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)

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

ASIN: B010IQSFN4 ct/B010IQSFN4?*Version*=1&* entries*=0

ISBN / EAN 13: 1514709759 / 9781514709757 09759 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***


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:
Instagram: @ashwritesright

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...

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) 

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(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 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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Monday, July 31, 2017

Time to close out the High Summer Readathon #HSreadathon

High Summer is at an end. I hope everyone enjoyed the two weeks and, for those who participated, the 48 hour Christmas in July portion at the end. I think we will do that again next year. What do you think? If you didn't meet your goals, don't sweat it. Having fun is the most important thing. 😁

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 Wednesday, August 2 at 11:59pm 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 who so generously donated our prizes. Bravo...and thank you!

Hope to see you next time at the MONTH LONG FrightFall Readathon, coming in October! The button is all ready to go! You can grab the code in the sidebar. As I mentioned previously, I'm going to ask for some help on future readathons by recruiting cheerleaders. If you're not familiar with the term, it basically means you visit participant's posts on their blogs, social media, in our Facebook group, and post words of welcome, encouragement and support. I've discovered that I'm having trouble keeping up on my own. I will do a call out post in early to mid-September on the blog so people can sign up/express interest...and I'll explain how it will work...once I figure out how I want it to work, schedule-wise.

I also wanted to remind you of my upcoming Fall events at my other blogs. In September, during Banned Books Week, I do a week long series of posts. I'm not sure what my direction will be this year, but I do it every year and I don't plan to stop. That will be at my main blog, True Book Addict. At my horror blog, Castle Macabre I will once again be hosting Gothic September  and then Season of the Witch in October. At Gather Together and Read, where the Never-Ending Anne Rice reading challenge is hosted, I will be hosting a read-along of The Mummy in October, in anticipation of the new book (the sequel, Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra) coming out in November (written by Rice and her son, Christopher Rice).

Lots of exciting doings coming this Fall. Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons!

Thank you so much for joining me for the readathon. Good luck in the giveaway to all!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

48 Hour Christmas in July #Readathon starts now! #HSreadathon

It's time! Gather your Christmas book stack and get ready for some holiday cheer in the middle of this hot, hot summer. I'll tell you...I'm dreaming about snow right about now. I'm a winter girl, I'm not afraid to admit. ⛄

Remember, you don't have to read Christmas books. You can continue on with what you've been reading. A fun idea...if you want to challenge yourself to see how much you can read in the 48 hours.

You do not have to sign up again. This is just a little segue into some different reading during basically the same readathon. lol That might have sounded a bit confusing.

You can also use #ChristmasinJuly on social media in addition to #HSreadathon. This will run midnight central time (7/29) through Sunday 7/30 at 11:59 pm central time. (Use the time zone converter up in the menu if you need to)



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Monday, July 24, 2017

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Mid-Event Check-in #HSreadathon

Are we really at midweek already!? I don't even have to say, "I hope you're getting lots of reading in." I've been lurking in the Facebook group and I'm seeing tons of reading going on. You guys rock! Which makes me feel all the worse that I have not been more participative (I had a big client project earlier in the week, etc.) with interacting, nor reading...and I have not had a chance to visit any of your posts or videos. I'm plannng on stopping by. I'll start working through the list as soon as I finish this post. 😀

I'm thinking about asking for cheerleader volunteers next time (especially since the FrightFall Readathon (October) is a month long), so be thinking if you might like to volunteer or not. It would be a huge help to me. I don't really like to ask for help, but sometimes a person just has to admit they need it.

Just a few reminders...

Don't forget that Rhonda Hopkins has two free books available on Smashwords through the end of July. Her Christmas short story, The Gift and her zombie horror story, Survival. Click here to visit Rhonda's website for the details on how to grab your free eBook(s).

The Christmas in July 48 Hour Readathon starts this Friday at 12:00am central time. If you're not sure what that would be in your time zone, I've placed a link to a handy timezone converter in the menu up top. As stated, the 48 hour readathon will run until the end of High Summer at 11:59pm central time on Sunday (July 30). Remember, you do not have to participate if you're not IN to Christmas, but if you are, this is for you. Also, you can even choose to read Christmas books during the entire High Summer Readathon. I know a few of you already are. 🎅

Stop by my Christmas blog, Christmas Spirit. I'm having a Christmas in July event during which I'm sharing various Christmas-y things. I'm putting together a list of Christmas book releases for the coming season. It should be posted over there in a day or two. 🎄

Don't forget to check out the prize page. We have some great prizes donated by some fantasticly generous authors. There's a Google form to be filled out if you want to enter, and be sure to read over the giveaway details so you know how it works. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Share with us in the comments how you're doing, leave a link in the comments, or continue updating on your chosen social media (#HSreadathon) and/or in our Facebook group.

Read on, Readathon Warriors!


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