Friday, January 15, 2016

Celebrate: 1 Down, 2 To Go & Giveaways!

This week I'm celebrating:
1) My husband got a workman who cleaned up all the splattered cement from the work done on my kitchen and bathroom. Yay! 
2) Now we only have the plasterer and then the painter to come and finish the job.  (I say "only" trying to convince myself it will be over soon and won't be a huge mess -- though I know it will be.)
3) I was so sad to hear of the death this week of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both only 69. But I celebrate their lives and the pleasure they gave to audiences everywhere! I'll never forget great Bowie songs like "Changes" and "Space Oddity (Major Tom)" and the Harry Potter movies wouldn't have been as good without Rickman's creepy Professor Severus Snape.  RIP.  They will be missed.

Do celebrity deaths come in threes? Do more people die in winter than summer? What's your opinion?

Celebrate has a new member! Update your blog roll:
Thoughts for the Day (Linda Smoots) at

Welcome Linda!

At the end of this month, I’ll be doing a cull of the list for people who haven’t made a Celebrate post in over 2 months.

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:

** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **

 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 Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Jan 15, 2016:

Free Horror Anthology Paperback – Win a paperback copy of Childhood Fears (Anthology) by J.H. Moncrieff, L.L. Soares, Christine Hayton, and J.G. Faherty via Goodreads here. (You must have a Goodreads account and live in the US or Canada; ends Jan 31)

Free 2 Signed YA Suspense/Thriller Paperbacks – Win How to Disappear by Ann Reditsch Sampler, a psychological thriller about a tough cheerleader on the run from a hitman’s son who’s been blackmailed into trying to kill her, and her novel Afterparty, plus a tote bag. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Jan 17)

Free 2 YA SF/Dystopian PaperbacksBestselling author Rick Yancey is giving away his novels The 5th Wave (now made into a movie) and his new release The Infinite Sea. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central. (US only; ends Jan 17)

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card, 2 Signed Fantasy Paperbacks, and Tote Bag – To celebrate the release of The Divide (#2 in the Dreamland series) E.J. Mellow is giving away signed copies of The Dreamer (Dreamland #1) and The Divide (Dreamland #2) along with a tote bag and a $15 Amazon card via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction. (ends Jan 17)

Free $25 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Cold Blooded (Mystery/Crime) by Lisa Regan, about two detectives trying to solve a cold case involving a serial killer that suddenly become active again, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon (or B&N) card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 17)

Free $100 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Rom-Com Paperback – To celebrate the release of Becoming Blue (Women’s Fic Romance-Comedy) by Angie M. Brashears, about a chubby woman being taken from a Weight Watcher’s meeting by a handsome and kind kidnapper, she’s giving away a $100 Amazon card and a signed copy of Becoming Blue. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 20)

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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