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Books (and Movies) I’m Watching for Christmas Reading Challenge/Myself

Christmas Reading and Viewing List is Here! PROGRESS UPDATE 01/17/19 

How is it December 16th already? Wasn’t I just saying how November flew? I planned to cut down on my work load and try to relax and rejuvenate for December. I was sure I was headed toward that goal. For once, I was determined to do the Christmas Reading Challenge that my friend Michelle, at The True Book Addict, hosts every year! Alas, some work came in, we needed the money, and so that, coupled with a busy early December of long after school and weekend choir practices and concerts  and activities for my two girls, and some other life issues, has made the first half of December move like a flash. No reading on my Christmas books yet, but we have watched a few Hallmark movies (my girls love them). However, I am still determined, I will just make the most of the second two weeks of December instead, which is perfectly made for some self-care time. Also, if you’d like to sign-up, please join us anytime, just go to the link above.

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That said, I had already pulled out some of my personal Christmas books from my shelves to peruse and also I put on hold a slew for myself, and me and the girls, from one of our local libraries and they’ve all come in – the last one yesterday. So I guess it’s better late than never right? I’m going to share my list of “proposed reads” for me and the girls. Though I am sure the girls will get theirs done, I’ll have to let you know how many I actually make it through.

The good news for me is that these last two weeks will hopefully truly be some down time for reading and watching movies with my family as we celebrate the holidays. Other good news for me, but maybe not for reading, is that after over two months of not seeing my son (he’s eight hours away in college in D.C.) I finally get to road trip to pick him up on Dec.. 21! That could mean passenger time reading, unless I fall asleep which I am known to do, but it also will mean a lot of my free time will be spent with him too.

(*Note: To those who I am reading and reviewing for, my Christmas reading has nothing to do with your books. This is for pleasure and I often read more than one book at a time. I will certainly get to yours as soon as I can if not over the holidays, then in the first of January. Though I appreciate and am excited to read your books, and have a lot of catching up to do from a busy work year, I earned this down time to rejuvenate my mind, soul, and spend with my kiddos.*)

I’ll just provide my proposed list of book here and I’ll update later any completed (Christmas only) reads. I may only get to one of them (I hope more) – but I know the girls will have theirs read! I’ll also update what movies we watched! Stay tuned!

Merry Bookish Christmas!

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Christmas Read List

Progress Update 01/17/19 – We didn’t get to all of these on our lists, but the ones we did will have asterisks (*) and comments beside them!

The books are pictured above, minus those the girls are reading. Some I checked out from the library and some I own (and some I own because I bought at one of the library book sales haha!). Note I have an obsession with Charles Dickens and The Christmas Carol (which isn’t pictured here but will be read!).

*Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva – This is one of my most anticipated reads of the season and if I finish any I want it to be this one!* (Update: This was a great fun historical fiction read for the holidays or anytime really I suppose.)

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – Probably doesn’t seem like normal Christmas reading fare, but it takes place in winter during Christmastime in Russia. I’ve always wanted to read it.

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson – I read one of these stories in here and loved it and I can’t wait to read the rest. Maybe one for each of the twelve days!

The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell – I love David’s writing. It’s so much fun that he turned a spy classic into a fun holiday novel.

Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham – Heather always brings either a bit of romance to the holidays or a bit to thrill or scare you, either way she’s one of the best!

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie – What more can I say, I love her books! There is nothing better than reading her by candlelight especially if Poirot is on the case!

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak – This was a new book I found sounded light and interesting about a family over the holidays.

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol Rescued his Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford – Enough said? I love Dickens and The Christmas Carol. Will probably read the original story too. I bet Nassem will read this one when he gets home.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Book One by Michelle Griep – I love the cover on this one. Looks pretty good – 1850s Manor Home! Also a short read.

Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Dickens’ Legendary
‘A Christmas Carol’
by Carlo Devito

A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer – I like some of her books and thought this looked like a good Christmas escape with its mystery and humor.

St. Nicholas Anthology, edited by Henry Steele Commager – I own this and it’s one of my important Christmas book keepsakes! It contains the best of St. Nicholas, a magazine for boys and girls published at the turn of the century. Included stories, poems, and original illustrations. (This is pictured as the last book in the stack)

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – As celebrated on Christmas Eve in the Chapel of King’s College Cambridge in text form (90 year old service adapted after WWI and broadcast on BBC) with beautiful illustrations and photographs. I love this – it’s very interesting but I haven’t gotten through all of it yet. It has a companion CD of the carols, hymns, and lessons. (Of note, I got this at our used book store, Ashland Books.)

