Friday, October 28, 2016

Celebrate: Hail Storm & Giveaways

I'm celebrating an emergency net connection.

Yesterday, my Egyptian town had a thunder storm with rain and lightning---and hail! Egypt gets only about 5 rain days a year and has no drains to deal with a heavy rain. There were floods.  I lost TV reception, then the electricity. It came on after 6 hours, but---horror of horrors!---my net connection wouldn't come back. 

I ended up having to go out, brave lakes of water, non-working streetlights, and find a taxi to take me to another wifi company I used to use. I paid for a new month of service, but ended up walking for almost an hour until I found a taxi to get me home.

At home, the taxi had to drop me off behind my building because the front parking lot was underwater. When the taxi began to drive away, it fell in a large hole hidden by the water and got stuck!  For all I know, the poor guy's still out there...

But thank goodness I have a working net now!  Whew!

Does anyone else lose net connections in bad storms?

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 Oct 28, 2016:

Free Download of Horror Short Story Collection – Download your FREE copy of Celebrate’s own Tamara Narayan’s short story collection Heart Stopper and Other StoriesThe disappearance of random household items baffles Dallas Radner and his eleven-year-old daughter, Tessa. Ten plastic bags, nine ballpoint pens...what's next? This odd countdown should end on November 1, The Day of the Dead. That's also Tessa's birthday and the one-year anniversary of her surgery, the day her heart stopped on the operating table. Dallas almost lost Tessa then. On this November 1, one thing will vanish forever. Will it be his daughter?
Download the collection FREE from Monday Oct 31 - Friday Nov 4 on Amazon.

Free Download of Time-Travel/Paranormal Romance Novel – Download your FREE copy of MOONLESS (1st book in the Maiden of Time series) by Crystal Collier. A girl in 1768 England is amazed by her transformation into a beauty and horrified by the arrival of murderous wraiths. She must decide whether to escape an arranged marriage and join the man she loves to fight off the dangerous threat. (MOONLESS is free to promote the release of TIMELESS, the 3rd book in the series). 
Download the book FREE from Tues Nov 1 – Saturday Nov 5 on Amazon.

Free YA Biblical Dark Retellings Collection – Eight authors have stories in the collection In The Beginning, a group of dark YA short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned. There are 5 digital copies for giveaway. Enter via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends Oct 30)

Free YA Fantasy Novel or $10 Amazon Gift Card & Many, Many More! – The novel and gift card are offered by Natalie Aguirre of Literary Rambles. Choose 1 book of 15 offered or a $10 Amazon card. PLUS, there are 93 more people on the blog hop and EACH is offering books or gift cards for free. To see the whole list, go to the Literary Rambles blog. (ends Oct 31)

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Dekkir by Lara LaRue, a science fiction alien-erotic romance, the author is giving away a $50 Amazon card on the Romance Novels Giveaway blog. (ends Nov 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)
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