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Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Authors, readers, and bloggers are uniting again his year to fight stigma, spread mental health awareness, and support the prevention of suicide. To encourage participation, we're giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt to one lucky winner.

Two kinds of stigma continue to persist: public stigma and self-stigma. Public stigma occurs when other people view a person with a mental illness in a negative way. Public stigma feeds into self-stigma when people with mental illness internalize the negative talk they hear from others.

Well-meaning people say things like, "Suck it up," "Choose to be happy," "Turn that frown upside down," or "Focus on your blessings," as if mental illness were a mood, a frame of mind, or an attitude that can simply be overcome at will.

Often, people who suffer from mental illness blame themselves instead of seeking help. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, a person with mental illness may need treatment.

People who contemplate suicide don't want to die; they just can't fathom how to live because they are so miserable. They can't see past their pain and misery, and they see no point in going on.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, "Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds."

IASP explains that "[e]very life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide."

If you're contemplating suicide, please don't do it! Instead, seek help. You might be suffering now, but you never know what tomorrow brings. Reach out to a friend or family member. See a doctor. If that doctor doesn't help, try another. Please don't give up.

If you're in crisis, please reach out to the toll-free hotline in your region. You can find your hotline here: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/.

If you are grieving the death of a victim of suicide and need help, here are resources that can help: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Postvention/National_Suicide_Survivor_Organizations/.

If you suspect that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, please reach out. We often hesitate because we're afraid we might make things worse by saying the wrong thing. According to IASP, "Evidence suggests that this is not the case. The offer of support and a listening ear are more likely to reduce distress, as opposed to exacerbating it."

Warning signs to look for include severe anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, rage, feelings of being trapped, a strong urge for vengeance, engaging in risky activities, excessive alcohol and/or drug use, withdrawing from people, trouble sleeping, and dramatic mood changes.

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Mental illness isn't a personality flaw; it's an illness that comes on through no fault of the individual who suffers with it. Mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable. #WSPD


I know it is hard to deal with a lot of issues but Suicide is not the answer. Try to talk to some one. A friend, a teacher, a therapist, a relative, a sister/brother, your grandparents, or even your aunts/uncles are great people to talk with. I have had my own issues with suicide and thank goodness I had a few friends at my house when I was in high school who kick in the bathroom door and stopped me from taking all the pills I had in my hand. I was just tired of all the bullies in school and I figured this was the fastest way to deal with it. Please don't allow those who are hurting too to cause you to end your life. You will be gone but all your family member will be hurting long after you are gone. They will try to figure out where they when wrong and why they never picked up on the signs. PLEASE ASK FOR HELP.


Book lovers from all over the world have joined together to share their stories and spread mental health awareness. Please follow this tour guide to find our posts and to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 t-shirt: 


P.D. Workman, Author

Triple A Book Blog

Jessica Burkhart, Author

Here Is What I Read Blog

Crossroad Reviews

Jazzy Book Reviews

Book Corner News and Reviews

I Love Books and Stuff Blog

Luv Saving Money

Debbie Manber Kupfer, Author

Ash Ineski, Author

Allie Burton, Author

Book Butterfly in Dreamland

Sara Crawford, Author

Tawdra Kandle, Author

Quinn Loftis, Author

Kat's Indie Book Blog

Day Leitao, Author

Steph Weston, Author

Lanie Bynum, Author

L.B. Carter, Author

Holly and Mistletoe

Eva Pohler, Author


From September 1-10, enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt. There are lots of ways to enter below--choose one or all. You can also tweet daily for extra entries. We'll email the winner by September 11th.

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  1. On September 10th at 8 p.m. your time, light a candle to remember all those we have lost to suicide and to represent the hope of preventing suicide. People all over the world will be participating. You can send an ecard in 63 different languages to invite others to participate. Find the ecards here.
  2. Purchase a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 for $20. For every shirt sold, five dollars is donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Order yours here.
  3. Spread the word about this giveaway, to encourage more people to read our posts and tweet about overcoming stigma. Use the share buttons at the bottom of this post, and

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 #EntertoWin a $50 #giftcard and #Tshirt while fighting #stigma and spreading #mentalhealthawareness for #suicideprevention #WSPD.  


Here are videos on suicide and mental health that I have found to be helpful: 

 The Bridge Between Suicide and Life  

You're Still Here: Living After Suicide 

This Is for All of You in a Dark Place  

Suicide Is Preventable



 Set to release on February 23rd, 2021!


"From author SC Alban comes a tender and humorous, coming-of-age novel that follows the journey of a girl who must give up her heart in order to find love. 

For the past five years, seventeen-year-old Megan
Cooper has built a wall around her heart with little room to experience true feelings. However, her entire world shifts the moment she hits Cupid with her car driving home from finals. With his shooting arm significantly injured, she has no choice but to take his place. 

Now, as Megan races to find Cupid’s final three love matches in order to meet his quota by the start of the new year, she comes face to face with the very emotions she’s been pushing away for so long. Caught between what her head is saying and what her heart longs for, Megan must face old wounds, find forgiveness, and track down the perfect match for the one boy she can’t stand. "

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 By Victoria McCombs


 "Ronin’s son is dead, and Maid Marion is gone. But a sorceress banished to the Woods can bring his son back if he and his Silver Raiders are willing to do something for her first. 
She finds there's nothing Ronin Hood won't do for his son… Anika finds herself drawn to the mystery of the Woods and the thieves who live within, but the cost of associating with the Silver Raiders becomes higher than she's willing to pay. 
The darkness of the Woods seeps into the Raider's hearts, blurring the lines between hero and villain. Anika's fight for freedom turns into a fight to survive the magic of the trees that should have never been awoken. 

