Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate: Friday and Freebies

After last week's spam troubles,  I closed sign-ups to the Celebrate linky.  Because the sign-up window isn't on anyone's page, no one can sign-up at the moment.  No one EXCEPT THE SPAMMER!  Every day 15-30 new dirty links appear, and I have to delete them. It must be some kind of a spam-bot that has the link cached and circumvents the "closed" order with Simply Linked. 

Since closing the sign-up didn't work, I'll re-open it soon, and I'll just have to get used to going several times a day to the master list and deleting things.

The rest of my week has been equally annoying and unsuccessful, so my celebration today is TGIF! And here's hoping next week is better. :)

Again, the last true Celebrate link is #57 "Carole Ann Carr." If there are links after that - they are fake names and will take you to places you don't want to go.

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Sign-Up Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:



 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list on Lexa's Blog, 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 Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for April 24, 2015:

Free Paranormal Vampire Novel – Win a signed paperback of Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (US residents only, ends April 30)


Free Historical Novel – Win Fools Rush by Ciara Knight via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 1)



Free Sci-Fi/Horror Novel & $25 Amazon Card – To celebrate the release of Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour, she’s giving away a copy of her book, plus a $25 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 20)


Free $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Perfect Fit (Romance) by Lynda Simmons she’s giving away a $50 gift card to your choice of Amazon or B&N via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends May 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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Celebrate: Spam a LOT & Freebies


This week I'm celebrating learning to swim with the fishes on Twitter.  I'm not as intimidated as I was last week.  After all, there's no real reason to worry about posting something dumb or messing up a re-tweet.  It's not brain surgery.  Everyone will live through it.  And I've gotten over 600 followers so far.  Yay me!

On the bad side, I've gotten a lot of followers for the Celebrate Hop this week, too -- but not real followers.  They're horrible spammers who've been posting 30-50 links a day in the Linky.  All to dirty pages in Vietnam and Indonesia. I have to go every day to the master Linky list and delete them -- but more pop up the following day.

BEWARE - The last true Celebrate link is #57 "Carole Ann Carr." If there are links after that - they are fake names and will take you to places you don't want to go.  Sorry about this.  There's no way to block who signs up on the Linky.  I just have to keep deleting and hope they eventually get tired of posting. 

Ever have a problem with Spammers on your blog or email?  It should really be a punishable crime, right?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Sign-Up Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:



 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list on Lexa's Blog, 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 Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for April 17, 2015:

Free Boxed-Set of 4 MG Steampunk Novels – Win 1 of 5 boxed sets of 4 Steampunk MG novels The Yellow Hoods Series by Adam Dreese via rafflecopter on Mythical Book blog. (ends April 30)

Free YA Native American Fantasy Novel – Win a signed copy of Wind Catcher by Jeff and Erynn Altabef via rafflecopter on Juniper Grove Solutions blog (ends April 27)


Free YA Science-Fiction eBook – Win The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolan via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends May 5)



Free YA Fantasy eBook – Win 1 of 5 copies of The Weight of a Wing by Ioana Visan via rafflecopter on Mythical Book blog (ends April 25)





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, April 10, 2015

Celebrate: Tweet Tweet & Lots of Freebies


I don't like to follow the herd or join fads.  I didn't get a mobile phone (which first came out in '92) or a laptop (came out in the '80s) until about 2005 and didn't go on Facebook until about 2 years ago.  I only joined up when I realized these things were definitely not fads and perhaps the "herd" knew what it was doing after all.

So at long last, I've made it onto Twitter.

At the moment I'm basically dazed and confused by the site, but gamely trying to learn.  I'm also very surprised by how many creeps are over there.  People you don't know will "follow" you and when you look at their page, you find vulgar pictures, or people trying to sell you something, or someone who just seems weird.

But I'm celebrating that I'm keep trying new things in my pursuit of marketing and  literary success. (Coz, ya know, it's not about how well you write, but how well you sell what you write...)

(My new Twitter link is on the left sidebar, and I've put a Goodreads button under "Biggun" on the right sidebar. I'd really appreciate it if you hit that Goodreads button for me and clicked the Want-to-Read on Biggun's page!!)


Are there too many social media sites?  How do you choose which to follow and which not to?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Sign-Up Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:



 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list on Lexa's Blog, 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 Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for April 10, 2015:

Free Women’s Fiction Novel – Get a chance to win a signed copy of Angel Sometimes, a USA Best Book Award winner, by Helen Ginger. To enter the giveaway, just read a few short sentences and pick a multiple-choice answer on Carol Kilgore’s Contest Page. (US residents only, ends April 30)


Free Historical Suspense Novel – Win The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin via the entry form on France Book Tours blog.  (ends May 1)



Free Thriller/Suspense Novel – Win a copy of the bestseller Shadow Ritual by Jacques Ravenne and Eric Giacometti via entry form on France Book Tours blog. (ends May 1)



Free an Epic Fiction/Saga Novel – Win The Rocheforts by Christian Laborie via the entry form on France Book Tours blog. (ends May 1)




Free YA Paranormal Novel – Win The Cake House by Latifah Salom via entry form on The Childen’s Book Review site. (ends April 23)




Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Historical/Paranormal/Suspense) by NYT bestselling author M.J. Rose, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card via the entry form on France Tours blog. (ends May 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
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