$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway

Holiday Cash Giveaway

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st

Enter for your chance to win a $300 Amazon Gift Code or $300 in Paypal Cash!!

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

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I Am A Reader

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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Author Dorothy Dreyer

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Rockin’ Book Reviews

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Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Helen Smith

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Books R Us

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Giveaway Details

$300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 12/21/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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*Expired* Cat Dance free from December 1 – 5

Enjoy a free download of Cat Dance from December 1 through 5. Here’s the description from Amazon:

A 1920s’ dance marathon could turn deadly unless cool cats sleuths, Tatania and Zeus, and their human detectives, Grace and Jack find the culprits in time. They meet their client in a speakeasy where any woman who says she’s alone by choice has credibility.

Click on the image above for your copy of Cat Dance.

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Mailbox Monday

I’m thrilled that One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick, The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart, and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg landed in my mailbox. Here are the descriptions from Amazon:

*ONE BREATH*

“One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver

Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom.

Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.”

*THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTMAS*

“Lauren Hall has one wish for Christmas this year—raise money to build a new, no-kill animal shelter for the town of Sycamore Cove. And she is prepared to do anything to make it happen. Even dare a man she just met to perform a strip tease for the local knitting society.

Gabe Nicholson has one wish too—obtain the job of a lifetime to launch his career. Only his wishes get snowballed when his best friend’s little sister hands him a pair of stripper pants and a bottle of eggnog-flavored body oil.

It’s all sugar plums and mistletoe until a scandal caused by Lauren’s fundraiser threatens to ruin it all. With Gabe’s work opportunities disappearing before his eyes and Lauren’s fundraising efforts tanking, their game of dares stands to burn them both. Unless it ignites a spark of Christmas magic.”

*GIRL ONLINE*

“From award-winning YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg, popularly known as Zoella, comes her New York Times bestselling debut young adult novel, which perfectly captures what it means to grow up and fall in love in today’s digital world.

I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends with “Brooklyn Boy” on her blog.

But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever.”

Wishing everyone a lovely and bountiful Thanksgiving!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick from Audible in exchange for an honest review. I received copies of The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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AudiobookReview: The Many

This is a story about grief and loss. In a once prosperous fishing village, that is processing the grief that comes with contaminated water and the loss of livelihoods, Timothy buys a house that has been uninhabited for ten years. The village greets Timothy with suspicion. He’s the proverbial outsider.

Processing his own grief and loss, Timothy moves back and forth between waking and dream sleep hours, and isn’t always able to distinguish between the two. He doesn’t know if he’s spent minutes or hours staring into his wife’s eyes in bed. The Many seems timeless.

The Many was long-listed for the Booker Prize 2016. The audio book edition is well-narrated by Gavin Osborn.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Many from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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*Expired*MEOW BABY FREE THROUGH NOVEMBER 15

Enjoy a free download of Meow Baby by clicking on the image above through November 15. Here’s the description of this Magical Cool Cats Mystery from Amazon:

Years after a pregnant woman disappears, 1920s detectives, Grace and Jack, discover a skeleton that carries the secrets of the heart that once beat within it. They find the skeleton when breaking ground for their new home. Magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, pounce on clues. Meow Baby
Night life comes naturally to cats. Illuminated by moonlight, Tatania and Zeus walked the pier railing like Olympic gymnasts on the balance beam. Their favorite humans, Grace and Jack, sipped champagne. A jazz band enveloped them in music.
A couple walked out of the Dance Pavilion as lightly as a couple of moths at night. Grace recognized her friend, Annie Knickerbocker, from Revolutionary Colonial Daughters.
“Grace, it’s lovely to see you.” Martin Knickerbocker extended his hand.
When she put her hand in his, Martin pulled it up for a kiss.
“Dear, have you began building your house yet?” Annie asked.
“We have new architectural plans. Art Deco—” Jack replied.
“—Bees Knees,” Grace said.
“Have you broken ground?” Annie twirled her Chanel pearls.
“Not yet.” Grace looked wistfully towards Glorietta Bay. She yearned for her dream home on the island where romance truly began for her.
“Lets break ground now,” Annie suggested.
Jack looked at his watch.
“It’s about 2:00 a.m.”
“And that’s when things get interesting. Where can we find a shovel?” Annie asked.

