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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Good Thing About GoodReads Giveaways

 I've been on GoodReads for a couple of years and enter giveaways almost every day.  I have won several, which is always exciting!!!  But I just wanted to talk about what a wonderful vehicle the giveaways are for bringing attention to lesser known or self-published authors.

I like to go on GoodReads and see what books are being given away.  I pull up the synopsis and if it sounds interesting to me, I'll enter the giveaway.  But...I'll also go to Amazon and look for the Kindle version.  If the book is on Amazon and is already published, I will download a sample.  If I like what I read, I will often go ahead and order the book anyway.

I think this is a fantastic opportunity for readers:

  1. to find new authors they may not be familiar with
  2. to find new books by authors they are already fans of
  3. to have a chance at winning free books

Below is a list I've compiled of all the books I've bought after entering a giveaway for them.  As you can see there are at least a couple titles I entered a contest for, but I ended up buying other books in the series.

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey
Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Born of Oak and Silver ( Chronicles Book 1) by Marie McKean
Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram
Come as You Are by Theresa Weir
Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe
Creepy Christmas by Jaimie Adams
Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen
Dear Mr Knightly by Katherine Reay ( I won this on GoodReads,
     but I bought the Kindle as well since it came up as a daily deal)
Defy by Sara Larson
Desperately Ever After by Lauren Kenyon
Double Star by Cindy Saunders
Eternal Echoes by Angela Corbett
Evie's Knight by Kimberly Krey
Fae by C.J. Abedi
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
Fanmail by Mia Castle
Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner
Forget Me by K.A. Harrington
Gates of Thresd and Stone by Lori M. Lee
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
Grounded by You (A Willoughby Inn Love Story) by Ivy Sinclair
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
How to Meet Boys by Catherine  Clark
I Put a Spell on You, a Halloween Anthology by April Oglesbee
Incidental Happenstance by Kim DeSalvo - From Giveaway for
     Book 2, In Hap*pily Ever After
Just Like in the Movies by Kelly Fiore
Just One Damned Thing After Another: Vol 1 The Chronicles of
     St Mary's by Jodi Taylor - From giveaway for Vol 2: A
          Symphony of Echoes
Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir by Eliza Watson
Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin
Love Show by Audrey Bell
Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (from her
     Dark Curiosity giveaway)
Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell
My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett - I won a giveaway for Book 2,
     Nightmare Dilemma
One Hundred Names by Cecilia Ahern
Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit
Piper Day's Ultimate Guide to Avoiding George Clooney by
     Vanessa Fewings and Christina Cannarella
Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn
Rock 'n Tapestries by Shari Copell
Scintillate by Tracy Clark
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Shadow Hunters & Downworlders by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Sign of the Throne (Solas Beir Trilogy Book 1) by Melissa Eskue
Silence: Queen of the Dead Book 1 by Michelle Sagara
Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Ended  up buying all the Empire
     Chronicles and Crescent Chronicles 
The Curse: Touch of Eternity by Emily Bold - Also bought Breath
     of Yesterday, Book 2
The Harvest Festival ( Fallen Oaks Book 1) by Jack Gallow
The Morrow Secrets by Susan McNally
The Naughty List by L.A. Kelley
The Road to You by Marilyn Brant
Undertow by K.R. Conway
Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos
Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson
Untimed by Andy Gavin
Windows (Coming Home Book 1) by Emily Minton

I just wanted to say thanks, Goodreads for introducing me to so
many books and authors!! 

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