*Yes, Virginia! – It’s tradition that the kids and I read this every year as we trim our tree with our Yes, Virginia ornaments we’ve collected at Macy’s over the years. We love this bit of nostalgia and even as the girls are 15 and 11 now, they still ask to watch the movie and read the picture book. I love this. I hope that one day they continue on her tradition with their children! (Update: The kids and I read this and watched the movie together as always. A delight for us!)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Simply my favorite book of the season. A classic! As well as the movies – George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart, and Muppet Versions as my favorites.

Emma’s Reads (Age 15) –

*Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz – Emma completed this in one night after she got it from the library! I’ll have her write up a little review. (Update: Emma very much enjoyed this one and read it in one night!)

*My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, Stephanie Perkins Editor – She was excited for this one. She read the summer version earlier this year. (Update: Emma finished this one too and really enjoyed the stories – highly recommended!)

*What Light by Jay Asher (Update: Emma has read this one twice. She loves it and he’s one author that’s a must-read for her)

Addie’s Reads (Age 11) –

When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke

Movies!

A movie and show list to come later of what we’ll watch or have watched, with traditional favorites included:

*The Great British Baking Show Holiday Edition (Update: We so enjoyed!!)
George Balantine’s The Nutcracker
*The Man Who Invented Christmas
(Update: I watched with Nassem while he was home and we adored this movie. We love anything Dickens and this one didn’t disappoint!)
Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

*Peanuts Christmas (Update: Love love this tradition so of course we watched!)
Rise of the Guardians
*Muppet Christmas Carol (Update: So busy at Christmas we watched afterwards. We had to rent it and so we did so a few days before taking my son back to college as a family movie. We left always as we do with a tear and singing the songs!)
A Christmas Carol
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Update: Another annual must watch we love – never gets old, does it? This was the cartoon version – the original)
*Rudolph, Frosty,
etc. (Update: We watched Rudolph and as a tradition, Jack Frost. I don’t know why all of us love that one best, but we do. No matter our age. The songs are still stuck in our head. Beautiful story.)

And maybe without the kids, Krampus!

Already Watched:

The Princess Switch on Netflix. The girls and I loved it!
Lots of The Great Christmas Light Fight. We love lights!

I’ll keep updating here on this page, and might have some other Christmas posts, so check back in! DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS BOOKS OR FILMS? NEW ONES TO TRY? OR ANY BOOKS YOU WILL READ ON A RELAXING DAY TO WIND DOWN THE YEAR? Let me know in the comments!

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In the meantime, check out these review from past years of holiday titles!

Don’t Call Me Christina Kringle by Chris Grabenstein 

Christmas Wrap-up from 2016 Reviewing Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chaiverini, The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, and a SLEW of children’s picture books as my kids and I read one a day!

Expanded Review of Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge

 

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What I’m Reading and Summer High Read-a-Thon News! #HSreadathon

*UPDATE: FINAL WRAP-UP INSERTED 07/23-12*
I am just adding a paragraph as my final update to the report I blogged the other day about the High Summer Read-a-Thon since pretty much I had rounded up my week already in the update below. I spent time with my family on Saturday, since they were here from Kansas and went to Cleveland (an hour from me) on Sunday to see Deborah Harkess speak.  I didn’t really spend much time reading and the little bit I did, I read more of Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea which I was in the middle of at my report.

My friend Michelle from True Book Addict has been hosting a High Summer Read-a-Thon (RAT) since Monday. Of course, I signed-up right away, but the week has completely went by without me even realizing it for many different reasons. I’ve read, just not posted. Sorry Michelle!

You had to join by tonight (Friday, 11:59 CST) to participate (I joined at the beginning of the week) so I can’t promote for you to do the read-a-thon, but you CAN follow along with what everyone is reading or check out the Twitter discussion by using the hashtag #HSreadathon. I know lots of other bloggers are participating and trying kick a few off their TBR list.

This week I read Submerged, by Dani Pettrey, which had been sent to me by Bethany House for review. It’s a christian suspense mystery with some light romance. It was a good light read for me since I’ve had a lot on my mind this week. I liked the element of russian history in Alaska that was featured in it. I finished that Thursday night and will review that soon.

I’ve also been reading Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea this week. Hunter is published by the Samhain Horror line-up of awesome writers and has been waiting patiently for me to review this. It was great to have a light read (Submerged) for the late night when I can’t sleep, since I have been reading this during the day and evening sporadically. It’s horror and though gruesome, the carnage isn’t bothering me too much. I am loving his trident wielding priest and the history that goes along with him. The pace is fast and detailed and I’m moving right along. I have it half done already.

