I’m getting on a plane in a few hours, but before I go, I have to apologize for being so absent lately. Aside from all three of us being pretty busy this month, I’ve also dealt with a scraped eye (ow!), houseguests, and some rather time-consuming family issues. I’m sorry to say that I’m behind on answering emails, choosing prize winners, and shipping out books–but I promise those will be tackled as soon as I’m back! July has turned out to be a huge time-suck, and I apologize profusely for being so behind.
I have to confess that I’ve also been going through one of those phases where I’m just feeling generally burned out by blogging in general. Between an unpleasant anniversary earlier this summer, watching more reviewers getting attacked, dealing with trolls, and working through some general frustrations and disillusionment in general, I honestly haven’t been feeling as wildly enthusiastic lately. While I’m happy with how we’ve grown here at The Midnight Garden, I think I need to re-evaluate how I personally blog, as well as how I allocate my time and resources. I’m spending too much time on things other than reading and reviewing, which is the whole reason I started the blog in the first place. Hopefully this will mean positive changes down the road for the blog, and for our readers.
But onto happier topics. My July has been generally unproductive, but there’s no reason why you should have to suffer! I’m sitting on a bunch of reviews and books to give away, but in the meantime I thought it’d be nice to spread the love with some recently released and upcoming sequels that I know many of our readers are excited about.
The seven books include:
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer
Alex Rider: Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz
Impostor by Jill Hathaway
The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse
Before the Fall by Francis Knight
All of them are ARCs except for The Uprising, which is a beautiful finished copy. The links take you to GoodReads, which has synopses and more information about the books. We’ve got witches, angels, dystopia, mysteries, and more, with books released April – October 2013! A pretty sweet deal all-around.
We’re going to skip Rafflecopter this time and keep this one pretty simple, but this contest does adhere to our general contest rules.
All winners will be hand-picked from the comments by Wendy. (Take that, unfeeling Rafflecopter gods!) One international winner will be chosen, who will get his or her chosen book. All other books will be divided up among our U.S. readers–it could be 7 different winners total, or some of you may be so persuasive that you might get more than one book!
In order to win, all you have to do is:
Leave a thoughtful comment below telling us
— which book(s) you’d like to read and WHY
— where you live
— an email address where you may be reached.
Preference is definitely given to those make a good case for why they are interested in the books, as well as the readers that we hear from often–and not just on contest entries. Honestly, I’d also prefer to send several books to one place to save on shipping, so don’t be shy about expressing genuine interest in multiple titles.
Extra entries may also be earned by tweeting about the contest once a day until the contest ends on July 31st. Just leave us a link in the comments with the URL for your tweet daily. Suggested copy: Hey series lovers! The Midnight Garden’s giving away SEVEN new & upcoming sequels: http://bit.ly/1adhgpu Open internationally through 7/31.
Thanks, as always, for being loyal readers of our blog, and for bearing with us. I know Tonya and K are both posting fun stuff soon, and I’ll be back more regularly soon as well.
Our gratitude also goes out to our friends at Penguin, Orbit, Balzer + Bray, and Simon Teen for providing the prizes for this contest.