Friday, November 3, 2017

Celebrate: Trials and Tribulations


So you're probably wondering where I disappeared to for the last 4 months. Well, I had a very bad flu and then ended up in the hospital where they found I had arteriosclerosis ... and then I had a brain bleed and got dementia. I'm still dealing with memory loss and overall confusion. Yes, it's been a real fun time... 

Luckily, I have a very supportive husband and with his constant help I've finally recovered health-wise, although my memory is still a bit iffy... It seems my short term memory is the most iffy, but my long term memory is pretty good. In other words, I can remember my childhood, but the past few years are a bit foggy. However, with his help I'm muddling through and getting better every day. 

Please send me your good wishes and I'll cross my fingers that my memory gets stronger 'cause it's weird to have a screwed-up short term memory and have no idea what happened yesterday ... or the last few months...

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)


Friday, June 23, 2017

Celebrate: Au Revoir

"Au revoir" means until I see you again. In this case it's more of an until I'm well enough to stay upright in a chair long enough to write blog posts again.

According to the doctors and lab results, I'm "fine." Tell that to my very nauseous tummy and unhappy digestive system and that have made me lose 8 kilograms (17 pounds) in the last 2 weeks. Not kidding. I spend most of my time in bed or in the bathroom.

It's very hard to sit at my laptop, so I'm off everything -- Facebook, my CPs' forum, Twitter (if you see a tweet, it's a robot, not the real me), gmail, and now Blogger. I hope you can forgive me for not commenting on your posts and, for a while at least, for not posting. Until someone figures out what's wrong with me and fixes it, I just don't have the strength to be on the net.


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)


Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrate: Funny Raccoons & Great Giveaways!

If I'm ever simply unable to write a post, my fallback is always good ol' LOLCatz. In this case -- I'm celebrating 


RACCOONS!











Wishing you an enjoyable weekend!


Returning Celebrate Member – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Allison Bruning http://allisonbruning.blogspot.com
Welcome back, Allison!

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 June 16, 2017:

Free Download of Supernatural Suspense Novel – The amazing JH Moncrieff is offering a free novel for download! The novel is called City of Ghosts --- “On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive” --- about a man touring a ghost city who discovers that the town’s history of betrayal and murder has a terrible impact on the present.
Download this thrilling novel for FREE from these vendors:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/City-Ghosts-GhostWriters-Book-1-ebook/dp/B06XWYLLKW/
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/city-of-ghosts-6
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/city-of-ghosts-jh-moncrieff/1126092833?ean=2940154346525
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1237674695
InkTera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/ad1e0d07-d9a1-4bae-bfd6-b007488f3e1e
SCRIBD: https://www.scribd.com/book/348267457/City-of-Ghosts-GhostWriters-1

Free Online Steampunk/Fantasy NovellaOlga Godim has put her new Steampunk novella on Wattpad! It's called Open, Charlie, about a young magically-gifted woman who’s being used by her mafioso father to steal things. When she runs away, she’ll have to run far to stay out of his clutches and she can't trust anyone. You can read it for FREE here: 
https://www.wattpad.com/story/86711685-open-charlie

Free Signed Literary Novel Paperback – Win Telemachus by Peter Gray about a colony of migrating birds used as a metaphor for human love and loss (read more on Goodreads HERE). Enter by visiting Examining the Odd blog. Then click on the sentence “Simply click here to enter” and be taken to the rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. Few entries = Good chance to win! (ends Jun 22)

Free Award-Winning Woman's Fiction Novel - To celebrate the release of her newest novel, Redemption Lake, author Susan Clayton-Goldner is giving away her National Writers' Association Award winning novel, A Bend in the Willow, about a woman living a respectable life until her 5-year-old son gets leukemia and she must return to the family home in Kentucky that she ran away from 20 years ago after she murdered her rapist. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends June 26)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card and Sci-Fi Hardback Novel – Win The Final Book: Gods by SW Hammond, about mythological Greek gods who must save humanity by pretending to be mortal and using a quirky scientist’s time travel machine. The author is giving away a $25 Amazon card and a hardback copy of the novel. Enter via rafflecopter on the Juniper Grove Book Solutions blog. (ends Jun 18)


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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Celebrate Kindle Scout Tip & Giveaways


In case you haven't heard of this, Kindle Scout belongs to Amazon. It’s part of their publishing arm, but they don't choose the books, votes from people choose the books, like a popularity contest.


“Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.”


If the author manages to get 3k clicks/nominations on their book in 30 days, it will be published and all those who nominated it will receive free ecopies when it releases. (Scout pages used to list how many nominations each book had received and the number needed to reach the goal. They don’t post it now, so I can't be sure of the number authors need. But I’ve seen several before and I think the goal was either 3k or 5k.)

