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    2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge: June Reviews

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    Welcome to the sixth month of the Review Pile Reading Challenge hosted by me – Rachel @ Fiktshun – and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads!

    While this challenge is well underway – and almost half over – it is still not too late to join! Just check out the SIGN-UP POST for more details.

    If you’ve already signed up, then all you have to do is stop back and leave your links to your June review book reviews at the bottom of this post. This month’s Linky List – and each month’s list throughout the challenge – will be open for one week beyond the end of the month, closing on July 7th.

    If for some reason you forget to link up your review during the month, you can always add that link to next month’s Linky List. BUT you cannot enter a review link more than once.

    June RPRC Giveaway

    The giveaway for this sixth month of the challenge is for…

    TWO books of your choice (not to exceed $40) to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – to ONE winner.

    You can enter this month’s giveaway by leaving your review links in this month’s Linky List below AND by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post listing which review books you hope to tackle in June (or July if you’re posting later in the month).

    This giveaway is only open to those signed up for the challenge, leave a comment and who leave at least one review link this month. There are extra entries for each additional review link left.

    The winner will be chosen by Random and announced on July 9th.

    ***UPDATE***

    And the winner is…

    #134 Jennifer @ FFT Reviews for her review of Never Entice an Earl.

    ***END OF UPDATE***

    April & May Reads

    Since I’m posting every other month, I have two months worth of bookish reads to share. And since I won’t be posting again until August, I thought I’d share which books I hope to read in June and July.

    And while I didn’t read all of my planned reads, I did read many of them. Which isn’t too bad, especially since I’ve already passed the number of books I’d hoped to read for this entire challenge.

    Of course I didn’t get to review them all just yet.

    My April & May reads were…
    1. TEASE by Amanda Maciel. Read 4.9.14.
    2. DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Read 4.11.14.
    3. TEASE by Sophie Jordan. Read 4.14.14.
    4. ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack. Read 4.18.14.
    5. THE LOVELY AND THE LOST by Page Morgan. Read 4.30.14.
    6. TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD by J. Lynn. Read 5.2.14.
    7. DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley. Read 5.4.14.
    8. BREAKABLE by Tammara Webber. Read 5.6.14.
    9. TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry. Read 5.11.14.
    10. THE STEPSISTER’S TALE by Tracy Barrett. Read 5.18.14.
    11. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. Read 5.26.14.

    While it’s four fewer books than I read last time around, that’s because I read a few less review books and a few more books I had in my collection over the past couple of months. Not many. Just a few. But still, I loved reading every single one of those non-review books.

    June & July Reads

    I’m terrible at planning ahead. Especially since I haven’t had a moment to think about what’s coming up over the next couple of months. And as my mood has been shifting like crazy, I just don’t know what I’ll end up reading. I just hope I get the chance to review a few more than I did over the last couple of months.

    My reads…

    If I’m staying on plan, I hope to read eight books during the months of June and July and I hope to review at least four of them.

    In June I hope to read:

    TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini (releases September 2nd)

    THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas (releases September 16th)

    WINGS by Elizabeth Richards (releases June 12th)

    #scandal by Sarah Ockler (releases June 17th)

    In July I hope to read:

    THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno (releases July 8th)

    MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre (releases August 5th)

    DELIVERANCE by C.J. Redwine (releases August 26th)

    A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray (releases November 4th)

    What about you?

    What review books are you planning on reading this June? Whether you wish to enter the giveaway or not, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

    June Link Up!



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    2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge: April Reviews

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    Welcome to month four of the Review Pile Reading Challenge hosted by me – Rachel @ Fiktshun – and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads!

    While this challenge is well underway, it’s still not too late to join! Just check out the SIGN-UP POST for more details.

    If you’ve already signed up, then all you have to do is stop back and leave your links to your April review book reviews at the bottom of this post. This month’s Linky List – and each month’s list throughout the challenge – will be open for one week beyond the end of the month, closing on May 7th.

