Paranormal Freebies Blog Hop

These past few years had introduced me to some of the coolest books ever making my reading taste somewhat grow. And with that comes an appreciation for genres that I didn’t love much about then. I’m talking about paranormal [books]. So when I spied the Paranormal Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Molly Snow, I dug right in.

And in the spirit of things, I’m giving 1 lucky participant a chance to win a book or books of his/her choice worth $15. Catch: that or those book/s should belong to the paranormal genre.

Paranormal Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Molly Snow

Interested or know of anyone who is? Then fill in details on the rafflecopter widget (so sorry it won’t show up on the blog due to restrictions):

The giveaway ends on June 30th, 2012. So plenty of time to garner chances of winning. Enjoy and may you continue to love the paranormal genre more! 🙂

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Molly Snow, Founder of, wrote BeSwitched when she was just sixteen. As a bestselling author’s personal assistant at age twenty, she decided to do what her boss did and self publish. At age twenty-three, BeSwitched made its debut. Snow is married to her high school crush, has a set of silly twin boys and a bob-tailed cat named Meow-Meow.

Gift Card Giveaway Hop

Christmas is easily one of my most favorite seasons. So as a way to celebrate the joy and happiness that Christmas brings, I decided to join the Gift Card Giveaway Hop co-hosted by Kathy of I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

But instead of a gift card, I’m giving one lucky winner a chance to pick a book of his/her choice from The Book Depository worth $15 or less. This giveaway is open to everyone.

UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED at 12/14/11 4:02 PM

  1. Subscribe to my blog through email. (Link on the right panel of the home page.)
  2. Follow me on twitter: @travelingreadr.

That easy. 🙂

The giveaway ends on Dec 14th at 4 PM (Philippine Time) in order to accommodate those from the western countries. Drawing of winners will start immediately using Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or else I would have to draw another.

Here’s the link to the rest of the participating blogs:

Lots of cool stuff waiting to be won. Good luck! 😉

Book Giveaway Worth USD 20

One of the highlights of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week or BBAW is the huge (and I mean HUUUGGGEEEE) bunch of contests and games. Most blogs, if not all, would host one or two, with books and other swags as the major prizes. But the real strength of BBAW is the growing community of bloggers and readers who are committed to make reading a pleasure that should be enjoyed by everyone.
Here in The Traveling Reader, I would like to take part in this yearly celebration by hosting a contest as my way of saying thank you to everyone who stopped by and left kind words. It was only this year that I have become serious about blogging and reading, that’s why I’m paying back to the reading community by hosting a book giveaway. Yup, you read that right. CONTEST ALERT!!! Read on to find out more. 😉

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Roast Mortem

Beloved cozy mystery writer Cleo Coyle, whose Village Blend website has gained a cult following from among coffee addicts and the occasional java drinker, has released the 9th installment of the sinfully irresistible Coffee House Mystery, Roast Mortem.

Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle

The national bestselling author brews up another mystery-and this time, it’s New York’s Bravest that get burned

After local firefighters pull Clare out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue by teaching them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But matters really heat up when somebody is torching cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways…

Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza ovens of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike’s rescue before someone tries to extinguish her?

Win an autographed copy!

Log on to Book Trib, where One Site Is Worth Nearly A Thousand Blogs, for more details.
Hurry as promo runs until this week only. 🙂
Image courtesy of Book Trib.

You can also read the author’s interview about the inspiration behind Roast Mortem here.

To find out more about the Coffee House Mystery series, visit the author’s website: Cleo Coyle is Alice Alfonsi’s pen name as she co-writes this series with her husband, Marc Cerasini.

2 Books, 1 Fine Blog

Monster of Books header

A cool new layout, a fabulous header and a bunch of book giveaway contests. Things are certainly looking up for Monster of Books in 2010! 🙂

The Silver Blade Contest
the silver blade by sally gardner
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner

A stirring tale of magic and revolution- fans of The Red Necklace won’t want to miss it.The year is 1794. With his beloved Sido safely in England and the Reign of Terror at its height, mysterious Yann returns to revolutionary France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But while the two are apart, Yann’s Gypsy origins prejudice Sido’s guardian against their marriage, thwarting their longed-for reunion. When Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances, however, Yann must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil Count Kalliovski, rescue Sido, and help save all of France.

The sequel to Sally Gardner’s highly successful The Red Necklace is up for grabs. See the rules:
1. Visit the contest page here then fill out the contest form.
2. Get extra points for following Maura’s blog and tweeting about the contest.
3. This is open to everyone (INTERNATIONAL readers are grinning for sure!) Giveaway ends January 17, 2010.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater GIVEAWAY

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – is a haunting presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human — until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

shiver by maggie stiefvater
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Intrigued? Find out how you can win a copy!

