Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Free Cozy Mystery Ebook


Murder in Cherry Hills, Paige Sleuth's first Cozy Cat Caper Mystery, is currently a free ebook (please verify all prices before downloading). Happy holidays!

Friday, November 23, 2018

20-Book Giveaway and an Interview with Frankie Bow

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Happy Saturday! If you missed yesterday's post, there's a huge Black Friday through Cyber Monday ebook sale in progress through Monday, November 26. All participating ebooks are either free or $0.99 USD (prices outside of the United States may vary; please verify all prices before downloading/purchasing). There's also a book giveaway associated with the sale, and I promised to share details on how to enter. More on that soon!

First, let's hear from Frankie Bow. Frankie is a fellow mystery writer, and I can tell you her character Molly Barda is fabulously funny. If you enjoy humorous mysteries set in academia, you'll want to check out Frankie's Professor Molly series. Take it away, Frankie!

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How much of your real life ends up in your books?

As my bio states, Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. So obviously the fictional Mahina State University has nothing at all in common with my real-life employer.

Okay, maybe my fictional world borrows a little from real life.

In fact, the elements that might seem over-the-top (administrators changing grades, turning a blind eye to plagiarism, pushing faculty to act as students' personal assistants, and generally doing anything they can think of to keep those tuition dollars coming in) are lifted from real news items.

Which of your books is your favorite? Is it the same book as your readers' favorite?

The Black Thumb
I like The Black Thumb for its will-they-or-won't-they romantic subplot, where Molly keeps breaking off and then re-establishing her engagement with Donnie. I had written myself into a corner with Molly and Donnie's romance. Donnie is a dreamboat in many ways—he's handsome, he's a great chef, and he really likes Molly—but he throws up some red flags. Because he was orphaned, he has a really simplistic, almost childlike idea of what a good husband and father does, which is take care of "his" family. So he can unintentionally come across as a little controlling, which Molly hates. He also has a blind spot where his awful son is concerned. Fortunately he's a quick study, and he can adapt to Molly's cues. Now, should Molly stay with him, or not? Heading unquestioningly to the altar wouldn't be in character for Molly, but neither would abandoning Donnie completely. I think I managed to thread that needle in The Black Thumb, and the following books have the repercussions of some of the decisions that were made.

The Nakamura Letters
A reader favorite is The Nakamura Letters, a novelette in emails told from Emma Nakamura's point of view. I really enjoyed writing it.


Has writing impacted the way you read for pleasure and, if so, how?

Knowing that what you read shapes how you write, I've become much more deliberate about reading well-written fiction. If I find too many typos or awkward phrases in a book, I'll abandon it and move on to something else. I find myself re-reading Sarah Caudwell's books. She's such a wonderful writer that reading her work is a blend of bliss and envy.

What projects do you have planned for 2019?

The Perfect Body
I just finished Book 8 of the Professor Molly Mysteries, The Perfect Body. Molly's had a baby; there's some fairly graphic treatment of breastfeeding and the new-mom experience. I'm currently working on Book 9, tentatively titled The Fever Cabinet. I'd also like to write another Miss Fortune mystery. I write licensed fan fiction in Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune world, and there have just been some major plot developments in the main series. Possibilities abound!


The Case of the Defunct Adjunct
Thank you, Frankie! And yes, Frankie has a book enrolled in this weekend's sale. If you haven't met Professor Molly yet, now's your chance to read the series prequel for only $0.99 USD.

If you'd like to learn more about Frankie and her books, you can connect with her on the following sites: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Now for the book giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter below by November 26 for your chance to win twenty paperback books (United States only) or twenty ebooks/audiobooks (open to everyone) of various genres. Good luck!

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ebook Sale and an Interview with Ava Mallory

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I hope those of you in the United States survived Thanksgiving. Now it's time to kick off the holiday buying season with a Black Friday through Cyber Monday ebook sale! All participating ebooks are either free or $0.99 USD (prices outside of the United States may vary; please verify all prices before downloading/purchasing). Some authors are also offering discounts on paperback books. You can find those under the Paperbacks section. This sale features clean fiction only, and there are over 150 titles featured in a variety of genres. Whatever you enjoy reading, you should have no trouble finding a book or two to fit your tastes. There is also a huge, 20-book giveaway associated with the sale. More on that tomorrow!

