Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate: It's WHEN? & Lots of Freebies!


Is it really less than a week until Christmas??

Where did the time go?  The holidays snuck up on me!

This week I'm celebrating YOU! - all my wonderful blog friends.  With your comments and posts, you've given me hope, encouragement, and laughs. You're the very best part of my publishing journey! 

Here are some Christmas laughs for you!







Wishing you  
Joyous Holidays!




Foxy's Friday Freebies!

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

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Dec 19, 2014:

Free eBook of Your Choice – C. Lee McKenzie is offering two winners their choice of any of her ebooks (Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Los Pulgas, Alligators Overhead, or Double Negative) Go to Carol Kilgore’s Contest Page and enter. (ends Dec 31)

$10 Amazon Card – To celebrate the release of The New Pioneer Series by Deborah Nam-Krane a $10 Amazon giftcard will be given away via Rafflecopter on Juniper Grove Book Solutions. (ends Dec 25)

$25 Amazon Card – To celebrate the release of Hearts in the Storm by Elmer Seward a $25 Amazon giftcard will be given away via Rafflecopter on Juniper Grove Book Solutions. (ends Dec 25) 

One of Three Free Novels – Win either Taking the Cross (Historical Novel about the Crusades) by Charles Gibson, or The Shiro Project (Thriller) by David Khara, or We'll Always Have Paris (Memoir) by Jennifer Coburn on the France Book Tours Blog. (ends Dec 31)

Free Historical Collection Book – Win A Home for Christmas (Historical Short Story Collection) by MK McClintock, enter on the Books And Benches Blog. (ends Dec 31)

$20 Amazon Card or 1 of 8 Novels – To celebrate the release of Breeder by K.B. Hoyle there is a Rafflecopter Giveaway with a $20 Amazon giftcard or 1 of 8 different novels (click “A Rafflecopter Giveaway” at bottom of page) on Book Reviews and Giveaways (ends Dec 31)

FREE Novel – Win 1 of 8 Recently Released Novels:
Echo Bridge by Kristen O’Toole
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
God’s Formula by James LePore
Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie
The giveaway is via Rafflecopter on A Book Vacation. (ends Jan 1) 


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




This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to 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! 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Celebrate: Knead a Chapter & Freebies!


This week I'm celebrating:
1) My muse is back! She said she's been gone the last two weeks to a Muse Retreat in the Catskills, but the tan lines and the umbrella drink gave it away.  She was undoubtedly just lying on the beach in Ber-Muse-da, enjoying herself.
2) I wrote Ch 2. The fourth version. It's better than the first three versions. Or not. Or maybe? 
3) What's with the upside down, kneading cat, you ask??  I have no idea.  But that's what I feel like. Upside down, but it's cool.  Just hanging.  Writing a chapter.  Might be good, might not be.  Kneading the air.  Kneading the chapter.  It's all good.  :)

What do you think upside down, kneading kitty means?




Foxy's Friday Freebies!

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

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Dec 12, 2014:

Free eBook of Your Choice – Amazing author C. Lee McKenzie is offering two winners their choice of any of her ebooks (SLIDING ON THE EDGE, THE PRINCESS OF LOS PULGAS, ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, or DOUBLE NEGATIVE) Go to Carol Kilgore’s Contest Page and enter. (ends Dec 31)

Free Mystery Novel or $25 Gift Card – You have 5 chances to win either the novel, DEADLY RUSE: A MAC MCCLELLAN MYSTERY by E. Michael Helms, or a $25 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Book Freebies, Contests, Sweepstakes, and Giveaways. (ends Dec 23)

Free NA Contemporary Romance and $25 Gift Card – Enter to win both BECOMING HIS by Mariah Dietz and a $25 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Book Freebies, Contests, Sweepstakes, and Giveaways. (ends Dec 30)

$25 Amazon Gift Card – to celebrate the cover reveal of EVER DARKENING by Janeal Falor, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books Blog. (ends Dec 30) 

Free Fantasy Novel & Swag – Win a print copy of CHANDREA - RETURN OF THE AVATAR QUEEN by Marlene Winn, plus a handmade fairy, and cards via rafflecopter of Mythical Books Blog. (ends Jan 4)


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



This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to 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! 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Celebrate: Walking Shadow & IWSG Freebie



This week I'm celebrating:
1)  A clean apartment!  I even scrubbed the kitchen floor.  Hubby said, "It looks great! Too bad it can't stay this way."  (Yeah, too bad there's a 250 lb toddler wandering around who tracks in dirt, makes messes, and spills things...)
2)  I cooked enough food to last a week.
3)  I promo-ed my book sale, have done crits for my CPs, and wrote a newsletter for the writing site I use. (Writing.Com -- see all my newsletters on writing craft on my Writing Advice page).
4)  Now that I'm finally ahead of the game, I'm hoping to work on Ch 2, which will be my 4th version. The darn thing is just not coming together.  (Muse!! Where did you go??)

What do you do when a piece of writing isn't working and your muse has taken a vacation?




Walking Shadow
Urban Fantasy
Curiosity Quills Press (Nov 30, 2014)
Blurb:
When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer unaware of their origins.

The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.

Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…


Buy Links:   Amazon     Amazon UK 
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Darkness Watching
Note from Lexa:  I read the first book in Emma's series, Darkness Watching.  It was very exciting, had great characters, and was very well written -- I truly enjoyed it and have been looking forward to the next in the series!

Buy Links: Amazon   Barnes & Noble 

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Read Chapter One



https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifFear's Touch: A Darkworld Novella is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).

Buy Link: Amazon

Add on: Goodreads




Author Bio:
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing bizarre, fantastical stories. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, the first in a five-book series. Emma’s books tend to contain monsters, magic, and wildly inappropriate humour.

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This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to 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!