    If for some reason you forget to link up your review during the month, you can always add that link to next month’s Linky List. BUT you cannot enter a review link more than once.

    April RPRC Giveaway

    The giveaway for this fourth month of the challenge is for…

    A book of your choice (not to exceed $25) to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – to ONE winner.

    You can enter this month’s giveaway by leaving your review links in this month’s Linky List below AND by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post listing which review books you hope to tackle in April.

    This giveaway is only open to those signed up for the challenge, leave a comment and who leave at least one review link this month. There are extra entries for each additional review link left.

    The winner will be chosen by Random and announced on May 9th.

    ***UPDATE***
    And the winner is….

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading – entry #60!

    ***END OF UPDATE***

    February & March Reads

    Since I’m posting every other month, I have two months worth of bookish reads to share. And while I didn’t list which books I’d hoped to read in March in my last post for the challenge, I will be sharing which books I hope to read in April and May.

    But I am happy to say that I managed to read most of my planned February reads. Although I didn’t quite get the chance to review them all.

    My February & March reads were…

    1. THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT by Joanna Wiebe
    2. FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott
    3. LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen
    4. DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess
    5. THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow
    6. STEADFAST by Claudia Gray
    7. THE PINK and THE SELL OUT from the GRIM ANTHOLOGY by Amanda Hocking and Jackson Pearce
    8. THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
    9. HALF BAD by Sally Green
    10. ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
    11. THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa (review TK April 8th)
    12. FORETOLD by Rinda Elliott
    13. THROUGH TO YOU by Lauren Barnholdt
    14. ON THE FENCE by Kasie West
    15. THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz
    April & May Reads

    Planning a couple of months ahead is not easy. Who knows what my reading mood will be sixty days from now. But I hope I stay (somewhat) on track. And I hope I manage to review a few more of those February and March books.

    My reads…

    If I’m staying on plan, I hope to read eight books during the months of April and May and I hope to review at least four of them.

    In April I hope to read:

    DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout (releases April 15th)

    TEASE by Amanda Maciel (releases April 29th)

    THE WARRIOR by Victoria Scott (releases May 6th)

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST by Page Morgan (releases May 13th)

    In May I hope to read:

    CHANTRESS ALCHEMY by Amy Butler Greenfield (releases May 6th)

    SECOND STAR by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (releases May 13th)

    TEASE by Sophie Jordan (releases May 27th)

    MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal (releases June 10th)

    Of course I plan on reading so many more of the upcoming review books I have on hand before their release dates in April or May.

    What about you?

    What review books are you planning on reading this April? Whether you wish to enter the giveaway or not, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

    April Link Up!



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    Epic Fail Moments in Blogging #4: Giveaways

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    Sharing my fail moments one post at a time…

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    You’d think it would be pretty hard to fail when it comes to giveaways, wouldn’t you? I certainly thought so. I mean, you have something to give away, it’s free and it’s likely that someone wants it, so where exactly is there room for failure? Answer: In the execution, for starters.

    And in my case, it was all about the execution.

    I’ve given away lots of stuff for free in real life. People would travel for miles to pick up the stuff I was giving away on craiglist. I put up flyers on my apartment’s community board with pics and people would call asking if the set of dishes, furniture, DVDs I was giving away were still available.

    But my first couple of giveaways on the blog? Complete and total fails. Epic fails. They were such big failures that I’m mortified to even admit that I held them. I still cringe when thinking about them. Yes, they were that bad.

    To start with, there was the issue with timing. I was a really small blog. I had no audience. While giveaways have the potential to draw an audience you have to be able to get the word out in the right way. And, of course, the giveaways have to make sense.

    I had no following on social media, I hated sharing posts on Twitter – I think I’d been on Twitter for a week (or less) at the time – I had no following on my blog and my giveaways were were so poorly thought out I still wonder just how my brain managed to take a vacation without me knowing about it.

