Sunday, January 09, 2011

Killer Fiction's Kick Off the New Year Contest!!!!


There's nothing better than a contest to kick off the year! Here at Killer Fiction, we'd like to thank all our readers for a fabulous 2010 and kick off 2011 in fine fashion. And what better way to kick off the new year than with free stuff! All the rules for the contest are on the sidebar, so read up and make sure you're entered to win great prizes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All contest winners will be drawn the weekend following the end of the contest. So if you didn't hear about the contest right away, don't despair - you can still go back to previous blog posts and enter.

For my blog day, I am giving away a $25 egift card to BN.com or amazon.com - winner's choice! I'm also offering a free download of TROUBLE IN MUDBUG, the first book in the Ghost-in-Law mystery/romance series, from Jan. 10th through the 21st. Just visit Smashwords, buy TROUBLE IN MUDBUG and enter coupon code BR76Y at checkout. You can select any digital format from Smashwords, even those that don't require an ereader or ereader software. Enjoy! To see all of my available backlist and read excerpts, please visit my author website. For those of you who have already visited in the last couple of months, you'll see a change - I have my original covers back for all the books except UNLUCKY! The cover artist tracked me down and offered me digital rights, so my fabulous covers are back in place. A very Happy New Year for me!

For my official contest blog post, I decided to share with you the story of my first ever reader review. I once told my critique partner that I wanted to be a writer because books had given me so much pleasure all my life, and that if I could give that feeling to even one person, I would be successful. And then I got my first review.

The review was from a professional reviewer on an advanced reader copy of RUMBLE ON THE BAYOU. The review was glowing and I was beside myself with happiness. Of course, I immediately emailed the reviewer to thank her for the wonderful review and that's when I got more than I bargained for.

The reviewer emailed back and said how much she'd enjoyed the book and that it had been a real surprise. Then she went on to say that she'd dreaded that month coming because her child had died that month the year before. But, she said, when she was reading my book, she forgot about everything for just a little while and even laughed.

Totally made me cry.

Words are powerful. Words CAN change someone's life, even if only to allow laughter for just a few fleeting moments.

So take as much time as you have to read a good book. And if you really enjoyed it, email the author and let them know. Anyone who knows much about the business of writing knows we're not in it for the money. We're in it because we love a good book and there's no greater high than producing one yourself.


Deadly DeLeon

168 comments:

Emmanuelle said...

Thank you for the free read !!! As soon as I'm done with my response I'm downloading it.

I've already written to some of my favorite authors, right after I've "discovered" them, lol. I know I always feel very grateful when I read the kind of book I would have looooved to write (if I had any talent I mean). I wrote to Kristan Higgins, Christie Craig and Susan Elizabeth ohillips. Some others too but I can't remember. I just needed to tell them how good their book had make me feel.
Also I received nice sweet replies from them... and that I think is one great thing about the online romance writer community... you share with your readers !!

Thanks for the contest week and the book !

Christie Craig said...

Ohhhh, I love contests. I want to win, I want to win. Wait. Am I not allowed to win? But there are so many neat prizes. Oh, darn! LOL.

I love the post, Jana. Words really are powerful and nothing is better than hearing from readers that your words, your book, helped someone get through a tough time. It's the best big prize in this business.

CC

JoanneR said...

I always try to contact an author after reading a book and I have gotten some wonderful responses back. I have always envied authors their ability to take you away from your life and bring you into their story. Thanks for the great opportunities to win your fabulous prizes, including your great books!

yvonne said...

I love reading and contests. thanks for this one.
Yvonne

susanann said...

I love reading and a free download is great. Just have to figure out how to do it. When I read a good book I recommend it to my friends. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks for having this contest.

CrystalGB said...

It was so nice of the reviewer to email you such nice comments.
Thank you for the great contest.

hotcha12 said...

THANK YOU, I LOVE COOKS WITH HEA THAT MAKE ME CRY!

lindarb49@hotmail.com

cmltx said...

I also love contests: Interested in reading "Trouble in Mudbug"

Danielle said...

Thanks for the free read! I have your book and enjoy them.

Jana DeLeon said...

