Never Trust A Vampire #UrbanFantasy Giveaway: Win Midnight, Texas Paperbacks, or Amazon Gift Cards!

Totally Addicted to Books has teamed up with paranormal author Vivian Lane for a new giveaway! Never Trust a Vampire is her new urban fantasy novel which releases on the 3rd of October. To celebrate we’re giving away a set of paperbacks and a couple of Amazon gift cards.

Hey vampire fans, want to win Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas trilogy in paperback? Of course you do! Check it out now:

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New Giveaway! Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

My new standalone paranormal romance, Twisted Magic, is up on pre-order and will be $0.99 for a limited time! In order to help spread the word, I’ve arranged a social media sharing giveaway. The giveaway ends on 17th July when the book releases, and one winner picked at random will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

 

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New Giveaway! Win any three Black Dagger Brotherhood novels in paperback! #vampires #books #giveaway

Here’s another awesome giveaway for vampire novel fans!

Enter to win your choice of three paperbacks from the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Note: You can even choose the latest book in hardback if you win as it’s not yet available in paperback. So if you’re a fan of this series or looking for something to get your teeth into, this is a great way to win yourself three new books. This giveaway ends 30th June and is open internationally – if Amazon delivers to where you live you’re good to enter.

 

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Love vampire novels? Make sure you check out Venom & Vampires!

This amazing 23 story limited edition box set, is releasing 25th July and is only $0.99 during pre-order, so make sure you snatch a copy while you can. There are also an amazing 12 free ebooks you can claim when you pre-order, so definitely check that out. Your holiday reading will be covered in no time! Go to the offer page for links and more info: http://www.totallyaddictedtobooks.com/venom-vampires

New #Paranormal Paperbacks Giveaway!

Love paranormal? Want to win five paperbacks of your choice by the Haunted by Magic Authors? Check out this new giveaway that ends on 16th May…

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The Haunted by Magic limited edition box set is just $0.99 right now and has a not to be missed pre-order offer that lets you claim 15 free ebooks and a colouring ebook! That’s 16 free ebooks on top of the 22 tales you’ll find inside the set – don’t miss out, grab yourself a copy on one of these vendors and then click the bottom link to claim your freebies:

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TATB Guest Post: Driving Forward by Greg Hickey

Today we have one of November’s giveaway authors guest posting on the TATB blog. Please welcome dystopian author,

Greg Hickey

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The first time I got behind the wheel of a car, my father bravely sat in the passenger seat. I was fifteen with a learner’s permit, and I was nervous and hesitant. In one of our first lessons, my father directed me to Forestway Drive, a two-lane road with no traffic signals and no passing that wound through a forest preserve near our house. The speed limit was forty-five, but I barely approached thirty on my first attempt as I crept through the woods with a line of eager cars on my tail.

Over time, Forestway Drive became my personal measuring stick for my abilities as a driver. On each trip, I crept closer to the speed limit and was soon zig-zagging my way through the forest with ease. After I got my driver’s license, I began to take the longer Forestway route whenever I traveled in its direction. I especially liked to drive that road at night, simply for the thrill of hugging those wooded curves in the moonlit darkness, for the pleasure of succeeding at something that had once seemed so difficult.

When I was in high school in the early 2000s, driving remained an act of skill and power and an expression of personal freedom—even for minivans! Take this Chrysler advertisement from 2000, which features similar footage to what you might see in a commercial for a sports car. A fleet of vans cruises along a snaking tree-lined road, whipping around curves and accelerating in perfect unison. The voice-over describes the vans as “luxurious” and repeats the model name “Voyager” twice in succession. These minivans aren’t just for soccer moms; they’re meant for voyages, for taking adventures and doing so in style.

Four years later, Chrysler shifted its Pacifica model name from a minivan to a sportier crossover vehicle. Yet unlike those 2000 minivans, this more aesthetically appealing automobile was advertised for its comfort more than its performance. This 2007 Pacifica commercial opens up much like its 2000 predecessor, with taglines emphasizing “performance” and “style.” But it quickly shifts tone to focus on “security” and “safety” and then “technology,” which refers to a DVD player and satellite radio rather than improved driving performance. Images of the car’s extraneous features replace the fast, powerful, initial driving shot, and the final driving scene is far tamer, portraying the Pacifica traveling at a moderate speed along a quiet suburban street. The transition from driving a car to riding in one had begun.

This year, comedian Jim Gaffigan offered several tongue-in-cheek boasts about his “Dad brand” in a series of Pacifica commercials, such as this self-parking ad.

