Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring cleaning with HomeRight's SteamMachine [giveaway]

Were you here for my steam cleaner giveaway with HomeRight last spring? I'm happy to say they're back again!

DIY projects are HomeRight's focus. And we know there are plenty of projects to go around for spring cleaning. HomeRight is confident their products and tools can help make your project easier, faster, and neater.

HomeRight's SteamMachine is the easiest way to disinfect and clean floors, stove tops, ovens, kitchen counter tops, bathroom fixtures and barbecue grills. The Model 53 steamer uses pressurized, high temperature, steam to loosen and dissolve dirt, grease, grime, and kill bacteria.

HomeRight SteamMachine Model 53

While it may look like something the pros use, anyone can get the hang of this. Get the whole family in on the spring cleaning. Just fill the reservoir with water and it'll be ready to use in a couple minutes. It's easy and the results looks great!

Watch this short video to see for yourself:


Some notable features:
  • Simply fill with water to start cleaning and sanitizing
  • Natural, green solution for household cleaning and sanitizing
  • Professional steam power to steam away the toughest household dirt and grime
  • 8-foot hose with six attachments

You can take care of a lot of spring cleaning with the SteamMachine. Aside from floors and walls, try attacking your kitchen counter top, stove top, and bathroom fixtures. Personally, I feel the bathroom has the most germs, so rather than a sponge or scrub brush for the floor, I reach for the Model 53 steam cleaner.

HomeRight multi-purpose steam cleaner

Does your home need spring cleaning?

The folks at HomeRight have been gracious enough to offer up a SteamMachine Model 53 to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Amazon gift card and children's author Laurisa Reyes

This next author juggles many responsibilities as a novelist, wife, and mother of five.

Laurisa Reyes is the former Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and former editor for Maple Tree Press and Xchyler Publishing. She is currently the Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press and teaches English composition at College of the Canyons in So. California.

Prior to becoming an editor and novelist, Laurisa wrote for The Signal Newspaper, Antelope Valley Press, The Link Homeschool Newspaper, and Santa Clarita Valley Magazine.


Laurisa has a new children's book, Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! A funny chapter book for ages 6-10, fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid should check this out.

Mickey Malloy is just your average kid who loves comic books and superheroes. When a mysterious package arrives with his name on it, he finds a strange contraption inside.

Urged on by his friend, Juanita, Mickey pushes the thing’s button and gets ZZZZZZAPPED!

Suddenly, he isn't a normal kid anymore, he’s Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! The human magnet!

But what seems like an awesome superpower gets Mickey into more trouble than he could possibly imagine.

Still curious about the author? Time for a Q&A about books with Laurisa...

What inspires you to write?
My kids, mostly. Every book I've written has either been inspired by or written for my kids. For example, when my son (who is now 21) was 8, I told him bedtime stories about a young enchanter's apprentice who goes on a quest and fights dragons. Eventually, those stories became The Rock of Ivanore, my first published novel.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
First draft, about 5-6 months. But that's when the work really begins. Takes me years to revise and edit. I'm working on a book right now that I wrote seven years ago. I hope it might be ready for publication by 2019. Most of my books have taken between 3-7 years to "finish". Luckily, I'm always working on several projects at once, so I've been able to publish twelve books in six years.

What are you working on right now?
Two books, actually. The one I mentioned above is a young adult contemporary novel called Memorable that tackles some tough issues, like mental illness, divorce, and suicide. It's received a couple of awards so far, so I've got high expectations for it. The other is the second set of books in my The Crystal Keeper fantasy series. I'm hoping those will be ready to go this summer.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Many writers have come to me complaining that they can't finish anything. That's because they edit as they go. Bad idea. The first draft is meant to be bad. So, my advice is don't reread what you've already written. Resist the temptation to edit or fix stuff from the day before. Keep writing until you get to the end. Only then should you go back and rewrite.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
My very favorite book in the whole world is Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett. I've lost count how many times I've read it. It's really short, just 124 pages, and it is such an inspiring "feel good" story. I've given lots of copies to friends. Read it. You won't regret it.



So who wants to win something?!

Laurisa Reyes and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback of Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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IBS Awareness Month & Larabar giveaway

Larabars are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, and dairy-free. They're pretty good despite the lack of all those things.

I have IBS, and dairy is one of my biggest triggers, so there aren't a lot of snacks that are tasty and fun to grab on the go. However... Larabar has 22 Larabar flavors, which is a pretty big collection if you ask me. Chances are they've got a flavor you'd like.



That tweet above is from last year, but I like the image so I'm keeping it for the post.

April is IBS Awareness Month and the syndrome kind of flies under the radar and is often misunderstood. If you have IBS like me, comment below if you're comfortable doing so.

What is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? It's a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). IBS commonly causes diarrhea, constipation, and a lot of abdominal discomfort that I won't sicken you with.

Not the greatest segue, but back to Larabar. My favorite flavor is blueberry muffin. It's real fruity, rich, and tastes great. You've got blueberries, cashews, dates, lemon, and vanilla.

Four flavors of Larabar
Mmm, which one to eat first?

Larabars are great for on the go and at the office when I need a pick-me-up. The good thing is that they don't bother my IBS.

So who wants to win some grub?! Up for grabs is box of 16 bars (any flavor) for one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Larabar.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Win a $50 Amazon gift card with Samie Sands - Not Dead Yet!

Who will survive when it's the end of the world?

Samie Sands is a freelance graphic designer who followed her lifelong dream and uses her creativity in a new way by writing. With a degree in Media Studies and PR, Samie has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine.

She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.


Author Samie Sands has a four-part zombie series called AM13 Outbreak, which you probably know by now if you've seen our previous features.

