Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon: Post your wrap-up #SpringHorrorRAT

There's an addendum to this post at the end...just a heads up!

And so we're at the end of another read-a-thon. I hope everyone enjoyed it! I'd like to thank everyone who participated.  I'd also like to thank everyone who donated prizes and Pam at Midnyte Reader for hosting a giveaway. It was a little hectic this time, what with Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon going on Saturday, but it was fun, wasn't it? I'm looking forward to the High Summer Read-a-Thon in July (22 - 28)! How about you?

I'm hosting Sit Down and Write 3, my writing challenge over at Stories Inside starting Wednesday (May 1 - 14). You can work on your novel, short stories, catch up on blogging/reviews. Visit this POST to sign up.

My wrap-up post will be over at The True Book Addict in my update post. I managed to read a bit more than I usually do.

Addendum:  In case you had your eye on the dates for the FrightFall Read-a-Thon in October, which I had originally scheduled for the 7th through the 13th, I have decided to change the dates in light of Dewey's announcement that their October read-a-thon will be on the 12th. I just really don't want them to go on at the same time, as happened this time so I'm changing the dates to September 30 through October 6. I hope everyone is okay with this change.

Add the link to your wrap-up post in the linky below by 10am CST (U.S. time) on Tuesday.  I will start drawing giveaway winners Tuesday afternoon.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon: Prize Promotion Page

This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given way for the read-a-thon.  At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the end of the read-a-thon.

Note: For anyone who wins one of the books donated by these kind authors (J.L. Murphey and Lisa Hollar), an honest review would be much appreciated.

Zombie Apocalypse by J.L. Murphey (3 2 1 eBooks--International) WINNERS--Melissa, Belinda,
Dr. Donna Cairn is a genetics researcher for the Center of Disease Control. When the CDC issued the Zombie Apocalypse Alert, she discounted it as a way of advertising hurricane preparedness. When a conspiracy buff working with her in the silo speaks to her about the debunked Hapgood theory of Earth Crust Displacement, she again discounts it as just that some wacko, paranoid rambling. But when radiation levels after the Japanese earthquakes starting rising, all bets were off.

Simple dog bite patients are dying from a mysterious fever. Bodies start coming up missing from the morgues across the globe. When the death count reaches over one quarter of the world’s population dying due to this new plague, the CDC sends their best virologist, Kit Seger, to help Donna in her quest of finding the virus in her converted missile silo laboratory in Nebraska.

The dead have risen and hunger for human flesh. She never believed in zombies before, but now she believes in them. Can she and Kit find the cure before mankind becomes extinct? How do you cure people who are already dead? And better yet, how do you kill the dead?
Can it be that Donna’s unborn niece and nephew are the answer? With the earthquakes rumbling, zombies at the gate, and time running out will they find what they are looking for? Man can only hope.

About the author:
I live in Coastal Georgia. Married and have had my soul mate in my life for over twenty years.We have four beautiful daughters and six absolutely wonderful grandchildren.

I've been a published writer for over thirty years. Genres under various pen names include, suspense/thrillers, science fiction, children, southern fiction, nonfiction, Christian nonfiction, and inspiration/motivation nonfiction, and humor. Articles published in various magazines. 

Visit J.L.'s WEBSITE
Available on Smashwords

The Second Wave: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale (short story) by Lisa McCourt Hollar (1 eBook copy--International)
A young woman, Fran, seeks refuge from the cold in an Ohio farmhouse. Wanting to forget the past several months and the horror she has witnessed, she convinces herself that she is safe, at least for the moment. Relaxing and enjoying the winter scene, she falls asleep and wakes to a new nightmare. Soon she learns that what happened at the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse wasn't the worst of it.

About the author:
I am a mother of 4 beautiful children, wife to the most wonderful man in the world and an author that writes both children's stories and horror short stories. I am currently working on a Vampire novel, but not the kind where they are all fuzzy and warm and don't hurt anyone. My vampires do what vampires do...kill. But that doesn't make them bad.

Visit Lisa: Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Available on Smashwords

Donated by Kai at Fiction State of Mind

Quintessence by David Walton ( One print copy--U.S. only)  Winner--Sarah
Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.

Winner One-- Jane Harfeld
Winner Two--Darlene 

Two International winners will receive the book of their choice under $5 from  They have a great selection of bargain and used books and they have free worldwide shipping so finding a book you want under $5 should be a breeze!


Giveaway Details:  This is a read-a-thon participant only giveaway.  To be eligible, you must sign in at the starting line post when you start to read and complete 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 Tuesday morning, 4/30, at 10am CST to complete their wrap-up posts).  We have a total of 7 prizes.  This means there will be 7 winners. The first winner chosen will get first choice of all prizes listed and I will continue in this manner until all 7 winners are drawn. All eBook prizes will be sent to winner via email (Smashwords coupon code). Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).  

Don't forget about the giveaway being hosted by Pam at Midnyte Reader for read-a-thon participants. You can enter that HERE.

Any questions?  Please leave me a comment with your email address.

A big thanks to all who donated prizes! It is greatly appreciated!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #SpringHorrorRAT

Welcome to the starting line! Be sure to sign in here, at the beginning, or when you start reading this week. Remember, you do not have to have a blog to join us. You can sign in linking to Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads...wherever you will be updating from. And you don't have to start at the beginning. Start on any day this week, or if you're working all week, join us for the weekend. People can sign in up until Friday night at 11:59pm CST. I'll be stopping by and visiting you so I hope you will have your book piles/reading lists posted. Make sure at least one book is a scary one. Also, a reminder that I allow children's books for those of you who have kids...with one condition...five picture books equal one novel. Sound fair? Middle grade novels can count as one book.

Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT. We are going to have four Twitter chats this week. I tried to have a good variance of time. Hope one of the slots will work for everyone. Here's the Twitter chat schedule:

Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm CST
Friday from 7:00 to 8:00pm CST
Saturday from 8:00 to 9:00pm CST 
Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00pm CST

I will be checking in on Twitter on and off throughout the week too. Just remember to have fun this week. Again, my read-a-thon credo is "a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries." I have done away with mini-challenges so we can focus more on the reading, but please do stop by and visit your fellow read-a-thon-ers if you get a chance...and again, we will also be on Twitter for social interaction.  

I will have the prize page posted during the day on Monday so come back here to find it.  I will also have easy access links at the top of the blog.  Pam at Midnyte Reader will also be hosting a giveaway at her blog. I will provide the link below when her giveaway is live.

Midnyte Reader Giveaway  LIVE NOW!

Okay, I think that's about it. I hope you all have fun this week. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below. I will be posting my updates at my blog, The True Book Addict, so stop by and visit me. Happy Reading!


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring into Horror--Help! I need prize donations.

Hi everyone! I'd like to thank those who have already signed up. It looks like we're going to have a pretty good turn out this time around, although maybe not as many as the winter read-a-thon. I think the word horror scares people away. ;O) Anyway, on to the task at hand. I have had no success this time in getting any prize donations from authors as I usually do. Of course, I will give away something, as I usually do, but I can't afford much and if that's all there is...well, you know...that kinda bites for you all. So, if you know of any authors who might be willing to donate a book for a prize, or if you could help spread the word, I would really appreciate it. I do a nice prize promo page that showcases the author and their work so it does give publicity to them, plus puts their book in one more reader's hands that will probably review it on their blog.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. One more week and we'll be getting our scare on. Woot!

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