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Back to School Special Bonanza!

Barbara Vey -- September 3rd, 2013


Back to school specialWell, it seems pretty official.  After perusing my Facebook pages, there are a multitude of back to school pictures from day care to college.  I know I always took one of my boys every year through high school.  They weren’t always thrilled, but I used my stock answer, “Because I’m the Mom!”  To celebrate all their bright futures, we’ll take a moment to give away some great reads, donated by the authors, to the adults who don’t have to go to school anymore.

Just type in “Time to read” in the comments section and you’ll be entered.  Tomorrow winners will be posted with the author’s email address so winners and writers can connect.  Good Luck to everyone.

And, because we are starting a day late this week, the new releases will be posted tomorrow.

Bell Bridge Books:  Barbara Samuel’s THE SLEEPING NIGHT (five copies) Women’s fiction, romance, 1940’s Texas
Sharon Sala’s MY LUNATIC LIFE (two copies) YA, paranormal mystery/romance
Deborah Smith’s THE CROSSROADS CAFÉ (two copies) women’s fiction, romance
Lindi Peterson’s RICH IN LOVE (one copy) inspirational romance
Jill Barnett’s trilogy, WICKED, WILD, WONDERFUL (1 copy of the set) historical romance

Lorraine Heath:  Lord of Wicked Intentions – 3 winners

Donna MacMeans:  The Casanova Code – 2 winners

Ava Miles:  NORA ROBERTS LAND and FRENCH ROAST – 3 of each title

Jeannie Lin:  THE LOTUS PALACE – 3 winners


Eileen Dreyer: Always A Temptress – 3 winners

Tonya Kappes:  A CHARMING CRIME – 5 winners

Sandy Blair:  The King’s Mistress – 2 winners, print or e-book.

Shirley Jump:  The Sweetheart Bargain

LuAnn McLane:  Playing for Keeps (the first Cricket Creek novel)  2 copies

Bobbi Miller:  Big River’s Daughter, Two Copies

Bekka Black:  iDrakulas – 3 winners

Lynn Chantale:  Traffic Stop – 3 books given away

Theresa Romain:  It Takes Two to Tangle

Sandra Bischoff:  Beyond the Sun – 3 copies given away

Susan Reinhardt:  Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle.  Two copies given away

Amanda McIntyre:  Rugged Hearts (Book 1 in Kinnison series) Wild and Unruly (time-travel series), Fallen Angel (time-travel series) for 3 different winners

Evelyn David:  Murder Doubles Back and Lottawatah Fireworks – (10 total winners) 5 coupons for free ebook download from Smashwords – any ebook format.

Tina Glasneck:  Thou Shall Not – 20 ebook winners

Linda Robertson:  Vicious Circle (or any of the six in the series if the winner already has #1)
US shipping only, if possible.

Blythe Gifford:  Complete Brunson Clan trilogy (all three):  RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD, TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL – 2 winners

Gerri Brousseau:  A Pirate’s Ransom (Print copy) and to a second winner To Kill a Monarch (e-book only)

Donna Dalton:  Loving Byrne (3 books given away)

Liz Matis:  Love By Design – 1 audiobook download, 2 print copies, 2 eBook copies

Elena Greene:  Fly with a Rogue – 5 copies

Tori Scott:  Blame it on Texas, Blue Moon over Texas, The Bluest Eyes in Texas, and Beneath a Texas Star – 1 set of Books 1-4 of the Lone Star Cowboys series (ebook copies)

Anna Campbell
 1 book (international)

Maureen O. Betita:  A Caribbean Spell, Volume One (5 winners)

Shayne Leighton:  The Vampire’s Daughter (Of Light and Darkness #1), The Vampire’s Reflection (Of Light and Darkness #2) One signed copy of each installments in the series.


Suzanne Ferrell – KIDNAPPED, A Romantic Suspense Novel

Cindy Nord:  NO GREATER GLORY (Historical Romance) – 1 print copy and 1 eBook copy

Tarah Scott:  My Highland Love -One signed copy

Anna Sugden:  A Perfect Distraction – 2 winners.

