Friday, February 24, 2017

Celebrate: AudioBook Giveaway & More Giveaways!



AudioBook released!
BLOODWALKER
Narrated by Jonathan Waters

I'm excited to announce the release of the BLOODWALKER's AudioBook and a giveaway for 2 of them! Read on for more info...

BLURB:

Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…

When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he's determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.

When more bodies turn up, the killer's trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable.

BUY LINKS:   Amazon      Audible      iTunes

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a FREE copy of the new Bloodwalker AudioBook! (Mobile-friendly link to FB Giveaway Page)

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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

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 Feb 24, 2017:

Free 5 YA Dystopian Novels – Win 5 novels by New York Times bestselling authors: Ann Aguirre’s Vanguard, Victoria Aveyard’s King’s Cage, Samantha Shannon’s The Song Rising, Jessica Sorensen’s Forbidden, and Rachel Vincent’s Brave New Girl. There are five other authors sponsoring the giveaway; an entry will sign you up for their newsletters (no obligation to read them though). Enter via Entry Form on Megan Crewe blog & reply to the confirmation email. (ends Mar 3)


Free Historical Mystery/Thriller Novel & 1 Historical  Novel – Win Viper’s Blood (Master of War series) by David Gilman and Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements. Enter via rafflecopter on the Historia Magazine/Historical Writers of America blog. (ends Feb 28)


Free Gourmet Foods Package and Signed Romantic-Comedy Novel – Win Hooked by Allen Wolf, about an autistic man who finds his true love—only she’s a hooker. Can love triumph? Enter via Entry Form on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (US only; ends April 6)


Free Your Choice of a New February Release – Win your choice of any new book released in February 2017 that’s under $17. Enter via rafflecopter on the It Starts at Midnight blog. Few entries = Good chance to win! (US only; ends Feb 28)


Free Kindle Paper White – Win a Kindle Paper White, a $120 value. Enter via Entry Form & answer the simple question on the SFF Book Bonanza blog. (ends Feb 28)


Free Kindle Fire & 50 Thriller Novels - Win 50 Contemporary Thriller Novels and a Kindle Fire. Enter via Entry Form on the BookSweeps blog. (ends Feb 28)


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, February 17, 2017

Celebrate: Money, Money, Money & Giveaways


This week, I'm celebrating: Money!
1) In 1993, I moved to Egypt and started working at resorts. At the time, the dollar to Egyptian pound ratio was about 1 to 3. So one dollar would exchange to 3 pounds.
2) Over the years, I decided to keep a chunk of my money in dollars. Due to the dollar steadily strengthening against the pound, as of about 3 years ago, the ratio was 1 to 10. It gave me a pretty nice nest egg for my retirement.
3) And then came the IMF and its demand for Egypt to allow its pound to "free float" in world exchange. Egypt (desperate for the IMF loan) did it. The ratio is now 1 to 16.  My nest egg became a chubby chick! 

But it's not all fun & games as government subsidies (on things like food, utilities, and medicine) are going down and inflation is soaring. Still, any income I make from writing will buy a lot more here than it would in the US. So I keep fingers crossed that the ratio continues to widen.


Are you the type who watches interest rates, stocks, and 401k balances? Or do you just cross your fingers and hope for the best?



Patricia Lynne has a new release!



Blurb
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.

Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go.

When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.


Available for $.99 at Amazon



About the Author
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Contact Links
Twitter  ~  Website   ~  Newsletter  ~  Books
Google+  ~  Wattpad  ~  Goodreads


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 Feb 17, 2017:

Free Online Short Story – Celebrate’s own D.A. Cairns of Square Pegs blog has posted a short story, called “A Sympathetic Interlocutor” on his Square Pegs E-zine that he edits and is open to submissions. Read D.A.Cairns’s new short story “A Sympathetic Interlocutor.”  Check out the Submission Policy for his ezine HERE.