Last night I came home smiles from our library book sale, with books like Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and a John Saul book (after my author friend Brian Moreland recommended him as an author). However, I won’t get to any of those this week. I still have a massive TBR pile and though kid’s books aren’t allowed in this read-a-thon (WHY NOT?) I am reading PLENTY to my 5-year-old for her summer reading program list. And by the way, all the kids came home with a pile from the library sale too. Don’t you just love those older Charlie Brown Encyclopedias??

I digress.

I will keep reading Evil Eternal and also choose a new one. Some family is in town this weekend from out-of-state and on Sunday, DRUM ROLL PLEASE….I am going to go see Deborah Harkness, best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, in Cleveland and get my book signed, listen to her talk, and then I’ll report back on my blog!!! I am super excited!!

Have a great weekend and best wishes on your reads this weekend. What are you reading?? What’s good?

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Winners of the Book Giveaways for Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon #SpringHorrorRAT

Alright, the moment all the Spring into Horror read-a-thoners have been waiting for has arrived! Who won all 12 books that were given away by some of my awesome author friends right here on Oh, for the Hook of a Book blog?

Well, after a lot of counting up totals for each of the people that entered each challenge and extra entries, I assigned everyone numbers as many as their number of entries, and then I plugged them into random.org to generate winners (except in Challenge 2 for The Sorrows, which was whomever owned the most Stephen King books, and Challenge 5, which was the writing challenge judged by author of The Cursed Man).

Winners:  I will list the winners below, and attempt to contact each with the e-mails I can find for you. If you see this message, feel free to also send me your e-mail to hookofabook (at) hotmail (dot) com so I can contact you about how to receive your books. I will need to then give your info to the authors.

Authors: I will contact you with the correct information for each winner so you can send them their winnings.

Challenge 1~

One signed copy of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago:
WINNER~Kai Charles from http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com

One e-book of Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski: 
WINNER~Nova from http://crtmusings.com

Challenge 2~Who can list the most owned Stephen King books?

One signed copy of The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz:
WINNER~Darlene from Darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com with 68 titles owned!! (Although I have to give kudos to Kate from www.midnightbookgirl.com who had 59 and a cool blog with lots of photos.)

One Just After Sunset by Stephen King, hardback, from me (random draw):
WINNER~Daphne from http://earthdancedaph.blogspot.com/

Challenge 3~The Survey on Horror

One signed copy of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago
WINNER~Sary from http://www.sarrod22.blogspot.com

One signed copy of Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea
WINNER~Gef (or Rabid) from www.waggingthefox.blogspot.com

Challenge 4~10 Things You’d Take to Survive the Wilderness

One signed copy of Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland
WINNER~Daphne from http://earthdancedaph.blogspot.com/

One e-book copy of Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland
WINNER~Melissa C. from http://www.4ahappierme.com/

Challenge 5~Finish this Sentence Contest, judged by Keith Rommel, author of The Cursed Man

Signed copy of The Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel:
GRAND WINNER~
Keith really liked the story started by Michelle of www.truebookaddict.blogspot.com. She gets a signed copy and a promotion on my blog!

WINNER~Yes, there are more. Keith also liked that all the other readers participated and graciously has chosen Daphne at http://earthdancedaph.blogspot.com/ to also win a signed copy.

Keith will also send e-book copies to:
Kai Charles at http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com
Darlene at www.darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com

Challenge 6~Finale Giveaway!

One signed copy of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago~
WINNER~Michelle at www.truebookaddict.blogspot.com

One e-book of Guardians of Fate by L.J. Kentowski:
WINNER~Melissa C. at http://www.4ahappierme.com/

One e-book of Dark Wolf Protector by Rhiannon Ellis:
WINNER~Darlene at www.darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com

Thanks to EVERYONE for participating. I wish everyone could have won! Thanks for checking out all the books too. It was a great time and thanks again to all the authors for donating their awesome books.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s May Day, Buy a Book Today: Two Horror Novels Released, Get them on Sale!

Whew! We had a great horror read-a-thon last week!! I’m glad we are breaking down the horror stereotypes and seeing that this genre includes a wide array of sub-genre groups.  I’m finally tearing myself off the ceiling after getting stuck up there in sheer terror.

As for the book giveaways, for those of you clenching at your lip about if you won; hopefully, the winners will all be drawn by tonight. I had some issues last night with my PR website and it took up way to much time. Then I have to add up all those entries and I can’t count when a 4-year-old is constantly talking.  At least she motivated me to do my yoga today with her. So that’s a plus. I’ll get back with you all tomorrow on the winner’s list!!

