Friday, April 1, 2016

Celebrate: Have Fun, A - Z-ers & Giveaways


April is an exciting time every year with many participants posting for the giant A - Z Challenge Blog Hop.  So this week, I'm just wishing good luck to all those participating in the Challenge!  


Good Luck & Have Fun!


(Any Celebrate members who are in the A - Z, please don't worry about Celebrate during April.  I know you're insanely busy and it's quite forgivable if you only do A - Z posts this month.)

Are you in the A - Z Challenge? What's your theme?


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 1, 2016:

Free YA SciFi Novel from Carnegie Medal Winning Author – Win 1 of 5 ARC copies of Railhead by Philip Reeve (2008 Carnegie Medal Winner), about a network of sentient trains that speed across galaxies and the petty thief hired to break into one. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends Apr 3)

Free YA  Paranormal/Fantasy Novel - Win  The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule, about girl hidden away because of a prophecy she’ll destroy the world who must fight for her freedom and the lives of her family. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Apr 3)

Free Signed Thriller/Contemp Hardback – Win 1 of 2 ARC signed copies of Radical by E.M. Kokie, about a girl “prepper” who believes the end is coming and joins a cult of survivalists that aren’t all they seem. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Apr 6)

Free Ballet Star’s Biographical Memoir – Win Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince, which tells the true story of a child afflicted with Vitiligo (what Michael Jackson had) and tormented by bullies, who struggled from the slums of war-torn Sierra Leone to become a principal ballerina with the Dance Theater of Harlem. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Apr 8)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card and Paperback Thriller Novel – Win Night Shift by B.R. Myers, about a huge department store in Manhattan where security guards keep ending up dead, and the teen runaway who just got a job as their newest security guard, and also win a $20 Amazon card. Enter via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Apr 16)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Sinners in the Dark (Horror) by Inger Iverson, about a war between the human nation and the vampire one, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends Apr 5)


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

52 comments:

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Lexa!
I'm popping in before the A to Z madness consumes my brains! LOL
My A to Z theme is bloggers books & book reviews...and two questions thrown in for some fun!
I also have book giveaways during the month of April!
Writer In Transit

Kate Larkindale said...

Thanks for letting us off the hook during the A-Z! I'm also doing Camp NaNo and plan to write 40K of a new novel during April, so I'll be super busy. Sometimes I have to question my sanity...

Ann V. Friend said...

Happy Friday Lexa (smile) My A to Z theme is the upside of everything, Attitude to Zest. I did get to add one line for a positive and spiritual attitude-allow inner joy to celebrate the small things! (smile) My plug to celebrate the small things! Wahoo! Blessings and enjoy your weekend.

Sharon Himsl said...

Hi Lexa. Saying hi from the A-Z group. Wanted you to see I sneaked in a Celebrate post too :) I'll be dragging by the end of April.

Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm not doing A-Z either. Hope everyone who does has a great month!

JeffO said...

Interesting, I haven't seen folks on my blog list talking much about doing A-Z. As for me, I can barely write one post a week, so one a day is right out!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's all people have been talking about - how could anyone miss it at this point? And this list has just exploded this week.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Well there you go, great stuff and madness!

Welcome in the letter "A"... thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

Bish Denham said...

Thanks, Lexa. We need all the encouragement we can get!

TBM said...

I'm not participating, but I wish those who are the best of luck.

Stephen Tremp said...

A lot of people not doing A to Z this year. But I see there are other things going on as well and I'm happy for those folks.

I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings during the #AtoZChallenge at Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I enjoy reading the A to Z posts, but it is too much of a commitment for me to write on a daily basis. I retired from "have to" but admire those who put in the effort and work to write every day.

Nissa Annakindt said...

Love the minions. I wish I could get my own minions to behave like that.

I entirely forgot about the A-Z challenge this year, I think I am going to do it. But I already did a Celebrate post today. I can either re-write it or write another post that will post later in the day. Can't decide whether my A-Z theme will be politics, zombie apocalypse prepping, or both.

Nissa Annakindt
http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the Minions!

I don't do the A to Z anymore due to lack of time. (For obvious reasons.)

Yvonne Van Dalen said...

Hi, I know I have been absent for a while... The writing bug just hasn't been with me. I'm signed up to do the A-Z challenge, doubts and all, so hopefully I'll see some of you along the way and I'll be back here come May. Happy Friday to all....

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm helping out over at IWSG. April is always been a busy month for me, so I don't participate from my blog. I don't know how you all keep up with the demands of blogging and lists and participating. I am barely able to manage the little I manage now. Kudos to you.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I wish all the A2Zers luck too. I'm doing it from a shared blog, so that's sort of cheating.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Good luck to everyone brave enough to tackle the A-Z blog hop! Hope you all have fun and have a great week full of celebrations.

Stephen Hayes said...

I have yet to participate in the A-Z Challenge. Maybe I will someday.

Julie Flanders said...

I'm sitting out the A-Z this year. Just didn't have it in me to do it again. I am looking forward to hopping around and enjoying all the themes though, there are always so many good ones.

