Friday, March 10, 2017

Celebrate: My Rose Glasses & Giveaways!

This week, I'm celebrating new glasses! You know those weirdos who're always putting off doctors visits? Well, I'm one -- and that includes dentists and optometrists. I've needed new glasses for about 4 years and every year my vision, particularly on my laptop, got worse. Finally I went, got the prescription, and now I have the glasses! They're rose colored. My new rose-colored glasses to make my world more beautiful!

Do you tend to put off doctors appointments? How about eyesight? Glasses, contacts, or are you a lucky 20/20 person?

New Release & Giveaway
from Cathrina Constatine!


      Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.
      When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.
      Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.
      With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.


Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg.

Author links: 
Blog     Goodreads       Facebook      Twitter       Amazon Author 

International offer for a $25 Amazon Card
and 3 copies of the ebook

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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 March 10, 2017:

Free Download of Comedy Short Story – Celebrate’s own Julia Thorley has a free short story out called “Briefs Encounter.” I read it, adored it, and gave it 5-stars! I guarantee lots of chuckles as you read this short tale about a woman being thrust into an embarrassing close encounter with an aggressive escalator and a man who may be too busy laughing to be her savior! 
Download now for FREE -- Judy Thorley's “Briefs Encounter” on Smashwords

Free Download of YA Contemp Novel – Download Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie, about a teen girl destined to be a nobody until she winds up on a California horse ranch with a grandmother she's never known and meets Magic, a doomed horse that "understands" her isolation and her secret desire to destroy herself.
Download Sliding on the Edge FREE here:

Free Signed Scottish Medieval Romance Novel – Win The Beauty by New York Times bestselling author Claire Delacroix, about a woman helping an injured warrior to regain his family home. Enter via Entry Form on the Deborah Cooke blog. (ends March 30)

Free Mystery Thriller Paperback – Win The Madonna of Notre Dame by Alexis Ragougneau, about the murder of a beautiful nun in Notre Dame cathedral and the detectives trying to solve the case. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (US only; ends March 30)

Free Superstition Mystery Large-Print Hardback – Win Unlucky Charms by Linda O. Johnston, about a dog boutique owner who hopes her new line of good-luck doggy toys will be a hit, especially the stuffed rabbits with extra-large feet when several local shops—including hers—are ransacked and vandalized with spilled salt and other unlucky charms. Enter via Entry Form on the Linda O. Johnston blog. (ends Mar 30)

Free Kindle Fire, 50 Romance Novels or 10 eBook Bundle – Win a fantastic 50 book bundle of paperbacks from some of the hottest romance authors around, a Kindle Fire, or an ebook bundle of 10 of bestselling romance books. Enter via Entry Form on the Pick Me Romance blog. (US only; ends March 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)


Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on your new rose-coloured glasses . . . I have an appt for my eye test next month and think I will have to get new ones then. I put it off because it usually takes me ages to decide on the frames!

Rhonda Albom said...

I am the opposite, I love getting new glasses. I have so many pairs, and I still want a new pair of to go with my hair. I also don't avoid the dentist, but my teeth seem to always have problems.

JeffO said...

It's only when you finally step out into the world with the new glasses that it becomes apparent how truly horrible the "old vision" was. I need new glasses, too--I'm horribly near-sighted--but, yeah, procrastinator!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Cathrina!
We have great insurance so those visits are covered. Which means I go as scheduled.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think I'm due soon for my next eye exam. I won't put it off those because unfortunately I need stronger reading glasses.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, I need to make an eye appointment. My vision doesn't change too much from year to year but I'm beginning to notice a shift in my vision, especially when I'm on the computer. I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to go anytime soon with other appointments I need to make to see an Ear, Nose, & Thorat specialist since my right ear is not 100% better and I need to get a filling (let's hope that's all I need) replaced behind my front teeth. A piece chipped off and I'm afraid biting into something too hard will break the tooth off. Now that we have insurance, I can schedule appointments. I'm happy you got new prescription glasses and can see the world better. Have a good weekend, my friend!

Julie Flanders said...

I put off everything but glasses - my prescription is so strong already I am blind as a bat without them so I can't put it off LOL. Love the color of your glasses! :)

Congrats to Cathrina!

Carol Kilgore said...

I wish I were a lucky 20/20 person. Sigh. Love your new glasses ♥

Congrats to Cathrina on her new book! It sounds like a great story.

Janet W. said...

This sounds like such a great read!

Cathrina Constantine said... your rose colored glasses. So hip!!!

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Lexa!! Have a great weekend!!!

Andrew Leon said...

Yes, I am at that point where I need to go get glasses.

Tamara Narayan said...

I'm pretty good at keeping up with the eye doctor and the dentist, but I avoid going to my regular doctor unless I have to. I've worn contacts since I was 15. No interest in laser surgery.

Lots of good Freebies this week.

Unknown said...