ITS MAY DAY, BUY A BOOK TODAY!

In the meantime, since we just focused on the horror genre, there’s two new books coming out in e-book TODAY from Samhain Publishing’s Horror line (the same publisher to have published Brian Moreland and Jonathan Janz as well as Hunter Shea and Frazer Lee and many more great authors).

A few weeks ago I received my copy of Evil Eternal, Hunter Shea’s second novel. Supposedly action packed, with fun talking demons, I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be looking forward to an interview with him soon as well.

Book Jacket Content~

Only one priest can battle the ultimate evil!

An evil as ancient as time itself has arisen and taken root in New York City. Father Michael, the mysterious undead defender of the Church, answers the call to action from the Vatican, while Cain, a malevolent wraith that feeds on fear and blood, has taken the life and form of the city’s mayor and readies a demonic army to ignite the apocalypse.

With an unlikely ally, Father Michael will prepare for the grim confrontation as he grapples with his sworn duty to God and the shreds of humanity left beating in his immortal heart. The time is ripe for Cain and the fulfillment of dark prophecies. Father Michael must battle Cain and his horde of demons in a final showdown that could very well herald the end of mankind.

It’s e-book version is on sale for pennies over $3, for a short time only at: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/evil-eternal-p-6801.html

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I just received my e-copy of Nightwalker by Mick Ridgewell to review also (right after I get my post reviewing Jonathan Janz’s The Sorrows up on the blog, then read and review Hunter Shea’s Evil Eternal of course) and am excited to read that one also! From the description, the books sounds eerily good! Check out the description and see what you think. I can’t wait to read and review it!

Book Jacket Content~

Wherever you run…he’s waiting for you!

Scott Randall is a corporate VP on top of the world. To celebrate a massive new deal, he’s going to drive from Detroit to LA. But before he leaves, he makes a bad mistake. He cruelly dismisses a homeless panhandler on the street. Along the road, he swears he sees the panhandler again. Then again. And again. Soon he sees the man—who calls himself the Nightcrawler—even in his dreams. No matter how frantically he tries, Scott can’t escape his relentless pursuer. He thought he was going to LA. But the Nightcrawler has a very different destination in mind.

For more information, go to Samhain store. And it’s on sale too for a limited time:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/the-nightcrawler-p-6802.html?osCsid=09ec1d812e855df3083f64d339c7e61a.

Come back later to see more from these authors on my blog over the next month or two. Looking forward to an upcoming blog with their fellow horror author Jonathan Janz next week!

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My Wrap-up Post for #SpringHorrorRAT and Thank Yous!

Did you have a good time during the Spring into Horror read-a-thon making some goals to include some horror/supernatural/paranormal reading into your busy week? Everyone did great and I had so much fun talking with all of you and putting together these challenges! THANK YOU Michelle @TrueBookAddict for hosting this read-a-thon on your horror blog at Castle Macabre .

Please remember you have just until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. YOUR TIME (it’s passed in Ohio!) to complete challenges here on my site, unlike Castle Macabre’s deadline for the wrap-up to be in to win on her blog for the overall read-a-thon.

I will work Monday and Tuesday to add up entries and plug them in for drawing. I will do a winner’s post then so if you are signed-up to my blog you will see it come through. I will also post on Twitter with the hashtag and I will contact everyone separate for addresses via e-mail so you can receive your books!

AGAIN THANK YOU TO ALL THE AUTHORS WHO GAVE SO MUCH TO DO THE GIVEAWAYS!!!!  See those authors again HERE. Let’s graciously support them in whatever way we can. 

MY WRAP-UP POST~

I had a fun time myself. I did get some reading done, a little more than usual. My kids were very good at letting me read some hours I don’t usually. My eight year old even participated. For the read-a-thon, I read:

**Frozen in Time by Marie Symeou (I had started it, but read most of it during the read-a-thon) for a review.

**A special book in the horror supernatural genre that is in the editing stages. I can’t spill the beans yet!

**I read 120 pages into the ARC of  Shadows of Night, by Deborah Harkness for a review.

**My eight-year-old daughter read The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley in two days.  (Thank you to Darlene at Darlene’s Book Nook for offering her a pleasant surprise–a spooky book!)

I hope to keep in touch with all of you and keep talking books of all different genres. I loved meeting you all and look forward to continue book talk! Any questions, leave in comments or contact me at hookofabook (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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Giveaway FINALE: Three Awesome Women Writers, Simple to Win! #SpringHorrorRAT

Blog includes!

