Friday, June 3, 2016

Celebrate: The First Review of Bloodwalker Up!! & Giveaways

This week passed by in something between a whirlwind and a buzz saw. Straining to research and get out queries to book bloggers (while personalizing each and trying not to sound like I'm begging), I've gotten by on way too little sleep.  Like 3-4 hours a night.  I've found emails from 1 or 2 reviewers that requested, and I sent out the ARC copies, and yet I look at the emails and have zero memory of doing it! :O

And with the plethora of books hitting the market, refusals are more common than ever, but you have to keep trying, no matter how late you go to bed. 

So it was incredibly satisfying to have my week end on such a bright note! 

A Top 10 Goodreads reviewer read BLOODWALKER in only 2 days, wrote a phenomenal review, and actually used the word "brilliant" twice!



I normally don't put up anything about reviews or rankings or whatever. But this very first review of BLOODWALKER is more than I could have hoped for -- I'm floored -- and it's too awesome not to share!




The novel doesn't come out till October, but stay tuned for next week's post -- there's going to be a special surprise!


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 June 3, 2016:

Free Historical Mystery/Woman’s Fiction – Win 1 of 5 copies of the winner of the UK’s Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition, Amy Snow by Tracey Rees. In London, 1831, a rich child forces her parents to take in a foundling and dies 15 years later, leaving a treasure map for the poor now-grown woman so she can live her life on her own terms. But will Amy be able to find the secrets and the treasure? Enter via rafflecopter on the Daily Connoisseur blog. (ends June 9)


Free 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards - To celebrate the release of Game of Fear (YA Thriller) by Glede Browne Kabongo, about an overachiever trying to get into Princeton whose life unravels when she’s blackmailed by someone known only as The Avenger, the author is giving away 2 $25 Amazon cards via rafflecopter on the Reading To Unwind blog. (ends June 17)

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of From Titans (4th book in The Descendents series) by Mary Ting, an exciting Greek mythos/fairy tale mash up along the lines of Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. The author is giving away a $50 Amazon card or Paypal cash via rafflecopter on the Live To Read blog. (ends June 14)


Free $50 Amazon Gift Card, Signed Novel, Tote bag – To celebrate the release of Deep Dark (Romantic Suspense) by NYT Bestselling author Laura Griffin, about a detective investigating a serial killer with the help of a beautiful hacker who may be the best witness or the killer’s next victim, the author is giving away a $50 Amazon card, Signed novel, and tote bag via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends June 6)


Free $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Convergence (Romantic Suspense) by Michelle Grey, about a detective investigating a serial killer and must protect an intended victim even if she wants no part of his plan or his prying into he past, the author is giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends July 30)



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
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37 comments:

PlanetKimberly said...

That is incredibly awesome news! Congratulations, Lexa! Your very hard work paid off! Wow, you are such an inspiration!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats on the review. Many more reviews are coming your way.

Rhonda Albom said...

Well done, fabulous. Congratulations. Love the GIF you added too. It made it just a bit more exciting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome! The first great review is always exciting.
Now, get some sleep this weekend.

JeffO said...

Excellent review--what a way to start the weekend!

Cathrina Constantine said...

YAY!!!! Fabulous!! Reviews are nail biters, and to get your first glowing one is the best!!! Congrats!

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats on the super review!! Whoo hoo! Looking forward to next week's news.

Nissa Annakindt said...

Glad to hear about your review. I know how important reviews are and am trying to get better at reviewing books in a timely fashion. If I write enough reviews, maybe my books will get more reviews. Or at least that's the theory.
http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, WOW, 4-5 hours of sleep per night! I'd be like the Walking Dead, if I did that. Shoot, there are some nights I get 8 hours and I'm wiped out the next morning! I'm a mind-numbed Zombie when I get little sleep or whatever my body deems as not enough for whatever reason. Oh well...I know you're busy, busy, busy with your book. An amazing book review is too hard to not share. I'm glad you got such a glowing review. *applauds* Just let me know how I can help you, my friend. I'm ready to jump in there to promote your work! ;) Have a glorious weekend, dearie, and thanks for hosting the Friday fun!