    The backstory….

    In November 2010 I was still clueless about book blogging. I have a slow learning curve. And being anti-social doesn’t – and didn’t – help. My friend Nic offered up suggestions on things to do, as she was much more comfortable scoping out blogs online than I was.

    She told me I had to get the GFC widget as other blogs she’d discovered had them. She told me I had to make my blog posts available by email, so that she could read them in her inbox, like she did other blogs’ posts. And she told me that I really should think about hosting a giveaway as that seemed to be something other book bloggers did.

    As I was no stranger to giving things away, I figured, “Why not?!?”

    Here’s what happened… a.k.a. how I failed.

    I let my brain get the best of me.

    I came up with an idea, a theme if you will, for the giveaways. Which, at that time, I’d labeled “contests.” It was a bad, bad, bad, idea. Which, come to think of it, probably explains why I use Jaime as my sounding board. I do not want to make that kind of mistake again. And, for the record, no, I never bounced my ideas off Nic after that.

    But before I reveal my “shame spiral” idea, I have to say that, sadly, this wasn’t the only fail when it came to my first two giveaways.

    I’d taken a look at some of the giveaways Nic had pointed out to me so that I could structure the rules for mine in similar fashion. I decided upon follow via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment for the first giveaway. I’d gotten a little more enthusiastic with the second by adding, in addition to those two options, tweet about the giveaway and post the contest on your blog.

    On first glance the rules don’t seem entirely ridiculous – though I still think posting about a giveaway is too much to ask – but… I did not specify if any of those things were mandatory or optional. And looking back at them today, I’m still not entirely sure what my intent was.

    If I don’t have the first clue how can I expect anyone else to?

    Which leads to the next reason my giveaways failed…. THE IDEA. Yes, this ties in to people being clueless.

    *Cringes* … *Cringes again*…

    I thought it would be a grand idea to have the winner of the contest be someone who could “Guess My Favorite Quote” from the book(s) I was giving away. Yes, that’s right. Because a complete stranger should somehow know me well enough to figure out what single quote in a three book (or more) series is my favorite. Or in the alternative know that I likely would have listed said favorite quote on my Goodreads profile.

    Oh, and no, it was not multiple choice….

    And, yes, the only person who entered both giveaways was my friend Nic. And, no, she didn’t guess correctly for either, though I did award her both prizes.

    Why else did I fail?

    I held both giveaways within a few days of one another. Even when I knew the first one was a complete and utter failure.

    I did not tweet about either giveaway beyond the first day I posted them. So my twenty (or fewer) twitter followers likely never even knew I was hosting a giveaway.

    At the time I was getting less than forty visitors a day on my site, so even if the contest was less convoluted and the rules more clear, I probably wouldn’t have had more than five or ten entrants.

    I wasn’t a part of the blogging community. I hadn’t made any friends, I’m not even sure I’d spoken to a book blogger at that point, so I didn’t have anyone who could help spread the word.

    Lesson learned?

    Heck yes.

    Aside from posting about author giveaways in order to gain entry into their giveaways, I stayed giveaway-free on the blog until February when I held a fairly quiet thank you giveaway for my three month blogoversary.

    And while I did try again with the “Guess My Favorite Quote” idea – yeah, I went there – it was multiple choice and it was only for an extra entry opportunity.

    Have I recovered?

    No. Not yet. But maybe, just maybe, now that the cat is out of the bag I can begin the recovery process.

    I think I’ve always been waiting for someone to call me on this, to say, “Hey, remember that ‘brilliant’ idea of yours to have a ‘Guess My Favorite Quote’ contest? Well, I’m still laughing about that one.”

    And while that may still happen, at least now it won’t be out of left field. This FAIL isn’t a “dirty little secret” I’m just waiting for someone to discover. It’s out in the open.

    I am owning the FAIL.

    But what about you?

    Were any of the giveaways you held a flop? Was it due to the fact that it was just too soon in your blog’s existence? Or did you have it all wrong, like I did, and it was a failure of EPIC PROPORTIONS?

