I first stumbled upon Blog Tour de Force a few months ago, well past the Veteran’s Day tour where each author gave one free book to each commenter AND a soldier. I thought that rocked. I mean, that really rocked! Maybe it’s my family’s past in the military that made me extra excited about that, but maybe not. I mean, my husband was a Marine, not a soldier, but still. Anything that benefits soldiers, readers, reviewers, and blog visitors is a huge win. And free books? What’s not to love?
I signed up, of course, because I wanted to participate in the reviews in 2012, hoping the Veteran’s Day tour returns. So I’m on the Blog Tour de Force mailing list, and if you’re not on there, too, you should be. Here’s why:
Everyday this week I’m getting an email about the Indie Book Collective’s “Get Loaded” tour. One author a day is giving away a free copy to every commenter. It’s that easy. In addition, the IBC is doing other giveaways, including a free Kindle, and authors are giving away gift baskets.
Here’s the lineup:
- January 23: A Hustler’s Promise by Jackie Chanel
- January 24: Neiko’s Five Land Adventure by AK Taylor
- January 25: ANEW by Chelsea Fine
- January 26: Book of Mercy by Sherry Roberts
- January 27: Secrets (Guardian Trilogy: Book 1) by Liz Schulte
It’s a blog hop, and I’m pretty sure you can catch up on past participants until the end of the week, so it’s not too late. I really love authors who participate in these kinds of things. They deserve some support and definitely some reviews, so if you receive a free book, make sure you review it for them. It’s good karma.
SPEAKING of book reviews, I’ve updated Blackbird with the following:
Well, enjoy. I hope you all have an excellent Wednesday.
How do people find time to do anything in December?
I’m sorry to all of you who are waiting on me for something or another: book reviews, beta reading, and social get-togethers. This is my official apology, and it applies to all of November, December, and… quite possibly, January.
November was busy. I was balancing a few too many things. Then there was my husband’s birthday and Thanksgiving— the first one at our house. I was also really diving into my role as editor for Grit City Publications, or at least trying to. I talked to a LOT of writers last month. It was NaNoWriMo, after all. So I pushed my own projects off ’til December.
December, as it turns out, is ridiculous. There’s the holidays, of course— a feat much larger to those of us with huge, complicated families. And there’s work to be done, just like every other month (although one of my clients pushed my deadline up a whole month out of nowhere.) And a baby to care for— of which I’m eternally grateful. Then there’s my husband who works 10 hour shifts 7 days a week to complete his jobs before the weather turns to winter for good. And did I mention the holidays?…
Anyway, I’m looking forward to a few things: Practice Cake by Dalya Moon, The Willing by C.S. Splitter, This Devil’s Dice by Jackson Spence, Get Unstuck! For Freelancers by Linda Formichelli, The Rise of Majick by Jay Taylor, A Sane Woman by Anthony Lee Collins, and some others.
I’ve also been in a huge zombie apocalypse mood ever since addicting myself to the AMC show, The Walking Dead. (I know, when do I have time for TV, you ask? When the baby keeps me up all night and I can’t concentrate on work or reading, that’s when.) I was already a fan of the graphic novels, you see, so this addiction only required a small leap of faith. I was rewarded. The show is freaking awesome.
On that note, I’m looking forward to the suggestions for zombie apocalypse books I received from my tweeps yesterday: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, and some shorts by R.L. Schaeffer. And I’m reading World War Z, finally, which was a gift I received from a fellow zombie fan several years ago.
So reviews are upcoming. That’s the point. Just be patient with me. I have zero time-management skills.
Lastly, a special shout-out to all of my rockin’ guest bloggers. Thank you for keeping my blog alive when I can’t give it the attention it deserves.