Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrate: Goof Off Success & Giveaways!

Since everyone liked the LOLDogz I put up last week, I’ll try to find one really funny vid or pic to put up every week to try to add a smile and chuckle to your day!

Enjoy – it’s only 17 seconds and will definitely make you laugh!




I succeeded in goofing off for a whole week and it felt great!  I watched lots of TV including the DNC, which touched me and made me tear up a lot.  I think only older women who've suffered in the business world and at home for many years, who've worked incredibly hard but gotten little appreciation, and in many instances been treated unfairly, get how the nomination of a woman for president makes us feel.

I'm hoping I can buckle down now and get back to my Alaska WIP.  Wish me luck!!

What are you all doing this week?  Goofing off or buckling down?

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 July 29, 2016:

Free for Download Paranormal eBook – Download Tattered Loyalties by NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, about wolf-shifter enemies who must mate to mend a divide in their clans before a war breaks out. (For more book info visit the Romance Giveaway Book blog.)
Download FREE at:  Amazon     B&N     Kobo     iTunes   

Free YA Gothic Romance Novel – Win 1 of 5 ecopies of Sentinal’s Tear by Christine Fonseca, about an elite warrior angel who vanquishes fallen angels but when she encounters Aydan the teen girl whos body she’s using knows him and demands he be saved not vanquished. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. Very few entries = great chance to win! (ends Aug 12)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Vavaun: The Shadow of the Revenant by Paul E. Horsman, about the heir to the throne of Vavaun who must defend her land from evil sorcerers and beastmen, is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Aug 14)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Secret Dream by Lindsay McKenna, about a Navy Seal who has fewer troubles on the battlefield than when meeting his girlfriend’s parents, the author is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends July 31)

SCI-FI SUMMER FLING
Free Science Fiction eBooks and Print Bools and $50 Amazon Gift Card – Win many SciFi ebooks and print books from Hugo and other award-winning and bestselling authors plus a $50 Amazon card. Details on entering on the Timothy C. Ward blog and others. (ends Aug 7)


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, July 22, 2016

Celebrate: Card Deck Winner, LOLDogz & Giveaways



The winner of the BLOODWALKER card deck is:

Lily Wolfe

Congratulations!




I've decreed this week as my official Goofing Off Week. I need a break from social media and writing and promo-ing and all that stuff.  Sometimes, I think all of us just need to laugh and enjoy ourselves, so here are some cute LOLDogz for you!




      THE SENSUAL LAMBADA DANCE!








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 July 22, 2016:

Free YA Supernatural/Thriller Novel – Win a copy of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, about a girl moving to Salem, Massachusetts and discovering she’s related to a witch hunter and then becomes the enemy of a group of girls called The Descendents who are related to witches killed during the Salem Witch Trials. The author is giving away a copy of the book via rafflecopter on the YA Book Central blog. (ends Aug 2)


Free YA SciFi Novel – Win a copy of The Seige by Mark Alpert, about a boy whose new cutting-edge digital mind was programmed by the government to enable him to fight the deadly AI program determined to wipe out the civilization of a new planet. The author is giving away a copy of the book via rafflecopter on YA Book Central. (ends Aug 1)


Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Bottled by Carol Riggs, about a girl cursed to be a genie in a bottle, the boy she loves, a villain who wants to use her powers for evil, and the new boy protecting her who she might be falling for, the author is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Medeia Sharif blog. (ends Aug 6)


Free $100 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy, about a girl who’s kidnapped and taken to a new world where magic reigns and evil awaits, the author is giving away a $100 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Book blog. (ends July 30)


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, July 15, 2016

Celebrate: Fixing Things & Giveaways


In the US, when we turn on a tap, water spurts out with plenty of pressure.  I never really questioned how that happened, but I guess we have water pumping stations that keep the pressure up.  

In Egypt, it's not so simple. Instead, every home, restaurant, and apartment has a huge water tank and a water pump engine, especially important when the apartment is far above the water tank. 

