Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas Day Seven

Welcome back to Wednesday, everyone! If you're here, that means you survived the first six days of the crazy Christmas fun here on the blog. Today we're doing things a little bit differently. I'm gonna show you the winners of the contest from last year and give you links so you can check out the reviews here on my blog. Then, we'll move on to today's widget and pitch fest!

From last year's 12 Days:
Kate Baggott - Love From Planet Wine Cooler Amazon link $4.99 Review here.
Michael Cargill - Underneath Amazon link $4.99 Review here.
Ginney Etherton - Looping in Limbo (Lainey Tidwell Series) Amazon link $2.99 Review here.
Leonardo Noto - Intrusive Memory Amazon link $4.99 Review here.

Not everyone who made it onto the list last year got a review. I did my best, but some of the books just weren't readable. I did things differently this year and didn't use I chose to select the books from the samples instead.

Here are the books I reviewed just because:
Wade Faubert - Taken Before Her Very Eyes Amazon link $2.99 Review here.
Heather Topham Wood - Dark Premonitions (Second Sight Book 3) Amazon link $3.49 Review here.
Heather Topham Wood - The Disappearing Girl Amazon link $2.99 Review here.
Tia Silverthorne Bach - Chasing Memories Amazon link $2.99 Review here.
Felicia Tatum - The White Aura Amazon link *FREE* Review here.
Cornelia Funke - Reckless Amazon link Free (PREVIEW not avail digitally) $8.99 Review here.
Tia Silverthorne Bach & Angela Beach Silverthorne - Depression Cookies Amazon link $3.03 Review here.
N. L. Greene - Twisted Amazon link $2.99 Review here.
Cornelia Funke - Fearless Amazon link $8.89 Review here.
Allyson Gottlieb - Darkest Legacy Amazon link $0.99 Review here.
Jamie McGuire - Red Hill Amazon link $7.59 Review here.
Rick Riordan - The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Book 4) Amazon link $7.14 Review here.
Megan Curd - Steel Lily Amazon link $0.99 Review here.

And now, the awesome video!!

On to the fun for today! The Rundown:

Renee Novelle Reflections Amazon Kindle $0.99
Marc Nash An Eye For An Eye For An Eye Amazon Kindle $2.99
Robin Murphy Federal City's Secret Amazon Kindle $2.99
*Rebecca Trogner The Last Keeper's Daughter Amazon Kindle $7.99*
*Scott Marlowe The Five Elements Amazon Kindle $2.99*
S.G. Night Attrition: the First Act of Penance Amazon Kindle $4.98
Niramisa Weiss The Liar Amazon Kindle $9.60
*L.K. Evans Keepers of Arden: The Brothers Volume 1 Amazon Kindle $2.99*
Kimberley Clark The Species Within (Battles in the Dark #1) Amazon Kindle $2.99
Elle Todd The Elect Amazon Kindle $2.99
Ginette Atcheson The Legacy: Fate Amazon Kindle $0.99
Jay Allan Storey Eldorado Amazon Kindle $3.99
*Sarah Mäkelä The Witch Who Cried Wolf Amazon Kindle $0.99*
Doris Schneider Borrowed Things Amazon Kindle $4.95
Cat Brown Awakening (The Dark Rituals Book 1)  Amazon Kindle $0.99
Christina Marie Morales Ambience Amazon Kindle $0.99
*Felicia Tatum Masked Encounters Amazon Kindle $0.99*
Molly Taggart Roots that Clutch Amazon Kindle $2.99
Stephanie Erickson The Cure Amazon Kindle $2.99
Peprah Boasiako The Hitman Amazon Kindle $0.99
Massimo Marino Daimones Amazon Kindle $2.99
Felicia Tatum Mangled Hearts Amazon Kindle $1.99
Beem Weeks Jazz Baby Amazon Kindle $3.99
C.S. Janey Surrender To You Amazon Kindle $2.51
Judy Goodwin Heart of the Witch Amazon Kindle $2.99
Jerrie Brock Something Taken Amazon Kindle $2.99
Heidi Angell The Hunters Amazon Kindle $4.99
David T Griffith The Bestiarum Vocabulum Amazon Kindle $3.99
Kathy Garlock Gone for a Soldier Amazon Kindle $2.99
Molly Taggart Off Target Amazon Kindle $2.99
Emily Street The Velocipede Races Amazon Kindle $3.99
Heidi Angell Elements of a Broken Mind Amazon Kindle $4.99
Edward M Wolfe Devon's Last Chance Amazon Kindle $0.99 
S.G. Daniels The Druid's Doorway Amazon Kindle $3.99
Vardan Partamyan The After/Life Amazon Kindle $0.99
Tina Brescanu Destined Union Amazon Kindle $4.99
Liney Westlund Stella's Saga: Book One Amazon Kindle $2.99
Beth Deitchman Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven Amazon Kindle $3.99
Gloria Manjarrez Train to Nowhere Amazon Kindle $2.99
Eric A. Maskell The Veil Amazon Kindle $2.99
Skylar Hamilton Burris The Strange Marriage of Anne de Bourgh Amazon Kindle $2.99
Erin McDowell Dark Luminance Amazon Kindle $3.99
Gloria Manjarrez Finnegan's Quest Amazon Kindle $4.99
Emily Street and Beth Deitchman The Painted Dog and Other Stories Amazon Kindle $2.99
Heidi Angell Angel's Dance Amazon $10.72 (I can't sample this one - no Kindle version)
Gloria Manjarrez Emperor's Hostages Amazon Kindle $2.99

