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

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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 28, 2016:

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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)gmail.com

36 comments:

Sue Bursztynski said...

Goodness, that sounds dramatic! No, I can't say I've lost connection in a storm. I don't actually go online during a storm anyway, it's not recommended, and I use my laptop with cable or my iPad, not wifi, so simply switch off/unplug. We did have a loss of power a couple of weeks ago after a huge wind, but that was fixed by next morning for my mother. My own power didn't go off.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You braved all that to pay another company for a month of Internet? You are a crazy woman.
Sounds like the flooding we had a couple weeks ago, only it took a hurricane to do it.

JeffO said...

We lose our connection on occasion in storms, but a lot of times we just lose it here or there for no discernible reason.

Hail for you, snow for us. After four days of the sky spitting tiny pellets, we got our first measurable slop yesterday. Enjoy your (hopefully dry) weekend!

Natalie Aguirre said...

You went beyond the call of duty to get your internet service back. Must have been pretty scary with all that flooding.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Our Internet is pretty good. If it does go down, I'm the first on the phone.

It only rained 1-2 times a month in New Mexico, but ABQ had arroyos to deal with the runoff.

Heather R. Holden said...

Yikes, what a nightmare! Sorry you had to go through all that just to get connected to the internet again. At least all that effort wasn't for nothing!

DMS said...

Yikes! Going from 5 inches of rain a year to a major storm can cause all kinds of havoc. The flooding sounds terrible. I am glad you were able to get the internet connection up and running. I lose mine sometimes and that is the worst! Recently my neighbor cut through electricity wires while doing yard work and I lost power for hours. Hope all is well now!
~Jess

Tamara Narayan said...

Wow, what an adventure. Glad you made it home okay. That taxi ride sounds terrifying. Thanks again for listing my freebie!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

OMG! How crazy. Yikes about the taxi in the hole. How long does it take once the rain stops for the flood water to drop?

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Poor taxi man, almost getting sacrificed to the 'god of internet access'. I'm glad you got back safe Lexa and be real careful with those flood days/nights.

Rachna Chhabria said...

We tend to lose power when it rains heavily, more than losing the internet connection, our landlines go out of order during a bout of heavy rains.

shelly said...

Sounds like everyone around the world is getting a taste of flooding. Glad you stayed safe during your travels to find wi-fi.

Patricia Lynne said...

Yikes!! I've never been in bad flooding. One time, the city I lived in got dumped on and the streets flooded some, but it was only a few inches. Still, I was out and about in my tiny, red car and was worried it was small enough to float away.

Kate Larkindale said...

Wow! You really need that internet, don't you? I think I would have curled up with a good book and enjoyed a few hours of enforced radio silence!

Lynda R Young said...

The things we do to get our internet connections back!

Stephen Hayes said...

A few weeks ago we had a storm blow in from the Pacific and we lost all power for a few hours.

Rhonda Albom said...

I used to lose power in bad storms. No power, no modem, no internet! I know how frustrating that can be.

Kim Lajevardi said...

What an ordeal! I've lost power in a snow storm. Generally we keep power/net during thunderstorms.

messymimi said...

Gracious! We do sometimes lose connection, but the last flood here we lost cell phone service for everyone with AT&T. That was a huge nightmare.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

You have your own Halloween horror story to tell. Glad everything is all right now. My Internet goes out quite often. It usually is only for a short time but is frustrating none the less.

cleemckenzie said...

That's like CA where I live and never or very seldom see snow. One inch of that white stuff and we're in a blizzard. Glad you weren't in the cab when it got stuck. Let's hope that poor guy gets a tow.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Our internet might go down in a storm, but I have my phone as back up. We've never yet had an outage long enough to knock out internet and run my phone out of charge. I dread the day that happens.

Thanks for you email, quoting my own silly fear. That made me laugh. I still feel that way sometimes, but I am gradually getting over it. :)

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Well a VERY BIG thank you to going through all that so we could have our Celebrate time together!! I don't think I'd have been quite so brave (or mad?) to go out whilst the weather was that bad. My internet connection doesn't seem much affected by storms because it comes through cable buried in my garden but it can have its moments all the same. Glad you're back and dry and have a lovely weekend :)
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S.A. Larsenッ said...

Holy whoa, L! A writer without internet access is like a scorned woman. ;) Hope you were careful. As I was reading I got frightened for you. #Clears throat ... story starter...

DA Cairns said...

That tale leaves me speechless. I admire your determination. Five days rain a year, eh? Same planet, different world.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

My goodness, what a dreadful experience for you. Hope you're safe again and all is well. That must've been frightening. Hope you have a great week with much less trauma.

L.G. Keltner said...

You had quite the adventure! And I feel bad for that poor taxi driver. Weather like that can certainly be hazardous.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Oh My Goodness!!! What we do to find internet connection!! I hope all is well by now. Have a good week, Lexa.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

You make me feel very grateful for my internet right now. :) Happy Halloween!

T. Drecker said...

Oh my-that was quite the adventure! Glad you got back safely and yay to the net up and running again. Losing the internet is a pain

Annie Neugebauer said...

Wow! You like internet even more than I do. That's nuts! I'm actually kind of fascinated by this; you could easily turn it into the setting for a really cool short story.

Inge H. Borg said...

For heaven's sake, Lexa. You could have wound up in that hole - with the poor guy. There could have been 'complications.'
The one and only thing I do when we get these Arkansas storms/tornados, is to stay home. Period. Even if it's an ice storm and I fear one of the tall pines to come crashing down on my house/deck (which happened one year).
Anyway, I hope people pick up your scary Halloween book by the millions...

PS: How many bloody squares do I have to pick? I am at #8 and getting tired.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I felt your desperation. Going out during a storm is a gutsy move. Glad you didn't get swept away. But I understand completely. I loose internet and instantly - panic attack!

LD Masterson said...

What happened to the company you were using for Internet connectivity? Were they so flooded out you knew they wouldn't be up and running soon?

Jackie said...

Oh no!!! That sucks about the storms and internet, but glad you got home safe!

Crystal Collier said...

Thanks for the shout, Lexa!

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