Friday, April 15, 2016

Celebrate: Choose-A-Way Auckland, NZ & Giveaways

Today I'm celebrating:
1) I'm slowly getting back up to speed with revisions and writing my Alaskan novel, COLDEST NIGHT, after dental issues and exploding appliance disasters overwhelmed me during the past month.
2) After spending a long night writing, getting caught up on social media, and blog commenting, I woke late today.  Very late.  But when I dragged myself from the bedroom, instead of seeing piled up chores and an empty fridge -- I saw big bags of take-out food my hubby had gotten while I slept. Woohoo!!! Take-out food (along with helpful spouses) are a writer's best friends!!!
3) I'm thrilled to feature the release of an awesome book by Rhonda Albom, plus amazing freebies from blogger friends C. Lee McKenzie and Alexia Chamberlynn. Read on for the cool info!

If you're planning a trip to New Zealand - or even just have it on your bucket list - don't miss this great guide book! I read it and loved it!

        Choose A Way Auckland is an interactive city guide by local travel writer and photographer Rhonda Albom. She shares firsthand the best that the city has to offer while you make all the decisions.
        Unlike traditional guidebooks, now you can build your day as you go. Choose from three options, enjoy the activity, and then choose from three more. The choices will keep your day flowing, allowing you a worry free Auckland adventure as you discover the highlights of the city, along with the offbeat, hidden treasures.
        In addition to a succinct description, each option includes a photo, the address, GPS coordinates, a link to Google Maps, and easy-to-follow directions that have been tried and tested. Use it on your smartphone or tablet to make choices on-the-go, or plan ahead on your laptop.
        It’s not just for visitors, Aucklanders love it too.

This ebook is part of the interactive Choose a Way series, which utilizes authors around the world, each writing about their own city. Publisher's Page:

Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Kobo   For PDF   

About the author:
Rhonda Albom is a travel photographer, freelance writer and award winning blogger at Albom Adventures. Living in Auckland since 2003, Rhonda writes about her travels in New Zealand and around the world. Collectively, with her husband and her two teenage girls, they have been to 48 countries in five continents. Rhonda homeschools her girls, is on a women’s yacht racing team, leads a Girl Guide group, and and enjoys a good cup of coffee. 

Do you eat take-out food to save time or are you a no-junk-food advocate?

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 April 15, 2016:

Free MG Comedy Short Story eBookFree for download in all formats! C. Lee McKenzie—fabulous writer, awesome blogger, and amazing friend—has released the most adorable short story called "Lost at Devil's Table." Blurb: Getting new braces is always uncomfortable, but Casey's are miserable and driving him crazy. Suddenly, a ghost is pleading for help. He's not ready for his Back To School Night guitar performance, and Dylan makes him dread going to school more every day.  Available in all formats. Download this Free story at Smashwords

Free Two Urban Fantasy eBooksFree for download in all formats! Alexia Chamberlynn has a new book in her excellent Urban Fantasy series about supernatural bounty-hunter Zyan Star. It's called Martinis with the Devil, Part One. I read the first in the series, the novelette Black Magic and Mojitos, and I loved it! If you like snark, action, and a kick-butt heroine like Buffy, you must read this series!
Where to download the ebooks Free:
Martinis with the Devil, Part One (free until Apr 25) at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.
Black Magic and Mojitos (perma free) at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble

Free Signed YA Historical Urban-Fantasy Paperback, an eBook, an Audiobook and a Swag Necklace – To celebrate the release of The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman, about a girl consigned to an insane asylum where a killer is preying on inmates, the author is giving away a signed copy and an ebook of The Requiem Red, an audiobook of The Violet Hour, and a handmade necklace via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Apr 22)

Free $25 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Her Safe Harbor (Historical Romantic) by Holly Bush, about a girl in 1893 struggling to keep her eccentric family together while investigating banking fraud villain who's pursuing her, the author’s giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog, (ends Apr 29)

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of You Don’t Know Me (Romantic Suspense) by Faleena Hopkins, about a girl who inherits 50 million and two difficult step-brothers along with being thrust into the world of flashing bulbs and mean gossip by the paparazzi, the author’s giving away a $50 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Apr 20)

Free Kindle Fire, $10 Amazon Gift Card, Signed Paperback Romance Novel, and Swag - To celebrate the release of How to Train Your Knight (Romantic Suspense) by Stella Marie Alden, about Lady Ann, an aristocratic widow and town leader who’s forced to marry a rude uncivilized Templar Knight, the author is giving away a Kindle Fire, a $10 Amazon card, a signed paperback of How to Train Your Knight, and a signed magnet set via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends May 29)

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)


L.G. Keltner said...

I'm glad to hear that you're catching up with revisions and writing! And yay for thoughtful hubbys!

T.F. Walsh said...

Well done on your revisions, and so true about take-away:) Been to NZ once and loved it. Want to go back there, but need to keep away from the earthquakes.

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats on getting back up to speed on your next novel.

And big thanks for the feature. I am so glad you liked my book, and blown away by the big feature, and being number three on your list this week.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Lexa!
Visit my blog to see what you've won!
Have a lovely weekend!
Writer In Transit

JeffO said...

Dental issues, exploding appliances--sounds like something you'd read in a book! Good on you for getting through it and moving forward--have a nice weekend.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're getting back into your revisions. Take-out food sounds yummy. I'd get some tonight except I'm going out to dinner.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have Rhonda's book and look forward to exploring it.
We do take out Chinese, but that's about it.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

How nice that your hubby surprised you with take out. Thoughtfulness means so much and should get him big points.