Emmanuelle - I write to authors, too. :) And you're right, they are very nice.

LOL Christie - our prize is having published books so that we can host a contest.

Thanks, Joanne! We really do appreciate hearing from readers, so thank you for contacting authors when you loved their work.

yvonne - you're welcome!

susanann - you can even download the book in pdf format. So as long as you have Adobe reader, you're good. :)

Crystal - you're welcome! Enjoy!

Marla said...

I love reading and I love winning! Thanks for the great contest.

Lisanne624 said...

Wow, what a great gift you got as well as a review! Sometimes we don't realize the impact we can have on others.

lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

Diane said...

Contests are always fun and by joining in it, we get to meet new authors. Great start to the New Year!

Rebekah E. said...

Thanks for the free read. I can't wait to read it.

Valli said...

Thanks for this opportunity. The only thing better than reading would be the ability to create such wonderful stories. Thank YOU for the many hours of pleasure you provide.

Ingeborg said...

Great contest. Thank you.

Kathy Ivan said...

Jana

You know I've loved all of your books, you're writing (and you) are terrific.

Great blog post, by the way. Getting that first review, especially when it is a great one, just seems to make wall the effort and agony that we pour into a book seem worth it.

Hope this year brings you lots of better times.

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the free download, I'll be doing that soon. I love recommending authors to all my friends and family and online. Thank you for the great giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

Jennifer Louden said...

I love free reads. I also understand the first reviewer. I use books for that relief of the real world as well. Finding a good book can take you to another place. Thanks to all the authors.

Jennifer Louden said...

Does anyone know why there are so few full length Christmas novels? There are so many anthologies and I just don't like those. I want a full read with details. Is there a reason for this lack??

petite said...

Wonderful contest. I enjoy reading so much and write to an author whose book has touched me.

Digital Misfit said...

The story of your first reader-review is so touching.
I have been a reader-reviewer a few times, and it is such a joy. I loved knowing that the author was actually going to read my opinion. Fortunately, they have all been amazing books ;)

Thank you for the freebie!

hugs,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com

Diane Pollock said...

Thanks for the great read!

Bobbie M said...

Great contest. Thanks for the contest instructions. Love all of your books.:)

Julie said...

Thank you for the free read. Looks wonderful for this snowy day. Will curl up in my snuggy with hot chocolate and enjoy. A good book on a snow day. What a treat.
Thanks.

rrshep said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your first review. I'll look out for your books when I go to the bookstore next time.

ThatBrunette said...

I feel like a big dorky fanboy when I tell authors I like their work. "Um, I liked your book . Um, thanks." I was amazed to hear that authors actually want to hear from fans.

That was a powerful piece of feedback that you got from your reviewer. You were able to touch her life and give a little bit of comfort.

Liz Lipperman said...

OMG! The reader comment would have had me crying for days. I can't relate to her grief, but I understand about how your book made her laugh. ROTB was hysterical as are all the rest.

I hope I might be able to brighten someone's day like you did.

Diana said...

I really appreciated reading your post this morning! I too, have written to authors after reading a book that really touched me. I've been using Facebook as a means to stay connected to authors..just knowing that they too read our comments has opened up a whole new world to me. Thank you for this fun contest!

Jean P said...

Thank you for the free read. Such a great way to discover a new author. Really enjoyed your post. Thanks for the great contest!

Leslie Langtry said...

I LOVE hearing from readers! In fact, some of them have become close friends over the years!

Cheryl said...

Going to go get the Mudbug... watch - you'll get me hooked on another series. Love the blog!

Julie said...

I've started reading "Trouble in Mudbug." Absolutey loving it by Page 2.

Kima said...

Thanks for the freebie, Jana. I write to all my favorite authors and do my best to meet them at conferences, book signings, etc. I work in library and authors are our favorite people. They go out of their way to thank us for helping them with research and are alway generous with their comments and PR materials for their upcoming books. You rock!

traveler said...

Great post. Thanks for the free read. Reading is something that cures all ills and transports to another realm.

orelukjp0 said...

WOW. What a wonderful contest. Good luck to all.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the free read, I look forward to it. Contests are always great!

