How to Build Your TBR Stack

Sunny FrazierReturning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to remind avid readers of all the book giveaways out there for those trying to build their TBR stacks.   //

Once upon a time, I did not read mysteries. It was the “Cat Who” books that got me started as I was a feline fanatic. I found myself scouring used book stores and grabbing books by their titles because I didn’t know anything about the authors. This was well before the Internet.

Fast forward 35 years. My house is now crowded with mysteries and thrillers. I know authors personally and am a mystery author myself. My shelves runneth over.

There must be beginners out there trying to navigate their way through the vast number of mystery genres and authors. Books can be costly and you may have to sample a lot of reads to find what appeals to you. If you’re one of those people I want to show you a way to build your “To Be Read” pile that won’t cost money or much effort.

Book give-aways abound throughout the Internet. Authors are generous and they want to attract new fans. It takes very little time to enter and often the competition is scarce. What have you got to lose?

You’re at one such site right now. Scroll back a few posts and you’ll see Lelia is offering a copy of DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK by Terry Shames—

There are many other sites out there and they take just a little bit of monitoring. I will give you the sites and give-aways I uncovered this week with just a little sleuthing.

Lesa is giving away Wouldn’t It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are sleuths! Also, Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton. The contest ends Oct. 29.

Closing on Wednesday the 29th is Debbi Mack’s contest. She’s giving away a boxed set of her books if you can answer this question: who was the famous author who’s credited with writing the screenplay for the original movie, “The Big Sleep”? Hint: it’s not Raymond Chandler.
Email your answer to:

Elaine Viets has a contest site on her website. She just finished a contest offering her mystery Doc In the Box and will be having other offers.

Lorie Ham offers extensive give-aways over at Kings River Life Magazine. Here’s what’s up until November 1.
CATastrophic Connections by Joyce Ann Brown & Brooklyn Graves by Triss Stein
One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake
Midwinter’s Tail, a Magical Cats mystery, by Sofie Kelly
Stages of Grey by Clea Simon
A Spirit of Fraud by Barry Wiley.
For fantasy readers a giveaway of The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey
The Corpse With the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
Plus three books by Kensington authors:
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell; To Fudge or Not To Fudge by Nancy Coco, and French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier

Where Angels FearGood Reads divides into two groups: Cozies and Thrillers. At the Cozy Mystery Corner scroll down to Free/Cheap Reads. At The Mystery Crime and Thriller Group look under Press, Blog Sites.

Are you a member of Murder Must Advertise or DorothyL? Many authors announce give-aways on those sites.

Even if your taste does not run to cozies, cats and craft mysteries, I’ll bet you have friends on your Christmas list who would love a book in their stocking! What a great way to get presents without dipping into your holiday budget!

What sites do you have info on where we can get more freebies? Come on, spill!

10 thoughts on “How to Build Your TBR Stack

  1. I found your post interesting I used to know all the used bookstores and I knew where the libraries were located in areas we visited while traveling. Since I got my Kindle my TBR list has grown and I have more books to read. I have Goodreads and Netgalley to be very useful to me. I used Cozy Mystery free/cheap books and found 5 new authors from there. I have blog entitle 5 new authors on my site.
    Now I need to find the time to tread the books


    • That’s really the problem, right? No, there will never be enough time unless you give up everything, retire to a mountain top (with Internet service) and block out the world. I’m seriously thinking about it. . . .


      • About all my health allow me to do is read and I still can’t read all the books I want. It is a problem there authors that I want to read again. Also, I have a sudden urge to re-read one of Linda Lael Miller books again. So I haven’t brought it yet.


  2. I don’t know any more places with giveaways that have not already been mentioned here by someone. I gather so many books that I donate some and give some away. I still have Fools Rush In and Where Angels Fear. They’ll be a trio when your next book comes out. I’m scrolling back on your post to click on some of the many links you sent to us. Thank you.


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