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Parties, Giveaways and Hops, Oh, my!

by Carol Burnside

It’s no secret that I’ve been in the grip of a promotion whirlwind, due to several recent releases and more coming. In that vein, I’m participating in several hops, spaced out one a month, then I came across a few parties, a few on The Romance Studio’s blog and a big one on The Romance Reviews site. I’ve also agreed to give away an ebook on the 23rd of each month at The Romance Studio’s Book-a-Day (BAD) contest, and a donated an ebook every month for five months on All Romance eBook Cafe’s BAD contest.

In addition, I blog here and on my own blog, with the occasional guest post here and there. I also purchase ads on various sites and have author pages on numerous websites. Last night, it occurred to me that PFHT has readers who might not know of these sites and the opportunities they offer. Our Aussie friend, Mary, probably knows of even more than I do. (Hey, Mary!) So, here’s a mini list of a few upcoming or ongoing opportunities for free e-books and prizes that I participate in:

The Romance Studio

For authors: they offer reviews, numerous inexpensive promo opportunities (including newsletter ads with wide distribution) and if you buy a membership for a nominal fee, you get deep discounts on multiple ad buys. Without membership, there are still a number of free promotional opportunities.

For readers: reviews help readers decide what to buy. They also have the BAD giveaway and frequent release parties, author chats, and special celebration parties on their blog with constant giveaways of ebooks, gift certificates and more.

The Romance ReviewsTRR_SSRP

For authors: they also offer reviews, paid promo opportunities (including newsletter ads with wide distribution) and have a program where, if you keep their banner or badge in the sidebar of your website, you get a free headliner ad each month.

For readers: reviews, headliner ads which give the opportunity to peruse numerous books with mini blurbs, parties with prizes and gift certificates, fun contests such as memory games, hangman and multiple choice Q&A’s.

For the month of June, they’re having a, Sizzling Summer Reads Party which lasts the entire month of June and gives readers a gazillion chances to win prizes and discover new books and new authors.

covergasmJune 6-14, I’m participating in the Covergasm Blog Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Herding Cats and Burning Soup blog. As the name might suggest to you, this hop is all about cover art that makes you gasp and click the buy link. Readers: Giveaways are most definitely involved!  I’m featuring some of my favs and debuting new cover art of my own!

Authors: Another great way to get your book noticed on the Goodreads site is to offer giveaways. Currently, they only accommodate print, but they do provide a great little widget like the one below for posting on Facebook and blogs. As you can see, I’m  running a giveaway there too!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside

A Suitable Wife

by Carol Burnside

Giveaway ends June 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


If you know of more sites like these for author and reader opportunities, please share them in the comments.



Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle and a variety of other works, some written as Annie Rayburn. Her novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence.

Carol / Annie blogs here and on her website at


sandra Elzie - June 2, 2014 - 5:37 am

Congrats on your recent publication AND on your blog hopping. Good luck.

I love an emotional book with great characters…just as long as one of them doesn’t die in the last scenes. I’m a happily ever after girl through and through…but the road can be bumpy. And everyone loves a bit of humor in a book, so I can’t wait to read your latest. Thanks for sharing the blog sites…I tried to leave a message on one, but I’m waiting for it to be approved.

Pam Asberry - June 2, 2014 - 7:56 am

Wow, Carol, you are doing a great job keeping yourself out of the bars and pool halls, LOL! Seriously, happy blog hopping and continued success!

Marilyn Baron - June 2, 2014 - 8:40 am

Thanks for the information. These blog contests sound like fun. Continued success with your new releases.

Carol Burnside - June 2, 2014 - 11:18 am

I’m a HEA gal through and through too, Sandy!

Carol Burnside - June 2, 2014 - 11:19 am

Ha! Funny, Pam. Where I live there’s no such thing to indulge in. Thanks!

Carol Burnside - June 2, 2014 - 11:20 am

You’re welcome, Marilyn. I’m always looking for new places to spread the word, so if you run across any that look promising…

Susan Carlisle - June 2, 2014 - 11:29 am

Thanks Carol. It is always good to see a nice list to double check against. I like the poster for Sizzling Summer Reads. Makes you want to check them out.

Connie Gillam - June 2, 2014 - 11:47 am

Thanks, Carol. I’m looking for review sites. I’ll check out the ones you mentioned.

I have a Goodreads giveaway for my newest release, Lakota Dreaming. It runs through June 20th.

Congratulations on all the releases. You’re my hero! lol

Piper - June 2, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Thank you Carol. So awesome of you to share this information! Looking forward to your releases!

Debbie Kaufman - June 2, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Yep, thanks for the list. I am a big fan of Goodreads giveaways and genre specific blogs.

Carol Burnside - June 2, 2014 - 9:22 pm

I’m glad y’all are able to use the information. I’ve just scheduled my first Goodreads ad to correspond with the last part of the giveaway. We’ll see if it boosts it. I’m not going to spend a lot of money, that’s for sure.

Maxine Davis - June 2, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Carol, Wow, congratulations! Looks like keeping busy is a good road to success! I appreciate the information. You are so nice to share! Good luck to you.

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