Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Join us! #SpringHorror


Welcome to the official sign up for the Spring into Horror Readathon! A month of horror...yes! 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 is on April 6th 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. We no longer use a wrap-up linky and we are now just using the Google form for wrap-ups (since I require your wrap-up link there anyway). That way you don't have to do two steps at the end of the readathon. The wrap-up Google form will be on the wrap-up post instead of the prize page. I will have a yes/no so you can let me know if you're opting out of winning a prize. (If you want to visit people who participated, you can do so via the sign-up/starting line linky. I will have a link to it on the 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, our Goodreads group and our Instagram. You can also access via the links 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, January 31, 2019

#WintersRespite #Readathon - We're at the end #wrapup



Another readathon is in the books. See what I did there. lol I hope everyone enjoyed Winter's Respite and you were able to get a lot of reading done. Even if you only got a little reading in, it's still an accomplishment. Be sure to compliment yourselves...profusely.

I apologize for being MIA the latter part of the month. I came down with the flu (despite getting the flu shot...I always do) and I'm just now starting to feel back to my old self again. I swear, it always seems to hit me during a readathon. I couldn't even participate in 24in48 because I was really bad last weekend. Sob.

Remember, our process has changed for wrap-ups. No more linky for wrap-up posts. Fill out the form below and indicate if you want a chance at a prize by selecting yes or no. Also, 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 have until Wednesday, February 6th at 11:59 pm CST to fill out the form. I will email the winners within a few days following the deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from my truebookaddict gmail account. (Prize page is here)

Once again, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you next time. We have Spring into Horror all month long in April! I'm going to be ready for lots of horror reading by then.

(If you would like others to visit your wrap-up post, please leave a comment below with the link to your wrap-up, or you can visit participants via the starting line post linky here.)




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Sunday, January 20, 2019

#WintersRespite #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In



I'm sorry I am SO late with this! I got the prize page up, but this post...I completely forgot! Guess my memory hasn't improved much in the new year. lol

Hope everyone's reading is going well. I've been checking in at the Facebook group and the Goodreads group and you guys are really rocking it. Just remember. It's all about the reading so have fun and enjoy it, however much or little you read. Getting any reading done is an accomplishment.

Share your progress in the comments, or the link to an update post.

In case you missed it, Readeropolis is hosting a readathon participant giveaway. Check it out here.

Also, the prize page is live here.

Enjoy the rest of the readathon! Anyone else doing #24in48 next weekend?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#WintersRespite #Readathon - #Prizes



This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for readathon participants. At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the readathon.

Note: The author of the book donated would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or social media and/or on Goodreads, Amazon. Thank you! (This is not required to win.)

GIVEAWAY

Readeropolis is giving away one dvd copy of  Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January, directed by Hossein Amini. For full details, and to enter, visit the giveaway post here.

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WINNER - LENI
Josephine Baker's Last Dance by Sherry Jones - (1) Hardcover (U.S.) OR eBook (International)

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

About the author:
Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of Medina, Four Sisters, All Queens, The Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart. She lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne. Visit her online at AuthorSherryJones.com and at Facebook.com/SherryJonesFanpage.

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Novels by Jennifer Lane


WINNER - AUTUMN
Blocked - (1) eBook (International)

Blocked is a New Adult sports romance.

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OI0AQYI/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blocked-Jennifer-Lane-ebook/dp/B00OI0AQYI/


WINNER - MALLORY
Twin Sacrifice - (1) eBook (International)

My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him.

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.


Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079ND1ZQL

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twin-Sacrifice-Jennifer-Lane-ebook/dp/B079ND1ZQL

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Novellas by Melissa Baldwin


WINNER - AUTUMN
Fall Into Magic: A Novella (Seasons of Summer Novella Series Book 1) - (1) eBook (International)

Spend a year with Summer beginning with the first installment of the Seasons of Summer Novella series! 

After a devastating breakup in the middle of her summer vacation, Summer Peters knows she needs something to distract her. What better than the arrival of fall, Halloween, and a new client? Though she assumes that Alexander Williams will be a hands-off client, she is surprised to find him very down-to-earth. She's immediately drawn to him, much to the dismay of his overprotective assistant. When it becomes obvious that he feels the same, she begins to wonder if their meeting was meant to be.

Just when she thinks she could be ready to move on with her life, her ex-boyfriend Jake returns for a second chance. She's in for even more of a surprise when she learns her nosy, meddling neighbor is actually a psychic pushing to reveal details of her future.

Summer doesn't know which way to turn as she feels like she's being pulled in different directions. Between Alexander, his assistant, and her ex-boyfriend, she fears she may not be ready to move on after all. She considers turning to her neighbor for advice but the fear of knowing exactly what the future holds is more frightening than not knowing.

