Friday, July 1, 2016

Celebrate: TGIF! & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating:
1) It's Friday! TGIF! Woohoo!
2) My air-conditioner has been limping along, barely keeping my writing room cool although it's set on its lowest degree. I figured it was leaking Freon (a problem it had after it was first installed).  My husband was just on the point of calling the repairmen when he asked me:

HIM: When was the last time you cleaned the filters?
ME: Uh...filters? 
HIM: You know, the ones where you lift the top of the machine and take them out.
ME: Umm, but that machine is really high on the wall. I can't reach it like the window one we have in the living room. And besides this is a split one. Doesn't that mean only the fan portion is here and there are filters on the main part of it on the outside wall of the apartment?
HIM: No, they're on the inside part. Are you telling me you've never cleaned the filters? In the FIVE YEARS we've had it?
ME *sheepishly*: Noooo...

So guess what happened when I finally got on a chair and lifted the cover?  I found the filthiest, most dust-covered filters known to man. 

Now, the newly cleaned filters are back in and my room is colder than an igloo. LOL!

Am I the only one who has forgotten to clean the filters in their air-conditioner?


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 1, 2016:

Free YA Contemp eBook – Download Sudden Secrets by the amazing YA writer, C. Lee McKenzie. "One death. One secret. Then two. Add small town bigotry and you have Sudden Secrets." The book 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. Get Sudden Secrets HERE (scroll to bottom of the page) (ends July 4)


Free Signed YA Dystopian/SF/Thriller Trilogy – Win the Legacy Trilogy by Ellery Kane, that takes place in San Francisco in the year 2041 where the populace is kept quiet and cooperative by a mood-altering drug and a military group called The Guardians. A teen, whose psychologist mother is one of the ones giving people the drug, joins a rebel force seeking to free the people. The author is giving away a signed copy of the entire Legacy trilogy via rafflecopter  on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends July 7)


Free Signed ARC of the MG Contemp – Win I Am Drums by Mike Grosso, about a Middle School girl who wants to play the drums but can’t afford a set, nor can her school, nor can her parents, but she’s determined to find a way. The author is giving away a signed ARC of the novel. Enter via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends July 10)


Free $35 & $20 Amazon gift cards and 2 Paranormal Novels – To celebrate the release of Phantom Embrace (of the Immortal Guardians series) by Dianne Duvall, about an immortal who can see spirits and is falling in love with one although it can only lead to heartbreak. The author is giving away a $35 and a $20 Amazon card, plus two signed books in the series, Night Unbound and Shadows Strike, via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends July 4)


Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson and Lynn Vroman, about an immortal seeking revenge against the gypsy family that cursed him and the beautiful doctor of the clan who sees him in her dreams, the authors are giving away a $50 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends July 6)


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, June 24, 2016

Celebrate: A Love That Disturbs & Giveaways

Today I'm celebrating a wonderful writer who's releasing her eighth book -- Medeia Sharif!

Blurb:
          Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.
          Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.
          Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Buy at:


Author Bio:
I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I'm a public school teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.
Find Medeia:


I'm also celebrating M.J. Joachim and her wonderful review of Bloodwalker HERE.  Many thanks to MJ!

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 June 24, 2016:

Free Women’s Fiction Novel -  Win a copy of I Promise You This by Patricia Sands, about a suddenly single middle-aged Canadian woman who must decide if a new relationship in France is worth the risk of having her heart broken again. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends July 1)


Free MG Supernatural Novel - Win a copy of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown, a Middle Grade novel about a town where everyone has supernatural powers based on the day of the week they were born, but poor Poppy can’t control her Monday-girl telekinesis and must attend summer school for extra classes, which gives the class mean girl more ammunition against her. Enter via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends June 29)


Free YA Sci-Fi Signed Paperback Novel – Win an award-winning YA SF novel called Consider by Kristy Acevedo, about holographic messengers who appear in the sky, warning the people of Earth that a meteor will destroy it. The messengers claim to be Earthlings from the future. All the population has to do is step through a warp-portal to save themselves—but where does the portal really lead? Enter via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends June 29)


Free Paranormal Romance Novel – win Dark Vortex by Stella Marie Alden and Chantel Seabrook, about a witch who’s never been trained but must learn how to fight a magic duel in two days. Luckily, handsome Jack is willing to teach her. Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends July 29)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card or $20 Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by NY Times bestselling author Melissa Foster, she’s giving away a $20 Amazon card or $20 Paypal cash. Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaway blog. (ends July 6)


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, June 17, 2016

Celebrate: Less Heat & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating that the above problem didn't happen to me.  Actually, the normally 100+ degree temperatures here in Egypt went down to 85 degrees this week and I'm really grateful!

I hate running errands (to the bank, phone company, etc.), but the dip in temperature and a refreshing wind made them much easier to tackle -- and I got them all done yesterday.  Yay!

How are you doing in the heat this summer?


New Celebrate Member – Update Your Blog Roll
Tamara Narayan   http://www.tamaranarayan.com/
Welcome Tamara!!
Celebrate Member Re-Joining – Update Your Blog Roll
My Creatively Random Life (Melissa)  http://mycreativelyrandomlife.blogspot.com/
Welcome back, Melissa!!


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)


There's still time to enter 
the Goodreads giveaway for a 
print copy of BLOODWALKER.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain

Bloodwalker

by L.X. Cain

Giveaway ends June 18, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
(Will be shipped by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Only open to US residents. Print copy is an ARC, not for retail sale.)


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 June 17, 2016:

Free for Download Western Erotic-Romance Novella – Download Getting Lucky, one of the exciting Coalson Family series by Maggie Adams, about Lawrence “Lucky” Coalson who tries to save his brother’s Las Vegas casino from an arsonist and runs afoul of a beautiful blonde. (More info at Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download FREE at:  Amazon     B&N    Apple-iTunes     

Free Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel from TOR Books – Win The Stars Askew by Rjurik Davidson, a medieval, fantasy-style SF about a revolution and a mysterious book that may win the battle for one side or the other. Enter by commenting on This Post at TOR Books. (Only 19 comments so far=Good chance to win! US & Canada only; ends June 20)

Free 4 Sci-Fi Novels from ROC Publishing – Win the first 4 novels in the Destroyermen series, Into the Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, and Distant Thunders by Taylor Anderson. Enter via the Entry Form on the page at The Speculative Herald blog. (US & Canada only; ends June 28)

Free YA Medieval Romance Novel – Win 1 of 3 print copies of The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson, about a maidservant sent to a prince’s court with orders to pretend to be the princess of a neighboring country and not let the prince choose her to marry from the 10 princesses invited. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends June 19)

Free YA Fantasy Adventure Novel – Win 1 of 5 print copies of The Buried Rune by Jeffrey Kohanek, about a boy who refuses to be relegated to the under classes because he doesn’t have a birth rune, so steals one that turns out to be from the ruling family, and finagles his way into the noble’s magical training academy. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Central Books blog. (US & Canada only; ends June 19)


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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