Susan Mo said...

What a fantastic lesson you learned. I have tried to write myself and am in total awe of all people who can do it for a living. I will try to let me favorite authors know how much they inspire me. Thanks!

Belinda said...

What a nice first review. Isn't it interesting how we can affect someone's day by our actions?
Thanks for the contest!
1bmore @ gmail . com

Maureen said...

What a great party you are having! Your post was lovely and reminds me what an impact books have upon our daily lives.

Anne said...

Thank you for the read download. I'd already read the whole series, but I now have an e-reader so I'll appreciate being able to take the first book with me anywhere.

You're sign off "Deadly DeLeon" made me smile.

Thanks!

Darla said...

Please enter me into the contest! Thank you for the free eread.

Nancy said...

For some unknown reason today is the first time I have been in this blog. Jana, I sometimes have written to authors but really not as much as I should.

I have only been able to read Mischief in Mudbug but definitely want to read your other books.

If I was to win today's prize it would go to getting your books.

Cheryl said...

I have read and enjoyed all your books. They have a happy home in one of my bookcases. Thanks for the contest.
Cheryl

Virginia said...

Great post, I have contacted authors a few times over books that were really good. I can't say I do it with all books but some books just stand out. I have found a lot of great new authors and if there books are really good I do try to let them know. Thanks for the wonderful contest, will try to make it by every day.

Diana in SoFla said...

Jana, I would slog through swamps to get your books - is slog a word? But I would do it, they bring so much fun escapism into my world. I can't thank all of the wonderful, fun authors who provide me with hours and hours of entertainment.
Just one request - could you all please write faster?!
Diana in SoFla

krisgils33 said...

I've had many misconceptions about authors cleared up since becoming involved in the whole social media thing. One being that once published, forevermore published. The other being that it may not be all that lucrative and is done more for love than financial reward. So I say this as often as I can: thank you from the bottom of my heart. Often when I tell an author I enjoyed their book, I get an outpouring of gratitude. But, it is me who is forever grateful! I get all the rewards from reading books, without having to put forth any of the effort and I truly appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into writing as well as the nail-biting pressure of getting published!!! THANK YOU!!

Gemma Halliday said...

Wow, what a great first review story! That kind of response makes every deadline worth it. ;)

~Gemma
(who is bummed she can't win a prize either)

Donna said...

Love your story about the power of words. Looking forward to the free read. Thanks!

Lynn and That Baby said...

Great post, Jana. What a wonderful story about the reviewer! I've mucked about in this site a little before when I saw you mention it, but I'm bookmarking it today.

Rylee Myst said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaways on this blog!

I absolutely loved the story from your reviewer. Makes your heart feel good, doesn't it?

mjg6657 said...

I loved the comment you made about your first review. It's amazing how you can loose yourself in a really good book< I have done it may times. I am an avid reader, most of the time, it's at least one book a day, sometimes more. I have downloaded Trouble in Mudbug and I thank you for the free download, I'm sure I will enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work!!

TerriOsburn said...

I think I already have TIM in paperback, but I'm addicted to my eReader now and if I can get it on there, even better. I'll be downloading tonight, thanks!

What a great review story. I've spent most of my life getting by with the help of numerous good books. I can't imagine my life without them!

sadangel said...

Words are very powerful. I need to start reading some more authors, such as yourself!

misskallie2000 said...

I have been reading over 60 yrs and hope to continue for the rest of my life. I love great books and there are so many out there. Of course I love HEA as these really make me feel good. Mystery and suspense make my brain work to figure out who done it. lol Thanks to all the authors who just want to entertain us and provide us with an escape in a great book. I know reading kept me sane when I was going through tough times.

I guess I was not a good girl this yr because Santa did not bring me a ereader..But maybe I can win one.
Thanks for the free book.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

☞ ⒶⓃⓃⒺ ☜ said...

Jana, I must admit that your books have made me laugh page after page!!!

By the way...great contest!!!

Robin Kaye said...

Oh Jana - What a lovely story. I have to say I live for reader mail *waves at Emmanuelle & Danielle* and great reviews. I tweeted a Thank You to Eloisa James for her wonderful review and she tweeted back "My pleasure. I really loved your book." It doesn't get much better than that. Now I have a definite girl crush on EJ! lol

Annie H. said...

