Friday, January 23, 2015

6th YEAR BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY

...for your loyalty, kindness, and patience as I have made my way these past six years
in the crazy world of blogging!

When I began BOOKIN' WITH BINGO, I honestly didn't even know what a blog was, but decided to try to create one. I used my childhood nickname of Bingo (that doesn't have anything to do with the game) and went from there. As a teacher and one who believes that reading is what opens so many doors for all of us, I wanted to share my love of reading with others on this blog. I went from having no idea how to get someone to give me a book to review or promote, to having to refuse requests because the amount of books I receive is unbelievable. My first post seen HERE is a bit different from what I now do. I began blogging when I was still teaching but got more involved when I retired. When we moved from Florida to Texas to be near our son, my time suddenly was taken up with the delight of a grandchild, and now there are two!
As you have seen, I now haven't reviewed as much as I would like but do enjoy promoting the much loved Cozy Mysteries, and my new favorite, audio books. In this next year, I will probably post less than before as we are busy with the kids and life itself, but do hope you all will sign up for email so you will know what Bingo is doing and when a new post goes up. I thank you all so much and am posting today about a fun Bookin' with Bingo Blogiversary Giveaway. It will end on February 3, with a new post I am involved with already, and all current winners will be announced, I hope, on February 4! So, I hope this giveaway is something you will enjoy and try to win and that I will see you back here on February 3, after a short break.

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2015 OSCAR
Nominations Based on Books!
NOT THAT OSCAR....THIS ONE!
This year, I have taken a great interest in the OSCAR Nominations as we have had time, and gift cards, to go see many of them (being retired is great!). I have my favorite, but won't tell just yet. I thought it would be fun to base my 6th BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY on some of the movies nominated that were inspired by from books and the written word.

Of the movies nominated for awards this year, several are based on the written word. “American Sniper” is a film version of the book AMERICAN SNIPER by Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen, while the movie “The Theory of Everything” came from Jane Hawking’s book “TRAVELING TO INFINITY”. The film “The Imitation Game” was based on the Alan Turing biography “ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA" by Andrew HodgesBest Actress nominee Julianne Moore received her nod for the movie “Still Alice,” based on the book of the same name by Lisa Genova, while Rosamund Pike, another Best Actress nominee, starred in the movie “Gone Girl,” based on the bestselling book by Gillian Flynn. Reese Witherspoon’s Best Actress nomination came for the movie “Wild,” which was based on the book by Cheryl Strayed

So there are JUST six of the possible OSCAR winners that owe their movie to a good book and my Blogiversary Giveaway is for one of those books. If you are chosen the winner, you may choose any one of the books from these films and I will send you a copy in book, or ebook form, (your choice).
GIVEAWAY TITLE CHOICES:
AMERICAN SNIPER
TRAVELING TO INFINITY
ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA
STILL ALICE
GONE GIRL
WILD


GIVEAWAY
I WILL SEND ONE COPY OF ANY TITLE
ABOVE IN BOOK OR eBOOK FORM
TO ONE LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

 
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHICH BOOK ABOVE YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN AND WHY. YOU MUST CHOOSE ONLY ONE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE AND LEAVE ME YOUR LINK

+1 OR MORE ENTRIES: COMMENT ON ANY OF THE FILMS MENTIONED ABOVE THAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND IF YOU DID, OR DID NOT, LIKE THEM AND WHY. IF YOU HAVE SEEN MORE THAN ONE OF THEM, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY ON EACH YOU SAW AND WRITE ABOUT FOR EXTRA ENTRIES

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT NOMINEE ABOVE YOU HOPE WINS AND WHY

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, FEBRUARY 10
GOOD LUCK! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

HAPPY 6TH BLOGIVERSARY









IT'S MY



WATCH FOR....

COMING THIS FRIDAY!

COME HELP US...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

LET'S GET COZY! FETA ATTRACTION: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

FETA ATTRACTION
A Greek to Me Mystery
BY SUSANNAH HARDY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The first mystery in a new series overflowing with Greek flavor…

Georgie Nikolopatos manages the Bonaparte House, a Greek restaurant and historic landmark in beautiful upstate New York rumored to possess ghosts and hidden treasure. But when her husband disappears and her main competitor is found dead, it’s up to Georgie to solve a big fat Greek murder.

With her husband, Spiro, inexplicably gone for days, Georgie has her hands full running the restaurant and dealing with the crew of the TV show Ghost Squad, called in by Spiro to inspect the house for haunting. So when she has a chance to take a boating excursion on the St. Lawrence River with her friend Keith Morgan, she jumps on it. But their idyll is quickly ruined when they discover the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic “Big Dom” DiTomasso floating in the water.

When the police start asking questions, it doesn’t help that Spiro can’t be found—and with Georgie on their suspect list, it’s up to her to find her missing husband and find out who killed Big Dom before someone else’s order is up.

Includes delicious Greek recipes!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susannah Hardy is the author of the Greek to Me Mysteries, just coming out this past January 6, 2015 from Berkley Prime Crime. If you like your mysteries cozy, culinary, and a little bit crazy, you’re going to love Georgie and the gang at Bonaparte Bay.

Suze is a member of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Romance Writers of America and the Connecticut Chapter of RWA. Susannah is originally from Northern New York State (Way north! Only a few miles from the Canadian border), graduated from St. Lawrence University, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.

