Friday, October 24, 2014

Celebrate: Adventure on Nemesis Mountain & Freebies

Today I'm celebrating:
1) Going out with friends for Mexican food at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Yes, there's a Hard Rock Cafe in Hurghada, Egypt. It cost me 5 times what I spend in regular Egyptian restaurants or pizzarias, but the food was excellent.  YOLO (you only live once)
2) The "I finished Ch 11!" and accompanying happy dance may have been premature.  After some feedback from CPs, I'm going back to revise...
3) Speaking of CPs, a dear friend who was in a children's writing group with me is releasing an MG novel!  Read on to find out more!


MG Action/Adventure, Coming-of-Age

Emilio would rather eat a slimy worm than miss the fifth grade field trip. Nemesis Mountain must be full of rare leaf specimens and bugs for his collection. Besides, he needs a break from the playground and Hans’s nonstop teasing. His excitement is squashed when he gets lost in the woods with his worst enemy. 


Alone in the forest, the two boys battle to survive the harsh wilderness, facing challenges that will change their lives forever.

Buy on AMAZON


About the Author:
Annie McMahon is originally from Canada but now lives in New Jersey. She has a degree in computer programming, but her life took an unexpected turn and she ended up writing stories and articles instead of computer programs. Now she uses every spare minute to write children’s novels and to help other writers succeed.

Her three children have been the inspiration behind many of her short stories, over forty in total. Her flash fiction story, Paradoxical Neighbor, has been published by Nelson Education in a book for 10th graders, Nelson Literacy 10.

Annie has a certificate in copyediting, moderates a critique group for children's writers, and is the editor at UK Children's Publishing.

Annie's Links:
Blog  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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 October 24, 2014:

Free Short Story - "Sixpence and Rye and a Snake in a Pie: A Fractured Nursery Rhyme" by Jeff Chapman (a friend and an excellent writer!). The short story is permanently free on Amazon

$10 Amazon Gift Card, 2 Print Books, 8 eBooks are on the rafflecopter on Crystal Collier’s blog. (ends Nov 7)

$20 Amazon Gift Card giveaway to celebrate the anniversary of the release of YA Fantasy WHEN STARS DIE by Amber Skye Forbes.  Got to the rafflecopter on my previous post HERE (ends Oct 31)

 
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! 


41 comments:

Kate Larkindale said...

Sometimes you just have to spoil yourself, don't you? And hang the expense!

Good luck to Annie with Nemesis Mountain.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Annie!
A little revision is all right. Don't stress and keep dancing.

Winter Moon said...

I've never been to a Hard Rock Cafe, glad you had a good time.

Congratulations on finishing a chapter! :)

Nemesis Mountain sounds like something my nephew would love.

Have a wonderful weekend Lexa! ♥

JeffO said...

Congratulations and best of luck to Annie. As for the revision--I expect in the end you'll say, "That's so much better!" and it won't seem so painful. Enjoy your weekend.

Marilyn Parel said...

Good on finishing Chapter 11. Hard Rock? My kind of place. Enjoy!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Mexican cuisine in Egypt? I don't know why that would surprise. Congratulations on chapter 11 :)

Annie McMahon said...

Thank you for featuring my book! You've always been one of the most supportive members of our group. I'm glad to see your book is published!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

yay, congrats to Annie! And good luck with revisions, Lexa! I ate at Hard Rock once in the city with my friends (after MUCH debate)...most expensive salad and coke I ever had in my life, but totally fun and worth the memories! :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Mexican food at a Hard Rock Cafe in Egypt? Awesome! It's a shame it's so expensive, but probably worth a splurge now and then!

messymimi said...

Adventure stories like that -- "true" survival -- always appeal to me, so thanks for the review!

Catherine Stine said...

Oh, the revise never seems over!
But congrats on your progress.
And a congrats to Annie.
The Hard Rock is fun. Good music.

Cherdo said...

Great give away and it sounds like a YA book that would interest any young person. Thanks, Lexa!

cleemckenzie said...

Congrats on that Chapter 11. And I love good survival adventure stories. Here's to your friend's new book.

Emailman said...

Well done, Annie!!! You're a star!

L.G. Smith said...

You've got a Mexican restaurant there? Awesome. And congrats to Annie on the MG book.

Caffe Maggieato said...

