Friday, November 15, 2013

Celebrate & I Have Treasure!

The donated prizes Julie and I have received for our Dream Destination Blog-Hop Dec 5-8 are so COLOSSAL that my entire blog is splitting at the seams!  Yup, I couldn't fit everything in here and had to add another sidebar. 

Blog-Hop Rafflecopter Prize List

First up are 2 prizes from my Super Agent -- Michelle Johnson

Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning). She is also a script/story consultant for an independent film under production in Halifax, NS.

A 5-page Critique from Michelle Johnson

A Query Critique from Michelle Johnson 
 



A 5-page Critique from stellar author -- C. Lee McKenzie





A Book Bundle from Julie's publisher -- Ink Smith Publishing
(assorted titles and authors)




Champion in the Darkness (ebook) -- Tyrean Martinson






The 13th Floor Complete Collection (ebook) -- Christine Rains





Drowned Sorrow (ebook) -- Vanessa Morgan





One ebook from author Mary Pax (winner's choice)





Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. (ebook) -- Medeia Sharif





Winner's Choice of either Three Daves, Divine Temptation, or Hans & Greta -- Nicki Elson




The People We Used To Be (ebook) -- Madeline Mora-Summonte






Marionette (ebook) -- T.B. Markinson






One Set of both ebooks -- Memories of Murder and Murder, Madness, and Love -- Yolanda Renee




One Set of both ebooks -- Murder, Madness, and Love and Memories of Murder -- Yolanda Renee
(Not a typo. Yolanda donated TWO SETS of her books! WOW!)



 Dangled Carat (ebook) -- Hilary Grossman




AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories (ebook) -- Magaly Guerrero




And last but certainly not least:




The Ghosts of Aquinnah (ebook) -- Julie Flanders









Soul Cutter (ebook) -- Lexa Cain








*Special prize for the Best Picture*
The blogger with the best 
Dream Destination picture will receive both 
Soul Cutter and The Ghosts of Aquinnah

(For RULES and INFORMATION click --> Dream Destination Blog-Hop Dec 5-8)




Celebrate The Small Things

This week I'm celebrating:

1)  People's donations floored me. Wow. WOW. WOW!  Seriously, I teared up and got all sniffly.  I'm so delighted, honored, and grateful for the generous spirits in our writing community. <3 <3 <3

2)  To promote Soul Cutter,  I'm finding pictures and adding matching quotes from the book.  I swear there are nice things---really nice things---that I don't even remember writing.  I'm like, "I wrote that? Really? ME? Dang, that's some nice stuff ... Are you sure I wrote that?"

Have any of you ever run across your own writing and been surprised---and proud---that it was yours?



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! 

46 comments:

T. B. Markinson said...

I know what you mean about being surprised by your own writing. Every once in a while I read a sentence and think, "I wrote that." It's a great feeling. I'm really looking forward to the blog hop and I love how supportive the writing community is. It surprised me at first, now it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling--like I'm not alone.

Heather Holden said...

Wow, so many prizes! Your blog hop is really taking off!

Also, so cool how your writing has been surprising you in a good way! I'm so cynical about my own work, I don't think I've ever experienced anything similar...

Suzanne Furness said...

Great prizes! I have been surprised by my own work when reading through it. Warm fuzzy feelings!

Ms Misantropia said...

Wonderful how many people have joined in and donated :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A lot of people have signed up! Do you need more prizes?

Liz Fichera said...

Wow. That is quite a treasure chest! Hope you have a successful blog hop. I'll be happy to help promote on Twitter and FB!

Pk Hrezo said...

Nice prize pack there!! It'll be a fun day!!!

M. J. Joachim said...

Gotta love it when that happens! Rereading and being thrilled with how good it is…reading that this early in the morning makes me smile so big…so much to celebrate here! Congratulations!

Julie Flanders said...

Yay!! It's so fun to see all the prizes lined up like this. People absolutely rock! :)

Ava Quinn said...

Wow! Now that is SWAG! Great stuff for your Blog hop contest, Lexa!

Cathrina Constantine said...

OMG!! What fantastic prizes!! Looking forward to the Blog-Hop!

Nana Prah said...

Congratulations on all of the wonderful prizes for your blog hop. It will be a huge event.

Kate Larkindale said...

What a fantastic set of prizes! Can't wait.

I know what you mean about being surprised by your own writing. I often go back and re-read things I abandoned half finished for whatever reason, and am often blown away by pieces that are really good. Unfortunately they are usually followed by writing so clunky you'd break your foot if you kicked it....

klahanie said...

Hello human, Lexa,

Have you missed me? Of course you have...So many prizes, so many familiar faces of so many of my adoring fans. Party on and yes, even though I'd rather become friends with a cat than join a blog hop, I shall, as per usual, take the liberty of sharing your pawsting.

All the beast, um best,

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

mshatch said...

I love when I read something I wrote and think, hey, that's pretty darn good!

nutschell said...

