Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrate: Roll Call & Giveaways!

This week I'm celebrating:

1)  I completed revising a chapter and am working on finishing another one. Yay!
2) I found a way to make visiting the members of Celebrate the Small Things easier.  I copied the blog addresses for every member on our linky and put them into a separate Blogger blog roll.  (See it at the bottom of left sidebar.)  Now I don't have to click through to the blogs of all the members to see if they've posted or not.  I can see at a glance who has a new Celebrate post up and go visit those who do.  Since we now have 52 members (WOW!!) this is a great time saver, and I suggest you make your own blog roll like I have.  :) 
3) With a little help from Megaphone Man, I'm spreading the word about others celebrations:

Celebrate's very own Tanya Miranda has something wonderful to celebrate!  Today is the release of her novel THE BOX OF SOULS!  Woohoo!

Blurb: Although Jasmyn was overlooked to inherit her grandmother's magic, she learns she has powers of her own.  Resentment and envy are a dangerous pair, but when doused with magic, the chaos it creates is unimaginable.

Buy links: Amazon  B&N  Kobo  iBooks  Smashwords


Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee have re-opened “Write…Edit…Publish!” It's an exciting monthly flash fiction challenge (1000 words or less).  This month’s challenge is called “Spectacular Settings” and takes place Aug 19-26. Read the rules and sign up on the Write Edit Publish blog.


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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 Aug 14, 2015:

Free eBook – Celebrate’s own Shah Wharton is giving away one of her ebooks—a psychological horror story called “Rosa and Bella’s Journal of Decline”—as a free gift when you subscribe to her newsletter. To get your FREE copy, go to this Shah Wharton Newsletter link & subscribe!

Free eBooks and Print Books From 12 Authors – In celebration of reaching 5000 Twitter followers and 500 Facebook likes, Eileen Schuh has gotten 12 author friends to pledge their books in a giveaway.  Enter via rafflecopter on the Eileen Schuh blog. (ends Sept 4)

Free YA Fantasy Novel - Kimberley Afe is giving away one paperback copy of Fallen Grace by Katie Roman. To enter just leave a comment on the Meetings With My Muse blog. (Ends August 18th/U.S. Only)

Free Fantasy eBook – win Guarding Angel by S.L. Saboviec via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends Aug 27)



Free $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash To Paypal – To celebrate the release of the inspiration biographical book No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond by Adam U. Kempler, he’s giving away $50 as a Amazon card or straight to Paypal as cash via rafflecopter on Beverly Stowe McClure blog. (ends Aug 30)


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

49 comments:

Heather R. Holden said...

Congrats on completing your chapter revision! And I can easily see how a blog roll would make keeping up with new posts easier. Yay you! :)

And wow, Tanya's book sounds fantastic. (Looks fantastic, too, thanks to that pretty cover!) Congrats to her!

M.R. R. said...

That blogroll should definitely be helpful. Good luck with revisions.

Blogoratti said...

Great things to celebrate, thanks for sharing, and best wishes!

Denise Covey said...

Whew, always great to have another chapter done! Congrats! I have the same idea of keeping track of WEP contributors with a blogroll on the site. It works well, except the roll up changes all the time, but it's one of the best ways to see who's up and who's not.

Thank you for the shout out. It'd be great to see you write for us and it'd be great if I could get my act together and sign up for Celebrate. After the first big launch of WEP I will.

Have a great week Lexa...

Denise :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I might join them in Write, Edit, Publish, but only if I can crank out something this weekend.
If the IWSG wasn't so big, I could put it in my sidebar as well. But I have to check every site every month anyway.

Rhonda Albom said...

Great idea with the blog roll, and big congrats on the revisions.

JeffO said...

Cheers for completing works! I've been a slacker, but then again I've been on vacation. Almost time to get back to work. Have a great weekend!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Completing something is always a relief and definitely a reason to celebrate.

TheCyborgMom said...

What a great idea about the blog roll! Enjoy your weekend Lexa!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations on editing the chapter. That is such a wonderful feeling. Good luck with the next one and the next.

Thanks for posting about the giveaway.

Have a great weekend.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

I have no idea what is going on in the blog world... sounds like everything is good and good is where it needs to be!

Jeremy

Mere Joyce said...

The new blogroll is a great idea! Congrats on those chapters, always a nice thing to accomplish, =)

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats on your writing progress! And congrats to Tanya on her new release! What a great idea about the CTST blog roll. It will definitely make things easier. Have a great weekend!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

yay for revising! I love knocking out one chapter, it makes tackling all the rest seem easier somehow :) and congrats to Tanya, I love her cover!

Yolanda Renee said...

Blog rolls are wonderful ways to keep up with the groups you need too. I love seeing at a glance who's posted something new!

Thanks for the lovely shout out for the WEP - it's going to be a load of fun next week!

Tanya Miranda said...

I sign up for the blogs I follow, and get an email, but the blog roll is such a better idea. I feel so late to the party with that one...

Thanks for the shout out, Lexa!!!

Happy Friday!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Lots of good things to celebratem Yay! Hope you have a great weekend.

