Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate: Sheri's Motley Education & Giveaways

A Day at the Spa
I need a spa day!

This week I'm celebrating:
1) Release activities are cranking up and I'm falling behind on my to-do list.  Ack!  However, I'm still managing to keep promises I made to post other writers' releases or cover reveals -- like the one below for Sheri Larsen! 
2) While I'm being good with doing things for others, I'm struggling to write my own guest posts and interviews (those things are harder than they look!).  But at least if I let the blog owners know I'll be late, they're very gracious in granting me more time.
3) My Thunderclap is fully supported!  I'm so grateful to everyone who signed up.  I wouldn't be anywhere with all this release stuff if it weren't for your generous help.  Thank you!

Cover Reveal
and Giveaway!

Motley Education 
(Book One: The URD Saga)
by S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016
       Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire Afterlife alive.
       Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman. 
       When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7. A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date. 

S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017. Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.
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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 Sept 16, 2016:

Free $25 AMEX Gift Card, $25 Sephora Gift Card, Signed Thriller Novel & Swag – Celebrate’s own Yvonne Ventresca has a thrilling new book coming out on October 4 called Black Flowers, White Lies, about a girl whose father’s death is raising questions and sparking strange occurrences. Yvonne is giving away a signed copy of the book, 2 gift cards, and a rustic chalk board.  Enter via rafflecopter on the Jen Halligan PR blog. (ends Oct 8) 

Free SF/F Historical Time-Travel Novel – Win Timeless by Crystal Collier, about a young woman who must travel back to the 13th century to defeat dangerous enemies before they have a chance to wreak havoc on the future. Enter via rafflecopter on the Alexia Chamberlynn blog. (ends Sept 18)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – Delightful blogger and generous friend, Beverly Stowe McClure is having a virtual tour for her book Under a Purple Moon, about a high school girl with a difficult family life seeking friendship and support from other kids hiding out in an abandoned house. She’s giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on The Reading Addict blog. (ends Sept 23)

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card and Signed YA Horror Paperback – To celebrate the release of Raising Mary: Frankenstein by Ace Antonio Hall, about high school senior, Sylva Slasher, who can raise the dead for criminal investigations—or parties!—the author is giving away a $15 Amazon card along with a signed copy of his novel Confessions of Sylva Slasher via rafflecopter on the Juniper Grove Book Solutions blog. (ends Sept 18)

Free $50 Sephora Card and Signed Erotic Romance Novel – To celebrate the release of Confessed by Nicola Rendell, the “dirty, sexy, funny” story of an heiress and the hot man who plans to rob her. The author is giving away a $50 Sephora card along with two signed copies of the book. To enter, scroll down to the Author’s Bio and click the rafflecopter link on the Eskie Mama Reads blog. (ends Oct 8)

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)


T.F. Walsh said...

I could so do with a spa day too :) Just do the best you can, it will all come together in the end.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Larsen. Your book baby sounds glorious! Falling behind can be rough Lexa but you are still moving forward so yay! Also glad to see that your Thunderclap is fully supported. Happy to help and enjoy your weekend ladies.

The Cynical Sailor said...

That dog looks like it's really enjoying its spa day :-) All the activities related to a release must be mind boggling. Hang in there, I'm sure it will all come together. Congrats to SA Larsen on her release!

Heather R. Holden said...

Many congrats to Sheri! That cover is amazing, wow. And good luck figuring out how to keep up with your to-do list, Lexa! It's way too easy to fall behind sometimes...

JeffO said...

My dog is the sort that attacks the vacuum anytime, anywhere--she'd never allow that sort of thing. Congrats to S.A., and hang in there, Lexa! Enjoy your weekend!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I know how hard setting up blog posts for a release can be. I'd love to have you on my blog, Lexa!

Congrats to Sheri. Her book looks and sounds amazing!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck keeping on schedule. Congrats to Sheri on her awesome cover.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great cover, Sheri!
Don't miss your schedule - I'll have to send an army of Ninjas after you if you do.

Birgit said...

Love that doggie! He/she knows how to have a spa day. Now someone needs to support you and say..."You can do it." You can do it so never fear because you do have support and you good nature to help out others will reward you.

Tamara Narayan said...

I know what you mean about composing good guest blogs. They take forever!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You can do it. Two more weeks!

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, love the spa doggie! I know how hard it is to keep up with the to-do list. Writing all those guest posts is a lot more work and takes a lot more time than you might expect. Good luck with it! And congrats to Sheri on her upcoming release! Very intriguing cover!

Chrys Fey said...

It's always so much easier to do things for other people's releases but so hard to do things for our own. I have that same problem.

Laura Clipson said...

I could so use a spa day right now! Good luck with all your guest posts and interviews :)

Stephen Hayes said...

Is that a Corgi having a spa day? Those tiny legs are a dead give-a-way.

Kate Larkindale said...

Good luck getting all your posts written (and trying to squeeze in a spa day).

Julie Flanders said...

Yay for Sheri! That cover is fantastic. And good luck to you on getting your posts and everything else done. I know you will totally rock your release tour!

T. Drecker said...

Congrats to Sheri! I love the cover and the blurb sounds great!
Good luck on getting everything done and caught up. With Thunderclap filled, that's one thing chalked up. I'm sure it will go great!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Congratulations, Sheri. Your cover is lovely. Best wishes on your book and promotions.

messymimi said...

One foot in front of the other, one thing at a time, you can get it all done, just don't panic!

Sue Bursztynski said...

As a blog owner myself, I tell my interviewees/guest posters that there's no rush. I post when I please and the world doesn't come to an end. I'm sure your blog owners will understand. Now, go have that spa day.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I want a spa treatment too. Looks so nice.
Thanks for mentioning my giveaway.
Sheri's novel sounds great. Can't wait to read it.
And, you can do it. You're almost there.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, you certainly are a busy gal. I love the funny animal gif! I may have to share this on my Friday Sillies. If I do I'll be sure to give you credit. :) Thanks for hosting the fun. Can you believe it, the first day of fall is this coming week?!

Julia Thorley said...

Don't worry about that to-do list. It'll all get done eventually. Love tghe title of 'Motley Education'.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Congrats Sheri -- love the cover!

Lexa -- I agree about guest posts. They can be tough to write. We are in the same busy phase! Thanks for including my giveaway on your list. xo

mshatch said...

So happy for Sheri, and wow! What a fab cover!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations, Larson! Lexa, thinking of you and wishing you huge success on your new book!

cleemckenzie said...

Did someone say SPA! Let me grab my spa bag and I'll meet you at the curb.

Lots of great things going on here today. Books and gifts and new covers! Congrats to all.

Annie Neugebauer said...

I need a spa day too! You're doing a lot; falling a tad behind is bound to happen. But it's such happy work! :)

Mark Murata said...

Thanks for posting these offers every week.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Sorry you're buried, but you're almost there. SO excited for your upcoming release.

Congrats, Sheri!

Loni Townsend said...

A spa day sounds great to me! I hope you get all your guest posts done. And congrats to S.A. Larsen!

Kathleen Valentine said...

That dog in the GIF is looking way too happy. I suspect I would feel the same way. There are just not enough hours in the day. I certainly feel your pressure.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I'm overwhelmed! Thank you for all the book love, everyone! And to you Lexa - you are the best!

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