Friday, February 12, 2016

Celebrate: Big Thanks to Lynda & Lots of Giveaways!


This has been a good week for me!  I'm celebrating:
1)  In response to my IWSG "Cover Fear" post, Lynda Young (WIP It blog) did such a kind thing -- she offered to look at my covers and give me some professional feedback on the art.  She even offered suggestions and examples.  She was loads of help. Huge thanks to Lynda!
2)  I've tested one poll app, which only accepted 3 of 4 CP's test votes.  Uh-oh.  Time to try out a new app -- but better I discovered it by testing now rather than when the cover poll goes live at the end of the month.
3)  In the past few months I've noticed that several of my loyal blog visitors and blog hop members have bought and reviewed some of my ebooks, even though I wasn't promo-ing or yelling "Buy it!" from the rooftop (which would be a bad idea anyway since I'm scared of heights. LOL!).  I'm pleased and so touched to be surrounded by supportive and generous people!!
4) To make up for no giveaways last week, I found a bunch for you this week!  :) 

Have you ever published something on your blog only to discover later that the app or links or images were messed up?  Did you rush back to fix it or take a C'est la Vie attitude?


New Celebrate member – Update Your Blog Rolls
As The Fates Would Have It (Ravyne Hawke) https://asthefateswouldhaveit.wordpress.com/
Welcome Ravyne!

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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 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 Feb 12, 2016:

Free 5 Novels – the fabulous TB Markinson is sponsoring a new giveaway for the month of February and you can win all 5 of these books, Looking for Love by Ashelyn Drake, Getting Back by Cindy Rizzo, Cloaked by TF Walsh, The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders, and Invoking Nonna by Sage Adderley. Find the link to the rafflecopter giveaway on Making My Mark blog. (ends Feb 29)

Free Thriller eBook Download on AmazonTB Markinson’s Claudia Must Die is now FREE ON AMAZON. Get this exciting thriller—but HURRY! The free download ends on Sunday Feb 14. Download your free copy here: Amazon (US) or Amazon (UK)




Free YA Fantasy Paperback – Win Earth’s End (Book 3 in the Air Awakens series) by Elise Kova, about a servant forced to fight in a war to win her freedom and save the lives of those she loves, Giveaway includes paperback, ebook, and swag via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 23)

Free YA Paranormal Romance eBook – Win Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis, about a high school athlete who falls in love with a band member who’s an empath but can no longer shield herself from the destructive emotions around her, via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 17)

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card, Signed Bookmark, Custom Playing Cards – To celebrate her Villain’s Academy Trilogy including the first book, King of Bad (YA Fantasy) author Kai Strand is giving away a $15 Amazon card and swag via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. Few entries = good chance to win, but hurry ‘coz it ends soon! (ends Feb 14)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Elysium Dreams (Horror) by Hadena James about a serial killer stalking his human prey in the wilds of Alaska, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends March 30)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of The Proving (Sci-Fi) by Ken Brosky, about a planet invaded by specters that devour humans who venture outside their protected cities, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 22)


Free $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of Pimpernel (Secret Agent/Suspense) by Sheralyn Pratt, about a secret agent trying to dismantle a financial scam in Las Vegas, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card or $25 Paypal cash via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 28)
Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Into the Fire (Erotica) by E.L. Todd, Amazon bestselling author of Romance and Erotica, the author is giving away a $50 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Feb 14)

Free $100 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Love’s Timeless Melody (Paranormal Romance) by Cindy Irish, about a successful pop-star pulled into a supernatural mystery involving an American medium and Stonehenge, the author is giving away a $100 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Feb 14)


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

47 comments:

JeffO said...

I post too many videos. I know Youtube links tend to die with regularity, and I've fixed one or two, but there are too many at this point; I don't want to spend a day relinking something in a post that's 3 years old. Have a great weekend!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome how Lynda helped you. Yes, we are really a supportive writing community.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda is just awesome that way.
Hope you find an app that works.

Sarah Foster said...

That's awesome that you got help on the covers.
I always have to go back and fix things, even if it's just a typo. I don't post too many images but if they were screwed up, I'd definitely have to fix those too.

Cathrina Constantine said...

How great that Lynda helped you!! We have a great community here. So many good books and so little time....thank you for the freebies, Lexa.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sweet of Lynda to help you out. I have found the writing community to be very helpful and supportive.

Heather R. Holden said...

Congrats on all the sales and reviews! Sounds like you've had an amazing week. Best of luck finding a poll app that works properly!

Suzanne Furness said...

Wonderful that Lynda was able to help with your covers. Such a great bunch of supportive folks out in blogland.
Congrats on those good reviews too :)

Kate Larkindale said...

Gah... Yes, with the tech. I sent out a newsletter last year to over 7K people and forgot to make the webpage the first, and main story linked to live before I sent it. Not my finest moment.... I hope you find a poll programme that works and I can't wait to see the new, improved covers.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

You've had a very good week indeed! Congratulations.

Nissa Annakindt said...

I like the cover art for your books and I'm glad you are making sales.
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lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Wow, you've had a great week! That was so nice of Lynda. I'm looking forward to seeing your covers. Thanks for all the freebie links! Good luck with the poll!

Laura Clipson said...

That's a lot to celebrate, have a great weekend! :)

Sue Bursztynski said...

