Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Christmas Spirit (Christmas & Scary) #Readathon - Starting line! #CSReadathon


We have officially started! Running behind, as usual. I'm thinking this is how my entire holiday season is going to be. lol

If you're joining us, remember these things:
  • Try to read at least one Christmas book...it is a Christmas readathon, after all. But I won't arrest you if you don't. Also, don't forget the added scary element this year!
  • For full details on the readathon regarding the scary element, etc., visit the signup post here.
  • You do not have to have a blog. Join us from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Goodreads...or in our Facebook group
  • The linky below is the same as the sign-up linky so if you've already signed up and now want to link up your reading plans, just add your link and put reading plans in parentheses (ex. Michelle (reading plans). 
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via the contact form, or visit the readathon guidelines page for answers, both in the sidebar menu.
  • If you're checking in on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) our hashtag is #CSreadathon
Regarding our readathon prize...everyone who completes a wrap-up and adds their name to the linky at the end of the readathon will be entered to win. What's the prize?

Since it's the Season of Giving, our prize this year 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 $20 donation in the winner's name. This is open internationally.
Have fun!

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If you haven't already, why not join us for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs all season long, you can do so at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you! Also, my season long Christmas event kicks off over there today. I'm looking for guests so if you love Christmas and want to be my guest to tell us why (anything goes...favorite movies, books, family memories, traditions), please stop by over there and leave me a message in the contact form. Can you tell Christmas is my favorite time of year? Yup, I love it!!!


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Christmas Spirit (Christmas & Scary) #Readathon - Sign up! #CSReadathon

 

We are once again kicking off the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge over at Christmas Spirit, with the annual Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon...and it's now two weeks long!

The Christmas Spirit Readathon has a twist this year! It's a Christmas and Scary Readathon. Personally, I read scary (horror) books all year round, but I know many people reserve that kind of reading to October. But that's just ONE month! So, I decided to create this twist to give people the excuse to read scary for at least a couple more weeks (if no more!).

What does this mean? Well, you can read Christmas, or you can read scary, or you can read both. For example, A Christmas Carol could also be labeled as scary/spooky because of the ghosts. Dickens also wrote other spooky Christmas tales (check his "Christmas Books"). However, don't think your scary has to have a Christmas theme. You can read non-holiday scary, or you can read a Christmas themed mystery (which can sometimes be scary), or you can choose all Christmas books. It's entirely up to you!

Details:
  • Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 20 at 12:00am CDT until Sunday, December 3 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly...there's a time zone converter in the blog menu) 
  • You do not have to be signed up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge to participate (but I sure would love for you to join us!) 
  • I am not requiring that you read only Christmas/holiday books during the read-a-thon, but I hope you will pick up at least one holiday tale, even if it's just to read some children's books with your kids or some holiday short stories...and perhaps some scary fare...
  • to check in on social media, we'll use hashtag #CSreadathon 
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. AND interact with us in our Facebook group.

If you're interested in joining us for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs all season long, you can do so at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. Would love to have you!

Readathon prize:

Since it's the Season of Giving, our prize this year 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 $20 donation in the winner's name. This is open internationally. 

Hope I haven't forgotten anything. If you have any questions or notice something I've left out, please feel free to contact me via the sidebar menu.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time to wrap up the #FrightFall #Readathon


Where did the time go? We have come to the end of FrightFall! I hope everyone enjoyed the readathon. Just remember...enjoyment is the topmost goal. If you didn't meet your goals, don't sweat it.

I'd like to thank you all for joining me. Be sure to add your wrap-up link below and please double check that your name is listed in the sign up/starting line linky at this post so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You will also need to fill out the form on the prize page if you would like to win a prize. You have until Sunday, November 5 at 11:59 pm central time to add your wrap-up link and to fill out the form on the prize page. I will draw giveaway winners in the following few days after the wrap-up deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from truebookaddict. (Please be sure to note the system of drawing winners in the giveaway details on the prize page).

Now let's have a big round of applause for the authors, and for Sinister Grin Press, who so generously donated our prizes. Bravo...and thank you!

Also, thank you to Steven Karalash for helping me with the cheerleading duties. And really, everyone who interacts in our Facebook group...you all rock!

Now on to upcoming events and news...

