Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrate: Cloaked & Giveaways

This week I'm having a hard time finding something to celebrate...

This is what cement workers putting in a new 
ceiling did to my kitchen.

The kitchen has marbled-beige ceramic tiles lining all walls. 
The gray splatter you see everywhere is cement.

The splatter goes from floor to ceiling on every wall. 
(Sorry for the blur. My tablet takes lousy photos.)

My refrigerator is under the tarp, but the tarp 
only covered half the fridge -- guess what's 
splattered across the lower half??


I have one good thing to celebrate this week -- my fabulous crit partner, TF Walsh, released a novella called CLOAKED. It's fast-paced excitement with a great romance and characters you can root for! And naturally, the writing's brilliant.  :)
        Raised by an overly protective wulfkin pack, Daciana leaps at the chance to venture into the human world for her one-year independence ritual. But after someone steals the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect, she must locate them or lose her job and return home in disgrace. The sexy inspector on the case isn’t making this any easier. He knows nothing of her kind, and wulfkin rules forbid relationships with humans.
        Newly divorced Inspector Connell Lonescu trusts no one but himself. He’s convinced relationships are a waste of time and thinks burying himself in work will ease the pain. Yet he’s attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Daciana, even if there’s something slightly odd about her. Can Connell learn to trust the sexy but secretive woman? 

Cloaked is the prequel to Cloaked in Fur, book 1 in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. Find out how Daciana and Connell fell in love and set in motion the paramount events that forever change their lives and those around them.

Cloaked is only $0.99
Grab Your Copy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes
Publisher: Crimson Romance

Coming Soon
Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – March 2016
Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – May 2016
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About The Author
T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon

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

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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 8, 2016:

Free 5 Novels -- TB Markinson has started her monthly book giveaway again! For January you can win 5 great books – At the Water’s Edge by Harper Bliss, Fallen Redemption by RB Austin, You’ll Find me in Manhattan by Jill Knapp, Survival of the Ginnest by Aimee Horton, and That’s Paris (Anthology). Enter via rafflecopter link on TB Markinson blog. (ends Jan 31)

Free-for-Download Paranormal Romance eBook – The ebook Bootcamp of Misfit Wolves: Shifter Romance (Vanguard Elite Book #1) by Anne Nicholas, about a wolf shifter dumped at a tough camp run by a crazy vampire, is FREE here: download on Amazon.

Free YA Dystopian Paperback – Win a signed paperback of Ascendancy by Karri Thompson about a young girl in a world full of clones who’s the only one capable of giving birth. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (US only; ends Feb 14)

Free Romantic Suspense Paperback - Win a signed paperback of Low by Mary Elizabeth about a criminal who tries to go straight but is forced back into a life of crime. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 13) 

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card and a Contemporary Romance eBook – Win Behind Her Smile by Olivia Luck about a wealthy socialite who finds her husband and marriage are a dangerous sham and also win a $10 Amazon card. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 16)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Darkness Brutal (the first in a YA Urban Fantasy series) by  Rachel A. Marks, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 31)

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)


T.F. Walsh said...

Awww thank you so much for having me on your blog:) It's such a nice feeling seeing your book everywhere.

And oh my goddess, you kitchen!! How are they going to remove the cement splatters, esp from the fridge? I sure hope they plan to clean it up to a perfect state again. I'm so sorry...

Stephen Tremp said...

T.G., I can relate to a kitchen as a crime setting. Many people have dies in the kitchen of my latest book. Only seems natural. Best wishes for you and Cloaked!

L.G. Keltner said...

T.F. Walsh is awesome! The cement splattered around your kitchen . . . not so much. Ick! I hope your kitchen sees better days soon!

Heather R. Holden said...

Yikes! So sorry about your kitchen. I can't imagine how big of a headache that must be!

Cloaked sounds fantastic, though. Absolutely love that cover!

JeffO said...

Grrr for sloppy workmen. I don't suppose there's any way to get that stuff off, is there? Cement seems an interesting choice for ceiling material.

Enjoy your weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will they be cleaning it up for you? They should!
Congratulations to TF.

Tonja Drecker said...

Congrats, T.G.! It sounds great - I'm going to snag a copy in a second here and dive in.
Lexa- Oh my. I'm sending virtual brownies your way because it looks like you could really use them. Actually, this is why I turned into a 'do-it-yourself' woman. We re-did a house once and started by hiring out the work, but it was always a disaster. I think I almost turned into a human nuclear bomb. Hang in there!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Oh, sorry for your kitchen.
Good book :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

OMGoodness, I'd be screaming Too!!!!

I bought Tania's book. Looking forward to reading it.

Unknown said...

Gah! I hope the contractors do right by you! That is insane! I'd be screaming too! (((HUGS)))
Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
Caring for My Veteran

Suzanne Furness said...

