Giveaway Reminder | TSS | Mailbox Monday | FTC Update

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Hey bloggers!

If you missed it amongst all the fun Armchair BEA posts from the blogosphere (are you under a rock?), I finally remembered to get a giveaway up…
So go to my Giveaway post if you want to be one of three winners of some cool books!!

All three of these little stacks of books are looking for new homes, don’t miss your chance to win them.

I participated in a ArmchairBEA Twitter party and I won something! Last year I had won some books for the daughter also, but she has yet to devour them. She is her father’s daughter. So this year I chose Sharon Lathan’s new novel The Passions of Dr Darcy as my win.

A few weeks back I posted an editorial information post about the FTC and their guidelines… and I did formally ask the FTC to please explain the nature of their Endorsement Guides as they would relate to a book blogger or a book reviewer or a bookish person who talks about books. I mailed them a letter, directed them to my site asking them to clarify their view of blogger vs. endorser AKA ADVERTISER:

Long ten page response cut short: Bloggers are endorsers, even as some on twitter land debated that term.
Everything I have been doing is cool and you are probably safe, too. They pointed me to a link on their own site which is from 2010. Basically, everything we’ve been doing before is good as I hardly come across any book reviewers anymore who don’t automatically disclose their source of the book in the review. As long as you are doing that, you are fine, end of story. They simply want you to disclose your source of the book, and not just have a graphic on your sidebar that links to your policy on another page that only then would state that you receive books for review for free; there should be a ‘clear and concise’ statement of your source and preferably at the beginning of your spiel. If you disclose within each review that you have received the book in exchange for an honest review, then we are all golden.

It’s not rocket science, especially since folks like me who have been blogging about books for a number of years have already trained ourselves to be upfront with our blog readers. If you have a relationship with an author/publisher/marketing company/blogging for books company, your average internet hopper must know that relationship. It gets trickier with affiliate links, Amazon Associate stores, those who get help with hosting, or those who have a Paypal button, but if you are disclosing properly then I would simply move on and keep reading =)

The Armchair BEA also had a quick post about Ethics of Blogging which everyone should read and realize that it is better for the blogging community to blog ‘ethically’ and with full disclosure, to ensure our credibility as a whole, regardless of what country you blog from. “Those who refuse to be accountable or play by ethical rules would be exposed as biased or fraudulent. In the end, the readers and true bloggers would benefit greatly.”

Mailbox Monday is a meme originally from Marcia’s Mailbox and is being hosted by Bellezza @ Dolce Bellezza for this month. The Story Siren also hosts IMM, so we can find some cool YA titles there as well.

Since I’m being a really good girl and I am kinda hating the review schedule and by extension, BOOKS in general… I haven’t gotten any physical books for Review. WHEEEEE!

But I did go to HalfPrice books and get a little stack of books to try and ease my woes. Shopping is fun, right? Especially if you have a gift card AND they’re having a 20% off sale.

Links go to Goodreads for more information:

Featured eBook Download:

Broken Identity by Ashley Williams (basically since I feel broken
Drake Pearson, a narrow-minded 18-year-old barely enduring Missouri’s heat, is tired of feeling empty. Living conditions are about as cozy as a cardboard box, on account of his alcoholic father who can find nothing better to do than argue relentlessly with him. When Drake thinks he can’t take another blow, he is reminded daily of his mom who vanished twelve years ago. And now there’s a dead body. After a terrible accident turns into a protected secret, a twisted string of events brings Drake miles away from home to an elderly man’s front door. Every promising opportunity also brings new doubts and temptations to run away—this time for good. When the secret he has kept locked away threatens to reveal itself, Drake knows he must shield it with his very life, even if the love he has been shown undeservingly is about to be destroyed.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

The What Are You Reading meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

“Heaven Help Us” is tons of fun.. here is a pic of my giggly fat face.. and some fun saintly facts if you are my FB Friend.. which I’ve been thumbing through.

I have been having a bit of a depressive lull invade my person in case you couldn’t tell, so I was slowly reading Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck. If there is any way that you could be sad in your life, this book is not the best for it. It is a sad look at the pending demise of a marriage and how it affects others… but a very good book nonetheless, just bad timing for me personally. Sad sad sad. I posted my review here.