I put up a poll in the Facebook group regarding making all four of the seasonal readathons a month long. I have to say, I really like the month long format. It's so low key...no pressure. Not surprisingly, the majority of voters chose "Yes," followed closely by "fine either way." (If you would like to view the poll, click here. You may need to have a Facebook account to see it. I'm not sure).

So, with that consensus, January's Winter's Respite, April's Spring into Horror, July's High Summer, and of course, October's FrightFall will all have the month long format. Woot! Also, you will see below that the Christmas Spirit Readathon is now two weeks and so SciFi Summer in June will also now be two weeks long.


The Christmas Spirit Readathon is going to have a twist this year! It's going to be a Christmas and Scary Readathon. What does that mean? Well, you can read Christmas, or you can read scary, or you can read both. For example, A Christmas Carol could also be labeled as scary/spooky because of the ghosts. Dickens also wrote other spooky Christmas tales (check his "Christmas Books"). However, don't think your scary has to have a Christmas theme. You can read non-holiday scary, or you can read a Christmas themed mystery (which can sometimes be scary), or you can choose all Christmas books. It's entirely up to you! I will have sign ups for the readathon and the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (hosted at my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit) posted by next week...hopefully. 

Well, that's it! Thanks again for joining us. Will be seeing you next time!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

#FrightFall #Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In


Are we really at mid-event already!? I've been interacting in the Facebook group and I know Steven Karalash (Mystery Night Owl) has been helping me with some cheerleading. Thank you, sir! I have not had much of a chance to visit many blogs. I crammed my work into the early part of the week last week so I wouldn't have to do any work on the weekend, which was my birthday weekend. I had a fun time celebrating this weekend, but it took away from visiting blogs and reading too (for the most part). Honestly though, I don't think I'm doing too shabbily this time...and I'm enjoying all the scary reads. And look what my mom got me for my birthday! Although unfortunately, I won't be able to pick the book up to read until next month (hopefully).


I hope everyone is getting lots of good reading in. I think this month long format is smashing. I'm halfway tempted to make all my seasonal readathons a month long. Would that be excessive? lol

Don't forget to check out the prize page. There are probably going to be some additions to the prizes so stay tuned on that.

Share your updates in the comments, or leave a link to your update post on your blog or social media.

Happy continued FrightFall reading!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

#FrightFall #Readathon - #Prizes


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for readathon participants. We have some amazing book prizes donated by two very generous authors, and myself! 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!



Catharsis by Noorilhuda  (One paperback - International)

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
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.

The reviews have been mixed, negative at best, but it would be great to have as much feedback as possible as to the story, characters and how it makes you feel.


GENRE: psychological thriller, mystery and suspense
SUB-GENRE: women sleuths, amateur sleuths, women's fiction

BOOK LINKS:
ASIN: B010IQSFN4
http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ct/B010IQSFN4?*Version*=1&* entries*=0

ISBN / EAN 13: 1514709759 / 9781514709757
http://www.amazon.com/dp/15147 09759
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ w/catharsis-noor-il-huda/11222 47087?ean=9781514709757&quickv iew=true



***The ebook version is free from 19-23 Oct. across all Amazon territories***


AUTHOR LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/booko fnoor
https://www.goodreads.com/Noorilhuda




WINNER - BRITTANY
Fyrebyrne Island by Ash Oldfield (One print edition - International)

“With a thunderous roar it fell from the sky, all gleaming yellow scales, talons the size of broad swords with fanged teeth to match, wings held out from its sides like sails, magnificent and glorious.”

The time has come for thirteen-year-old Rachaya to embrace her dragon heritage. Not everyone is pleased by her arrival on the dragon sanctuary, Fyrebyrne Island, however, and her mother’s enemies may well have become her own.

Will Rachaya live long enough to take on the mantle of Queen of the Dragons or will her enemies prevail?

Fyrebyrne Island is available in paperback from all good online retailers.
ISBN: 9780987445001 

Visit the author: http://www.asholdfield.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AshOldfieldAuthor/
Instagram: @ashwritesright


WINNERS - ZOE, LENI
One Two winners - Kindle or PDF - International
Two winners will receive Breathe. Breathe., a mixed fiction collection of dark poetry and short stories, recently published by author Erin Al-Mehairi, garnering a Top 2 spot on Amazon's Best Selling Hot New Releases chart in women's poetry and a Top 20 in horror short stories, both places in which she is still trending. This one has deep soul and courage.