*My update:

*Challenges Housekeeping~

*Challenge 6~A limited number of people (even though hits to posts each day are high) are taking the challenges. Since you still have Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST to complete any of the Challenges (2,3,4,5,or 6), I’d love for you to complete some of those. To win the finale prize pack, you can just comment to enter to win (SEE INFO BELOW). As an incentive, I’ll make the deadline Sunday at 11:59 p.m. YOUR TIME instead of EST.

My Update~

Today I spent time with the family working in some reading around soccer, a 2nd grade history project, a viewing of Iron Lady, a yummy homemade meal of Turkey Meatloaf and baked potatoes, and watching the SCARY Apollo 18 (it was horror in alien horror sort of way). Today, I started reading Shadows of Night by Deborah Harkness and during the 9 EST reading challenge we posted on Twitter, I ended up getting bragging rights since I read 59.2 pages! My daughter is 75% of way through her The Girl in the Glass ghost YA fiction book.

Challenge Housekeeping~

PLEASE NOTE, JUST IN: WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAIL TO CANADA!! ALL AUTHORS WITH PAPERBACKS ARE HAPPY TO DO SO! JOIN IN FRIENDS IN CANADA!

PLEASE try to fit in some challenges and win some awesome books. I am so thankful for all the wonderful author friends who gave of their books for these challenges. And I had fun coordinating them for you. I hope to see you all at each one.

You can see the authors who donated books HERE.

You can take Challenge 2 to win The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz/List Your Stephen King books HERE.

You can take Challenge 3 to win either Immortal Obsession by Denise Rago or Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea /Horror Survey HERE.

You can take Challenge 4 to win Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland/10 Things You’d Take to Survive the Wilderness HERE.

You can take Challenge 5 to win The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel/Finish this Sentence HERE.

CHALLENGE 6~FINALE

For Challenge 6, I decided that since you all worked so hard on your reading, and your busy doing the other challenges, you can just comment to go into a random raffle for three prizes!!!!!! Yep, you can win three (3) wonderful books from three amazing women authors that I adore. You can do the usual below for extra entries.

PRIZE PACK:

Your entries you earn will be put in (duplicated) for each book individually at the same amount. If you can’t have paperback mailed to you due to location or you can’t read e-books, please let me know to not put your entries in for that book(s).

Prize 1:  One (1) signed copy of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago. One of my favorite historical vampire romances. There is a sequel in the works. I am not kidding, you’ll love this book. You can read the review I did of this book HERE and the interview with author HERE.

Prize 2:  One (1) e-book version of Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski. I just had received this book to read and review and I think it sounds awesome. It’s a urban fantasy and you can read Chapter 1 here and get more info:  http://www.ljkentowski.com/

Prize 3:  One (1) e-book version of steamy werewolf romance Dark Wolf Protector by Rhiannon Ellis.  I read and reviewed this book somewhile back and enjoyed it.  You can see it HERE.

Extra Entries~

You can get +1 if you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet. @ErinAlMehairi

You can get +2 for following my blog on networked blogs or by e-mail (go to homepage and enter e-mail).

You can get +2 for following @DeniseKRago on Twitter.

You can get +2 for following Denise on GoodReads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4410029.Denise_K_Rago

You can get +2 for following L.J. Kentowski at @laurajeanwrites on Twitter.

You can get +2 for following L.J. on GoodReads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5382939.L_J_Kentowski

You can get +2 for following Rhiannon Ellis at @rhiannon_ellis on Twitter.

You can get +6 for Tweeting this FINALE challenge!!!!

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 5. And +5 for tweeting about challenge 5.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 4. And +4 for tweeting about challenge 4.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 3.  And +3 for tweeting about challenge 3.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 2.  And +2 for tweeting about challenge 2.

Rules: Paperbacks can only be mailed to the U.S. unless you contact for arrangements. All challenges should be complete by Sunday, at 11:59 p.m. YOUR TIME.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Winners will be notified next week when I can sort it out!  See you at the blog posts!!

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Can U Finish This Sentence to Win, The Cursed Man, during #SpringHorrorRAT?

Blog includes~

*My update

*Challenge Housekeeping

*CHALLENGE 5~Co-Hosted by amazing Horror writer, Keith Rommel. He’s helping to host this challenge and we’ll use both our blogs so pay close attention to the directions. It’s a “finish this sentence” challenge for a chance for 1 (one) signed hard copy of his book and for 1 (one) e-book!! Due Date: SUNDAY at 11:59 p.m.

