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1 Winner gets choice from list – international entries welcome if Book Depository ships to you or you can accept a Kindle gift of one of the titles through Amazon. Please check The Book Depository website to see if your location is listed as a ship to option or your country’s Amazon to see if the title you’d choose is available to you on Kindle.
1) Anyone can enter. You do not need to have a blog.
2) You need to either be in a location Book Depository ships to (link to their site is above) or be able to accept a Kindle gift of your chosen book from the list I’ve given. Your country’s Amazon site should only have the book available if it is distributable in your country – hence the instructions for you to check your Amazon site. I can only check for my location – US.
3) You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although I hope you will! (RSS [Book Icon to right of header with RSS symbol], Email via Feedblitz/Feedburner just add my URL to your subscriptions, Bloglovin’ or Networked Blogs by simply searching my URL, Facebook and Twitter feeds also available and linked in sidebar)
4) Fill out the form below to enter – which I will turn off at 9pm Jun 25th Pacific Time (Midnight June 26th US Eastern Time) – GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
5) Note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
6) I WILL DRAW A WINNER TOMORROW JUNE 26 IF POSSIBLE I will notify the winner by email. The winner will need to respond back within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
7) Within 24 hours of receiving the winner’s response I will order their book from Book Depository or Amazon as a Kindle Gift if so chosen
FYI – Any information entered in the Form will be kept confidential (my eyes only) and destroyed after the prize has been awarded. Site visitors will only see their own entries.
That’s it! Good luck and thanks for entering. Don’t forget to check out the other giveaways on this BlogHop too.
Emerald City Book Reviews is featuring a chance for one lucky winner to snag a hard copy of this anthology of children’s stories by teachers entitled Tell Me a Story. Go visit for more details and to get your entries in before the deadline.
Besides today’s topic that I will get to in a moment I want to make sure and link to the post where bloggers are posting giveaway links today as well. I won’t have a giveaway post but there will be several links from other ABEA participants going up today at the link I posted for book related giveaways.
The books that have taken me “beyond borders” without a doubt would be Geralyn Beauchamp’s Time Masters series. I am currently reading an e-ARC of book 2 and it has affected me emotionally much the same way book 1 did when I read it the first time. Very intensely with many ups and downs. Very few books are able to affect my emotions the way hers do even when I think I’m prepared for it. The books also feature a wide array of characters in diverse settings including aliens and various creatures from the alien culture that they have brought to Earth with them. The time periods vary as do the eras the characters come from due to the alien race having time travel abilities.
Having to be thrifty I’ve subjected myself to numerous web searches and crash courses on how to do this, that and the other thing when I wasn’t happy with the functionality or look of my blog. So while I’m not a pro by any means I do manage to tweak things here and there every once in a while. Of course I also know just enough to get myself into trouble when it gets into more complex designing projects. That means there are a few wish list items that have been left on a back burner until I can either invest in a complete professional redesign or a theme setup that integrates the features I want but allows me to keep the design elements I’ve already tweaked myself.
I’ve got a couple recommendations but of course they would only apply for people who are into the specific genres. First off one of my favorite authors – a prolific Western Sweet Romance writer mostly novella length. Kit Morgan. So far she is on the third in a sequence of series set in Oregon and Washington during the Wagon Train and Mail Order Bride Era. Series 1 is Prairie Brides, Series 2 is Holiday Mail Order Brides, and Series 3 is Prairie Grooms. They are light, fun reads with a dash of comedy.
Then there are a series of short story anthologies from indie authors compiled by Krystal McLaughlin. Miraculous: Tales of the Unknown is Paranormal/Fantasy Short Stories and includes one by my friend from JARR, After Forever is “Fractured” Fairytales, and Pleasant Dreams is YA Horror.
While I have a large collection of audiobooks – I really haven’t gotten into listening to them between a lack of time and the issues of distraction. Graphic Novels I haven’t really gotten into for the issue of finding them too picture heavy for my taste. I enjoy visualizing as I read and the format of graphic novels detracts from that for me.
If I were to try graphic novels I would probably go with the spinoffs from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series which I have enjoyed because I know the stories and characters so I wouldn’t be ruining anything.
Literature is many different things to different people. For me it has to do with quality not just the type of book it is. I do refer to certain books as literary fiction because they don’t fall into other genres but that doesn’t make a book literature nor does being literature make a book literary fiction. Especially these days with so many opportunities for someone to put a book out in digital format at their own disgression, I have found that either my standards have gotten higher or the quality of books has gotten lower in many cases. Regardless I find myself with a certain level of expectation regarding mechanics, plot, character development, world building and other key elements that contribute to the story and reading experience when done well. For me a book has to meet quality standards to aspire to the label literature for me. However as mentioned in my first sentence literature is a subjective label and the quality standards of a specific reader will also be subjective. No rating system or label is ever standardized or objective across any given grouping. Everyone has their own opinions. What is up to my standards may not appeal or be up to what someone else may set as their “bar”. But as a voracious reader, long time book blogger and reviewer I must say everyone is entitled to their own opinion so long as they can be respectful of the authors and present their thoughts relative to the book not the person.
Here’s a little about me via the 5 questions I chose. My bio and my online profile about sections give additional tidbits.
1) Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Single, love a variety of escapist fiction, enjoy crafty hobbies like crochet – sewing – beading, most of my online profiles can be found under my nickname ForstRose which comes from my two favorite colors – forest green and dusty rose
How long have you been blogging? Over 7yrs
Why did you get into blogging? I wrote what was supposed to be a short blurb for a friend’s first book and it turned into a couple paragraphs. She mentioned book reviewing and the rest is history.
Where in the world are you blogging from? The Central Valley of CA, USA
2) Describe your blog in just one sentence. I think the title ‘Bibliophile’s Retreat’ pretty much says it. A book lover’s escape/paradise.
A Few of my Online Haunts
3) What genre do you read the most? Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance I love to read because I can experience other Worlds and lives.
4) What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!) Lots of built-in bookshelves, cozy cushioned bench/bay window sitting area
5) Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).
JARR is one of my best book blogger buddies who I’d love to meet in person.
Kit Morgan aka Geralyn Beauchamp aka The Time Mistress is a best friend, author and mentor also the person who got me started blogging.
A Peek At My Bookshelf is another wonderful book blogger buddy I’ve had the chance to meet in person.
Some of my other favorite bookish haunts:
My Friend Amy
Broke and Bookish
Beth Fish Reads
And next post is Literature….
@HPMallory is giving readers that chance. You can enter to be a character in her next #LilyHarper book at her blog. However today is the last chance to “audition” for the cast of The Underground City. What’s cool about this “audition” though is all you have to do is follow the instructions for entry(ies) into a random drawing. The more things you do the more entries you get.
Oh and if you aren’t already familiar with @HPMallory and her work check out her Amazon page. The first book of her earlier series Dulcie O’Neill is usually free. The first Lily Harper book is Better Off Dead $3.99 e-book or $10.79 paperback depending on your preferred choice of fodder.
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