Friday, December 9, 2016

Celebrate: Surfacing & Giveaways!


This week I decided to put "life" on hold (online and regular) and sleep no more than 4 hours a night to devote myself to cover design for my next book, Coldest Night (the Alaska thriller). I've been trying to come up with a cover for 6 months but never even came close--sort of like writer's block except for art designers.

This week was one of those "I'm going to do it or die trying" weeks.

The bad news is my email is now overflowing, my updates and messages on Twitter and FB are way over 100, and I've got a sore throat.

The good news is I did it! I have 6 or 7 now, and with a few more touch ups and some font, I'll be ready to let my trusty CPs see them and give suggestions for improvement.

What about you? After I get some covers ready to go (probably in Jan), would you be willing to do a poll like I did for Bloodwalker and vote on your favorite covers?

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 Dec 9, 2016:


Bloodwalker giveaway! Book-blogger Emily of Emily Reads Everything is giving away an ecopy of Bloodwalker as part of a Christmas giveaway. This is the last giveaway for the foreseeable future so enter while you can on the Emily Reads Everything blog. (Enter rafflecopter at the end of the post; ends Dec 31) 


Free Download of Mythical Romance Novel Download for FREE Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. by New York Times Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, about a demigod assassin who goes to Goddess Cimil of Matchmakers Inc. so she can find him a mate, but he’s not a very “nice” guy and she has only 7 days to find him a mate. 
Quotes (I don't normally include these but they made me laugh):
"He was more like toilet paper - people needed it but only noticed its importance when lacking."
"He spoke like a man who'd been born in a barn and raised by a pile … of porn magazines."
(Ends Dec 31; For more info go the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. FREE here: 
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/IMMORTAL-MATCHMAKERS-INC-Immortal-Matchmakers-ebook/dp/B014AMK9UE
B&N-- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/immortal-matchmakers-inc-mimi-jean-pamfiloff/1122562479?ean=2940151033374
Kobo-- https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/immortal-matchmakers-inc
iTunes-- https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/immortal-matchmakers-inc./id1024194257?mt=11&at=10lMeE


Free Download of Romance NovelDownload for FREE Romancing the Montana Bride by Vella Munn, about a couple who return to their honeymoon cabin to save their deteriorating 5-year marriage. The first in the Montana Lakeside series. (For more info go the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download Romancing the Montana Bride FREE here: 
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Romancing-Montana-Bride-Lakeside-Book-ebook/dp/B01HSJQEQ4/
B&N-- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/romancing-the-montana-bride-vella-munn/1124052094?ean=2940153536972
Kobo-- https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/romancing-the-montana-bride
iTunes-- https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/romancing-the-montana-bride/id1130023490?mt=11&at=10lMeE


Free $20 Gift Card, 2 Signed MG Fantasy Novels, T-shirt & Bracelet – Win signed copies of MG novels Broken Branch Falls and Cradle Falls by Tara Tyler, a Beast World T-shirt and bracelet, plus a $20 gift card on the Julie Flanders blog. (ends Jan 2)




Free Book of Your Choice – Wings ePress Publications is having a Christmas Giveaway on Smashwords. You can have any book of your choice on the Wings ePress website. Genres include: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Chic Lit, Romance, and many more. Browse their pages, choose your book, and then enter the name and your email info in the Entry Form on the Wings ePress giveaway page. A link to the book on Smashwords will follow by email, along with a coupon to insert during check-out to get the book free.  (ends Dec 31)


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

41 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'll gladly take part in the poll to help you out Lexa. Sorry you got sick but congrats on pushing through girl! Happy Holidays.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Yes, I'll be happy to vote in your poll. I love that cartoon! I'm on the train home and surrounded by people playing with their phones, but then, I'm on my iPad. ;-(

Kate Larkindale said...

Always happy to put my oar in as far as your covers go! But glad you've found something your happy with because I want to keep reading the book and you need to get new chapters up for me to read!

Andrew Leon said...

Cover design is really not my favorite thing. I don't have the skills to translate what's in my head onto a book cover.

T.F. Walsh said...

Can't wait to see what you create :) You're getting so good at covers... I know it will be awesome.

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats on designing your book covers! I hope we get to see them here someday.

I wrote a ton last night and woke up sick from just TOO much at all once, so I know the feeling. At least I got my work done, even if I had to sacrifice my health for it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you finally got it. We did miss you on Wednesday though.

JeffO said...

Cover poll away! Hope you make a quick recovery and have a nice weekend!

messymimi said...