The third book called Not Dead Yet, shown above, kicks zombie butt as good as the other books in the series. With so many twists and turns in this concluding book, the zombies will be spinning like tops.

All four books in the zombie book series are available now, and you can get them free on Kindle today!

The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.

Victims of the virus are no longer human, they've changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them...

Zombies.

The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead...

Yet!


Still curious about the author? Time for an interview with Samie...

What inspired you to write Not Dead Yet?
Not Dead Yet is the fourth book in the AM13 Outbreak series so I wanted to do something else with it. The first three books mostly center around the UK, so for this one I wanted to explore the rest of the world. Not every country is handling the virus in the same way, so even might’ve escaped it entirely! The book introduces all sorts of characters, some of whom are based on real people. I ran a competition for people to be featured, so maybe readers will even know someone in the pages.

What are some of the challenges you face when writing?
I think like most writers, it’s having the time to write and the right inspiration at the same time! The two very rarely seem to meet which can get frustrating!

How do you market your books?
I always find giving a little sample of the book is good, it gives people a little glimpse of what’s to come. Picking one for Not Dead Yet was hard because there are so many varied characters in so many weird and wacky situations. I also had movie scripts, diary entries, letters, and many more to choose from. But I decided to go for Luke Yates, a middle-aged man from Australia, who’s struggling with the loneliness brought on by the zombie apocalypse:

PERTH

“Aw hell,” I mutter angrily to myself as another undead pus-bag takes a swing at me. What sort of hellish nightmare is this, and more importantly why hasn’t it come to an end yet? One might assume that an island, such as Australia, might be able to escape a virus such as this, but clearly not. One might also assume that with such a large expanse of the place being scarcely populated, there’d be somewhere to get away.

Clearly, that assumption is an incorrect one. I’ve been everywhere I can think of to get away, and they seem to keep on following me. Or maybe they’re just everywhere, like horse flies, or something equally as annoying. I’ve been in the city, and out of it, and actually, it’s better to be in. At least there’s stuff to eat that I don’t need to kill first!

I smash my lead piping through the dead guy’s head, cold blood splattering all over my face as I do. I hate this part, the cleaning up after a kill, mostly because the lenses on my glasses are starting to have bits of grime, coagulated blood, and very dead flesh caked right into them, and there isn’t anything I can do about that. I can’t exactly head to the nearest opticians for a replacement now, can I? I tried, but my usual place was utterly destroyed, presumably collateral damage in the initial outbreak, so that’s the end of that.

“Idiot,” I shake my head at the dead guy lying at my feet, wondering how he managed to get himself infected. If I’ve been smart enough to keep myself alive, then I didn’t see why everyone else shouldn’t too. There wasn’t anything particularly special about me. Sure I was a ‘jack of all trades’ in life, which made had helped me a little, and I was a massive reader too which means I know a lot, but still. I think common sense is key.

Maybe Australia doesn’t have much of it after all. I don’t really know where I’m going to go next, I’m getting thoroughly sick of wandering around, trying to find somewhere safe to stay, just for something to happen which forces me to move on. It’s exhausting, and somewhere along the line, everything started to feel a little...pointless. I guess what I really want to do is go to another country, to get away from here. I suppose if I consider it rationally, judging by the fact that no one has come to rescue Australia, this isn’t the only place in the world that’s been affected, but surely there must be somewhere safe? There must be somewhere on the planet that I can go? I can’t keep on doing this forever.

I slump down on a tree stump, blinking my eyes into the intense bright sunshine, wondering what direction I force my weary body in next. The sun rays are sizzling my skin too ferociously to continue worrying about monsters coming at me from every angle, my stomach’s growling too loudly and my parched throat screams are too loud to keep going aimlessly, I feel too weary for all of it now. The whole apocalyptic nightmare is a young man’s game, not for someone like me who just wants to curl up in the evenings with a good book. I would love to find a way to just stop the fighting... “Help!”


Other than writing, what are you working on these days?
I’m pretty much just writing. When I’m not writing books, I’m publishing articles, reviews, and other content. I don’t ever seem to be away from my laptop!

You meet a stranger in an elevator who asks about the copy of Not Dead Yet sticking out of your bag. What's your 30-second pitch to encourage them to read it?
I don’t stick to the usual characters, the one’s who have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse, I feature and give a voice to everyone else, the one’s readers can relate to. As you can see from the title, not all of these characters are dead…yet!


So who wants to win something?!

Like our previous features, Samie Sands and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Amazon gift card and the return of romance author Chiquita Dennie

Embrace an unconventional love story with the return of Chiquita Dennie.

Chiquita is an author and entrepreneur. She was born in Memphis, TN, and is currently a native of Los Angeles, CA. Her background in film/TV has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel, Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love.

Since the novel's debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller #4 and #5 on the charts in Italian Drama, as well as #3 in African American Drama.


With an increasing demand from Chiquita's fan base for the next installment, she has released the third and final book in the story trilogy, Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love.

Antonio and Sabrina think they’ve put the worst behind them. They’re ready to begin the next chapter of their lives, but forces beyond their control have other plans for them. Before either can settle into their new roles of parent and newly-minted Don of the De Luca Cartel, people from their sordid pasts take their vengeance a step further.

Distinguishing friend from foe, acquaintances from hired guns is only the beginning of the trouble they’ll face. If Antonio can’t bring this madness to an end, he may very well lose not only his new title, but lose the family he fought so hard for.

Will their love unimaginable love story end in tragedy or will their shared will to survive see them through?


So who wants the chance to win a prize?

Like last time, Chiquita Dennie and I have partnered up to give away two things - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card and another winner will get a paperback copy of Struck in Love 3!


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my wife and have a career in SEO. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time.
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