June 1, 2018 = 1st Friday Fun! Comment for chance to win!








Whoohoo, happy June, everybody! And what a lovely coincidence  . . . It’s not only June 1st, but it’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s giveaway time here at evbishop.com.

This month’s giveaway: A super fun prize that just shouts summer! (Yes, admittedly it was inspired by wishful thinking. It is very chilly and rainy here this late spring, summer-nowhere-in-sight evening!) Anyway, one lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Spoons—which is a perfect summer getaway if I do say so myself 😉a soft, cheery towel to stretch out on or roll behind your head in your comfy chair, and a fabulous-dahling pineapple drinking glass (because we all need something fancy for our favorite fruity beverages!)

How to enter for your chance to win: Comment/reply to this blog post. Seriously. That’s it!

Can’t think of something to say . . . here I’ll help you!

COMMENT SUGGESTION: Since Summer is tied only with Winter, Spring and Fall for being the best season for reading, how about you share an author whose books you love a lot? (And, of course, you can say anything else you want, so long as it’s appropriate for all ages. 🙂 🙂 ) When this month’s giveaway closes, I’ll make a list of all the recommendations and post it for us all to enjoy and benefit from!



P.S. Haven’t taken part in Friday Fun here at evbishop.com before? Here’s the nitty-gritty. 🙂 All you have to do is show up here on the first Friday of every month and follow the very easy directions, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Each giveaway will be open until the 15th of the month, then a winner will be chosen at random and contacted for his/her mailing address and the goodies will go in the post.

Good luck and thanks for popping by! I hope you have a very fun Friday!

76 thoughts on “June 1, 2018 = 1st Friday Fun! Comment for chance to win!

  1. Well of course I love Ev Bishop’s books , wink wink 😉, but another fantastic and fun author to read is Sue Grafton ! So sad she passed away but her books are great and I’m re-reading them now . She will be missed !

  2. There are so many authors I enjoy reading, but a few favorites are Christine Feehan, Lynsay sands, and Dianna Love.

  3. I love reading all the authors who write Christian (clean, sweet) historical romances, like Barb Goss and Leah Laurens. I’m starting to read more contemporary authors and Ev Bishop has several that I’m wanting to read!

  4. Well, of course I’m a fan of Ev Bishop’s work, but I also recommend Catherine Cavendish, who writes some awesome Gothic spooky stuff.

    Joanne Fluke for brain-break cozy mystery, Karin Slaughter for hardcore thrillers, John Douglas for true crime, and Elizabeth Berg when you need to be reminded of how beautiful ordinary things are.

  5. Hello! Thank you for this awesome First Friday Giveaway! 🙂 I enjoy reading books by Mitch Albom. His style of writing is easy to read, and his story-telling skills are outstanding. All of his stories are thought-provoking, making for them perfect for whole-group discussions. Thank you again and best of luck to all! Happy June! 🙂

  6. I love Mary Higgins Clark books. I also love Catherine Coulter, Ev Bishop, Fern Michaels and just way too many to mention here. LOL

  7. One of my favorite authors is Kendare Blake; she writes darker YA and has books with very unique plots. I would definitely recommend her writing! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  8. Glad school is out the grandchildren will be hanging out with nana for the summer. Wow fun trips shopping, animal park, vacation, hiking, we are going to have a ton of fun. Thanks for the chance. Happy summer.

  9. Love summer reading time! I plan on reading book after book sitting by the lake all summer!

  10. I love Joseph Finder’s books. He writes thrillers that keep you up all night reading.amwide

  11. Summer is the best time for reading! As a person in the education field, I get a few weeks off and I spend a great deal of it reading! Melissa Storm and Eve Langlais are just a two of the authors I’m looking forward to reading books from this summer.

  12. Of course, I love Ev Bishop books. I also read and enjoy books from, Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardner (especially her D D Warren series), Nora Roberts and her J D Robb series, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Tami Hoag. Some of my favorite, new-to-me authors are, Catherine Bybee, Jennifer Probst, Lizze Shane, Ciara Knight, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,
    and Susan Mallery. I’ve come to know so many authors and their books through Bookbub. Yeah for Bookbub!

  13. Loved Selena Laurence’s Powerplay Series and for something Hilarious I never stopped laughing at Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire series.

  14. I am loving this summer giveaway, thank you for chance. One author I just found two months ago is Karen Rose, she writes police/ FBI murders, suspense books and is wonderful. I am trying to get all her books. Thanks again!!

  15. In addition to your books, I have quite a few authors whose books I love to read. Melissa Foster, Erin Nicholas, Samantha Chase, Bella Andre, Marie Force, SJ McCoy, RaeAnne Thayne, Brenda Novak, Erika Wilde, Jamie Beck, Zoe York and that’s just to name a few.

  16. Haven’t read any of your books yet; love Mary Alice Monroe, Jill Shalvis, Robyn Thayne, Nora Roberts, and many others. Thanks for the chance.

