Sunday, July 28, 2013

.News You Can Use #9 #BloggerNews & more! 7/28/13

Today's NUCU has a ton of blogger news/events going on!

Leave me a comment below to share your thoughts about this news feature and or the news  featured in this post.


NUCU is an official feature created by me at Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews. The NUCU posting is of news/events and more in the book world. Info is either shared with me directly or gathered from sites with link backs or credit.

NUCU is an
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Blogger News

Two great bloggers are having a Read-A-Thon Phantasmic Reads  & Auntie Spinelli Reads 

Ze Rules!
  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from July 29th through August 11th. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for two weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!
  • Sign up at Auntie Spinelli Reads or Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 5th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! Feel free to copy and paste this handy little list for your post. We don’t mind. :)
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.

Phantasmic Reads      

Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings and three other bloggers are hosting the annual, Something Wicked Returns. A month long tour/blog hop giveaway. I'll be participating and as bloggers you should too! Check out all the deets below!


Something Wicked Returns once again this year.  For those of you who are new to Wicked, it is a month long blog tour/ blog hop giveaway featuring all things paranormal/supernatural and Halloween themed.  Wicked was a huge success last year but a lot of work, so this year Wicked will have three additional hostesses in addition Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings Candace@Candace's Book Blog, Maja@The Nocturnal Library and Ali@My Guilty Obsession will be helping with all things Wicked! We are planning  on making it bigger, better and even more interactive! You can do one or all four of the options, whatever works for you!
This year there are four ways you can participate:
Something Wicked Returns will kick off on October 1st with a huge month long giveaway blog hop.  We decided to make it a month so everyone has a chance to visit all the participating blogs.  To join in the giveaway blog hop you need to:

  • Host a giveaway on your blog with a paranormal/supernatural or Halloween theme.  You can give away a gift card for the reader's choice for a paranormal, supernatural, or Halloween themed book, an ebook or a book or anything bookish that relates to the theme.  
  • All posts must be up by Midnight on October 1st and run through October 31st.  
  • To sign up add your name to the linky list.  
  • Grab the banner and use it for your post.  Be sure to link back to the host blogs for the complete blog hop list or use the linky code which will be provided right before the post goes up. 
  • Any blogs that don't have their posts up will be deleted.  

The second way to participate in Something Wicked Returns:

  • Post a paranormal/supernatural/Halloween feature on your blog any day from October 1st-31st.  
  • For your post, you must spotlight a paranormal/supernatural/Halloween (i.e. review, author interview or guest post, etc.) and then host a giveaway for that book.  To add your post to the month long schedule please email any of the hostesses with your date and book that you will be featuring and giving away.,,, and  
  • Be sure to check your link on the master schedule and make sure everything is correct.
  • We will be promoting all the daily posts on our blogs, Facebook and Twitter. This is an excellent way to get additional traffic to your blog.

The third way to join in the fun:
Each week of the event, all four of the host blogs will have a linky list for you to add your link for all your paranormal/supernatural/Halloween posts in case you are late or just want to share your review.  We will only be featuring posts with giveaways as part of the event, but you are welcome to share your reviews on the linky list.

The Fourth Way to participate in Wicked:

  • Complete the weekly challenges.  Each hostess during her week, will feature her own fun challenge for a chance to win a great prize.  

Candace, Ali, Maja and Heidi will be hosting and highlighting some fantastic authors and books during the month with some awesome giveaways so be sure to tune in!
I hope you all will join in all the fun and be a part of Something Wicked Returns.  Stay tuned to the Wicked page for the full schedule.  Be sure to sign up for the hop and email with your date and book for your individual posts!
Thanks so much for joining Something Wicked Returns! See you in October!
 Wicked Buttons for your blog are up on the Something Wicked page, go grab one!   A huge thanks to Veronica@Mostly Reviews for once again designing such fantastic buttons and banners!

Candaces Book Blog

The Nocturnal Library
My Guilty Obsession

Kimba from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, posts a great meme, How the Heck Did You Do That!? Bloggers, Tips, and Tricks. This week she lists some great informative sites to check out if your a blogger.

How the Heck Did You Do That!?

Kimba is also bringing back her annual Things That Go Bump In The Night month long event with great recommended reviews, giveaways, and other fun activities, go grab her button or find more info to this fun event here


The Sits Girls are another great blog to check out for all kinds of information for bloggers. Check them out HERE

Here is a sample of some of their posts and there are a bunch more!!

8 WordPress Plugins Your Blog Can’t Live Without
Revamp Your About Page!
How to Get Traffic to Your Blog
How Much Money Do Bloggers Make?
Page Rank: Should You Care About It?
Pinterest: 5 Tips for Using it Correctly!


The Sits Girls

Publisher News

Pulse It has some great sweeps and free reads to check out!!!

You must join Pulse It to participate in the sweeps and free reads!      Simon & Schuster

Win free books online: becca fitzpatrick books hush hush crescendo finale silence - online book contests

Free Reads from Pulse It

Jodi Picoult books: Between the Lines coverKresley Cole books: The Arcana Chronicles Poison Princess - book cover

Great deals from Epic Reads/Harper Collins

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Lisa! And thanks for sharing all the other stuff happening around the blogosphere :)

  2. Great blogging articles, us newbies need all the tips we can get! And the October blog hop sounds like fun, may have to jump into that. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for putting this all together Lisa and thanks so much for getting the word out about Wicked. It will be a crazy good month. I am so tempted to go buy some of those good deals. Shaking my fist at you. I need to go check out a couple of those events. Have a great week!

  4. Aww you rock and thanks for the shout-outs. I totally just got Pivot Point so thank you :)I am off to read the rest of the articles and things you shared!