Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bookstagram Challenge: #iamsweetDecember

Calling all bookstagrammers!

My friend Caryn and I are hosting our very first bookstgram challenge in December! We know people are busy in December, so we made the majority of the prompts 2-day prompts. You can use the prompt on either or both days, pick and choose which prompts you'd like to do, or join us for the whole month - whatever works for you! Caryn and I will be doing shout-outs every week with our favourite pictures from the hashtag.

We hope you'll join us next month for #iamsweetDecember!

December 1 ~ “He’s making a list and checking it twice” – December TBR
December 2-3 ~ “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” – Favourite Musical Character
December 4-5 ~ “Candles in the window, shadows painting the ceiling” – Bookish Candles
December 6-7 ~ “We’re a couple of misfits” – Favourite Sidekick Character
December 8-9 ~ “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” – Book with Snow on the Cover
December 10-11 ~ “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” – Favourite First-Person Narrative
December 12-13 ~ “Happy Hanukkah!” – Diverse Books
December 14-15 ~ “All I want for Christmas is you” – Favourite OTP
December 16-17 ~ “Happy Birthday Marie!” – Favourite Fandom
December 18-19 ~ “Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads” – Favourite Sugar Plum Character (Sweet Character)
December 20-21 ~ “Winter is here” – Story set in winter
December 22-23 ~ “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – Favourite Holiday Book
December 24-25 ~ “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas” – Favourite Christmas Scene in a Book
December 26-27 ~ “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” – Favourite Villain
December 28-29 ~ “These are a few of my favourite things” – Favourite Character and Favourite Chapter in your Favourite Book
December 30 ~ “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favourite.” – Favourite Read of the Year
December 31 ~ “Auld Lang Syne” – December Wrap-up

Good luck everyone!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sunrise Author Service's Sweet & Steamy Giveaway

Welcome to the Sweet & Steamy Giveaway, hosted by Sunrise Author Services!

I'm so pleased to be sharing this amazing giveaway hosted by the company I co-own, Sunrise Author Services. The grand prize for the giveaway is a $100 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N (winner's choice) AND a bunch of e-copies of books written by the authors in the giveaway!

Here are all the amazing authors participating in this giveaway:
| Alexa Padgett | Alicia Kobishop | Brenda St John Brown | | Charlize Starr | Cheryl Phipps | Chiquita Dennie | | J. Saman | J.J. Bella | Jessica Sankiewicz | Julia Imari | | Juno Chase | Kinsey Corwin | Lilly Avalon | | Marie Landry | Mercedes Siler | PJ Fiala | R.M. Gauthier | | Robin Laine | Sherri Hayes | Simone Leigh | | Suzanne Jenkins | Tamara Ferguson | Taylor Marsh |

Be sure to follow them on their social media pages:
Alexa Padgett ~ Twitter | Facebook 
Alicia Kobishop ~ Twitter | Facebook
Brenda St John Brown ~ Twitter | Facebook 
Charlize Starr ~ Twitter | Facebook 
Cheryl Phipps ~ Twitter | Facebook
Chiquita Dennie ~ Twitter | Facebook 
J. Saman ~ Twitter | Facebook 
J.J. Bella ~ Twitter | Facebook
Jessica Sankiewicz ~ Twitter | Facebook
Julia Imari ~ Twitter | Facebook
Juno Chase ~ Twitter | Facebook
Kinsey Corwin ~ Twitter | Facebook
Lilly Avalon ~ Twitter | Facebook
Marie Landry ~ Twitter | Facebook
PJ Fiala ~ Twitter | Facebook 
Mercedes Siler ~ Twitter | Facebook
R.M. Gauthier ~ Twitter | Facebook
Robin Laine ~ Twitter | Facebook
Sherri Hayes ~ Twitter | Facebook
Simone Leigh ~ Twitter | Facebook
Suzanne Jenkins ~ Twitter | Facebook
Tamara Ferguson ~ Twitter | Facebook
Taylor Marsh ~ Twitter | Facebook

