Saturday, June 16, 2018

Win a $100 Amazon gift card with fitness enthusiast Diana Anderson-Tyler

It's time to become stronger with your partner in body, soul, and spirit.

Fitness, faith, and entertainment writer, Diana Anderson-Tyler is an author of four non-fiction books for Christian women. She's combined her passion for helping others with the power of the written word, and prays hearts are touched, imaginations kindled, dreams awakened, and lives inspired by the stories she tells.

Diana's writing has made the beautiful transition from hobby to profession, from curiosity to obsession, from amusement to craft, from passion to purpose.


Ecclesiastes 4:12 says that a cord of three braids is not easily broken. When you and your spouse have God at the center of your relationship, you become one such cord – sturdy, strong, and steadfast.

In her sequel to Perfect Fit, Diana Anderson-Tyler draws from Scripture and personal experiences from her own marriage in Perfect Fit: Couples Edition to inspire, encourage, and challenge couples to become stronger together in body, soul, and spirit.

This book is a month-long journey of faith and fitness for you and your spouse. Combining 31 devotionals with 24 partner workouts, Perfect Fit: Couples Edition is the perfect opportunity for you and your spouse to recharge, reset, and refocus on what’s most important in your marriage.

Each day, you will explore biblical truths concerning spiritual warfare, forgiveness and grace, the power in praying as a couple, the importance of healthy eating, and honoring your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit.

You will learn how to practically apply each of these truths – and more – to your daily walk with your spouse and be challenged to communicate openly with one another, shedding healing light on areas of darkness the enemy wants to keep buried. In addition to 31 devotionals, Perfect Fit: Couples Edition contains easy-to-follow exercise photos and 24 fun and efficient workouts you can do at home with your spouse, with very little equipment.

In just 30 minutes or less each day, you will be blessed by high-intensity workouts specially designed to invigorate, strengthen, and energize. If your marriage is in superlative shape, this book will provide the motivation you need to stay strong and shine bright in a world striving to tear it apart.

If, on the other hand, your marriage is languishing beneath the weight of doubts, fears, and dwindling faith, you will be reminded of God’s infinite, limitless power and His matchless love for the marriage covenant. With Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).


Need some advice and motivation from the author? Time for an interview with Diana to get your butt in gear...

How often should I be working out?
This really depends on the individual. For example, if someone's just starting out in their fitness journey, I recommend 2-3 times per week so they're not overwhelmed...or overly sore! After a couple months, they can add a day or two. Ultimately, I recommend that people try to work out five days a week, even six if they're crazy like me and genuinely love it!

What should I do if I only have 30 minutes to work out?
If you're short on time, I recommend doing a high-intensity form of exercise, such as interval or circuit training as these ensure you're getting a lot in in not a lot of time. There are literally dozens of ways to train at a high intensity, and with the power of the Internet, it's easy to access excellent workouts along with instructional photos and videos.

Here's just one example of a 15-minute workout you can do in your living room:

Set a timer for 15 minutes and perform as many rounds of the following as possible:

10 push-ups
15 air squats
20 alternating lunges
25 jumping jacks


Should I train before or after work?
The best time to train is when it works best for you! If you find that you're low on energy at the end of the workday, try working out first thing in the morning. Conversely, if you're not a morning person, head straight to the gym after work, or during your lunch break. Just don't go home first if you can help it; it's hard to head back out once you're on the couch!

What's the best way to get abs?
The best way to get abs is to (and I know this isn't fun to hear) eat well! Processed foods, fast food, and excess sugar are the enemies of abs (and health in general), so try to limit them to once or twice a week. Stick to whole, natural foods as much as possible. And to build the abs muscles themselves, make sure you're weight training at least two times a week. It's not necessary to isolate the abs with crunches and sit-ups; they get plenty of engagement through compound movements such as squats, push-ups, pull-ups, dead lifts, presses, etc.

What should I eat before and after a workout?
What you eat depends on when you work out. For instance, if you work out first thing in the morning, you don't want to have a full breakfast, or else you'll feel woozy and bloated. Some people who train first thing prefer doing so on an empty stomach, while others need a little bit of fuel so they don't feel lightheaded or dizzy. Find what works for you by experimenting with different foods and quantities.

As for what to eat after a workout, make sure you're getting enough protein, 20-35 grams for women, and 35-50 grams for men (these are general guidelines, of course). Carbs are also important after a workout because they help restore your body's glycogen stores. Consuming 0.5-0.7 grams of carbs per pound of body weight within 30 minutes after training results in proper glucose resynthesis. It might be a good idea to limit the amount of fat you eat post-workout, but having some won't affect your recovery.



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Diana Anderson-Tyler and I have partnered up to give away a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.


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$40 Amazon gift card and zombie author Baileigh Higgins

If you like zombies in your books then today's your lucky day! Two zombie author features in one day.

Baileigh Higgins loves nothing more than lazing on the couch with pizza and a bad horror movie. Her unhealthy obsession with the end of the world has led to numerous books on the subject and a secret bunker only she knows the location of.

Baileigh is the author of numerous apocalyptic and dystopian tales of survival including her best selling series, Dangerous Days and The Tides of Blood.


For fans of The Walking Dead (one of my all-time favorite shows), Dawn of the Dead, and all things zombie comes your next obsession, a thrilling series that you won't want to end!

Last Another Day is book #1 in the Dangerous Days Series and packs a serious apocalyptic punch.

Humanity falls...

Trapped in the shower by her undead husband, Morgan prays for rescue but quickly realizes she's on her own. She escapes, only to find that the horror has spread and now threatens everything she holds dear. With each passing moment, death becomes more certain.

Logan returns to his childhood home and teams up with Max, an army deserter racing against the clock to save his family. When the infection outruns them, they face the real possibility that everyone they know is already dead. Or worse, undead.

