Concealed (YA Dystopian) by RJ Crayton in the #BigBookGiveaway

I’m excited to be participating in the #BigBookGiveaway organized by Donna at Girl Who Reads! Donna has collected more than 20 paperback books from authors and publishers and you have the opportunity to win a box full! With a wide variety of authors and genres, you’ll find a new favorite, and if all else fails, you have gifts for upcoming events. 😉 (Sorry, international friends. Because of shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to those with a U.S. shipping address.)

If YA isn’t your thing, I’m featuring Silent Slaughter by C.E. Lawrence over on My Other Book Blog.

Concealed by RJ Crayton

When pandemics destroy the world above, the safety promised underground proves elusive. Start this page-turning series today.

Seventeen-year-old Elaan Woodson was supposed to be one of the lucky ones. She got one of the few spots in the subterranean protection unit designed to keep select families safe from the deadly virus ravaging the world above.

She’s found happiness in the routine underground, and even a budding a romance with a boy who’s also down below.

But, as Elaan hears snippets of conversations from those closest to her and those in charge, she’s beginning to think things aren’t as safe as she thought. While Elaan has heard that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, she’s beginning to think otherwise.

The truth may be the only thing that can keep Elaan safe. But, can she discover it in time?

(This is part one of the series. Read more in book two, Exposed.)

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December #Giveaway: Certificate for a Free NLT Slimline #Bible

As I’ve acquired a collection of books I’ve read and reviewed, I’m going to start doing giveaways again. Each month I’ll post a new giveaway on this blog and My Other Book Blog. If you want to be sure to be informed of the new giveaways, you can subscribe to my email list. I promise I won’t send out a ton of emails. I barely have time to check my own emails, so I know how quickly inboxes fill up.

This month, I’m giving away a certificate for a free Premium Value Personal Slimline Bible, NLT. As the certificate needs to be redeemed by Jan 1, 2015, I’ll end this giveaway on December 15. Maybe you can use this to get a Bible for a Christmas gift. We have bibles coming out our ears here. (Okay, not really. That would be painful.)

Please note this certificate must be redeemed in person in a Christian book store. If do not have a local Christian book store or are not able to redeem the certificate before Jan 1, please leave the entries for someone who can actually use the certificate. This is open to US residents only.

Tyndale certificate

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Learn About #BabysBrilliantforMilitary and Win $500 Cash!

Having a family member deployed is always hard, but particularly during the holiday season. Baby’s Brilliant is offering a free read-along book to military families. The deployed parent records themselves reading the story and Baby’s Brilliant adds it to a dedicated web page so the children can feel a little closer to Mom or Dad. You can find all the details here.

If you see something you like while you’re on their website, you can do some Christmas shopping and do some good. Baby’s Brilliant is donating 10% of all revenues for the month of December to St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Oh, and did I mention they’re also giving away a bit of cash*? Continue reading

Free Fall Recipes from eMeals + Giveaway

Free fall recipes from eMeals + Giveaway
What’s for dinner tonight? Don’t know? What about tomorrow? It can be really frustrating when your family actually wants food night after night, but it’s even more so when you have to plan day-to-day. Or worse — shop day-to-day. Experts say the best way to save money (and your sanity, I might add) is to shop with a list.

That list doesn’t do you much good, though, if the only thing on it is milk, bread, and chocolate chip cookies. (Don’t worry. I’m not going to suggest you skip the chocolate chip cookies. I wouldn’t mind if you threw one this way, though.) With eMeals, you not only get a weekly meal plan, you get a fabulous app that generates a shopping list for you! You can even add your own items to the list! (Don’t forget those cookies!) Continue reading

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: Signed Copy of Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: Signed Copy of Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. —

As it turns out, the number one challenged book (well, series, really) in 2013 was Captain Underpants, which my boys happen to love. I’m such a bad mommy.

In the event that you are as horrible as I am, and like to read things that others want to tell you you shouldn’t, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. This is a banned book with a twist. As a foreigner living in Qatar, Mohana made a special effort to make this book as unobjectionable as possible. There is no sex, no foul language, nothing that would cause the book to be banned. Except, apparently, the fact that it’s written about Qatar by a foreigner. Continue reading