Winners of the S.E.C.R.E.T. New Orleans Girls Weekend Sweepstakes

Thanks to everyone who entered for helping to “reveal” our S.E.C.R.E.T., and congratulations to Bethany T. of Austin, TX! Her entry was chosen at random to win the Grand Prize of our S.E.C.R.E.T. New Orleans Girls Weekend Sweepstakes!

Bethany won a trip to New Orleans during the FestiGals® Girls Weekend and will bring three travel companions with her! They’ll stay at the spectacular Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.

“I cannot thank you enough,” said Grand Prize Winner Bethany T. when she got the happy news. “I am far beyond excited. It seriously took me a couple days to process it because I have never won anything magnificent like this! We are so thrilled about Hotel Monteleone and even more thrilled about FestiGals®!!! We’re also pumped to read S.E.C.R.E.T. which we’ll probably finish before the trip is even over. I won’t be able to think of anything else until then! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone at Read It Forward. I really enjoy RIF and want to spread the word!”

Fifty runners-up (selected at random from among thousands of entries) will receive a paperback copy of S.E.C.R.E.T., the new phenomenon in erotic fiction by L. Marie Adeline.

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A little more about our Grand Prize Winner and her friends – we can’t wait to share their adventures with you!

– BETHANY is an artist from Houston now living in Austin. She ranges in all mediums from paint to digital and spends most of her days writing and illustrating comics. She works alongside her spunky pomeranian – just like Michelangelo did while he painted the Sistine Chapel.

– SHEILA is a hard-working LMT from Colorado and also an aspiring horror fiction author. She often has her head in a book when her cats aren’t begging for attention.

– CASSANDRA found herself in the midst of an existential crisis while writing this biography. She majored in philosophy, has two Italian greyhounds, and is an avid reader.

– ERICK recently completed his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at UC, Santa Barbara, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. Importantly, he knows how to start a weekend off right – pizza on Friday night and a good movie or video game.

And many thanks to FestiGals® and Hotel Monteleone!

FestigalsEven though you didn’t win the exciting New Orleans package, you can still plan to attend FestiGals®, the ultimate getaway weekend for women in New Orleans June 20-23 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. Register now.


hotel monteleoneOne of the most luxurious New Orleans hotels in the heart of the historic French Quarter, Hotel Monteleone has the honor of being dedicated as a Literary Landmark by the Friends of Libraries USA.


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KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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