I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the authors participating in the sale. Today I'm focusing on Ava Mallory. Ava is one of the most prolific writers I know, and I was lucky enough to be involved in a box set with her a few years ago. Take it away, Ava!


How much of your real life ends up in your books?

Ava
Very little of my personal life ends up in my books. I'm afraid I'm not that interesting. Snippets from the real lives of people around me, however, always end up in a book. I think I should leave it at that. The less you know about that, the better.


Which of your books is your favorite? Is it the same book as your readers' favorite?

Mercy & Mayhem
Coughing and DonutsI love the first cozy mystery I ever wrote, Mercy & Mayhem. It's a permafree. I've given away thousands of copies, so I can't really tell if that's the one the readers love most. My best guess based on sales and feedback is Coughing & Donuts, another book in the same series, is my readers' favorite.


Has writing impacted the way you read for pleasure and, if so, how?

Yes, definitely. I read every night before I go to sleep. I find myself dissecting what the author did, silently applauding them for their plot twists and red herrings or taking note of their prose. It's a tough transition for me to take off my writer hat and just be a reader.

What projects do you have planned for 2019?

The short answer is so much. A more detailed response is that I plan to bring two series to an end and introduce new series for each of the genres I write. My pen names aren't public knowledge (yet). In addition to cozies and sweet romance, I write romantic suspense, rom-coms and thrillers. I'm actually slowing down this coming year to focus on my backlist and some other fun things.


Misbehaving
Thank you, Ava! Please also check out Ava's book in the Black Friday sale, Misbehaving. It's only $0.99 USD this weekend.

If you'd like to learn more about Ava and her books, you can connect with her on the following sites: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads
Tomorrow I'll have an interview up with another fellow mystery author, Frankie Bow, plus details on how you can enter the Black Friday weekend book giveaway. Stay tuned!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Winter Cozy Mystery Giveaway and Featured Adoptable Animal

*** Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Becky L., the winner! ***

It's getting colder here in the Northern Hemisphere, so in keeping with the season I'm giving away winter cozy mysteries written by two of my author friends, Sherry Harris and Auralee Wallace. Sherry's All Murders Final! is a delightful mystery starring a garage sale expert, and Auralee's Ring in the Year with Murder is perfect for readers who enjoy mysteries with a chick-lit feel. United States residents are welcome to enter to win one or both titles and will receive my gently used, signed book(s) if they win. Non-US readers can choose one of these books and, if they win, they will either receive a new paperback of their chosen book or, if the Book Depository does not ship to their country, an alternate prize of my choosing. Please see my website for the full rules.

I also want to try a new feature on my blog (and with my readers' group emails; click here if you'd like to join). Animal rescue is a cause near and dear to my heart, so I'd like to try spotlighting a rescue organization or an adoptable animal every so often. I know my readers are scattered all over the world, but you never know who this will reach and I believe any exposure helps. Plus, it serves as a reminder to those looking for their own pets that there are alternatives to breeders. Wherever you are, I'm sure there are many wonderful rescue animals looking for homes in your area. If you're in North America, you can find many of them on Petfinder. And if you're involved with animal rescue and would like to see your organization or one of your animals featured at some point, please email me at marlabradeen@gmail.com.

Without further ado, here is this month's featured adoptable animal!

Luke the Cat, November's Adoptable Animal

https://www.petfinder.com/cat/luke-43138397/ny/new-york/rescue-dogs-rock-nyc-ny1274/
Luke is a 7-month-old Domestic Shorthair rescued in October by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Found with an embedded collar growing into his neck, he is now recovering at a vet clinic in New York City, up to date on his shots, and in search of his forever home. Luke loves to take little naps, and when you first wake him up he looks all sleepy eyed and it just melts your heart. He has long silky fur that he loves to groom; he is as soft as a pillow! He is great with people and would do well in a home with children. To learn more about this sweet kitty, visit Luke's Petfinder profile or, for details about his backstory, join Luke's Facebook group.