Many writers have contacted me on Facebook or Twitter and asked me to go vote for their book. I always felt sorry for them, having to contact complete strangers and beg for a vote. I've only heard of one writer who got enough votes to be published -- all the others failed.

Then, as I was searching for giveaways for this week's post, I came upon a giveaway tied to Kindle Scout that's very clever.

The author, Lincoln Cole, is offering a $50 Amazon card and the first task on the rafflecopter is to go to Kindle Scout and vote for his book. I know a lot of people would like to get their hands on a $50 Amazon card, and a "click" on Kindle Scout is pretty easy. 

I hope all the authors I know have publishers or are happy self-publishing, but if you want to try Kindle Scout, I recommend this clever giveaway idea. You don't have to write a ton of strangers and beg, just put up some money for a gift card and offer a chance to win it as an incentive to vote.

Here's Lincoln Cole's giveaway so you can have a look-see: https://www.lincolncole.net/giveaway

I'm celebrating that I already have a publisher because I'm way too cheap to cough up the money for a gift card! 

Have you ever contacted complete strangers and asked them for a favor?

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 June 9, 2017:

Free 3 Fairy Tale Paperbacks and Matching 500-Piece Puzzles – Win three classic fairy tales: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast in beautiful keepsake boxes along with their matching 500-piece puzzles. Enter via Entry Form on the Pawsitive Living blog. (ends June 15)

Free Signed YA Contemporary Paperback – Win Weird and Wonderful by Cece Barlow, about a girl with a terminally ill brother and who believes in feng shue (balance) but somehow her life is always unbalanced. She needs to change before it’s too late. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jun 12)

Free 2 Dark Fiction Series eBooks – Win Hunters and Hunted by Aoife Marie Sheridan, about a girl who can see ghosts and demons but must act fast to save her fellow hunters even if it means a rescue mission to Hell itself. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends June 12)

Free Your Choice of 1 of 3 Literary Fiction Novels – For the month of June, France Book Tours is offering the person with the winning entry his or her choice of three books: Hell’s Gate (Literary Dante-esque novel, trans to English) by award-winning author Laurent Gaudé, Moderato Cantabile (Literary in original French) by award-winning Marguerite Duras, and the Prix Goncourt Award winning book La Nuit Sacree (Literary in original French) by Tahar Ben Jelloun. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends June 30)

Free $5 Amazon Gift Card and Romance Novel Paperback - Win Chasing Love by Melissa West, about a soldier home from a tour in Iraq who falls for his best friend’s suddenly mature and beautiful younger sister; she’s always had a crush on him—will her dreams come true this time? Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novels Giveaway blog. (ends Jun 25)


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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Celebrate: Bloodwalker Giveaway & More Giveaways!



My great publisher, Freedom Fox Press (Dancing Lemur Press), is sponsoring an audiobook giveaway for many of the books they've published -- and it's BLOODWALKER's turn!

The giveaway is on Twitter and a winner will be chosen in one week (June 8). If you have a Twitter account, here are the super easy directions to enter for a chance to win:

Go to Dancing Lemur Press's pinned tweet HERE and click the ReTweet button.

That's it!! You're now entered in the giveaway!!

This week I'm celebrating how I have the best, most helpful, and hard-working publisher ever --  L. Diane Wolfe of Freedom Fox Press!

If you listen to audiobooks, where do you do it? In the car? On the bus? While you're exercising?

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 June 2, 2017:

Free Middle Grade Comedy Adventure Novel – Be one of 10 winners of Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce, about  a foster kid who meets an alien (that looks like a dog) and learns that the Earth is slated for destruction unless he can come up with 10 reasons it should be saved. Enter via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends June 11) 


Free YA Fantasy (Mermaid) eBook – Win Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne, about a mermaid living in an underwater city shaken by a murder that leads back to her and her fiancé. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jun 19)


Free 1 Signed Novel and 3 YA Contemporary Romance eBooks – To celebrate the release of About Last Summer by Patricia B. Tighe, she’s giving away a signed paperback novel (US only) of Life in the No-Dating Zone, ebook copies of the Zone series (3 books, open internationally), and an ebook copy of her newest book, About Last Summer. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog.  (ends Jun 12)


Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Damned Either Way (Book 3 of the Harker trilogy) by Erin Hayes, about vampires taking over the world and the only one who can stop them — the Harker! — the author is giving away a $50 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Jun 18)


Free $100 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Hard Proof: Notus Motorcycle Club by Debra Kayne, about twin sisters getting involved with a biker who’s secretly working with the police to catch a serial killer, the author is giving away a $100 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jun 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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrate: Too Relaxed? & Giveaways


An egg ...  or meee?! 

