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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge

Posted on the 22 October 2011 by Readingromances

My Perfect Anthology

Dewey’s Read A Thon Mini- Challenge

To enter this mini- challenge you have to leave a comment telling me which authors you’d like to see together in an anthology and create a theme for the book! Creating a name for it is totally optional!

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway only for the Dewey’s Read A Thon participants, the 4 winners will be announced at Hour 13!

The prizes will be:
 ♠ 2 ebook copies of the Entangled, A Paranormal Anthology (All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) by Edie Ramer , Misty Evans, Michelle Miles, Lori Brighton, Dale Mayer, Nancy Haddock, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden , Liz Kreger, Jennifer Estep, Allison Brennan.

 ♠ 2 ebook copies of Dead People by Edie Ramer ( (Haunted Hearts #1)- perfect for Halloween!


Need some ispiration? Let’s hear from my guest, Edie Ramer, how was the process of choosing the authors for the Entangled anthology:


Huge thanks to Nat for having me as a guest for the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon mini – challenge, aka Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. She says it’s a big event, Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Mini-Challengeand I like being on big event. Sometimes small ones, too. Having so many book bloggers reminds me of anthologies, all of them joining together to create a BIG AND WONDERFUL thing. That’s what  Misty Evans and I thought when we put together Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology, with all proceeds going to the  Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I told Nat that I’d talk about the writers we picked and why. First, we decided the stories would be paranormal and have a Halloween theme. Then I immediately sent invitations to  Allison Brennan,   Cynthia Eden and   Jennifer Estep.  Allison and I were in a critique group even before she got her first agent and first sale. (All of that happened soon after I joined the group.) I knew Cynthia from Magical Musings before she published. It was on her blog that I won an ARC of Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep. I loved it, wrote a glowing review, and asked her to be a guest at Magical Musings, the group blog I belonged to. From there we became online friends. Just as an aside, all three of them are New York Times Bestselling authors!

Misty asked Michelle Miles and  Nancy Haddock. I didn’t know Michelle then, though I’ve seen her name around often. I knew Nancy and love her books, and was thrilled that she said yes.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Mini-ChallengeThat’s seven, including me and Misty. Samhain author Liz Kreger is my critique partner. She’s also a breast cancer survivor, as am I. We both had it about the same time. The difference is that I’ve been cancer free for eleven years. Hers recurred, and she’s been fighting it off for the last eight years. She’s my hero.

Michelle Diener is my other critique partner. Her historical suspense, In A Treacherous Court, came out in August. She’s one of the best writers I know, so of course I wanted her, even though she doesn’t normally write paranormal. When I read Breaking Out, my first word was Wow!

I got to know  Lori Brighton from Magical Musings, too. She was my guest with Wild Heart, her Zebra debut book that combines historical romance with paranormal elements. We became friends even before she jumped into the self-publishing pool with her historical romances, paranormal romances and young adult.

Dale Mayer and I have been in a group together for years. She’s a single mom of four, and she’s been supporting them with an income from writing. She recently took the plunge into self-publishing, and already has 4 non-fiction books up, 1 romantic suspense with paranormal elements, 2  YA paranormals, and she has stories in 2 anthologies. I know she’ll be on Kindle’s bestselling lists soon.

All of these ladies are a dream team. We’ve gotten so many comments like this from Aimee at Coffee Table Reviews: “It’s rare for me to pick one of these up and like more than just one or two stories. But this had a really great collection of short stories. I got to read some stories from authors I’ve never read before and I love what I’ve read. Those authors have found their way onto my tbr list.”

I should also mention that Stacia Kane wrote the best foreword ever. You’ll have to read it and see what I mean. Lori Devoti did the original formatting at no cost. Laura Morrigan donated the awesome cover. Just brilliant.

We’re so grateful to so many book bloggers like Nat for letting us talk about Entangled. And sites like Ereader News Today. I’m sure part of it is because of the amazing writers and cover. But also because most of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way. Cancer is a rat-bastard disease, and it’s time we kicked the rat-bastard’s ass for good.

In addition to giving away 2 e-copies of Entangled to commenters, I’m giving away 2 e-copies of Dead People, theDewey’s Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge first book from my Haunted Hearts series. Because of Halloween, I’m collecting real ghost stories. Send me your ghost story, I’ll post it on my blog and give you a free e-copy of Dead People. Send to and put Ghost Story in the subject line.  I want to hear your story.

Edie Ramer

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