Those interested in adopting Luke can submit an application to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC or email info@rescuedogsrocknyc.org for more information. Luke is currently located in New York City, with transport possible to eleven surrounding states.

If you're entering the book giveaway, there is a daily option to share information about Luke in order to earn more entries. If you're not entering the book giveaway, below are some links to pages/posts you can share/retweet if you'd still like to get Luke some additional exposure. Let's help spread the word and find this sweet kitty a home!

Luke on Petfinder
Facebook
Twitter

Read on to learn more about the books I'm giving away, then enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Good luck!

All Murders Final! by Sherry Harris

When Sarah Winston started the virtual garage sale, it seemed like a keystroke of genius and the next logical step in her business. No more collapsing card tables and rainy-day washouts. But what began as a fun way to run garage sales during the long New England winter has become a nightmare of managing people and putting out fires. Online, she can avoid the crowds--but not the crazies.

She certainly never bargained on dealing with frightening threats. And when a client is murdered, it's time for Sarah to swallow her pride and seek the help of her ex--C.J. Hooker, chief of police. Forging a tense alliance, they search--online and off--for the killer. But solving this crime before someone else gets tagged seems virtually impossible . . .

Find the book: Amazon* | Apple iBooks* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo*

Connect with Sherry: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


Ring in the Year with Murder by Auralee Wallace

It’s been a tough year for Erica Bloom. And with hours left on the clock and a killer crashing the party, it’s not over yet…

This New Year’s Eve, Erica’s resolution is to have a great night—even if it kills her. She is, after all, at the party to end all parties: a Great Gatsby--themed gala sure to be the talk of Otter Lake, New Hampshire. With her perfectly finger-waved hair, borrowed pearls, and scarlet flapper dress, Erica is determined to be unflappable, despite the presence of her ex, Sheriff Grady Forrester, and his hot date, a bubbly blonde who has a hard time holding her drink. Literally. . .

In a plot twist as bizarre as a game of Clue, Grady’s girlfriend almost drops dead after her drink is poisoned. Who put the killer ingredient in her appletini? Suddenly the tables have turned and the sheriff has become the prime suspect. Now Erica has until midnight to clear the man she still loves—and in so doing just maybe win him back. That’s if the killer doesn't pop the cork again… and turn a New Year’s smooch into a kiss of death…

Find the book: Amazon* | Apple iBooks* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo*

Connect with Auralee: Website | FacebookTwitter | Goodreads 

Adoptable Animal write-up modified from information provided by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Lane Rescues (thank you!). Photo taken from Petfinder.com.
Book covers and blurbs taken from Amazon.com.
(* Please note, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, the Apple iTunes (iBooks) Affiliate Program, and the Kobo Rakuten Marketing affiliate program, which means I may earn a referral commission when you buy something through one of the links above. This does not affect the price you pay, but if you would prefer to bypass my affiliate links please access your desired retailer website directly instead of using the links found here. Thank you!)


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 25 Now Available!


Checked Out in Cherry Hills, Paige Sleuth's Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book 25, is now available in both ebook and paperback formats (paperback is currently limited to Amazon but is making its way elsewhere). Happy reading!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Buy in July" Results and a Book Giveaway

*** Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Kim H., the winner! ***

Hello, everyone! First, the results of Paige Sleuth's third annual "Buy in July" event are in. I'm so happy to report that together we raised $676 for the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. That's enough to fund the spay/neuter surgeries of 22 feral cats. I can't thank you all enough for supporting this author career of mine, and I appreciate each and every one of you who purchased one of my books during July, visited or commented on one of my blog stops last month, helped to spread the word about my "Buy in July" promotion, or made the event possible in the first place by reading my books throughout the year. You all are the best readers I ever could have hoped for.

Now on to the book giveaway! This week I'm spotlighting two of my author friends. To help promote their upcoming releases, Jess Lourey and Shannon Baker are about to embark upon their third annual joint book tour that will run from August 23 through September 26. These talented women are funny, candid, and all around awesome people. If you follow their tour, I guarantee you'll find yourself laughing out loud at least once. Plus, there are bound to be some giveaways happening.