Congrats on the great review! Can't wait to read the book!! Thanks!

Mo said...

Readig is such a great way to escape from real life if only for a few hours. I do appreciate all that you authors put into a book. I try to send my thanks and online blogs like this make it so much easier to do so.

naturegirl said...

Books can definitely transport you to other places and another frame of mind, letting you leave behind your own world and troubles. Thanks for the gift card giveaway and the free download!

Pat L. said...

I enjoyed reading about your review.

I have read several of your books and enjoyed them; look forward to more.

RW1010 said...

What a great story! There have been so very many books that I've said to myself that I need to let that author know just how much I enjoyed her (or his) writings, but it's been rare that I've actually acted on it. That review had to let you know you took the right step in becoming an author!
P.S. Thank you for the contest too

irish said...

Thank you so much for the free read! The first review you shared brought me to tears and I understand the reviewer so well. There have been certain books that I have read that really touched my heart or let me escape into a world of less stress and worry. I always let the writer know as sometimes you are not sure if they know what a big impact their words can have on someone's life and I like to thank them for becoming a writer, as without them my world would be so much smaller and so much duller!

Suzan Harden said...

As a reader, it's always a thrill when a writer repsonds to your fangirl drool.

Kathy Bacus said...

Love the story, Jana. It's always a thrill to hear from a reader whose life was made a little brighter by your words.

And now, back to that writing.

Brandy said...

I'm always worried about contacting an author of a book I've enjoyed. I worry I'll be a bother. But, I do try to comment on their blog, once I've gotten up the nerve.
I'll be sure to download the free read, thank you very much!

TheWaldos said...

Just the term "ghost in law" has me cracked up!

What a great concept and thanks for sharing the download with us.

Too cool and too generous.

JC Waldo
castlewaldo@gmail.com

Judy T. said...

Thank you for the free read and this wonderful contest.

Angela said...

I love your website--and the photo of you and your pooch!

Angela said...
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hannasmom said...

Your post regarding your first review gave me goosebumps. I would love the chance to win this week. Thanks.

Susan P. said...

Authors usually are very nice people! The ones I've met at book signings (even though there isn't much time between people in line) seem to enjoy comments from readers. Nice to know the comments by readers are read by the authors. Thanks for the free download. Free is always good.

Julie said...

I love your books Jana! I hope I win the contest!

Mr. Mike said...

Free ebook by Jana and a chance to win a Kindle? What's not to love?

ricawrites said...

So true. Words are inspiring, and for those who have a special way with words, it is their privilege and duty to use them to encourage others. Thanks for the great post!

starryann said...

you are right words are a powerful tool. It is always a great idea to let an author know you love their work.Authors do so much to take you away from daily cares and let you enter a different world.

thanks for the contest,would be great to win kindle or whatever other prize since Jan is my birthday,great birthday present lol. good luck to everyone else entering contest and have a great week. oh yes and thanks to all our great authors who entertain us.

Jeannie said...

With this day and age when money is always tight, it's nice to see we can always find a free read. When I can read 3/4 books a week, I down too maybe 2, unless I can find a free read. The amazing thing is, when I find those rare free reads, it's someone new and I'd say 98% of the time the have reader for life, there usally the newbies getting started and there "FRESH" reads. Keep writing and we'll keep reading.

Refhater said...

Thanks for the download and the oppertunity.

Have a good one today.

catslady said...

I always thank anyone that is thoughtful enough to send me a book. And if I enjoy the book I also write. Most authors do seem to appreciate it when I tell them how much I enjoyed their book. One good deed deserves another lol. Reading gives me such joy and where would we be without you wonderful authors!!

annalisa said...

Your story of your first reader review was very touching.

Also, thank you for the free read. I have discovered many new to me authors by reading a free book. It is much appreciated! :)

Stephanie said...

Just went and downloaded Trouble in Mudbug! Thanks so much!!

MISSJAN1 said...

