Friday, May 15, 2015

Celebrate: The Mission, Vacation Blog Hop & Freebies

I've got something GREAT to celebrate this week. I published a new short story!

It's about two 13-year-old boys who can't resist going where they shouldn't.  It's scary -- but not too scary.  No violence or gore.  Just two adorable kids, lots of thrills, and edge-of-your-seat action! 


Something is waiting for Cody and Luke at the Mission.  And it doesn’t want them to leave.  Ever.

As in Stephen King’s It and Dan Simmons’s Summer of Night, curiosity is what lures kids down a dark path and pits them against their town’s most deadly secret.


The Mission sits in the desert like a crumbling tomb, silent and cold … but not empty. It plays host to a rising evil, one that wants victims. And it’s used to getting what it wants.

Cody and Luke are looking for adventure and thrills when they ride out to visit the place on a dare. Before the night is over, they’ll learn how far their friendship can stretch, and if they’re strong enough to survive the terrifying danger that waits for them. 

BUY for $.99 on Smashwords:



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 Linky:



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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, 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)



Is your favorite vacation spot 
a sunny beach, a bright city
or a secluded cabin

A romantic getaway

or a place you loved as a child?  

We want to see it 
and know why it's your favorite!

Join this fun Summer Vacation Hop!

1) Sign up on the Linky list below.

2) On Saturday May 30, put up a post "My Favorite Vacation Spot" and tell everyone about it!

3) Link to the 6 Blog Hop Co-hosts: 
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
Melanie Karsak: http://www.melaniekarsak.com/
T.F. Walsh: http://www.tfwalsh.com/blog/
Vanessa Morgan: http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/
Jolie Du Pre: http://www.preciousmonsters.com/
Stuart R. West: http://stuartrwest.blogspot.com/

4) On May 30-31, visit the other blogs and see where their favorite getaways are!

Special Giveaways! 
Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill
There will be a giveaway featuring 
6 exciting novels on the Co-hosts blogs!

Favorite Summer Vacation Spot Sign-up:




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 May 15, 2015:

Free YA Contemp Novel – The wonderful multi-published author C. Lee McKenzie (of Write Game blog) has put her novel Sliding on the Edge for FREE on Smashwords. I’ve read this one and it’s brilliantly-written with an enthralling heroine you’ll root for! Download your free copy today!

Free Short Story – Celebrate’s own Kimberly Robello (of Planet Kimberly) has put up a FREE story --- “La Claire Fontaine” on Wattpad. Go read it!




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

63 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the short story! Will download today.

Shah Wharton said...

Yey! Another story published. Building your catalogue there Lexa. :) I love writing shorts and whenever I get a gap between ghostwriting projects I plan on writing more horror (plus romance under a pseudonym), and publishing them.

Question: I thought L.X.Cain was for adult horror and Lexa Cain was for YA Horror/Fantasy? Help, I'm easily confused. :)

Loving the covers of your shorts too. Do you do them? Super congrats!

shahwharton.com


Marilyn Parel said...

The short story sounds wonderful. Have a great weekend.

Kate Larkindale said...

Yay for getting another short out there! I love it!

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Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Congrats on the new release!

T. Drecker said...

Congratulations on your story! It sounds deliciously creepy. I'm going to grab it today!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your new short story. Excited for you!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Your short story sounds awesome!!!!!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

yay, CONGRATS, Lexa!! so excited for you...this sounds seriously amazing, and so random but I adore the names Luke and Cody! :)

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! And yay for Friday Freebies. :) Have a terrific weekend.

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Way to go on the short story, Lexa! Sounds really good and I plan to read. I've noticed more authors are publishing short stories lately. A new trend, it seems.

Ava Quinn said...

Congratulations on the new story!! Very cool celebration!

Kim Graff said...

That short story sounds AMAZING and congrats on publishing another!! Can't wait to read it :)

Cathy said...

The short story sounds enticing, even if I don't normally read horror. I downloaded a sample. If I like it, I'll buy the rest of it.

I wish it was available on Amazon. They have my credit card info and buying things is an incredibly easy thing to do--probably too easy. You might keep this in mind for sales. Had it been on Amazon, I would've bought it without a moment's hesitation. Just a simple click.

Cathy said...

Just read the sample of The Mission, Lexa. It was delightfully creepy. If I were still a children's librarian, and you wrote creepy stuff for middle-grade readers, ala RL Stine, I would buy all of your books. Middle grade readers just eat this stuff up, and there really isn't much of it out there, except for RL Stine and a handful of others.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats on your short story! Very exciting, and very creepy-sounding!

