Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Winners! October Frights Giveaway

Thanks very much to everyone who entered my October Frights Giveaway!

10 Winners were picked via rafflecopter to receive ebooks of Soul Cutter, Biggun, The Mission, and The Inter-Galactic Gourmet.

And the winners are...

Drum roll....


1. Laura Walker
2. Michelle Wallace
3. Michelle Willms
4. Brandy Jeffus Corona
5. Sue Bursztynski
6. Beverly Stowe McClure
7. Yolanda Renee
8. Krysta Banco
9. Vicky Genna
10. Eva Solar

Congratulations! I'll be emailing all of you later today.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 9, 2015

Celebrate: Internet Fairies & Giveaways!

10 eBook Bundles of all 4 of my books to 10 lucky winners!
Go to my blog post here:
--> October Frights Blog Hop <--

Celebrate the Small Things

This week I'm celebrating:
1)  I can comment on WordPress blogs again!  For almost a week, Wordpress refused to let me comment, refused to recognize my acct, and wouldn't let me open a new acct. But yesterday all of a sudden, it recognized me again. I have no idea why it changed.  Must be internet fairies sprinkling magic dust over my net connections ...
2)  I really enjoyed the Insecure Writers Support Group hop on Wednesday.  It's so good to hear about other writers who're experiencing the same doubts and fears I am. IWSG always makes me feel better.  :)
3)  I'm glad to see there've been a bunch of people entering my October Frights hop giveaway!  The giveaway runs through Sunday, so there's still time to enter. If you want a chance to win my novel and 3 short stories, just click on the link at the top and enter the rafflecopter!

Are you participating in the IWSG hop?  What's your favorite part of it?  Venting about your worries?  Reading about others' insecurities?  Getting or giving advice?

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 Oct 9, 2015:

Free Five Novels - The incomparable TB Markinson is offering a great October Giveaway! Win Close to Destiny by Adria J. Cimino, Minutes Before Sunset (Book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy) by Shannon A. Thompson, Entanglement by Katie Rose Guest Pryal, Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer by Vicki Lesage, and Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection by Cherie Reich. To find out more and enter the rafflecopter giveaway, go to TB Markinson blog. (ends Oct 31)

Free 3 Zombie Horror Novels – Win all 3 novels in the In the Time of the Dead trilogy by David Monette: The Zombie Axiom, The Warring Dead, and The Eternal Undead via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Nov 4)

Free Romantic Suspense eBook – Win Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey about an abused and scarred woman who’s afraid to leave her home. The book will appeal to fans of “Sleeping With the Enemy.” Enter via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Oct 27)

Free Cozy Mystery Novel – Win Montmartre Mysteries by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen about a winemaker detective solving a murder in Paris. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (end Nov 1)

Free Historical Fiction Novel – Win In the Shade of Almond Trees by Dominique Marny about a feisty young woman trying to keep the family olive farm from creditors in the chaotic aftermath of WWI. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends Nov 1)

Free Young Adult Fantasy Series  - Win 2 ebooks, My Sister’s Reaper and My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer, about a girl who brings her sister back to life and must battle a Reaper to keep her alive. But her sister isn’t the same as before. Is keeping her alive really the right thing to do? Enter via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Oct 16)

Free $50 Amazon Card or Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of See You Soon Broadway (romance) by Melissa Baldwin, she’s giving away a $50 Amazon card or Paypal cash via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Oct 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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IWSG: Damned Technology!

10 eBook Bundles of all 4 of my books to 10 lucky winners!
Go to my blog post here:
--> October Frights Blog Hop <--

Insecure Writers Support Group

I almost didn't post for IWSG today because I spent 3 hours (for the 2nd time this week) trying to fix a problem with WordPress.  I can't post on any WordPress blogs. 
1) It won't accept my email and password.
2) It won't allow me to use FB, Google, or Twitter to sign in and post a comment.
3) When I try to recover my password, it tells me my acct email is invalid.
4) When I tried to set up a new acct with that same email, and it tells me the email is already being used. (YES, BY ME!!)
5) So I tried to use a different email to set up a new acct, but the activate link sent to the email won't work. 
6) Yes, I deleted my browser history and cookies. Nothing changed. Can't use the old acct, can't get a new acct. 
7) I can't complain in the forums because you need to be logged in to do that.
8) WordPress has an email for Customer Support, but they admit they'll only answer the emails of PAID users. 

Several years ago I had a similar problem being unable to comment with Explorer

So I downloaded Foxfire and it worked great!  Until it got a pop-up spam virus that opened up 3 advertising pages for every 1 blog I went to. 

OK, on to Google Chrome and Opera. (Didn't take any chances -- downloaded 2 new browsers!)  My Google Chrome works okay.  Until now, with stupid WordPress.

What about all the other things that can go wrong?  

Facebook crashed several times last week.  Twitter sometimes gives you the "Heavy traffic - please try back later" message.

Blogger once decided it detected "suspicious activity" on my blog -- and they de-activated it! And they didn't inform me, so I had worried friends emailing me wanting to know why I'd deleted my blog and if I was okay.  I know people whose entire blogs have been EATEN by blogger, never to be seen again... 

PC doc files get corrupted and won't save (usually after you've done all your important edits on them).  Hard drives crash.  PCs, laptops, tablets, and Kindles inexplicably stop working and have to go to the Techie Hospital.  Meanwhile, you twiddle your thumbs and watch TV and pray it doesn't take too long or cost too much.

Writing, revising, querying, publishing, and promoting are hard enough, but sometimes it seems like technology is OUT TO GET YOU!

What about you?  Any horror stories from the technology battlefield?

This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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