Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate: Snowman Tour & Giveaways

This week I'm celebrating generous authors and reviewers:

1) I was a Guest Author at Mary Ann Poll's Facebook book release party, met a bunch of fun people, and at the end I was one of the lucky ones who'd won an ebook from her.  Yay!
2) On Twitter, a book-blogger tweeted me about reviewing BLOODWALKER. However, he wanted an audiobook and I'd given away the promo codes already. Luckily, the book's narrator was linked into our tweets and he popped up saying he had a code for it. So the book-blogger got a code for the audiobook, and the narrator got my gratitude! Double yay!

Have you ever asked for a book or a product for free from a stranger in exchange for a review?

Returning Celebrate Member – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Our Prime Years (Donna McNichol)
Welcome back, Donna!

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)


It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.
While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.
Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

BUY ON:    AMAZON     

Author Bio: 
At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I've traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

You can connect with me here:
Blog    *     Facebook     *     Twitter     *     Pinterest     *     Email

Yolanda's Books 
& $25 Amazon Gift Card

* Grand prize - Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).
* First place - Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
* Second place - Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.
* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner's choice).
* Giveaway ends June 6, 2017

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 12, 2017:

Free Woman’s Fiction Novel – Win Paris Run Away by Paulita Kinser, about a divorced mom shocked to learn her 17-year-old daughter has run away to Paris with an exchange student, so she hops a plane and joins up with the boy’s father and begins to search – and finds out what living really means. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends June 1)

Free YA Thriller Paperback and $10 Amazon Gift Card– Win Hide From Me by Mary Lindsey, about a young man moving to a small town and finding everyone is hiding secrets, especially the beautiful girl he likes. The author is giving away a $10 Amazon card and an ARC of the novel via rafflecopter on the YA Central Book blog. (ends May 25)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Written in Blood (Thriller) by Alex R. Carver, about a peaceful village becoming the center of murders and the female constable assigned to bring the killer to justice, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 17)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate Mother’s Day, author Leslie North has put all her box-sets on sale for $0.99 and is giving away a $25 Amazon card. Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends May 17)

Free $65 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Snow: 16 Stories of Forbidden Love by assorted authors, they are giving away a $65 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends May 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)


Elizabeth Seckman said...

I've never asked for anything free, but then I don't review books unless I feel motivated. Which reminds me, I need to review Bloodwalker- awesome story, of course!

Suzanne Furness said...

That's wonderful news about the review, I love it when things come together. And a free book too, always a cause for celebration!

Kate Larkindale said...

I've never asked for a free book, although I have agreed to take them in exchange for honest reviews...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda is on fire with her tour and release.
That's cool your narrator passed along a code for your book.

Mason Canyon said...

Great that things worked out for the review of your audio book. Audios are awesome. I'm always amazed by your list of giveaways. Lexa, thanks for sharing about Yolanda's book and for being a part of her tour.

MC Book Tours

JeffO said...

Like Elizabeth, I don't review books, thus don't ask for freebies. Have a great weekend!

Erika Beebe said...

I bet it felt good to win. As a kid, I always wondered why my name never was drawn. But the one time it was, I danced so happy I don't think my feet were on the ground. Yay! Happy Friday.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was nice of Jonathan to offer a code. You do know where you can get more, though.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Very sweet of the narrator to get the code to the reviewer. Congrats to Yolanda on her release and book tour. Fun to win an ebook. I love winning things :-) Have a wonderful weekend

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome that your narrator gave the book reviewer the code for your book. Congrats to Yolanda on her book release.

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Lexa!

Appreciate the shout out for the Snowman Tour and giveaway! I've offered books for an honest review and always give an honest review when asked. I couldn't do it otherwise. I'm hoping to listen to Bloodwalker on my next trip to the beach! Your writing is always exciting!
Thanks again! :)

Trin Carl said...

I ask for free things all the time, especially if I'm doing a Blog tour with other authors who are promoting their books. Someone once said that the ability to accept free gifts says a lot about the way you love yourself.

Tamara Narayan said...

No, I've never offered to write a review in exchange for a free copy of a book. I am so far behind in my reviews, it's sad. A publishing company sent me an email about reading one of their books for a review in exchange for a free e-copy, but I have so much on my plate, I don't want to commit myself to another task. On the other hand, the book does sound really good. Grrrr. I need more time!

