Sunday, November 25, 2018

#Christmas Spirit #Readathon - Prizes #CSreadathon

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.)

Wishing for Wonderful by Bette Lee Crosby  (One eBook - International)

A Magical and Heartwarming Romance…from a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction 

Eleanor has loved John Gray since she was seven years old. She grew up believing they would one day get married. They didn’t. They married other people. Now they’re both single again and they’ve got a second chance at love…or do they?

There are problems. Big problems. After a disastrous love affair, John’s daughter is coming home to live and she’s got a boatload of emotional baggage.

In a delightful tale told by Cupid himself, he is charged with giving Eleanor and John the happiness they should have gotten the first time around. Before that can happen he has to do something about the daughter, which will be no easy task since she’s addicted to handsome scoundrels with sexy smiles.

This time Cupid will need more than an arrow to the heart; he’ll need a bit of magic, a sizable miracle and a homeless dog.

This revised version of Cupid's Christmas takes a heartwarming look at animal adoption with a magical twist that is flat out fun for the both the young and young at heart!

Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award.


About Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books have been southern fiction, historical fiction, and women's fiction bestsellers. Her newest novel "The Summer of New Beginnings" will be released in March 2018 by Lake Union Publishing.

Midwest book review describes her books as "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances."

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win over twenty awards for her work including: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, In'DTale RONE Award Winner, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


Prizes from Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist.

Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Mary Jo Doig  1 Galley copy - U.S. only

A wife and mother of a grown son and two teen daughters, a woman enjoying her career and life, Mary Jo Doig wants nothing more from life than to live out her days embraced by the deep roots of family, friends, and her community. Tightly wrapped in a life-long protective cocoon, she has no idea how wounded she is—until, on one starless night following the death of a relative, she has a flashback that opens a dark passageway back to her childhood and the horrific secrets buried deep inside her psyche.

Part mystery and part inspirational memoir, Patchwork is the riveting story of one woman who strived to live a life full of love, only to endure tragedies with two of her children and struggles in her marriages—the consequences of a mysterious life-long behavior unnoticed by her family or teachers. Like a needle stitching together a quilt, the memories Mary Jo recovers following her first flashback show her why her early years were threaded with a need to be invisible, as well as a core beliefs that she was vastly different from her peers. Shattered by these revelations, overcome by depression, hopelessness, and a loss of trust in others, Mary Jo embarks on a healing journey through the underground of her life that ultimately leads to transformation.

About the author

Twenty years ago, Mary Jo Doig moved from her beloved rural Catskill Mountain community to Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. In a tiny cabin on a wooded Blue Ridge mountainside, she started to write the stories that she eventually stitched, in patchwork fashion, into her memoir. She also became, in addition to her professional human services career, a life-writing enthusiast who has supported women writing the stories of their lives as an editor, book reviewer, and facilitator of women’s writing workshops.

Her most recent story, “I Can’t Breathe,” was published in Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work has also appeared in Kitchen Table Stories, LaJoie magazine, and varied anthologies and periodicals. She writes in solitude near Charolottesville, VA, in her home by a huge window that looks out at the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. She also enjoys quilting, knitting, cooking, gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends, as well as with her three rescue pets, each of whom dream of being an only child.

Women of a Certain Age: Short Stories of the Twentieth Century by Mindy Reed  1 paperback copy - U.S. only

This short story collection is a portrait of various women throughout the twentieth century in the United States. The twentieth century was a pivotal time in America, moving from an agrarian society to the Industrial Revolution to the rise of technology. We went to war, protested for justice, moved from the farm to the city and found our voice. Women of all ages an walks of life make up the characters in these stories.

About the author

Mindy Reed is a writer, editor and the Managing Librarian for Recycled Reads at Austin Public Library.


Prize from Elyse LeMieux, moderator at the 75 Books Goodreads group, and a member of our Goodreads group

(1)  (2) $5 or less Amazon Kindle  2 Winners


WINNER - Faith Hope & Cherrytea
Prize One (One winner)

Since it's the Season of Giving, the charity prize this time will be a donation to an organization dedicated to helping those in need. For instance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Heifer International, etc. I will make a $15 donation in the winner's name. This is open internationally.

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 Kindle book valued at $2.99 or less.

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, December 5th at 11:59 pm CST to complete their wrap-ups). We will 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 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. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).


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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! and thanks to each of you for your Christmas Spirited generosity <3

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