Friday, June 17, 2016

Celebrate: Less Heat & Giveaways

This week I'm celebrating that the above problem didn't happen to me.  Actually, the normally 100+ degree temperatures here in Egypt went down to 85 degrees this week and I'm really grateful!

I hate running errands (to the bank, phone company, etc.), but the dip in temperature and a refreshing wind made them much easier to tackle -- and I got them all done yesterday.  Yay!

How are you doing in the heat this summer?

New Celebrate Member – Update Your Blog Roll
Tamara Narayan
Welcome Tamara!!
Celebrate Member Re-Joining – Update Your Blog Roll
My Creatively Random Life (Melissa)
Welcome back, Melissa!!

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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 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)

There's still time to enter 
the Goodreads giveaway for a 
print copy of BLOODWALKER.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain


by L.X. Cain

Giveaway ends June 18, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
(Will be shipped by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Only open to US residents. Print copy is an ARC, not for retail sale.)

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 17, 2016:

Free for Download Western Erotic-Romance Novella – Download Getting Lucky, one of the exciting Coalson Family series by Maggie Adams, about Lawrence “Lucky” Coalson who tries to save his brother’s Las Vegas casino from an arsonist and runs afoul of a beautiful blonde. (More info at Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download FREE at:  Amazon     B&N    Apple-iTunes     

Free Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel from TOR Books – Win The Stars Askew by Rjurik Davidson, a medieval, fantasy-style SF about a revolution and a mysterious book that may win the battle for one side or the other. Enter by commenting on This Post at TOR Books. (Only 19 comments so far=Good chance to win! US & Canada only; ends June 20)

Free 4 Sci-Fi Novels from ROC Publishing – Win the first 4 novels in the Destroyermen series, Into the Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, and Distant Thunders by Taylor Anderson. Enter via the Entry Form on the page at The Speculative Herald blog. (US & Canada only; ends June 28)

Free YA Medieval Romance Novel – Win 1 of 3 print copies of The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson, about a maidservant sent to a prince’s court with orders to pretend to be the princess of a neighboring country and not let the prince choose her to marry from the 10 princesses invited. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends June 19)

Free YA Fantasy Adventure Novel – Win 1 of 5 print copies of The Buried Rune by Jeffrey Kohanek, about a boy who refuses to be relegated to the under classes because he doesn’t have a birth rune, so steals one that turns out to be from the ruling family, and finagles his way into the noble’s magical training academy. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Central Books blog. (US & Canada only; ends June 19)

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)


Kate Larkindale said...

Yay for cooler weather and getting everything done before the heat descends again.

L.G. Keltner said...

It's been 90+ degrees all week where I live.

Yay for getting errands done! Have a great weekend!

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad you got all your errands done while it was cooler. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You know it's hot when eighty-five feels cool. We were upper nineties yesterday, but the weekend is to be around eighty. Awesome!

Natalie Aguirre said...

We're experiencing lovely even cooler weather. When it's not raining, great days to take my dog for a walk and get some gardening done. I'm grateful too. So glad you're experiencing cooler weather too.

JeffO said...

What heat?

We did have to turn the fan on in the bedroom the last two nights because it's getting a little warm, but not quite hot. It's supposed to go up to 85 tomorrow, but our house tends to stay fairly cool. Enjoy the weekend.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The dragons could stay, but everyone else has to hit the road.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what I'd do without a/c. When I lived up north, without it, I had to open windows and use fans.

Tamara Narayan said...

Oh, my goodness! Thanks for the plug. Glad to join the party. Things aren't steamy here yet. We've been enjoying beautiful weather in the 70s. We are so spoiled. But we do need rain. And less flies. But my kitten has a smashing time chasing after them through the house, so it's all good. I wonder if she would chase Jehovah's Witnesses too?

I've got a freebie to mention. I found some free Kindle downloads on Amazon under the author name S.H. Livernois. I've read Slip and LImbo and they were very good horror/paranormal stories.

Nissa Annakindt said...

We are not having much heat here in the wilds of Upper Michigan. In fact, yesterday when my 10 ducklings hatched out and I put them in the brooder I had to put on an extra heat lamp because they were shivering. But I don't mind the lack of heat because this house gets like an oven in summer and I have no functioning air conditioner.

Nissa from

Anne Doucette said...

