The Midsommar Watch-Along will be this Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central. We will be using Slack for discussion while we watch (It's free!). Get the invite link in our Facebook or Goodreads group, or send me a message via the contact form.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

#FrightFall #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In #SomethingWickedFall


Our month of scary is half over! I didn't post yesterday because it was my birthday. Didn't spend a lot of time online. Hope everyone is enjoying their scary reads. I know I am!

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

The prize page is live here. Thank you to everyone who donated.

This Saturday, October 19 is the Midsommar watch-along. Time is 10:00 pm ET/9:00 pm CT. We'll be discussing on Slack (It's free) while we watch. Click this invite link to join: https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/enQtNzU2Njc0MTkyOTEzLWEwMWE2NzdjOGMzYjAwNmZjMjk2MmUwODRmNTRhYzIwZjBkODVkY2U3ZTMwZGIxNmI0ZWU1NmE4MjcwNDI5YmI

We're on the last week of the Doctor Sleep read-along. Check out the discussion post links at the top of blog to join in on the discussion at Castle Macabre. Also, if you're reading any scary books or stories, feel free to share in the comments section of the Horror Stories Master Post at Castle Macabre.

Anyone else doing Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon in a little under two weeks. I am. If you haven't signed up, you can do so here.


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Sunday, October 6, 2019

#FrightFall #Readathon - #Prizes #SomethingWickedFall


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.)

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Stock Car Inferno by David L. Winters - Print copy (U.S.) or eBook (International) - (1) winner

Racer Emalyn Martin charms her fans but roils her male rivals. On her way to a championship season, she bumps a competitor mid-race. When his car explodes killing him, Emalyn falls under suspicion. Her Italian lawyer and his beefy brother must get to the facts before Emalyn's penchant for self-destruction derails her career. Fasten your seat belts. A killer gives chase, and there is nowhere to hide on a race track.

About the author
David L. Winters writes suspense to take you higher. He lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with a small bird who manages his career. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Regent University. He has won several awards. His previous fiction work: Driver Confessional included an Uber driver chased by the Russian mob.

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Willow and Oak - Two Winners

2 items of your choosing from our Etsy Shop. New items are being added regularly, and some things are only in limited quantities. So make sure to keep checking our storefront to see what is available. There is no price limit on either prizes, and international shipping is included.

At the moment we offer book jewelry (bookmarks) in two forms:
  • Book Hook: it is a metal bookmark adorned with charms, pendants, beads, stones, or any combination of the aforementioned. It will sit firmly in the crease of the pages and drape over the spine of the book.
  • Book Thong: it is a bookmark in cord form. We have ones with a single string that is adorned at each end to make sure the bookmark is evenly weighted. We also have ones with multiple strands. These are great for bookmarking more than one spot in a book. This is very handy for those who like to bullet journal or those who want to keep a special page held while they continue on in their reading. 
  • All of our pieces have special names. Most are from books and film, but some are just special to us.
Here are some images of the items currently in stock, while supplies last. 4 items shown 2 images of each item.

Bebe















Lorelai





Mr. Bones


Fred


About the owners

Nicole DiNatali & Ingrid Lundgren. We are two friends who share a passion for reading, game nights, dinner parties, and of course all things crafty! Ingrid, is the primary creator as she has a long seeded passion for making her own jewelry when she isn’t working her day job assisting special needs kids in the school system. Nicole is more of the administrator. She has a background in business and management. Nicole is an American who relocated to Sweden in 2008, while Ingrid has Viking blood coursing through her veins. 

Why we started the business

“It all started with a gift from my husband” – Nicole. After a business trip to China, Nicole’s husband brought home a gift that left Nicole bewildered. At first she thought this contraption must be some kind of hairpin or something. Only later did her husband clarify it was a bookmark. Bang! Revolutionary!! After using many a random slips of paper as a bookmark (that inevitably went for a walkabout), she tried out her new gift. This bookmark didn’t budge! No matter what happened to the book, the bookmark held like the 300 at the Battle of Thermopolis. Being that Ingrid loves to make jewelry, and we both love to read, bookmark business idea was born. We decided this was a great opportunity to put our creative chops to test, and also introduce more people to our artistic and creative take on book jewelry, as we like to call it. But it doesn’t stop there! There are plans in the future to extend the inventory to more bookish accessories and sparkly items.