SWF: Rhododendron Blooms

Stephen Hayes said...

Congratulations on that stellar review. Such a feather in your cap.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the awesome review. Great way to start for a fantastic release.

Kate Larkindale said...

That is a wonderful review! Congratulations!

Birgit said...

Congratulations on a great review. You have earned it big time. Now, you need to rest because you don't want to get sick...listen to your body

messymimi said...

Your great news has me grinning from ear to ear!

Sue Bursztynski said...

That's wonderful news! And yes, a good idea to personalise your inquiries. As a book blogger I never reply to any inquiry that begins with "Hi. My name is ... and here's a sample from my wonderful book XYZ." Even more irritating is the inquiry from a paid marketer that tells me they love my blog but they clearly haven't read it, except the page that has my email on it. I don't reply because I know they sent the same message to about 100 other blogs, just changing the name. But I am sometimes tempted to reply: "So glad you love my blog! Why aren't you following it, in that case?" I don't, but it's tempting. But when I get a personalised inquiry, I reply, even if the person isn't a follower(as long as they don't tell me they love my blog), even if there is no way I would review the novel whose badly spelled sample has been sent to me. I might at least give them a guest post(would you like one, Lexa?) - as long as they address me personally and have clearly read my guidelines.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations, Lexa. I'm very happy for you. What a great start to your week-end!

Lara Lacombe said...

Wonderful news! I'm so glad they liked your book!

Now try to get some sleep! :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Awesome review, Lexa. Congratulations. It should attract a lot of attention for readers. A great beginning. Now relax and enjoy the weekend.

T. Drecker said...

Yay! Congratulations! I hope you're celebrating...well, after you get some sleep.

Sue Bursztynski said...

PS I wasn't meaning to imply that YOUR novel is badly spelled! But I would be happy to give you a guest post, given that my TBR list is way too long. Let me know if you're interested.

mshatch said...

Awesome news on the great review :)

dolorah said...

Fabulous!! Awesome when a stranger likes and submits a good review of your book :)

DA Cairns said...

Only other writers know how thrilling it is to receive a good review, and to hear someone you don't know, say how good you are and how much they enjoy your work. Good on you Lexa. I loved Soul Cutter and I will be buying and reading Bloodwalker.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

this is such AWESOME news, Lexa!!!! Huge congrats and hugs! <3 so well deserved!

Yolanda Renee said...

A truly amazing review, but not surprising! You are a great writer. Your subject is well researched and your characters awesome! Well deserved.

I'd love to host you!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Denise Covey said...

That's awesome Lexa! Try to stay calm and enjoy! Reviews are our bread and butter!

Annie Neugebauer said...

Wow, that *is* a good review! Congratulations, Lexa!!

cleemckenzie said...

Hurray! And double hurray! That's fabulous news. I know this is going to be a wonderful break through for you!

Kim Lajevardi said...

I'm so happy for you, Lex! Now get some sleep.

Julie Flanders said...

So happy for you!!! That is amazing!! Like someone else said I am grinning from ear to ear just from reading your post. Yay!!!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I am absolutely THRILLED for you, Lexa. Congratulations. Sorry I'm late. I hope you've been celebrating.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That was totally worth losing sleep to get that review!! How awesome!! Congratulations.

Heather R. Holden said...

How sad is it that 3-4 hours of sleep sounds like a lot to me? Heh.

And that's beyond fantastic news about Bloodwalker! Congrats on receiving such an amazing review!

Loni Townsend said...

That is awesome!!! Woot!

Tamara Narayan said...

That was a great review. Congratulations! So exciting and a great way to get that all-important buzz going.

Crystal Collier said...

That's so awesome, Lexa! What a wonderful review. I'm so stoked for you.

Sherry Ellis said...

So glad you've already gotten an awesome review! That has to make you feel good!

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