And I hear you asking, "What is that weird blue globe thing on top of the engine in the picture?" At least that's what I wondered when I first saw one. 

Inside the blue globe is a plastic balloon, just like a birthday balloon, but of much stronger plastic.  The 1-horsepower engine sucks water from the tank and fills the balloon, expanding it until it fills the metal globe and can expand no farther. Then the "automatic" turns off the engine and the strong elastic balloon shrinks, pushing the water up to an apartment and keeping the water pressure steady.

OK.  Now that you know way more than you wanted to know about how I get my water, I'll go on with my story...

You know how when you have an old car and first one thing breaks, then another thing, and suddenly it's one thing after another like all the parts of your car have the same expire date?  Well, the same thing happens to water pumps.

-- A month ago the elastic balloon broke. A plumber opened up the globe and replaced the balloon.
-- Then the "automatic" broke. It was replaced.
-- Then some kind of ball-bearing thing broke (don't you love how technically knowledgeable I am?). We got a plumber in to fix it while congratulating ourselves that we didn't have to buy a new engine.
-- Then we noticed a lot of air in the pipes, and spitting and sputtering.  Uh-oh.  One of the seals on the engine had broken and was slowly leaking our tank's 3 tons of water out and turning the dirt floor of the building's basement into mud!  Ack!  It took us a while to get a plumber 'cause of a holiday (doesn't everything break on a holiday?), but eventually we got one.

Everything's fixed!

(Until something new breaks.)

Now you can all feel very grateful for the luxury of just turning on your tap.

You're welcome.

Have you had a car or appliance that just kept breaking down?


New Member for Celebrate – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Yvonne Ventresca http://yvonneventresca.com/blog.html
Welcome Yvonne!

Removed From the Celebrate List – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Project Why (Anuradha Bakshi) http://projectwhy.blogspot.com 
Eclectic Ali https://eclecticali.wordpress.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 July 15, 2016:

Free for Download Fantasy Novella – Download Blood Song by Robert Mullin (a prequel to his novel Bid the Gods Arise), about a girl whose pickpocketing lands her in a slave auction and sold to an arena-fighting group. Will she stay a servant or become a fighter? 
Download FREE at:  Amazon     B&N     Kobo     Smashwords   


Free Horror/Adventure Short Story – Download the short story “Tsantsa” by amazing author C. Lee McKenzie. “Forbidden. Cursed. And Deadly. When the “gift” arrives, Matt’s sure his anthropologist cousin has sent him another exotic find. But inside the box is the unspeakable." The short story is free when you sign up for Lee’s newsletter. I already get her newsletters, and she always has great info about places she’s visited, her books, and how to market effectively. 
Download C. Lee’s short story “Tsantsas” HERE. (scroll down the page for the sign-up & your free short story! Ends Aug 1st) 


Free 2 SciFi/Fantasy eBooks, 1 MG Fantasy eBook + Swag  – Tara Tyler is giving away 3 great books:  Pop Travel, Simulation, and Broken Branch Falls and some swag too! Enter via rafflecopter on the Tara Tyler Talks blog. (ends Aug 1st)



Free Online Serial Novella – Read Libby Heily’s free serialized novella Our Beloved Dictator, which will be posted in short chapters every Monday over a 25-week period. “George is pulled over for speeding on I-95 in Virginia. Instead of a ticket, he is sentenced to 6 months of mandatory citizenship in Greenville-a small town run by a dictator. The government isn’t the only surprise George finds. Greenville is the place where reality meets abnormality.” The first chapter is up and will be followed by more HERE.


Free $15 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Tainted (Paranormal Romance) by Ginna Moran, about a girl chased by a demon that wants her soul and protected by an ex-demon hunter who’s determined she won’t meet the same deadly fate as her parents, the author is giving away a $15 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Book blog. (ends Aug 10)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Roman Rescue (New Adult Romance) by Michelle Gilliam, about a girl who leaves college and goes to Italy to fix her military officer brother’s life never expecting his best friend, a Marine Sergeant, to be so determined to insert himself into her life, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Book blog. (ends July 20)


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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