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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Spring into #Horror #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In #SpringHorror



Can't believe it's mid-event already! Time flies!

How is everyone's reading going? Remember, it's all about the reading so have fun and enjoy it, whether you read a lot, or a little. Getting any reading done is an accomplishment.

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

The prize page is live here. We have a ton of awesome prizes this time around!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the readathon!


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring into #Horror #Readathon - Prizes #SpringHorror


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.)

Prizes from Raw Dog Screaming Press  (WINNERS - LENI, STEVEN)

Choice of e-book from the RDSP catalog from the list below (click title for synopsis of each book). 
There are novels and poetry collections in horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. (One Two Winners - International)


Grand Prize from RDSP


WINNER - SARAH
Print copy of Mr. Wicker by Marie Alexander (One Winner - U.S. only)

MR. WICKER IS THE RECIPIENT OF A BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FIRST NOVEL

Alicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker — a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal. After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason she took her life, but the cause of every bad thing that has happened to her.

Alicia spurns Mr. Wicker and attempts to enter the hereafter without the Book that would make her spirit whole. But instead of the oblivion she craves, she finds herself in a psychiatric hold at Bayford Hospital, where the staff is more pernicious than its patients.

Child psychiatrist Dr. James Farron is researching an unusual phenomenon: traumatized children whisper to a mysterious figure in their sleep. When they awaken, they forget both the traumatic event and the character that kept them company in their dreams — someone they call “Mr. Wicker.”

During an emergency room shift, Dr. Farron hears an unconscious Alicia talking to Mr. Wicker—the first time he’s heard of an adult speaking to the presence. Drawn to the mystery, and then to each other, they team up to find the memory before it annihilates Alicia for good. To do so they must struggle not only against Mr. Wicker’s passions, but also a powerful attraction that threatens to derail her search, ruin Dr. Farron’s career, and inflame the Librarian’s fury.

After all, Mr. Wicker wants Alicia to himself, and will destroy anyone to get what he wants. Even Alicia herself.

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Prizes from Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book



WINNER - SARAH
We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi  (One print copy - U.S. only)

A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert...

In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.


WINNERS - BARB, ELYSE
Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked by Christa Carmen  (One Two eBook copies - International)

A young woman’s fears regarding the gruesome photos appearing on her cell phone prove justified in a ghastly and unexpected way. A chainsaw-wielding Evil Dead fan defends herself against a trio of undead intruders. A bride-to-be comes to wish that the door between the physical and spiritual worlds had stayed shut on All Hallows’ Eve. A lone passenger on a midnight train finds that the engineer has rerouted them toward a past she’d prefer to forget. A mother abandons a life she no longer recognizes as her own to walk up a mysterious staircase in the woods.

In her debut collection, Christa Carmen combines horror, charm, humor, and social critique to shape thirteen haunting, harrowing narratives of women struggling with both otherworldly and real-world problems. From grief, substance abuse, and mental health disorders, to a post-apocalyptic exodus, a seemingly sinister babysitter with unusual motivations, and a group of pesky ex-boyfriends who won’t stay dead, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is a compelling exploration of horrors both supernatural and psychological, and an undeniable affirmation of Carmen’s flair for short fiction.


WINNERS - DARLENE, BARB
Palace of Ghosts by Thomas S. Flowers  (One Two eBook copies - International)

Evil resides in Amon Palace. Something worse came to visit.
Four veterans of the Iraq War seeking a cure for Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder arrive at a notoriously haunted house in the bogs of Galveston Island called Amon Palace.

Samantha Green, a friendless former Army K-9 handler looking for a way to put her loss behind her.

Brad Myers, a lighthearted former Military Police Officer severally wounded in war wanting nothing more than a good nights sleep.

Andy Lovejoy, an overweight light spoken drone operator who once watched the war from above now questions who he has become.

Marcus Pangborn, a headstrong Marine who desperately wants a dead friend’s forgiveness.

The group joins Doctor Frederick Peters, an experimental psychologist looking to prove his exposure theory hypothesis, and his two assistants, Tiffany Burgess and Dexter Reid.

At first, their stay seems to conjure nothing more than spooky encounters with inexplicable phenomena. But Amon Palace is gathering its powers—and soon it will reveal that these veterans are not who they seem.

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WINNER - JOSHUA
Please Disappear: An unputdownable thriller with a dark twist by M.K. Shivakoti (Print copy - one winner, U.S. only)

Please Disappear is a new gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.


Arun and Gabriel are tormented by their demons. While one is desperate to find his beloved, the other wants his to disappear. This is their story.

It's been three days since Sara Sardana disappeared. Last Seen: The Promenade Shops at Greenmile Walk. Last Phone Call: To her boyfriend. She told him she would share a ride home, but there's no record of a ride request or any sign of foul play. While authorities are baffled, Arun Shah, Sara's ex-, is distraught. He betrayed her when they were together, and now his guilty conscience isn't letting him breathe.

Unlike Sara, Katie left because she found a job in the city. Meeting Katie provided seventeen-year old Gabriel with a much needed respite from his otherwise dull and partially-blind existence. He misses Katie every time he goes to the hospital where they used to volunteer together. But when Gabriel starts to see her every night in his dreams, something is wrong with her. Dream Katie is dark and melancholy, unlike her real self. She even attacks him with murderous rage one night. He thought he wanted her back, but now he's losing his mind. How can he sleep anymore knowing she will be waiting for him on the other side?

In their state of despair, Arun and Gabriel meet. But time is ticking. Arun needs to connect the dots the police are missing and find Sara soon, before she becomes a statistic. Gabriel needs to make Katie disappear, before she drives him insane.


About the author
Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, M.K. Shivakoti came to the United States when he was nineteen. After completing his undergraduate and graduate degree, he has been working in the corporate world for the past several years. His interests are eclectic, but his true passion lies in stories, especially the darker kinds.

His mystery/suspense/thriller novels are set in the continental United States with mostly Asian American or South Asian protagonists.

He lives in Chicago with his beautiful wife and his son.

PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST

WINNER - ERICA
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 - TARA O
Prize Two (One winner)
Winner's choice of any print book title from the bargain books (these are generally used books) section of Better World Books. They ship internationally. (priced below $5.00) OR a $5.00 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 Monday, May 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 11 prizes. This means there will be 11 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 11 winners with random.org and email all 11 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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Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring into Horror #Readathon - Green light for a month of #Horror #SpringHorror


It's here! I'm so excited! How about you?

Remember, the one main "rule" of Spring into Horror 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. Also, Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is coming up this Saturday, April 6th. I'm trying to clear my schedule as much as possible, but I simply must go see Pet Sematary on Saturday!

I'm still working on prizes. Erin Al-Mehairi, who always gives us some awesome horror book prizes, will be offering a bunch for the giveaway AND she will be offering a free book for everyone interested early in the readathon. Stay tuned for details on what the title will be. I'll post about it in the Facebook group, on Instagram and in the Goodreads group

I'm going to try have the official prize page posted by the end of the first week.

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 - #SpringHorror (you can also use #Readathon).

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 signing up, you can do it here on this post. It's the same linky. 

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