Friday, October 21, 2016

Celebrate: Veggies & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating:
1) Like my beaver friend above, I'm trying to eat more veggies on my diet. They aren't very appetizing. :P  But then I thought -- "Wait! Guacamole and salsa are made of vegetables, and they're yummy!" So I made some ... and then I ate them with tortilla chips.  But don't worry, I ate the corn kind not the flour ones.  After all, corn is a vegetable... ;)
2) Library Journal's starred review of Bloodwalker was published last Saturday! My publisher sent me a jpg of the magazine page, and I transcribed it. You can read it HERE.  
3) I'm thrilled to announce that my publisher, Freedom Fox Press/Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C., has released a new book -- Cling to God by Lynda R. Young.  Congrats to Lynda!!!

Cling to God: A Daily Devotional
by Lynda R Young

Blurb:
Cling to God in the chaos of life…

Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.
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Author Bio: Lynda R. Young, a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find her here:
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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 Oct 21, 2016:

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card and Horror eBook – Win The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak, about a woman trying to survive a zombie apocalypse with her sword and psychic powers. The author is giving away an ebook and a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends Oct 25)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – To celebrate the release of The Sapphire Blade by Dorine White, about a boy’s adventures in London and Alexandria where he must solve the puzzle of Cleopatra’s gemstones, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card or Paypal cash via rafflecopter on the My Creatively Random Life blog.  (ends Oct 30)

Free $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card – To celebrate the release of A Wedding at Meadows Shore (Romance) by Eva Charles, about a headstrong woman managing a domestic violence agency and the insufferably arrogant playboy she is determined to change, the author is giving away a $75 Amazon or B&N card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaway blog. (ends January 20)

Free $100 Amazon Gift Card and 19 MG Paperbacks – Win 1 of 14 paperbacks, a bundle of 5 paperbacks, or a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Enter via rafflecopter on the Ripley Patton blog. (ends Nov 2)


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:

Lynda R Young said...

Thank you so much for featuring my book on your blog. And a HUGE congrats again to you for your book release too. It's been so exciting!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big congratulations to Lynda!
Awesome you received a copy of the Library Journal page.
And I won't tell you how much fat is in avocadoes...

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's great you're trying to eat more veggies. And FYI Alex, the fat in avocadoes is healthy for us. I lost a lot of weight when I reduced bread and other carbs and started eating more vegetables.

T.F. Walsh said...

Yeah, I'm trying to add more veggies to my diet too... Need some variation to eat more hehe

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to Lynda on the publication of her book and to you for your fabulous Library Journal review!

I deliberately made an effort to buy more veggies when I went shopping yesterday. Now let's see if I eat them or if they stay untouched in the fridge and I have to end up throwing them out. I'm with you on corn tortillas - definitely one of your five a day :-)

JeffO said...

Congrats to both of you!

I hate to be *that* guy, but are we sure that's a beaver? Looks kind of like a muskrat to me. (I'm a wildlife guy; I just can't help myself) I could be wrong, but my gut said "Muskrat!"

Either way, have a great weekend!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You just have to know what to do with those veggies to make them tasty.

Thank you for supporting Lynda and her release this week.

Jackie said...

Love your guac and salsa idea! I switched out my ranch dressing and replaced it with salsa on my salads. I missed the ranch at first, but now if I were to try it again, I think it would taste strange. LOL

T. Drecker said...

Congrats, Lynda!
I've decided to press more fruit and veggies too. Instead of grabbing chips, I've been 'reminding' myself to snatch a couple of baby carrots or grapes or a banana first and then only eat a handful of the other. This week, it worked. See if that holds on. Love the Guac idea! That will be this week's attempt ;)

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations on that LJ review!! So happy for you. And congrats to Lynda too - she's really made a splash this week. :)

Heather R. Holden said...

I'm such a picky eater that you couldn't even pay me to eat things like guacamole or salsa, so you're still better at getting vegetables into your diet than me. LOL.

And wow, that Library Journal review is absolutely fab. Congrats!

shelly said...

CARROTS AND CELERY ARE MY FAVORITE GO-TO VEGGIE SNACKS. HUMMUS AND PEANUT BUTTER GO WELL WITH THEM. CONGRATS TO LYDIA! HER BOOK IS EVERYWHERE.

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats to Lynda!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Lexa on the Library Journal review and Lynda on her book release. Getting veggies in the mix is hard. Good luck on your journey. Glad you're keeping up celebrating the happy stuff.

Kate Larkindale said...

I love veggies of almost all varieties, but my family are so picky we seem to end up eating the same ones all the time. Luckily asparagus season is just starting here, and no one else in my house likes asparagus so I get to eat it all while they have boring old broccoli.