It's always fun to look over the possibilities. Congratulations on getting them ready!

Unknown said...

Take care of the throat. Would luv to vote on the cover even though I couldn't design anything!
Still have problems leaving comments with this open ID thing.

The Cynical Sailor said...

A cover poll sounds fun - looking forward to seeing the designs. Take care and I hope you feel better soon.

Julie Flanders said...

Ooh I can't wait to see the covers and would love to be part of another poll. I know it will be hard to choose though since all of your covers are always so great! Congrats on getting it done!
Hope your cold goes away soon.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Those were productive nights, especially after only a few hours of sleep.

Patricia Lynne said...

I'll help with the poll. I love book covers.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved the cartoon. It's so true. Glad you made your goal, but I hope you get more sleep. It's really much healthier to sleep more. I need to take my own advice.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's why I stay out of the cover creation process. LOL

Loni Townsend said...

Yay for figuring out your options. I'd love to participate in the voting. :) Sorry to hear about the sore throat though. I've got a bit of one myself. Hope you get to feeling better!

Stephen Hayes said...

I look forward to seeing these possible covers, and of course I'm willing to offer an opinion.

TheCyborgMom said...

I hope your sore throat goes away soon! Glad to hear you got the creative juices flowing though! Enjoy the weekend!
~Katie

Patsy said...

Well done for getting the covers sorted. I'd be happy to take a look and say which I lkie best.

shelly said...

I'm still trying to grow bone in my break site. It's been over 12 weeks now. Got a hard callus though. But I don't have the liberty yo drive or work yet. But I can type without pain now.

Inge H. Borg said...

Since I picked "the winner" for your Soul Cutter design, of course, I'll be happy to do anything to help-promote-blog. Just give the word.
Now, do catch up on your sleep before you turn into a mummy! They are not supposed to sneeze, you know. And get better soon!

T. Drecker said...

Can't wait to see what you've come up with for a cover! Hope you feel better soon :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

A poll would be fun. I'll vote.
Hope you're feeling better. Take care of yourself.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sleep deprivation always gets me a cold. And I eat too much when I'm tired, so I get chubbier. But I still do it because sometimes things just have to get done.

I can't wait to see the covers. You should let us see them all and offer our two cents. :)

Kim Lajevardi said...

I'm sorry about your throat, but I'm happy for your cover break through. I will most definitely love to vote on options when you finish. Now, go get some sleep.

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad your time offline was productive. Having a choice of covers is awesome, I look forward to seeing them. Hope your sore throat doesn't hang around too long.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Glad you managed to get some designs down. I've never done my own covers, but I can imagine I wouldn't be very good at it.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, I'm glad to hear you're getting the artwork figured out for your book cover. Sure, I'd be happy to participate in the poll for your book covers! Make some time to enjoy this blissful Christmas season and thanks for hosting CTST! Have a good week, my friend! ;)

Lynda R Young said...

oooh! Exciting! You are going to send me the covers, right? I wanna seeeee!!!!!!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

What the heck? Four hours a night to be MORE creative? Does that even work?

Nevertheless, no matter your method, I am excited to see potential cover designs for your new project!

Julia Thorley said...

I'm pleased you achieved your target, but don't work too hard.

Nasreen said...

Yes! The cartoon, its true too. Looking forward to seeing your cover!

cleemckenzie said...

Here's to another smashing success of a cover! Can't wait to see what you've come up with.

Wishing you the very best at this time of year and looking forward to sharing 2017 with you.

Lee

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I would LOVE to see even more envy-worthy covers! Looking forward to it. You're so lucky you can design your own.

Romance Reader said...

Its awesome you design your own covers, looking forward to seeing this one :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, eek, sorry about the sore throat. Hope you feel better soon!

And a poll sounds like a lot of fun. I really enjoyed seeing all the potential covers for Bloodwalker, back in the day, so it'd be cool to vote on Coldest Night, too. Congrats on finally figuring out some designs for this book!

Denise Covey said...

Hi Lexa. I'm glad your hard work paid off and you have a mock-up cover to be going on with. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.

Rhonda Albom said...

I'm happy to hear you succeeded and made some cover designs. I'd be happy to take your poll.

Tara Tyler R said...

i'd be up for helping with the cover selection! yay for getting it done! i know how it is to ignore the email only to have it tidal wave over you when you come back!

really appreciate you adding me to your foxy list! thanks so much!
merry christmas!

Sherry Ellis said...

Designing a cover has to be a time consuming process! Good luck with it! And take care of your health. A little rest wouldn't be a bad idea.

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