  17. I love the books from CJ Rutherford and Julie Kawaga. Youre on my tbr list. First i have to do is finishing up my house😎🎨

  18. Aw, thanks, LOL–I wasn’t fishing for compliments, I promise (but heeeeey, I’ll still take them, hee hee. 🙂 🙂 )

    And I totally hear you re: Sue Grafton, Caroline. So sad that she’s gone. She WILL be missed (and Maeve Binchy too–I love her stories as well). Good luck in the draw!

  19. Thanks for popping by, Tina–and thanks for commenting. I’m really excited; all three you recommend are new to me and finding new must reads is one of my all-time favorite things!

    Best of luck in the draw! 🙂

  20. I love historical fiction of all kinds too, Sandy–and I’m going to check out the authors you recommend–but yay for you starting to read more contemporary too. 😉 🙂 Thanks for coming by and best of luck in the draw! 🙂

  21. Well, thank you, J. H. I’m flattered–as I’m a huge fan of yours! I’m totally going to check out Catherine Cavendish, I already read Joanne Fluke and Karin Slaughter. I don’t know why I don’t read a lot of true crime (one of the few types of stories I can say I don’t usually read).

    And ELIZABETH BERG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is one of my all time favorite authors for exactly the reason you mention–and I sometimes turn to her books when I’m feeling low. 🙂

    Thanks for coming by!

  22. You’re a woman after my own heart, Tracy. I read all different kinds of books, across the genres too. 🙂 🙂 Melissa Storm is lovely and I’ll have to check out Xavier Neal because I don’t know his work. Thanks for coming by and best of luck in the draw!

  23. I’m flattered to be on your TBR list, Alice. HURRY UP and finish you house, LOL. 🙂 🙂 And thanks for the recommendation. I haven’t heard of CJ Rutherford or Julie Kawaga and I will definitely check them out! 🙂

    Best of luck in the draw and thanks for coming by!

  24. 50 books in one summer, Debra?! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! Our library started a summer reading club for adults too, about 2 years ago. I adore it! So fun! (I just wish you got stickers like when we were kids, LOL.) Thanks for coming by and best of luck in the draw! 🙂

  25. You’re very welcome for the chance, Kathy! Good luck and thanks for dropping by–and for your list of recommendations! 🙂 I love the authors you mention too, especially Mary Alice Monroe. 🙂

  26. That is an AWESOME list of recommendations, Michelle! Thanks so much for chiming in–and good luck in the draw . . . again! Maybe you’re charmed and will win a second! 🙂

  27. You’re so welcome for the chance, Diana! I’m so happy that you like the giveaway. I have a lot of fun dreaming them up. 🙂 Good luck!

    And re: Karen Rose. She’s new to me too. I’ll have to look into her. There is nothing I love more than finding a new author whose stories I love! I hope you get your hands on all her books. 🙂

  28. Thanks for coming by, Avril–and thanks for the recommendations. Authors who can make you laugh out loud over and over again are amazing! 🙂 🙂 Good luck in the draw!

  29. You’re so welcome, Juli! I’m so happy you like the giveaway! Good luck–and thanks for the recommendation of Leddy Harper. I’ll have to check her out! 🙂 🙂

  30. That is a FABULOUS list, Marjorie (and I’m so flattered to be included :D)! Thanks for coming by and sharing, and I so agree re: BookBub. It is a great way to discover new-to-you authors and books! 🙂 🙂 Best of luck in the draw!

  31. Thanks so much for stopping by Rachel, and yes, it’s so lovely to get to spend weeks in the summer reading, reading, reading! Melissa Storm is wonderful and I will have to check out Eve Langlais! Good luck in the draw!

  32. Totally re: Sandra Brown, JS. 🙂 She writes such diverse, always interesting plots and characters!

    Good luck in the draw and thanks for coming by.

  33. Lovely Melissa Storm is coming up a lot today on our list, Iraines! Jamie Beck is new to me; I’ll have to check her out. Thanks for popping by and best of luck in the draw! 🙂

  34. Ooooh, I love thrillers and suspense and Joseph Finder is a new name to me. Thanks, Sunnymay. I’ll definitely be looking him up.

    Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  35. Ahhh, Holly–you and I must be kindred spirits. Book after book, sitting by a lake, ALL SUMMER describes me to a T. 🙂 🙂 Enjoy! And best of luck in the draw . . . again. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  36. Your summer sounds like it’s going to be amazing, Virgie! Have sooooo much fun with those grandkids of yours. 🙂 🙂 And you’re welcome for the chance. Good luck! 🙂

  37. Kendare Blake is new to me, Avellend581. I’ll have to check her out!

    And you’re welcome re: the giveaway. I have a lot of fun putting them together. Good luck!

  38. Thanks for coming by, Tara–and you’re welcome re: the 1st Friday Giveaway chance. I’m so happy you like it! 🙂

    And as for Mitch Albom, yes, totally. He is wonderful for all the reasons you mentioned.