ONE OF SUSANNAH HARDY'S YUMMY RECIPES (CHECK HER WEBSITE HERE FOR THIS ONE AND MORE:

Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad

INGREDIENTS:
*4 cups of refrigerated, ripe seedless watermelon, rind removed and discarded, flesh cut into bite-size pieces

*2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)

*3 T. good olive oil

*3 T. fresh mint leaves (or a small handful)

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

DIRECTIONS:
--Prepare watermelon. If not assembling salad immediately, place melon in refrigerator until just before serving time. 
--When you’re ready to serve, place lemon juice into a cup or small bowl and drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly. 
--Pour dressing over the melon. 
--Tear the mint leaves into pieces and add to melon. 
--Toss gently to coat mixture with dressing. 
--Add a bit of fresh cracked black pepper if you like a little punch. (Salt is not needed–the feta is plenty salty)
--Sprinkle on feta and garnish with a sprig of mint.

This salad is delicious on its own or as a topping for some crisp romaine lettuce.

Serves 4.
GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN
BOOKS, I HAVE ONE COPY OF
FETA ATTRACTION TO GIVE
AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

 
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT FETA ATTRACTION THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE AND LEAVE ME YOUR LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING AT SUSANNAH HARDY'S WEBSITE HERE 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON A CURRENT GIVEAWAY THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH TO RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, FEBRUARY 10
  GOOD LUCK!

Friday, January 16, 2015

ARE YOU LISTENING? BLUE LABYRINTH: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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BLUE LABYRINTH
Read by Rene Auberjonois
BY DOUGLAS PRESTON
AND LINCOLN CHILD
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child's new exhilarating novel.. 
BLUE LABYRINTH

A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

It begins with murder. One of Pendergast's most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.

The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined....
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled—he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston.

Lincoln Child seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen short stories composed during his youth, he wrote a shamelessly Tolkeinesque fantasy in twelfth grade titled The Darkness to the North.
To read full biographies of the amazing authors, visit their website "Bio Pages" HERE and HERE.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY DOUGLAS PRESTON & LINCOLN CHILD:
                      
                     

SOME PRAISE FOR PRESTON AND CHILD:
"Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises... If you're willing to surrender to Preston and Child's fiendish imaginations, you might devour the Pendergast books the way kids do Halloween candy...There's nothing else like them." (The Washington Post).

"Preston and Child have the ability to blend contemporary forensic thrillers with a dose of Dickensian/Sherlock Holmes-era atmosphere. Add a villain to a vendetta that has spanned generations and a cast of characters that readers will find emotionally satisfying, and the end result is another best-seller for the duo." (Associated Press).

"Preston & Child once again bring A.X.L. Pendergast to life and offer up a host of thrills, heart-pumping action, and an intricate plot that pits a vengeful killer against (still) the most interesting character in fiction."  (Suspense Magazine).

"Quirky and compelling." (San Francisco Bee).

"Those who have grown to love Agent Pendergast will not be disappointed in the newest installment of his series by Preston and Child. The sharp wit and secretive demeanor of Pendergast are both amusing and mystifying to readers, and the plot unfolds in twists that will keep readers guessing right up to the end."  (RT Reviews).

GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO MITCH AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
HACHETTE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS EXCITING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE 
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT BLUE LABYRINTH THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON PRESTON AND CHILD'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, FEBRUARY 10
GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS... EXCEPT FOR THIS WEEK!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
JANUARY 17, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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THE 13th GIFT
A TRUE STORY
BY JOANNE HUIST SMITH
THE WINNER IS:
#67 Linda Kish
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SCANDAL AT SIX
A Lois Meade Mystery
BY ANN PURSER
THE WINNER IS:
#55 Theresa N.
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MEOW IF IT'S MURDER
A Nick & Nora Mystery
BY T. C. LoTEMPIO
THE WINNER IS:
#2 Anonymous
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SNOW WAY OUT
A Snow Globe Shop Mystery
BY CHRISTINE HUSOM
THE WINNER IS:
#98 cyn209
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FOR WHOM THE BLUEBELL TOLLS
A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery
BY BEVERLY ALLEN
THE WINNER IS:
#124 Mary Brandis
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AUTUMN FALLS
WRITTEN AND READ
BY BELLA THORNE
THE WINNER IS:
#3 Victoria Zumbrum
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NO GHOULS ALLOWED
A Ghost Hunter Mystery
BY VICTORIA LAURIE
THE WINNER IS:
#21 Margie
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THE PERIPHERAL
Read by Lorelei King
BY WILLIAM GIBSON
THE WINNER IS:
#25 traveler
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A SEAMLESS MURDER
A Magical Dressmaking Mystery
BY MELISSA BOURBON
THE WINNER IS:
#26 holdenj
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DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DEATH
A Comfort Food Mystery
BY CHRISTINE WENGER
THE WINNER IS:
#4 kiki w
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IT WAS ME ALL ALONG
A MEMOIR
BY ANDIE MITCHELL
THE WINNER IS:
#18 Linda Kish
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THE ESCAPE
Read by Ron McLarty
BY DAVID BALDACCI
THE WINNER IS:
#47 Tina
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(SORRY THIS IS LATE)
SPELL BOOKED
A Retired Witches Mystery
BY JOYCE AND JIM LAVENE
THE WINNER IS:
#111 Karen B
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(THIS IS ALSO LATE, SORRY)
WINTER STREET
Read by Erin Bennett
BY ELIN HILDERBRAND
THE WINNER IS:
#23 Carol N Wong
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