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What I am Reading and Challenge 1 for Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon #SpringHorrorRAT

So I’ve done a few posts about the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon already, but haven’t even got up my own starting line post yet (which for newbies is a post where after you sign-in and begin your participation you talk about what you’ll be reading during the week)! Really, WAY too many choices for me to choose from and no way I can read them all in a week, no matter how hard I cross my arms, blink, and toss my ponytail over my head ala Dream of Jennie. I’ve got the ponytail, but not the powers.

So we’ve got my own starting line post combined with the TUESDAY READ-A-THON CHALLENGE. You’ll have to read through my ramblings to get to the challenge portion. 🙂 A two for one deal.

Sooooo…right now I’m halfway through a book called Frozen in Time by Marie Symeou. It is in the genre of vampire too, but the foundation of the book is historical in nature, with themes of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, reincarnation, etc. The beginning to me justifies as being scary, because the vampire demon-type lady has a curse on her from a Goddess that makes her eat in a very nasty way things that you don’t want to read about being eaten. That scared me. Plus I have to finish it. And there are vampires…

I am also reading a horror book that is in the editing stages so I can’t talk about that one. Bummer, because it is so good and I can’t wait to tell you about it later in the year. So I am wadding up my sheets in my sleep in the meantime…. 🙂

I started Shadows of Night, Deborah Harkness’ second in her series after Discovery of Witches. Very witchy, very appropriate. Vampires, witches, daemons…I’m reading for review to publisher but I am also enjoying very much (and making too slow of progress I must say).

I am going to also read The Taker by Alma Katsu. I am reading a lot to support authors and do reviews, so this book is for me to read out of enjoyment. If you haven’t heard of this book, it’s not quite horror, but there are immortals and paranormal beings and it’s got a gothic overtone. So I hope it applies. I’ve been waiting awhile to sink into it.

And finally, I just received Hunter Shea’s newest Evil Eternal, which I am going to read for review. Since its horror week here, I might try out that one too. If not, it will be coming soon at any rate.

We’ll see what happens by Sunday night….all good laid plans of mice and men…..



I told you what I was reading, now you tell me for a chance to win!! This first challenge is just as simple as that. 

1.)  On TUESDAY from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST, post on your blog, or where you are posting (GoodReads, etc.), at least one book you’re reading and why you chose it! Maybe you already did this in your starting post; if so, feel free to use it with any edits needed.

2.)  In addition to telling me about the book, link back to MY blog on your blog in that post telling everyone you are doing this challenge here. Then come to my blog under this post for this challenge and leave a link to your post with a comment, in my comments section. If you don’t have a blog you can just leave this information for me in the comments.  If you don’t understand, just leave me a comment. You’ll get entered 2 times by doing this.

3.)  Follow my blog via email. You can do this on my homepage by clicking on the link. You’ll receive my blog posts via email and we’ll keep connected. You’ll get 2 extra entries for that.

4.) Please follow me on Twitter, if you are on Twitter. I am @ErinAlMehairi. Leave that in the comment as well (that you followed and with what Twitter name. You’ll get 2 extra entries for that.

5.) If you Tweet about this Challenge, I’ll give you 2 extra points. Leave your tweet link in the comments too.

6.) Tell me if you rather apply for one or the other book if you prefer paperback or ebook. If you don’t care, I will put you in at one entry each for each part you complete. If you prefer one over the other I’ll put you in twice for that one, for each part you complete.

One person will win a signed copy of Denise Rago’s Immortal Obsession. I love this book. Vampires and history and romance. Perfect read. Also, one other person will win an e-book of Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski, a fantasy paranormal that I haven’t read yet, but I have a copy and it looks really good!

RULES: You have to do the challenge as above. This is open for U.S. participants only for the paperback mailing and open to everyone for the e-book. You must be a signed-in participant at Castle Macabre (see former posts if you’re not signed in).

I look forward to your posts!! Have fun!


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Spring into Horror (#SpringHorrorRAT) GIVEAWAYS/Challenges! Join in the fun!

The Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon is HERE!! Did you prepare your family and your neighbors for all your screaming? Ok, maybe the book your reading isn’t quite that scary, depends on what you like. The Horror genre includes so many types of books and I can’t wait to see what you all are reading. Don’t forget to stop by this blog all week and comment, and use the hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT on Twitter, so we can chat books!

If you haven’t signed-up, see the blog right before this one. You can sign-up anytime during the week up until Friday! The read-a-thon is a week long so you can come and go, we understand about being busy.

This week, the first challenge is simple. On TUESDAY, post on your blog, or where you are posting (goodreads, etc.), at least one book you’re reading and why you chose it! Link back to my blog on your blog with it. Then come to my blog under the post for this challenge and leave a link to your post with a comment, in my comments section. Then you can sign-up for the giveaway.