My Update~

I finished the supernatural horror book that I was reading for an author in the editing stages. All I can say is that this book is one you won’t want to miss when it comes out. I’ll be sure to tell you all when it does. So sorry for not being able to tell you now. But I really needed to get it finished as well. So I’ve got two books finished so far. And I’ve busted my butt blogging and arranging challenges and promoting like crazy. I’ve got the most hits on my blog EVER……

Challenge Housekeeping~

…….Which leads me to ask, why aren’t more of you taking these challenges? They aren’t hard. Some questions mostly, some typing. Come and join in the fun, these are great books we are giving away!

Don’t forget you can enter Challenge 2, 3, 4 and 5 anytime up until SUNDAY at 11:59 p.m. EST. This gives you time to do them this weekend. You don’t want to miss out on these books!

Challenge 2~Click HERE!

Challenge 3~Click HERE!

Challenge 4~Click HERE!

Challenge 5~Keep Reading…..

This challenge will show your creative side! Take the beginning of sentence given to you by going to Keith Rommel’s site at http://keithrommel.weebly.com where you need to click at top on the word BLOG. There will be a post with the sentence and some content from Keith. You’ll need to finish his sentence in 250 words or less, so write as much as you want to up to that limit, or as little as you want.

You’ll need to POST your writing in the COMMENTS of KEITH’S blog you went to at the link or post the link to where you wrote it (blog, etc.)! Don’t forget to come back to mine to leave regular comments and for extra entries.

Keith will be judging these and the winner will win a signed copy of his first book The Cursed Man. AND the winner will win a guest post on my blog where you get to feature your writing and a blog or anything else you want to promote. Plus free promo by me, a professional PR person! 

All the rest of you that participate will be put in for the drawing for an e-book copy of The Cursed Man.

The Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, is the first in his Thanatology series. I loved this book when I read it. It’s got that old fashioned horror feel, as in a  short story by Edgar Allen Poe. It’ss totally psychological in nature. You can read my review of it HERE

Extra Entries~

For extra entries for the e-book you can follow me on Twitter @ErinAl-Mehairi for +1.

You can tweet this challenge for +5. Tweet Challenge 4 for +4. Tweet Challenge 3 for +3. Tweet Challenge 2 for +2.

You can follow @keithrommel on Twitter for +2.

You can click “like” on the Amazon page for The Cursed Man at http://www.amazon.com/The-Cursed-Man-Keith-Rommel/dp/1934597031/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1335582085&sr=1-1-catcorr for +5 extra points!!!!!

Follow Keith on GoodReads here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10798544-the-cursed-man for +2.

Rules: You need to be in the U.S. to win the paperback due to shipping unless you want to contact me for other arrrangments. Anyone is eligible for the e-book!  This challenge 5 is due on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. EST, but the sooner the better!! Winners will be notified next week.Happy reading AND writing!! I really can’t wait to see what you come up with!! 🙂

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How Would YOU Survive? Win a Signed Copy or E-book of #Horror Novel Dead of Winter / #SpringHorrorRAT

Blog Includes~

*My quick update

*Housekeeping about Challenges

*Challenge #4 and Giveaways:  List 10 Things You’d Take with You to Survive Wilderness to WIN a signed copy of Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland or an e-book of the same book.

 

My Update~

Getting any reading done ? I’ve completed Frozen in Time, an indie book by Marie Symeou, which is slightly about vampires and more about the wars between Gods and reincarnation. I’m almost 80% through and will complete by tomorrow, a super good horror book that I am pre-reading for an author. I wish so much I could tell you all about this book, because I love it. Hopefully, some time soon so I am not trying to tease you. It’s great supernatural, suspense horror that really keeps you moving through the pages.

Challenge Housekeeping~

Beyond that, I know you all (as usual with read-a-thons) are having a hard time completing and organizing getting challenges done as well as reading and everyday life. I’ve worked hard to try to give you some easy answer challenges and starting with 2 and continuing on, decided to give you the week the complete so you can flex your time. But it’s fun and I hope you all are having fun too! And I’m so very thankful for all the wonderful author friends I have that gave us so many books to giveaway. So join in the fun!

You have until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter Challenge 2, 3, or this one, which is 4. YOU GET +5 extra entries for completing this Challenge 4 by 11:59 p.m. your time Friday evening.

Challenge 4 and Giveaway~

Today’s giveaway is for one of my favorite books ever: Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland (see about it below). It’s a horror novel with history, suspense, supernatural, gore, and bone-tingling chills. Here is the link to my review and interviews with Brian Moreland about Dead of Winter, CLICK HERE and HERE. Also, there is a link to his website HERE.

