Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Salon: Bitter Cold And Copperhead Giveaway

It’s hard to believe how fast this month is flying by as we take
time to enjoy another Sunday Salon and discuss the latest books we’ve discovered and read.

Once again I’m going to be a bit different and offer up a review of a book by a ‘new-to-me’ author and share some information (and a special giveaway) about a Civil War movie that will be in theatres later this month.

I hope the weather is settling down a bit where you are and those effected by the latest rounds of storms are safe. It’s time to refill your favorite beverage container, settle back in that comfortable chair, put your feet up and talk books (and movies).

BITTER COLD by J. Joseph Wright

Bitter Cold coverIf you’ve ever been the least bit apprehensive about venturing out into a snow-covered landscape, BITTER COLD will ensure you never try it.

Journalist April Murray has a nose for a good story and she thinks she’s on to one. Despite a winter storm, April is determined to investigate a possible radiation leak at a defunct nuclear plant in a sleepy Oregon town.

April’s routine assignment turns menacing after a boy is attacked by an unknown, but lethal predator lurking in the snow. The mysterious predator appears to turn the snow black. Joining forces with a local handyman and his son, April fights to uncover the truth and soon finds herself fighting to stay alive. It seems someone other than the enigmatic assailant wants her stopped permanently. 

Author J. Joseph Wright pulls readers in slowly and then sends them on a roller coaster ride of emotions and action. He makes the unbelievable seems plausible. His characters are well developed and likable.

BITTER COLD moves at a good pace holding readers spellbound as they attempt to guess what will happen next. Wright weaves the elements of science fiction with reality for a well balanced story. As the story unfolds, readers will take away a new perspective on playing in the snow.

An intriguing read, especially for those who enjoy the science fiction genre along the lines of The Fog or The Blob.

Bitter Cold by J. Joseph Wright, Amazon Digital Services Inc., @2013, ASIN: B009XNCNB4, eBook, 468 KB (212 Pages)

FTC Full Disclosure - An eBook copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
COPPERHEAD, a film for the whole family!

Did you know that this year marks the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War and The Battle of Gettysburg?

In celebration of this historical event, there is a Civil War movie about to hit theatres unlike any seen before. COPPERHEAD opens in theatres on Friday, June 28. Thanks to COPPERHEAD and PartnersHub, I have an awesome movie package to giveaway. More details in a moment.

We were all taught about the Civil War in school, but how much do we really know about the challenging stories of the brave families during the era? Mothers, fathers, and children all experienced intense hardship as family members left to fight in combat. Now, 150 years later the timeless stories of families affected by war still remain especially pertinent. Commemorate the 150 year anniversary and keep your youngsters learning during the summer by catching COPPERHEAD, a Civil War movie the whole family can watch and talk about!

From director Ron Maxwell, (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) COPPERHEAD is unlike any other Civil War movie. Far from the Virginia battlefield, it’s the exciting story of Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), a peace-loving but stubborn dairy farmer in upstate New York. He detests slavery, but opposes the war for the sake of the “union.” Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is a Copperhead. 

This is an extraordinary story of family and community. You can learn more about the movie here

THE GIVEAWAY! As I mentioned earlier, I have an awesome Official Copperhead Movie Pack to give away to one lucky visitor. Visitors wishing to enter this giveaway only have a few hours in which to do so. Please see the end of the post for the details.

The pack includes:
     * Official Copperhead Movie Poster hand signed by Director/Producer Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) (27 X 40).
     * The Copperhead Official Companion Book by author Harold Frederic.
     * Movie Theater Cash (valid for 1 movie admission).
Now check out the interesting COPPERHEAD Blog App. There’s a lot to do and learn from it.
    * Test Your Civil War Knowledge TRIVIA - Are you a history buff? Love historical speeches, figures, and places? Transport yourself back to the time of the Copperheads and take the trivia to test your Civil War knowledge. Choose your answer before time runs out!
    * Behind-the-Scenes - Discover how director/producer Ron Maxwell and his team recreated the exact look of the Civil War era.
    * Copperhead Cooking: Recipes PDF - The family dinner table was an important central focus for every household during the Civil War. Celebrate and appreciate the era by re-creating these easy-to-follow recipes with the whole family before watching COPPERHEAD in theaters.


If you enjoy Twitter, you can find even more about COPPERHEAD there. Use the #Copperhead hashtag to connect with others who are planning to watch this intriguing movie. You can also share #Copperhead Cooking: Recipes on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Tumblr. 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: To enter this giveaway, please send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win Copperhead.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher/promoter nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win this awesome Official Copperhead Movie Pack is 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, June 10. The winner’s information must be submitted by June 12th so be sure to enter as soon as possible as this has a shorter than usual deadline.

FTC Full Disclosure - I am working with Copperhead in making this announcement. Copperhead, through PartnersHub Family, is supplying the Official Copperhead Movie Pack as a promotional giveaway. I am hosting the giveaway without compensation solely for the purpose of providing visitors to my blog the opportunity to win this movie pack. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Does going out into the snow cause you to worry? How did you do on the Test Your Civil War Knowledge TRIVIA? Do you have a favorite Copperhead Cooking Recipes you’d like to share?



  1. Mason - Bitter Cold sounds like a very suspenseful story. I already am interested in the characters, too. Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Copperhead sounds like a great movie. Being from England I didn't study the civil war. We went over and over and over, the Tudors and the Industrial Revolution.


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