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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTIETH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 1st. The winner will be announced December 1st, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the TWENTY-NINTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!

RRGG Sept

Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 1st. The winner will be announced later on November 1st, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the TWENTY-EIGHTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!

RRGG September

Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win. And honestly, there should be something here for everyone!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on September 1st. The winner will be announced later on September 1st, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



RRGG AugustMy Recently Released Giveaway Goodness #27–August–has just concluded, and I’m excited to say that the winner has been chosen via Rafflecopter.

And the winner is…

Carla Ribeiro

Book of Choice:

Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

 

A tweet has already gone out to the winner, and an email will go out later this evening! If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I will select a new winner using Rafflecopter.

 

Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winner… but don’t despair if you didn’t win this round!

Enter to win my other great giveaways:

Win a Recently Released Book of Your Choice: Ends October 1

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Significance Series Tote Bag Signed by Shelly Crane: Ends September 8

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An eBook of CLICKS by Amy Evans: Ends September 15

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Win a Signed Paperback of No Attachments by Tiffany King: Ends September 20

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17977051 From Goodreads: For months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton. When Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she IS Bryn, the option of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a downside. She’d have to give up Ethan, her best friend and the only person she trusts. Could she actually live as Bryn for the rest of her life? And if her family and friends found out, would they ever forgive her?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a twin? I have. Whenever I see twins, I’m always wishing that I had one, too. Sisterly love, someone just like me to confide it. Someone with which to share my secrets, dreams, and ambitions… the glamorization of twins has always made me jealous of those with that special bond. But glamorization is just that. The grass always seems greener on the other side, and truth be told, I can do all the above with a good friend or sibling, if I wanted to. What I can’t do, however, is switch places with them. But Jesse and Bryn can…

Carling’s novel, Becoming Bryn, follows the lives of Jesse and Bryn, identical twins, as they battle the drama that is high school. Told from differing viewpoints, readers get an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of both girls, which was an ingenious idea as it allowed me to connect with both on a deeper level than had the story been completely from Jesse’s point-of-view, which is what I expected. Through this process, we learn about Jesse’s jealousy and Bryn’s heartache, casting a differing light on the twins as they live their lives. However, it doesn’t end there. As you know from the synopsis, Bryn dies, and it is here that the inevitable twist occurs.

Thought to be the popular twin, Jesse is mistaken for Bryn, and when her feeble attempt to explain the truth to her mother falls flat and Bryn’s beautiful boyfriend Quinton comes to visit, the idea of becoming Bryn takes hold. But one can’t just become another overnight, twin or not. What I loved about this transition is that, even though Bryn is dead, we still get her point of view from the afterlife. She has yet to cross over, and we struggle with Jesse’s decision to take over Bryn’s life right alongside Bryn. We also learn that Bryn’s life wasn’t as perfect as Jesse thought it to be, and that Jesse’s life wasn’t as dull as she herself thought her own life to be, and it’s a wonderful portrayal of growing up, making life-altering choices, and having to deal with the lies and deceits we’ve spun. Though Jesse seemed a little like a whiner and many of her choices made me angry with her, I get it. And so does Bryn as she thinks over her interactions with her sister in the months leading up to her death. Being a twin doesn’t mean you know everything about one another, and maybe it’s better that way.

This is a story of love, healing, and redemption, and I really enjoyed it. I recommend a box of tissues as you read, because the ending will leave you a little bit raw. I listened to the last fifth of the novel on my Kindle as I drove down the highway on my way home from a conference because I couldn’t wait another moment to find out what happened, and let me tell you, I had to pull over and get myself together because the tears and overwhelming sense of joy and sadness made it impossible for me to function, so don’t follow my example there, don’t read and drive–the ending will leave you a happy mess. But do read it, because it’s great. Four stars.

4 stars

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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And now for the giveaway!

We have one SIGNED paperback copy to give away!

To enter this giveaway, you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Agree to HONESTLY REVIEW the novel via a blog (if you have one), or Goodreads, or any other media format you use for book reviews (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open to U.S. and Canada Addresses ONLY and will end at 12:01am EST on August 14th at 12:01am. Please only enter once. The winner will be announced later on August 14th, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



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UtopYA 2013 was one of the best experiences of my life, and I think the 300+ participants that were there with me this year would agree 100%. Right now, tickets for next year are on an early-bird sale, but they’ll no longer be on discounted sale after July 31.  In fact, you won’t be able to buy them again until Black Friday when they will be released for full price admission.  But never fear!! We’d love to see you down in Nashville, Tennessee, with us in 2014, and so, with the permission of UtopYA founder Janet Wallace, many authors and bloggers have come together to create TWO epic prize packs complete with one ticket to UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in), a UtopYA 2013 t-shirt signed by a majority of the authors in attendance, signed books, ebooks, and swag.  The sheer amount of prizes and support from authors and bloggers for this giveaway just goes to show you how much we adore UtopYA and each other, and we’d really like to see you there (prize pack does NOT include transportation to the conference or lodging, you’ll have to provide that on your own, sorry).

