I won a giveaway. 18+

I won a giveaway. Despite hosting online giveaways, I’ve rarely entered any and, of the few I had entered, I’d won a grand total of once. I didn’t even remember entering it, at first, so it came as a total surprise. It was a gemstone necklace. I did not win the lottery afterward, though. Recently, Natasha and I started a website, The Giveaway Ninja, where people can post their giveaways to increase participation. The website is just getting off the ground. Natasha generally processes the requests, and a couple of weeks ago, she came across one we hadn’t anticipated: a giveaway for adult products. We don’t really market to that crowd, being mostly book centered at this time, so I was surprised they even thought to submit their giveaway to us. Still, we’re far from prudes, and we determined to put it in the “Other” category to promote it as normal. Sometime later, being the immature individual that I am, I was still giggling over it as I went to see how the post stats were doing. Curiosity got the best of me, and I clicked the little enter button. I didn’t even participate in any of the other tasks. Of course, I won. And, of course, they tag me on Facebook. That tactic for announcing winners is sure to delight future participants. At any rate, I was still skeptical. I know that people do give away tangible items, but I also know the Internet is a surly, spammy place. So I played along while their nice rep gathered my info, not at all surprised when they requested I share the link to their product with my friends. I advised this would not occur until I actually saw the item. I am happy to report they did not ask me to share the link with my family, so that’s thoughtful. Anyway, I still wasn’t fully anticipating receiving the product … except it was delivered within 48 hours. I mean, I didn’t even have time to properly rest up 😉 It arrived packaged in a nice little box, like a hand turned pen. It’s not much larger, either. I read through the manual, gaze lingering on the setting info as I did the math. It has 21 modes. “If this thing can open jars, you’re out,” I said to my boyfriend, who clearly has a sense of humor, since he’s with me. Now, if you’ve read Summoned, you’re probably expecting more details here, but I’ll just say that it does not open jars, and it doesn’t do much else well, either. The boyfriend remains employed 😉 The fun was in the surprise, though. The best part, however, has been the follow up from...

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Peeking From the Lair: Blog Revision, Phase I

As part of my long-term revision plans for this blog, I’ve started a new website. This is to host the Winner Takes All book bundle giveaway, among several new giveaways. You will still be able to submit your own book to the bundle for free promotion. I may even add a couple of paid options for those who are really serious about marketing their book. But the free stuff will continue to be available. The form is nicer, too You can check out the new giveaway site, enter the current giveaways, and claim your free promotions all over here now. You will probably want to sign up for the newsletter for that site, too. Subscribers will receive an email when a new giveaway is open, and nothing else. I have a couple of other sites in the works, and as those go live, the related features on this blog will be sloughed. Once I’ve finished all of that, this blog will get a big makeover. It’ll be resplendent! Or something. If you can’t tell, little gnomes are playing drums inside my cranial cavity, so you’ll just have to go see the new site for yourself and stay...

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2016, So Far

Thought I would come up for coffee and a touch-base blog post before I “disappear” again. Well, from blogging. I stop by Facebook. Lots of things going on, but here are a few of them: I put IN THE MOONLIGHT aside for a bit until I’m ready to tackle it again. I changed my mind on an aspect part way through, so I need to do a bit more intense revising on it. #writerproblems Need a break from it first, though. In the mean time, I’ve been barreling ahead on a newer project, THE DEEPEST BLACK. I will be sharing the blurb and information in an upcoming post. Unless you’re on my Facebook, in which case you’ve already seen it. I wrote 32,500 words in one week and I’m preparing to wrap up the draft in the next few days, so that’s been keeping me a little busy 😉 I’m part of another boxed set. This one is called Happily Ever Alpha, and my inclusion is AXIOM, the Summoned prequel novella. There are twenty other novels and novellas in this set and it’s 99 cents for a limited time. You may remember a discussion about SUMMONED. It had started when my friend, Natasha, and I had decided to each write a contemporary erotica. Within two pages, both of us had veered off into paranormal because we are equally terrible at following our own rules, apparently. We did keep the sexy scenes, though 😉 Anyway, Natasha has set her book on pre-order now. I would suggest checking it out. It’s amazing! Seriously, if you want to read a book that isn’t like anything else, this is the one. I got a new puppy! Her name is Mei Mei and she’s Elphaba’s little sister, hence the name. Mei is the runt of her litter, though, weighing in at just 1.11 lbs (the others are about 3 lbs). She needed a little extra love and care, but now she’s got a great appetite and adventurous personality. Hopefully, soon, she won’t be the size of a rodent anymore lol Upcoming Events: I should be revealing the cover for THE DEEPEST BLACK before March. THE DEEPEST BLACK should be available on Amazon by March, as well. The next books to write, in order, should be: IN THE MOONLIGHT, SUMMONED 3, and FLY INTO THE DARK. Natasha and I will be releasing our coauthor book, INHUMANE, by early summer, at the latest. The DARKNESS UNVEILED boxed set will be up for preorder by spring. I have a special project in the works with two amazing people. I can’t say more about it yet, but hopefully there will be solid news to announce by summer. There’s still a...

