Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hunt!

It's almost Halloween — possibly one of the most literary holidays around! Or at least one of my favourites because I love dark and macabre reads. Today, you have the chance to win a prize! Jodie Andrefski has organised a 13-author treat bag full of books, candy and swag for a lucky winner. 



Take a look at everything you can win in this amazing treat bag: 



Visit each of the THIRTEEN participating author websites. You will find the name of the candy/treat they are giving away, as well as what BOOK they are offering as part of the PRIZE PACK!  Be sure to write down the name of the treat, you’ll need it later.

Each author will provide a link to the next author website on the hunt. 

When you have collected the names of all 13 author “TREATS”, head on over to complete the Trick or Treat Hunt Page Google Forms doc and enter the correct treat next to the corresponding author name.

You can enter for BONUS chances to win via this Rafflecopter too! Follow the authors on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and leave blog comments to add to your winning chances!




An awesome black canvas tote bag with a cool skull, filled with each of the books noted below as well as bookmarks and other great book swag. You will also win all of the treats that the author’s list on their pages PLUS a bunch of other candy treats all in a black plastic cauldron. You’ll even get the cute little plastic skulls shown in the prize photo!


Dorothy Dreyer – SCARE ME TO SLEEP 

Jodie Andrefski – THE SOCIETY 


Julie Reece – THE ARTISANS 

Nina Rossing – FJORD BLUE 




Suzanne van Rooyen – OBSCURA BURNING 
Vanessa Barneveld – THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE 

Vicki Weavil – FACSIMILE 

The contest runs from Friday October 28th, 2016 through Midnight, October 31st, 2016 (EST)

The winner will be announced November 1st. Contest is US only.



My prize is a paperback copy of Unicorn Tracks! This is my first novel and tells the story of safari guide Mnemba and researcher Kara as they struggle to save endangered unicorns from poachers and try not to fall in love with each other! 

There are a lot of scary mythical creatures in Nazwimbe, including carnivorous mermaids and giant chimeras — perfect as a Halloween Read! 😀

My TREAT is delicious skittles! Rainbow coloured and full of unicorn love.



To continue the Hunt … head on over to Nina Rossing's blog! 



#ReadProud Wrap-Up and Winners

A month ago, I started the #ReadProud challenge as an initiative to encourage bloggers and readers to pick up more LGBTQIA books this month.

Lots of readers pledged their time and made the commitment to read one or two LGBTQIA books a week. We had 36 starters in the challenge and 24 people finished, maintaining their momentum for four consecutive weeks! Many more people participated individually, choosing to read queer books through other challenges or on their own momentum. Over the weeks of the challenges, #ReadProud readers read and reviewed 137 queer books from different genres and age categories. These books came from Big 5 publishers, independent Publishers, small presses and self-published authors.


Top 5 Most Read Books

1) George by Alex Gino … 9 Readers — Middle Grade, Trans Contemp.

2) If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo  … 6 Readers … Young Adult, Trans Contemp.

     This book was also the highest rated of the challenge, averaging 4.67 stars.

3) Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sarah Farizan … 6 Readers … Young Adult, Lesbian Contemp.

4) Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler … 4 Readers … New Adult, Lesbian Contemp.

5) Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember … 4 Readers … Young Adult, Lesbian Speculative.


Readers had the choice to enter either the Silver Challenge or the Gold Challenge. Silver Challenge Readers read 1 book per week, while Gold Challengers read 2. Each category will have a prize draw. Gold Challengers were automatically entered in both draws, as they read two books per week.

All challenge completers were entered into a randomizer for the draw. Here are the winners:

SILVER PRIZE ($50 for AMAZON, B&N, WATERSTONES or FOYLES): Lauren from Let's Get Beyond Tolerance / Shooting Star Magazine

GOLD PRIZE ($100 for AMAZON, B&N, WATERSTONES or FOYLES): Amber from Bookstacksamber

I hope that both of you will continue your queer reading momentum and get lots of LGBTQIA new books!

Sadly, I cannot give a monetary prize to everyone, but I would also like to mention Jamie from Books and Ladders and Bhavya from Books and Calm for being FUCKING BADASSES in terms of number of books read for this challenge. These guys are like little queer reading power houses. I would like to gift both of you a free queer ebook of your choice — please follow the same instructions to claim it as other prizes.

To claim your prizes, please send me an email at juliaemberya AT gmail DOT com — let me know where to send your prizes! All these prizes are giftcards effectively, and will be sent digitially on or before July 15 as long as claimed promptly.

It goes without saying, maybe, but I want to say it anyway: Queer Books and Queer Spaces are important all year round. If you are looking for new books to read, I absolutely hope that you will check out the lists compiled by GayYa.org or LGBTQReads.com as well as follow them on twitter for regular updates, new books and challenges.