Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winner of Recommend Monday blog Send-off

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year's Eve! Are you ready for a new year? I definitely am. So many possibilities in a fresh new year, don't you think? And I cannot wait for you to read the books I'm planning for 2014! :)

So I reviewed all the fabulous recommendations over the last month since we started this contest and am floored by all the great books being recommended. We had 41 unique commenters, (with lots of repeats) meaning at least 41 books were recommended but as always you guys outdid yourselves and recommended many more. Since we've had this blog, there have been thousands of books recommended. What a great service you've provided readers! And I know the authors sincerely appreciate you recommending their books to others. I believe word of mouth is still the best marketing tool for authors. I sincerely hope you will continue this great tradition of Recommend Monday over on my Facebook page. Christy's Facebook page

As we close out this blog and another year comes to a close, I wanted to tell you again how very important you are to me and thank you once again for reading my books and recommending them to others. I have loved getting to know you. I wish you health and happiness for the new year. May God bless each of you with your heart's desire.

And now...

Announcing the winner of the Recommend Monday Send-off prize:

Julie Johnson!

Congrats, Julie! Please email me at christy@christyreece.com to discuss delivery of your prize.

See you all next year! And if you're partying or traveling tonight, stay safe!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Recommend Monday, Happy New Year, and Goodbye Recommend Monday

Good Monday Everyone!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Mine was rushed, crazed, frenetic, and absolutely perfect.

As you know this is the last Recommend Monday on this blog. Next week we'll be posting on my Facebook author page. Since I have about 7500 followers over there, it's my hope we'll have lots more recommendations and chatter about all the books out there that people are loving.

Thank you to everyone who has recommended a book here. I and countless others have found some wonderful reading recommendations here. You've helped us discover new authors, go to new worlds, and meet many exciting people. Please come over to my Facebook page and continue the good work. :) Christy Reece Facebook page

I'll be updating my website within the next few weeks, so be sure to come back and check it out. Will be posting the fabulous cover for NOTHING TO LOSE, along with a back cover blurb and an excerpt. I can't wait for you to meet the fascinating people of the Grey Justice organization!

And soon we'll be chatting about RUNNING ON EMPTY and the new addition to the Last Chance Rescue organization. I think you're going to flip out (in a good way) when you see what's in store for them.

Since this is our last Recommend Monday and the last day you'll be able to comment to enter the giveaway for tomorrow, let's do what we created Recommend Monday for. Tell us what great books you read last week. As for me, I'm in the middle of my first Lee Child book, The Killing Floor, and thoroughly enjoying it.

How about you?

Be sure to check back tomorrow--December 31. I'll announce the winner of the giveaway. It could be you!

Have a wonderful day all!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Recommend Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!

Can you believe Christmas is almost here. Seems like only yesterday I was telling myself it was time to start shopping because Christmas would be here before I knew it. Oh wait...that was yesterday! Okay, I'm not that bad but almost. I'm headed out in a few minutes to shop till I'm finished or I drop, whichever comes first.

We're also nearing the end of the year and this blog. Next Monday will be the last one. I hope you've enjoyed Recommend Monday as much as I have. And I really hope that you continue to share with us your favorite reads over on my Facebook page. Should be easier for everyone there.

With that thought, what great books did you read last week?

And to enter the contest for the fab prize of books, gift cards and surprises, what books are you looking forward to reading in 2014? One comment will get you into the drawing but feel free to list as many as you like.

If you're traveling or you're out and about this week, please be safe. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family and friends and hug your loved ones tight. And remember the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend filled with great reads. Can't wait to hear about them.

I finally made it to the halfway point on NOTHING TO LOSE. Yay! Even though I wanted to release the book by year's end, I'm glad I gave myself more time. This book is not only turning into one of my favorites but I'm loving the series idea and where its headed. So, hopefully you won't be too disappointed in the delay. I do plan to share an excerpt on my Facebook page soon. As soon as I have it up, I'll let you know so you can pop over there. Early next year, I'll post the beautiful cover for NTL, which was created by the awesome cover artist, Tricia Schmidt of PickyMe Designs. As you'll remember, she also did the fabulous new cover for CHANCES ARE.

