Friday, January 13, 2017

Celebrate: Where Did Winter Go? & Giveaways



Temperatures hit 70 in Egypt this week! I was walking around without a jacket or scarf today. In fact, so far the winter, where temps usually fluctuate between 45 and 60, has been unusually mild. 

I'm not complaining exactly, only I'm worried that the high temps now do not bode well for the summer where temps normally average 90-105. What if they go higher this year? Nooooo --- I'm a chubby chicken that broils easily in the hot sun!

Have the temps been unseasonably warm where you live? 

Celebrate's own Tanya Miranda has released 
a new book!


Blurb: 
       Finding romance gets harder after so many years together, but Isabel and Leo make it work. 
       This collection of short stories takes a peek into their lives as a competitive couple continually outwitting one another, as parents to two children who are too wise for their young ages, and as grownups who shoot foam dart guns like military snipers while attempting to act like responsible adults. 
       Between sassy kids and demanding careers, heartbreaks and frustrations, a quick kiss or a love tap are sometimes the only intimacy they can get. And when the moment comes, they jump all over it. 
       These are their stories.

Buy At:  AMAZON


Bio:
Tanya Miranda runs 5Ks, writes, and creates line art when the weather keeps her indoors. She loves reading and writing about real life love stories, tales of heart ache, and every other type of emotional journey life offers. Her kids bring her loads of joy and tons of material for her writing. If only they would stop growing up...

To find out more about the author's writing, visit her at:

Blog: http://www.tanyamiranda.com/ 
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+TanyaMiranda
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanyaMirandaAuthorPage
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/tanyamiranda
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mirandabooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tanya_Miranda_
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tanya.miranda/
About.me: http://about.me/tanya_miranda


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 , 2017:

Free Signed Fantasy Novel, Bookmark, Poster, and Temporary Tattoo – Win Impyrium by Henry Neff, about a ruling family dynasty that’s losing its power, the youngest granddaughter whose magic is the only thing that can save it, and the spy sent to destroy the dynasty at all costs. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Jan 16)

Free Signed Fantasy/SciFi Novel – Win Windwitch by Susan Dennard, about a galaxy king betrayed by his sister and shipwrecked on a brutal planet. To help its oppressed people, the incognito ruler must embark on a dangerous mission. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Jan 19)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Sweet Southern Hearts (Contemporary Romance) by Susan Schild, about a woman marrying for the third time who finds her new step-child and her on mother present stumbling blocks to her happiness, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Jan 22)

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Organized Crime/Romance Novel – Win The Unfortunates Book 1 by Skyla Madi. Anyone entering the giveaway will be signed up for Skyla Madi’s newsletter and receive a free copy of Blood and Rust, plus will be signed up for the Romance Devoured VIP newsletter and receive free books and special offers. Enter via question and entry form on the Romance Devoured blog. (ends Feb 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)gmail.com

39 comments:

Kate Larkindale said...

Having the opposite problem here… It's supposed to be summer, but it has been unseasonably cool. And our summers aren't that hot anyway!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Jamaican summers have been ridiculously hot. Last year we had water restrictions before summer even rolled around. My mother sneaked out at night to wash her car and water the grass! Congrats Tanya on your book. Really like the idea of short stories following a set of loving intense characters. Keep safe from the rising temperatures Lexa. We love you!

T.F. Walsh said...

Our summer so far has been really hot!! Like can't go outside hot and sweating non stop... I prefer the cooler weather... :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Tanya!
We dipped to the low teens at the beginning of the week and then yesterday, we hit seventy. So screwy.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Tanya! We have had some warm weather but also bitter cold. Thankfully not too much snow so I can walk outside for exercise.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Well done to Tanya! We've had cold temps lately, which aren't really cold, but feel that way when you're used to the hot weather in Florida. Have a great weekend! Cheers - Ellen

Cathrina Constantine said...

It's been usually warm here too. Instead of snow for the past week, its been raining.

Congrats to Tanya!

Have a great weekend, Lexa.

JeffO said...

Yesterday, we hit 50F and it rained all day, washing away pretty much all the snow we had last week, when daytime highs were in the teens and lows were going below zero--higher than normal? Hard to say. We're due to be back to subfreezing through the weekend. Enjoy the weekend, and congrats to Tanya!

Tanya Miranda said...

Thank you for the plug Lexa! Yesterday we hit mid sixties in New Jersey. I took a basketball and soccerball with me when I picked up my son from school. The park was full, and the kids were very thankful for the balls. Stayed until sunset, which is about 4:45 in NJ. Need to soak up these days, they are few and far between this time of year.

Tamara Narayan said...

Yes, it has been unseasonably warm which means no snow. Wah! (I love snow). Best of luck to Tanya with her book.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

First we were unseasonably cold and now we are unseasonably hot. I miss having a real winter like we did in Albuquerque.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Our temperatures are close to normal most of the time. Yesterday and the day before were above normal, which was lovely for us. Last year we had a warm winter. We even opened windows on Christmas. Weathermen are saying we'll have a snowy, wet month in Feb. so we'll see.
Happy weekend.

Decadent Kane said...

Oh my gosh I'm drowning in ice and snow and cold weather here. Send your warmth my way! It's been in the negatives recently here in Wyoming. I'm longing for Summer.

Lara Lacombe said...