Shah Wharton said...

Kind of well done on the veggie munchies - LOL!

Yey, for Lynda. You're all in the same club (publisher) now! :)

Have an awesome weekend. X

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Huge congratulations to you for the magazine article which I'll check out and to your friend, Lynda for her new book. Wishing both of you much success.
The beaver is so cute. Happy you're both working on eating healthy stuff. Happy weekend.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm so fortunately. I love veggies. Of course, I love desserts too, but I eat enough veggies that I don't want dessert. It's working. Congratulations on the ezine, and to Lynda for her new inspirational book.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Now those are yummy vegetables. Enjoy them.
So exciting that your book review is in Library Journal. Congratulations.
Lynda's book looks great too.
Have a nice weekend. Celebrate. :)

Stephen Hayes said...

Most people are surprised by the fact that I love vegetables and leafy greens.

Chrys Fey said...

Congrats to Lynda!

And congratulations to you on a Library Journal review! That is awesome. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats to you on your Library Journal Review! Wonderful!

And, congrats to Lynda!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Congratulations on the great reviews! Hate to tell you this, but guacamole and salsa, nice as they are, really don't count as "eating your veggies." :) I suspect you know this. Avocado is good for you, but isn't a green. Personally, I like mine plain, to enjoy the nutty flavour, though I do occasionally make guacamole. You need some *greens* in your diet to start with and the less you play around with them, the better. Steaming them lightly you get the texture, the flavour and don't lose the vitamins. You do need lemon juice to get the most out of the iron content. And that makes them taste nicer too.

But enjoy your guac and salsa anyway! I do.

messymimi said...

Guacamole and salsa are the best veggies, and you can put them on top of a nice serving of brown rice and black beans and get your fiber and protein, too.

Congrats on the review!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulations on the starred review from LJ!
I read BLOODWALKER and loved it! Couldn't put it down!

dolorah said...

I've been working on the fruits and veggies thing for a while now. I backslide frequently, lol. Still, carrots and celery are my favorite late night snack.

Congrats on the review :) And congrats to Lynda too.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Just wish vegetables didn't taste so good when drizzled with oil and roasted!! Am certainly trying to up my intake of more fruit as well as veggies to help stave off winter colds and flu. Have a good weekend and as ever thank you so much for hosting this lovely blog hop :)
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mshatch said...

Raw veggies can be nice with some sort of dip...like Buttermilk Ranch :)

Congrats to Lynda!

cleemckenzie said...

Guacamole is definitely a veggie. Even the chips have a veggie flavor and come close to being in that food group when smeared liberally with green food.

Congrats to Lynda! Hope her book soars.

Rachel Pattinson said...

I'm terrible at remembering to eat vegetables! I much prefer fruit, but they do have more sugar in :(. I love making my own guacamole though. Congrats to both you and Lynda! Have a lovely weekend, Lexa!

Laura Clipson said...

I love veggies, I still don't eat enough though! Have a great weekend :)

DMS said...

Glad you found a tasty way to get more veggies in. :)

Congrats on your starred review! Wow! That is a big deal and I hope you celebrated. Wishing you all the best!
~Jess

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

I appreciate your logic! :)

Congrats to Lynda.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Congrats to Lynda!

Lexa -- congrats on the review. That's wonderful! And yeah for veggies!

Kelley said...

Yay for the starred review!! That's awesome!

Gina Gao said...

Congrats to Lyda on her book!

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LD Masterson said...

Congratulations to Lynda. And I totally agree...guacamole and corn tortilla chips are a perfect all-veggie snack. (can I have some?)

Annie Neugebauer said...

I was wondering why you would want to celebrate veggies until you got to salsa. XD Congrats on another fabulous review, Lexa!

Julia Thorley said...

I'm so nearly vegetarian, but it's now hearty stew season and I just can't find a decent veggie alternative to thick beefy gravy. Suggestions welcome!

Crystal Collier said...

Yes! Corn is a vegetable...sort of. I should jump on that diet too. My midwife was a beast when it came to that kind of stuff and made me eat vegetables like crazy...and I felt better than I deserved. Need to get back to that.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats to Lynda! You can't have salsa without chips. I get it. Eating more veggies is a good goal. Soups are also a good way to incorporate filling dishes that often include veggies.

Chemist Ken said...

Eating veggies is a good thing. Just wished they tasted better. Actually veggies can be quite tasty if you mix them with all sorts of unhealthy stuff. That's still a good thing to do, right?

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You and I see veggies the same way. We'll baby step our way there- eventually.

I got both books. Can't wait to read them!!

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