No new reads for me this week however I'm planning on taking a few days off between Christmas and New Years and hope to devour as many books as I can. What do you have to recommend?

BTW, I'm doing a 12 days of book giveaways on Facebook, leading up to Christmas Day. I've already posted winners for the first 3 days but there's plenty of days left. All you have to do to enter is comment on the post on my Facebook page. Easy peasy! Today's prize is the 4th book in the LCR series, NO CHANCE. So come on over!

And don't forget to enter the giveaway of a box of books and other goodies that I'll be giving away on 12/31, tell us some of your favorite reads this year. You can give 1 or a 100. Doesn't matter but you have to name at least one favorite read to enter.

Three of my faves for the year are: Pamela Clare's Striking Distance, Liliana Hart's Kill Shot and Rachel Grant's Body of Evidence. All fabulous reads!

Next week's entry will be to tell us what book(s) you're looking forward to reading in 2014.

Have a great week everyone! And if you're out shopping, please be careful!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All! Hope you had a good weekend. Sorry I'm late today. The weather and my sinuses aren't getting along these days. And my medicine makes me loopy and sleepy.

What's the weather like in your area? We've had massive rainfall and thunderstorms with cool temps but I know lots of folks are dealing with much worse. Be careful out there!

Did you read anything great last week? Can't wait to hear about it. And don't forget, to enter the December 31 giveaway for a fabulous gift box full of books, gift cards and other prizes, you need to tell us some couples that you were thrilled that they got their happy ever after. For me, I've realized they're also some of my favorite books. To name a few: Ian and Elizabeth from Judith McNaught's Almost Heaven; Mary and Wolf from Linda Howard's Mckenzie's Mountain; Madelyn and Duncan from Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendour. I literally sighed with happiness when I closed those books.

What about you? What couples were you thrilled to see get their well deserved happy ever after? You can name one or a hundred. No limit. But you must name one to enter the contest.

Don't forget, if you're in the Birmingham area, Jennifer Echols and I will be signing books at the Books-A-Million at Brookwood Village Mall this Saturday from 10:00 - 1:00. Would love to see you there if you can make it.

Oh, I don't think I've told you about this awesome contest from Give Me Books. Lots and lots of great books to be had, including CHANCES ARE, and my two Ella Grace titles, MIDNIGHT SECRETS and MIDNIGHT LIES. Here's the link: Give Me Books: Tribute to Men in Uniform

Okay, that's it for me. Kennedy and Nick have found themselves in a bind and are looking to me to help them out.

Next Recommend Monday, let's name three of our favorite reads from this year.

Have a fabulous week!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving here in the U.S. The older I get the more I realize that Thanksgiving should be a state of mind, not just a holiday, that it should be practiced 24/7 and I need to be grateful for every precious person and blessing in my life. I'm making a vow to remember that.

As you know, we've decided to move Recommend Monday over to my Facebook page beginning in 2014. I mentioned last week that I'd like to give this blog a great send-off, so hopefully you'll join me in doing that. More about that in a few minutes.

Two things I wanted to mention to you. Don't forget about the awesome giveaway that my home RWA chapter, Southern Magic, is having. A chance to win awesome books from some of our best and most prolific authors. Here's the link again: Southern Magic Giveaway

Also, I wanted to let you know that I will be signing books at the Books-A-Million at Brookwood Mall here in Birmingham on December 14, from 10:00 to 1:00. Signing with me is my friend, uber-talented author Jennifer Echols. If you're in the Birmingham area, I hope you'll stop by and see us. As always, there will be chocolate, too!

Now, let's talk about the blog send-off. Every year at Christmas, I usually have a giveaway but this year, I'd like to do something extra special.  For every week you comment on the blog by answering the question of the week, you'll be entered to win a fabulous gift box filled with all sorts of wonderful goodies including books, gift cards, and of course chocolate. Winner announced Tuesday, December 31.

Since I'm just now telling you about this, I won't give you a hard question today. Next week though, I want you to tell us some of your favorite fictional couples. You know, the ones that when you close their book, you have a smile on your face because you're so glad they found each other.

To enter today, all you have to do is tell us what great books you read last week that we should be reading too!

Have a wonderful week everyone!