Friday, March 24, 2017

Celebrate: Eternal Optimist & Giveaways

Sometimes when I'm writing, I'm in the ZONE! The chapters are well outlined, I come up with ideas to make them even better, words flow, and my novel is zooming off my keyboard!



I become so optimistic! I'm sure that my terrific progress will continue on forever. I start fantasizing about getting my book done in 3 months -- 
and it will be AWESOME!



Then things start to happen. BAD things. 

Some are just inescapable.


Some are pure laziness 
or bad news that gets me down.



I return to work eventually, 
but my SUPER productive streak has vanished,
and I've become Pokey-the-turtle.



Sometimes, a break is in order,
and I feel RECHARGED when I come back!



Then . . .
I become so optimistic! I'm sure that my terrific progress will continue on forever. I start fantasizing about getting my book done in 3 months -- 
and it will be AWESOME . . .


The strange life-cycle of the Eternal Optimist.


How about you? Would you consider yourself an optimist? A pessimist? Or a realist?


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 March 24, 2017:

Free Anthology Women’s Non-Fiction – Win Still Me…After All These Years an anthology of touching and poignant memoires written by LDMasterson, Susan Swiderski, Pat Garcia and many others. The authors are giving away 2 print copies and 2 ebooks. Enter via rafflecopter on the LD Masterson blog(ends Apr 2)

Free YA Sci-Fi Paperback – Win Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Burns about an uneasy stalemate between alien invaders and Earthlings that last for hundreds of years—until now. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Apr 3)

Free YA Fantasy Time Travel – Win The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, about a girl who flies to fantastic times and places aboard her father’s time-traveling ship. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Apr 3)

Free YA Contemp/Humor Paperback – Win Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain. “In the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth." Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Apr 2)

Free $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Maon: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste, the author is giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or to Barnes & Noble. Enter via rafflecopter on the Romance Novels Giveaway blog. (ends Apr 10)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Dangerous Code by Stella Marie Alden, about a terrorist bomb on a bus with an NYPD cop and code writer who have limited time to de-fuse it. Enter via rafflecclopter on the Romance Novels Giveaways blog. (ends Apr 1)


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, March 17, 2017

Celebrate: Scandal in Puppyland & Giveaways

My friends have two dogs, but that number grew about a month ago because they had puppies. So adorable and a good reason to celebrate! 




What a sweet family they made. 

UNTIL ...

The puppies got bigger and bigger, 
and their ears got droopier and droopier.


And then their fur started getting curly!

Whaaa??


Meanwhile, at the house next door lurks 
Snidely Whiplash -- er -- Pooky, 
the next door neighbor's Cocker Spaniel.


Look at those droopy ears!

No! It couldn't be!
Lily? How could you?!


Lily continues to deny any wrong doing.
Mickey and Lily are currently seeing a marriage counselor.

And those pups' floppy ears remain a mystery...


What do you think ? Should Lily be in the dog-house?

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 March 17, 2017:

Free Download 2 Sample Chapters of a Western/Horror Novel – Download the first two chapters of The Black Blade by Jeff Chapman. -- An enchanted blade. An evil old man. An ancient spirit behind a mask. The Weird West just gets weirder.
Download FREE on Instafreebie  (Click the link to Instafreebie, write in your name and email and book format preference, get the chapters sent to your inbox, and you’ll be signed up for Jeff’s entertaining newsletter!)


Free Download of 6 Thriller eBooks and 14 Thriller Paperbacks – Download 6 Free ebooks when you enter to win the 14 paperback Thrillers. By entering for the 14 paperbacks, you’ll automatically be sent the download links to Instafreebie for the 6 ebooks. After signing up on Instafreebie, the 6 ebooks will be sent to your email address. Enter via Entry Form on the One Stop Fiction blog. (ends Mar 31)


Free MG Dark Fantasy Novel – Win The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler, about a girl who must enter a nightmare world to save her kidnapped mother. Enter via rafflecopter to win 1 of 5 copies of the novel on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends April 1)


Free 2 YA Fantasy/Dystopian Novels – Win Firstlife and Lifeblood by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter, about a a girl who chooses her “secondlife” to be on a war torn planet where her special abilities may turn the war’s outcome, if she doesn’t’ get killed first. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (end Mar 25)


Free YA Paranormal Novel – Win Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton about a girl who can see count-down clocks over everyone’s head, telling how much longer before they die, including her own. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Mar 29)


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, 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!


