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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Romance Readers Do It All Night - Giveaway!

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By Erin Knightley
It always happens when there is something important going on the next day.  Innocently, you pick up a book for some reading before bed, planning to relax for the next hour or so for a more restful sleep.
The book, as books are wont to do, starts getting good. I mean, really good. So good, that all you do is blink and two hours have gone by.  And then three.  Your eyes get heavy, and you swear you will stop at the next chapter.
And then there’s the cliff hanger.
Dang it! Now you forge on, determined to only read a little more until you get the teensiest bit of closure, but your will is weak, and the story is fantastic.
The next thing you know, you have two hours to sleep until the dratted alarm goes off, and you must slog your way through another book hangover. Sigh – I feel your pain.  I can remember many a night where I burned the midnight—make that 2am—oil, desperately flipping pages in one fantastic book or another.  Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught, My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and yes, even the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Sabrina Jeffries, Suzanne Collins, and even several of my own fellow Lady Scribes have caused many a sleepless night in my household.
And you know what? I think that’s just plain awesome. I mean, how amazing is it that books are so rich, so utterly compelling, that we would forfeit the bliss of sleep for the pleasure of reading.  When my hubby was reading the Game of Thrones series, every night I would go into the room and find him asleep with his Kindle draped across him, the light still on. It made me smile every time. I just love that there are so many incredible worlds to be explored, characters to fall in love with, and fictional lives to be caught up in.
So here’s to the authors that rob us of our sleep—and to the coffee that keeps us going ;)  In honor of both, I am doing a “Romance Readers Do It All Night” giveaway, complete with coffee mug, $5 Starbucks Gift Card, swag, and a new book to love (I hope!) 
(ps - if you win and you already have More Than a Stranger, you are welcome to an advance copy of my second book, A Taste For Scandal, instead!)


All you have to do to enter to win is tell me: What book or Author has kept you up all night recently?  I'll ship anywhere in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Winner will be chosen Thursday, Sept 27 by 10pm CST.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. Hmm. Recently? My short term memory is gone. (And I'm getting up way before dawn with my son's high school hours. LOL My reading time is earlier these days. It just has to be.)

    But I can tell you about a time I do remember staying up ALL night. :) My then husband screamed at me, when he woke up one night and discovered me awake, downstairs, reading Lisa Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn. (So I had to be extra careful the next night, when I read The Devil in Winter.)

    The opposite of ALL night for me these days is - sitting at my desk AT WORK, when I should be doing... you know - work. :) This summer, I read Claudia Welch's Sorority Sisters at the office. Tears were streaming down my face, and I'm sure my co-workers (or anyone who walked past my office) thought someone had died. My nose was red. My eyes were puffy. But I couldn't stop reading and finished the whole thing AT WORK.

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    1. Ha! You naughty worker, you! I do know of books like that, where they are so good you briefly consider pulling them out even while you're sitting at a red light.

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    2. I have definitely done that!

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  2. I cannot remember the name but it was a mystery and I did not want to put it down until I found out the ending.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh yes - the mysteries can really keep you guessing! I listen to audio books when I travel, and I have been known to sit in the driveway after I get home, anxious to know who done it :)

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  3. I haven't had anything recently keep me awake until I finished it, but that's just because I forced myself to go to sleep. I can't function without sleep. I get really clumsy and babble nonsense, which probably seems like my norm for those of you who have only seen me at conferences. :)

    The book I would have liked to stay up reading was "Deliver Me From Darkness" by Tes Hilaire.

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    1. I'm telling you if you don't do Outlander, you should do Kiss of Steel from Bec McMaster ! It's historical and yet it's paranormal. Fantastic book that I think you would love, plus it has the yummy Paul Maron on the cover LOLOL.

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    2. Oh I haven't heard of either one of these! Marking them down in my list of books to check out! And yes, Samantha - in your job, you *might* need to have your wits about you ;)

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  4. It would have to be anoy of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, I try to start on a Friday after work and keep going thru the weekend.

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    1. I must be the only person on earth who couldn't get into Highlander. Two years later, and its still sitting on my Kindle, only 30% read. Deb Marlowe LOVES this book, though!

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  5. OOPS, make that any of her books..........

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  6. The last book I stayed up all night reading was The Hunger Games. I started the first one at 8 PM, finished about 11. But through the magic that is Kindle, I had the second one a few minutes later. By the time I finished that, it was definitely time to go to bed. But, cliff hanger?!& When I finished the third and was slipping into bed, dawn was breaking. Oops.

    katiecbennett at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh yeah - I totally got sucked into these. I didn't go *all* night - but it was a near thing!

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  7. Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno is one of two that has kept me up lately.Not only did it keep me awake until the wee hours of the morning, I also ignored my homework (which is never a good thing). This book was proclaimed by some to be the next Fifty Shades, and wow how it was nothing like Fifty. It was very well written book; oh it had the same tone but there was more of a story line to it and to me the book was more sensual than sexual.Best of all it was written by a male! That fact alone stunned me, as I do not typically enjoy a male fiction writer (there's something about the tone that puts me off), but Sylvain more than proved himself. Simply a fantastic read.
    The other book was How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days from Saranna DeWylde if you're in the mood for a laugh a minute this is a book for you (it had me snorting within the first chapter and holding my ribs the rest of the way through).
    I really could go on as there have been a handful of really good reads coming out lately including your's Erin, but I'll stop LOL.
    temptnfate13 @ yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, wow - I love that it's a male writer who really got it right! And as you probably know, I way prefer sensual over sexual - I may have to check this one out!

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  8. I read Lord of the Rings AND the entire Harry Potter series about once a year. And yes, they both keep me up all night EVERY TIME I read them. LOL. Still, I can't make myself stop.