THURSDAY, I’ll be hosting a mini-challenge in which you’ll need to just take a fun question and answer survey. You’ll get the info on Tuesday on my site, then you answer on your own blog, or somewhere that works, and then come to the comments under my challenge post and leave a link to your answers!! After you do that, you can sign-up for the giveaway for that day.

Watch for some fun on Friday as well as this weekend. Watch my page for posts and updates as well as on TWITTER where I am @ErinAlMehairi (follow me) and I’ll be using the hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT.

So what kind of AWESOME BOOKS are up for grabs? Some of my FAVORITE BOOKS from author friends I LOVE. They have been so generous, please follow them and support!

~THREE awesome signed copies of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago. You can view my review and info on book  HERE and my interview with Denise HERE! This is an amazing historical vampire novel.

~Two copies of Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland. One signed paperback and one e-book. You can see the info for the book and author interview HERE and HERE.

~Two copies, one signed paperback and one ebook, of The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel. You can read the review and interview with the author HERE.

~TWO e-books copies of Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski. I just received this book to read and it looks great.  I haven’t reviewed yet, so here is her link:

~ONE signed copy of The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz. I just finished up this book and I really liked it. No review yet, but one is coming up. Here is his link to the book instead:

~ONE signed copy of Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea. I just received his second book for review so I haven’t read this one but it sounds good. For info on Forest of Shadows, try:

Just added on 04/27: ~One e-book of Dark Wolf Protector by Rhiannon Ellis! A paranormal romance that’s a fun quick read. You can the author and book out here: (the second book listed) and my review HERE.

EXCITING, right??????????????!!!!!!!

See you soon!


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Sign-up for Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon (#SpringHorrorRAT) and I’m Hosting Giveaways!!

OOOOOOOO….it’s almost here!! The Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon hosted by my book blogger friend Michelle, otherwise known as “True Book Addict,” at her blog Castle Macabre! It’s starts midnight of April 23 (CST) and runs until 4/29, 11:59 p.m.

My blog (YEP, right here) will be a site to stop by during the week for fun and giveaways while you participate in the read-a-thon. It’s a very LOW STRESS read-a-thon, but make time for reading and lots of fun. You have to read at least one scary book, but you have a week to do it and it can be paranormal, mystery, etc. Read more if you can, we all like to push ourselves to read a little more by having a challenge. 😉 And there will be lots of social time to talk to others about books, so use the Twitter hashtag of SpringHorrorRAT to talk to everyone else. You don’t even have to like horror….it can be scary, paranormal, vampire, fantasy….we love it all! I’ll be using it, introduce yourself!!

For my activities and giveaways, you must at least be a signed-up participant at Castle Macabre (go to the link to her blog and sign-up). The link will be below in the info here or you can get to it by clicking on the right side graphic of my blog home page. Otherwise, just follow what I say in the posts each day there is an activity or giveaway. There might be a short thing to do and then you can sign-up to win wonderful books, both paperback and e-book!!

My author friends will be giving away signed novels!! Watch for  Denise Rago (vampire novel, Immortal Obsession), Brian Moreland (horror supernatural suspense novel, Dead of Winter), Jonathan Janz (horror suspense novel, The Sorrows), Keith Rommel (horror novel, The Cursed Man) and more!! (THANK YOU!) I’ll post info on them and links to my past reviews soon so you can see what great books you can win!

I hope you can participate and I wish you luck. Make some hot tea, grab some chocolate, climb in bed, and lock your door….then get out your scary book each night (and your laptop, KindleFire, Ipad or smartphone so you can network with us…lol). Try not to bite your nails too much. 😉 I don’t want to be responsible for any trips to the ER.

Any questions, just leave them for me in the comments below!!



~From Castle Macabre Blog……

Quick link to sign-up: or read on…

From Michelle:  “It’s coming…to shake up your peaceful spring. The Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon starts 4/23 at 12 a.m. CST to 4/29 at 11:59 p.m. CST (adjust times accordingly). Don’t let the word ‘horror’ scare you away from this read-a-thon. You do have to read at least one scary book during the duration of the read-a-thon. That book can be horror, paranormal, thriller, mystery, etc. Then, read whatever you want. More horror/scary stuff or just your regular reading repertoire. As always, this is a week long read-a-thon, but you can join in and read whenever it’s convenient for you. It’s all about being laid back and getting some reading done with a little bit of scary thrown in.

I want to do this read-a-thon a bit differently this time with more focus on the reading and less on mini-challenges. Many people who joined my previous read-a-thons have expressed a desire to focus more on the reading and I’m of a like mind.

You do not have to have a blog. You can sign up using your Goodreads, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. We will be tweeting during the read-a-thon at #SpringHorrorRAT. There will be a starting line post for you to sign-in when you start reading for the read-a-thon, whether you start at the beginning, the middle, or towards the end. For all the info and to sign up, visit the blog post here:”

Hope to see you there, and HERE!! 🙂


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