Aurrora St. James:  Set in Stone – 5 winners

Terri Osburn:  MEANT TO BE (small town contemporary romance)

Virginia Cavanaugh:  The Fire Inside – 3 winners

Amy Goldman Koss:  The Not-So-Great Depression

Pamela DuMond:   Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (An Annie Graceland Mystery #1) Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails – A Novella (#2) Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (#3) The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) The Story of You and Me, The Girlfriend’s Guidebook to Staying Young: Simple Techniques to Look and Feel Young – 1 e copy (Mobi or e-pub) of each

Amanda Jayde:  Dark Moon Rising & Beneath the Blood Moon (e-book versions)

Tracy March:  Girl Three (romantic thriller) 2 trade paperback copies

Kelly Maher:  Duty & Desire: Military Erotic Romance – 3 winners

Suzanne Ferrell:  KIDNAPPED, Romantic Suspense

Jackie Ivie:  A PERFECT KNIGHT FOR LOVE (historical romance) – 2 winners

Robin Perini:  In Her Sights, Behind the Lies, Undercover Texas – 1 copy of each.

Ann Roth:  Rancher Daddy and Montana Doctor (1 of each)

Lynn Reynolds:  Thirty-Nine Again – chick lit romantic suspense
Love Capri Style – sexy contemporary romance set in Italy – One copy of each (any format)

Lisa Kessler: Moonlight (ebook) – 5 winners


Christyne Butler:  Flirting With Destiny – 3 winners

Sabrina York:  Adam’s Obsession (Erotica)

Mary Buckham:  Invisible Magic and Invisible Power (Urban Fantasy) 2 ebooks each or if US Resident 1 paperback book each

Stacey Joy Netzel:  Lost In Italy, Romancing Wisconsin Volume I, Stacey Joy Netzel Paranormal Collection – 6 winners

Lisa Renee Jones
:  IF I WERE YOU (BOOK 1 in INSIDE OUT SERIES) 10 books given away I

Chloe Neill:  THE DARK ELITE, BITING COLD, HOUSE RULES, and BITING BAD. (Set to 1 winner)

Alma Alexander:  Spellspam (Part of the Worldweavers series) – 3 paperback winners

Jules Bennett: BEHIND PALACE DOORS and HOLLYWOOD HOUSE CALL. 2 signed copies each.
4 winners

Donna Marie Merritt:  Her House and Other Poems

Karen Hudgins;  BEST MAN and WHEN HEARTS SPEAK – 2 winners

Kate Rothwell
:  Her Mad Baron, Powder of Sin, Love Between the Lines, and Someone to Cherish. 4 winners

Virginia Cavanaugh:  The Fire Inside – 3 winners

MJ Fredrick:  What (Not) to Expect When You’re Expecting – 3 winners

Katy Lee:  Warning Signs

Emma Jay:  Bridesmaids in Paradise – 2 winners

June Shaw:  RELATIVE DANGER (ebook)- 2 winners

Kris Yankee:  
Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors (this is a middle-grade book)
 2 winners.

Linda Warren:  A Texas Hero – 2 winners

Chester D.Campbell:  The Poksu Conspiracy

Marie Tuhart:  In Plain Sight, Quick Silver Ranch: Roped & Ready, Quick Silver Ranch: Saddle Up,
His For The Weekend, More Than One Night, Hooked Up At the Wedding (anthology), Hooked Up The Game Plan (anthology) Total of 7 ebook winners

Alexis Harrington:  Home By Morning (ebook)- 10 winners

Edith Maxwell:  A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die

A.Y. Stratton:  1Buried Heart – 10 winners

Heather Lire:  Second Chance at Forever (ebook) – 5 winners

Sarah Richmond:  Brides of Serendipity – 5 winners

Barbara Wallace:  The Courage to Say Yes (HQ Romance) – 2 winners

Flossie Benton Rogers:  Wytchfae Runes (1 trade paperback copy)

Mingmei Yip:  The Nine Fold Heaven – 5 winners

Frankie Blooding:  Fall of Sky City

Maggie Barbieri:  Extra Credit – 2 winners

Amanda McCabe:  The Runaway Countess” (Book One–The Bancrofts of Barton Park) – 3 winners