If you entered and your name doesn't appear in the above list, you forgot to do something on the Rafflecopter OR you sent me a print only book (which I cannot sample). Only those authors with three entries on the excel form made it into this list. If you only left your book pitch and link in the comments, I didn't pick it up. You gotta fill out the form.

Remember, every book that's pitched stays in until the end! I'll announce a new choice every day. If you're an author, be sure you're following along each day to get a new way to join me on social media (this will matter when your review goes up). You can enter a book each day if you come back and fill out the new Rafflecopter form.

Now for the winner announcement for the prizes!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And, the Indie author winner for today is:

The Bestiarum Vocabulum (TRES LIBRORUM PROHIBITORUM) by David T Griffith and a slew of other authors.

Congratulations! Your book has been shared, tweeted, pinned, and added to my Goodreads TBR list for this contest.

I chose it because it's unique, well written, and scary (love scary!).

From now until day 12, that book will be recognized with an * after the title when I do my rundown.

**Kindly remember there's no guarantee your book will be reviewed by me. You did get a purchase and I'll try my best to read it. But if I find I can't give it more than 2 stars, I won't write the review.**

It's time for today's widget!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for coming to the party! We're halfway there.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Good Morning day 7! And good morning, Jo :)

    I was a step ahead on this one. Great video, btw.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Good Morning, L. K. (from both of us)! HA! Look at you, rocking it out :) Welcome back to the party!! Today promises to be busy busy but thanks for the well wishes :) I hope you have a great day, too!

  2. I'm impressed by how much reading and reviewing you manage to do in a year! Thanks for your support of indie authors.

    1. Thanks, Skylar! I try to help others as much as I've been helped along the way. I think, if we don't stick together, we haven't got a snowball's chance :) Welcome back and thanks for popping in a little blog love :)

  3. Great video and thanks for reviewing my books =)

    1. Thanks, Heather! When I clicked publish, I realized The Final Omen wasn't in there. *SMH* Well, there's always next year :) I intend to review The Memory Witch, too. You know how long I've been jawing at you for that one!!

  4. Jo, the link to your goodreads account is not working, fortunately I was able to find it by entering your name! You can look at a sample of Angel's Dance on Smashwords The Kindle Version should be available in the next week or so. I am going to go ahead and enter it today under the Smashwords link because you can purchase a mobi file there. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!!

    1. Fixed it! And thanks for the heads up, Chicka! Okay, I'll dance on over there and grab it :) Thanks for letting me know! Merry Christmas to you, too!

  5. I guess it would be Melissa Schroeder. I get Indies and Agency authors confused at times.
    Thank you so much for the giveaways!

    1. I do, too, Kimberly! I'll have to check that author out. Thanks for giving her a nod. That's what we're all about :)

  6. Jo, this is fun! And I need fun amidst the craziness of Christmas.

    If you like a romantic suspense featuring a rugged sheriff and a gutsy female army officer, and sparkle with lots of snow, you'll want to take an afternoon off and read Cold Sweat - Heart & Endurance Series.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. J. S. I LOVE strong women in books. While it's nice for a lady to be rescued by a knight in shining armor now and then, reading about it over and over gets stale. Thanks for pitching your book! It sounds GREAT! Welcome to the fray and I'm glad you're having a good time :)

  7. My novella, That Other Kind, is up for review. According to legend, a great war occurred between two races. That Other Kind lost because they were freakishly evil and had spoiled the land. Since then, that losing race, in order to fit in, must undergo surgery as toddlers. But Seagren does not. What is to become of her?

    1. Welcome to the madness, Gloria! That Other Kind sounds like it has a great plot! I can't wait to dig into your sample. :) Thanks for taking the time to enter!!

  8. Finally caught a post in time! Thanks for doing this!

    My debut novel, Feast Island, is about seven teenagers who get transported to an alien world while trying to complete an assignment for English class. Their lives are about to be forever changed, especially once they find out they are part of an ancient prophecy on the planet Cantelia. If the teens ever want to see Earth again, they must help the islanders that they've encountered, break an evil curse, and manage to stay alive through a deadly battle.

