Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blog Hop - Avon Addicts Unite (Giveaway)

I enjoy the written word.  It is something that can be absorbed at my own pace.  I can read quickly if I'm in a hurry and only need to get the gist of what I'm reading.  I can take my time and read slowly if I need to understand every single detail.  I can read for hours on end, or stop after a single sentence.  When I read I can imagine that the characters look like someone I know.  I can hear their voices in an accent or dialect that feels like home or takes me to a new place.   Reading is an escape.  It is an educational tool.  The ability to read gives you the ability to learn.  It is a gift that cannot be taken away.  Reading is freedom - to learn, to live, to take you anywhere you want to go!

One of my favorite books is The Double Helix by James Watson.  I've read it at least half a dozen times over my life, and each time I find myself amused by this simple story of the discovery DNA.  People laugh when I recommend it, but for me it provides insight into the reality of science.   It shows scientists as real people.  It makes you realize that the names Watson & Crick could easily have been replaced by Franklin or Pauling.  It is an escape into the world of science with the power to provide some education as well.

I know what you're thinking . . . You're probably wondering what I'm doing on an Avon Addicts blog hop.  Well, the reality is that I'm a science geek.  I'm a mystery reading mom.  I loved the Twilight and Hunger Games books.  I'm also an Avon Addict.   The joy of reading is that you can be all of the above and more.  You can read to learn, to relax, to escape, to lose yourself in any storyline you want.  With a library card or a couple of dollars you can find entertainment to last a lifetime once you know how to read.  

Would you like to win a random selection of books?  (Only some will be Avon books.)  Here's your chance!

Mandatory Entry:  What kind of books do you like to read?  Who is your favorite author?  Tell me about your reading preferences below for your chance to win a small box of books. 

Optional Extra Entries:

  1. Follow me on Twitter.  Post your username in the comments.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway using @rmgm.  Post a link to your tweet here.  This can be done once daily.  
  3. Follow me publicly on Google Friend Connect and post a comment with your username.
  4. Like me on Facebook.  Leave a comment with your Facebook name (or initials if you don't want to post your full name).
  5. Post about this giveaway publicly on Facebook.  Make sure you include a link back here and @MomOnTheEdge so that I can see that I was mentioned.  Post the link to your post here in the comments.  This can also be done once daily.
  • Only open to US residents
  • Winner will be chosen using
  • Giveaway ends 11:59pm ET on December 27, 2012
  • Include your email address in your mandatory comment if it is not available on your profile page.
  • Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
  • Prize will be sent directly from me.  I am not responsible for lost or damaged products.  
*Disclosure:  I was selected to be an Avon Addict.  I received books for several months to read and share with friends.  I did not receive any compensation for being an Avon Addict and am not receiving compensation for this post.  I just wanted to take a minute to share a bit about my love for reading as well as a few books with a fellow bookworm.  (Many thanks to Avon for choosing me to be a part of their group!)


  1. I love The Double Helix! I had to read it for biology in high school & it was so interesting :) I personally LOVE romance (obviously, lol). Juila Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard...I like 'em all! My Twitter is @starryskies912

  2. I love to read almost anything. My favorite being romance mostly PNR. I love Jeaniene Frost Lynsay Sands Yasmin Galenorn etc.
    Twitter- @fantasy_angel13
    GFC - Penni Freels
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    Shared the giveaway!

    1. Congrats Penni! You were selected as the winner of the box of books. Unfortunately, you didn't leave your email address, so I will post here and on twitter. Hopefully you'll see it and respond within 24 hours. Otherwise I'll have to pick a new winner.

    2. so sorry!

  3. Aloha! Just hopping over to support my fellow Avon Addict! I was a math major in college so I never read for leisure, let alone romance! I discovered Avon Romances in my late thirties and I haven't looked back!

  4. I love reading paranormal romance. It's my favorite genre. I do love UF and contemporary too! Some of my favorite Avon authors are Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost, and Pamela Palmer.
    GFC - Elizabeth H.
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    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    Happy Holidays!!

  5. I always tend to navigate to books with a bit of mystery. I like the appeal of working alongside our characters to figure out the plot, etc. Sometimes I'm right & other times I'm wrong. I also love historical romance. As for favorite authors? That's hard. I do have an auto buy list that includes Stephanie Laurens and Cathy Maxwell, but my list also includes Chelsea Cain to Charles Finch.

    T: winterlillies
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  6. I like paranormals. I like books by Gena Showalter.


  7. My gosh I have so many authors I love. They're all amazing writers and their characters are just as amazing. I love reading Historical romances but also Stream Punk and others in between, but I would say mainly Historical. From Stephanie Laurens, Caroline Linden, Julie Anne Lone, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Miranda Neville, Anna Randol, Loretta Chase, Kathrine Ash, Karina Cooper, Tessa Dare, Sable Grace, Sarah MacLean, etc…so much to name!

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  8. See I like my fantasy along with my romance. And I like historcal and paranormal

  9. Forgot my email.. Raonaid at gmail dot com

  10. I Love Historical and Paranormal Romances. I also love High and Dark Fantasy, Scifi, Steampunk and YA if they have a bit or more of romance in them all the better. I have so many fav authors it would be difficult to pick just one. Just to name a few Cathy Maxwell, Miranda Neville, Sandra Hill, Madeline Hunter, Jillian Hunter, Sylvia Day, Pamela Palmer, Lara Adrian, Jennifer Ashley, Gena Showalter, Robert Jordan, Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, George RR Martin, Michael J Sullivan, Peter Brett, CJ Cherryh, SL Viehl,Steven Erikson....Oh I could go on forever.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and wishing everyone a wonderfully joyous Holiday Season!!
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  11. I love Historical Romance, Erotic, chick lit...Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Johanna Lindsey, Jodi Picoult, Shayla Black and Megan Hart

    gfc Josie Hink
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  12. I love to read romance, paranormal and mystery books and if they have more then one genre in it that I like that it's always a bonus. My favorite authors are Jeaniene frost and Darynda Jones. But there are many more that I love.

    Twitter follower: @lilypondreads
    GFC follower - Lily B
    Following with my facebook page - Lily Pond Reads

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  13. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I have so many "favorite" authors I can't just leave it at one :) Some of them are: Nora Roberts, Seanan McGuire, Ann Aguirre, Kevin Hearne, Gini Koch.. the list goes on and on!

  14. There can never be too much science in your life. I am a lab rat, I love geeky stuff like that. And when a romance book throws in some chemistry or biology making the hero or heroine brilliant I can't resist. Of course I am a sucker for a throwback boddice ripper too...hey I am a romantic at heart, no matter how practical my mind is. =)

    Fun to read some favorite authors. My all time favorite is Karen Marie Moning, some close seconds are Jeaniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, Vince Flynn...oh so many more. I just love books!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail

  15. Paranormal romance is my favorite. Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands are some of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win and happy holidays!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  16. I love romances and mysteries/thrillers. Some of my favorite authors are:

    Romance--Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Julie James, LIsa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Laura Griffin, Sherry Thomas, Grace Burrowes, Sarah MacLean, Courtney Milan, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis

    Mystery/Thriller--Lee Child, Robert Crais, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Michael Connelly, Chevy Stevens, Alafair Burke, Kathy Riechs, Amanda Stevens, John Grisham

    Email in profile. Thanks.

  17. I love romance of every genre - historical (medival, highlander, regency, etc), contemporary, western, paranormal - just as long as there is an HEA. Love many authors - I keep notebook file & an index card files to keep track of what I've read.
    Twitter - @DianeSallans
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