Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Into Indie Giveaway!

Ah, indie books. They come in several flavors. At times they are what keeps me blogging. And at times they make me want to tear my hair out. Some people love them. Some people don't.

Well, today I'm here to spread the love. As a book blogger, some of the most interesting books I have had the opportunity to read are what I would classify as "indie". Now, before we get going with a list of the goodies, what do I classify as "indie"? Indie is what you aren't going to easily find at your local bookstore or library. Just like with indie music, you sort of have to be in the know to get into something indie bookwise. Until, of course, it catches on. (Which is great for the author. I'm not going to get into whether they are still indie or not -- that's not the point here.)

Some of you may know that I am hoping to release my own book, Moon Dance, later this year. It was actually while I was finishing up my first draft that I got into blogging. Which in turn is how I discovered al the awesome books here. Strange how that works, huh? Anyway, the following list of things you will win if you're the one picked from my giveaway is basically a "who's who" of authors I have read since I started I Write, I Read, I Review. There are SIX books here, and yes, someone is going have a very happy e-Reader, very very soon. So, lets get this show on the road! Let me show you what you'll be receiving if you win!


What's Up For Grabs?: 

I love all of these books. They are listed in no particular order of favoritism. I have included links to my reviews where possible, as well as to the books GoodReads pages. ONE (1) lucky winner is going to win e-Book versions of all of these. I did my research for them on Amazon.com, but if you need a different format I will do my best to work with you on that.

Blue Sky Days
by Marie Landry
GoodReads | My Review
C'mon, guys. You knew this was going to be here. Blue Sky Days is actually the book I initially signed up for this giveaway to promote. Is it true that I'm friends with Marie Landry? Yes. Is it true that her debut is absolutely awesome? Once again, yes. Blue Sky Days is a beautiful love story that will stick with you long after you turn the last page. This is the sort of book that you need to read if you like romance.

Destined
by Jessie Harrell
GoodReads | My Review
I said this at the start of my review, and I'll say it here: when it comes to Greek Mythology I am a total, utter and complete snob. I am obnoxiously picky, the characters are my babies and it's easy to rub me the wrong way. With that out of the way: Destined is quite likely the best retelling of a Greek Myth that I have ever read. It's romantic, it's brilliant and it is one of those books that absolutely must be read. 

Miss World
by Randi Black
GoodReads | My Review
There is a lot of sweet love involved in my giveaway package. I figured that it could use something with a little more bite, and I just finished reviewing the perfect thing to fill that void. Miss World is an absolutely fabulous novel. It's always fiercely honest, at times really funny and really captures aspects of the teen experience that most books just won't touch. Get ready to meet Kimmy, because whether you love her or hate her, I'm confident you *will* feel *something*. 

Remembrance
by Michelle Madow
GoodReads | My Review
Another sweet romantic tale, this one with some very interesting reincarnation themes. Michelle Madow's debut is an interesting tale of a love that has carried through time, and how far two people are willing to go in order to be together. Is love worth risking your life for? And even if you get that love, will you get to keep it? I found Remembrance to be a fairly original take on the idea of reincarnation, I liked Lizzy and Drew and I was very drawn to their story. 

The Scarlet Dagger
by Krystle Jones
GoodReads | My Review
Last but definitely not least. If you have not read The Scarlet Dagger yet, and you like vampires *or* dystopian, you are seriously missing out. The characters are strong, the plot twists and turns, the dialogue is both touching and funny, the world is well built, the mythology original and interesting... I could go on and on praising this. (It *did* receive my Kat's Meow Award...) Quite frankly, for me this giveaway wouldn't be complete without it. 

Ryder
by Greta Maloney
GoodReads | My Review
The moment that I heard about this I absolutely had to read it. I love fairy tale retellings, and Little Red Riding Hood isn't a story that gets too much attention. Ryder pays homage to the original tale while not being afraid to add its own twists and turns. A unique and original take on a classic tale, Ryder is many things: a love story, a quest to claim mastery of oneself, a struggle for redemption. Above all, it is absolutely not to be missed. 


Well, that's "it", guys. :D What do you think? Did I make good choices? If you have already read some of these, or if the books I have chosen are not your cup of tea, fear not. You also have the option to choose to receive a $10 gift card from Amazon.com.

How To Enter:

To actually enter the giveaway, it's super easy. Just leave a name for me to announce if you win, and an e-mail address for me to contact you at. (+1 entries)

Bonus Entries:

1. Tell me an indie book you have been dying to read. Who knows? If it's not too expensive I may be super nice and surprise you. (+1 entries)

2. Tell me an indie book that I might want to check out / read. I have a huge TBR pile but I'm always looking for more books that I should be keeping an eye on. (+1 entries)

3. See all the reviews up there? Click on one and comment. I love comments. They totally make my day. :D (+1 entries)

4. Follow me on twitter. (@Katallina) (+1 entries)

5. Tweet the following: I want to win 6 awesome eBooks from @Katallina as part of the Leap Into Indie Giveaway Hop! http://www.katreads.com/2012/02/leap-into-indie-giveaway.html (+1 entries)

6. Follow me via FeedBurner / GFC (+1 entries)

Thanks so much for dropping by and checking out my giveaway! I wish everyone who decides to enter the absolute best of luck!