Luv the new glasses. I put off wearing readers for years until I literally ran into a police car! Got real, real quick.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Congrats on your cool new specs! I've been wearing old-old glasses because the last pair I got in 2015 were the wrong prescription (they tried to fix it, but I gave up after feeling seasick every time I wore them). I finally got my vision checked again, and am awaiting the arrival of my new glasses. It's going to be nice to see clearly again! :)

Congrats to Cathrina on her book! I'm off to check it out! :)

Thanks for hosting - have a great weekend!

H. R. Sinclair said...

Congrats Cathrina!

Four years! Yup, that's putting it off all right! LOL I love the glasses though; they are fun!

Anonymous said...

It's always exciting to get new glasses. I have to keep up on my eyes because my sight is so bad. I have about 6 inches that's not blurry in front of my face.

cleemckenzie said...

Rose color is the best! Congrats on those. I'm scared to go to my opthamologist. He's going to tell me things I don't want to hear.

Congrats to Cathrina as well. Here news is great!

And thanks for posting about Sliding on the Edge. Appreciate that.

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on the new release Cathrina.

Yes, I avoid medical appts. Now that you have rose-colored glasses, I hope you're not going to start writing happy, light stories. : )

stephen Hayes said...

I've worn glasses since the fifth grade. Curiously, after losing a hundred pounds my eyesight seems to have improved.

Natalie said...

I think that the cover matches the title perfectly!

Kate Larkindale said...

I always put off appointments, especially the doctor. By the time I go, I always have about 50 ailments saved up and end up running way over time. I wear contacts mostly, but I love my glasses, even if the prescription is a few years old and they're not 100% perfect for my vision anymore.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Now you can look at things through those beautiful new rose-colored glasses! Good job getting them. I"m just like you in that respect. Drs. visits are not my favorite thing at all.
Have a great week.

messymimi said...

Hope your world looks more beautiful every day!

Unknown said...

I'm blind without my glasses! I generally don't put off appointments.

DMS said...

Yeah for being able to see! I am definitely someone who puts off the dentist and doctor for as long as I can. I absolutely hate the dentist office and I know I should go more often. Luckily, I have had very few cavities in my life. I have always had 20/20 vision- though I haven't gotten my eyes examined in a long time. I know I am lucky to be able to see well. Rose colored glasses are awesome! :)

What a beautiful book cover! Thanks for the giveaway and the freebies. :)

Have a lovely weekend.
~Jess said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Nas said...

Interesting mix of books. Great premises too. Yay, for your glasses.

Unknown said...

Yes! I can totally relate to putting off doctor appointments... ugh, I have real issues with going to any type of doctor at all, lol. It is something my husband and I have been discussing we need to be better about though. So hopefully we will follow through on that. :) Glad to hear about your lovely new glasses. And big congrats to Cathrina!

Heather R. Holden said...

As a diabetic, I have to see the eye doctor every year, since it can lead to blindness and such. I sometimes put off getting new glasses, though. (So. Pricey.) Congrats on your new glasses! Love how they're rose-colored. Such a pretty color!

Kelley said...

I love your new glasses! I just ordered a new pair last night. Seeing is such an amazing thing!!

SENCO Cat Herder said...

I am very bad about any medical issue although I do see a dentist when I have to. I know I need to go get my eyes checked but it seems such a big step to being actually prescribed reading glasses so I keep putting it off. Maybe now the universe is telling me to go?
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Theresa Milstein said...

That is is one cool cover on the featured book. Sounds like it takes on some big themes.

Yes, I've worn glasses for distance since I was 13. I take them off a lot. Mostly use them to see the board and TV, and to drive. Now I wear them when I'm outside or the world looks hazy.

Erika Beebe said...

Lucky for me, I don't need glasses yet but if you asked me about the dentist and teeth, I put that stuff as long as I can. Great cover post :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Your new glasses are gorgeous, so neat and colorful. You'll see a new world now. I'm not even going to comment on my eyes.

Congratulations on the new novel. The cover is awesome.

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations on the new glasses! I'm like you. It's been a few years since I got my eyes checked last. I have no excuse other than laziness. I really should get around to it some time.

LD Masterson said...

A rose colored world. We could all use that. And yes, those are two appointments I always put off. My dentist has been pushing me to have a troublesome wisdom tooth extracted but I kept stalling. This week things went south with the little sucker and I broke down and called to make an appointment. Only to find out she's on vacation for the week.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

The puppy and doggie pictures are adorable! Thanks for sharing them with us. The curly hair gives them a little extra charm (not that they needed any)
Hope you have a great week.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

For some reason, I am terrified to go to the eye doctor and dentist. I always fear the worst. I finally made myself go to the eye doctor last year, and this year, it'll be the dentist.

Because of Lasik, I have better than 20/20 vision for distance, but I am starting to need reading glasses for that super tiny white print that vitamin manufacturers love to use.

Congrats on your new rose-colored glasses!

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