“I do things myself,” Gaffigan says, as his Pacifica parallel parks itself. “I don’t pass things off, I don’t let anyone or anything do something that I should do myself.”

The advertisement effectively uses Gaffigan’s humor to highlight the self-parking feature of the Pacifica. But who is the butt of Gaffigan’s irony? All of us who claim to be independent, skillful and proactive? In this commercial, Chrysler pinpoints the hypocrisy of modern car commercials that conflate human driving performance with the technological capabilities of contemporary automobiles. But in promoting the Pacifica’s self-parking feature, Chrysler’s apparent solution is that we should either embrace Gaffigan’s hypocrisy or fully adopt the hands-free, effort-free lifestyle.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I rarely had the need to parallel park a car. It wasn’t until I got to college that I became woefully aware of this shortcoming, especially in comparison to my friend who was raised in the city. While a self-parking car could have saved me a lot of hassle, I always felt that parallel parking was a skill that wasn’t hard enough or dangerous enough to preclude the effort needed to learn it.

We are now faced with the next step of automobile technology, in which self-driving cars could fill American roads within a few years. Google unleashed its automated vehicles on the streets around its northern California headquarters last year, and Uber recently rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh with the hope of soon expanding to other markets. In late September, a group of tech industry veterans proposed banning human-driven automobiles on a 150-mile stretch of interstate between Seattle and Vancouver. The same article proposes that human drivers could be outlawed in London and other congested urban settings and on college campuses and airports within the next five years.

I am amazed by the rapid acceleration of automated automobile technology leading to the recent explosion of viable self-driving cars. And I have no doubt that a road without human drivers will be safer for all commuters. Distracted, drowsy and intoxicated drivers could soon become hazards of the past. Traffic might move more freely, and commuters could at least use their travel time productively. But there’s a part of me that will miss zipping through the quiet darkness of Forestway Drive in this new driverless world.

I do not consider myself a technophobe and do not want to come across as one, but the shift from the skill of driving toward automation underlines a concern common to any rapid advance in technology. It bears repeating that we are (at least for now) masters of our technologies. We can use them how and as much or little as we please. In that vein, we should ask ourselves whether we choose self-parking or self-driving cars for safety and convenience, or because we don’t want to bother cultivating the requisite skill to park or drive ourselves. Where driving was once considered an enjoyable pastime and a symbol of humankind’s ability to bend technology to its own devices, we now risk seeing this skill become an antiquated luxury in our continual pursuit of comfort, safety and efficiency.

Contrary to Gaffigan’s words, we no longer do many things ourselves. We do pass tasks off, we do let machines perform actions we should do ourselves. We ought to inquire whether we do so for the sake of public safety or to allow us to use our time more productively or better cultivate meaningful relationships, or simply because we have become too lazy, scared or enamored with personal comfort to act on our own. We should weigh technologies, not only on how they affect our lives in a purely utilitarian calculus but on whether or not they erode the very spirit of adventure, creativity and human agency that made them possible in the first place.

Greg Hickey is the author of Our Dried Voices, a dystopian fiction novel about what happens when humans no longer need to think and create in order to sustain their lives, and a Finalist for Foreword Reviews‘ 2014 INDIEFAB Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. You can read samples of Our Dried Voices and the rest of his written work on his website http://www.greghickeywrites.com/

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Now go check out Greg Hickey’s facebook page and/or stalk him on twitter and make sure you enter November’s Dystopian Giveaway, which includes a signed paperback copy of Our Dried Voices

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Dystopian Novels Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card, 5 signed paperbacks and 5 digital books up for grabs!

November’s giveaway starts today! Get entering to win a $50 Amazon gift card, 5 signed papebacks and 5 digital books! TATB has teamed up with 10 excellent dystopian authors in an awesome variety of sub-genres for our Dystopian Novels Giveaway. There’s truly something for every dystopian fan in this lot, which contains zombies, aliens, clones, superheroes, mutants, and more! The total prize value is $120. Get your entries in by 30th November for a chance at this amazing bundle…

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Books with Bite! Get your teeth into October’s #Vampire #Giveaway with $90 in gift card and book prizes!

This month Totally Addicted to Books have teamed up with eight awesome fantasy and horror authors to bring vampire fans a giveaway with bite. Enter now to win a $40 Amazon gift card, 3 signed paperbacks and 5 digital books:

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Remember to check your email to confirm your entry after you enter as any unconfirmed entries will be disregarded. Note: By entering the giveaway you’re signing up to the participating authors’ newsletters. Three of the authors have free digital content for sign ups so you’ll get some new reading material just for entering!

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