
Shadow Out of the Sky (Four Five eBooks {ePub or mobi - International})
An evil entity invades and terrorizes a small town by possessing children, forcing their hands to kill and slaughter each and every adult, while a small group fight to survive in this apocalyptic tale.
The entity's plan is to shove the human race into extinction so a new world can Shift forward, a new world designed by four demons called The Reckoning that flying inside their own transparent spheres.

About the author
Residing in the sunny side district of Southern Indiana with his lovely wife, their two dogs, servo bed bugs programmed as snooze alarms if the six-foot clown alarm clock called Chainsaw Freckles doesn’t wake him up by the scream of its chainsaw, Brick Marlin juggles working a full-time job at UPS while honing his craft of writing in the early mornings. His latest novel, Shadow Out Of The Sky, has already gathered great reviews, as well as his previous works, Blue Lights In A Jar, Sectors and Raising Riley.


Winner - Becca Booklover (Julia)
Saving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link (One eBook - Kindle from Amazon or any format from Smashwords- International)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

Loving someone through their hard fall from grace takes a lot of grit.

In school, Toby Faye was a moody kid who sat in the back of class and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there. Claudia might have forgotten him if it weren't for the two fatal circumstances surrounding his family. In their small town, the Faye name was infamous.
An unexpected job offering drops Claudia back into Toby's life, and that of his widowed mother. Older now, Toby is a mass of muscles and unruly hair, a real head-turner. The reunion sparks a heated, palpable connection between the two.

Despite Claudia's attempt to stay away from Toby, his blue-grey expose a need she cannot ignore. Toby's world is a place where sadness lingers and old wounds run deep. Moved by the family's plight, Claudia vows to help Toby and his mother move past the hurt.

When a local hate crime is linked to Toby and his friends, doubts are cast. Old friends become enemies. Animosity between Claudia's father and Toby, strains the father-daughter relationship. Taking Toby's side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined she might. She will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be. Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?

Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part series that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.

Reviewers Rave:
- "I was gripped from start to finish. I was completely in love with Toby."
- "I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down!"
- "I found a new author that I really like, that's for sure."
- "I highly enjoyed it and can not wait to read the next installment."
- "Saving Toby was an outstanding read! From start to finish each character captures your heart! The message of finding your own personal happiness in order to have happiness with another person is beautifully entwined throughout the book."

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About the author
Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children. She is currently finishing up the sequel to Saving Toby, Keeping Claudia.

Twitter @SuzMcKLink


(Winners - Aleksandra, Laura, Becca Booklover [Julia], Melissa [Shaunesay], ... )
1  2 3 4 5 eBook sets of the Miss Taken series, Books 1 and 2 by Cleo Scornavacca and 1  3 4 5 bookmark sets  ( 1  3 4  5 winners - 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…………...

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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(Winners - Suzanne, Carol)
Drawn by Chris Ledbetter (1 2 signed print copies - U.S. only)
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.

"Ledbetter successfully makes his fantastic premise very believable... Farrah is a good foil for Cameron, and Ledbetter does a fine job developing their friendship and romantic connection... Because this is not a graphic novel, descriptions are important, and Ledbetter’s finely detailed descriptions serve as effective illustrations for Cameron’s journey.
Inventive, fast-paced fantasy with imaginative settings and engaging characters." ~ Kirkus Reviews

Find Christ Ledbetter...


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$10 eGift card from Amazon from Sarah @ Flood of Books, Etc.  (Winner - Hazel)

Two books from Jenna @ The Girl with Book Lungs  (Two winners - U.S. only)

The Uninvited by Cat Winters (Winner - Bonnie)
Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron  (Winner - Sarah)




A $5 AMAZON DIGITAL GIFT  (One winner)  (Winner - Jane)


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 Wednesday {10/14} at 11:59pm CST to complete their wrap-up posts). We have a total of 23 prizes. This means there will be 23 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basisI will draw the 23 winners with and email all 23 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). 

Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book is hosting a giveaway at her blog. You must be a read-a-thon participant, and follow the same guidelines as above (i.e. have signed up, participated and complete a wrap-up) to be eligible. She's giving away 5 scary eBooks! All the details are here:

Good luck and thanks for joining me for the read-a-thon!


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Monday, October 5, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Starting Post

It's officially October and FrightFall is here! Are you ready? 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). The rest of the week? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose.

I have some awesome prizes lined up from some very generous authors (and a blogger)...and me! I'll try to have the prize page posted by the end of the day Tuesday. There will be a tab at the top of the blog.

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 NOW you can update in our new Facebook group! If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I'll have a midweek update post up on Thursday so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments.

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, October 9 at 11:59pm CST.

We're not going to do any Twitter chats, but we can have some impromptu chats on Twitter or in the Facebook group. I will be monitoring both periodically throughout the week. Twitter hashtag is #FrightFall

That's it! Let's get this party started. Have fun and happy FrightFall reading!

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Sign Up Here!

Fall is here (almost) and you know what that means! FrightFall is just around the corner. It's only two weeks away! Official dates are October 5 - 11. 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. 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'm adding something new to facilitate my contacting of the winners each time. I will add 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.

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). 

Our Twitter hashtag is #FrightFall. AND I have big news! We now have a Facebook group! So, I'm thinking we will do away with Twitter chats and just interact periodically on Twitter and Facebook. I thought the group was a good idea for interaction, news and events announcement, plus anyone who doesn't have a blog can post their updates in the group. The new Facebook group is here.

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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