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Bunny-Eared Dog and Other Updates

It has been over a month since I did one of these personal updates things, primarily because I’ve been eyeball deep in trying to get caught up on where I left off before the Effexor Decimation. No? The Great Effexor Tribulation of 2015? I’m still working on a name for it. Anyway, one of those things entails hiring a PA so very soon my services account will start getting TIMELY responses from a lovely individual who is willing to wade into my madness. Yay! At least til I get my brain back on track. The Giveaway Ninja is chugging along pretty well. Having some conflict with Amazon, but we seem to have come to an agreeement. There’s still Big News on the horizon for Summoned, but I still can’t talk about it yet. I sowwy. Sowwy not sowwy. Good grief, I need more caffeine. The draft for Inhumane is complete, so now I just have to revise, edit, and package it to go. Natasha and I are planning for a Janurary release date. In The Moonlight finally broke the 50% mark. I became the world’s slowest writer the last few months (year) but it seems (knock on wood) to be picking up again. Elphie aka Chug Chug took a flying leap off the bed and tweaked her back, so she’s on meds and bed rest. Have you ever tried putting a 4 month old puppy on bed rest? Yeah, no. Luckily, she is pretty well crate trained. Anyway, as it turns out, she is part dachshund. She kept getting longer but not any taller, and the vet confirmed she is indeed likely part weiner dog. So Chug is now Chug-Weenie. My next mission is to rearrange the furniture to accomodate the fact I have a dog breed known for their fragile backs. Speaking of dogs, I found one. Well, he found me. After taking Elphaba to the vet, I came home to a tan little Corgi-thing sitting by the gate. Assumed it was the new neighbor’s dog so scooped it up to take it back to them when they got home. Turns out, it is not theirs. And no one seems to know whose it is. I spent several hours walking around asking people, knocking on doors, etc. Went home and posted his info online in several places, including some Facebook groups. By this point, it was LONG past meds & bed time and Elphie was back from the vet and tucked in, so I went to sleep…and woke up to: For some reason, because I asked my personal friends and family on my Facebook wall if they would be interested in taking him if his owner couldn’t be...

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The GoFundMe Nonsense

So, I’m going to ask half-seriously, what is the big dramatic whoop about that author asking for support via GoFundMe? Before you go on a tangent in the comments, though, actually finish reading this post 😛 Would I, personally, create a GoFundMe to pay my bills while I write? No. I’ve had friends ask me to make a GFM to help with some outstanding vet bills for the furry creatures, and I declined, thankfully because I didn’t have to at that time. Do I think people SHOULD create “begging” requests for every little dream and whim? No. I’m a big fan of the up by bootstraps method. Do I donate to such things? Nope. Do I think people, in typical circumstances, should do the two (or three or ten) job thing til their artsy career takes off, if ever? Yep. Lots of people do it. I did it. Fifteen years and a separate career, and I’m still not quite able to buy a damned island 😉 Do I think the world has an overwhelming amount of overly entitled people? Very much so. That said, do I actually CARE if other people create a GoFundMe to pay their bills while they write? No. Most of those requests never make much. And if the author DOES have enough of a network to fund it, then they have at least managed to build an audience for their books (or for themselves), it would seem. Point is, GoFundMe doesn’t fund itself, and people only fund what they believe in. If an author really has SO many people who believe in their work that they’re willing to SUPPORT said author to write, then they are already doing something correctly. Or at least they’re a hell of a marketer. And if they don’t, the GFM will fall into oblivion. My books do okay readership wise, and I still don’t think I could get a year salary in donations. Kudos to someone who can. I honestly appreciate my failures as a writer as much as I do my successes, because I enjoyed the journey. But that was my journey. Maybe someone else’s is becoming a master of GFM. Who the fuck cares. But maybe I’m overlooking something. It’s been known to happen. Enlighten me. I feel like I’m missing out on a great opportunity to be hateful and indignant. 😉 You can also follow this discussion on...

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Speaking of. . .

I have had the most outrageous technical issues which have made it difficult to get much done besides going batshit crazy. Since I was already there, the gremlins didn’t achieve anything, really, except being, well, outrageous.   By some stroke of luck and an abundance of coffee, I was able to tinker The Giveaway Ninja into existence. You can list your current giveaway(s) there for more exposure, and/or find giveaways to enter. Gift cards, Kindles, iPads, ebooks, all that fun stuff. Places you can find The Giveaway Ninja: Website (and subscribe!) Twitter (and follow!) Facebook (and like!) Also, big thanks to Natasha Larry for offering to help process requests, and to Kris Wagner for making our logo which generally entails a lot of me saying, “I need a thing with a thing, like another thing but not that thing and add some paranormally smoke so I can decide I don’t actually want paranormally smoke.” Also, if you could share this with your friends, that would be great.   Win gift cards, Kindles, books, and more! #giveaways Find the best giveaways in one spot! Promote your giveaway for free! Get the most out of you giveaways! Speaking of Natasha, the draft of Inhumane is at 25% of target word count. It’s okay. Be impressed. 😉 Speaking of books, I want to write a book called Asshat Cat. You have to admit, it has a nice ring to it. Speaking of books I’ve actually written, there is great news coming about the killer genie. But I’m not allowed to talk about it yet. Speaking of things about the killer genie I can talk about, it looks like there might be an audio version on the horizon. What say you? Speaking of horizons, it starts with H and so does Honey, which is a nifty (oh, gosh, it’s that word again) little plugin I’ve started using. It essentially finds discount codes even when you forget about. It just sits there quietly while you shop online then randomly pops up and tells you it can help you save money, and there’s no switching car insurance involved (unless you happened to be shopping for car insurance?). Anyway, you can get it for Chrome here. I don’t know how many websites it works on, but it has already been useful for me. Speaking of websites, I added some new social network icons to this blog, both the “follow me” kind and the “share this post” kind. Try ’em out. Do eet. Do eet. They’re pretty. Speaking of pretty, I’m pretty tired and it’s long past my nap time, so I’m out....

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