I was sleeping very comfortably, somehow not realizing it was Thursday and I'd forgotten to do a Celebrate post. But I accidentally woke up in the wee hours and whipped this off!

I've had a good, relaxed week, and I think I've come up with the character arc I so desperately need for my next novel. (I can't write a character if I have no idea what that character's arc is.)  So yay for me and Paris Underworld! Now I just have to finish Coldest Night ...

Have you ever lost track of what day it was, especially when you have days off work?


Happy Memorial Day!


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 May 26, 2017:

Free Online Short Stories – Celebrate’s own D.A. Cairns of Square Pegs blog has an ezine called Square Pegs Ezine. David runs it, chooses submissions, and edits. You can read all the free online short stories on the Square Pegs Ezine HERE. Wouldn't it be fun to see your own story there? So check out the Submission Policy for his ezine and sub a story of your own HERE.

Free Middle-Grade Comedy Paperback - Win How to Be a Super-Villain by Michael Fry, about a boy expected to follow in his evil family’s footsteps and become a super villain—only the boy is so nice, he keeps failing the tests. Be one of 10 winners and enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central Blog. (US/Can only; ends May 28)

Free YA Epic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Hardback Novel – Win Shift of Shadow and Soul by Hilary Thompson, about an exiled community with links to ancient magic and pursued by a vengeful king, with only a girl and a boy trying to save them—but the girl has some of the forbidden magic and the boy’s the enemy general’s son. The author is giving away a hardback copy, internationally, via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 29)

Free Signed YA Contemporary Paperback & Cookbook – To celebrate the release of The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield, she’s giving away her first book, A Strange Companion, about a woman who struggles with life, death, grief, and the possibility of reincarnation, and also giving away Recipes for Love (Cooking with Kat), a cookbook by the novel’s main character. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books blog. (ends May 29)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the prequel to a Paranormal series, The Angel Knights by Mary Ting, about Fallen Angels, Demons and the family of Demon Hunters charged with finding and ridding the world of them, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends June 17)


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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Celebrate: Sour Stomach Cure & Giveaways

Last Saturday, I apparently ate something that was past its expire date and full of germs (bacteria? microbes? ALIENS??). It freaked out my stomach. The result was ... icky. Really, really icky, like I became best friends with a bucket for a couple of days there.

Luckily, my bucket and I parted ways about midweek. During my war with my stomach, only one thing went down and stayed. My sour stomach cure was:


Yes, vanilla ice cream. The cold and creamy consistency did a lot to settle my stomach. My husband said I was being childish, but he went to the store and got more when I asked. (And when it comes to being sick, aren't most of us just big babies anyway?)

So this week, I'm celebrating Vanilla Ice Cream!

Do you have a special "cure" when you get sick that might sound strange to others?

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)

New Release from
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
MY LIFE AT SWEETBRIER


Blurb:
What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?  

Buy at:  

Author Bio:
        Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has been featured on several author websites. Her books have won a number of awards and recognition including; The Feathered Quill silver medal, The Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention, Center for Literacy and Primary Poetry Award Finalist, Reader’s Favorite silver medal, and The AuthorsShow.com “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.”
        Her story, My Life at Sweetbrier, is a captivating book that teaches children life lessons such as perseverance and setting goals. Deanie believes children should be inspired to reach for their dreams because you may accomplish more than you imagined. You may even overcome the odds, like she did.
FIND DEANIE HERE:


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 May 19, 2017:

Free Texas Romance Paperback – Win Texas Fire by Gerry Bartlett, about a billionaire’s spoiled daughter who gets a shock when she finds his will has a string attached—she must work on one of his oil rigs for an entire year or she’s disinherited. Will the tough as nails foreman help her or ruin her chances? Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends June 15)


Free Vampire Thriller eBook – Win 1 of 3 ecopies of Once Bitten, Twice Die by Antony J. Stanton, about the failure of a new drug leading to crazy and enraged patients and a secret clan of ancient vampires who must fight the patients for their own survival. The author is giving away 3 ebooks via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. Very Few Entries = Great chance to win! Enter FAST, ends May 20!


Free 2 Signed YA Contemporary Paperbacks – Win 2 books by Jennifer Gold: The Undiscovered Country, about a girl who joins a volunteer program and goes to South America to try to get over the pain of her mother’s death, and On The Spectrum, about a girl with an unhealthy obsession with living “clean” and her summer in Paris with her young brother who’s on the autism spectrum and what he teaches her about life and love. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US/Can only; ends May 26)


Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Rook (YA Fantasy) by USA Today bestselling author JC Andrijeski, about an alternative history, psychic warfare, and the one girl who can stop it, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 25)


Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of The Quiet Type (Serial Killer Thriller) by Sarah Prescott, about a darkly twisted wife and her husband who’s becoming too suspicious of her, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends May 25)


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
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