    Happy June to you too–and best of luck in the draw!

  39. Dear Mary–I ADORE Louise Penny, too. Yes, great fun, very clever/witty writing–but also some deeper thoughts and observations to ruminate on. Such good stuff! 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by and best of luck in the draw!

  40. I love reading Nora Roberts/J D Robb. I just finished Come Sundown by Nora Roberts and it was amazing!

  41. I really like Karen Marie Moning’s books. I am currently reading Iced which is part of a Fever series which takes place in Ireland.

  42. Since I live in California, 5 minutes from a beach, “summer” starts about the middle of February and ends with Halloween. I love taking impromptu road trips, so I keep a suitcase packed. All I need to do is add any extra clothing depending on how long I plan to be gone. Included–several books in different genre since I’m not sure what I’d be in the mood to read.

  43. Thanks for coming by , Cheryl. I haven’t heard of Karen Marie Moning, but I love stories set in Ireland. I will look her up! Best of luck in the draw and have a great weekend!

  44. Yes, Nora Roberts/J D Robb always delivers a wonderful story, Pat! I haven’t read Come Sundown yet. I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. 🙂 Thanks for dropping in and sharing–and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  45. Absolutely loving the summer themed giveaways at the moment, as I’m in that part of the world where it’s getting colder, not warmer! That said, June *is* my favourite month because it’s my birthday month AND my brother’s birthday month so there are always big family celebrations… And I’m getting a puppy at the end of the month, too!

    Really been enjoying Pamela Ford, Zoe York and Iris Moreland recently, but also re-reading the full collection of works by Jim Butcher who is one of my absolute favourite authors. Have already put a few new authors on my TBR thanks to peoples’ comments above! Thanks for the lovely opportunity to share (and possibly, if your contest is open internationally, to win!) 🙂

  46. Oh my, you don’t make this easy, do you?! Haha, choosing only a few is difficult. My go-to authors right now are Hailey Turner, Susan Stoker, Marie Johnston, May Archer, JD Chambers, Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken, Lori Foster, Maryann Jordan, Nana Malone, and Janie Crouch. I’m currently at the beginning of a long divorce process so I’m diving deep into my books as a bit of an escape. Definitely steering clear of most stories that contain angst, I’m a huge fan of tender, steamy romances right now.

  47. I always enjoy reading James Patterson books. But, I read so many other authors, too.

  48. Lately I’ve been reading Kate Meader and Jenna Sutton. Love almost anything by Robyn Carr, and of course, yours too!

  49. Dear Megan,

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through such a hard/sad time and I hope your divorce proceedings surprise you by going a lot more smoothly than you anticipate.

    Thanks so much for the AWESOME list of your go-to authors! Even if it’s only a partial representation, LOL, it’s pretty great. 🙂

    >>>Definitely steering clear of most stories that contain angst, I’m a huge fan of tender, steamy romances right now.<<<

    At the risk of blatant self promotion, I really think you'd enjoy my novel REELING. It doesn't matter if you've read any other books in the series, it's a total standalone. It's not super steamy (none of my books are), but it is tender and fun and a great escape. The things Mia and Gray have survived are serious, but it's not graphic and it's primarily about finding hope and joy and healing.

    Regardless of whether you try it or not, I wish you piles and of wonderful, escape giving reads a spring/summer full of some nice surprises. 🙂

  50. Dear Ella,

    Your June sounds fabulous! Happy birthday to you and your brother and with your family celebrations. And a new puppy?! You are sooo lucky. I am not allowing myself to get any more animals, but they do make the loveliest, most hilarious, loyal friends. 🙂 🙂 Have fun with him/her!

    Your list of authors is great and I’m excited that you’ve jotted down others to try. Once this month’s draw closes, I’m going to compile a list of all our recommendations, which I’ll post here on evbishop.com and will send in my July newsletter.

    And yes, for now I’m keeping 1st Friday Fun open Internationally–and think I always will, just depending on *where* a person lives, I might modify the prize (but would talk to each winner independently about that. :D) Thanks for popping by for and best of luck in the draw.

    Stay warm! 😉

  51. An author who I think write great stories and deserves more attention is Tracy Ewens. She has a series that not exactly a series. 🙂 “A Love Story” books are loosely connected but can be read as standalones. If you like reading series in order, though, I recommend starting at the beginning. Several of the main characters in the stories are related to each other. If you don’t want to start at the beginning then you might try starting with Brew: A Love Story. Brew starts a 3 book arc with each book about a different brother. I finished Brew recently and it’s a great book.

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  53. Thanks so much for the recommendation, ButtonsMom. You read so much and so widely that I’ll take ANY suggestions you make very seriously! 🙂 🙂 I haven’t heard of Tracy Ewens. I look forward to checking her out! (And welcome back to terra firma, btw! 🙂 :))

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