Mahalia Levey:  Kiss Me Like You Mean It and Forbidden Deception – 2 winners

A GIFT FROM HOME – 1 winner for the set of 4 books

Katana Collins:  Soul Stripper – (Trade paperback)

Connie Mann:  Angel Falls – 3 winners (print, US/Canada only)

Eve Silver:  Rush (paperback) and Driven (ebook) – 2 winners

Marilyn Baron:  Under the Moon Gate

Shana Galen:  TRUE SPIES – 2 winners

Jana Oliver:  Tangled Souls (paranormal romance) – 4 winners and Briar Rose (a young adult retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in the South) – 3 winners

Eisley Jacobs:  Pieces of Me (YA Sci-Thriller) – 3 winners. A middle grade dragon series called Dragons forever. Born to be a Dragon, Blink of a Dragon, and  Dragons of the Deep (ebooks) – 2 winners

Rachel Kramer Bussel:  Only You: Erotic Romance for Women – 5 winners

Susan Spann
: CLAWS OF THE CAT: A Shinobi Mystery
 – 2 winners

Kathy Lyons:  Dream Nights with the CEO (ebook)

Jade Lee:  What The Bride Wore

Joya Fields:  Altered Frequency – 2 winners

Jennifer AlLee:  The Mother Road – 3 winners

Lauren Royal:  Reader’s choice of Amethyst, Emerald, Amber, Violet, Lily, Rose, Lost in Temptation, Tempting Juliana, or The Art of Temptation – 3 winners

Valerie Bowman:  Secrets of a Runaway Bride – 3 winners

Tawny Weber:   
A SEAL’s Seduction 
- 3 winners

Maureen Child:  SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (ebooks) 3 winners

Susan Mallery:  FOOL’S GOLD COOKBOOK – 2 winners

Kate Carlisle:  A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY (a Bibliophile Mystery hardcover)

Erin Quinn:  Haunting Warrior – 3 winners

J.T. Ellison:  A DEEPER DARKNESS, the 1st Dr. Samantha Owens novel, and an ARC of THE FINAL CUT, the 1st Nicholas Drummond novel with Catherine Coulter.

Georgie Lee
:  Hero’s Redemption

Joely Sue Burkhart:  Her Grace’s Stable (ebook) – 3 winners

Caren Crane:  Kick Start – 2 winners

Deborah Grace Staley;  What the Heart Wants, Angel Ridge Series

Gracen Miller:  Pandora’s Box (signed print)

Christine Verstraete
:  GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie
 (US winner only)

Cathy Spencer:  Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries and Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction and Fantasy – 10 winners

Christina Brooke – LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL (Trade Paperback–Australian edition)

Ella Quinn: The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

Bottom Line:  You can’t win if you don’t enter!


Save the Date

Barbara Vey -- August 16th, 2013

Back to school special

Sometimes big ideas come from just a passing thought.  I’ve been noticing online the mad rush for parents to get their kids off to school for the start of the school year.  Whether they are going to kindergarten or college, there’s ton of stuff to buy and do.  Even if they aren’t parents, they still are bombarded by all the retail stuff.  But once the kids are settled in their routine, hopefully everyone has a few minutes to put their feet up and enjoy a book.

With that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to do a Back to School Special.  I offered authors the chance to give their books away to grateful readers by posting my idea online.  Within 24 hours, over 100 authors responded with several hundred books.

So, this is a heads up to save the date, September 3rd (the day after Labor Day is when we started school when I was a child), for the Back to School Special.  Make sure you let everyone know it’s going to be happening because people hate missing giveaways.

Authors, if you have a book (print or ebook) to give away, send me an email (barbaravey@gmail.com) and include:

Your name
Your website link
Title of book
How many books you want to give away and the email address I can give the winner.

I won’t be handling any of the books.  Winners will be posted with the author’s email and they can contact each other direct.  This is another wonderful way to readers and writers to connect.

So, whether you like to read or write books (or both), mark your calendar for September 3rd for your chance to win some terrific books.

Bottom Line:  Who doesn’t love receiving a new book?