Friday, October 14, 2016

Celebrate: Giveaways & More Giveaways!

I have lots to celebrate this week!
1) The temperature finally dipped to the point where I can open the window late at night and let in fresh, COOL air.  Yay!
2) I'm very pleased that my publisher not only got my book in front of a Publishers Weekly reviewer and they gave Bloodwalker a good review (I can't link to the site because it's subscriber only, but it's on my page HERE), but she also sent the book to Library Journal and their review will come out in the Oct 15th edition of their magazine. She's been informed that it will be a featured, starred review with a picture of the cover! Both media sites are hard to get onto (and harsh critics), so I feel very fortunate they liked Bloodwalker so much! Woohoo!

3) I did a guest post for 2 Book Lovers Reviews where they asked me to pick 5 favorite horror books. To plug the guest post on Twitter, I included the handles of the authors, including J.A. Konrath, and I was thrilled like a schoolkid when he retweeted me! J.A. Konrath is the godfather of Indie Publishing, a multi-published bestselling author, and has an influential blog called A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
4) I'm delighted to announce that there are two book-bl0gger giveaways of Bloodwalker this month only. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, run quick like a bunny and enter the rafflecopters on:
Graeme Ing's Blog (ends October 24)
O.D. Book Reviews (ends October 31)



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 Oct 14, 2016:


Free Download of Comedy Short Story – Celebrate’s own Julia Thorley has a free short story out called “Briefs Encounter.” I read it, adored it, and gave it 5-stars! I guarantee lots of chuckles as you read this short tale about a woman being thrust into an embarrassing close encounter with an aggressive escalator!
Three reasons to get this funny short story. 1) It’s FREE! 2) It’ll add laughter to your day. 3) Supporting your fellow Celebrate authors brings you good karma!
Download all formats of Briefs Encounter from Smashwords.


Free YA Thriller Novel – Celebrate’s own Yvonne Ventrasca has a great new thriller out called Black Flowers, White Lies, about a girl whose father’s death is raising questions and sparking strange occurrences. Yvonne is giving away the book via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Nov 8)


Free 45 Science Fiction and 60 Fantasy eBooks – There’s a special limited-time giveaway where over 100 authors are offering free books via InstaFreebie. Go to the page, scroll down to the book covers, click on the cover of the book you want and be taken to an InstaFreebie page. Once there you must leave your email (you’ll be signed up for the author’s email list) and choose the format you’d like (epub, mobi or PDF) and click “Claim!” The book will be sent to your email address. Go to Dean Wilson’s blog.  (ends Oct 18)


Free Thriller Novel – Win Fractured by Catherine McKenzie, about a family moving to new city to get away from a stalker but begin to receive threats. The author is giving away a copy of the novel via rafflecopter on The Book Whisperer blog. Few entries = Good chance to win! (US & Canada residents only; ends Oct 17) 


Free YA Paranormal Romance PDF – Win Sunrise by Scott J. Abel, about an angel who fights to keep a boy’s soul away from the dark things that hunt him in the hours before sunrise. Enter via rafflecopter on the CBY Book Club blog. (ends Oct 30)


Free $100 Amazon Gift Card – Win a $100 Amazon card on the giveaway site: Giveaway Promote. (ends Oct 26)



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

44 comments:

L.G. Keltner said...

Wow! That's amazing news about Bloodwalker! I hope the great reviews continue to pour in! Have a great weekend!

Suzanne Furness said...

Great news about Bloodwalker, congratulations! And wonderful to see 'Celebrate's own'with their new stories and releases. Glad you now have some cool air to enjoy too. Happy weekend.

Sue Bursztynski said...

That's great news! And Publisher's Weekly is one that libraries subscribe to, to decide on what to buy. Congratulations!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome! Just getting a good review from Publisher's Weekly is amazing. (Trust me.)

T.F. Walsh said...

How fantastic... huge congrats and very well deserved because your book rocks. Woohoo.. can't wait to see the Library Journal review:) You're doing so well with your book.

Cathrina Constantine said...

OMG!!! All great news!!! Congrats. I'm off to read the review.

JeffO said...

What a great week, enjoy the weekend!

Ms Rix said...

Congratulations on the fantastic reception of you book! How cool is "cool" in Egypt? We have switched on the central heating here.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on the Publishers Weekly review. That's so awesome!

mshatch said...

Excellent news all around :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

And hopefully I'll have a copy of that Library Journal feature soon.