This isn't the tale of Robin Hood you remember."

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THE HOLLOW WORLD (Fragments #3) by Tracy Auerbach

THE HOLLOW WORLD (Fragments #3)
By Tracy Auerbach
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LEXAN'S DREAM (The Empire Saga #3.5) by M. Dalto

LEXAN'S DREAM (The Empire Saga #3.5)
By M. Dalto
Lexan was the Crown Prince of the Borderlands, a title and position that was forced upon him out of vengeance and spite, and while growing up, he knew no better. Even after the return of the Queen Empress to the Empire, his desire to maintain his own line ran deeper than blood.

At least, until the dreams began.

Now, Lexan must decide which path he will follow- the one that leads him to his fated power and glory, or the one that brings him to the family he knew he had but was never able to know.  "

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GODDESS OF NOD (The Balance #3) by C.W. Snyder

GODDESS OF NOD (The Balance #3)
 By C.W. Snyder 
Goddess of Nod is set to release January 21st, 2021!


"An easy peace has descended on the land of Nod, but when an old ally turned enemy returns, loyalty, and the fabric of the afterlife are stretched to their limits. To save the land she loves, Alice must choose to sacrifice everything she knows for the greater good, or be swallowed by the vast black of the encroaching Nothing."


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The Ender by Heather Kindt

THE ENDER (The Weaver #3)
By Heather Kindt
The Ender is set to release 
January 12th, 2021!

"Most villains meet a likely doom by the end of their book… most villains are not Enders.

Now with the power of the codex, the Wanderer sends most of the Golden Recluse into their books, and Laney must rush to save them from their own writing. With William, she crosses the page into a horror novel filled with bloodthirsty birds, a romance paperback where, to their dismay, they become the main characters and a children’s picture book that’s not as innocent as it seems. And with each second that passes, the threat of the Wanderer’s pen threatens to be the end of the Weavers.

With everything at stake, Laney realizes she’s part of something bigger, and it all comes down to a choice the Wanderer has always wanted her to make: Saving the man she loves, or the family she’s only just discovered."

Parliament Press

Heather Kindt



 By Winnie Lyon
Set to release September 1st, 2020!

"Laura Wilson is the heir to an ancient curse.

As a young witch descending from the very powerful trio of witches that had cursed Macbeth, the pressure she faces daily is non-stop. When Laura is forced to participate in her school’s rendition of the classic play, she gives herself a single task: breaking the curse once and for all.

This task proves itself to be more difficult than she ever could have imagined when a miscast spell leads to the summoning of her dead ancestor, Cecily Wilson, one of the very witches that cursed Macbeth.

As Laura attempts to send her resurrected relative back beyond the veil, she is faced with one of the harsh realities of high school—having a crush on her best friend, Holly. However, things only get more complicated as Holly pines after Peter, a lonely, quick-witted vampire.

While she grows closer to Cecily, Laura sees first-hand the true horrors of being a witch in Elizabethan England as demonic forces arise in her little town of Shipley Hollow.

Can Laura break the curse and save her family name before the curtains rise on opening night?

Brought to you by Winnie Lyon, The Curse of the King is an action-packed novel with mysterious and magical twists at every turn."
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SCATTERING IN THE STARLIGHT (The Starlight Chronicles #3), by P.S. Malcolm

(The Starlight Chronicles #3) 
By P.S. Malcolm
Set to release December 8th, 2020!

"Titania is alive—and no one is safe.

After narrowly escaping Urenphia, Valarie and Jason must prepare for war against the all-powerful and deadly creator herself, Titania. But after an unexpected trip to the future, they discover it's not the happily ever after either of them envisioned—a complication made even worse when they both meet their daughter.
After discovering the key to defeating Titania for good, Lucy realizes she has no choice but to allow herself to become enslaved to Titania's will. But once completely under her control, she will become a powerful weapon used to destroy everything and everyone she loves... unless someone can stop her.
The entwined three have a choice—they can change their fates, or they can stay the path—but either way, the loss of someone they love will be inevitable.."
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The Part About The Dragon Was (Mostly)True BY Sean Gibson

By Sean Gibson
Set to release December 15th, 2020!

"Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers' call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure.But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don't always know what they're doing. Sometimes they're clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? And orcs? They're not always assholes, and sometimes they don't actually want to eat your children.Heloise the Bard, Erithea's most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn't easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager.Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she's finally able to tell the real story—for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat.Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments—things are going to get messy."
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THE SWANSONG CONSPIRACY (The Eldritch Twins #1) By Nick Vossen!

The Swansong Conspiracy is set to release October 6th, 2021!

"After a near cataclysmic worldwide event shook the foundations of society and unleashed
numerous supernatural hazards onto the Earth, twins Quincy and Lilly just want to lead their
lives as normally as possible. However, this proves to be quite difficult. The twins are the heirs
of legendary horror writer and occultist W.A. Swansong, who has been declared a prophet now that many of his gruesome creations appear to really exist.

When a mysterious inheritance falls into the twins’ hands, a strange and violent secret

organization becomes hell-bent on finding them. Quincy and Lilly are forced to flee their
hometown of New Orleans, leading them on a wild, supernatural chase throughout the southern United States. With only a handful of allies and a trapped Fire Vampire named Tim, the twins uncover a great mystery tied to their inheritance, the source of all pandemonium, and even the true origins of mankind."
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Beyond the Shore and Shadows by Chantal Gadoury

Beyond the Shore and Shadow
By Chantal Gadoury
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DEAD ROCKSTAR by Lillah Lawson

By Lillah Lawson
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