Then it was time to read Julie Lessman’s newest, Love at Any Cost. I had seen mixed reviews for this one, as some did not like the passion/repetitive lustful thinking within a Christian historical, so I went into it with trepidation. And a few pages in holy hell annoyance with the descriptions of slanting lips, thin lined lips, flat lips, smile tipping, smile rebounding, then going crooked again. Or tilting. But the author is such a sweet lady I really hoped that I could let the book grow on me. So I dove in full force and spent my Saturday with it and now I need to formulate a formal review for HNS. Yuck. There was even a zagged smile in there.

Obviously, this is not a great time in my personal life to be talking about lips or smiles for some reason since they seem to be aggravating me to no end. Hope your reading week is better!



Filed under #IMWAYR, FTC, Mailbox Monday, The Sunday Salon

22 responses to “Giveaway Reminder | TSS | Mailbox Monday | FTC Update

  1. I forget about half the time to disclose where I got my book! Eek. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I have loved reading Beth Moore and doing her Bible studies over the years. The one in your stack is new to me. I hope you enjoy it when you begin in January!

  3. I am sorry that you are having a rough time of it lately. I have Julie Lessman's book on my stacks. May this week be better for you.

  4. OH, I agree. I get so immersed in the books and characters, that I have to read some light reads in between. I am reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald before reading Call Me Zelda. I just finished Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, and I have been so sad from it. I don't think it's bad timing on my part, my heart aches for these girls. I got so consumed with it, watch 48 hours special on the Long Island murders and have been doing way more research into it, than I need to. So, I started reading a Historical Fiction book about Charles Dicken's wife, which hasn't been too difficult to get into. Great post!

  5. Nothing like a good book splurge for happiness! Enjoy your finds 🙂

  6. Nice score at HalfPrice Books! Enjoy your new reads. Glad to hear about the good word from the FTC. Have a good week!

  7. It seems so many wives of authors were unhappy – or maybe novels are written only about the unhappy ones. I'm curious about Zelda, though. I liked The Great Gatsby so much and I've heard Zelda was not a happy camper. Shades of Daisy perhaps?

  8. Your books are new to me. I hope they're all winners!

  9. Thanks for the info on blogging ethics. I'm sorry that things are not going well for you right now, I hope things pick up soon.

  10. Holy wow awesome book stacks! No offense to the book but The Virgin and the Crab sounds freaking hilarious!! Never heard of Call me Zelda and I'm sorry it was sad. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you can stop by tomorrow! Hope you have a great week!!Reese's @Reese's Reviews: MA2F

  11. Great stacks! And thanks for the FTC update. I do disclose when I receive the book, but don't mention it again when I review. Guess I'll have to start.I'd love to read What a Mother Knows…and Zelda.

  12. Oh, and many thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. ENJOY your new books. They look good.I didn't post a Mailbox Monday this week. I am not home yet. Will be heading home tomorrow from the BEA. I am just checking out everyone's mailboxes. :)I do have a review of THE TIME BETWEEN by Karen White posted this morning.ElizabethSilver's ReviewsMy Blog

  14. I always list the source on my book reviews so I think I'm safe ;)Have a great week Marie!

  15. Hi Marie,All this 'political correctness' rubbish has gone mad just lately and only seems to be getting worse and more of a minefield to negotiate. Were we really so much worse off before someone thought up all these rules and protocols?!!All of your authors were new to me this week, although I have my eye on the Liz Curtis Higgs story, so have added that one to my own list, thanks for sharing.Your giveaway bundles look enticing and I like it that you have made up three separate bundles from different genres It is a shame that I am in the UK, however I can fully appreciate that postage on so many books in a bundle, would be horrendous, still 'Good Luck' to everyone who decides to enter.Sorry to hear that you are feeling so low and sad and I hope that things turnaround for you very soon. Always here if you need to talk, or just let off some steam!Yvonne

  16. Thanks for the info from FTC. My reading is not as good these past days either. I think we're all tired and need a summer vacation! Enjoy the new books you bought.

  17. I'm sorry you're clearly waling in the doldrums. 😦 I've been known to hang out there too and it makes everything so NOT fun. Here's hoping you get glad again soon.

  18. Hoping you feel more upbeat soon.

  19. Enjoy you week. I'm reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares.

  20. I would choose #1. Two of my favorite fiction authors and would love to read the other!

  21. Lots of great looking books! I don't think I'll read any of the Zelda books out this year because they all seem to be sad and I've been in the mood for happier endings! Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday!

  22. The only thing I recognize in that stack is Beth Moore, who does AMAZING studies! Hope you enjoy it next year!Here is my Monday post

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