Yolanda's books are gorgeous. Love the covers. Best of luck to her in her new release.

Anonymous said...

I haven't asked a stranger for something to review, but I've gotten it from time to time for my books. Always scares the crap out of me. LOL

Nissa Annakindt said...

I've never asked anyone for anything for free. But some of my FB author friends give me stuff for free anyway. Declan Finn's given me a bunch of his ebooks, even though I'm very slow in writing reviews.
And recently author Daniella Bova actually sent me a physical book, autographed, for free. Or perhaps because I shared the announcement of her latest book release with all my FB friends.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have always reviewed book for the newspapers, never encouraged strangers who have asked me for reviews. Nice to see Yolanda's books here.

Unknown said...

I love thrilling stories with twisty plots! I am looking forward to reading The Snowman!

Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Laura Clipson said...

Congrats on winning an ebook! Have a great weekend :)

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Very good news about your review and winning a prize. Lots of good things to celebrate this week. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Birgit said...

I think that is a great barter system! The book sounds excellent-Good luck!

imbigwillie said...

This sounds like it could be a good book!

messymimi said...

No, i haven't ever asked for a freebie in exchange for a review, i would feel obligated to say kind things since i got it free, and that's not the point, is it?

steve weber said...

This is wonderful!! best of luck with the release!

Dan Dykstra said...

Alaska is a tough place to live. You probably had lots of time to ponder new ideas for your books. Best of luck with your new release.

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats on winning the book, and glad you narrator had a code. I am offered products and asked to review them all the time, which is the opposite of what you asked. I gave away several copies of my book for review but was never asked. However, I think yours was a reasonable request.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Can't say I've had a great experience with people getting free copies in exchange for a review. So many of them get their free stuff then I don't hear from them ever again. No review. Sigh.

Rachel said...

I recently started reading for pleasure again and these books look like something I would enjoy. Best of luck with the release!

Sue Bursztynski said...

No, never a stranger. Publishers send me blurbs and I sometimes ask for interesting ones, but not recently. I'm way behind. Still, I do eventually come through and it's kind of nice for an author like me to suddenly find a great review of a book of mine long after I'd thought they were finished. I'm just finishing off a novel I was sent quite a while ago and the review will be up later today, all going well.

Just Been To See...Carmen said...

Congratulations on encountering so much kindness. I've found writers, especially certain CPs, to incredibly kind and helpful. Good week!

Donna B. McNicol said...

Thanks for the welcome back! I'm a little late making the rounds, had a family wedding this weekend.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations on the free ebook and the review. Lovely how it all worked out.

Tonja Drecker said...

Yay to the the review and lovely experiences! I know book bloggers ask for free books to review, but I've never done it myself. I'm sure they'll love it :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Winning is such fun. Congrats. I'm shy about asking for free books, so seldom do it.

Sharon Himsl said...

You had a good week and the book blogger got what he wanted :) I'd be nervous about asking, but a review would certainly qualify. I can tell from Yolanda's bio she has an adventuresome spirit. Her book sounds spine chilling with all that blood.

p.s. messaged you on FB. Not sure how to contact you :)

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Another great load of give-aways - I'm hoping I might win the e-books as over here in England :) I have participated in author's promotions from time to time and have received a free book in return for a review. Luckily, I've always really rated the books I've received but I think a review should always be honest without being too biting!
Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks for all the Freebie info. I like to buy books when I can, but my appetite sometimes exceeds my budget!

Have to get on Yolanda's and your book. Could you guys slow down on your writing a little, so I can catch up?

kellyr78 said...

I enjoy reading mysteries. I've never asked, but I have been offered review opportunities.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

That's really awesome about what happened on Twitter to you. It's always nice to hear social media positively affecting someone instead of the other way around.

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for Yolanda!

I have somewhat sort of asked for freebies once or twice, but only from people I knew who were already looking for reviews. I'm a great book reviewer. Just sayin'... LOL.

PlanetKimberly said...

Wow, that's great that it worked out for you with the codes. I hope he gives you a good review!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks again, Lexa, and everyone who stopped by and commented and entered the contest!
I just read and reviewed 20 books from my TBR list - and still I've barely made a dent! Bloodwalker is next!

sarah mayer said...

Congrats to you! sounds like a winning week!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...