That is something to celebrate. And while you're celebrating would you like to hear more good news - about the Kingdom of Heaven? ;-)
Kidding! Hope the pleasant weather holds out!
Anne from

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It's rained here all week, but the forecast says 25 degrees C on Saturday and 27 degrees C on Sunday. Yay! Just in time for Father's Day celebrations. Best to you, Lexa.

Christine Rains said...

Yay for cooler weather! We've been having a bout of really hot weather here, but it will cool down to normal temperatures next week. Thanks for the Freebies. Have a lovely weekend. :)

Jeff Chapman said...

Where I live, 85 is considered hot. Entered your giveaway on GR. Glad to see that you connected with O from O.D.BookReviews.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

It hasn't been very hot in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. -- except for the day I attended an outdoor book festival. It figures.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Glad it cooled down enough for you to get stuff done. We're heating up over here, nineties mostly but hundred+predictions are on the horizon. Ugh... I only go out early or late to workout. Otherwise, inside with the ac on.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

So glad you got all your errands done before the heatwave, Lexa. That's great planning. Enjoy the weekend.

messymimi said...

The only way to beat the heat is to stay out of it if you can! Glad you had a bit of a cool down.

Stephen Hayes said...

So far we've only had a day or two in the 90s, but warm weather is on its way.

DMS said...

How lovely that the temperature is a little bit cooler than normal. I can see how running errands would be way better with a breeze and less heat! Glad you got them all done while the weather was cooperating! :) Happy weekend!

Sue Bursztynski said...

It's winter here, so none of the above applies. We've had some days of pouring rain. I'm knitting a scarf, Gryffindor style, but above all, WARM! Your description of the weather as cool in comparison reminds me of a visit to Israel I made once, in November. For my mother and me, the weather was spring-like and pleasant and we wore summer clothes, but everyone else was wrapped up warm and a passing gentleman demanded, "Aren't you cold?"

Ironic that the Rjurik Davidson novel is available for giveaway only in North America, as he's an Aussie living here and, until fairly recently, published here by small press! Still, glad to see he is doing so well.

T.F. Walsh said...

It's very nice and chilly over here in Australia:) Hope the less intense heat stays that way for you.

Heather R. Holden said...

85 degrees? Lucky! It's supposed to get as high as 120 degrees where I am, LOL. Enjoy the cooler weather for as long as it lasts!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Here in the States this weekend its supposed to get toasty! I agree with you about those little errands that must get done. Have a good weekend, Lexa!

Ms Rix said...

What heat? It's rained heavily and fairly persistently for a week! On the plus side, the weeds in my garden are coming on a treat.

Melissa Ann said...

Yay for completing errands! Always a good thing to check off your list.

T. Drecker said...

Yay for cool weather! We're at 5-10 degrees above normal here and high humidity. So I've been hocking in front of the tiny AC this week.

cleemckenzie said...

I can take all of those pesky critters except the Jehovha Witnesses.

Lots of freebies today!

Anonymous said...

We've had a few low 90s days so far, but nothing too terrible. Glad you got your errands done. I can deal with any of the above critters except for the spiders. No spiders allowed. Ever.

Julie Flanders said...

Glad you got a break from the heat. I hope it has continued and you didn't immediately jump back into the 100s. I HATE summer heat and humidity and have been grouchy as can be here. I'm already counting the days until autumn.

Great to have new/returned members! I am anxious to meet them. :)

Kelley said...

Yes, the heat is miserable. I love Nature, but this time of year I love best this side of the window.
Stay cool!!

Libby Heily Author said...

Glad to hear you are surviving this summer! A cool day and summer is always great.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm right there with you. We're normally close to 100 with 100% humidity this time of the year, but the last couple days we've only been in the 80's with 30 to 50% humidity. SO nice. =)

I'm going to enter your giveaway. Sending cheese!

Nicola said...

Oh plesae send some of that sunny weather over to Europe!! We are still waiting to see the great ball of fire. Only black blankets of clouds over here...

Loni Townsend said...

It seems to fluctuate here, over 100 then dipping to 60. Odd behavior that makes for unpleasant running conditions. Oh well. Yay for good weather!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Yay for getting the chores done. Such a good feeling. I'm glad all those critters didn't visit you. The temps here have been running in the 90s. I'm mostly staying inside, under the air conditioner.

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