Breathe. Breathe. is a collection of dark poetry and short fiction that explores the deepest parts of the soul. It’s a representation of how life can break us apart and words can heal us. Deep, dark emotions are purged onto the pages awaiting you, urging you to get lost at sea and in the deep, dark woods of your mind. There is a fine line between breathing and death.

In Act One, readers are presented with a serial killer in Victorian London, a Lighthouse Keeper with an eerie legacy, a murderous spouse that seems to have walked right out of a mystery novel, and a treacherous Japanese lady who wants to stay immortal. The heightened fears in the twilight of our minds seep into the blackest of our nights, where we have to breathe in rhythm to stay alive.

In Act Two, the poetry turns more internal and pierces through the wall of denial and pain, bringing visceral emotions to the surface unleashing traumas such as domestic abuse, violence, and illness.

In the short stories, you’ll meet residents of Valhalla Lane whose lives are on a parallel track to collision, a man who is driven mad by the sound of a woodpecker, a teenage girl who wakes up on the beach and can’t find another soul in sight, a woman caught in a time shift pitting her up against the Egyptian goddess Anuket, and a little girl whose whole world changes when her favorite crayon color is discontinued.

Throughout the collection of dark poetry and fiction, readers will be haunted by themes of oppression, isolation, revenge, and madness told through folklore, nightmares, and often times raw, impulsive emotion.

With a foreword by the Bram Stoker Nominated author Brian Kirk, Breathe. Breathe. will at times unsettle you, at times embrace you. Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, a veteran writer and editor of the written word, offers up a mixed set of pieces, identifying her as a strong, new voice in dark fiction that will tear out your heart, but then remind you to breathe.

Available now on Amazon in paperback and for kindle, Kobo, and more to come.


From Sinister Grin Press...

WINNERS - JANE, DARLENE, TOBE, MALLORY, CECILY
One Three Four  Five winners - International
Winner's choice of any Kindle ebook* title from Sinister Grin Press on AmazonVisit this link to check out their titles. Books I've read and loved in their catalog...Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz, We Are Always Watching by Hunter Shea, Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe. (These are predominantly horror, but there are some fantasy and scifi titles as well) 

Sinister Grin: Please join our newsletter at our website to keep up with your latest releases

WINNER - CHRIS (Planned Parenthood)
PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST

(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.


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 Friday, November 3rd 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 10 prizes. This means there will be 10 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 10 winners with random.org and email all 10 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).

Good luck!




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Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall #Readathon - Let's get this month of scary underway!


And off we go...into the spooky forest! I'm SO ready for this. How about you?

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

Oddly enough, I did not get many prize donations this time. I did have a couple of generous authors donate book prizes, and I will be offering a couple of prizes myself. Everyone here knows that we like to make this about the reading anyway. I'll have the prize page posted by the end of this week. 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 will be posting weekly check-ins on Saturdays so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments of those posts.

I had asked for volunteers to help me with cheerleading duties. Steven has awesomely volunteered. If anyone else would like to, please send me a message via the contact form, or leave a comment with your email address.

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 27 at 11:59pm CDT. 

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Friday, September 1, 2017

#FrightFall #Readathon - Sign up!


Fall will be here before we know it, then right around the corner is October and you know what that means. It will be time for FrightFall! I'm so excited that we are now doing the whole month of October. What could be better than a month long readathon? Not much, in my humble opinion.

We start at 12:00am central time on October 1st and end at 11:59pm central time on October 31st. (There is now a handy link to a time zone converter in the menu above) I hope you're ready to get your scary on! 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 sign up and wrap 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 (you still must meet 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). Since we are doing a month long, I hope you will indulge the scary a bit more, but that is entirely up to you. It is all about the reading after all.

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).

Two orders of business...

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 in the menu.

I'm also looking for cheerleaders to help me with hosting duties in regards to visiting and commenting on posts, interacting in the Facebook group and/or on other social media such as Twitter, Instagram, etc. Send me a message via the contact form in the menu if you're interested in helping. Thanks in advance!

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).

Note: After the linky, I've listed more fall events I'm hosting that you may want to join me for. No pressure! 

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Coming in October!



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