What books could you possibly win?
  1. A Brit on the Side by Brenda St. John Brown
  2. Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love by Chiquita Dennie
  3. Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes
  4. Below the Beltway by Taylor Marsh
  5. Beltway Betrayers by Taylor Marsh
  6. Between Breaths by Alexa Padgett
  7. Bittersweets Brenda and Larry by Suzanne Jenkins
  8. Bittersweets Terry and Alex by Suzanne Jenkins
  9. Christmas Miracle in July by R.M.Gauthier
  10. Christmas Miracle on Valentine's Day by R.M.Gauthier
  11. Christmas Miracle on Easter by R.M.Gauthier
  12. Daddy's Bossy Friend by Charlize Starr
  13. Mastering the Virgin: Friends (Book One) by Simone Leigh
  14. Mastering the Virgin: Partners (Book Two) by Simone Leigh
  15. New to the Game (D.C. Knights Book 1) by Juno Chase
  16. Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz
  17. Reluctant Billionaire by Cheryl Phipps
  18. Resist by Lilly Avalon
  19. RUSE: A Billionaire Single Dad Romance by J.J. Bella
  20. Securing Kiera's Love by PJ Fiala
  21. Something in the Air by Marie Landry
  22. Start Again by J. Saman
  23. The Fine Line by Alicia Kobishop
  24. The Girl in the Front of The Room by Mercedes Siler 
  25. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry
  26. Their Secret Desire by Julia Imari
  27. Two Hearts' Christmas Wish by Tamara Ferguson
  28. Unexpected by Lilly Avalon
  29. Unwell by Robin Laine
  30. What if We Break by Kinsey Corwin
How can you win? It's easy! Enter your email into the first Rafflecopter entry to subscribe to all the author newsletters. After that, you can gain MORE entries by following the authors on Twitter and visiting their fan pages on Facebook. Super easy, right??

Terms and Conditions: Open internationally. Must be 16 years of age or older to enter. Giveaway begins on November 28th, 2017 and ends at midnight EST on December 5th. Winner will be selected within a few days after the giveaway ends and notified via email. This giveaway is sponsored by 23 authors and hosted by Sunrise Author Services. All entrants will be added to all 23 author's newsletters as per the agreement with your mandatory entry. The gift card will be provided by SAS and the ebooks will be provided by each author once the winner is selected. Thank you.
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good luck everyone!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Jacquelyn Middleton’s London, Can You Wait? Book Launch in Toronto

It’s been a little over a month since Jacquelyn Middleton’s launch party for London, Can You Wait? and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. Between real life stuff (including what seems to be a fun new problem with chronic headaches that I’m getting checked by my doctor today), and launching my own book, I just haven’t had time for blogging. But...better late than never, right?

I met Jacquelyn on Instagram shortly after she released her debut novel, London Belongs to Me. I always hoped to meet her someday, especially since she only lives a couple hours from me, so I was thrilled when ‘someday’ turned out to be much sooner than expected. Getting invited to Jacquelyn's launch party for London, Can You Wait? was exciting enough, but I didn’t actually expect to be able to go since I don’t drive and my anxiety prevents me from travelling solo. Enter my friend Krista, a proposition for a mid-week mini vacation to the city, and an invitation to what promised to be an epic party, and things came together perfectly.

And it really was an epic party. Held in the Nest (a very cool, intimate party room) of the Wickson Social, the launch was the best party I’ve ever been to. Before we went, Krista and I joked about getting to attend a ‘grown-up party’; despite both of us being close to our mid-thirties, neither of us truly feels like ‘proper adults’. The few parties I attend or host usually involve little kids, not chic adults in stylish surroundings, with free-flowing booze and delicious food. But that’s exactly what Jacquelyn’s launch party was.

Meeting Jackie was definitely the highlight of the night. She’s so fun and bubbly and sweet. There was a lot of squeeing and giggling and talking about books and it was just perfection. We were there to celebrate her and her books, so what I didn’t expect was for her to gush over me. She told anyone who came near us about my bookstagram pics of London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, even whipping out her phone a few times to show people my pictures. I’m not used to people gushing about me or singing my praises, so it was unexpected and wonderful!

Besides meeting Jaquelyn, we also got to meet and chat with her husband and several of her friends. I have major social anxiety and I’m terrible at small talk (and talking to strangers in general), but everyone was so welcoming and lovely, and I was actually really proud of myself for being able to carry on conversations. It didn’t hurt that a lot of said conversations included topics like writing, books, and fangirling over celebrities.

Then there was the food. Oh. My. God. The food. Mini fish and chips, beef sliders, mushroom and scallions on crisp bread, puff pastry with cheddar, and much more. There was also an open bar, so Krista and I both tried a cider, and then she tried an ameretto sour while I had a rum and coke. Then there was dessert! Jacquelyn had a table of beautiful chocolate sprinkle cupcakes from Dlish Cupcakes, plus platters of cookies and brownies, and at the end of the night, there were mini ice cream pots! On top of all that amazingness, there were also goodie bags, filled with British treats from the book. Did I mention this was the best party ever?

