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)
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