Gah! What an awesome giveaway! Excited to see what everyone will write for their dream destination.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

With all those great prizes, I couldn't resist. Thank you, dear Lexa.

Be well.

xoRobyn

DMS said...

Holy prizes! Look at all of them! So exciting! :)

Also- I loved the things you are happy for! It is always thrilling to read something that I have written that I am surprised by. :) I recently read some of my old writing and I was like- I wrote that? It is weird how that happens. :)

Can't wait to see the dream destinations.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Looks fun! And what amazing gifts/give-a-ways!

Cathy Keaton said...

LOL, I do that, too, with my writing. Well, my old writing that I've totally forgotten about and I go back to reread with the objectivity I didn't have back then. It's really surprising.

Good luck with the blog hop!

Tara Tyler said...

wow! i bet youre flabberghasted! thats a ton of giveaway items!! im advertising your hop monday.

and i love when i impress myself w/my own writing. yes, you are talented!

Kim Lajevardi said...

What a fantastic list of prizes. I'm going to have to choose my destination picture wisely. :)

I have the same experience when I read my own writing. It's wonderful to move through during editing and reach a passage or a scene an feel that it's expressed beautifully. I want it to happen more, but hopefully with time.

Jocelyn Rish said...

Wow, you're getting lots of great donations! I don't have a book to donate (yet!!), but you know you are welcome to space on my blog when you're ready to launch. I'm happy to feature you and your book in any way - just let me know what you need. :-)

Mina Lobo said...

Hey, congrats on all the giveaway stuffs, that's amazing! I missed the boat on this, alas, but it doesn't seem you're lacking for help! I guess the Blogosphere, like nature, abhors a vacuum. :-D

Lara Lacombe said...

Looks like an awesome giveaway hop! Hope you have a good weekend! :)

JeffO said...

Usually, my reaction is more like, "I wrote that?" (imagine recoil of horror and flush of embarrassment). However, there have been a few times where I've kind of said, "Oh, that's good!" right after finishing a line or paragraph. That's always nice.

What a great pile of loot--way to go!

M.L. Swift said...

Lexa,

What a super list of impressive prizes! I've decided not to do bloghops anymore...just don't have the blogging time that I used to have. Trying to get a lot of other things going, but it looks like a real winner. Good luck with your book!

M.L. Swift, Writer

VikLit said...

How lovely to be reminded and pleasantly surprised by your own work ;)

Sarah Negovetich said...

Wow, when you do a blog hop you don't mess around. The writing community is so awesomely supportive. I love finding little lines or quotes that must have been written while I was only half awake. Cause I certainly don't remember a sudden injection of genius. :)

Shah Wharton said...

I'm so excited to be part of this... those prizes are incredible. I have three of the books, already, but there are so many other I'd love to read, let alone those critique! (We both know I love those :D)

Regarding being pleasantly surprised by my writing: I'm always stunned to read my Psychology dissertation, which scored me an A in 1999. I can't even understand my research now. And some of my poems surprise me ... I think I'm pooh, then remember one of my faves, or come up with something new and think, wow... that's pretty awesome! :) Rare, but wonderful moments. X

shahwharton.com

Annalisa Crawford said...

Awesome prizes!

T.F. Walsh said...

What a great set of prizes...woohoo. Awesome. Huge congrats.

Catherine Stine said...

You're right--a treasure trove of great prizes!

Kelly Hashway said...

The "Wow, did I really write that?" moments are the best! :)

Lynda R Young said...

wow, truly amazing prizes!!!

LD Masterson said...

Wow. Sure am glad I'm signed up. *grin*

Bish Denham said...

Awesome! I signed up early on and then realized, somehow, that I wasn't following you. But I am now!

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo! This is such an amazing hop! I would totally be participating except I might be at my dream destination during the hop--way out on the ocean or bouncing between tropical islands. Yikes.

Georgina Morales said...

This is awesome. You are killing it girl! Though I'm not surprised, you receive what you give, and you give so much Lexa. I'm sure Soul Cutter will do amazing. I just want you to know I haven't forgotten about my prize. I'm looking for the perfect piece. =) Keep rocking!

Christine Rains said...

You've got an amazing treasure trove of prizes there! :) I've done the same thing with my writing. Can't wait to get a chance to read Soul Cutter.

Medeia Sharif said...

So many cool prizes. What a great lineup.

Melanie said...

Wowza, that's a lot of prizes! O__O *steal*

Shah Wharton said...

Popped back and notice the awesome header graphic… I love it! Where did you get that done? Fabulous. X

Kim Van Sickler said...

So happy for you! Should be a fun blog hop! Now to pinpoint my absolute fave dream spot. That's going to take some thinking...

Emilyann Girdner said...

Wow. congratulations on all the donations Lexa and the rewards are amazing. Also, love your book cover :)

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

So glad you had a wonderful giveaway and a book you're proud of!... of course the best kinds of books to write. Lol! Writer’s Mark

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