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

46 comments:

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, yikes! Spam is always so persistent, isn't it? Sorry you have to deal with something as headachey as that!

T.F. Walsh said...

Oh geez, what a pain with the spammers. Hate them big time. I'm with you in celebrating Friday... had a crazy week too. Next week can only get better:)

L.G. Keltner said...

Stupid spammers! I hate them. Have a good weekend!

M.R. R. said...

That sucks. Hope you have something this weekend that cheers you up.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Spammers, hackers, identity robbers have taken over and it is getting more invasive and frightening as time goes by.

Winter Moon said...

Grr, spammers!!

Love the cute squirrel pic! :D

SO many freebies <3

Have a perfect weekend, Lexa!

JeffO said...

Sorry you're having spam troubles. I had a super-high influx of visits from eastern Europe this week, so it must be some kind of special 'sweeps week' for spam. Have a great weekend!

Julia said...

There must be something in the air or the stars or somewhere, because I'm feeling very TGIF, too. Here's hoping for better things next week.

T. Drecker said...

How frustrating! I wonder if those ppl ever get any new attention from that...seems more like a bother-everyone kind of thing. Sorry you have to go through it!

L.G. Smith said...

I've noticed massive hits from slimy Russian spammers on my blog lately. Never heard of them signing up on those link lists before, but of course they would. How annoying.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

hate spammers, they ruin the fun!! and I hope your weekend is better than your week! Something must be going around b/c my week was strange too!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I understand your frustration!!! Have a better weekend!!!!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

I give spammers the finger, we should go to their sites and pretend to want to buy something and muss up their hair and laugh!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That really sucks the spammers keep finding your list. I should go check the IWSG list, just in case...

Carole Anne Carr said...

So sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. If only there was a way to solve this problem.

Tyrean Martinson said...

TGIF!!!
And death to spam!

Cherie Reich said...

Mean spammers!

And Foxy is so cute. :)

Melissa said...

Did you try emailing the Linky guy? He might have another solution.

Jolie du Pre said...

Lexa, they're just going to keep bothering you, and your time is valuable. I would just close the sign-up and just work with the names you presently have. Spammers need to be thrown to the zombies.

Precious Monsters

Carole Anne Carr said...

Thank you, Lexa for your kind encouragement.

Birgit said...

Oh don't you wish you could get back at them like having their computer explode. I wish I knew more about computers to say how to fix this but I am lucky I know how to blog! Yes Thank God it is Friday! I'm with the squirrel

Peaches D. Ledwidge said...

Bad spammers want to ruin something good.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I don't understand why they keep on and on. At first, I guess they think it's fun. Looks like it would get boring after awhile though. Maybe they'll give up soon.

Kate Larkindale said...

How irritating. I hope next week it better for you!

TheCyborgMom said...

This linky spamming is getting ridiculous! Please let me know if I can help. I've updated my post to let people know that the last link is Carol Ann's...I cut and pasted your little paragraph...hope you don't mind. Here's to next week being better for you! Enjoy your weekend Lexa!
http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

Jay Noel said...

Now they're spamming Linky? Geez. Is anything sacred anymore?

Have a great one!

cleemckenzie said...

Your are doing such a great job keeping this going. Here's my pat on the back for what it's worth. And celebrating Friday is perfect.

Stephen Hayes said...

Spammers are the worst! But like you say, at least it's Friday. Have a terrific weekend.

messymimi said...

Not being a tech person i have no clue if this would work, but could you just delete your whole account that you use for the links, and create another, and get things going again that way?

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Lexa,

As you might of figured, my alleged human and I do not get involved with all these kinky linky thingys....

Still TGIF and Lexa, you are a superstar human.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny :)

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

So sorry you keep having to deal with the spammers. Someone needs to invent a computer with built-in spam detectors so if anyone tries to send spam, the computer implodes. I hope you have a great weekend, and that next week is much better for you!

Medeia Sharif said...

Maybe Linky should add a captcha. Spammers stink.

Cathy Keaton said...

Sorry to hear about all this awful spam. I hope you can figure out a way to not have to deal with it anymore. That's really horrible.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

The linky tool app has suggestions; maybe they could help with more code.

Either way - I still love this blog hop, and enjoy your weekend!!!

Patricia said...

What a bummer about the spammers. It's such a childish game they play with grown-up headaches for those they spam.
Hopefully it will get taken care of soon.

DMS said...

So sorry they are still spamming. So crazy! Hope you are having a nice weekend and that your week ahead is better. :)
~Jess

Kelley said...

Thanks for keeping the Hop clean. WTF is wrong with people? LOL

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I lovve Carole's blog. Still it's sad that everyone who follows is a spammer. Must be difficult to get up in the morning with a job like that.

Julie Flanders said...

I can't believe you are having to deal with so many spammers. Unreal. Sorry these idiots have managed to turn something fun into an irritation! :(

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I never thought of spammers signing up. How sad. I get all kinds of weird spam comments on old posts. I try to delete them, but it becomes a time waster.

Hope next week is smoother!

Shah Wharton said...

Maybe we need to trash this linky and start an new one? Sounds like a right pain at the moment. :(

shahwharton.com

Catherine Stine said...

too bad about the spammer issue. I like your freebie idea, but I don't have any freebies to offer right now.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Spammers SUCK!I hope your weekend was better, and here's to an even better week.

TBM said...

What an annoyance. I can't stand spam or spammers. I hope things are getting better.

Ava Quinn said...

Gah! So annoying! You're a saint to continue being the gracious hostess. So I'm celebrating you!! :)

TheCyborgMom said...

I am so glad that the linky problem seems resolved!!!
Katie @TheCyborgMom

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