Santa didnt bring me a kindle and it was the only thing on my list that I really wanted. Reading is my favorite passtime and I have been addicted for years. Wish me luck.

joder said...

Thanks so much for the freebie! Since I'm snowed in it will be nice to have something to read.

I have written a few authors to commend them on their writing and always worried I was bothering them. Thanks for reassuring me that the moment is greatly appreciated.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Sara said...

I agree, words are very powerful, whether used in a positive or negative way. Thanks for the story download, I'll figure out how to do that afterwards. :) Thanks also for the great giveaway, I'm so excited! :D

Thought Before Action said...

I was always to chicken to write a thank you to my favourite authors. Sadly, both have died- Dick Francis and James Herriot. I read and reread their books all the time.

I also read your first 2 MudBugs and loved them Jana.

roseyandbasil At yahoo Dot ca (not dot com)

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story about the reviewer.

David L Rattigan said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Robin said...

Always love to discover new authors. Can't wait to read....

Alos love the contest!

robinuchio@gmail.com

Chelsea said...

Ooh, a contest. How exciting. :D

kansassweet43 said...

What a great post. I read books to be entertained or just to get away from my troubles for awhile. Comedy does that for me. People always look at you funny when you're laughing out loud because of something that happened or was said on a particular page. I don't care about that though, I just tell them you should read this book
it's hilarious. Sometimes life is really difficult and you authors give us a chance to escape them if even for a little while.
Thanks

hofken said...

I agree that reading can totally take you out of your (sad, mad, etc) situation and put you somewhere else. In Tucson, we're all suffering right now and I can't wait to get home and read my gaslight mystery - that's where I want to be tonight!

Thanks!
Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

Sue A. said...

I believe reading is about connecting with another human being and the strongest connection is made when the link involves emotions. Thanks to all the authors who make us smile, laugh and cry!

Pumkin5364 said...

What a wonderful way to start your writing career! I do understand what the reviewer was saying, I have been through tough times and it's writers like you that make them bearable. Thank you for sharing with us such a touching moment. Thank you for the free book too!

Cherie J said...

Thanks for the free read! Wow! What an awesome compliment! I am sure that made your day. You certainly made me think as well. I don't always remember to thank an author when I read a book that especially when I am touched or inspired. That is something that I need to do more often. Thanks for a great contest as well.

TreviƱo-Blanquet Glass Art said...

Thanks for posting about this content and for offering the free book download. I look forward to reading it!

bison61 said...

so true that words are powerful. thanks for the free download and for the contest

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

LSUReader said...

Thanks for the free download. My name here is a dead giveaway (how appropriate for this site!) that I LOVE Mudbugs! I enjoyed your column.

Kay said...

Thanks, Jana, for the free read. I've had Trouble in Mudbug on my "want to read" list for a while now.

That's so wonderful that your book helped that reviewer through a difficult time.

Books are so powerful & touch our lives in so many ways. I make it a habit to contact an author when I've been moved by their writing. I've made some really wonderful acquaintances that way.

Judy F said...

Happy Monday. I loved your other books. Am looking to find the last in the mudbug series. Can't wait to read your newest book by HQ.

Tori Lennox said...

Hooray for the free read! Thanks!!!

Thank you too for sharing your review story. *sniffle*

Lisa said...

Thanks for the free read! The contest sounds like a blast. I almost cried when I read the part about the lady who lost a child and found comfort in your book. Wow! That's powerful. I hope to touch someone's life through my writing like that someday.

gigi said...

I always sent a complementary email to an author. I know how much I enjoy getting positive mail. I also believe in patting a person on the back for a job well done.

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed your post. I have written to authors and I've met some in person as well and I enjoyed telling them just how much I loved their books.
I can say that reading a great book does help in times of trouble, to take you away for a while and forget about things.

abclark said...

I love a contest! I recently started reading everything from Christie Craig. I get a little bit of tunnel vision when I read a book that I like, I then read everything else by that author.

Laurie Faelan said...

I really believe in the power of the written word. Many times in my life when a book as gotten me through some rough times or made me think or just gave me a great deal of pleasure for one afternoon. It must of meant a lot to you to get that kind of feedback.

