Friday, May 27, 2016

Celebrate: Connectivity & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating:
1) I changed my internet provider. I've had 4 over an 8 year period. 
   a) Dialup. The first was an ADSL connected to a phone line. You had to click the Dialup button and fill in the number every time. It was incredibly slow at 100kbps. The provider went out of business.
   b) USB Stick. I switched to a "Vodaphone" USB stick that taps into wifi. In the first month I had it, my laptop was infected by so many viruses that it crashed twice. No thanks.
   c) More USB sticks. "Etisalat." Got one stick with a 2G download limit. Soon bought a more expensive package for 4G limit. But it sometimes refused to connect or downloaded really slowly. I bought a second stick and eventually another (improved) Vodaphone stick. Every month I'd pay 240 LE (Egyptian pounds, which is comparable to the buying power of $240 in the US.) That's a LOT and I still had a limit of 11G/month.
   d) Back to an ADSL. Over the last year I've exceeded my 11G a month several times and had to buy more giga. Knowing I'll be promoting more books in the future in FB groups, Twitter, etc., I need way more giga. I went to Egypt's government owned phone company (for landlines), I had a new landline installed in my apartment and got a deal for their ADSL. I now get 1M download speed and 100G/month download limit for about 130 LE.
   It's AWESOME! 
   I realized that since everyone's using wifi and USB sticks on their smartphones, laptops, tablets now, the airwaves are crammed full of net surfers. But because no one really uses the landlines anymore, the company now charges a pittance, desperately happy anyone wants one. Who'd have thought something so old-fashioned would turn out to be better? 
   Yay!

2) I'm very happy to feature fellow Celebrate member Lori MacLaughlin and her new release!


Trouble By Any Other Name
(Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble)
By Lori L. MacLaughlin
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb:
         Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She's yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn't dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?
          With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara's sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she'd killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.
         Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

Buy Links:    Amazon      Barnes & Noble     Kobo       iBooks


About the Author:
          Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.
          She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.
         When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

You can find her here:
Website/Blog      Goodreads      Facebook      Google+      Pinterest



Have you ever found that the older version of technology was better than the newer ones?


Two Members Removed from Celebrate list – Update Your Blog Rolls:
(haven’t posted in 3 months)
Caring For My Veteran (Jamie Dement) https://caringforaveteran.wordpress.com/ 
My Creatively Random Life (Melissa Ann) http://mycreativelyrandomlife.blogspot.com 

New Member for Celebrate – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Allison Bruning - http://www.abruning.com/#!blogger-feed/c1ymd
Welcome Allison!

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 27, 2016:


Free for Download Contemp Romance eBook – Download the free ebook Chasing the Wild Sparks by Ren Alexander, about a girl who’s been dating a famous Virginian weatherman for three years—only his secrets are keeping him from marrying her. (more at Romance Novel Giveaways)
Download FREE at: Amazon    B&N     iTunes   Kobo    


Free for Download Romantic Comedy eBook – Download the free ebook Loves Me, Loves Me Not by Karen Sandler, the first book in the Pen Pal Sisterhood series, about a hardworking school principal, an unruly student, and the student’s very attractive father. (more at Romance Novels Giveaway)
Download FREE at: Amazon    B&N     iTunes


Free YA Fantasy Adventure Hardback – Win The Hidden Oracle: Book One of The Trials of Apollo by bestselling author Rick Riordan, about Apollo angering Zeus and being cast down into New York as a regular teen boy without any powers. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends June 3)


Free YA Contemp Hardback – Win 1 of 3 copies of Alice and the Fly by James Rice, a mysterious, funny, and heartfelt novel about Greg who’s severe lisp and social awkwardness leaves him incapable of getting along in his school until he falls for Alice and must learn to cope. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends June 3)


Free YA Comedy/Romance Hardback – Win Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, a fun teen romance in the comic style of Judy Blume. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends June 3)



For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

Friday, May 20, 2016

Celebrate: Sandy Beaches & Giveaways!


This week I'm celebrating:

Somewhere on a beautiful golden beach at a fancy hotel on the Red Sea, my husband and his brother's family are frolicking in the water, sucking down a ton of food at the all-you-can-eat buffets, and ordering drinks with little umbrellas in them during a week long vacation.

I'm not there. I'm too busy with preparations to get the review copies of Bloodwalker out: sorting reviewers, getting the blurb in several different lengths for print books, Goodreads, and ebook vendors, reviewing for my writers' group, and proofreading a new novel for a well-known author (well-known in horror circles at least).

But it's okay. My white skin would burn to a crisp, and I don't need any buffets adding pounds to an already ample figure.

No, really it's okay.


It IS okay....


Waaaaaaaaa!!!!











