Friday, November 4, 2016

Celebrate: Thank you & Giveaways

The Only Thing to Fear is --

This week I'm celebrating:

1) My regular internet connection came back 4 days after the giant rain storm, so I won't have to go to their office and complain. Yay!
2) Even though it might seem I wasted my money paying for another connection when I only needed it for 4 days, there was no way to tell if the regular connection would come back after 4 days or 4 weeks.
3) If it would have happened on a Monday, maybe I wouldn't have freaked out. But it was on a Thursday when I write my Celebrate post! I treasure all the Celebrate The Small Things members and all those who stop by my blog.  I love reading everyone's posts, and I feel like I'd let you down if I disappeared and didn't post or visit.  In Jan 2015, when I took over hosting the Celebrate hop from VikLit, I wrote her: "Unless I'm in the hospital or dead, I promise to post every Friday and do my best to visit other participants." And I've done so every week for almost 2 years -- and no giant rain storm will ever stop me!

My sincere thanks to eveyone who visits my blog. You keep me motivated. You keep me going. You make it a pleasure to be in this blogging community! :)

There are 2 NEW RELEASES this week:

     A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

     When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.
     The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
     Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...

Joylene Nowell Butler is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steampunk collaboration Break Time

She lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.

      Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
      On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
      Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?

30 Seconds, the story that follows 30 Seconds Before, is on sale for 99 Cents. Get it at this discount so you can read the entire story from start to finish!
Buy:     AMAZON     B&N     KOBO     WILD ROSE PRESS

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and heads their monthly newsletter.
Contact:    WEBSITE     BLOG     FACEBOOK     TWITTER   

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:

Grab the Linky html-code here:

** 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 Nov 4, 2016:


Free Horror Short Story CollectionLAST DAY to download your FREE copy of Celebrate’s own Tamara Narayan’s short story collection “Heart Stopper and Other Stories.” The 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 LAST 2 DAYS to 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 MG Comedy/Thriller/Horror Novel – Win a copy of Monsterville by Sarah S. Reida, about a 13-yr-old girl who wants to be a filmmaker and finds a friendly monster to be the star when her sister is taken by not-so-friendly monsters that live Below, she must be brave enough to get her back. The author is giving copies to five winners via rafflecopter on the YA Book Central blog. (ends Nov 10)

Free 2 Signed Paperbacks YA SciFi/Dystopian – To celebrate the release of The Gauntlet (Book 3 in The Cage series) by Meagan Shepherd, about teens who must fight in a competition to earn their freedom from a universe taken over by corrupt humans and dangerous aliens, the author is giving away the first two books in the series, The Cage and The Hunt, via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Nov 10)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card and an MG Thriller Novel – Win Curse of the Boggin (The Library series Book 1) by D.J. MacHale, about 13-yr-old Marcus who’s having enough trouble in school without being haunted by a ghost who wants to give him a key to a mysterious library. Enter via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends Nov 7)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Dangerous Kiss (Erotic Romance) by Crystal Kaswell, about a woman who’s heart was broken by her rock-star ex-boyfriend who finds herself irresistibly drawn to him when he comes back to town, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. Few entries = Good chance to win! (ends Nov 9)

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)


L.G. Keltner said...

I'm glad you got your internet back! Have a great weekend!

Sue Bursztynski said...

You know, I'm old enough to remember life without the Internet and remember how excited I was when it first appeared. I went to the sole Internet cafe in my area weekly to do some research for my first couple of books. I wouldn't want to be without it now. :)

Kate Larkindale said...

Yay for reliable internet! While I remember the world int he days before internet or cell phones or anything, I really can't imagine it now. Although it would occasionally be nice not to be contactable at all hours of the day and night….

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad you have your internet back, amazing how much we rely on it now isn't it! I had a few days recently without it and it can certainly make things difficult! Thank you for being a fantastic host of the celebrations hop, Lexa. Happy weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now I know, you are crazy dedicated. Hey, unless I'm dead, I'm posting for the IWSG.
Big congratulations to both Joylene and Chrys!

Cathrina Constantine said...

You have marvelous dedication! I so look forward to this Friday Celebration too! I love the ducklings chasing the cat :)

Congratulations to all the new releases, they look amazing!!

JeffO said...