Congrats on finishing that chapter and good luck with the revisions! Definitely agree on YOLO. Sometimes you just gotta spoil yourself! Have a great weekend!

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on the progress with your WIP. Nemesis Mountain sounds like an interesting story. And thanks for posting the link to my freebie.

dolorah said...

Keep on happy dancing; revision is just the final stage of getting there :)

I get to go out to dinner at a new restaurant tonight too! That's a happy dance for me, as I don't have to cook or do dishes.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to Annie! I've also prematurely danced at a conclusion of a chap. or story thinking I hit a home run to learn I got out at first! But that dance will come back, I'm sure! Have a nice weekend.

Stephen Hayes said...

Enjoy your dinner. Here in Oregon it's raining too hard to venture out. Rain probably isn't something you deal with too much.

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Congrats to Annie on her new release! Good luck with your revisions. You'll be doing the happy dance again soon. Enjoy your night out!

Gothic Flamingo said...

YOLO is right - going out for Mexican at Hard Rock with friends in Egypt is too awesome a combination of fun factors to pass up!

Good luck with your revisions, and all the best to Annie on the release of her new book!

T.F. Walsh said...

Agree on spoiling yourself sometimes:)

Huge congrats to Annie... yay

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Ah yes. Those lovely edits. Soon your story will be just like you want it.
Congratulations, Annie. Sounds like a great story for MG readers. Best of luck.

Stephanie Faris said...

On #1--it's not surprising to me that there's a Hard Rock Cafe in Egypt. What IS surprising is that it serves Mexican food? Ours serve only American, as far as I know. It's been a while since I've been, but all I remember from the menu are hamburgers. I LOVE Mexican food!

L.G. Keltner said...

I've been to the Hard Rock Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri and the one in Paris, France. It's expensive but definitely a good time!

Georgina Morales said...

Wherever we go as a family vacation, we make a stop at the local Hard Rock. I have Hard Rock pjs, my daughters had Hard Rock onesies, and everyone in our family has one or more articles from the store. Yep, we're sold! Even the kids now ask when are we visiting such and such Hard Rock. LOL

Truth is, the one in Mexico City has indy rock nights and my husband played a couple of times there with his then band. I guess one never forgets something like that. =)

Happy Halloween!

Gina Stoneheart said...

Lexa, you always have the best freebies!! Thanks for sharing!
Good luck with your revisions. I really have to get back to my novel but Luna has inspired a new children's book. So much to do!
I love Mexican and I might have to use your YOLO word. Love it!

mshatch said...

I've never been to a Hard Rock Cafe either and congrats on finishing Ch. 11 - even if if you do have to revise it a bit :)

Michelle Wallace said...

When last have I eaten Mexican? Does eating nachos served at a non-Mexican restaurant count? Probably not.
I read somewhere that nachos were invented in Mexico, but they were created for an American palate.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sometimes a good dinner out is worth the expense once in a while. :)
Great celebrations!

Annie said...

Mexican food at an American/British restaurant in Egypt? I'm not sure about that one... hehe. Yay for WIP progress and yay for another Annie! :) I do have a freebie; my short story "Jack and the Bad Man" is up as audio at Pseudopod right now!

Carol Kilgore said...

I haven't been to the Hard Rock in a long time. Now I'm wanting to go again.

Best wishes to Annie!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy National Cat Day!

DMS said...

Sounds like the writing is going well! Glad the Hard Rock is money well spent. :)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. This sounds like a book I will love. Best of luck to Annie!
~Jess

Kim Lajevardi said...

I LOVE Mexican food. Worth some more dough. :)

Congrats to Annie!

Loni Townsend said...

I love the acronym YOLO. It gave me the image of someone running down the hallway, arms waving, shouting at the top of their lungs, "YOLO!!!!"

Glad you got good food.

Grats to Annie! Best of luck with her book!

Annie McMahon said...

Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement! *waving to the other Annie* And now I'm very curious about Hard Rock Cafe.

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to Annie and happy writing.

A splurge on food is well worth it.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I love Mexican food, too! Not sure if I'd pay five times more for it though.

Congratulations to Annie! Emilio is braver than I am, I'd skip the field trip and the worm.

Birgit said...

Congrats to Annie and her book. Congrats on finishing the chapter and enjoying the food even if it was costly

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