Do you usually go on vacations to great places or stay at home on stay-cations so you can get work done?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 20, 2016:

Free for Download Military Romance – Download the free ebook Seal it With a Kiss about a female recruit trying to get into the Navy Seal program and the tough-as-nails Seal commander who’s trying to keep her out, by Rogenna Brewer. 
Download FREE at:  Amazon      B&N     iTunes     Kobo

Free for Download Western Contemporary Romance – Download the free ebook Black Hills Baby, about a Hollywood swinger who agrees to donate his sperm for a share of a woman’s gold mine, but makes the bad decision to base his next sitcom hit on her life, by Debra Salonen. 
Download FREE at:  Amazon    B&N     iTunes    Kobo 

Free 5 Dark Fantasy eBooks – To celebrate the release of Asleep by Krystal Wade, about a girl wrongly put in an insane asylum where she starts to believe another patient’s stories about an evil doctor, the author’s giving away her 5 ebook Wilde series via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 31)


Free $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card – To celebrate the release of the Fur Magic series, a sweet Paranormal Romance series about a lovelorn witch who needs to find true love to break a curse and the story is told by her familiar, a cat named Talisman, author Colleen Charles is giving away a $20 gift card to the winner’s choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.  (ends May 28)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Celebrate: Cloaked in Blood & Lots of Giveaways!


This week I'm celebrating:
1) Publisher edits on BLOODWALKER were completed last week, but could I leave well enough alone?  No.  Especially when the publisher told me to do a final read through and revise anything I wanted to.  (It's writers' little secret that they'd never stop editing if they could. Never!!) So 5 days later, I finished my edits. ...need sleep...
2) Hubby was sick all week, so guess who had to go shopping, get medicine, and do all the chores and cooking?  But now he's on the mend, and I should get some help soon.  :)
3) I'm so proud of my fabulous CP, T.F. Walsh, who has just released the 3rd novel in her Wulfkin Legacy series. Woohoo! 


Cloaked in Blood  by T.F. Walsh 
(The Wulfkin Legacy #3) 
Published by: Crimson Romance
Publication date: May 9th 2016 
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Synopsis:
        The daughter of a sultan alpha, Selena Kurt agrees to an arranged wulfkin mating to protect her sister from a dangerous alpha from the enemy clan. To her surprise, her match is Marcin Ulf, the next in line for the Hungarian throne . . . and the wulfkin who broke her heart years ago.
         Marcin is just as shocked to learn he'll be matched to the enemy's daughter and the woman he's never forgotten. Before they can be paired, however, they're drawn into a tournament where Marcin will compete to free his estranged imprisoned brother, while Selena battles for the life of another wulfkin alpha. Both intend to seize this chance to save those they're fighting for - even if it means facing off with one another just as their romance rekindles.
        Will tribe loyalty triumph, or will they realize they're better off as a team before it's too late?

BUY LINKS: Amazon  Kobo   B&N   Googleplay   iTunes 


Cloaked in Blood is the book 3 in the Wulfkin Legacy series, but can be read a stand-alone-book.

Wulfkin Legacy Series:
Cloaked (prequel to #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Fur (Book #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – Out now
Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – Out now
Cloaked in Christmas – End of 2016


AUTHOR BIO:
T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

Author links: 
http://www.tfwalsh.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tfwalsh
https://twitter.com/TFWalsh
https://www.pinterest.com/tfwalsh/
www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150942.T_F_Walsh
http://www.amazon.com/T.F.-Walsh/e/B00DW1C56Q

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NEW CELEBRATE MEMBER – UPDATE YOUR BLOG ROLLS
In My Own Words at: www.dianeweidenbenner.com
Welcome, Diane!

MEMBER REMOVED FROM THE LIST – UPDATE YOUR BLOG ROLLS
(3 months without a Celebrate post)
Into The Imagination Vortex (Aura Eadon) https://auraeadon.com/

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 13, 2016:

Free YA Contemporary Thriller Novel – Win 1 of 5 copies of Look Past by Eric Devine, about a transgender male whose girlfriend is brutally murdered and the killer who’s determined to make him regret his decision to change sexes, the author is giving away the novel via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends May 20)

Free YA SciFi Historical Romance Novel – Win The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb, about a Duke in 1312 who will be crucial to the future and the 21st Century girl sent back through time to become his Duchess and protect him from his enemies, the author is giving away the novel via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends May 21)

Free YA Dark Paranormal Novel – Win Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NY Times bestselling author), about a the son of a demon overlord tasked with bringing about the end of the world, but all he wants to do is get into a good college, the author is giving away the novel via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends May 25)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the release of Run by H.G. Lynch, a Paranormal Romance about a hunted witch who finds sanctuary with a pack of werewolf shifters, but both the alpha and his brother want to claim her for their own, the author is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Juniper Grove Book Solutions blog. (ends May 22)
Free $10 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the release of True Born (YA Dystopian SciFi) by L.E. Sterling, about a future where radiation has damaged the Earth, creating separate levels of survivors between those who struggle to fix their DNA and the few who are immune, the author is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 23)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Eerie by C.M. McCoy, about a young woman hiding out at a spooky university to evade an ancient beast sworn to kill her, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Juniper Grove Book Solutions blog. (ends May 30)


Free $50 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the release of Everafter (Paranormal Romance) by M. Lathan, about a young woman dying of cancer who is changed into an immortal being who can control life and death with a single touch, the author is giving away a $50 Amazon card via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 18)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

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