Thanks for the ebook, I'm looking forward to reading it!

laurieire at hotmail dot com

slehan said...

I am a voracious reader. When I read a book that moves me I do like to contact the author. Feedback is good. Thanks for the contest.
I'll take the Amazon cert.
slehan at juno dot com

Amy said...

Great blog! Wow, 100's of comments! Please enter me in the contest! :) Thanks!

amaebi said...

Whoa, what a great group, and what a great website!

You might want to check with your webwrangler, though-- the sidebar was all mixed with your post on my IE. :/

robynl said...

I tell others about great authors and the books they have written and pass along great books I've read. I realize I fall short on letting the author know what I thought. Thanks.

yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

Jana DeLeon said...

Wow! This has been absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much to everyone for posting and I'm so glad that more of you are going to start contacting writers.

Good luck with your contest entries and here's to a fantastic 2011!

SugarBooty said...

This sounds like a great giveaway! Count me in!

Cricket said...

I *loved* Trouble In Mudbug when I read it a few months ago - I actually kind of miss all the folks of Mudbug now that I've finished the series!

That is such wonderful news about you getting your covers back as well! Congrats! :)

Gary said...

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win

Kristi said...

I've read all of your books and they are laugh out loud funny. Hopefully there are many more.

Kammie said...

What a touching story! I like to escape away, too, when times are a bit tough. I don't have a stitch of writing skills. lol I'm so grateful for those who can. Don't know what I'd do if I didn't have a book to pick up and read.

Judy said...

I love contests!! Thanks for the free download. I enjoyed your post.

Heather said...

It is nice to read that you got some really great feedback! Many people don't always take the time to respond positively to anything, let alone a positive response to reading a great story. What is wonderful about this day and age with technology what it is, is the ability to send a note instantly to whomever one desires!

Darquestar said...

Jana:

What a terrific feeling that must have been. Your gift enabled a person in pain to experience joy for a little while. That's absolutely awesome.

Naturally, I'm going to have to read the book. I'm sure I'm going to love it.

Regards,
Richard

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Great post. How nice to know you made someone who had to have been in the depths of sorrow laugh.

I don't recall if I've ever written an author, though I did friend a writer who was new to me on facebook recently and I told her in my request that she was my new 'writing hero' and that I loved her books.

Masha said...

Nice to have punlished a critique.

Nancy said...

Good post - I never really thought about emailing or writing an author before - will definitely keep this in mind!

Jeanette J said...

What a lovely story. I was a bit teary eyed just reading about it. Thank you.

ParaJunkee said...

That is such a wonderful story. I love when a book overwhelms you and you can't even think about real life because you are so caught up in the book. Gives credit to the author ;)

Bethany said...

I don't know how many authors I've emailed to tell them I love their books. I've even had a few respond. One such author is mystery author, Laura Childs. It's been a real treat to become email buddies with her.

And of course the great Christie Craig. But she already knows I think she rocks. :-)

Great post and good reminder :-)

lanie said...

Books are a great escape.

Robyn said...

So excited for this contest! I'm a reviewer for OUAR and loved Trouble in Mudbug.

Thanks!
coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

thanks for the free read!

dhenry said...

Just signed up again! Good site.

dhenry said...

Just signed up again! Good site.

sonya said...

thanks for the chance to win and the Free Read

GraceKrispy said...

Great post! I agree- books are awesome! Can't wait to check out yours :) Thanks for the free read- this is my first visit to your blog

trishababe said...

Jana, I love your books but had trouble finding your latest. Saw the explanation on your website. I was able to order through B&N, so will pick it up tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your talent. I'm an avid reader and keep all my favorite authors' books - but am running out of storage room! Keep on writin' - I'll keep on readin'

Pat Cochran said...

Great contest! Thanks for the opportunity to participate!!

Patricia Cochran
p-cochran@juno.com

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I love to get emails from readers - it's wonderful to know when someone has enjoyed your book.

Lauren said...

Thanks for the free read and the great contest.

I enjoyed reading your post. That's the fantastic thing about a great book, it can take you away to a whole other place and make you forget about life for a while.

LMcLendon said...

"There's nothing better than a contest to kick off the year!"