67 comments:

  1. Awesome giveaway!
    devonashleywritesATyahooDOTcom

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  2. I follow via GFC: Devon Ashley
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  3. Hmm...an indie book I'm dying to read... I still need to read Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires. :)
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  4. A few indie books you should check out:
    YA: Lure, Airborne, Under the Stars
    Adult: Hidden Heart
    Right now I'm reading Winterborne. :)
    devonashleywritesATyahooDOTcom

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    celjla212 at aol dot com

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  6. I really want to read Oppression by Jessica Therrien!

    celjla212 at aol dot com

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  7. Following on Twitter @celjla212

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  8. I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/celjla212/status/174902084209094657

    celjla212 at aol dot com

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  9. Great giveaway. ;)

    I had no idea that Remembrance and Destined are indies - the covers are so gorgeous and professional-looking.

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  10. Thank you very much great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  11. GFC-latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  12. Twitter follower- latishajean
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  13. Tweeted too
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  14. What an awesome giveaway and an even more amazing blog hop!! I love discovering new indie authors! Thanks so much for participating and for offering such a terrific book selection:)
    Julie Witt
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  15. I've been dying to read The Demon Kiss by Lacey Weatherford! I read the first book in the series, The Trouble with Spells, and absolutely loved it!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  16. An indie book that I can highly recommend is Amador Lockdown by Coral Russell!

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  17. I follow you on Twitter: @jwitt33

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  18. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/174933787145277440

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  19. Great giveaway thanks!

    GFC Follower: Kayla

    klamber1 at unca dot edu

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  20. I'd really like to read Remembrance, as Michelle Madow is a real sweetie. I'd also like to read Because of Low by Abbi Glines.

    I loved the Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber, so if you haven't read them, you should check them out! And, of course, Between and Hell Transporter (my books). hehe

    Cyndi Tefft (cynditefft at gmail dot com)- I think I have 4 entries since I also follow you on Twitter. :)

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  21. Here's an indie for you to check out: Eden by K. Taylor. Your review above for Destined by J Harrell has influenced me to want to read it! I am following GFC - thanks for the contest and that should be 5 entries :)
    Connie (scoobeee3 at gmail dot com)

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  22. Thanks :D
    I would need a nook ebook...

    cigam9(at)gmail(dot)com

    ~Lioness

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  23. +1 GFC follower: R.

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  24. +1 I would like to read Moon Spell by Samantha Young

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  25. +1 You should read Divergent by Veronica Roth

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    (I'm pretty sure that its indie...)

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  26. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    Elizabeth H. (BookAttict)
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  27. I've been dying to read is The Pict by Jack Dixon.

    Elizabeth H. (BookAttict)
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  28. I'd recommend The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline to you -- hands down my favorite read of the last decade!

    Elizabeth H. (BookAttict)
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  29. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/BookAttict/status/175027828801282048

    Elizabeth H. (BookAttict)
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  30. Feedburner: elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    Elizabeth H. (BookAttict)

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  31. Great giveaways ...

    I tweeted

    following you on GFC as mimirose41209


    My name is Mimi Rose

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  32. Ooh I really want to read the Scarlett Dagger it sounds so cool! I loved Destined!

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  33. Thanks for the great giveaway! dantalionofthegoetia at gmail dot com

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  34. Great giveaway. Thank you.

    Pam R.
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. An Indie book that I've been wanting to read would have to be Blood Rights by Kristen Painter.

    Pam R.
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  36. I'd recommend Between by Cyndi Tefft.

    Pam R.
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  37. Commented on Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry review.
    http://www.katreads.com/2012/02/blog-tour-blue-sky-days-by-marie-landry.html?showComment=1330659637584#c5460963385944497020

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  38. I follow on Twitter: @VanillaOrchids

    Pam R.
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  39. Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/VanillaOrchids/status/175426690846162944

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  40. I follow through GFC: VanillaOrchids

    Pam R.
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  41. Thanks a lot for the giveaway! Great idea :)
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  42. I'm really looking forward to read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It sounds great!
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  43. GFC follower: Evie
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  44. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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  45. Im really looking forward to Destined, sounds really good.

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  46. Another Indie I am looking forward to is Falling In Between

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  47. GFC follower

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  48. tweeted - https://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/175811786132566017

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  49. twitter follower - @donnas1

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  50. thanks for the hop, follow fb

    jbarrett5 at cox dot net

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  51. I long to read Remembrance.
    GFC: Jane

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Name:Jane
    Email: transportbybooks(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)hk

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  52. I'm so honoured that you included Blue Sky Days in this, Kat - thank you!!! <3

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  53. Thanks for the Giveaway!
    kacidesigns@yahoo.com
    I'd love to read Rememberance or an Amazon giftcard. I also reccomend 'Between the Lines' series by Tammara Webber or 'Flat Out Love'. I commented on a review.
    GFC: Kaci McClellan
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/kacidesigns/status/176806193178742785

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