I've been lucky enough to win books from both of these authors in the past, and now it's time to pass them on! United States residents are welcome to enter to win one or both books and will receive my gently used, signed paperback(s) if they win. Non-US readers can choose one of these books and, if they win, they will either receive a new paperback or, if the Book Depository does not ship to their country, an alternate prize of my choosing. Please see my website for the full rules.

Read on to learn more about these authors and the books up for grabs, then enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Good luck!

Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey


A troubled codebreaker faces an epic plot reaching back through centuries of America's secret history.

Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since her quantum computing breakthrough. She's also an agoraphobe shackled to a narrow routine since her father's suicide. When her intelligence work unexpectedly exposes a sinister plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern day witch hunt.

Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher a hundred years earlier, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way.


Please be forewarned, Jess's book contains language and gore.

Find the book: Amazon* | Apple iBooks* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo*

Connect with Jess: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


Tattered Legacy by Shannon Baker


Nora Abbott risks her career at Loving Earth Trust on a film project to convince Congress to expand the Canyonlands National Park. But someone is desperate to keep the secrets of the land hidden. When her best friend and director of the film is found dead, Nora is convinced it wasn’t an accident. Nora’s Hopi kachina messenger has vanished and now it looks as though Cole Huntsman, the man she’s finally allowed herself to love, has left her, too.

As Nora uncovers an unlikely intersection of ancient Hopi legends, a secret polygamist sect, and one of the world’s richest men, she is drawn deeper into danger. Her mother’s surprising past holds the key to the clash of cultures, but will Nora put all the pieces together in time to prevent disaster? Set in the iconic red rocks of Moab, Utah, Nora races to discover what really lies beyond the stars.

Find the book: Amazon* | Apple iBooks* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo*

Connect with Shannon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads 

Covers and blurbs taken from Amazon.com.
(* Please note, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, the Apple iTunes (iBooks) Affiliate Program, and the Kobo Rakuten Marketing affiliate program, which means I may earn a referral commission when you buy something through one of the links above. This does not affect the price you pay, but if you would prefer to bypass my affiliate links please access your desired retailer website directly instead of using the links found here. Thank you!)


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Paige Sleuth's Third Annual "Buy in July" Event Now in Progress!

Paige Sleuth's third annual "Buy in July" event is now in progress! During the month of July, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding books priced under $2) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. Eligible books are listed on Paige's website. Thank you, and happy reading!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 24 Now Available

Independence Day in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book 24, is now available. As part of Paige Sleuth's "Buy in July" event, $1 from every July purchase of this and Paige's other series books will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. Happy reading!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Murder in the Cards, Psychic Poker Pro Mystery Book 1, Now Available!

I'm thrilled to announce the first book in Paige Sleuth's new Psychic Poker Pro Mystery series, Murder in the Cards, is now available. Click here for purchase links. Happy reading!

Tiffany Swanson is finally living the dream when she quits her stressful job to become a poker pro. Except her dream job doesn't turn out to be so perfect when she picks up the troubling vision of a murdered man from one of her opponents. Even more disturbing, Tiffany didn't know she was telepathic.

Before long she finds herself spending more time investigating a homicide than playing cards. But with an entire wedding party to suspect and only one weekend to pinpoint the guilty party, how will Tiffany ever figure out "whodunit" in time?



Monday, June 4, 2018

July 2018 Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour (plus GIVEAWAY)



Hello, mystery readers! Join me and nine other cat and dog cozy mystery authors this July as we pop into different blogs to answer questions about ourselves and our characters. If you love animals and you love cozy mysteries, this tour was designed for you! Plus, we're each giving away an ecopy of one of our books to someone who comments on one of the tour stops, so come chat with us for a chance to win. 10 authors = 10 different winners! Hope to see you next month!

