Monday, October 10, 2016

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Wrapping up

FrightFall is at an end. It was great fun and I hope everyone got a lot of good reading in this week. 

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) 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. Thank you!

Some news that came about this read-a-thon. Shaunesay @ The Space Between put a bee in my bonnet over in the Facebook group about extending FrightFall for the whole month. While I couldn't really do it this year, that bee was buzzing so I put the poll out to the group. How about making FrightFall a month long next year? And guess what...the votes were overwhelmingly YES! So next year we will be going the whole month. Yay! I may have to get a helper or two to assist me in visiting blogs, but other than that, I think it's a great idea. I generally read scary all October anyway. Win!

Up next, we have the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon which will be November 21 - 27. The read-a-thon helps kick off my yearly Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, hosted at my Christmas blog, which runs from November 21 through Twelfth Night, January 6, 2017. I will have a button made with grab code in the sidebar this week and sign-up will be the first week in November.  I hope you will join us.

Good luck in the giveaway to all!!! And thanks again for joining me!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Midweek Check-In

So, we are at mid-week. Where did the time go!? I hope everyone is getting some good (scary) reading in. My week of reading did not start off well, but I'm going to try to really dig in the rest of the read-a-thon. I have some really great scary ones going. I will be posting in the Facebook group tonight.

Speaking of our Facebook group, it is awesomely active so if you haven't joined yet, be sure to. We interact pretty regularly, even when a read-a-thon isn't going on. :-)

If you are doing daily updates on your blog, or have done a mid-week update post, feel free to leave your link in the comments...or just let me know how things are going. I promise I plan to make the rounds today/tonight. 

I have created a new group on Facebook for book bloggers to post about reading events/challenges they are/will be hosting. Check it out and join here: Sleep Less, Read More


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Prizes!

This is the prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for the read-a-thon. We have several amazing book prizes donated from some very generous authors...and me! At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the read-a-thon. 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!

Dragonfly by Julie Dawn  1  2  eBook copies {All formats - International} ) 

A dragonfly spends most of its life beneath the water. 

Seventeen year old Anna Page has lived her whole life at the bottom of a trailer park. The dreamcatcher in her bedroom was supposed to prevent bad dreams, but it doesn’t help when your whole life’s a nightmare. Instead of attending high school, she’s working at the local cafĂ© to pay rent when an Ahwahnee Chief walks in.

He leaves a napkin on the table inscribed with one word, and the symbol of a dragonfly. A symbol Anna should’ve left alone. Instead, her new tattoo marks her as a target.

She awakes from a colonoscopy to find the doctor cowering on the floor and someone banging to get in. While she was asleep, a plague flooded the medical center and now spills out, washing away everything she has ever loved—leaving her with powers she cannot control.

A mysterious organization called Meadowlark will stop at nothing to capture her. With the help of a stranger, she can finally spread her wings and rise to become the Dragonfly. If his secret doesn’t get her killed first.

About the author
Julie Dawn grew up in southern Jersey, spending the summers collecting bee stingers in her feet. After graduating from Richard Stockton College, she dipped her toes in the environmental field for a few years, got married, moved to North Carolina, and finally got to become a mom. Four years of living in state parks was enough to make her relocate to the Oregon Coast. Under bright stars, she started writing again, determined to change the world one story at a time.



Books by Brick Marlin

Shadow Out of the Sky  ( 1  2  3 5 eBooks {ePub or mobi - International})
An evil entity invades and terrorizes a small town by possessing children, forcing their hands to kill and slaughter each and every adult, while a small group fight to survive in this apocalyptic tale.
The entity's plan is to shove the human race into extinction so a new world can Shift forward, a new world designed by four demons called The Reckoning that flying inside their own transparent spheres.

Ozarium  (2  3  4  5  eBooks {ePub or mobi - International})
The Shift of the world transitioned without delusion. The Reckoning has molded a brand new world, beginning with a colony ran by a large corporation called Slader Corp which invents a bizarre lottery, randomly choosing a winner, awarding him or her with infamous amounts of BodyKredd to spend nearly however they wish; though, in turn, surrendering their bodies to the demi agents when they come calling.

But what happens when a child wins the lottery?