1. Fill out the contest form here.
2. Comment on the contest post, tweet, or blog about it to score extra entries.
3. This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway. Deadline is on January 25, 2010.

I can’t stress how grateful I am for Maura on whose blog I won my first book, Suite Scarlett. So I’m really looking forward to winning again. I’m not really that greedy. Hahaha
Images courtesy of Monster Of Books.

US vs. UK (What edition do you want?)

magic under glass uk edition

Finally, another chance to win the coveted Magic Under Glass book.
My friend Memory at Stella Matutina is hosting a book giveaway contest featuring the debut novel from author Jaclyn Dolamore. Even better news, should you win, you can pick whether you want the US or the UK edition. Now how cool is that? 😉

Here’s how to win yourself a fabulous copy:

1. Visit the contest page here.
2. Leave a comment.
3. Score additional entries by posting about the contest on your facebook, twitter or on your blog. Don’t forget to mention where you posted it on your comment.
Follow Memory here: (a) twitter; and (b) blog.
4. You must live somewhere the Book Depository ships.
(Unfortunately, they don’t ship to the Philippines. But who’s gonna stop us from entering, eh? Hehe) 😀
5. Memory is planning to giveaway the US edition that is available now. But should you want the UK ed (like I do *hint..hint*), she’ll pre-order it for you as it will be available in February.
6. Contest ends January 8, midnight central time.

So what are you waiting for? Go visit her page now. 😉
Image above is the UK edition of Magic Under Glass. It has already been featured during my first attempt to win a copy.
See the story: Make Way for Some Magic.

Cleopatra’s Daughter

A fabulous book giveaway from a new-found book blogger friend, Issa Mojica of Fiction Does It Better!

One winner will get a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran and an ancient Roman coin (with certificate of authenticity)!

Cleopatra's Daughter roman coin

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

To join:

Leave a comment on her blog, Fiction Does It Better along with your email address.

For extra entries:

  • +1 Recommend a book you’d think Issa would enjoy
  • +3 for being or becoming a follower of her blog
  • +2 for following her on twitter (@austenfanblogs)
  • +1 for tweeting about this or linking to your blog or anywhere! (please include the link in your comment)

Contest is open internationally. Deadline: September 19 (actually, just a few hours more to go..hehe). So go join now! 😀
TRIVIA: Issa is also a Filipino so cheers to all Pinoy bloggers! Woohoo! ^_^

Images courtesy of

Catching Fire

catching fire by suzanne collins

From Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Catching Fire is the most-awaited sequel to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. One lucky reader will win the coveted SIGNED copy from On Our Minds @ Scholastic. Not all non-winners will go home empty-handed as five of them will each receive a cool mockingjay pin. Raring to joni? Here’s how:

Leave a comment on the Sparks are Flying discussion and answer the million dollar question: Team Peeta or Team Gale?
(Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are Katniss’s love interests in the trilogy.)

Deadline: 5:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 2.
(There was no mention though if the contest is international or not. But you’re not going to lose anything anyway by joining, so go do it! 😀 )

Special thanks to Natasha from Maw Books Blog who mentioned about this contest on her newest post. Be sure to visit her site as she also mentioned some other blogs where you can win Catching Fire items.
Original image courtesy of OOM @ Scholastic and edited for the purpose of this entry.

This blogger veered away from her self-instituted tradition of creating quirky titles as the book’s title which she used for this particular entry’s title is quirky enough. Plus, works even better to entice more people to join the giveaway contest.
(Yep, as much as I want to win that signed copy and/or pin, I’d also like it if a lot of people would go for it. The more the merrier, as they say. *wink*)

Two Ways, One [Potato Peel Pie] Goal

The sensational novel done in epistolary fashion, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is up for grabs (hurrah for us who have been wanting a copy of that! I know I do because I fell in love with the book the first time I’ve seen it). There are two ways to get it. Here’s how:

guernsey literary and potato peel pie society giveaway contest


Post a comment on answering this question:

Are a member of a book club and if so does it have a name? If so, what is it? The fancier, the better.


Random House is inviting you to send an essay on your favorite book and the lessons it taught you about a specific place, event or a period of time. Each of the 8 Grand Prize Winners will have their essays posted on the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society website for one year and a copy of the featured book signed by co-author Annie Barrows.

Click here for details, official contest rules, and restrictions.
Here’s the catch though, the contest is only open to legal US residents who are at least 18 years old.

But hey, you’re shown two ways. Either could work for you. Good luck! *wink*
On a sad note, one of the authors, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away in February 2008. Our condolences to the family and the literary world.

Original image is courtesy of and edited for the purpose of this entry. Brushes used were downloaded some time ago from various internet sources.