Ah, technology! :-) Never mind, I'm sure it will sort itself out. Well, not so much the problems you've had, but I ebooked(with a simple app on my iPad) some of the interviews on my site and a few short stories that had already been published which I thought my readers might enjoy, and put up links on my blog. The thing is, you have to go through Dropbox and that can get complicated. And things change on Dropbox and in the end, I went back to the book pages and put in instructions. Oh, and there was a site that let you ebook your stuff free, then the site owner decided to go paid, which was fair enough, but the OLD ebooks no longer worked and I had to rejig them myself.

Never mind. It's all more or less sorted. The books are still there.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, what a nice surprise to find your books are selling without promoting your work. Whenever I have something wrong on my posts I try to fix it immediately. It drives me nuts, if I leave it unattended. lol Have a good weekend!

messymimi said...

Stuff that doesn't work bothers me, because i feel like i'm leading people on a wild goose chase when i've recommended or used it, and it's not correct. So glad you got the feedback you were looking for!

Stephen Hayes said...

Congratulations on your very fine week.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Glad you had a good week. Can't wait to see your covers.

Happy Valentine's Day.

T. Drecker said...

How nice to have Lynda's help! Can't wait to see the covers. Good luck with the app. Sounds like a great week all around.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That was sweet of her. I do love the blogging community. I know there is a debate over whether or not it sells books, but I've decided that doesn't matter. The true benefit of blogging is the friendships and support you find here.

Lara Lacombe said...

Good luck with the app stuff! Glad to hear you're getting feedback on your covers :)

Cherdo said...

I freak when I make a mistake on my blog. You'd think that would make it better or less mistakes, but....nawwwww.

Patricia said...

What a great week for you! Well, minus the app thing. Hate it when there are bugs messing things up. Of course, it never happens to me...if only.

Ann V. Friend said...

Blessings Lexa (smile) Glad all is well in your world. Enjoy your weekend!!

T. B. Markinson said...

The blogging community is so supportive. I didn't know this amazing fact when I first started blogging and I was blown away by how many people in this world are so nice and supportive.

Thanks for sharing the giveaway and Claudia Must Die promotion.

Have a lovely weekend.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

So exciting you're getting advice on the over and book sales and other blessings. Happy weekend.

Rachel Pattinson said...

That's great that you got help with your covers! I love how people are so helpful and supportive of the IWSG, it makes me so happy tone a member :). If I mess up a link or anything, I've got to go back and fix it and soon as I notice - I just can't leave typos or broken links!

Julie Flanders said...

Lynda's great and that's a perfect example of why I could never give up this community - I don't think I've ever been around so many supportive and kind people!
I am looking forward to seeing your covers. How great that you've had some nice sales and reviews too. Happy weekend!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the sales and reviews of your e-books! That's great news!
Lynda is really helpful...our online community is wonderful.

Good luck experimenting with the Apps.
The technology buzzword is Apps...one of these days they'll invent an App Manager which is a special app gadget that will manage all the apps! And that designer/inventor will be very, very rich. Unless this App Manager already exists?

Lynda R Young said...

Aw, thanks Lexa. It's been fun helping out too.
Hugs

Ms Misantropia said...

Congratulations on selling stuff!

rhondaalbom said...

How kind of Linda, this is such a wonderful community.
A shame about the poll app, however there are many more out there and I am sure you will find one that works well.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Interesting !
Happy Valentine's day :)

Sarah E. Albom said...

Nice that Lynda helped you. The writing community is such a warm and helpful place

Annalisa Crawford said...

How lovely of Lynda to help you out. Bloggers are brilliant people!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Glad you had a great week. Yes, Lynda is awesome. And very talented.

Stephen Tremp said...

Lexa, it's so cool when people review your book and you're not asking for or running any promos!

Yolanda Renee said...

When I find out it's not working I try to fix it or delete it altogether. So irritating!

So glad you found some help with your design cover, I knew you would! :)

Kelley said...

Yay for the cover love! It's always great to get a new pair of eyes on things.
And yay for sales and reviews =)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

yay you deserve an awesome week like that! always! And yep I do that all the time with blog mess-ups. I just brush it off because I'm too much of a perfectionist already so if I went there all the time I'd go insane lol

L.G. Keltner said...

Lynda is awesome! Sales and reviews are always amazing.

cleemckenzie said...

You've worked hard to get the word out about your writing and you've done it right. It's hard to gain recognition in such a crowded field. Congrats to you.

Julia Thorley said...

Here's to the support of our fellow professionals. Cheers!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I have always found the blog community to be incredibly giving. Hurray for Lynda!

DMS said...

I am so glad that you were offered professional advice about your book covers- what a huge help! Also, I am glad the poll problems were realized before you started using it on your blog- definitely less stressful that way. :) Good luck with the next trial. I am looking forward to voting. :)

~Jess

Crystal Collier said...

My hubby and I attended a publishing course around the time I was getting interest from publishers, so I took a more active hand in my cover design--and thankfully my publisher let me. There's nothing as important as a good cover.

So anytime there's even the smallest typo I rush back to my blog and fix it. I don't typically promote new technology so I haven't had any issues in that regard. How frustrating!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay for good news and great supportive friends. I hope you had a great week, Lex!

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