So what do you have to do to get it? Here we go.

FRIDAY’S CHALLENGE~

IF YOU WERE TO HEAD TO THE WILDERNESS OF THE NORTH EAST UNITED STATES OR CANADA (THINK REMOTE, DESOLATE) and HAD TO CAMP IN THE FOREST, WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE? IT PROBABLY IS A REMOTE VILLAGE, RESERVATION, OR CAMP. YOU’VE HEARD IT MIGHT BE HAUNTED.

NAME AT LEAST 10  THINGS YOU’D TAKE WITH YOU TO SURVIVE THE TRIP. YOU’LL BE CAMPING THERE FOR 5 DAYS. Get an entry for each thing you list up to 10.

The prizes are 1 (one) signed copy of Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland and 1 (one) copy in e-book. Please let me know which one you’d like in the comments!!!!! If you do extra entries, tell me if you want to divide them up and how much between each.

Extra Entries~

You get +1 for following me on Twitter. I want to connect with you all!

You get +4 for tweeting about this challenge (which is number 4).

You can get +2 for tweeting about Challenge 2 and +3 for Challenge 3.

You get +2 for adding @BrianMoreland on Twitter.

You get +2 for following him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/almehairierin#!/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland.

You can get +2 for following my blog on networked blogs or by going to homepage and giving your email.

Rules apply as usual. We prefer to mail paperbacks only to U.S. due to cost, unless you have an idea and you can contact me. Anyone can try for the e-book. You must be a signed-up participant in the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon.

You have until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter Challenge 2, 3, or this one, which is 4. YOU GET +5 extra entries for completing this Challenge 4 by 11:59 p.m. your time Friday evening.

Complete CHALLENGE 3, the survey on horror by clicking HERE.

Complete CHALLENGE 2, list your Stephen King books, by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or contact me.

I appreciate your participation!

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#SpringHorrorRAT Challenge 3! Take the Survey, Win FREE SIGNED COPIES!

I’m going to give a read-a-thon update first, and after you read the rambling, I’ll get to the challenge. (It’s right under the post-it note that says “challenge”). So keep reading and feel free to comment beyond just for challenges.  But comment on it too, to win. We’ve got plenty of fun coming up and great prizes all week long!

Evenings get so filled up by sports, homework, dinner, and Wednesdays are the worst day of them all right now! I filled in some minutes here and there for the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon with Tweeting about it and publicizing my challenges, not to mention coordinating and writing these blogs. The other spare minutes I’ve been reading on a horror book that is in its editing stages at request of the author (the secret one that is sooooo good, I can’t wait for it to be published) and late last night I almost got finished with Frozen in Time by Marie Symeou (the vampire + mythical Gods novel).

My kids are so funny. I usually let them participate along with me with read-a-thons, but this one I didn’t let on about very much since it was horror. My son saw it on Facebook and they are hearing me talk about it and wanted in on it. At least Emma did. I don’t know why I didn’t think about some books appropriate for her. She is only 8, but she does read Jr. High level and just finished Hunger Games.  She decided to read The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley, which is YA about a ghost girl. And she was already reading one of the School of Fear books. There we go. She can’t enter anything, but she just does it to join in the fun. And today, I read a book to my 4-year-old called The Bake Shop Ghost, by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, which was a really cute book about a dead bakery owner who causes lots of trouble over cake.

Yesterday’s Challenge 2 was LIST AS MANY STEPHEN KING BOOKS AS YOU OWN. To recap, you have until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to finish this challenge, but the sooner the better so you can do the next challenges.

Here is the link to Challenge 2: https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/springhorrorrat-challenge-2-how-many-can-you-list-to-win-the-sorrows-by-jonathan-janz/.

To the winner, Jonathan Janz is giving away The Sorrows. For those of you who want to participate, but don’t have a huge list of Stephen King books, if you list any books you have or talk about a few favorites, I’ll randomly choose one of you to receive Just After Sunset hardback from me. See the post for details.

THURSDAY’S CHALLENGE~

We want to hear from you.  We all love certain types of horror and it’s becoming such a broad category that we want to know your thoughts. So you’re going to take a torturous quiz upside down while undergoing chinese water torture. Kidding!!!

CHALLENGE SURVEY:

All you have to do is take this survey. The questions are here below and you will post them with answers onto your blog (or wherever works for you) and then link back to your blog or location under this post. Or leave the answers in the comments section. You’ll get +1 entry for each question answered.

SURVEY QUESTIONS:

1.) What do you define HORROR genre as?

2.) What is your favorite sub-genre of HORROR (paranormal, devil/death, supernatural, blood and gore, etc.)

