Thursday, February 1, 2018

Winter's Respite #Readathon - Wrap Up #WintersRespite


I can't believe it's already over! I'm kind of sad. 😢 Take heart though. We have Spring Into Horror coming all month long in April and SciFi Summer coming the first two weeks in June AND, of course, we always have our Facebook group where we can interact in between time. Feel free to share any reading doings you have going on any time, not just during readathon time.

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 mid-event check in page/prize page if you would like to win a prize. You have until Sunday, February 4 at 11:59 pm central time to add your wrap-up link and to fill out the form for prize entry. 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).

I'd like to thank Elyse LeMieux for the generous prize donation. 

Give yourselves a big round of applause, no matter how much or little reading you accomplished. It's all about the experience, in my opinion.

Until next time...

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter's Respite #Readathon - Mid-Event Check in and #Prizes #WintersRespite


I realize I'm a bit past the midpoint. Sorry! Still fighting that busy procrastination trait which is one of my goals to overcome in 2018. Doing a bang up job so far. 😉



How is the reading going for you? I've been doing not so great, but I'm planning to finish strong in the last week and a half. I'm hoping the 24 in 48 Readathon (Jan. 27-28) will help with this goal.

Share your progress in the comments, or leave a link, or update us in the Facebook group.

I hope you're enjoying the readathon!


PRIZES

Prize from Elyse LeMieux, one of our participants via our Facebook group

One (1) Kindle book - up to $5 


PRIZE FROM YOUR HOST

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.

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 Monday, February 5th at 11:59 pm CDT to complete their wrap-ups) AND filled out the Google form below to show your interest in winning (your wrap-up link should be added to the form as well). We have a total of 3 prizes. This means there will be 3 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 3 winners with random.org and email all 3 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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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Winter's Respite #Readathon - Time to start! #WintersRespite


Oh my goodness! Can you believe I forgot to post the starting line. What!? Sorry, guys!

So, we're already underway. A month of blissful winter reading! It is freezing here in Tennessee this year. Perfect weather for staying indoors and reading, reading, reading. 😀

Unfortunately, I didn't receive any prize donations (unless some come in later in the readathon), but there will be a couple of prizes from me. I will set up a prize page soon. Remember, a wrap-up is required to win a prize. This means that the Google form on the prize page will now have a required field for you to enter the link to your wrap-up post.

If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines tab in the sidebar menu, or the sign up post, or you can always leave me a comment (or send me a message via the contact form). 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/The True Book Addict (goal post).

I will post a mid-event check in post around the middle of the month. Our hashtag for social media is #WintersRespite ...and don't forget about our Facebook group!

That's it! Happy Winter Reading!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter's Respite Readathon--Sign Up Here! #WintersRespite


This is the official sign up for the Winter's Respite Readathon! All our regular seasonal readathons are now a month long so Winter's Respite runs for the entire month of January. Woot! So, we start at 12:00 am on January 1 and end at 11:59 pm on January 31. Times are set for the central time zone so adjust your times accordingly (you can use the link to the time zone converter in the sidebar menu). Of course, like most readathons, the books read must be novels or novellas, adult or young adult are fine, and you can read children's books (as long as you do read some novels too). Note: Non-Fiction is also okay! You DO NOT have to participate the entire month. Join in when you can, start in the middle, end early...whatever works best for your schedule. As with all of my readathons, it will be an event of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.

Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the sidebar menu. 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 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. The form will now have a required field for you to enter the link to your wrap-up post.

As is typical, I will not be hosting any mini-challenges. However, if anyone else would like to host a mini-challenge or giveaway, you are more than welcome. I am also 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 using the contact form link in the sidebar menu).

Our hashtag is #WintersRespite Also, don't forget about our Facebook group. You can access via the link in the sidebar menu.

Sign up in the linky below. You do not have to do a post now, unless you want to help spread the word (much appreciated). If you don't have a blog, use Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube...or any social media. Having a blog is not required. Be sure to grab the button at the top of this post (there's also a grab code below the button in the sidebar).

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Spirit (Christmas & Scary) #Readathon is at an end #CSReadathon


It seems our readathon has come to an end. I hope everyone was able to get in some good holiday...and scary...reading. I liked this added element this year. I hope you did too. I will probably continue the tradition next year.

If you are interested in putting your name in the hat to win the book prizes from Rhonda Hopkins (mentioned in the mid-event check in post here), please complete your wrap-up, link it up in the linky below, and leave a comment on this post (don't forget your email address so I can contact the winners). Good luck!


If you are still in a festive reading mood, the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge hosted at my Christmas blog continues through January 6th (Twelfth Night). You can still sign up and participate, even up until the last week.


Sign up for January's Winter's Respite Readathon will be posted tomorrow so be sure to sign up. With our new format, it's going to be a month long. There is just something about reading in the winter, isn't there?

Thanks for joining me for another readathon! See you next time.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#CSReadathon (Christmas and Scary) It's mid-event...and prize update! #Readathon


Just wanted to do a quick mid-event (a little past) check in. How are you doing? I haven't been doing too hot, but we still have almost a week so hopefully I'll get more reading in. I did listen to Hercule Poirot's Christmas on audio and I finished another book I've been reading for review, which I highly recommend...The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman.

News about prizes

Today is Giving Tuesday so I've decided to go ahead and pick a winner for my charity prize of a donation to an organization dedicated to helping those in need. For instance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Heifer International, etc. I'm making a $20 donation in the winner's name, and since most charities are doubling (or tripling) donations today, that will be a $40 to $60 donation! I will draw from the sign up/starting line list (and, of course, double check participation). Be watching your email, Twitter and/or the Facebook group to see if you're a winner.


Rhonda Hopkins has generously donated an eBook copy and an audio copy of her books, Survival and The Gift. That's four winners! I will draw for these prizes at the end of the readathon.



Some days, the only plan is survival…

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the walking dead invading Fort Worth, TX, she is forced to rely on a competitive coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and zombies looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

SURVIVAL is a 14,000 word short story.

Excerpt:

Sarah Jamison's gaze met her twin's fear-filled blue eyes. "I—"

"It's no use. The cuff is too tight. You're going to have to leave me." Dana put her free hand on Sarah's, stilling their frantic motions.

"No. I won't leave you. Maybe I can . . ." She turned, taking in the empty basement—the cement walls, exposed pipes, and her sister handcuffed to one of the metal cylinders. A small amount of light trickled in through the one lone window, but there was nothing she could use as a weapon. Unless...

She strode over to the dangling pipe from which she had managed to extricate herself earlier. Grabbing the unattached end, she tried wresting it clear of its fittings, her own wrist dangling handcuffs which clinked against the metal with each pull. Rust and time made it impossible to remove.

"Sarah—"

"No." Tears ran down her face. "I can't leave you, Dana."

"You have to. It's the only way we're both getting out of here. You have to go for help."

Sarah knelt beside her sister who reached out and wiped her thumb across her cheek, brushing the tears aside.

"I'll be okay until you get back. I won't give them any excuse to throw me out to those . . . ." Dana choked back the word they had both been avoiding, choosing another instead. "Creatures."

Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected…



When workaholic Robert Chalmer’s wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility… including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.

THE GIFT is a 7300 word heart-warming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

About the author
Best-selling and award-winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda's imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes Horror, Suspense, Paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy.

http://rhondahopkins.com


I hope everyone is enjoying the readathon! Be watching because the sign up for Winter's Respite Readathon, now all month long in January, will be posted this week.


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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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