Friday, June 12, 2015

Celebrate: Bird Box Fangirling & Lots of Giveaways!

On Facebook this week, I stumbled on an author I know and admire commenting on a friend's post.  It took me a while to work up the courage to "Send Friend Request." Then I held my breath -- and the next day he accepted!!

There may have been some Fangirling.

The author is Josh Malerman and here's his book (which has 12,700+ rates on Goodreads):

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

This book was awesome!  And I'm super picky about horror reads.  It takes a lot to make me enthusiastic.  (I haven't even been able to get through any King or Koontz novels in the past year.)  But this book has an original premise, is exciting, dramatic, and scary, and I loved it!!

What have you "fan-girled" about?

A grateful shout out to Celebrate's own Angela Yuriko Smith of DandiFluff blog for her awesome review of my novel Soul Cutter: HERE.  Thanks so much, Angela!

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom
Brief Note:  Katie has decided to step down as co-host starting next week.  She's been doing a great job for a long time, and I'll miss her a lot. So now that leaves L.G. and me -- unless anyone's interested in being a co-host.  It means posting every single Friday and visiting about 20 blogs.  You can email me if you're interested at: laura.6eg(at)

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:

Grab the Linky html-code here:

 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)

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 June 12, 2015:

Free 5 Novels and $5 Amazon Gift Card – Win 30 SECONDS by Chrys Frey, SOUL CUTTER by Lexa Cain, POP TRAVEL by Tara Tyler, CLOAKED IN FUR by T.F. Walsh, and OF BLOOD AND SORROW by Christine Rains plus a $5 Amazon gift card via T.B.Markinson’s Giveaway Rafflecopter. (ends June 30)

Free 4 Novels – Win THE KEYS OF THE WATCHMAN by Kathleen C. Perrin, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE by M.K. Tod, TAKING THE CROSS by Charles Gibson, and JOURNIES THROUGH FRANCE AND LIFE by Glenda de Vaney via entry form on the France Tours blog. (ends June 30)

Free Contemp Romantic/Suspense eBook – Win an ebook copy of HOPE IN EVERY RAINDROP by Wesley Banks via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends June 24)

Free 2 Horror Novels – win ebook copies of UNDERTAKERS: Secret of the Corpse Eaters by Ty Drago and SHADOWS FALL AWAY by Kit Forbes via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends June 17)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of SWEETHEART DEAL (romance) by Allison Morse, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends June 19)

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card, Choice of any “Clean Teen” eBook, Bookmark Swag pack – To celebrate the release of VANISHING ACT (drama/romance) by Erica Kiefer, she’s giving away a $15 gift card, your choice of eBook from Clean Teen, and bookmark swag via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog.  (ends June 21)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of NEEDING HER (romantic suspense) by Allie Everhart, she’s giving away a $10 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog.(ends June 17)

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)

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