Blurb

      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.

BUY ON AMAZON


AUTHOR BIO:
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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 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)gmail.com

Friday, March 3, 2017

Celebrate: Keep On Keeping On & Giveaways!

Most weeks I have specific things to celebrate. This week, nothing much happened... It was a ho-hum week. The only thing different is we got a new doorbell. (Exciting, right?) But I wrote a bit, reviewed some, cooked some, cleaned a little, and basically lived a normal life -- and that's good enough for me!

I want to give a shout out to a CP with, and I quote, "an AWFUL cold." So these are for Kim, but you'll get a chuckle out of them, too.







Has your winter been healthy or not so much?


Saturday is the last day to enter the rafflecopter to win a copy of the Audiobook of BLOODWALKER. Enter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Blog Hop Members – Update Your Blog Rolls:
Stacy Uncorked -- http://stacyuncorked.com/
Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails -- https://shells-tales-sails.blogspot.com/
Welcome Stacy!
Welcome Back Sharon!


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 March 3, 2017:


Free Signed YA Fantasy Novel – Win Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, about a girl who’s 23rd in line for the crown until the king and all his court are poisoned; then she finds herself queen, surrounded by untrustworthy advisers and others who want to blame the poisoning on her. She must decide how far she is willing to go to keep the crown. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends March 7)


Free 5 Dystopian Novels – To celebrate the release of The Walls are Closing In by Jacqui Castle, the author is offering a 5-novel dystopian book bundle, which includes: 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Enter by doing tasks on an Entry Form on the Gleam blog. (ends April 12)


Free 1 Fantasy Novel, 4 Fantasy Novel Box Set, & 1 Fantasy Coloring Book (for Canadians only) – Win Enchanted by Alethea Kontie, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 novel box set) by Patricia C. Wrede, and Color Me Enchanted by Masha D’yans and Gala Lazuli. Enter on the Entry Form on the Pawsitive Living blog. (ends March 10)


Free 9 Chances for the Book of Your Choice – 9 separate blogs with different rafflecopters are each offering you the book of your choice (under $18). They can be new releases or old as long as you live in a country that Book Depository ships to. Enter via rafflecopter at The Book Date blog. Below the rafflecopter is a linky with 8 other blogs with different rafflecopters that you can enter, too. Go forth and enter all 9!! (ends March 15) 


Free $25 Amazon Card, Signed Fantasy Novel, Stuffed White Tiger – To celebrate the release of Emerge Beyond Circles by John Geers, about two couples whose destinies are entwined with an ancient Siberian witch. The author’s giving away a $25 Amazon card, a signed paperback of the novel, and a stuffed white tiger. Enter on the John Geers blog. (ends Mar 10)

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, March 1, 2017

IWSG: Everything Old is New Again


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: 
Have you ever pulled out a 
really old story and reworked it? 
Did it work out?


My answers: Sort of, and Yes.

Incarnation #1. About 7 years ago (2010), I had a story idea about a young woman who was a monster slayer (original, huh?). The villain was a monster called The Ratman, who preyed on children. The premise sort of followed the Pied Piper story, and as a nod to the musical aspect, I wrote song lyrics (a short poem, actually) to start the story. After fiddling with it for a few months, I had no enthusiasm and put it away.

Incarnation #2. Two years later (2012), I picked up the story, titled it Ratman, and decided I could solve the lack of originality by adding Sci-Fi elements to it, something about world wide nexus points that could transfer you from place to place... I dunno. I love Sci-Fi, but I totally failed at developing a believable scientific basis for the novel.

Incarnation #3. A little over two years ago (2014), I entered a contest on Writing.com for a 400-word novel opening. I got out my creepy Ratman poem but needed to write the actual start of a novel. I thought, What's the most riveting opening I can imagine? Believe me, it's a lot easier to think up a beginning if you don't have to worry about writing the rest!  The contest was decided by popular vote from a lot of writers--and I won!  Then I decided I'd use my 400-word winning entry and try to expand it into a novel.

Final Incarnation.  BLOODWALKER, Thriller/Mystery novel published October, 2016.

That's right, my whole novel began as a poem written 7 years ago--and here it is:

School is out, no books today.
Boneyard’s where the children play.

Marta’s there and Peter, too,
Silent faces, cold and blue.

Shut the doors. Lock them tight.
Ratman prowls the streets tonight.


Win your own audiobook version of BLOODWALKER 
by the entering the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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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