Blog and Giveaway Schedule for the TRADE THE DAY Blog-a-Thon

By - June 1, 2013

When the clock changes from 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 22 to 12:00 am Friday, August 23, Trade the Day: Spotlight on Team Alaina, a Blog-a-thon to raise money for Team Alaina for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society will kick off. Most importantly, this is when you can start heading over to to purchase THE TRADE by Colby Marshall and have proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  The blog-a-thon (and THE TRADE's gross profits going to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society) will continue until the clock makes its way all the back to 11:59 pm Friday night and strikes midnight to ring in Saturday.

With a new author or special guest post every hour and every segment filled with great giveaways, you might be wondering when your favorite author, agent, or site (or their giveaways!) will be showing up on the blog.  Never fear!  Below is a detailed schedule of the twenty-four hours of the blog-a-thon. Also, be sure to check out the other Trade the Day links to learn how to enter a giveaway, to find out more about the authors involved, and anything else you might want or need to know about the event. 

The blog-a-thon will take place right here on following times are based on Eastern Standard Time.

12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.           Blog-a-thon Kick-off with Colby Marshall

1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.             Mystery Lite So You Can Turn Off the Lights
                                             (Cozy Mysteries)

1:00 a.m.    Guest Post          LynDee Walker, Amazon Bestselling
                                                       Author of Front Page Fatality

2:00 a.m.    Interview            Rochelle Staab, Agatha, Anthony,
                                                         and Golden Heart Nominated,
                                                         Watson Award-Winning Author
                                                         of the Mind for Murder mystery

This segment will include giveaways from both of our guest posters as well as from Debut Crime-Caper Author of Double Whammy, Gretchen Archer, and International Thriller Writers’ Debut Class Author of The Catsitter’s Cradle, John Clement.

3:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.              Crack of Dawn Conspiracies

3:00 a.m.    Interview              Lisa Brackmann, New York
and USA Today 
                                                        Bestselling Author of Rock
                                                        Paper Tiger

4:00 a.m.    Interview              J.F. Penn, Amazon Bestselling
                                                        Author of the Arkane series
                                                        and Author of Hit Writing Blog
                                                                                                                                          The Creative Penn

Segment will include giveaways from both of our Guest Posters, Chain of Command Author, Colby Marshall, and Author of Corrupt Practices, Robert Rotstein.

5:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.              Breakfast with Stairway Press

5:00 a.m.    Interview            Yvonne Walus, Author
                                                     of Upcoming Thriller, 
                                                     Operation: Genocide

6:00 a.m.    Interview            Kay Kendall, Debut Author of
                                                      Vietnam War Mystery,
                                                       Desolation Row

                                                                                   7:00 a.m.    Guest Post          Bryn Greenwood, The Queen of
                                                                                                                                        Quirk and Debut Author of 
                                                                                                                                         Last Will

This segment will include giveaways from all of our Guest Posters in this segment as well as a giveaway from Stairway Press Author of The Trade, the book that spurred this day’s existence, Colby Marshall.

8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.            Rise and Shine with Romance

8:00 a.m.    Guest Post        Sharla Lovelace, National
                                                      Bestselling Author of The 
                                                      Reason is You

9:00 a.m.    Interview            Brenda Novak, New York
Bestselling Author 
                                                       of Romantic Suspense

10:00 a.m.  Guest Post        Diana Gabaldon, New York Times
                                                                                                                                           Bestselling Author of the Outlander

This segment will include giveaways from all three of our Guest Posters, as well as a giveaway from Ramsey Hootman, Author of the Critically Acclaimed Literary Debut Novel, Courting Greta, and International Thriller Writers’ Debut Class Author and Attorney, Daco. 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.          Brunch-time Talk of Baby Brothers and Blood


Special Guest Christa Carol Jones, author of Magicbound and mother of Alaina, joins us to tell us Alaina’s story—not the character in THE TRADE’s story—the story of the real Alaina and her journey with blood cancer that inspired THE TRADE’s character and this very Blog-a-thon Event. 



This segment will include a giveaway of The Trade from Author Colby Marshall. 




12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.                Agents in the Afternoon

 12:00 p.m.   Interview              Rachel Ekstrom, Agent 
                                                         Extraordinaire, Irene
                                                         Goodman Literary

1:00 p.m.     Guest Post           Kate McKean, Literary
                                                         Agent, Howard Morhaim
                                                         Literary Agency


This segment will include giveaways from Award-Winning Debut Historical Novelist, G.J. Berger, and Debut Thriller Author and Entertainment Attorney, Robert Rotstein.


2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                  Four Hours of Fright

2:00 p.m.    Interview           R.L. Stine, Internationally
                                                      Bestselling and New York 
Bestselling Author
                                                      of the Goosebumps Series                                                  

3:00 p.m.    Guest Post         Gretchen McNeil, Master of YA
                                                      Suspense and Author of the
                                                      upcoming 3:59

                                                                                          4:00 p.m.    Guest Post       Hank Phillippi Ryan, Twenty-
                                                                                                                                              eight Time Emmy Award
                                                                                                                                              Nominee and Agatha Award-
                                                                                                                                              Winning Author of Prime 

                                                                                           5:00 p.m.    Guest Post       Jenny Milchman, International
                                                                                                                                              Thriller Writers' Debut Author
                                                                                                                                               of Widely Praised First Novel, 
                                                                                                                                               Cover of Snow

This segment will feature giveaways from Guest Posters R.L. Stine and Jenny Milchman as well as International Thriller Writers’ Debut Class Authors Melissa MacGregor (The Curious Steambox Affair), Lynne Raimondo (Dante’s Wood), and Marjorie Brody (Twisted).


6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.                   The Witching Hour


With special guest Rose Pressey, Amazon Bestselling Author 


This segment with contrain giveaways from debut YA thriller author of Second Verse, Jennifer Walkup, and Debut Novelist and Podcast Co-Producer, Maer Wilson!


7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                    After Dinner Betrayal

7:00 p.m.    Guest Post           Dee Garretson, Scholastic
                                                      Book Club Author and
                                                      Debut Mystery Author

8:00 p.m.    Guest Post           Katrina Kittle, Critically
                                                       Acclaimed Author of The
                                                       Kindness of Strangers


This segment will include giveaways from both of this segment’s Guest Posters as well as from Bestselling Pet Book Author of the new fiction debut Lost and Found, Amy Shojai and Anthony Award Winner, Edgar Award Nominee, Sophie Littlefield.


9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.                  Evening of Explosions and Intrigue 

9:00 p.m.    Interview              Steve Berry, New York Times
                                                         and Internationally Bestselling
                                                         Author of The King's

10:00 p.m.   Guest Post           Jeff Edwards, Author and
                                                          Winner of the 2008 Clive
                                                          Cussler Grand Master Award
                                                          for Adventure Writing  

This segment will include a giveaway from Booklist Top Ten Youth Fantasy Novelist, Cindy Pon as well as American Expat & Critically Acclaimed Debut Thriller Author of Japantown, Barry Lancet. 

11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.                Wrap Party  

11:00 p.m.    Guest Post          The Not-So-Starving Artist 
                                                       A New Blog for New York
                                                       Creative Artists on a Budget

11:45 p.m.    Closing Words     Colby Marshall

 This segment will include giveaways from our
Guest Poster and Colby Marshall.


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