    Was it the execution that failed? The giveaway prize? Or was it a combination of both?

    How long did you wait before you tried again? Or was it so bad you’ve yet to take the risk?

    And did you even think it was possible for there to be epic fail moments when it came to giveaways?

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    Novella Reading Week Begins!

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    It’s finally here! I cannot believe I get to spend an entire week reading novellas. It feels like such a guilty pleasure. Especially with the pile of review books I have. But the timing couldn’t be more perfect, as I am totally in the mood to dive into shorter reads.

    And I’m super excited to be co-hosting the week with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads who has some amazing novellas on her pile this week. If you’d like to check out what she’s reading, stop by her site, HERE.

    While I already mentioned the five books I definitely plan on reading for Novella Reading Week in the My Reading Pile post on Saturday, I thought I’d show them, and a few other novellas I’d love to read, here.

    The Novellas

    While I only think I’ll be able to read the five I mentioned in My Reading Pile, my goal is to read seven novellas this week. And if I can read a few more, then I’ll be totally stoked!

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    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins

    UNDONE (Unraveling #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU (The Bane Chronicles #1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

    THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD (Throne of Glass #0.1) by Sarah J. Maas

    THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT (Throne of Glass #0.2) by Sarah J. Maas

    THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD (Throne of Glass #0.3) by Sarah J. Maas

    ONE DAY MORE (A Life After Theft Novella) by Aprilynne Pike

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    And while I have listed these twelve novellas for this challenge, I may go off-pile and read any of the twenty or thirty other novellas I have on my Kindle waiting to be read. Maybe I’ll even find a new one.

    The Giveaway

    As mentioned in the sign-up post, there is a giveaway associated with this reading week.

    What’s up for grabs?

    $25 in Books of Your Choice to TWO (2) Winners!

    The Deets

    To be eligible for the giveaway you must have signed up for the challenge in the post linked above.

    There are TWO ways in which you can gain an entry into this giveaway, which ends at the end of Novella Reading Week at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on June 16th:

    1) Leave a link to your review post on your Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Goodreads or other online site in the Linky in this post. Each review link will count as one entry.

    OR

    2) Share your non-spoiler-y thoughts in the comments, then leave a generic link in the Linky in this post to a place you hang out online – Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads – so we can contact you if you’ve won. But only your comment will count as an entry. So be sure to leave a new comment with your thoughts about each novella you read.

    Winners will be chosen via Random and announced in this post and contacted by email.

    The Winners

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    Everyone’s entries were thrown into Random and it has chosen…

    Novella Reading Week Winners

    Congratulations Vivien and Jen! Random chose you as the winners for Novella Reading Week. I will be contacting you You’ve been contacted by email for your details and your book selections. I hope you had an awesome time reading those novellas!

    And thanks so much to everyone who participated in the event last week and for sharing your thoughts about each of your reads!

    ***A note: Both winners did share their thoughts. The Random only says “not a review” as that was my alert that the entry was only the name, not a link to the review, and that I needed to check the comments for the number of review entries that should get added.***

    Link up!

    Good luck in the challenge this week! I hope you get to read a few novellas you’ve been just dying to read and maybe even a few new ones you hadn’t even thought about reading until now!

    Just leave your review links in the Linky below or your thoughts in the comments.

    Happy Novella Reading!



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    Today is a Most Dire Day Indeed + an Unfortunate Giveaway

    Today is a most #DireDay thanks to Harper Collins Children’s Books. Yesterday I received three boxes of Lemon Snicket’s THE BAD BEGINNING which was terribly unfortunate for me. But today things are much, much worse.

    Because, today, I will be sending this most unpleasant of books out into the world. And I will be spreading my misfortune to YOU.