Because Jacquelyn is amazing and generous, she’s allowing me to host a giveaway on Instagram for signed copies of both London Belongs to Me AND London, Can You Wait? I really do love these books so much and I’m constantly pimping them, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to give them away, and I’m so touched by Jacquelyn’s endless generosity and how amazing she is to her friends and fans. Head over to my Instagram to enter the giveaway. It runs from today until next Monday the 4th, and is open internationally.

All the amazing treats in the goodie bags

London Belongs to Me ~ Read my review || Buy: Amazon US  / Canada - Chapters
London, Can You Wait? ~ Read my review || Buy: Amazon US ~ Canada || Chapters

You can see more pictures in Jacquelyn’s recap of the launch party

Find Jacquelyn online: Website || Instagram || Twitter || Facebook

Have you ever attended a book launch? How about a book signing? Have you read either of Jacquelyn's books?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mistletoe Kiss Release Day + Photo Contest

It’s Mistletoe Kiss release day! This sweet, fluffy, funny Christmas novella is available now on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook for just 99 cents!

Bridget Higgins hasn't allowed herself to think too much about fairytales or the magic of Christmas since her dad died. Her life has been dedicated to work, her mom, her best friend Ivy, and little else. But when her kind and gorgeous boss, who she's secretly had a crush on for the last three years, offers her a night of fun on top of an unexpected Christmas bonus from work, Bridget starts to remember what it's like to believe in magic and fairytales once more.

Mistletoe Kiss is a 20,000-word contemporary romance.

Buy Mistletoe Kiss

To celebrate the release of Mistletoe Kiss, I’m going to try something I’ve never done before but have always wanted to: a photo contest! As an indie author, my reach only goes so far and my budget is only so big. (Confession: It’s tiny.) I’ve been a bookstagrammer for a few years now, and that amazing community is where I feel most comfortable online. I love being part of a group of people who are so passionate about books and use their passion and creativity to take beautiful bookish pictures. Because of my love of the community, I was inspired to do a photo contest. I’ve talked before about the impact and importance of bookish photography, and I’m hoping people will participate in this contest and help me spread the word about Mistletoe Kiss. While I know many of you would do it out of the goodness of your hearts, I thought a little extra incentive wouldn’t hurt!

Contest Details:
Contest starts today and runs through December 16th (my birthday and also an important date in the book!)
The prize: A $15 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash if the winner prefers)
For every picture you post featuring the cover of Mistletoe Kiss - something simple, an elaborately styled bookstagram pic, you holding your ereader with the cover, even the book mixed in with other books - you’ll get one entry.
Be sure to tag me (@sweetmarie_83) and use the hashtag #MarieLandry so I’ll see your pictures!
Don’t have Instagram? That’s okay! Post your pictures on Twitter and tag me (@SweetMarie83) or post them on my Facebook page (Marie Landry, Author).

That’s it! That’s all you have to do. Post a picture of Mistletoe Kiss, tag me, use the hashtag. You can post as many times as you like between now and December 16th, and each picture will count as an entry. If you’d like an extra entry, post about this contest in your Instagram stories or on Twitter and tag me.  

I’ll share some of my favourite pics in my Instagram stories, and as an extra thank-you for taking the time to share my book, I’ll also share your pictures here on the blog, in my newsletter, on Twitter, and on my Facebook fan page. I’ll always include your handle and/or a link back to your Instagram or Twitter and encourage people to give you a follow!

Thank you for your support! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Mistletoe Kiss, and I’m excited to see your pictures.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HoHoHo Read-a-thon 2017

Today kicks off the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Read-a-thon hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer! I’ve participated in this read-a-thon a few times over the years and I’m excited to join in this year. My Kindle is full of amazing-sounding winter and Christmas books and I can’t wait to dive in!

I’d like to take a moment to do a little shameless self-promo: I have two Christmas books! The Most Wonderful Time of the Year came out four years ago and is available everywhere ebooks are sold for only 99 cents (read more about the book and find buy links here), and Mistletoe Kiss comes out next Thursday! It’s available now for preorder and I also have ARCs for anyone interested in reading it early. You can find all the information about it here.

I’m a slow reader, but I’d love to get at least three books read during the read-a-thon. I haven’t made a solid TBR (too many choices!), but here are the books I have to choose from:

A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks
A Very Vintage Christmas by Tilly Tennant
Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Carla Burgess

Are you participating in the read-a-thon? Feel free to leave a link to your blog/Twitter/wherever you’ll be participating. I’ll update this post, and I’ll be posting on Twitter and Bookstagram as well.

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