Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Mid-event Checkin #SpringHorror


I can't believe it has been a week already. My reading has been less than stellar (If you're in our Facebook group, you'll know why). I intend to rock it this week and finish strong with Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.

How's it going? I hope everyone is getting lots of reading done and enjoying the new longer format. I know I am because I know I have another week to dig in and reach my goals. I apologize for not visiting blog posts yet, but I will stop by and check out how things are going. Of course, many are updating in the FB group so I have been keeping up there.

Share with us in the comments how you're doing, or leave a link in the comments...or continue updating on Twitter (#WintersRespite) and/or in our Facebook group.

Be sure to check out the prize page.

Wishing you all successful and happy reading (with some scary thrown in) for the remainder of 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 the readathon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from myself, and some very generous authors! 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 who so generously donated books would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or on Goodreads and Amazon. Thank you!


THE LUCIFER GENOME: A Conspiracy Thriller by Glen Craney and John Jeter
(3 Digital copies-Kindle or ePub-International)

Someone with lots of guns and money has stolen the world's oldest human DNA. Recruited back into action to solve the heist, retired Defense Intelligence Agency operative Cas Fielding believes the mystery lies deep inside the core of a precious shard that fell to Earth thousands of years ago. Teaming up with sultry geophysicist, he descends into the global underground meteorite market and soon finds himself trapped between a rock and an Apocalyptic hard place.

This book was a great thriller. I couldn't put it down.
-- Goodreads reader

[A] fast-paced thriller which takes you on a very entertaining adventure.
-- Goodreads reader
Dan Brown meets Carl Hiassen--Big Thumbs Up!
-- Amazon reviewer

The Go-To weekend Summer thriller read!
-- Amazon reviewer

Paperback: 275 pages
Ebook (Kindle/Kobo/Nook/iBooks/Smashwords)
Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 0981648460
ISBN-13: 978-0981648460

About the authors


A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship for best new screenwriting, and he has been a three-time finalist for Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award. His historical fiction has taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.

Author Website
Facebook
Goodreads

A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, John Jeter has worked as an editor and reporter for theChicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News, and the St. Petersburg Times. He is the author of two nationally published books, including Rockin' A Hard Place (Hub City Press, 2012), a memoir of his years owning and managing one of the South's premier music concert venues. A television series based on the memoir is currently in production. His first novel, The Plunder Room, was published by St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books in 2010. This is his first major collaboration. He lives with his wife in Greenville, South Carolina.

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

Books by Brick Marlin



Shadow Out of the Sky (5 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.



Ozarium (5 eBooks {ePub or mobi - International})

The Shift of the world transitioned without delusion. The Reckoning has molded a brand new world, beginning with a colony ran by a large corporation called Slader Corp which invents a bizarre lottery, randomly choosing a winner, awarding him or her with infamous amounts of BodyKredd to spend nearly however they wish; though, in turn, surrendering their bodies to the demi agents when they come calling.
But what happens when a child wins the lottery?


Brick has a new small tale which takes place between "Ozarium" and the new book he's been working on, kind of an accompaniment. 

You can read it here:


At an early age Brick Marlin was exposed to horror and science fiction. He soon became an avid reader and enjoyed stories written by Edgar Allen Poe and W. W. Jacobs. His other favorite tales were written by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, J. B. Stamper—which he still to this day recollects her terrifying tale “The Furry Collar”—Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, etc. Not long after did he decide to write horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy he began scaring readers such as his parents, his friends, a handful of neighbors, and even leaving a few school teachers scratching their heads wondering if the boy should be committed or not. His very first book was written when he was 9—a mere 100 words, if that, written on index cards and bound together with yarn—which was a follow-up to the movie Rikki Tikki Tavi. From then on short story ideas continued to visit. A book idea or two sometimes stopped by for a sit. And gathering the craft of world building and characterization by posing as a Dungeon Master while playing hours and hours of the game Dungeons and Dragons fed his need. When 2007 arrived he decided to pursue writing professionally and was able to have The Darkened Image published. Brick Marlin is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has published 11 novels, over 25 short stories, including a few which has shown up in anthologies such as Dystopian Express released by Hydra Publications.

Nowadays Brick Marlin loves to cast himself as an introvert when writing, staving off the outside world by hiding out in his office. The only thing which sometimes break the invisible force field is the dreaded literary gremlin and its miserable clan of misfits. If you see one, you know there’s more around. Much like that cockroach you notice when you open the kitchen draw of utensils and find out that cockroach has just birthed cockroach babies. 

And the best thing to do in those circumstances are to feed the literary creatures Extra Sour Apple-Flavored Fizzle, Pop & Explode Candies Extreme Fizz Series One.

Unless of course you have cockroaches. Then you’ll need an exterminator.


PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST

Prize One
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.

Prize Two
Winner's choice - one of these three (3) newly released horror novels (Kindle editions)

Click the titles below the covers to read more about the books


Becoming by Glenn Rolfe


Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz


We Are Always Watching by Hunter Shea

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 Wednesday {April 3rd} 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 15 prizes. This means there will be 15 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 15 winners with random.org and email all 15 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. In the event that we end up with left over prizes, you will have a chance to win a second (and perhaps third) prize. All eBook prizes will be sent to winner via email (or you 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).

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Let's go! #SpringHorror


Here we go! Two weeks of scary (or kind of scary) reading. 😱 I don't know about you, but I'm loving the two week format, AND I'm looking forward to Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon going on at the very end!

Just a reminder...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 week...anything goes! Read more horror, or go in for less heart jolting fare.

I have a few prizes lined up donated from some generous authors, and me, of course. 😀

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 (or send me a message via the contact form). 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).

I will post a mid-event check in post on Sunday. Please note, I changed our hashtag for social media. It is now just #SpringHorror If you're on Facebook, be sure to stop by our group.

I think we're all set. Let's dig in and have a great time reading!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

#Signup for the Spring into Horror #Readathon #SpringHorrorRAT


It's time to sign up for Spring Into Horror!

Remember, it's two weeks now...and at the tale end (the finale weekend) will also be Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! Official dates are April 17 through 30, starting at 12am CDT Sunday and ending at 11:59pm CDT on Sunday the 30th. Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the menu at the top of the blog. Any information you need about the readathon can be found there. The hashtag for checking in on social media is #SpringHorror  You can also check-in and chat at our Facebook group (also can be accessed in the blog menu).

Just 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 week...anything goes! Read more horror, or go in for less heart jolting fare. 😀

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.

Please do be sure to check the guidelines, as it explains all about signing up and starting the readathon.

Thanks for signing up! Looking forward to some fun, scary reading!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A #WintersRespite #Readathon - It's a wrap!


Another readathon has come to an end. I hope everyone enjoyed our new two week format. I know I did! I also hope everyone was able to meet their goals, or at least come close.

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, as I slacked off with the mid-week checkins...sorry!) and please double check that you were signed up HERE so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Wednesday, October 12 at 11:59pm CDT to add your wrap-up link. I will draw giveaway winners as soon as I can. Please be sure to note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page and fill out the Google form at the bottom). And now for a big round of applause for the authors who so generously donated our prizes. I'd also like to thank Margaret at Bemused Bookworm for hosting a giveaway at her blog this week. 😇

Up next, we have the Spring into Horror Readathon which will be April 17 - 30. If you have never joined us for this readathon, don't let the word horror scare you away. I only require that one book you read be horror and I don't insist on actual horror (if you're faint-hearted). It can be a thriller, scary mystery, a Gothic novel, paranormal. If you do love the scary, then feel free to read horror for the entire two weeks.

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


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

#WintersRespite #Readathon - Mid-Event Checkin


Well, we're one week in! How's it going? I hope everyone is getting lots of reading done and enjoying the new longer format. I know I am because I know I have another week to dig in and reach my goals. Universe abiding!

Share with us in the comments how you're doing, or leave a link in the comments. Many are updating on Twitter (#WintersRespite) and in our Facebook group.

Be sure to check out the giveaway/prize page and don't forget about the giveaway being hosted by Bemused Bookworm. It's open until tomorrow (Monday) night, midnight CST.

Wishing you all successful and happy reading for the remainder of the readathon!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

#WintersRespite #Readathon - Giveaway/Prizes


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the readathon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from myself, and some very generous authors! We also have an awesome giveaway being hosted by a fellow blogger. 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 who so generously donated books would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or on Goodreads and Amazon. Thank you!

GIVEAWAY

Margaret at Bemused Bookworm is hosting a giveaway. The giveaway will go live on Saturday, January 20 at 12pm CST. The giveaway will be open for entries until Monday, January 23 at midnight CST. Visit the Bemused Bookworm blog to enter. Remember, it doesn't open until noon on Saturday. Good luck!

PRIZES


WINNERS - CAROL S., CHERYL (CMASH)
Catharsis by Noorilhuda  2 paperback copies - International
Ten year old Daniel has been missing for more than a week. His family and the police have all but lost hope of finding him alive. Then a strange old man enters the precinct at the 99th Avenue and declares he knows where the boy is - and who he’s with. The lead detective on the case, Aurora Fox, is skeptical. Is the hemophiliac puppet master, Maxwell Caine, part of the puzzle or the solution - and why does he look so dolled up?

Dark tale of a tough-as-nails detective, a curious old man and a persistent district attorney - all trying to catch a pedophile..........a serial killer.