Free Signed YA Fantasy Novel – Win The Wish Granter by New York Times bestselling author C. J. Redwine, about a young man who accidentally trades his soul and the safety of the kingdom’s people to assume the throne and then must train his na├»ve sister to take over as his payment time grows near. Enter via rafflecopter at the YA Books Central blog. (ends Feb 21)


Free Signed YA Fantasy Novel & Tote Bag – Win Frostblood by Elly Blake, about a girl from the minority Fireblood community vowing revenge on the Frostblood King for killing her mother, and the Frostblood boy who also seeks to over throw the king. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US and Canada only; ends Feb 23)


Free Custom Necklace based on YA Thriller Novel – Win a custom-made necklace based on the novel Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel, about a girl who discovers her new neighbors are harbingers of death and that her town is due for a disaster unless she can stop it. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only, ends Feb 23)


Free Supernatural Mystery Novel – Win Elusive Elixir by Gigi Pandian, about a 3-and-a-half foot tall Gargoyle chef who thinks he’s a modern-day Poirot and is slowly turning to stone unless he, with the help of a lady alchemist, can solve a centuries old mystery. Enter via Entry Form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends Feb 28)


Free $50 Amazon or B&N Card and a Print Paranormal Romance Novel – Win Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais, about a man who escapes from a laboratory replete with scales and wings and the beautiful dragon shifter who must convince him he isn’t a monster. The author is giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card and a print copy of the novel via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Feb 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, February 10, 2017

Celebrate: Bearing Gifts & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating:
1) When my husband got home from a family visit to Cairo last week, he came bearing gifts! He gave me:
2) A new set of dishes that are orange and yellow and so very cheerful! (And in the kitchen, I need all the good cheer I can get.)
3) A bunch of velvety scrunchies for my hair that I haven't been able to find in our town.
4) A NEW NOKIA PHONE!! I've had a crappy Chinese one for so long that the depleted battery makes the phone shut off every time I answer a call. I can only text (which kinda suits hermit-like me anyway), but the new one is AWESOME!

He's definitely in my good graces at the moment! <3


What's the best present you've gotten recently?


Removed From the Celebrate List – Update Your Blog Rolls:
My Inner Geek https://myinnergeekblog.wordpress.com/
About Myself, By Myself (Diana) http://dianawilder.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Van Dalen http://yvonnevandalen.weebly.com/
Allison Bruning http://allisonbruning.blogspot.com/
(Any removed member is welcome to come back anytime)

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 Feb 10, 2017:

Free Download of Shifter Paranormal Romance Novella – Download Koishi (Gatekeepers #1) by Annie Nicholas, about a girl looking for a cure for her dying sister and hearing about a treasure that has a magical elixir—except a sly-but-sexy dragon shifter is protecting it.  (For more info go to the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download the novella Koishi FREE here: 
Amazon-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGFXCCY/ref=nosim?tag=romanovegive-20
Kobo-- https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/koishi-2
iTunes-- https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/koishi/id963025334?mt=11&at=10lMeE


Free Signed Middle Grade Adventure Novel – Win Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott, about a girl searching an island for treasure with others whose secrets she must unravel and forgive if they stand any chance of gaining the treasure and surviving. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Feb 17)


Free YA Sci-Fi Thriller Novel – Win Carve the Mark by New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth, about a boy and girl in a galaxy where everyone has supernatural gifts that can affect the future of worlds. Enter via rafflecopter HERE. (ends Feb 16)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card, Chocolates, 2 Books from Amazon, and a “Glittery Surprise” – To celebrate Valentine’s Day, a large group of authors are offering a $20 Amazon card, two books of your choice from Amazon (up to $7.99 each), chocolates, and a surprise. Enter via rafflecopter and leave a comment on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Feb15)


Free 2-$50 Amazon Cards – To celebrate Valentine’s Day and a book sale for Private Internship (Romantic Suspense) for $.99, author Catherine Stine and blog hop buddies are giving away two $50 Amazon cards on the Idea City blog. (ends Feb 15)




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, February 3, 2017

Celebrate: Dirty House & Giveaways

Yesterday, my husband returned to our home on the Red Sea from a visit to his family in Cairo. He'd been gone a while, and I may have relaxed my house-cleaning schedule a bit... Alright, more than a bit. Yeah, I basically took a vacay from cleaning and wrote, revised and watched TV (without having to fight for the remote). But now vacay is over, and it's time to be an adult. Waaaaa!! 

