Weiser Books Holiday “You Choose” Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here – this year seems to be flying by!

In honor of the holidays, we thought a fun giveaway was in order. We took our traditional “You Choose” giveaway and put a spin on it. So, without further ado, here are the details for our current giveaway!

The Weiser Books Holiday “You Choose” Giveaway

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For this giveaway, the winner(s) will get to choose one book (priced $19.95 and under), but instead of choosing a book for their library, they will choose a book that they want to give as a gift to someone else!

The giveaway will run from November 24 through December 11. Five winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter on December 14, and notified immediately by email.

If you are one of the five lucky winners, make sure to email us back as soon as possible with the title of the book you have chosen for your loved one/friend so we are able to get it in the mail to you. We want to make sure you have this in time to give as a gift!

The giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents only.

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Some Book Recommendations!

Below are some books we recommend that would make a great gift for your loved one. Of course, the winner(s) will be able to select any book that they think a loved one  would like (priced $19.95 and under).

Good luck!

New Year Celebrations

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is right around the corner. Literally. In less than 24 hours, 2013 will officially be behind us and we will be in a new year. Of course, we’re only talking in terms of the Western calendar.  This calendar, which is widely used in North America and Canada, is based on the 365-day year; the one many of us know so well!

But not every culture uses the Western calendar. While we traditionally ring in our New Year on December 31 and January 1, many other cultures have already rung in their New Year, while some won’t ring theirs in until later in 2014 (based on our calendar, of course).

Which got us thinking – how many different  ‘New Years’ are there throughout the world?

The answer: A lot. But here are a few that we found interesting!

Pagan New Year: Many Pagans celebrate the ‘New Year’ on Samhain. On the traditional Western Calendar, this would be known as Halloween. Samhain is not the ‘universal’ New Year in Paganism; others celebrate it at Beltane, which is April 30th.

Chinese New Year: The Chinese New Year occurs between January 21 and February 21, depending on when the new moon of the first lunar month falls, and last 15 days. The 2014 Chinese New Year will be on January 31 and will be the year of the Horse.

Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashanah is celebrated the first two days of the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar – typically in September (in 2013 it was September 4th – September 6th). For the Jewish, it is a time of introspection and a chance to look back over the past year at the mistakes that have been made. The day is spent in a synagogue as it is one of the holiest days of the year.

Thai New Year: Songkran 2014 will be held from Sunday April 13th to Tuesday April 15th. A traditional Thai New Year had the people of Thailand sprinkle water, out of respect and to pay Buddha respect, on the elders. Now, they have the Thailand Water Fight Festival, one of the most important to the people of Thailand.

Ethiopian New Year:  In 2013 and for 2014, it will fall on September 11.  Their new year is called Enkutatash, which means “gift of jewels”.  During this festival, there will be dancing, singing and a lot of celebrations.

Whether your New Year has come and gone, is happening tonight, or coming up – Happy New Year to all and I hope it is filled with all good things!


1. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2013/11/happy-pagan-new-year/

2. http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com/groups/breast-cancer-awareness/p/5-97364391

Something Witchy This Way Comes

Are you excited about this Fall’s influx of witches on TV? We at Weiser Books sure are, and here’s our Weiser Fall TV guide to all things witchy. Sound off in the comments below which ones you’re looking forward to the most, what you think of their teaser trailers and pilots, and which witchy tv shows you think will disappear in a puff of smoke. Or, did we miss any witchy shows?

1. The Witches of East End

Based on the series by NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz, The Witches of East End looks like a fun and sexy adaptation about three modern day witches (and their witch aunt makes four) just trying to navigate the magic and mundane of everyday life. It’s unclear from the trailer if the series will delve into the Norse plot points of the books, but we’re nonetheless excited to see where it goes.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ua7WgcdiXE

2. American Horror Story: Coven

Not all witches are good… It looks like the third installment of the American Horror Story series will be “Coven” about witches descended from Salem who gather for schooling at a creepy house in New Orleans. These witches look anything but friendly, but maybe that’s just an assumption based on how the previous two seasons of American Horror Story has come up with some dark and twisted characters. It looks like these witches are under attack and need to work together. Teamwork!

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU7GlrbTyM0

3. The Originals

Speaking of witches under attack, The Vampire Diaries spin-off series is decidedly witch-centric too. The vampires in New Orleans have kept the witches afraid and powerless for years, but it looks like these Nawlins witches are tired of getting bossed around by a bunch of bloodsucking bullies. Cue some voodoo aid and some covens of witches who know how to better keep nature in balance than the undead do.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnQmeY0ELNU

4. Sleepy Hollow

You might have thought Sleepy Hollow, the show about the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane being resurrected in modern day New York wouldn’t really have witches… but it turns our the headless horseman is just a pawn in a witchy scheme. Sleepy Hollow has two covens, one good, one evil. Who will win?

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hFg9qS_u3w

The Lucky S.O.B. Has Been Chosen: Good Choice Reading’s Fall Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

Varla Ventura

And the winner of the Fall Blog Hop Giveaway is  Cindi Clubbs

Cindi, please contact me at varlaventura AT gmail dot com and I’ll get the address to send a signed copy of my new book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. Thanks again to all who entered, and keep your eyes open for MORE giveaways this month!

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The Three of Wands, at Sea

renna shesso / spirit-smithing


Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea…
(Antonio, Act 1, scene 1, The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare)

“At sea” turns out to be a vital point in The Merchant of Venice.  To help finance his friend Bassanio’s courtship of Portia, the merchant Antonio borrows money, gambling on the potential gains from his various ventures.  In fact,

…he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; … a third at Mexico, a fourth for England… But ships are but boards, sailors but men…”
(Shylock, Act 1, scene 3)

Shylock loans Antonio the money.  Then, in subsequent scenes, we learn Antonio’s ships have all  been lost at sea.  Antonio is ruined and Shylock seeks to claim the macabre bond that Antonio agreed to, if the loan couldn’t be repaid: a pound of Antonio’s own flesh.

Antonio and Shylock ultimately land in court, with the latter ready to cut…

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Book Trailer Three: Among the Mermaids Splash Edition

Varla Ventura

Arrrrr! Avast ye landlubbers, pirating types and mermaidians alike,

Here is the THIRD of THREE book trailer videos. The object here is to let me know which one you like the best. If you vote, you enter to win my book plus swag!

What’s that you say? you haven’t seen the other TWO? Best be getting yourself on over to those posts and watch. Comment on whichever one you like the best, or comment about whichever one you prefer. Huh? Yeah, quit quibbling about my grammar and get thee to youtube!!

Mermaid Trailer One: Among the Mermaids Wave Edition

Mermaid Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition

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