Fear is relative.
What would you do to be free?

Writing this book was a terrifying, isolating and entirely intrusive experience - reading it won't be any different.

GENRE: psychological thriller, mystery and suspense
SUB-GENRE: women sleuths, amateur sleuths, women's fiction

BOOK LINKS:
ASIN: B010IQSFN4
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010IQSFN4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

ISBN / EAN 13: 1514709759 / 9781514709757
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1514709759
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catharsis-noor-il-huda/1122247087?ean=9781514709757&quickview=true

VISIT THE AUTHOR:
https://www.facebook.com/bookofnoor
https://www.goodreads.com/Noorilhuda


WINNER - NIMISHA, MISTY
Saving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link  1 eBook copy (International) & 1 print copy (U.S. only)
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 offer 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. Despite Claudia's attempt to stay away from Toby, his blue-grey eyes expose a need she cannot ignore. Toby's world is a place where sadness lingers and old wounds run deep. Touched 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 will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be. Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?

Award-winning author Suzanne McKenna Link brings you her powerful and moving novel set on the South Shore of Long Island. Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part story that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.

*Contains strong language and explicit scenes. Ages 18+ recommended.
•Great for Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber fans

Praise for Saving Toby
“… movie material!” – A. Torres
“Toby... Swoony, passionate, cocky, gorgeous, broken. I loved him completely”– Amazon Customer
“Characters grab your heart” – Michelle C
“… an absolutely beautiful book” – Ileana

Book links: (bitly links)

About the Author:
Suzanne McKenna Link studied psychology in college and became fascinated by the how and why of people's actions. As a result, the native Long Islander’s characters come to life on the pages. She feels she was born to write, but her first love has always been reading, especially emotional, dramatic love stories like The Bronze Horseman and The Way We Were.

Suzanne is currently finishing up edits on "Keeping Claudia," the emotional sequel and finale to Saving Toby.


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WINNER - VONNIE R. Gwynneth Ever After
WINNER'S CHOICE OF ONE OF THE TWO LINDA POITEVIN BOOKS BELOW - International



Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy, #1)
A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel... 

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.


Gwynneth Ever After (Ever After, #1) 
Sometimes fairy tales do come true...

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, and so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in their lives.

Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap...and the hero won’t take no for an answer.

About the author
Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, the youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard. Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden in the summer, hugging the fireplace in the winter, or walking her dog along the river in any season.

Visit her website: http://www.lindapoitevin.com/

Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LindaPoitevin


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PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST


WINNER - CLARE STONE (donation to Planned Parenthood)
One
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.

WINNER - JANE HARFELD
Two
A $5 AMAZON DIGITAL GIFT CARD (One winner - International)

Giveaway Details
This is a read-a-thon participant only giveaway. To be eligible, you must have signed up, participated and added a link to the official read-a-thon wrap-up post (I will give everyone until Wednesday {February 1st} at 11:59 pm CST to complete their wrap-ups) AND filled out the Google form below to show your interest in winning. We have a total of 7 prizes. This means there will be 7 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 7 winners with random.org and email all 7 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. In the event that we end up with left over prizes, you will have a chance to win a second (and perhaps third) prize. All eBook prizes will be sent to winner via email (or you 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). 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Winter's Respite #Readathon - Time to start! #WintersRespite

Here we go! Two weeks of utterly blissful reading. 😁 This is our first one with the new two week length and I'm pretty excited about it. How about you?

I have a few prizes lined up, and a giveaway being hosted at another blog. I'll have the prize page posted by Wednesday.

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 (or send me a message via the contact form). 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).

I will post a mid-event check in post on Sunday. Our hashtag for social media is #WintersRespite ...and don't forget about our Facebook group!

I think that about covers it. Happy Winter Reading!


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Winter's Respite #Readathon - Time to Sign Up! #WintersRespite

Well, the holidays are behind us and we are now in a new year. Goodbye, 2016! Now it's time for some winter's respite and recovery. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you much health and prosperity this new year!

This is the official sign up for A Winter's Respite Readathon! Dates are January 16 - 29, starting at 12:00am Monday the 16th, and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday the 29th. Times are central standard time so adjust your times accordingly. Yes, the readathon is now two weeks long! I, for one, am pretty excited about that!

Of course, like most readathons, the books read must be novels or novellas, adult or young adult are fine, and you can read children's books too (as long as you do read some novels too). Note: Non-Fiction is also okay! You DO NOT have to participate the entire two weeks. 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 a time for relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away our ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.

Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the tab at the top of the blog. 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.

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! (Contact me using the contact form above).

Our hashtag is #WintersRespite Also, don't forget about our Facebook group. You can access via the tab at the top of the blog.

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... 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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