Below is a list of what each Prize Pack includes:

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Prize Pack 1Prize Pack 1

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Pieces of Me by Eisley Jacobs
  • Signed paperback of Awaken OR Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross (winner’s choice)
  • Signed paperback of one of Raine Thomas’ books—winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones
  • Ebook of Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Wildflower by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Modified by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of One Tiny Secret by Adam Kunz
  • Ebook of Soul Survivor by Michelle Nicole
  • Ebook of Clicks by Amy Evans
  • Ebook of Bluffing the Devil by Christy Foster
  • Ebook of Forbidden by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Reckoning by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Natural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp, autographed bookmark, autographed postcard for each of the Forces of Nature books
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • A BookLover Journal and A BookLover Tee designed by Whit&Ware Design from Victoria Alday
  • A specialty signed goodie pack from Tiffany King

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Prize Pack 2Prize Pack 2

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Promise by Kristie Cook and a set of embellished bookmarks
  • A signed copy of Awaken or Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross– winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Semester Abroad by Elizabeth Kirke and 6 signed trading cards
  • Ebook of The Amulet by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Emerald Staff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Cypher Wheel by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Ice Diamond Cuff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Childe by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Dark Days by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Mercy, A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • Winner’s Choice Ebooks: Tiffany King Saving Angels Bundle pack (including ebooks of Meant to Be, Forgotten Souls, The Ascended) OR YA Contemporary ebook Bundle pack (including ebooks of Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies)

Honestly, I am salivating just looking at all the prizes in the Prize Packs! I am also in awe of the authors’ and bloggers’ willingness to donate so much, and it’s all because we really want you to come to UtopYA 2014 and experience how amazing the conference is for everyone in attendance: authors, readers, bloggers, publicists, editors… and the list goes on.

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Need to know more about the conference before you commit?  Click the links below to learn more and read real testaments from those who attended UtopYA 2013:

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To enter this giveaway you must:

  • Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

  • Plan to attend the UtopYA 2014 conference (the whole reason the giveaway was started was to give away tickets to this amazing event)

  • Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

**Disclaimer: The winner of this epic giveaway MUST plan on attending UtopYA 2014 in Nashville, have their own transportation to and from the conference, provide their own lodging, and accept the winning of the ticket along with all other prizes.  Should the winner already have purchased a ticket to UtopYA, we will discuss other options, such as the winner giving it to a friend of theirs, in which case we will purchase the ticket in the friend’s name, etc. These tickets hold NO MONETARY VALUE and cannot be refunded by the winner for any financial gain as the refund will come back to those of us purchasing the tickets for the winner.  Please do not enter this giveaway if you DO NOT plan to attend UtopYA 2014 or are under the pretense of accepting only the t-shirt, ebooks, swag, and signed books.  Refusal of the ticket will result in refusal of the entire prize pack.

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

(Because WordPress doesn’t support Rafflecopter forms)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on July 21th. Please only enter once. The winner will be announced later on July 21th, and will receive email notification! Please read our giveaway policy and leave us a comment!

And, MAKE SURE you ALSO enter to win tickets over on Supagurlbooks as well!  She’s running a giveaway too: UtopYA 2014… Take Me To Your Reader INFO and GIVEAWAY

ALSO, bookmark this site: https://utopya2014.eventbrite.com/ just in case.  Early registration ends July 31 and won’t open again until Black Friday (at full price).

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Giveaway Policy

  • Contests are international, unless otherwise stated.
  • Winners are chosen by rafflecopter and random.org.
  • Books and prizes may be sent from The Book Depository, the author/publisher themselves, or from A Book Vacation Reviews personally.  A Book VacationReviews  is not liable for prizes not sent by author/publisher or that are lost, stolen, or damaged by the postal service or The Book Depository.
  • Prizes will be shipped via postal service or electronically upon the completion of the contest and response from the winner.
  • Time frames for receiving prizes will vary immensely based on type of prize.
  • A Book Vacation is not at fault if winner in unable to read ebooks due to lack of technology or technological issues.
  • Entrants may only enter each giveaway once unless otherwise specified.
  • All contests have an age stipulation, either 13+ with parent/guardian permission, or 18+ years of age or older, and these stipulations must be adhered to or winner voids receipt of prize.
  • Winners will be announced in a blog post dedicated to the giveaway on the date the giveaway ends.
  • Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen using rafflecopter and random.org.
  • A Book Vacation Reviews is not responsible if the item is lost, damaged, or stolen.
  • A Book Vacation Reviews holds the right to end a contest before its original deadline without any prior notice.
  • A Book Vacation Reviews reserves the right to terminate a giveaway at any reason or to deny prizes should unforeseen issues arise.
  • No cheating. A Book Vacation Reviews will check each entry and cheaters will be disqualified without notification.
  • Your personal information will not be saved or used for any other purpose.
  • If you have any questions, please email A Book Vacation Reviews.  If you are the winner, please email upon receipt of prize.

 

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