Store Site: https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/TheWillowandOak
Our e-mail: thewillowandoak@gmail.com

Our Socials:
Twitter: @awillowandoak
Instagram: @awillowandoak
Facebook: fb.me/thewillowandoak

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PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST

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. Note: I will not donate to any organization that does not believe that all are equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.

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 Friday, November 8th 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 5 prizes. This means there will be 5 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 5 winners with random.org and email all 5 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, October 1, 2019

#FrightFall #Readathon - Starting line! #SomethingWickedFall


And away we go! One of my most favorite times of year and, as usual, I'm ready. How about you? Lots of scary lined up again this year.


Once again, this year FrightFall is part of Something Wicked Fall at Castle Macabre. We're in the middle of a read-along of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, we've been reading Gothic stories/books in September, and we had a watch-along of The Shining Saturday night. Our read-along continues this month, we're transitioning over to horror stories, and our next watch-along will be of the movie Midsommar on October 19. We're still working out the time. To weigh in, comment on the post in our Facebook group, reply in the Goodreads group, or comment on my Tweet on Twitter (@truebookaddict). For all the details on Something Wicked Fall, stop by Castle Macabre here.

Also, looking forward to Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon coming up October 26. Anyone else?

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 month? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose.

I did not get many prize donations this time. I did have a couple of prize offers, and I will be offering a couple of prizes myself, as always. Everyone here knows that we like to make this about the reading anyway. I'll have the prize page posted by the end of the first week. Of course, there's always a chance I might get more prize offers since it is a month long event. We shall see!

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 our Facebook group, our Goodreads group, and our Instagram. If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I will post a mid-event check in post around the middle of the month so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments.

Hashtag across all social media is #FrightFall Feel free to also use #SomethingWickedFall

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.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#FrightFall #Readathon - Sign up! #SomethingWickedFall


Fall is here! Well, not officially, but only a little over a week to go. September 1st and I'm all like, "It's fall!" So, in just a few weeks...FrightFall! Woot!

We start at 12:00 am central time on October 1st and end at 11:59 pm central time on October 31st. (There is now a handy link to a time zone converter in the sidebar menu.) I hope you're ready to get your scary on! 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 sign up and wrap up, especially in regards to the giveaway.

The one main "rule" of FrightFall 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.

Reminder: I have eliminated the 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).

Our social media hashtag is #FrightFall We have our outstanding Facebook group, and don't forget our our Goodreads group and our Instagram. (There are also access tabs in the sidebar menu.)

Two orders of business...
  • 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 in the menu. If you know of an author who might be interested, pass along a message. Thanks!


As of last year, FrightFall is officially a part of Something Wicked Fall, which runs September/October over at my horror blog, Castle Macabre. We are doing a read-along of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep through the end of October. We just started September 1st so there's still time to join in. We are also going to be having two or three movie watch-alongs. I'm thinking The Shining (suggested by one of our members) first, and Midsommar second. We will decide on the third in October. I will be creating a poll on SurveyMonkey soon to decide on dates/times.

Get all the details for what's going on during Something Wicked Fall here.

FrightFall sign-up linky...

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

High Summer #Readathon - Wrap-Up #HSreadathon


Summer is almost over, and I'm actually glad. The heat has killed me this year! I'm SO ready for fall.

I hope everyone enjoyed High Summer and that you were able to get a lot of reading in. Thank you all so much for joining me for another readathon!

Remember, our process has changed for wrap-ups. No more linky for wrap-up posts. Fill out the form at the end of the post 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 Friday, September 6 at 11:59 pm CDT 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)


Today kicks off Something Wicked Fall! If you haven't seen my post at Castle Macabre, in the Facebook group, or on Instagram (I still have to post in our Goodreads group), you can read all the details here. The highlights...a read-along of Doctor Sleep, Gothic and horror reading, movie watch-alongs! Of course, all this will go along nicely with FrightFall coming up in October. I'll have sign-ups ready for that soon. In the meantime, check out the button (will add a grab code in the sidebar shortly).


Once again, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you next time.