Getting work done in the house can be such an upheaval, I hope it is finished soon for you. I bet you will be pleased with it when its finished. Hope you manage to have a nice weekend.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You poor woman. I would be screaming too. I can't imagine how hard that will be to clean up, or can it be cleaned up?

Mark said...

Yeah, we had similar not-so-fun kitchen remodeling experiences ourselves. But on the bright side, you've got lots of great books to pass the time now:)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sorry you're having a hard week. You will get through it. Congrats to TF!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, sorry to hear about your kitchen renovation woes. Do you think you can remove the splatters? Thanks for sharing the blurb for Cloaked. It sounds like a good story. I hope your friend has much success with it. Maybe next week you'll find more to reasons to celebrate! Be well, my friend!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Congratulations to Ms. Walsh on her book.So sorry you had a bad week. What an ordeal for you! I hope next week is much better. Kitchen work is stressful, even when you don't have complications.

Sue Bursztynski said...

If it was me, I'd seriously consider spending a night or two in a hotel, away from the craziness. You can't possibly be getting much done around the house anyway. Still, think of how good it will look when it's finished! :-)

mshatch said...

I'm so sorry about your kitchen :(

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That is terrible about your kitchen! Will they come back and fix it?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about your kitchen. Will they clean up the cement, or is it hardened and stuck on permanently?
They should have taken precautions and covered your walls. said...

Holy cement! I'm sorry about you kitchen, Lex.

Congrats to TF! I'm so excited for her.

cheerfuloptimistic said...

Hope things get fixed soon.

messymimi said...

Ugh! May the workers fix it immediately or else let the fleas of a thousand camels infest them!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

How awful. They should have to clean up their mess and redo it all, without charge.

DMS said...

Congrats to TF! I have been seeing Cloaked around the blogosphere. Great cover!

So sorry to hear about your kitchen nightmare. Oh my goodness- I can totally understand why you are stressed. I hope there is some way it can all be cleaned up at no cost to you. Good luck!

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Why on earth didn't they cover up your walls with plastic sheeting? It would have been so easy to stick to marble much easier than if your walls were plaster like mine. They surely CANNOT leave you with this amount of mess. I'd be so cross. Ensure they put right any damage before you pay anything over to them. I feel so sorry for you having to see it all like that. Here's to a happy ending and your kitchen turning out just the way you wanted it to. Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Anonymous said...

I hope your kitchen gets fixed. That's wrong for them to leave a mess like that.

I really enjoyed Cloaked.

Kate Larkindale said...

Argh! What a mess! I hope you can get it cleaned up quickly and get your kitchen back. Cloaked looks fabulous too! It is at the top of my reading list for this week.

Sandra Cox said...

So sorry about the kitchen:( That's a mood breaker.
T.F.'s book sounds great!

Tara Tyler said...

you'd think it was their very first job - you'd think they'd see what they were doing and take some precautions - i sure hope they intend to fix or make restitution - ah! i'd be beside myself!

on the other side, congrats to TF!
and thanks for the freebies - sorry i havent visited in a while - im trying to get out more!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, I am so very sorry about your kitchen! What in the world? What kind of contractors were they?!?!

I didn't have much to celebrate last week either. It was a pretty lousy beginning to 2016.

cleemckenzie said...

Good gravy! What were they doing having a "cement fight'? I loved your beautiful, shiny new fridge in your last post. I hate to think what that bottom part looks like now. So sorry.

TBM said...

I'm so sorry about your kitchen. What a nightmare! I was at a friend's recently who just had her kitchen redone and the guy messed it up and now she has to redo it completely. These stories make me glad I'm not a homeowner. I hope you're able to fix yours without too much trouble. Fingers crossed.

And yippie about Tania's book. I just started reading it.

Thanks for mentioning the giveaway!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Wow, that's really horrible! I'm so sorry.

I hope they're going to either fix it or pay to have it fixed.

Still, I realize it's a huge hassle.

Loni Townsend said...

Aw, Dude, that sucks. I hope things clean up well.

Grats to TF!

Crystal Collier said...

Goodness, I'm wishing you sanity through the transition. I wouldn't survive.

The books looks epic and I've been seeing it everywhere. Awesome stuff.

Anonymous said...

It is good that you are getting your kitchen fixed, although very irritating that they made such a mess in the first place.

Sharon Himsl said...

Sorry for the delete. I went to the wrong comment box. Argh!

Yes, it was sad they died. With longevity on the rise, 69 seems too young. I really liked Rickman's portrayal of Snape. One of my all time favorite characters. We should all watch reruns this week in their memory. Yikes. Cleaning up splattered cement? That had to be tough. Done soon, I hope!

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