International Authors Day 18 July – Tour and Giveaway

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International Authors Day

There are National and International Days for just about every little thing under the sun, including Wiggle Your Toes Day coming up on the August 6 by the way. I for one have every intention of wiggling my toes like crazy for that entire date. When self-confessed super book addict and reviewer Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay found out that there was no International Authors Day she decided to remedy that sorry fact.

She said :

“ I was shocked to realize that there’s isn’t an International Authors’ Day that we can all celebrate to show our appreciation for the hours of hard work that authors put into their books… So I decided to do something about it!

I am going to celebrate ‘International Authors’ Day’ on 18th July. Will you join me?

I will be organizing a Blog hop that will go on from 14th to 18th July. Join in and write a post on your favourite Books & Authors, or about how you got into reading, or why you love reading, or …. you get my drift. Let’s show these folks that we love and cherish them! “

As a lifelong reader with my own incurable addiction to scribbles of all kinds, all I can say is that I was pretty surprised too. Of course there should be a day to celebrate authors. Their books have nurtured and educated me all my life. In times of sadness they’ve lifted me up. In other times that weren’t particularly particular, they’ve made me laugh, or think on things I could never have imagined. I’ve wandered down paths with Peter Rabbit, pondered the joys of Green Eggs and Ham, and gone on adventures with all of Enid Blyton’s crew. Furtively read bodice rippers and Jilly Cooper in those angsty teenaged years taught that most real men aren’t quite that … interesting. I’ve flown with dragons, travelled those wild plains before time with Jean M Auel, and sobbed over the death of a Duncton mole. Books have been my constant companions, and always will be. Many authors are my loves. Sometimes what they write will strike a cord, as if they could be writing about me. Bonds are formed when they wave their glittering wands and transport me to magical places and other times.

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So tomorrow raise your glasses in gratitude to your favourite authors, without whom many lives would have been much paler trips indeed. And all you writers out there, lean back and bask in the warmth of our love – thank you for putting your worlds between covers and sharing them with us. Happy YOUR day finally.

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Now – from a scribblers point of view – taking part in this wonderful blog tour entails hosting a giveaway of my books right here on this post. I’m sure that nobody will be at all surprised when I say that I’ve just spent FIVE hours trying to load a Rafflecopter onto my website to link here. I’m almost there I think, and hopefully it will go live in not too much time. I’ll update this if when it does. The Rafflecopter on Facebook seems to be working though, so it might be a better idea to head over there. My first one of these things – well done me! The only thing to do to enter the Rafflecopter is to add a thought on reading or your favourite authors in the comments of this post, and that’s only because it seems you have to do something to enter one of these things.

Apart from that, I will be giving away one of each of all of my published e-books to anyone who pops their email address to me from the Contact Me box above until the July 20 – comment or not. I’m a lurker too, and sometimes those comments just won’t come when you try and force one.

Here’s a list of participants in this tour just in case you fancy joining in – everyone’s welcome :

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33 thoughts on “International Authors Day 18 July – Tour and Giveaway

    Pamela Beckford said:
    July 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Poetry by Pamela and commented:
    Hey, all you readers out there – have you appreciated your favorite author lately? No? Here is your chance – write a blog post about it and show some love.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    July 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    An opportunity to celebrate an author who influenced, entertained, inspired or made you pick up a pen and write. Food for thought as there are so many.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    July 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Another thing in common Jo – Jean M Auel is one of the best… X

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      True! I love those stories. 🙂 I was thinking of buying them as ebooks to reread, but then I thought 1511 books in Kindle archive – even if I could read 1 per week that would still be 29 years. 😛 XXXXX

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        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        July 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        They are huge books – One of the few authors that I have bought in hardback. I tend to reread every ten years – I find that my increased life experience changes aspects of them. The first time round I would have followed Jondalar happily over the pampas fighting cave lions but 34 years on I would be in my air conditioned camper van! I am going to write about the first author I attached myself too – died youngish – Nevil Shute….

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    jorobinson176 responded:
    July 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Feed My Reads South Africa.

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    July 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    ANOTHER reason to CELEBRATE 😀 😀 😀

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    islandeditions said:
    July 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Reading Recommendations and commented:
    I’m happy to be part of the celebration of International Authors’ Day on July 18th! Whether you are an Author or a Reader, I’m sure you’ll want to join in!

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    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    July 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Jo! I love the way Debdatta thinks! I’m definitely celebrating ‘International Authors’ Day’ tomorrow! 😀

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    denmaniacs4 said:
    July 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Apparently in anticipatory honour of your July 18th International Authors Day, Jo the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival starts its proceedings on Friday July 18th. Here is a link fyi. http://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/

    Here is my website/blog but I’ll pass on the hopping…
    http://www.engleson.ca

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    Elaine Jeremiah said:
    July 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Great post! Us authors definitely need celebrating! 🙂

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    BookLady said:
    July 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Happy International Authors Day! I enjoy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Some of my favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kim Harrison, Chloe Neill and Jim Butcher. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    chika2b said:
    July 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I have too many authors I admire. In honor and celebration of their writing on the 18th. Thanks for the inspiration, creatiion of worlds, imagination, sharing your stories and the stories of others. Cheers!!

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    jjspina said:
    July 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you, Jo, for this wonderful idea and giveaway! I like so many authors but started with Agatha Christie, also love Jeffrey Archer, Robin Cook, Dan Brown and now into many indie authors’ books such as Paul G. day, Mike Wells, Richard C. Hale.

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    jjspina said:
    July 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you to all the authors out there for their talented books that keep readers enthralled, captivated and entertained! Keep on writing!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Janice! And all those wonderful writers slaving over hot keyboards to keep our imaginations alive. 🙂 X

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    D.D.S (@b00kr3vi3ws) said:
    July 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for joining in the celebrations for #IAD

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks to you Debdatta for this truly awesome beginning! I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing how massive your next tour will be – you’ve officially made International Authors Day. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing Sally – you are SO many other wonderful things, but you’re the BEST scribbler of all. 🙂 XXXX

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    kcg1974 said:
    July 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hooray for Debdatta! Congratulations to all of us! Cheers!! “)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Cool Kim! Debdatta really is cool – this is the best idea for a tour I’ve seen in ages – congratulations to all of us scribblers too. 🙂 X

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        kcg1974 said:
        July 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        So happy Debatta thought of all of ‘us!’ We deserve a day!!! 🙂

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    P.S. Bartlett said:
    July 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Author P.S. Bartlett and commented:
    Showing my appreciation of authors today!

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    Sheala Vast-Binder said:
    July 19, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I don’t see the rafflecopter here so went on FB for it. I can completely relate, however! I’ve spent the past few days just trying to add sign up forms, rafflecopter, and a landing page to my site (and I still don’t have a landing page). Time to go read! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I managed to add it to my Wix website because you can’t have a Rafflecopter on a WordPress.com site – only .org I think, but it really doesn’t look right so I’m going to stick with the FB one or a note to the Contact Me page. I’ve just zoomed over to your site and am following you – I also entered your Rafflecopter – just hope I did it right. 🙂

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    Margo Bond Collins said:
    July 19, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Great post–thanks!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Margo! I’ll always be a author groupie – love them all too. 🙂

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    theowllady said:
    July 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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    mihrank said:
    July 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Definitely Great and valuable!

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