    1. Oooooooh YA! :) This sounds awesome, Tamar! Man, I'm gonna have a difficult time staying in my quota this year. I can feel it! LOL! Welcome to the madness and good luck!

  9. What an extraordinary idea. It must be costing you a fortune buying all these books. Even if you don't select my offering you still deserve a big shout out for what you're doing here Thanks..

    My ebook is called We Are Toten Herzen. The idea came out of a music project in 2012 when I was reluctant to produce a batch of rock songs in my own name. I dropped on the idea of creating a fictitious rock band with a back story and the whole thing just grew into a monster. Now the first novel is out, the second is on the way next year and there could be two spin off series to boot. There aren't enough hours in the day. Anyway, a quick pitch of the novel is as follows:

    I wanted to write something paranormal and monstrous, but without the usual cliches of the genre. The novel poses the question: if you could live your life again what would you do? It's an urban fantasy and a dark comedy, populated by eccentrics, nutters, dangerous guitarists and hapless executives. It raises as many questions as it answers and opens up the potential for a new mythology. The myth of Toten Herzen. Hoax or reality? One day maybe even I'll find out, and I'm the author!

    Off to click my third entry on the rafflecopter. Thanks for the opportunity to pitch.


    1. Howdy, Chris! Welcome to the holiday insanity. :) I'm not buying them all, just the winning ones :) I do "sample" each one and if the writing and story are good, I put them on the review list. I love books that step outside the box. Nutters! LOL! I'm cracking up. I'll be diving into your book sample today. Good luck!

  10. Grats to all the winners! Love that I have 3 new books to read now!

    And I looked like this >>>>> :O ... after seeing the list from last year :) Nice video, btw!

    1. LOL! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them :) I often read 2-4 books at once so I go a few weeks with no reviews, then they come in clumps. I can't help it. My brain needs to be fed. :) Thanks for the compliment. Your book sample is awesome, btw. Just FYI. ;)

  11. Back once again. Already pitched my book Ambience the last few days for a review. Thanks again for the contest.

    1. Welcome back, Christina :) You're welcome for the contest! You can just comment for fun and prizes hehe

  12. Cheers for running this contest. It's really helpful for indie authors (as you'll know, having been leapt upon by a small army of us) and I hope it helps to build up your own profile/traffic as well.

    Anyway, now that I've gotten niceness out of the way, time for self-promotion :p

    I hope you give Sir Edric's Temple a crack. It's a fantasy comedy of middling length (halfway between a novel and a short story, about 40k words) which follows the misadventures of Sir Edric, his pathologically loyal manservant Dog, the prudish elf Lysandra and a man called Colin.

    1. Ahem, sorry, I suffered premature publication. This has never happened to me before...

      You should give it a shot because there's never a dull moment. The pace of the comedy is fast and there's practically no filler whatsoever. Edric's a knight, but of a cowardly/lustful variety, whereas the manservant he looks down upon is far more noble.

      There are cracking one-liners throughout, some old and some new fantasy creatures (such as the Ursk, a race of brutal slavers who see humans as a sort of edible currency), and the plot twists significantly right to the very end.

    2. OMG! So glad I didn't have coffee in my mouth when I read that. It would be all over my computer. That's FUNNY. Your book sounds WONDERFUL! I have the sample and will dive on into it today. Thanks for pitching, Thaddeus, and welcome to the craziness!

  13. This is an incredibly interesting and inventive marketing idea. I take my hat off to you. I'm now going to have to spend the next few hours going through all the wonderful books you've had submitted.

    On that note, I should submit my own as well.

    Dead and Buryd is the first book of a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit. It follows Georgianna, a medic from a race forced into servitude, as an unexpected spark begins the revolution against their oppressors.

    This book is what I like to call accessible sci-fi, as while there is a rich and distinctive setting with new races, places, and technology, the main focus of the story is the characters. This brings the story in, giving it a very personal motive, instead of an outsider's perspective in an ongoing war. With action, romance, friendships and sacrifices, both sci-fi fans and readers who have never touched sci-fi have enjoyed this book, and I think you might too.

    1. I had added the link via the Rafflecopter, but on second thought, thought I should maybe add it here too...
      Dead and Buryd

    2. I like character driven plots, Chele! Thanks for pitching it! I grabbed your sample and will be reading through the new ones today :) Welcome to the blog and good luck. Dead and Buryd sounds like a cool story! I can't wait to dig in.

  14. Aahh I won!!! Thanks so much for such an opportunity Jo.

    1. *squee* You're welcome, Peprah! :) Thanks for participating with fervor!! I love authors that take their work seriously!!

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