I couldn't have said it better myself. On top of that, I don't just want a Kindle, I need this Kindle!! :) Thanks for the chance!!

snulfers said...

I love a good book! Writers have my greatest respect for letting me into their worlds.

Linda said...

What a beautiful story. Those words must have made you feel good

amaebi said...

Ah, now I could read the blog post, and what a story about that review.

Comfort and delight, whether through stories of murder or stories of love. That's what it's about.

Will said...

My Beloved devours a mystery of some sort every few days. As she nears the end of MacDonald's "Travis McGee" series, I'm ordering the Ghost-in-law series in print form in hopes of keeping her happy.

Donna said...

This is a great contest. thanks!

Ollie said...

What a beautiful story about the reviewer and how she found laughter during a difficult time period in her life. I do the same for myself. I try to escape from dwelling on my current situation through books and it helps me tremendously.

Thank you for this giveaway.

Libby said...

Thanks for the free ebook! That's a very touching story about the reviewer of your book, I think one of the reasons I love to read so much is that I can escape the real world.

Jessica H said...

thanks for the contest

mee said...

keep the books coming

mariska said...

Thanks for the free read!
i will d/l it after i post this comment in order to enter to the contest :)

binabug said...

thanks for the chance to win sabina dot edwards at gmail dot com

Patrice Luneski said...

Hey Jana! How are you? Congrats on the Harlequin book! That's fab. Email me sometime so we can catch up - luneski@yahoo.com

Happy New Year!

Patrice

oregonsunshine said...

Words ARE powerful! Perhaps we should all strive to give a compliment to someone every.single.day. Maybe that would help make this world a better place?

slehan said...

I thought there was going to be a new post every day this week?
Oh, well, back to my reading.

nedma1 said...

I appreciated your blog. I ama reader. I have no desire to be an author. I'll read pretty much anything and only rarely do I say to myself how could I have wasted that much of my life reading that dreck. Reading takes me away. It makes me, laugh, cry, cringe, and think. Thanks to the internet we have greater acess to our favorite authors and can encourage them as they grow. I try to do that. I also get to thank the ones I've read for the hours of enjoyment.

Margay said...

You are so right about the reasons (most of us) really write. There is nothing quite like the rush of someone saying, "I loved your book."

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Thank you for the free read!

I also love contests and appreciate that authors think of their fans.

I really enjoyed reading your post and thanks for sharing!

slehan said...

I like to tell writers when their books have moved me to laughter, to tears or simply to think about things differently.

slehan said...

Today's answer: An attitude of gratitude goes a long way.

Janet H said...

Jana,
Thanks for the free read, and the week-plus of contests! Thanks for the reminder. I need to send some emails to several fab authors!

Countrysunrise said...

I never thought about writing to the author, because I figured that they wouldn't read the e-mail. Thank you for giving me a different slant on things. I appreciate the free book as well. That was an added treat! Have a great New Year!

Donna said...

Thanks for sharing such a great contest with your readers.

Donna said...

Thanks for sharing such a great contest with your readers.

B Alvarez said...

This is fantastic, and to get an opportunity to read one of your books? Just totally priceless!

Emily said...

Fantastic. I can't wait to read the free book.

B Alvarez said...

Just posted your link on my FB wall!

David Rouse said...

Great layout and the stories look good. Ill have to spend some time digging through the site!

littlequeenie29 said...

Wow, I just noticed the free books. Time to go download. I have commented on alot of websites of authors I really enjoy. I always like to let my opinion be known, lol.

Cathy M said...

Great post, I am looking forward to reading your free story.

Donna said...

Hey, this is a great contest idea. What great prizes.

Janean said...

It sounds like your book came into the reviewers life just when she needed it most. Words can be powerful both good and bad and the reviewer needed your good words to help her through a tramic time in her life.

Thank you for the free read of Trouble in Mudbug. I am sure it is great as your other books are as I have read a few of them. Happy Reading, Janean

Amy S. said...

Thanks for the book! It sounds very good! I do like to write the authors and tell them I enjoyed their books. I'm not good at reviewing but I wil tell you that I like a book. :)

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