Amazon: getbook.at/fallintomagic

WINNER - JANE
Winter Can Wait: A Novella (Seasons of Summer Novella Series Book 2) - (1) eBook (International)

Following a fabulous fall, Summer Peters is not looking forward to the frigid winter. Much to her dismay, she knows this winter is a time for many changes in her life, including moving on from the heartache of the past.

Her professional life is flourishing, especially after her company is hired to decorate a trendy New York City restaurant. Summer sees this as a fantastic opportunity to build her clientele. However, she doesn’t anticipate the few surprises she encounters along the way, some of which could threaten her future.

Although her relationship with superman-lookalike Alexander Williams seems almost perfect, she finds it more and more difficult to compete for his time with his possessive personal assistant. To make matters worse, she doesn’t expect the return of Helena, his supermodel ex-wife who many say is his soul mate. 

On the big opening night of the restaurant, she’s faced with making yet another difficult decision. She knows it’s time to take her life in the right direction; although in order to do this, she may need to let go again.


Visit the author:

authormelissabaldwin.com

facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin


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WINNERS - MALLORY (ebook), FRANCES (print)
Norse Hearts by Robynn Gabel - (1) eBook (International) and (1) signed paperback (U.S) - One Two Winners


“This is a historical adventure/romance that even a man can read and enjoy!” 

In late 800 AD, Britain, Seraphina is preparing to wed Cecil Allard. Unbeknown to her, he has hired Einar, a Viking warrior, to kill her the night before the marriage. When Cecil reneges on the promised payment, Einar kidnaps her to hold her hostage for ransom.

Seraphina is carried away to the “uncivilized” world of the Vikings only to find an unexplainable connection with the Viking way of life which can be both noble and cruel.

Through this incredible journey, she discovers abilities beyond her imagination and an untapped warrior spirit. However, Seraphina is torn between the land of her birth and a fierce new life with the Vikings. She must make a choice that only her heart can decide.

REVIEWS

“The novel doesn’t gloss over the realities of Viking life but is careful to draw characters with shaded nuances.” Five star - Clarion Review

“Overall, Gabel has constructed a work of historical fiction that’s both faithful to the period and dramatically captivating.” – Kirkus Review

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Norse-Hearts-Robynn-Gabel/dp/0578404087/


Robynn Gabel had two dreams growing up, writing books and riding horses. In her first two books, she fulfilled them both by publishing her award-winning story about her time with Elvis, a champion Missouri Fox Trotter. However, her continual pursuit of adventure pushed her off into the deeper waters of writing a historical romance novel taking place in the backdrop of the Viking Age.

An adventurer at heart herself she has always been an avid traveler and has held career positions in a variety of fields but Robynn’s calling to write has never wavered earning her prestigious literary awards. In her latest book, Norse Hearts, she draws from a rich treasure trove of experiences and painstaking research to provide not only a historically authentic tale but one with true emotional power only she can bring.

When she is not writing she lives life with her husband Mark in the wind-swept land of Wyoming riding Missouri Fox Trotters, and loving a large herd of children and grandchildren.

Email: robynn.gabel.author@gmail.com

Website: http://www.robynngabel.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRobynnGabel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/relpud
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rg121754/
Instagram: http://Instagram.com/rg121754/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5042546

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PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST

WINNER - ELYSE
Prize One (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.

WINNER - TARI
Prize Two (One winner)
Winner's choice of any book title from the bargain books (these are generally used books) section of Better World Books. They ship internationally. (priced at $3.98 or less) OR a $3.00 Amazon eGift card.

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, February 6th at 11:59 pm CST to complete their wrap-ups). We no longer use a linky for wrap-ups. There will be a Google form on the readathon wrap-up post where you will enter your info, your wrap-up link, and answer yes/no on whether you want to win a prize or not.We have a total of 9 prizes. This means there will be 9 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I 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. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter's Respite #Readathon - "Reading" in the New Year! #WintersRespite


Happy New Year! Let's ring in the new year right...with a bunch of reading. If one of your new year goals/resolutions is to read more, well this is the place to start. We started at midnight central time and we're marathoning it all the way through January 31st. 2019...can you believe it!?

I did manage to line up a few prizes, and a couple from me, as usual. Also...

The author of The Art Collector of Le MaraisAhmad Ardalan is offering anyone who signs up for the readathon, and shows interest in reading it, ARCs in any ebook format. The book releases on January 15th. Leave a comment with your email address if you're interested. Very generous of him!

If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines in the sidebar menu 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 at the halfway point. Our hashtag for the readathon is #WintersRespite. Stop by our Facebook groupGoodreads group and check out our Instagram. You can also access via the links in the sidebar menu.

That's it! Happy Reading!

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