Friday, March 11, 2016

Celebrate: The Cover Winner & Giveaways

Thanks for voting on my Cover Poll!

A total of 154 people voted -- but SurveyMonkey won't let me see the votes from 8 of them! Seems even if you check the "Don't limit number of responders" SurveyMonkey still limits them to 100. When my poll hit 108 they refused to show anything over 100 UNLESS I paid them a year's subscription. 

Yes, they were holding votes from 8 people hostage! 

But I don't negotiate with terrorists -- so I quickly made up another poll and put it in place of the old one. I continued to get voters and ended up with 46 new ones before I closed the poll yesterday with a total of 146 voters.
** Beware that the FREE version of SurveyMonkey
 is only free for your first 100 responders. **
Here are screenshots of the vote totals:



And the winner is:




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 *drumroll* 




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Cover #8!



Runner-ups: Cover #1 and Cover #3 


Depending on input from whoever I decide to publish with, one of these three covers will be used.  :)



New member of Celebrate – Update Your Blog Rolls!
Project Why (http://projectwhy.blogspot.com)
Welcome Anouradha! 

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:



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** 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 March 11, 2016:

Free YA Sci-Fi eBook – Win Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavils, about a girl guiding a scientist across a newly terra-formed planet and discovering other beings. Enter via rafflecopter on Sheri Larsen’s blog. (ends March 25)
Free Paranormal Romance eBook – Win Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis, about a powerful High Priestess who joins with a child therapist with psychic gifts when one of his young clients is kidnapped. Enter via Entry Form on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Mar 15)
Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Blues Bones (MG Horror) by Rick Starkey—about a kid determined to win a guitar-playing competition who gets voodoo spells off the net and takes bones from a cemetery, but pays a price—the author is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Medeia Sharif blog. Few entries = Good chance to win! (ends Mar 17)
Free $25 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the 7-book series A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti, a saga spanning generations of the lives and loves of two ultra-powerful families, the Hamiltons and the Gianellis, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 28)
Free $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of Painting Rain (Historical Romance) by Annette K. Larsen, about a princess trying to get over the death of her beloved by seeking the tutelage of a master painter. Enter the $50 Amazon card or Paypal cash giveaway via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends April 2)



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

46 comments:

T.F. Walsh said...

Wow... so many fantastic entries for your book cover... Well done. Can't wait to see this book out... It's fantastic:)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Yay! Number eight was my second favourite, but number one is still the top candidate for me. Glad to see I wasn't the only one who felt that way.

They're all awesome options, whichever way you choose to go.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, that's crazy how SurveyMonkey would withhold votes like that. Will have to remember that if I ever need to create a poll!

Anyway...hurray for #8! All your covers were amazing, but that one had been my personal favorite. Looking forward to seeing which of the top three becomes the official cover!

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats on your winning cover! It looks really good and I hope it makes a difference for the book.

Suzanne Furness said...

Those three covers all look great - very atmospheric.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love all three covers. They'd make me want to read the book.

Kate Larkindale said...

Yay! My favourite cover won! What a bitch about Survey Monkey not letting more than 100 people vote though. Luckily it's so easy to copy surveys, so I'm sure it wasn't that hard to switch them out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All three of them are great anyway! Bummer about the survey, but that was smart to make a second one.
Have a great weekend!

JeffO said...

Citing "voting irregularities," Cover #1 is demanding a recount.

Congrats on your new (maybe) cover, and nice voter turnout! Have a great weekend, Lexa.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on deciding on your cover. I like this one although I picked #1.

Jackie said...

#8 is my fave, but those three covers are all amazing!

Diana Wilder said...

I had a hard time choosing, they were all so good. But I kept going to #8, which had an eerie subtlety that gave me shivers. Yu can't lose with any of those three!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

That's sucky about the survey. I like the final choices (my vote was for #1) but input from the publisher will be good since they know the target audience better--and your story.

Birgit said...

glad you outsmarted the survey limit which is silly of them to do that. I love that book cover so congrats!

Loni Townsend said...

