Friday, November 14, 2014

Celebrate: Gears of Brass & Freebies


This week I'm celebrating:
1) Being happy!  Getting rid of stressful things can be so liberating!
2) I had a great Chinese food dinner with a friend.  Yum!
3) Outlining my new WIP went faster than I expected, and I've already written the first chapter.  Yippie!

Do you know more people who're writing for the market or more who're writing just for themselves?



GEARS OF BRASS

Gears of Brass is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills. 

Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  

Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.

BUY: AMAZON

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Learn more about the authors behind Gears of Brass over at Curiosity Quills Press.

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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 Nov 14, 2014:

Free Paranormal Adventure – win BLACK WIDOW by Jennifer Estep, NYT bestselling author. Giveaway via rafflecopter on BookJunkiez Blog (ends Nov 21)

Free YA Urban Fantasy – win DESTINED TO MEET by Jourdyn Kelly via rafflecopter on Spreading the Word Blog (ends Nov 16)

Free Contemporary Romance – win SNAPPED by Ketley Allison via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction (ends Nov 25)

Free YA Paranormal Romance – win THE 13TH DESCENT by Ky Lehman via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction (ends Dec 2) 

Free MG Novel - ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN by Annie McMahon is free on Amazon on Nov 15 and 16.


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! 

45 comments:

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Stress reduction is always good! Chinese and no stress - even better. Congrats on finishing the first chapter. As I travel around I find it about 50/50 in writing for market or writing for self.
Have a great weekend Lexa!

Suzanne Furness said...

I'm all for reducing stress! Glad you are feeling happy and well done on the writing front.

Marilyn Parel said...

That stress thing can be a real killer. Good to let it go. And I'm all in for Chinese food.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chinese food and no stress - great combination!

mshatch said...

Yum. I love Chinese food! And I don't know about anyone else but I write what moves me, not what the market says might move someone else.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Stress is a motivator but also a killer. I have burned my stomach up over too many things. I try my best to ignore the things I can not change now and walk away from situations that are unpleasant (if possible). Having a glass of fine wine at night helps.

Catherine Stine said...

Yay for Gears of Brass! And yay for head-bopping kitties!

Birgit said...

Sounds like you had a great week and a great accomplishment-way ta go!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I agree with you Lexa that getting rid of stressful things is very liberating.

Jen Ryland/YA Romantics said...

Ha -- that cat is cracking me up. Yes, getting rid of something that's causing you stress is the best feeling ever.

Happy writing -- I love thrillers so be sure to let me know when yours is out!
Jen @ YA Romantics

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I've had a bit of a rough week, emotionally and health-wise. But this weekend I want to celebrate my daughter's role in the high school fall play -- the biggest role she's ever had.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

love getting stress out of my life as well! :) and I think I'm noticing a great trend lately with authors writing what's in their heart over the market! Makes me happy!

Cherdo said...

This was the Celebrate the Small Stuff with some other big stuff post! Love it. Have a great weekend!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Thanks for the city kitty, had a nice chuckle!! YAY on writing your 1st chapter!!!

Stephen Hayes said...

In response to your question: I write to please myself, and then try to find a market. Previously, I wrote three action adventure novels that went nowhere, probably because they don't represent the unabashedly sentimental guy I am, so now I don't chase the market.

Kate Larkindale said...

Good for you for lowering your stress levels! And for having fun with your new WIP.

T. Drecker said...

Chinese and no stress make a wonderful combination! I've seen Gears of Brass everywhere and keep twitching to buy it. Guess I'll have to give in ;)

messymimi said...

Hooray for the WIP! It always amazes me that people come up with fabulous stories.

L.G. Keltner said...

I always love having some good Chinese food. Congratulations on your WIP! It's always exciting when things are going well. Have a great weekend!

TheCyborgMom said...

I haven't had Chinese food in a while...now I have a craving:) Sounds like you are on a roll with your writing...hope it keeps on coming! Happy Weekend!

Leandra Wallace said...

Mmm, I love Chinese! And dinner's always better w/a friend. =) Yay for having a first chapter done all ready, you go you!

DMS said...

Brass and Gears sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing!

So happy you are feeling less stressed and that the writing is flowing! Yeah! :)
~Jess

Annie McMahon said...

Getting rid of stressful things sounds good to me! I should do that too.

One more thing to add to your freebie list: my MG novel, ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN, is free on Amazon until Monday!

Medeia Sharif said...

Great things here. I look forward to reading Gears of Brass.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That little kitten makes me happy. I write for myself. I tried writing for the market once or twice and by the time I am done with the story, the trend is over. What good is that?

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on Chapter One done!

Milo James Fowler said...

It does feel great to shrug off as much stress as possible.

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Any time you can get rid of stress it's worth celebrating! That kitten is hilarious! Congrats on your WIP progress! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Shah Wharton said...

Great post - a bit of everything and a chance to win stuff and grab a freebie. But it will be the baby wearing earphones that I'll carry away with me today. *Smiling! :)

shahwharton.com

Vanessa Morgan said...

I write for myself. If it sells, then so much the better :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The cat is adorable. (I love cats.)
I'm happy that you're happy. Life's too short to be gloomy. Enjoy every minute.
Congratulations on your progress with your WIP. A great beginning.
Have a great week.

Annie said...

That kitty rocking out made me smile. :) Yay for progress + stress reduction!

Carol Kilgore said...

So true about getting rid of stressful things.

Jay Noel said...

I need to get rid of stressors. Dropping out of NaNo has been a big part of it. Just can't make the goal this year.

Melissa said...

That kitty made my day. It's not even 6:00 am, and I'm bobbing my head to the beat. LOL

Michelle Wallace said...

I can't remember when last I had Chinese food.
Thanks for the freebies!

Ava Quinn said...

Those are some good celebrations. I wish plotting my next novel would whoosh by! Great freebies this week, Lexa!

Gina Stoneheart said...

Congrats on getting work done for your WIP, Lexa!
I actually just blogged about stress and trying to keep up. Last week, I had to take a break and it definitely helped!

D Biswas said...

That's a huge loot of freebies!

Stress is a killer-- we all need to emulate that kitten :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hi, Lexa. Congrats on the continued writing progress. I'm thinking it's nice to write both for the market and for myself. I can't separate the two. Maybe that's because I've never gotten real $$ for my writing. Were that the case, I'd willingly drop a sense of scruples and write for the market. =)

Al Diaz said...

Hahaha, that kitten is funny. I love Chinese and it is best in good company. Always celebrate happiness! Dragon Hugs!

SA Larsenッ said...

Love the head-banging kitty! I'm joining in now...

Thanks for the pluggy for GOB. So much great stuff here. Woot!

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo for the new WIP! I'm so glad it's going smoothly. Pass some of that happy sauce my way, eh? --And can I borrow your muse? ;)

Unleashing the Dreamworld

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I know more writers who write for themselves. I also know a lot who are very talented and because they're not published, don't realize how talented they are.

Glad your stress levels are going down, Lexa.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay, for writing for yourself! I LOVE the cat. :)

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