Stephen Hayes said...

This "Spectacular Settings" challenge is intriguing. I'll be thinking about entering something. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Kate Larkindale said...

Sounds like you've had a great week! Keep working on that chapter. I want to read it.

T. Drecker said...

Congrats, Tanya!
And yay to getting a chapter revised! Great idea with the blog roll. I'm going to have to look into that because it would make things easier.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'm doing Write Edit Publish this month. It should be a lot of fun. Have a great weekend!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulations on your writing accomplishments! I did almost no writing this week, but that's because I did a lot of traveling.

So, what I'm celebrating this Friday is having survived two trips for book events that required three overnight stays. One of the trips entailed a 5 hour car drive (and 5 hours back two days later). Just made it home this afternoon .. and phew. I'm glad I have nowhere to go for a couple days.

messymimi said...

Those are some great things to celebrate! Have a wonderful weekend!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats To Tanya. Write on. :) I also love it when I find shortcuts for things. I'm all for making life easier.

Lara Lacombe said...

Congrats to Tanya! And kudos to you for the blog roll--great idea! :)

Laura Clipson said...

Congrats on your progress! The blog roll idea is a good one :)

Kimberly said...

Yippee for revising - it's my favorite part of writing. Happy revising on your next chapter. :)

And thank you for mentioning the book giveaway on my blog!

Birgit said...

Congrats on the revision and on putting the blogroll up-sounds like a good idea

Birgit said...

Congrats on the revision and on putting the blogroll up-sounds like a good idea

Shah Wharton said...

Thanks for plugging my newsletter/freebie ebook. :) Sorry about the lack of Celebration post, I've been busy and unwell. Not a great combo!

Congrats to everyone publishing and those involved in giveaways. Write...Edit...Publish is so tempting because I miss the challenge of FF, I'll see how I'm fixed next month.

The blog roll is a great idea. I usually look on Blogger blogrolls for this feature - so I can see who's posted what before going there. But I'm on Wordpress and I don't think their blogrolls are the same. I'll see if there's a plugin! :)

Have a great weekend, Lexa. X

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds like you're making major progress! And yay to free things.

Ava Quinn said...

Yay for revisions, writing progress and free books!! Fun times here at Lexa's!! :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the chapter revisions!
I've downloaded quite a few books from your Friday links. Thanks for posting them.

Desiree Yearning said...

Hi Lexa,

Huge congrats on your chapter progress! And tons of thanks for the instructions for streamlining visiting other's celebrations. I'm creating a blogger roll this week along with finding a better third party Comment System. Thanks for letting me know how hard leaving comments are on my blog. I've had problems even viewing them. Congratulations to Tanya! the Book of Souls looks terrific.

Also Lexa, thanks for this blog hopping opportunity. When I started my blog popularity was about 19 million.
Now, with Celebrate the Small Things weekly posts--it's skyrocketed to 3.4 million. Largest jumped I've ever had with a blog and Celebrate the Small Things is directly responsible. Now that I have the eyes, I have to make sure to give good fodder for the weekly blog.

Desiree Yearning
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TBM said...

The blog roll seems like it'll be a great help. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Nissa Annakindt said...

The blogroll is a great idea, I know. I've participated in the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy blog tour for a long time and when I had my Blogger blog, I just made a blogroll for the tour participants. That made it easy to see when the members had made their posts. Saved a lot of time.

I have a Wordpress . com blog now, but I have an archive blog and am making blogrolls there by category for my own blog-reading convenience.

And I shall have to check out the blog hop. Might be something I can do.

Blessings,
Nissa
http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

Kelley said...

You're magickal. I don't even understand how you created the sidebar Hop thingie, but very cool. And good for you for finishing/starting new chapters!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've been working too. Doesn't it feel great to accomplish something! Congrats!

Julia Thorley said...

I am in awe of your technological knowhow.

Annie said...

Sorry I've been MIA so long! But yay for progress on your WIP and the continued growth of your blog crew. It's always nice to find your positivity in my blog reader. :)

Jay Noel said...

Happy for you - celebrate your productivity for sure! Thanks for the freebies - so much to check out.

S.K. Anthony said...

Love the blog roll idea for those specific groups! Go you for finishing that chapter . . . and have fun with the next one!!! :D

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for Tanya and all the other releases--and way to get smart about things. I'm still trying to figure out how to manage all the blogs I love. I really need to just get with it via a service.

Catherine Stine said...

Congrats to Tanya.
As far as writing flash fiction, not for me. I find long novels easier to write for some strange reason!

Tara Tyler R said...

way to edit! and fantastic idea to keep track of celebrating posts!
i have to remember to advertise with foxy!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on chapter progress! Yay for time savers! Huge congrats for Tanya! That's three exclamation points in one post--definitely back in middle school. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You are a genius!! Great idea.

Ann V. Friend said...

Have a blessed weekend Ladies!

DMS said...

Don't you love when you find things that save you a ton of time- like your new way to check if posts have been out up. Awesome! Love it! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful week!
~Jess

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