    If Friday the 13th wasn’t enough of a reason to stay indoors and hide yourself away, perhaps knowing that Lemony Snicket and his most wretched book THE BAD BEGINNING will be hitting the streets and taking over a city near you will suffice. And if not? Well, you have been warned. A copy of this most unfortunate book might find its way to you.

    But even if you thought you were safe by staying indoors, away from these pitiful books being dropped, you were mistaken. Because there is no escaping this bothersome book.

    See? I told you it was a most #DireDay!

    While the largest group of these terrible books will be spreading their misery throughout my city, I can’t help but want to share the misery with those across the country and around the world.

    And so I will be giving away 30 copies of this most unfortunate book here on the blog – up to 10 of which I will be willing to share internationally. Yes, how unfortunate a day it will be for you!

    So if you would like to win a copy of this terrible book, THE BAD BEGINNING, enter for your chance in the form below. And hopefully you, too, will get to experience this #DireDay for yourself.

    For Some More Unpleasantness

    If you have not yet had the misfortune of meeting Lemony Snicket or learning about this first book in his A SERIES OF MOST UNFORTUNATE EVENTSyou can find more unpleasantness…

    On FACEBOOK

    On his WEBSITE

    On GOODREADS.

    And to find other ways to win one of these extremely unpleasant books, be sure to look for the #DireDay tweets on TWITTER. Because as this is such a #DireDay you might just be unlucky enough to win.

    A Most Bothersome Book

    Dear Reader,

    I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

    In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

    It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

    With all due respect,
    Lemony Snicket

    A Most Unfortunate Giveaway

    What’s up for grabs:

    Thirty pitiful copies of THE BAD BEGINNING by Lemony Snicket

    UPDATE: The giveaway should have said THIRTY WINNERS not ONE WINNER! My apologies! 

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household.

    2. There will be ONE winner. THIRTY WINNERS.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International up to 10 copies.

    5. Contest ends on Friday, July 13th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winner WINNERS will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on July 14th in this post.

    7. Winner WINNERS will have 72 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But to help spread the misery, there is an extra entry opportunity if you tweet!

    If you are viewing this post via email you may have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog if the Rafflectoper form doesn’t work.

    Enter at your own risk below…

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    Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Five

    Well it’s the final month of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge! I can’t believe it’s almost over. Although, the fact that it will be over is a good thing. Because it means that in less than two weeks after the challenge ends, Before I Wake will be available – a book I’ve been waiting a long time for.

    And I’m hoping the If I Die spoiler chat will help bridge that gap. Especially since I won’t be able to wait until closer to month’s end to re-read If I Die. Not after the tormenting, twisty heartbreak that was My Soul to Steal.

    Another reason I can’t wait for the challenge to end is that the amazing author, Rachel Vincent, mentioned having a BIW chat at some point after its release. I’m hoping that will be on June 27th, but I don’t think it will be quite that soon. Anyway….

    Even if you just found out about the challenge now, you can still join in. Yep, the only time it will be too late is at midnight on June 15th.

    All you have to do to be considered a participant in this challenge is sign up in the SIGN UP post and read and review or share your thoughts on any one of the full-length books in this series. If you’re just signing up now, thoughts or reviews must be dated during this month’s challenge dates of May 15th through June 14th.

    If you want to announce your participation by creating a post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

    But if you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But whatever you do, don’t forget to stop back and leave your link. Because this month’s prizes are awesome!

    And, for each book you read and post you create, you’ll get at least one entry into the end of challenge giveaway for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake.

    If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for any of the previous books in the series – My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep or My Soul to Steal – in the Month One, Month Two, Month Three or Month Four linky lists, not to worry. You can enter them this month.

    But it will be the last chance to post those thoughts and reviews. Because once this month’s linky list closes, the challenge will officially be over. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in this last month’s linky.

    Unclaimed Prizes

    There are still a few unclaimed prizes for the Month One through Month Three giveaways. But since I’d posted the winners on the SSRC blog versus here, I thought I would give one final chance to those winners by announcing them in this post.