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Mailbox Monday

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 Timothy Buchannan buys an abandoned house on the edge of an isolated village on the coast, sight unseen. When he sees the state of it he questions the wisdom of his move, but starts to renovate the house for his wife, Lauren to join him there. When the villagers see smoke rising from the chimney of the neglected house they are disturbed and intrigued by the presence of the incomer, intrigue that begins to verge on obsession. And the longer Timothy stays, the more deeply he becomes entangled in the unsettling experience of life in the small village. Ethan, a fisherman, is particularly perturbed by Timothy’s arrival, but accedes to Timothy’s request to take him out to sea. They set out along the polluted coastline, hauling in weird fish from the contaminated sea, catches that are bought in whole and removed from the village. Timothy starts to ask questions about the previous resident of his house, Perran, questions to which he receives only oblique answers and increasing hostility. As Timothy forges on despite the villagers’ animosity and the code of silence around Perran, he starts to question what has brought him to this place and is forced to confront a painful truth. The Many is an unsettling tale that explores the impact of loss and the devastation that hits when the foundations on which we rely are swept away.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Many from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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*Expired* Free Ebook 9 Lives to Live November 1-5

Enjoy downloading a reader favorite, 9 Lives to Live, for FREE November 1-5. Here is the description from Amazon:

Cool cat sleuths, Tatania and Zeus, find clues as intoxicating as catnip. Without missing a nap, they help their humans, 1920s detectives, Grace & Jack, solve crimes. A case of a wealthy man’s missing wife reveals the mystery of one of Tatania’s nine lives.
Orphan Trains and 1920s San Diego converge in this duality of stories: teenage orphans transported from New York to California ranches and a missing woman from the Hotel del Coronado.

Excerpt from 9 Lives to Live:

“While Grace slept next to Jack, Tatania relaxed on Jack’s chest and swished a tail in Grace’s face. She liked to remind Grace that she met Jack first. ”

You can download your free copy of 9 Lives to Live by clicking on the image above or link below. And if you want to read on your phone, tablet, or PC, just download a free Kindle reading app.

9 Lives to Live (Magical Cool Cats series Book 10)

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HOT Freebie: Audiobook-Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was just released yesterday and it’s free. You don’t need to sign up for a trial subscription to Audible to get it. Just click on the image.

Happy Anniversary of Surrender at Yorktown: 235 years ago today, October 19, 1781, the British Army surrendered to the American Revolutionary Army at Yorktown!

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Fall Into Cash

Fall Into Cash 2016

Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

October 15th to November 15th

Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash.

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Kris Bock Romantic Suspense author
Chris Eboch, children’s book author
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Simple Wyrdings
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Author Melissa Wright
B. Kristin McMichael
Author Dorothy Dreyer
Suzi Love
Helen Smith
Kindle and Me
Elizabeth Isaacs
Glistering: B’s Blog
Heather Gray
ACME Teen Books – Kids & YA Too!
Crystal Collier, YA Author
Eric Buffington YA Fantasy Adventure
My Life. One Story at a Time.
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Diana’s Book Reviews
Author D.E. Haggerty
Lori’s Reading Corner
LOVE. WITHOUT YOU
CoolCatMysteries

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 11/15/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Review: Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel

While the original thirteen colonies were fighting for independence from England in 1779, in California, Franciscans were perfecting wine. Tangled Vines depicts the fascinating history of California’s wines. It’s bookended by the story of the worst wine arson ever: In 2005, Mark Anderson set a wine warehouse on fire and destroyed over 4.5 million bottles of wine worth over 200 million dollars. The author learns that the bottles destroyed include an 1875 vintage produced by her own great-great grandfather: Isaias Hellman.

Tracing these bottles’ origin takes her back to Rancho Cucamonga, the Southern California town that once dominated the California wine industry. She chronicles the ups and downs of California wine — including a depressing period when vintners allowed hogs to run wild through their vineyards eating grapes because grape prices had plummeted beyond the practicality of production. With the gold rush of 1849, vintners prospered and customers rode through on horses decked with silver. Ms. Dinkelspiel describes a time when one could ride horseback for hours and see only cows in the wilderness that once defined California. When California became a state in 1850, laws that you probably didn’t hear about in history classes are passed that deny Native Americans the right to vote, deny Native Americans the right to testify against a white man in court, and allow Native Americans to be arrested for not working. This leads to exploitation by certain vintners. In the 20th Century, Bobby Mondavi led Northern California’s emergence as the dominant territory for California’s wines.

I listened to the Audible edition of Tangled Vines. Narrated superbly by Dina Pearlman, the audio version presents this well-written book with the engaging style of a favorite history teacher. Mark Anderson currently remains in a federal prison serving a 27 year sentence.

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