Monday, January 30, 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!


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!


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

ASIN: B010IQSFN4*Version*=1&*entries*=0

ISBN / EAN 13: 1514709759 / 9781514709757


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.


WINNER - VONNIE R. Gwynneth Ever After

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.

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WINNER - CLARE STONE (donation to Planned Parenthood)
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.

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 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). 

Good luck!


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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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