Monday, July 17, 2017

High Summer Read-a-Thon - Starting Line! #HSreadathon


Here we go! I hope everyone is ready for two weeks of relaxing Summer reading, with a little bit of Christmas in July mixed in! I know I am. I'm going to be busy myself over the next two weeks, as I have a lot of reading to catch up on, I'm working on my book, and other personal stuff involving doctor's appointments and school prep for my sons (they go back August 7th!), but I'm hoping I can squeeze in more reading than normal. Luckily, I listen to audio books in the car. 😁

I have some prizes lined up and I'll have the prize page posted by late Tuesday, or by Wednesday.


Don't forget, during the last weekend of the readathon, we are having a 48 hour Christmas in July Readathon! Don't worry...you do not have to participate if you're not IN to Christmas, but if you are, this is for you. Also, you can even choose to read Christmas books during the entire High Summer Readathon. I'm flexible!


My friend, author Rhonda Hopkins has two of her books on offer for free this month! Her Christmas short story, The Gift (perfect for the Christmas in July 48 hour readathon!) and her zombie horror novel, Survival. Click here to visit Rhonda's page for the details on how to grab your free eBook(s). No strings attached!

If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines tab above 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 next Sunday. Our hashtag for the read-a-thon is #HSreadathon ...and don't forget about our Facebook group!

I think that about covers it. Happy Reading!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pardon the Dust

This post will be cross-posted on all of my sites.


You may not have heard about Photobucket screwing over a ton of people with their new third party image hosting plan. (Read more here: http://nypost.com/2017/07/05/how-photobucket-is-now-shaking-down-its-users/) Basically, it means if you have a free account, you can no longer host your images without paying $400/year! So, all those clever grab codes I make for images and buttons...they have to be fixed with a new link from wherever the images are now being hosted. Luckily, I own two domains on GoDaddy so I get free image storage up to a certain amount and then I can pay extra if I need more (only $1.99/month). But with 7+ blogs/sites, it's going to take me a bit. I hope you will bear with me.


If you have any of my buttons on your site, I'm afraid you will have to delete and then come back by at a later date to grab the new code. There should not be any further problems in future. Fingers crossed.

I hope Photobucket crashes and burns for their underhanded tactics. I mean, I didn't even get an email notifying me!



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sign up for the High Summer Readathon #HSreadathon


It's time to sign up for High Summer...and in case you haven't heard, I have a special treat this year (that is sure to become a tradition). During the last weekend of the readathon, we are having a 48 hour Christmas in July Readathon! Don't worry...you do not have to participate if you're not IN to Christmas, but if you are, this is for you. Also, you can even choose to read Christmas books during the entire High Summer Readathon. I'm flexible!

The official dates are July 17 through July 30, starting at 12:00am Monday the 17th, and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday, the 30th. That's central time (U.S.), but you can adjust your times according to your time zone. Of course, like most read-a-thons, the books read must be novels or novellas, adult or young adult are fine, non-fiction, and you can even read children's books too (as long as you do read some novels too). Also, Christmas books this time too!  You DO NOT have to participate the entire two weeks. 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 two weeks of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away our ever looming TBRs.

Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the tab at the top of the blog. Any information regarding rules for our readathons 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.

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 via the contact tab in the menu). 

Our hashtag for social media is #HSreadathon ...and we have our wonderful Facebook group that is always very lively (there is also an access tab in the 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. 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. Note: the grab code is only for the High Summer button, not for the Christmas in July button).

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon - Wrap it up! #SciFiSummerJune


The week went by SO fast! I can't believe it's over already. I've been thinking I might make it two weeks next year, if enough people are enthusiastic about it. So, weigh in when/if you leave a comment.

I hope everyone enjoyed the readathon and that you were able to get some good SciFi (or fantasy) reading in. I'd like to thank you all so much 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 leave a comment on the Midweek Check In post (with a way to contact you if you win), if you haven't already. You have until Saturday, June 10 by 11:59pm CDT to add your wrap-up link and leave a comment on the post mentioned above. I will email the winners within a few days following the deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from truebookaddict AT gmail DOT com.

Hope to see you next time at the High Summer Readathon, coming in July (17 - 30). Sign up coming soon! I've created the button (below) and will be adding a grab code in the sidebar soon. Also, in case you didn't hear in the Facebook group, there is going to be an extra special event during High Summer this year. The final weekend, on July 29 and 30, we are having a 48 hour Christmas in July Readathon! I don't know about you, but I'm a Christmas fanatic (I guess my year round Christmas blog gave me away 😉) so I'm pretty excited about this! I will be creating a special button just for it soon so keep a look out here or in the Facebook group.


That's it! Thanks again. I do hope you had fun...and good luck to those who enter the giveaway!


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sci-Fi Summer Read-a-Thon - Midweek Check-in #SciFiSummerJune


I cannot believe how fast this readathon is flying by! I have not done much reading, although I am enjoying Jason Parent's People of the Sun so far. I will be by to visit your blog posts. I promise. I have been seeing your posts in the Facebook group, and have been commenting. I'm so thrilled with the enthusiasm for this readathon. You guys rock!

Giveaway time!

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 a Science Fiction Kindle book title from Amazon (priced at $2.99 or less).

OR

Winner's choice of a Science Fiction title from the bargain books (these are generally used books) section of Better World Books. They ship internationally. (priced at $3.98 or less).

How to enter
I'm not doing a Google form this time. If you're interested in participating in the giveaway, you must have signed up, participated and completed a wrap-up post (deadline to complete wrap-up is Saturday, June 10 by 11:59pm CDT). Please leave a comment below with a way to contact you if you win. Good luck!

Enjoy the remainder of the readathon!


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon - Starting Post #SciFiSummerJune


SciFi Summer starts now (or it started 25 minutes ago)! I'm excited! Hope you are too. 👽

Here are the details again from the sign up post:

Details:
  • Read-a-Thon dates: Thursday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Wednesday, June 7 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly). 
  • Since Sci-Fi is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to science fiction, if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.
  • to check in on social media, we'll use hashtag #SciFiSummerJune 
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. We have such a great community over there!
If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines tab above 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'm offering a couple of prizes. Our mid-week check in on Sunday will also be the prize page this time out.

That's it! Good luck and have fun. I'm pretty excited to finally be focusing on some Sci-Fi reading. Long neglected.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

It's back! Sci-Fi Summer Read-a-Thon #SciFiSummerJune


I will always owe the inspiration for this event to Mallory (The Haunted Reading Room)...and so, we're back for our second year!

Details:
  • Read-a-Thon dates: Thursday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Wednesday, June 7 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly). We do a different day configuration (rather than starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday) to go along with the weirdness of Sci-Fi. 👽
  • Since Sci-Fi is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to science fiction, if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.
  • to check in on social media, we'll use hashtag #SciFiSummerJune
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. 😍 We have a great community over there...and it's not just during readathons. Everyone should feel free to post in there any time. 
As with the Christmas Spirit Readathon, I usually do not secure prize donations, but I will be offering a couple of prizes from me.

I hope you're as excited as I am that we are continuing this tradition! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me via the contact tab, or hit me up in the Facebook group.

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