Woot! Looks like the poll worked out well for you. And yay for figuring out a way around Survey Monkey. :)

Linda Kay said...

Very spooky!

Ravyne said...

Yay! One of my cover choices made the top 3 (and the top one!). Congrats on a successful ('though slightly hiccuped) poll, Lexa. I look forward to seeing this book in print! ~Lori~

Stephen Hayes said...

I think that's a fine choice and I hope it prompts people to buy your book.

Laura Clipson said...

I love the winning cover! Spooky. Have a great weekend :)

TheCyborgMom said...

That's a serious creepfest happening with those covers! Love it!

Rachel Pattinson said...

Congrats on the winning cover! I chose all three of them, so I'll definitely buy a copy no matter which one you go for :P! Have a great weekend!

messymimi said...

Eight was not my first choice, but it has a lot of merit! Hope your publisher agrees to it, after all, they should give the people what they want!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Dear me, I didn't realise that about SurveyMonkey! I only use it for doing the compulsory class surveys we have to do at my school to prove the kids think we're wonderful teachers. And that is never going to be more than twenty-five. As long as they don't start limiting the number of SURVEYS you can do, I should be okay.

All three covers are good choices. I wish you plenty of sales!

SENCO Cat Herder said...

It was great taking part in the survey and I am so pleased No 8 came out on top :) Well done and thank you once again for all your hard work on putting together this linky and the accompanying freebies :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

L.G. Keltner said...

The cover looks great! Have a great weekend!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Any of them would be good.

Lynda R Young said...

I love all the winners!! Yay!

T. Drecker said...

Eight? How could they--mean! :) There were so many wonderful covers, and the three winners are fantastic. Can't wait to see the end result.

Patricia said...

The covers are eerie for sure. Certainly makes one wonder what's under those covers. A lot of "free" stuff has a catch. I have gotten good at saying it's been fun good-bye.

Yolanda Renee said...

It a great cover for sure! Wonderful discovery to share with us too, thanks.

Nothing is really free.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Great Cover!!! I love all of these!!!

Denise Covey said...

I like the winning cover even though it wasn't my first choice. What a great idea.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Yes! That was one of my choices. It will make the perfect cover.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Cover 8 is cool (although my vite was for 1). Congrats on the participation. A lot of people weighed in. Have a super weekend!

Kelley said...

I love your cover!! That's awesome =)
I hope you're feeling better, this week!

Julie Flanders said...

I think I voted for #1 and #8 so I'm feeling kind of special haha. No matter which one you choose there's no doubt they are all fantastic. Looking forward to reading this one when it's out in the world! Hope you enjoyed your weekend, Lexa. :)

Tara Tyler R said...

loved all the cover advice, the cover contest, and the winner is definitely super duper!

and congrats on the 200k views!

always great to stop by and see celebrations - so glad you took it over and advertise with foxy too - you're awesome!

cleemckenzie said...

That is a winning cover! I think I voted for it, too. Yay, me. Can't wait to hear more about your project. It sounds very exciting, Lexa.

Cherie Reich said...

That cover was my favorite of the bunch. :) And thanks for letting us know about SurveyMonkey. I didn't realize they only allow up to 100 votes for free.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I was sick and didn't vote. Probably a good thing, because really which one! They're all so fabulous. I like the winner. I also like the runners up. The winner is pretty kewl.

Rhonda Albom said...

Love the cover choice. I can't remember which one I voted for the first time, but I really do like the winner.

D Biswas said...

The winning cover looks great! Sorry I haven't been by, Lexa, life has swallowed me up! Thanks for welcoming Anouradha,she's a good friend, and does some wonderful work.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I wouldn't negotiate either. When they say free, I expect free.

I love all those covers. I can't remember which one I voted for, because I was so torn. I know I picked from the three top ones.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Good to know. Nothing is ever really free, anyway. #blah.... OH MY! I'm all fangirl over that cover! Story please???? :)

Murees Dupé said...

Sorry about the hassle. So glad you could get a result you could use.

Catherine Stine said...

I do like that super-creepy cover with the claw-like branch. You do creeptastic well.

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