3.) What do you want to see more from writers in the HORROR field?

4.) Favorite HORROR movie and why?

5.) Favorite HORROR authors and why?

6.) What other elements do you like in your HORROR books (mystery, thriller, romance, historical, etc.)?

7.) What is you favorite HORROR book of all time?

8.) What do you like most about this Spring into Horror read-a-thon?

9.) Why do you think people read HORROR?

10.) Your favorite name of a character in a HORROR book?

EXTRA ENTRIES:

You’ll get +1 extra entry to follow me on Twitter at @ErinAlMehairi, if you haven’t yet.

You’ll get +1 for tweeting this challenge.

You’ll get +1 for tweeting Challenge 2, again.

You’ll get +1 for mentioning me on Twitter.

You’ll get +1 for following my blog by email (go to homepage and to the right above, you should see where to do it). 

Add me to GoodReads for +1. 

Follow Immortal Obession @DeniseKRago on Twitter for +1.

Follow Forest of Shadows author @HunterShea1 on Twitter for +1.

Please don’t forget to tell me what of the extras you did in your comments post to be eligible to get all the extras. And let me know which book you prefer to put entries in for, or tell me how many entries you want into which ones.

This is a GREAT giveaway. Denise Rago’s Immortal Obsession is one of the best historical vampire romances I’ve ever read. You can see her books here: www.denisekrago.com. This is a signed paperback.

Hunter Shea is an amazing horror author published with Samhain Horror and you won’t want to miss out on this signed paperback either. For more info on him go to: www.huntershea.com.

The same rules apply as before, U.S. mailing only for paperbacks, unless you contact me for arrangements. This challenge is open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m., but I suggest doing them sooner rather than later as there is one coming up each day. Hopefully, this lets you be flexible with time.

Any questions, just leave me a note in the comments, on Twitter, or contact me!!

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#SpringHorrorRAT Challenge 2!! How many can you list to win The SORROWS by Jonathan Janz?

Are you all having fun with the read-a-thon? Getting some pages under your bookmark (haha…you know, like items under your belt). Anyway…..I have another challenge. I will try to post a mini-challenge every day. The last challenge was a one-day only challenge. With the rest of them, I’ll post the challege each day and participants can have until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to enter any of them and all of them. That way you can do them when you have time or over the weekend!! Does that sound like a better idea?

WEDNESDAYS CHALLENGE~

Since this is a read-a-thon for SCARY-themed books, and in honor of me checking out Stephen King’s newest novel The Wind Through the Keyhole, let’s do one about scary books by the master himself!

Check your bookshelf (that can be a combination of physical bookshelves throughout your house, GoodReads or Shelfari shelf, Kindle or Nook shelf, etc.) and SEE WHO CAN LIST THE MOST AMOUNT of STEPHEN KING BOOKS. You have to own some version of any book to list it. Then star the ones you’ve already read on your list. For fun, double star your favorite. Whoever ends up with the most wins! If there is a tie, I will do a tie breaker.

You can list these on your blog and then paste the link in the comments under this blog. If you don’t blog, you can list them in the comments.  You’ll get 5 entries for that. For any people who have starred over 10 of them, you get +2 extra entries.

If you follow me on Twitter @ErinAlMehairi, you get +2 extra entries (new followers only). If you tweet this contest, you get +2 more entries. ANOTHER +2 for following @jonathanjanz on Twitter.

If you follow my blog, you get +2 extra entries (new followers only). You can do this by going to the home page and signing-up to receive my blog by email. Or if you already follow, you can like this post for +2.

You get +2 points also if you follow me on GoodReads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4763588-erin-al-mehairi).

So what’s the prize?? ENTER to WIN a SIGNED copy of The Sorrows, by Jonathan Janz. See previous post for information on this book, but it’s worth it. Published by Samhain Horror, it’s a creepy old tale with explicit talk (just warning you) and evil deeds. I’ve read it and I really liked it. It’s one of those old tales with a modern twist.

For everyone else, I will randomly select from anyone who tries to do the challenge (and extras apply for more entries) so that you don’t feel left out from not having a long list. That random person will win Stephen King’s Just After Sunset, courtesy of ME! 🙂 If you have it already, just let me know to take you out of drawing.

Any questions, @ me on Twitter with hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT (and talk it up to me with that too) or leave a comment below in the comments section.

This contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 so you have plenty of time to do it and all the others.

Same rules apply: Must be a signed-up member of Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon at Castle Macabre. Print books only mail to U.S. so only U.S. participants can enter for this one.

Happy Reading!

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