Anne Doucette said...

Lexa, congrats on a great week! I had dental problems too about a month ago. They are the worst. Glad you're feeling better. Your hubby is quite a catch.

Shah Wharton said...

I don't like Take-out. Gives me heartburn! But yey for hubby's who take matters into their own hands and get stuff done. :)

Great to hear you're back at work after the nightmarish past month. Hurrah for climbing over hurdles!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Good post.

Anonymous said...

How sweet of your husband to bring you the take-out. I'm glad to hear things are getting back to normal. I'd love to go to New Zealand, particularly to see the LOTR/Hobbit sites. Rhonda's book looks like a great guidebook. I'll keep it in mind. Thanks for all the freebie links! Happy Friday!

Heather R. Holden said...

Hurray for revisions and writing! It's always so great to catch up on projects like that. (That really sucks about the dental and appliance problems, though. Yikes! No wonder you felt overwhelmed...)

cleemckenzie said...

Let's hope there aren't any more of those "issues," and you're on the way to perfectly good health again. Of course, take out is always a welcome treat for this cook. In fact, you've given me an idea for tonight. Thanks.

Thanks also for the wonderful post about my short story. I really appreciate it!

messymimi said...

Hope your dental and appliance woes are over so you can continue to concentrate on the business at hand. And a big pat on the back to your husband!

Bish Denham said...

Nice of hubby to treat you with take-out! Those kind of guys are special. May you two live long and prosper in each others company. So many free things to look at. Thanks!

Stephen Hayes said...

I've thought about visiting New Zealand and this book would be a great guide.

Kate Larkindale said...

Good to hear hubby has been making himself useful! I go to Auckland fairly often for work, but never have time for any sight-seeing so that book would just make me resentful of all the time I don't get to see the city's sights.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I would love to visit New Zealand. That would be a dream come true. It seems so very far from Canada.

Yolanda Renee said...

Hubby's can be so sweet. Letting you sleep in and then providing sustenance. Perfection!
Glad you've survived the kitchen disasters. I'm still muddling through. LOL
Love Rhonda's book - must write that review - this weekend for sure!
Happy Weekend!

mshatch said...

What a nice hubby you have!

Sue Bursztynski said...

I spent only a day and a night in Auckland. Very hilly! At least the YHA where we stayed was up a very steep hill. It was the end of our journey and the plane tickets booked or I would have liked to see and do more. NZ is breathtakingly beautiful - and yes, the LOTR sites especially so. I remember doing a LOTR tour one afternoon, outside Queenstown. We went up into the Remarkables(the Misty Mountains) and watched people hang glide. There were bunjee jumpers near where our heroes rowed down the river...

I only take home the occasional curry from the nearby Indian restaurant, when I'm tired and it's late and I'm in the mood for a curry. Mostly, though, if I want someone else to cook my meal, I eat out. No dishes! :-) And I can go home and have that much-longed-for shower and sleep.

L.G. Smith said...

That's a good man who knows how to bring home take-out at just the right moment. :)

Lara Lacombe said...

Yay for helpful and understanding husbands! Glad you're getting back on track with your Alaskan project--sounds intriguing! :)

PlanetKimberly said...

What a nice husband you have! Lucky you! I love reading about your dedication to writing. It's inspiring.

Cathrina Constantine said...

What a nice hubby!!!! Good Luck on your writing!!!

The Cynical Sailor said...

I try not to eat take out food, not because I'm trying to be healthier (which I should work at), but more for saving money. But, there are times when getting some takeaway is so tempting especially when you've got nothing in the fridge and can't figure out what to make.

Cheers - Ellen |

T. Drecker said...

Your last month sounds like a novel in itself. Yay to getting back to writing! As for take-out, I'm a big believer in home cooking from scratch...but take out is a miracle in itself at times!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

So happy life is looking brighter for you. And yes, I like take-out anytime I can get it. When I buy groceries, I buy a couple of dinner plates from the deli. Who wants to cook.
Have a great weekend.

TheCyborgMom said...

What a great hubby!!!

alexia said...

Thanks for the shout out!! I'm so glad you like my Zyan series :)

Dental and appliance emergencies sound like no fun, so glad that's behind you and your hubs was so helpful! And getting back on track with writing always feels great. I had a weekend full of good writing myself.

Cherdo said...

I can't get my mind off of New Zealand...I'd love to go there.

Lovely post, Lexa!

Cherdo on the Flipside
"Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines" on the A-to-Z Challenge 2016

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

48 countries on five continents! That's a lot of traveling. Sounds like a lot of fun, too. You have a sweet hubby to get take out food for you while you are working on your book. Sounds like you are making good progress.

Kelley said...

I'm glad you're feeling better!

Annie said...

Good for you! Any time writers can overcome the Life Distraction monster is a serious win. :)

Kim Lajevardi said...

I'm happy that you're back to writing after the crazy month you've had. Ten points for hubby. I love take-out-food. Maybe a little too much. It's a by-product of wanting to eat, but hating to cook.

Congrats, Rhonda!

Misha Gericke said...

I try to limit my consumption of junk food, but sometimes, it's just too convenient to refuse. :-D

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

so nice of your hubby! Sometimes when life gets so overwhelming there is nothing better than a quick, easy meal!

Anonymous said...

Coldest Night is a great title. I love takeout.

Winter Moon said...

Aww, your hubby is a gem ♥

DMS said...

So glad you had a better week and that you are catching up with things. I think it is awesome that your husband got take out- definitely a time saver. :) Look at all those awesome freebies! Thanks for sharing!

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