Birgit said...

Congratulations on the story. Sounds exciting and eerie

messymimi said...

Hooray for a story published!

Caffe Maggieato said...

Congrats on the new story. You're on a roll! I'd love to interview you for Behind The Scenes if you're up for it. Let me know. =)

Stephen Hayes said...

Congratulations on publishing your short story. Another feather in your cap.

Dr. Theda said...

Hello dear Lady Lexa....
have not been anywhere (for Vacation) over 30 years....
...just stuck here in a little Southern town that does Not like me....

DA Cairns said...

Congrats on The Mission. I just downloaded it and look forward to reading it.

M.R. R. said...

Sounds spooky. Good luck with it.

Munir said...

Congratulations on getting your short story published. It must be a great feeling.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on getting the short out there. :)

Denise Covey said...

Hi Lexa. Congrats on the short story. Sounds good! The Summer blog hop sounds good. I'll see about that one. We're heading into winter in Oz, not that it's anything like winter in the Northern Hemp. :-)

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on the new story. Sounds creepy.

Cathy Keaton said...

Wow, this is so great! Congratulations on your first self-published story!

Kirsten said...

Congratulations on the new story! Sounds like fun - in a scary way, of course. ;-)

Ella said...

Congrats, Lexa! I love these kind of stories~ Cheers

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations, Lexa. Good for you. Sounds spooky for sure. Thanks for all the information you provide on your blog. It's always such a pleasure to stop by.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the new short story, Lexa!

shelly said...

Good for you, Lexa. Story sounds enticing.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Great news to celebrate, Lexa! Congratulations on your new short story!

PlanetKimberly said...

Congratulations on your short story! It sounds interesting. I'll check it out.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's wonderful. I'll check it out.

Lara Lacombe said...

Congrats on your new short story--that's very exciting! :)

Julia said...

Congrats on the new story. I've published a story via Smashwords but as a Brit I'm struggling with the IRS forms. Probably not worth the trouble - I'm expecting to make my fortune this way!

Milo James Fowler said...

Sounds like a very fun tale, Lexa! And thanks for the freebies.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulations on the publication of a new story! Very awesome!

cleemckenzie said...

I have it ready to go on my trip with me. Time to read and enjoy at last. Congratulations. I love short stories.

And thanks for posting about my Free book on Smashwords. <B

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on releasing your new short story! You are awesome!

TBM said...

That's super exciting! Kids are the best when it comes to scaring the crap out of themselves.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with The Mission! I'll do a shout out on my Weekend follies post and Celebrate The Small Things post later this week.

Annie said...

Woot! Congrats on the new story! Sounds very mysterious. :)

Jennifer Hawes said...

That sounds like a fantastic read! I love writing about 13yo boys. That sounded creepy. MG is my favorite category:) Congrats!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Definately sounds creepy and scary. That would be an adventure they'd never forget.

Congratulations!

Sia McKye Over Coffee

TheCyborgMom said...

Congratulations on your short story Lexa!!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm so thrilled for you, Lexa. Off to download my copy!

Lady Jai said...

Congrats on your newest published story! How wonderful!! I'm always curious as to what makes people decide to self-publish or go with an indie publisher. Did I miss your story somewhere? I'd love to read about it!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
Caring for My Veteran

Julie Flanders said...

How exciting!! The story sounds excellent. Congratulations!!

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

Congratulations on your new short story, Lexa! Awesome news. That's a big celebration right there. Love ya! Eva

DMS said...

The Mission sounds like it is full of excitement! Congrats! I look forward to reading it. :)
~Jess

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Congrats on the short story! Sounds like a good one

Carole Anne Carr said...

So sorry for not getting back to you earlier, thank you as ever for your kind support, and wonderful news about the short story publication, very satisfying.

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on your new short story!

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on your new short story!

Jocelyn Rish said...

Yay for the new short story - it sounds delightfully creepy!!

KAT Writer said...

Congratulations on publishing another story. Sounds thrilling.

alexia said...

Congrats! It sounds like a fun story. I like to write kids stuff occasionally, too.

Chrys Fey said...

Congratulations on your short story!!!!

I checked out the blog hop you were telling me about, but sadly I've never been on a vacation other than one family vacation when I was a kid. I don't have any pictures from that time or remember what hotel we went to. :(

Yolanda Renee said...

Congrats on the short! Such fun writing for kids. I'll have to check it out.

Love the blog hop idea too. Vacations are such fun, only one place on earth will suffice. See you on the 30th.

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