About the author
Fed a daily diet of English grammar Brick Marlin lives in Southern Indiana with his lovely wife and their 3 dogs. Chained to his desk while Fudgesickles, his six-foot clown-shaped alarm clock pokes at his frontal lobe and giggles uncontrollably, Brick writes horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction and somewhat of a bizarre nature. He is the author of 12 books and over 30 short stories.



1) A $5 AMAZON DIGITAL GIFT  (One winner) 


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 {10/12} at 11:59 pm CDT to complete their wrap-ups) AND filled out the Google form below to show your interest in winning. We have a total of 17 prizesThis means there will be 17 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basisI will draw the 17 winners with and email all 17 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, October 3, 2016

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - The scares start here!

It's officially October and FrightFall is here! Are you ready?

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

You might want to join me for Season of the Witch at Castle Macabre. We're reading Poe's Mask of the Red Death this week. I'm also hosting a read-along of Stephen King's Salem's Lot this month at Gather Together and Read (my NEW community site!). You could get started reading with us during FrightFall. The more the merrier!

I have some awesome prizes lined up from some generous authors and me! I'll try to have the prize page posted by the end of the day Tuesday. There will be a tab at the top of the blog for easy access.

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 in our Facebook group! If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I'll have a midweek update post up on Thursday so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments.

Social media hashtag across all platforms - #FrightFall

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. 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. Sign-ups are open through Friday, October 7 at 11:59pm CDT.

That's it! Let's get this party started. Have fun and happy FrightFall reading!
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Monday, September 19, 2016

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon - Time to sign up!

Fall is less than three days away and you know what that means! FrightFall is just around the corner. It's only two weeks away! Official dates are October 3-9. I hope you're ready to get your scary on! Guidelines for the read-a-thon can be found HERE or you can access in the tab at the top of the blog. Any information you need about the read-a-thon 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.

Just remember...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).

Our social media hashtag is #FrightFall. and we have our outstanding Facebook group which has become quite the reading community (there is also an access tab in the menu).

Sign up in the linky below. Be sure to grab the button at the top of this post (there's also a grab code below the button in the sidebar).

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 link just below the header.

BREAKING NEWS!!! I have started a new reading community for reading challenges I host and read-alongs called Gather Together and Read. I also kicked off a new "challenging" perpetual reading challenge, 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan. Be sure to stop by and take a look. You can sign up for any of the reading challenges listed in the sidebar menu. I'm so excited about this new community site!

Thanks for joining us for FrightFall!
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Monday, July 25, 2016

High Summer Read-a-Thon - It's a wrap! #HSreadathon

Another read-a-thon has come to an end. Sad times. Now we must wait until FrightFall in October (although I'm sure there will be other read-a-thons around the blogosphere...I hope so).

I hope everyone enjoyed the read-a-thon and accomplished what you wanted to. Even if you didn't, I hope it was a lot of fun. I love all my participants...I think we have a wonderful read-a-thon community.

I'd like to thank Devon at Howes Books for hosting her fun mini-challenge. I'd also like to thank all of the authors who so generously donated our spectacular prizes. I think a round of applause is in order.

Be sure to add your wrap-up link to the linky below, and that your have filled out the Google form on the prize page if you would like to enter to win prizes. Prize page is here.

The FrightFall Read-a-Thon will be October 3 - 9. The button is below. I will be adding it to the sidebar with the grab code soon. Also, stop by my blog Castle Macabre in September and October for Gothic September and Season of the Witch. I'm hosting a read-a-long of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for Gothic September and we'll be reading stories from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft during Season of the Witch.

Thanks to everyone who joined me for the read-a-thon! I hope to see you next time...and remember...our Facebook group is always open for reading discussion and commentary.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Midweek Check-in #HSreadathon

Time for our halfway point check-in! How is your reading going? Any books that have been absolutely astounding? Feel free to share in the comments, or leave a link to your blog post update. You can also update us in the group on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Don't forget to check out Devon's mini-challenge, A Letter to a Character. You can get the details and enter here.

The prize page is posted and we have some awesome prizes this time. Be sure to check it out and fill out the Google form if you intend to share your wrap up at the end and would like to enter the giveaway. Check out the post here.

I'm reading Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason and I feel like I'm smack dab in the middle of a horror movie. I LOVE it!

Enjoy the rest of the read-a-thon. See you around the blogosphere!


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