It's always a pleasure to stop by here and see what's going on! And congrats to Joylene and Chrys! Have a great weekend!

messymimi said...

Your celebrations make me smile!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

If it happens any day of the week, I freak out.

Thank you for featuring Joylene's book.

Love the little ducks chasing the cat.

T. Drecker said...

Congrats to Joylene and Chrys!
Glad to hear your net is back to normal. What a pain that must have been. And your thoughts on this blog hop or so sweet. But this is a wonderful group of people.

Tamara Narayan said...

You are certainly dedicated which can be rare these days.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I love those ducklings and the cat - so cute! Yay that your internet connection is working. It's so disappointing when the internet goes down.

shelly said...


Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, I'm glad to hear you have internet connection again. We're fortunate to not lose ours very often and when we do it's usually only for a few hours, not days. Have a funtastic weekend, my friend and thank you for hosting the celebration fun!

Patricia Lynne said...

I would be going stir crazy if the internet went down for 4 days.

Stephen Hayes said...

Hard to believe a big cat would be so afraid of little ducklings.

Crystal Collier said...

I totally get it. That's a terrifying prospect to be disconnected, and I feel the same obligation to my readers/the authors I feature. Speaking of, thanks again for the listing. I appreciate it so much!

Chrys Fey said...

When my Internet connection is down, I panic. I'm glad you got it back.

That's a lot of awesome freebies! I got Heart Stopper a few days ago. I can't wait to read it.

Congrats to Joylene!!!

And thank you so much for including 30 Seconds Before and my sale! I really appreciate it. :D

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thank you so much, Lexa. I wasn't expecting this. You are so sweet. Glad to hear of your blessings. Love the ducklings. Glad your internet's back. Thanks again! Congrats to Chrys!!!

Laura Clipson said...

Glad you got your internet back! Have a great weekend :)

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

I'm glad your internet is working again. It's really terrible without it. We all depend on it.
I"m sure everyone loves stopping by to see what;s going on with everyone who follows your blog. Hope you have a fun weekend.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Lexa,

SO happy your internet has been returned. I certainly remember not having access for weeks once a few years ago and I went nuts.... especially since it was during the A-Z challenge. I had to post every day at the local McDonalds... ugh. LOL HAPPY WEEKEND!

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Just wanted to say how much your dedication is appreciated by us all but I was rather worried about you risking life and limb last week to ensure we could take part in Celebrate! Remember we are here for you too if you do need help but so happy that everything is back to normal :) Enjoy your weekend, Lexa.
Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Julia Thorley said...

I was floored when my internet went down this week. Thanks for keeping this bloghop going. I don't post every week, but I try to keep up when I can.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay for internet! I hope you had a great weekend, Lex!

Rhonda Albom said...

Yay for your internet connection. The ducklings vs. cat video is fantastic. Congratulations to the authors on their releases.

Libby Heily Author said...

Yay internet connection!!! And congrats to Joylene and Chrys!!

cleemckenzie said...

The universe is conspiring to test your mettle! You've risen to the the challenge and won! Yay for you.

And yay for Joylene and Chrys!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Joylene and Chrs. Glad you are safe and sound Lexa.

DMS said...

Wonderful to see two blogging buddies here today with their new books. Congrats to both of them!

So happy for you that your internet is back up and running. You are awesome for your hard work on your Celebrate post and for getting to people and commenting every week. Simply awesome! :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Happy Days are back with the Internet.

Congratulations to Joylene and Chrys

Have a great week.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, talk about dedication! Glad to hear your regular internet connection finally returned, and that you didn't have to do any complaining for that to happen. I had to deal with some pretty headachy customer service last month, so yeah, I can just imagine how relieved you must be to avoid something similar!

Julie Flanders said...

You never disappoint with the gifs! I wonder if this cat will ever be able to live this down? If any other cats were around watching I know the answer is not a chance.

Congrats to Joylene and Chrys!!

Diane Weidenbenner said...

Haven't visited in awhile. Also haven't posted for Celebrate the Small Things lately. I guess life has intervened. You always have the most entertaining gifs - where do you find them? Thanks for highlighting new releases. I always learn about a few new authors from your posts. Visiting from the IWSG.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Don't worry, next week you'll be feeling like the biggest hero ever because you'll have all the scenes sorted out and they'll be spectacular. Then you can pat yourself on the back again. :)

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