    Lately, though, I haven't allowed myself to read stuff that I'll get that wrapped up in. I need my sleep so I can get my work done, and I've got deadlines.

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    1. One year? Ha! I imagine you have quite a few zombie days :) I know about the needing sleep part these days. The last all nighter I had was while WRITING the book, not reading!

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  9. oooh...POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole...got an early peak....woot!!

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    1. I haven't yet tried Kresley COle (though I think it is Olivia Kelly who raves about her). Maybe this will be a good place to start with her :)

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    2. Nope, I haven't read her...but I will now! Lol! I rave about Darynda Jones and her First Grave series. Oh. My. God. If you haven't read them...

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  10. oh...I guess you need my email address ...just in case...lol

    sandy(at) thereadingcafe (dot) com

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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  11. Actually, I started reading Delilah Marvell's book, "Forever A Lady" last night at 10 pm and couldn't put it down. I finally finished it at 2.40 am this morning. Needless to say, I'm a little tired today.

    I have your book "More Than A Stranger" and finished this in one night too. :-)

    Thank you for such a great and generous contest.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

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    1. Ha - than this is a timely post for you, Diane! I love Delilah - she's such a great lady. I've bought several of her books, but with my towering TBR pile, I haven't actually *read* one yet. Once this pesky deadline passes, I simply MUST pick one up! And YAY that More Than a Stranger had you up! (Not that I don't want you to be rested, lol)

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    2. I have this book on my Kindle as well!

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  12. Fun post, Erin!! I haven't burned the 2am oil much since B came along, BUT a few months ago, Eric and I picked up Flat Out Love by Jessica Park, and we definitely burned the 1am oil for a couple nights!

    Before that, the most memorable episode of no one doing anything or getting any sleep was when we discovered Twilight. Life was on hold for about 6 days, if I remember right. LOL!

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    1. Oh yeah - Twilight had a similar effect on my night, lol

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  13. Anything Eloisa James! Currently, though, I am in the middle of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. I just stated To Sir Phillip, With Love!

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    1. Oh and my email is Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com :)

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    2. I L O V E the Bridgerton series. Love. Seriously. :-))

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  14. There has been more than one book that has kept me up all night. Let's see: The Hunger Games, One Week as Lovers, Rescue Me, and Karma. And in the past it was EVERY SINGLE Harry Potter book.

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    1. Isn't it funny how many of us adults couldn't get enough of Harry Potter??

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  15. I too have stayed up many a night, reading, reading, reading, unable to put the book down until it was done! Definitely any of the Darynda Jones' books, as I mentioned above- especially the newest one, Third Grave Beneath Me. Sarah Maclean's Nine Rules was an all-nighter, as were all the Harry Potters, and YES, the Twilight series.
    Most recently? Marina Adair's Tuckers Crossing. I LOVED it. Small Texas town with cowboys. HeLLO!
    And Marquita's Third Time's a Charm was devoured in one day. Seriously. ONE DAY. :)

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    1. Oh, I just downloaded Tucker's Crossing! Can't WAIT to delve in. You know - *after* the deadline :-/

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  16. Gena Showalter's Wicked Nights

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I've been staying up late reading Shannon McKenna's new release "One Wrong Move." Shannon's books always keep me up late.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. I've not tried Shannon - I'll have to look her up!

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  18. I read Anna Campbells; Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed. I stayed up until 12:30 am. Boy it was good!!

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    1. Oh, I think I have that one in my TBR pile in my office. She's wonderful, isn't she?

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  19. I'm reading Ann Aguirre's Endgame and it's definitely a book that's hard to put down and has caused me to get to bed much later than I should,

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Bed, schmed - there is reading to be done!

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  20. Erin, this is a great giveaway! I've spent so many miserable days after a night of reading, but even knowing how much I'll regret it, I can't make myself put the book down and go to sleep. It's a blissful torment to fall so completely in love with a story. ;}

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  21. Hi Erin! I'm an international reader so don't qualify (drats) but the topic was just too close to heart that I wanted to comment. Happens to me all the time! My record is reading up to 3am on a working day & I'm up again about 5.45am for work. *panda eye day*. The last book that kept me up was Tessa Dares' A Lady by Midnight. Love her books!

    Can't wait to read your 2nd book. I was the Goodreads winner for More than a Stranger & loved it!

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    1. Hi Linda!!
      I'm so happy to hear from you, and even more delighted to hear you are looking forward to book 2 :) LOL on the Panda Eyes - I know exactly what you are talking about! Tessa Dare may singlehandedly keep concealer manufacturers in business ;)

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  22. The last book I read that I stayed up reading until I finished it was Debbie Macomber's The Inn at Rose Harbor. I tend to read a book a night (much to the angst of my husband, however he falls asleep on the couch quite early). I do tend to stretch the larger books into 2 nights (usually 300+ pages). I'm a BIG cozy mystery fan although I also enjoy suspense, thriller, YA, romance, etc....(most any genre as long as it "grabs" my attention with the story/plot). Congrats on the completion of your latest book- I;m looking forward to reading both of them and have added them to my seemingly never-ending TBR list

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    1. What a reader you are! Not only in genres, but in pure volume, based on how quickly you can knock them out. *Sigh* I so miss the days before I was a writer and could knock out 3 books a week. I'm lucky to do 3 a month, now! Tragic, I know :(

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  23. oops, got carried away and forgot to leave my email address:
    rayptc@gmail.com OR luvs2read4fun@gmail.com

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  24. And the winner is.... Barbara E! Congrats, Barbara - I'll send you an email shortly :)

    Thanks everyone for participating!

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