Here are the authors who will be touring:

Paige Sleuth (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series)
Meredith Potts (Daley Buzz series)
Sandi Scott (Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries)
Tammy L. Grace (Cooper Harrington Detective Novels)
Alannah Rogers (Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries)
Colleen Mooney (The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles)
Kathi Daley (Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series)
Sandra Baublitz (A Dog Detective series)
Claire Kane (A Siamese Sleuth Mystery series)
Alison Golden (Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series)

Here are the wonderful blogs that will be featuring us:

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews
July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case
July 9, 2018: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
July 12, 2018: Dru's Book Musings
July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews
July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs
July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers
July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress
July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Website Down and Cozy Mystery Book Giveaway

*** Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Cheryl A., the winner! ***

My website is currently down. Not sure what's going on, but I'm hoping to get it resolved soon. I say that having no idea how long it will take or if I submitted the help form correctly (I'm using the term "form" loosely, as the only field on it was a checkbox to make sure I'm not a robot). Ain't technology grand? I rarely use the word "ain't," but I've been practicing my Southern speak as research for Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book 23, Crash in Cherry Hills, which releases today! (And no, the timing of my website fail hasn't escaped my notice.) At any rate, I've set up a temporary page for my Paige Sleuth books. Apologies for any inconvenience, and please email me at marlabradeen@gmail.com if you need further assistance in locating my books.

Now on to the fun stuff! I'm giving one person who comments on this blog post their choice of the following two cozy mysteries:

Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon


When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer...

It's the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb's Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat--a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane...

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah's interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin's lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin's death...



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Connect with Cheryl: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


Off the Books by Lucy Arlington (aka Susan Furlong)

Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she'll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime...

The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency's most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake.

But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man facedown in the frosting. Soon it's discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It's up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars...


Find the book: Amazon* | Apple iBooks* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo*

Connect with Susan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

(* Please note, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, the Apple iTunes (iBooks) Affiliate Program, and the Kobo Rakuten Marketing affiliate program, which means I may earn a referral commission when you buy something through one of the links above. This does not affect the price you pay, but if you would prefer to bypass my affiliate links please access your desired retailer website directly instead of using the links found here. Thank you!)


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below and let me know if you're familiar with either of these authors or if you have your own technology frustrations to share. You must include your name and email address in the body of your comment so I can reach you if you win. If the winner has a United States mailing address, they will receive my used, signed paperback copies of the above two books. If the winner resides outside the United States, they will either receive a new paperback of their choice of one of the two books listed above or, if the Book Depository does not ship to their country, an alternate prize of my choosing. This is where I usually link to the giveaway rules on my website, but since my website is down the general rules are as follows: the winner must be legally allowed to enter based on their country/regional rules in order to collect their prize; the winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours or their prize is forfeited; I am not responsible for prizes lost or damaged during shipping; and, if I am unable to deliver the above-mentioned prize the winner will receive an alternate prize of my choosing. Giveaway closes at midnight Eastern on June 6, 2018. Good luck!

Monday, May 7, 2018

It's Chick Lit May (with giveaways)!

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It's Chick Lit May, and some of my wonderful author friends have organized the Happily Ever After Hop in celebration. This Facebook hop runs the week of May 7 and is your chance to learn about new chick-lit authors and maybe win some awesome prizes along the way. Read on for their official announcement!

Picture it . . . the lovely month of May, where spring is springing up all over the Northern Hemisphere, and there's going to be a royal wedding, and it's International Chick Lit Month! What's a Chick Lit lover to do? Join Chick Lit Chat HQ's Happily Ever After Hop on Facebook, of course!

From Monday, May 7th through Sunday, May 13th, 49 bestselling and award-winning Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy authors will be whooping it up on Facebook, celebrating all things royal and romantic. And because our readers deserve to be treated like queens, these authors will be giving away books, swag, gift cards, and lots of other fabulous prizes (no toads or poisoned apples here!), plus the week will wrap up with an award of a blingtastic, royal-themed Grand Prize Pack worth more than $150*, and not one, not two, notthreenotfournotfive, but SIX $25 Amazon gift cards!

So, grab that tiara, hop on your unicorn, and head on over to the Happily Ever After Hop page on Facebook and join the group where you can meet and chat with your fellow readers, as well as some of the most popular authors in your favorite genres. Plus you'll find links for all the participating authors and you can enter to win the Grand Prize Pack or one of those Amazon gift cards. We look forward to partying with you!

*The royal-themed Grand Prize Pack giveaway is not open to international entrants. However, all of the individual author giveaways and the $25 Amazon gift card giveaways are open internationally.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018