    If all prizes from the first three months of the giveaway are NOT claimed by June 1st, they will be added to this month’s giveaway. Month Four prize winners will have until June 15th to claim their prizes or new winners will be chosen.

    MONTH ONE

    Fiction Freak – a signed copy of My Soul to Keep

    Jo’s Book Reviews – a Kindle eBook of Never to Sleep

    Epic Chocolate Fantasy – a Kindle eBook of either My Soul to Lose or Reaper

    MONTH TWO

    Angie @ Pinkindle – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

    MONTH THREE

    Team Tod’s Soul Screamers Reading Challenge FB – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

    Riffs and Reviews – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

    The Cait Files – a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

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    Month Five

    May 15 – June 14, 2012

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    The goal for this fifth month of the challenge will be to read If I Die.

    Goodreads description:

    The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

    But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

    Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

    But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

    Anything.

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    If you missed last month’s deadline, don’t give up! Whether this is a first read or a re-read, If I Die is the pivotal book in the series and one you may just not want to miss. Especially since the action hits you right from the start. A shocking blow will leave you reeling very shortly thereafter. That roller coaster that author Rachel Vincent likes to put you on is the longest, craziest ride ever. The ups. The downs. The loop-de-loops. Insane. Absolutely insane.

    But that’s just my opinion.

    Oh, and it won’t let you loose until that last page. So, be prepared.

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    Whether this is your first month participating, you’ve been here from the start or you joined somewhere along the way, as long as you sign up and post at least one review or thoughts post you’ll be eligible for the end-of-challenge giveaway for a pre-order for Before I Wake.

    As promised there will be at least ten pre-order copies up for grabs. The actual number will be determined after the challenge ends and depends solely on just how many people who signed up have posted at least one review for one of the five full-length books in the series.

    There will be a separate wrap-up post after the challenge, in which the winners for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake will be announced.

    And just a reminder: If you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

    What do you need to do this month?

    1. Start reading or keep reading!

    If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep and/or My Soul to Steal this month.

    And you have all month to read and review this fifth book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

    2. Post your review or thoughts!

    Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until June 14th to do so to be entered into this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

    But note, for the four special giveaway prizes, you will have had to post at least TWO reviews of the full-length books during the challenge to be eligible. And yes, those two reviews can be posted this month!

    3. Leave your link!

    Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

    If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

    Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through June 14, 2012 ONLY.

    What are this month’s incentives?

    FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

    Two winners will receive a Rachel Vincent book of your choice – this can include a pre-order copy of Before I Wake

    One winner will receive a signed copy of Soul Soul Screamers Volume One

    One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

    Three winners will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

    Two winners will receive a signed copy of Before I Wake*

    *Prize delivery time TBD as BIW will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winners

    FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO POST REVIEWS FOR TWO+ FULL-LENGTH BOOKS

    A set (signed) of Soul Screamers Volume One, My Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, If I Die and Before I Wake*

    *BIW delivery time TBD as it will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winner

    $50 in books of your choice from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

    A ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Reaper signed by the author

    A ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Never to Sleep signed by the author

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    In case you wanted to know….

    Extra Credit Reads

    You can still post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads this month. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into this month’s giveaway.

    What if I don’t finish the book this month?

    That’s okay. The challenge will be over, but If I Die is awesome. So no matter when you finish reading it, it will be a WIN.

    What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

    That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

    The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

    What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

    If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

    BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the challenge.

    The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t If I Die, is that okay?

    Absolutely! If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than If I Die, you can still post your reviews for that book – or any of the other Soul Screamers books – during this month’s challenge. It will give you an entry – or more depending upon how many reviews you post – into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway.

    But, you only get an extra entry for posting your review for If I Die during this month of the challenge.

    How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

    The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on June 17th. The end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway winners will be announced in a separate post on June 19th.

    For this month’s ALL PARTICIPANTS giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

    For this month’s SPECIALTY giveaway prizes, participants names will be drawn using Random’s list generator by name.

    Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

    If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

    And guess what….

    Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of June, there will be an If I Die spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

    If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

    So….

    Leave your links below for posts created from May 15 through June 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON June 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this final month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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    Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Four

    Month four of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge has officially begun! Which means that there’s only one month after this one remaining in the challenge and just over a month until the release of Before I Wake!

    And yes, you can still sign up. It’s not too late! Even if you only decide to read one Soul Screamers book for the challenge you are eligible to participate. All you have to do is click the link to the sign up post in the button above to get started.

    And if you want to create a participation post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

    If you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But don’t forget to come back during the month to leave your links for any books read and reviewed or posted about during this month of the challenge.

    Even if you’ve been participating in the monthly challenges, don’t forget to sign up in the linky on the sign up post to be entered for the end of the challenge giveaway.

    If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to Save or My Soul to Keep in the Month One, Month Two or Month Three linky lists, not to worry. You can enter them this month or next month. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in any month’s linky during the challenge.

    Month One and Month Two Winners

    There are still a few unclaimed prizes for the winners of the Month One and Month Two challenges. I am extending the offer for one more month for a last chance for the prizes to be claimed or they will be added into final month’s giveaway. If you haven’t checked to see if you had won, CLICK HERE for Month One winners. CLICK HERE for Month Two winners.

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    Month Four

    April 15 – May 14, 2012

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    The goal for this fourth month of the challenge will be to read My Soul to Steal.

    Goodreads description:

    Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

    See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

    And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

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    If you didn’t make the month three deadline, there’s no reason to give up! If you’re doing a re-read, you can always skip a book and join in with this month’s read. Or if it is a first read, then just grab the next book and start reading. You do not have to catch up on all the books to be a challenge winner!

    Just remember, if you continue on with the challenge you will have more chances to win some of the signed books or the pre-order for Before I Wake at the end of the challenge. And next month’s giveaway is going to be the biggie!

    And if you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

    What do you need to do this month?

    1. Start reading or keep reading!

    If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. Even if you read ahead in the previous months, hopefully you held off posting your reviews so you could post them this month for an extra entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge.

    If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to Save and/or My Soul to Keep this month or at any month during the challenge.

    And if it is a re-read for you and you want to skip last month’s read and start with either of the novellas – My Soul to Lose or Reaper – or with this month’s read – My Soul to Steal – then that’s okay too!

    You have all month to read and review this fourth book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

    2. Post your review or thoughts!

    Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until May 14th to do so to be entered into any of this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

    3. Leave your link!

    Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

    If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

    Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through May 14, 2012 ONLY.

    What are this month’s incentives?

    Two winners will receive either a Shadow Bound pre-order or a Rachel Vincent book of their choice ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

    Two winners will receive a T-Shirt or Tank from Rachel Vincent’s Cafe Press store, Urban Quill

    One winner will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

    One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

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    In case you wanted to know….

    Extra Credit Reads

    You can post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads at any time during the challenge. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into that month’s giveaway.

    SO, if you want extra chances to win a specific prize, be sure to hold off on posting your reviews for the extra credit reads until the month of that giveaway prize!

    What if I don’t finish the book this month?

    That’s OKAY. You can post your review or thoughts next month. And you can leave more than one link during each month of the challenge.

    What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

    That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

    The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

    What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

    If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

    BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the challenge.

    The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t My Soul to Steal, is that okay?

    Absolutely! If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than My Soul to Steal, you can still post your reviews for that book – or any of the other Soul Screamers books – during this month’s challenge. It will give you an entry – or more depending upon how many reviews you post – into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway.

    But, you only get an extra entry for posting your review for My Soul to Steal during this month of the challenge.

    How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

    The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on May 18th.

    For this month’s giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

    Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

    If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

    And guess what….

    Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of May, there will be a My Soul to Steal spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

    If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

    So….

    Leave your links below for posts created from April 15 through May 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON May 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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    Let’s see those posts!

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