(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, August 18, 2019

High Summer #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In #HSreadathon


This month is flying by! Can't believe it's mid-event already (a couple days past actually). The only good thing about time flying...this hot weather will be gone, we'll be heading into fall, and FrightFall will be here. Yay!

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

The prize page is live here. Thanks to the authors who generously donated.

Anyone else doing Bout of Books this week? I wasn't going to, but decided to after all. I signed up via Instagram @truebookaddict and I'll probably post on Facebook (probably also in the group).

Something Wicked Fall will also be going on in September and October over at Castle Macabre. I will be hosting a read-along of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep (the movie comes out in November. Squee!), among other things. Stay tuned for details.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

High Summer #Readathon - #Prizes #HSreadathon


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.)

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Novels by Jennifer Lane



WINNER - DARLENE
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
With Good Behavior - (1) eBook (International)

In the midst of organized crime and dim hopes of redemption, can love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a naval officer who sacrificed himself to protect his uncle, finding that love seems unlikely.

As they start their lives over in Chicago, both fight family influences and run to escape the past. When their paths cross outside their parole officer’s door, attraction sparks. Too bad a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.


Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NO131VW

About the author

Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen’s first psychological thriller launches in 2018: Twin Sacrifice. Psychologist Matthew Durante risks his own life to save his twin brother’s as their foster father tries to take them down.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) completes the series and features Lucia’s younger brother Mateo.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.

Visit her at jenniferlanebooks.com


WINNER - WULFWYN (FRANCES)
Fatal Affair by John C. Dalglish - (1) signed paperback (U.S. only)

"EMOTIONAL, SUSPENSEFUL, CAPTIVATING. WRITTEN TO PULL YOU IN TO THE TH STORY, EMOTIONS AND ALL. - Cheryl H.

"QUALITY FICTION WITHOUT THE GARBAGE THAT CLUTTERS."-Tim White 

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The discovery of a young woman's naked body sends Jason out to a disturbing scene.
What he finds is a case with no shortage of twists and a growing list of suspects.
Vanessa is back, and together they'll struggle to sort through the wreckage of a FATAL AFFAIR.

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PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST

WINNER - LARA 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. (Note: I will not donate to any organization that does not believe that all are equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.)

WINNER: ERIN P.
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 Friday, September 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 5 prizes. This means there will be 5 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 5 winners with random.org and email all 5 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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Thursday, August 1, 2019

High Summer #Readathon - Starting line #HSreadathon


I'm late, but that's okay...let's get this party started!

There will be a few prizes. I will try to have the official prize page posted by the end of the first week. I will also post a check-in around mid-month. 

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 with us in our groups on Facebook and Goodreads, and Instagram! If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I will be posting a mid-event check-in middle of the month, and, of course, will do my best to interact across social media.

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

Hope to 'see' some of you participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Reverse Readathon this weekend. I'm signed up and plan to participate, but not for the entire 24 hours, as it's my mom's birthday this weekend.

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. This is the same linky used for sign-ups so 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 now signing up, you can do it here on this post. It's the same linky.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

High Summer #Readathon - Sign up! #HSreadathon


Welcome to the official sign up for the High Summer Readathon! Yes, that's right. We have officially moved High Summer to August. Since Sci-Fi Summer in June is now a month long, I thought it made sense to have a month buffer between two month long readathons. I hope everyone is okay with the change. We start at 12:00 am on August 1 and end at 11:59 pm on August 31. 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).

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 Reverse Readathon is coming up August 2nd through August 3rd 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 use a 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 #HSreadathon 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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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

#ChristmasinJuly #Readathon - It's a wrap!


Well, this four day readathon went by as fast as this year is going! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas reading, or whatever you decided to read. I have not finished 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, but it's still Christmas in July so I'm going to keep reading. Intriguing so far. Not overly Christmas-y though.

Just add your wrap up link to the linky (it's the same linky) and add 'wrap-up' beside your name. I'll draw a winner for the prize I mentioned on the starting line post. If you don't want to be included in the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment saying so below. Thanks!

High Summer is coming up in just over two weeks! I'll have the sign-up post up in the next couple of days.

Thanks for joining me for another readathon!

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