Enjoy your weekend, Lexa! And thanks as always to Foxy for the Freebies. :D

cleemckenzie said...

I'm here, but I can't remember why. The #atozchallenge has eaten my brain and I'm only on A. Send in the Special Forces before it's too late.

L.G. Keltner said...

This is definitely going to be a crazy busy month, but I'm looking forward to it! I hope you have a great weekend!

@LGKeltner from
Writing Off the Edge
Parallels

Shah Wharton said...

I can't do the challenge again this year. It always seems to be my busiest time. :(

Cathrina Constantine said...

Hi, Lexa, have a nice weekend.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, thank you! I'm looking forward to all the fun in my 3rd year with the A2Z challenge with my theme choice ALL THINGS VINTAGE. Have a good weekend.
Curious as a Cathy
All Things Vintage: Artists #AprilA2Z #BoTB

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I'm back on the A to Z train with a month full of spooky posts. Kicking it off with The Amityville Horror today.

I'm also seeing how many of my blogging friends opted out of A to Z this year, and thinking how brilliant they are....

T. Drecker said...

I'm not jumping into A-Z this time around, but I'll be popping by some and look forward to what everyone has (it's always amazing!).

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

April is a busy month for sure. My A to Z Theme is The Fabulous Fifties. Everyone stop by if you have a chance. We're rocking.
http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

Rhonda Albom said...

We are first in the world to see each new day, so my AtoZ is up and running. My theme is Postcards of New Zealand - I am sharing a photo a day.

T.F. Walsh said...

April was meant to be a catch up month for me... isn't looking that way so far, and I'm not participating in the A-Z, though I really want to next time:)

messymimi said...

A to Z month is fun, i enjoy trying to work my posts in to fit it.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

A to Z is so much fun. I stayed out last year but I'm full on this April.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Er - what's the A to Z challenge? Sounds intriguing! :-)

The Cynical Sailor said...

This is my second year doing the challenge. This year I've doing a Nancy Drew Investigates theme, where Nancy cracks the "Case of the Missing Anchor."

Thanks for the links to the giveaways!

Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/b-is-for-boatyard-nancy-drew.html

Anne Doucette said...

Hi Lexa! Oh my gosh, the past month has been crazy. Stupid weather, I keep getting sick and then Easter and family birthdays. I keep thinking I should post a Celebrate post but then keep thinking I'm too grumpy (which means I definitely should....) Firm resolve to start it up again asap!
Happy Saturday! Would have been by yesterday but got attacked but a kitten who claims it was an accident (just fell off a shelf - right.)
Anne

Ava Quinn said...

Great freebies, as usual. :)

Misha Gericke said...

I'm taking part, sharing snippets from the book that's coming out at the end of the month. :-)

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Hi Lexa, I'm skipping A to Z, but I'll join you in wishing good luck to all those participating. And I'm glad to read that your tooth is getting better. I've had root canals and they're no fun at all. Good luck with your writing goals!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Who are you calling insane? :D Oh, you're talking about my schedule! Definitely am that insanely busy, but am lovin' every minute of the challenge. Have a good weekend, Lexa and thanks for hosting!

Curious as a Cathy
All Things Vintage: Bomber Girls #AprilA2Z

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Kim Lajevardi said...

I don't participate in A to Z, but I admire those who do. I hope you have a great weekend!

Yolanda Renee said...

Hi, Lexa, you're so sweet. Love that you're willing to forgive us, but just wanted to say hello. I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew, but that's me. LOL

Happy Second Day of the A to Z!
Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
Defending The Pen
Parallels
Murderous Imaginings

My official signature. Impressive isn't it. LOL

DMS said...

I love visiting all the A-Z posts. So much action on the blogosphere every April. I am amazed by the people who can get their posts together and visit everyone. Congrats to all of them. :)
~Jess

Medeia Sharif said...

Great links. I used to participate, but then found it too crazy with my book releases happening at the same time.

Libby said...

The A-Z was so much fun the year I did it. If time was more abundant, I'd be all over it!

Sherry Ellis said...

Best of luck to all the A-Z challenge participants!

Jennifer Hawes said...

I'm not participating this year. Way too much life going on right now! Hope you have a productive month.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm kind of participating this year through a collaborative blog, but otherwise, I'm writing. In fact, I'm not really here. You're just imagining me. ;)

Crystal Collier

Chemist Ken said...

No A to Z Challenge for me this year. I'm thinking about doing it next year, already have the theme picked out, but that's only if I make good progress on my book.

alexia said...

I'm not doing A to Z... I just can't keep up with it. I think I did it once years ago. Have fun!

klahanie said...

Hi Lexa,

Yes, it actually is me. Indeed, good luck to that alphabet cult, which frankly, gives me the creeps! I would never join such an idiotic thing that hijacks the blogging world for the next few months.

Thank you for sharing the links, Lexa.

A lovely weekend to you, my kind friend.

Gary:)

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

So glad things are getting back to normal and your husband had a nice surprise waiting for you. Have a great weekend with lots to celebrate. :)

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