Library Journal is what influences libraries to purchase books - Publishers Weekly is used more by bookstores.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Well done on your Library Journal and Publishers Weekly reviews!! That deserves a big celebration this weekend :-)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Congratulation on the good review. What a terrific feeling that must have been after all your hard work.

I am loving the cool weather here also. It was a brutal summer.

Tamara Narayan said...

Wow! Congrats on those reviews! That must be such an amazing feeling to have your work lauded by folks on that level. Way to go.

Julie Flanders said...

Hooray!! So many great things happening. Congrats on the PW and LJ features! That's fantastic.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Congrats! That's so cool.

Julia Thorley said...

Brilliant news about Bloodwalker - and thanks for the review and your generous comments. x

Kate Larkindale said...

Fantastic news! And may there be many more fabulous reviews!

Shah Wharton said...

So you're with Alex's publisher? Well done you. I thought you'd been put off publishers after Soul Cutter, so go you for having another go. The story sounds great (and I've entered the giveaway) so brilliant that Publisher's Weekly gave it the thumbs up! Brilliant. You should feel so proud, Lexa. X :)

Birgit said...

You should be so proud! I think getting a review that is so positive must have made you walk on air. Yahoo to the cooler temps!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations, Lexa. What great news and reviews. I'm not surprised though. I'm reading your book right now. Well, not this minute but later today I'll continue reading it.
Way to go.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on all the positive buzz for your book Lexa.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay times four! You deserve every good thing. Bloodwalker is a GREAT book, and you have worked your ass off to become a great writer.

messymimi said...

Your good news and celebrations always make me smile!

Yolanda Renée said...

Congratulations! Such awesome news! And so deserved! Your an amazing writer!

I didn't get my Freebie to you in time, but MML is free this weekend. I'll tweet about it all weekend. :)

SENCO Cat Herder said...

The reviews are wonderful and you deserve this. Great rafflecopters - I'm entering :) Cheers and all the best - have a great weekend!
Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Rhonda Albom said...

Wow, tons of great news this week. Congrats on the reviews and the cooler weather :0

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Congrats on all the good book news! Hooray!

T. Drecker said...

Big congrats! Definitely worth a Koala backside swing :) And oh, the cooler weather! Too bad it's supposed to go up again for a couple of days..but then cool days again.

cleemckenzie said...

Super pat on the back, Lexa. You've worked very hard for this and I'm so happy to see that paying off.

Melissa Sugar said...

Way to go! Congrats on the amazing book reviews. That has to be the best feeling in the world. And not bad getting a RT from Konrath. You're on top of the world. Hope you continue flying high. You deserve all the success coming your way. I'm very happy for you.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats Lexa. Way to go. Bloodwalker sounds super.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Wow, Lexa, congrats on all the great news! What a super week for you!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Just saw your Pub Weekly news on Lee's blog--holy hell! That is a HUGE deal--congrats!

Joe Konrath used to be a friend from an old writers' forum--not sure if he remembers me now, but he's a really nice guy. I'm not surprised he retweeted you. (He had more time to chat when he was traditionally published--go figure.)

Keep on kicking ass and taking names! I'm cheering for you. :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, that's awesome about those reviews for Bloodwalker! The fact that you got featured in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal is beyond impressive. Congrats!

Libby Heily Author said...

Congratulations on the reviews!!!! That is amazing Lexa! And I hope the giveaways go well. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Those are amazing reviews!! You should be happy dancing until your feet blister.

Misha Gericke said...

Yay! I'm thrilled your book is doing well. ^_^

Annie Neugebauer said...

I adore hearing about your successes! Good for you, Lexa. Keep on chugging!

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats Lexa. How awesome!!!
And yay too for that cool air. I'm heading into hot air and I'm afraid ;)

Nicola said...

Life is goooood! Many congratulations, Lexa. You totally deserve the fab reviews and the success that's on your doorstep :) Continue to enjoy the ride. All the very best.

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo!!! Talk about some awesome things to celebrate! I'm going to head out and hit a couple of your links, but I'm popping cheese and chair dancing on your behalf!

PlanetKimberly said...

WOW! Amazing news! Congratulations on getting featured in Library Journal! I am so happy for you! Your efforts are paying off! That cover is awesome, by the way.

Cherie Reich said...

That's awesome about the reviews! I'm looking forward to reading Bloodwalker. :)

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