Here are some comics to show how I feel about cleaning:








My most hated chore is cleaning the stove. Do you have a chore you really hate?



New Blog Address – Update Your Blog Rolls!
Glenis Rix (Crazy Old Lady) has a new site: Glennie’s Random Ramblings at http://www.glenrix.uk/

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 Feb 3, 2017:

Free Download of Contemporary Romance Novel – Download Blind Attraction by Eden Summers, about  a rock star and the sheltered young woman who captures his heart while their pasts tear them apart. (For more info go to the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.)
Download Blind Attraction FREE here: 
Amazon-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D0SVX32?tag=romanovegive-20
B&N-- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blind-attraction-eden-summers/1115426346?ean=2940016415376
Kobo-- https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blind-attraction-1
iTunes-- https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/blind-attraction/id654421580?mt=11&at=10lMeE


Free Sci-Fi Novel – Win a print book or ebook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, about the gov’t outlawing all religion believing it to be the source of terrorism, and the enforcer who discovers his own son is on the list of those who must be culled. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 25)


Free $10 Amazon Gift Card & Historical eBook – To celebrate the release of A Knight of Her Own (Rogues of Rouen #2) by Oberon Wonch, about a Norman knight who kidnaps an English lady to train her to spy on his enemies to regain his rightful inheritance. The author is giving away a $10 Amazon card and an ecopy of Come to Me (Rogues of Rouen #1). Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 5)


Free $10 Amazon Card & Dystopian SF/F Signed Novel – To celebrate the release of Border Lines (2nd in the Reacher World series) by L.E. Fitzpatrick, about a group of powerful psychic terrorists and the gov’t organization charged with catching them. The author is giving away a $10 Amazon card and the first book in the series, The Running Game, via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 18)


Free $15 Amazon Card & Choice of Author’s Sci-Fi eBooks – Win a $15 Amazon card as well as your choice of Rob Buckman's Sci-Fi books: Heart of Stone, The Gray Chronicles Books 1-3, The Prize Series Books 1 & 2, or The Drake Chronicles Books 1 & 2. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Feb 20) 

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG: Hannibal & Clarice


"Can you hear the lambs, Clarice?"

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. This month, the question hoppers can answer is: 
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Let me explain it this way:

In "Silence of the Lambs," Hannibal Lechter is always one step ahead of everyone else. He sees minute details others miss, he knows the truth behind everyone's character, and he capitalizes on anyone's mistakes. Clarice is generally left wide-eyed and bewildered at his evil but clever perceptions.

I have Hannibal the Editor, sitting on my shoulder at all times.

I've spent years studying writing craft to try to whip my writing into the best shape possible. It requires a critical eye and analysis from all sides--from the Big Picture to the smallest of details, like word choices that enhance tone. You know the phrase, "Kill your darlings"? Well, to help me write, I've basically created a serial killer of the written word. 

On the good side (if there is one), it's made me more in touch with my genre, my specific niche, what my writing tastes are, and what I want to write. 

On the bad side, I rarely take pleasure from reading anymore. Hannibal won't shut up. The littlest plot hole, characterization foible, cliche, or loss of continuity and Hannibal cackles in my ear, "Look, a mistake! Fix it. Take it out! KILL IT!" Of course, it's not my book to fix, but Hannibal doesn't seem to care. He's a serial killer after all...


This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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