We've had a warm winter as well, but that's kind of to be expected in Texas. Still, I wouldn't mind a little chill in the air!

Have a good weekend!

Jeff Chapman said...

It's either very cold and snowing or warmer than average and raining. We're flipping back and forth between the extremes. I don't think I could handle your summers.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats to Tanya!
It's colder than usual here. I grew up in a town where it snowed every winter, but I've been spoiled by the coastal warmth the past few years and now it's below freezing - brr.

Stephen Hayes said...

Here in Portland it's extremely cold, as can be seen in today's photos on my blog.

messymimi said...

We aren't having much cold here, either, and it's got me concerned. Hope you have a great weekend!

Diane Weidenbenner said...

70 degrees? That is amazing. We're expecting another snow storm and it's supposed to be freezing this weekend. Isn't it amazing how different parts of the world are so, well, different! Have a good weekend and enjoy your weather. Stopping by for the #CTST, Celebrate the Small Things, www.dianeweidenbenner.com

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm in Upper Michigan. The temp was -10 the other day and the wind chill made it feel like -20. Currently, I don't know what heat or the sun are anymore.

Sue Bursztynski said...

I'm assuming you mean Fahrenheit? Otherwise, you'd be in huge trouble! Here in Melbourne we've had about three days of coolness, but back to the heat Monday - and I'm not sure I can even go to the beach at this stage; after a huge storm, all the pollution from our drains was swept into the ocean. That cleared up, but was followed by sharks on local beaches! In fact , a few days ago a woman walking her dog on the beach saw one gasping it's life out at the water's edge. She called a friend and they rolled it back into the water. It was one of a harmless variety, but how do you know when you're in the water?

DMS said...

Overall this winter has been warmer than usual. Many days in the 40s-50s here in CT. We have had a few cold days, and some snow- but overall, definitely warmer. It was 55 two days ago! I don't love the cold, but last winter was also very mild overall (with some snow and cold). Seems like our winters might be changing...

Hope the nice weather now doesn't mean extreme heat in the summer!
~Jess

Spacer Guy said...

Hi Lexa I wrote a small story expounding on the Star Trails of Park Algonquin in 2006. I wanted to incorporate adventure with the magnificent night sky using characters from Star Trek. No-one guessed what I was driving at but at least I had some fun, haha.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Well, it snowed here today so envy you the warmth! Have a nice weekend.

Rhonda Albom said...

I think your winter came here. Our summer can barely get above 24 and we've been getting 14 at night. I'd like some more heat.

Heather R. Holden said...

Summers sometimes get as hot as 120 degrees where I live, so...hopefully you can avoid that fate in Egypt! LOL.

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, 70s! We hit 50 degrees in Boston. So many links to read. Tanya's cover really stands out. So sweet!

T. Drecker said...

That is warm! Overall, our winter has been warm too. But then, the entire year was ridiculous. We didn't even have to start haying our cows until mid-December (and usually that starts in November). The forecast isn't looking any chillier. And I love your broiled chicken statement-I totally emphasize!

shelly said...

Its been unusually warm in Florida as well. I want some cold air! My daughter lives in Israel. It's been rainy and cold there.

mshatch said...

It's more wintery here, but today is sunny and 'warm' with temps in the 30s (F). Our snow got melted by rain but there's still some ice in my driveway. I would like a nice 70 degree day about now *sigh*

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Your weather sounds like ours. We have a week of temperatures in the 60s and 70s, then a week in the 30s and 40s. Weird. We just had rain and some areas had ice. No snow so far, which is fairly normal for our area. I'm not a winter person, so I'm not complaining.
Have a great week.

cleemckenzie said...

Our temps are higher and higher every summer. Being one of those odd people who still till the soil (I'm usually equipped with at least one hand shovel whenever I venture into the garden) I've also noticed a difference in how my plants grow. I estimate that at this rate, I'll have to move at least 20 miles north every year in order to maintain the same flora and maybe even fauna I'm used to and understand.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I have been reading the weather report in Egypt for two weeks and squealing with joy. For my own selfish reasons, I hope it stays above norm for at least three more weeks. :)

We've had a nasty cold snap here, and while nicer weather is on the way, it's nothing close to what you're experiencing. I'm going to soak up that sun like a sponge--can't wait!

Libby Heily Author said...

Temps in North Carolina hit freezing for a few days but today is 63. So, yeah, it's a crap shoot. Hope your summer's not too hot!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations, Tanya. Love the book cover. Feels flimsical and dreamy.

Lexa, it's been mild here in Bucerias today. The high was 28C with a low expected of 19C for early tomorrow morning. I'm wearing long pants and thinking of pulling out an extra blanket just in case. We're not expecting sun until Friday. I miss it badly.

Loni Townsend said...

We've had winter warnings out the wazoo here! It's usually not this cold around here. :)

Kim Lajevardi said...

We are in winter, but it is back and forth between fifties and teens. That is par for the course in Colorado, though.

Annie Neugebauer said...

Yep, but that's Texas for you. We've had weeks where, literally, one day you could sunbathe and the next day you had to scrape your windshield before you went to work. We've had one snow so far this year, but last year we didn't even get that, so I'm not complaining!

Patricia said...

Winter here has been weird. Too warm most of the time with a few really cold days thrown in to confuse the trees and plants and birds. Like you I am wondering what summer will be like. Last year was record-breaking hot!

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