All it takes is one mistake...

As the sun sets against the backdrop of the African veldt and living nightmares walk the streets in the shape of their loved one's bodies, humanity's last hope rests in the hands of ordinary men and women called to do extraordinary things.


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Amazon gift card and zombie author E.B. Black [giveaway]

Like zombies? Like a bit of romance in your books? Then read on...

E.B. Black’s life changed the moment she learned how to read. She had an active imagination and books allowed her to visit new worlds and meet new people that she’d otherwise never know.

As a teenager, she often neglected schoolwork (didn't we all?) and sleeping in order to get in more reading time. I can relate to that - sometimes I find myself staying up late because I want to finish an interesting article or chapter.


Now E.B. writes fantasy, science fiction, and romance books. She hopes to captivate her audience in the same way she’s been captivated all her life by books.

Check out Zombie Apocalypse: A Collection of Monumental Romance Catastrophes:

The world we once knew, is no more.

An outbreak of unknown origin has spread across the globe, obliterating the food chain. From small animals to the human race, no creature is safe.

Run, do not walk.

Do not look back.

Not for your loved ones. Not for anyone.

Save yourself.

The zombie apocalypse is upon us.


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E.B. Black and I have partnered up to give away a $30 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Amazon gift card and romance author Nicole R. Locker

If you like cowboys, romance, or that hometown feeling, this author is for you.

Nicole R. Locker is a resident of Lubbock, Texas. She has a Master of Science in Psychology and a love for pit bulls, Pilates, and romance novels.

You'll find some of the most creative minds in Lubbock as the arts and individualism are strong and valued there.


Nicole writes slow-burn romance about strong, intelligent women and the Alpha Heroes brave enough to chase them.

Fans of enemies to lovers, older woman/younger man, best friend’s brother, return to hometown, second chance, cowboy romance will enjoy Big Man Blue.

Blue Brigham was barely a man when he first got his chance with the girl he’d loved all his life. He made her laugh, and he made her love, but he couldn’t make her stay.

Legal wasn’t enough for their older woman-younger man relationship, not in a town like theirs, so before he knew it, she’d left town to marry another man her own age and took his heart with her.

Ten years later, Harper Haley is back and looking better than ever, but even a rocking body and a smile as sweet as he remembered isn’t enough to melt his defenses. She won’t have the chance to break his heart a second time.

Trouble is, she’s staying here in his house since he moved his sister in after her recent divorce, and Harper’s not going easy on him. Not even a little bit.


And now, the moment you've been waiting for...

Who wants to win something?!

Nicole R. Locker and I have partnered up to give away a few items - two lucky Giveaway Guy readers will win a paperback of Big Man Blue and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


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Amazon gift card and multicultural author K.S. Ruff

K.S. wasn’t planning to write romance novels.

Ask anyone who knows K.S. Ruff and they’ll tell you she was dead set on being a lawyer when she was in high school. In fact, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies and started out writing Supreme Court briefs.


Later in life, K.S. joined not one but two book clubs, which she fondly refers to as her “good girl book club” and “bad girl book club.” She was reading two novels a week - mystery, young adult, historical fiction, romance, and paranormal romance.

Then one night, in the middle of a romance novel, K.S. just up and decided to write. She's several novels in and loving it! She's always been a writer, although her writing has certainly run the gamut from Supreme Court briefs, government reports, legislation, journal articles, a children’s book, and now romance novels.

K.S is hoping to linger here – in romance – for a while and looks forward to sharing her next few books with you.

The Broken Road is the debut novel from K.S. Ruff and the first book in the Broken Series.

“I’m not kissing you to get it over with. When I kiss you for the first time, you’re going to want that kiss more than your next breath.”

Montana girl Kristine Stone was strong enough to break out of an abusive marriage, but is she strong enough for the road that lies ahead? For the first time in her life, Kristine finds she has some control over her life. Haunted by her ex-husband and a newly acquired stalker, she leaves Montana to work in the U.S. Senate. Kristine issues a moratorium on dating.

This hardly deters Kadyn Rand, the Air Force Captain who threatens to tear down every wall she’s ever built. Still, someone from her dark past refuses to be ignored, and Kristine finds herself in yet another fight for her life.

Tall, dark, and determined are the words that best describe Kadyn Rand. He is too stoic to be swept away by much of anything, but a vulnerable woman from Montana manages to do just that when she finds herself alone and in danger in DC. Kadyn is intelligent, resourceful, and a fiercely devoted friend. His sense of humor runs on the sarcastic side. He’s also the kind of guy who likes to keep people guessing about what’s going on inside his head, which is why he makes a conscious effort not to smile.

That is until he meets Kristine Stone. Her missteps regularly get a smile out of him. Her moratorium on dating intrigues him, while her vulnerability calls to his protective side. Kadyn tries to earn Kristine’s love and her trust but soon learns it will take much more than that to save her from her past.


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

What inspires you to write?
At first, it was the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments I’ve experienced in my life. For example… having some mysterious man from another country propose on the third date, who then devolves into a stalker, tracking me across the country, through several career moves, for three years. Despite a restraining order. Or… being forced to do shots with the Russian Mafia while attending a government function in Crimea. Apparently, you don’t decline a drink from the Russian Mafia. Ever. If you do, they’ll drag you over to their table and ensure you drink a vodka shot… or two… or three… or six.

But then? I discovered some common threads. I’m inspired by tragic, heart-wrenching, and sometimes terrifying events. Whether it is the wounded warrior struggling with PTSD, the woman who escapes an abusive marriage, the orphans victimized by an international pedophile ring in Portugal, or the couple caught in a shoot-out between the drug cartels in Mexico, I weave these real world experiences into my romantic suspense novels because I’ve discovered there are some incredibly resilient people who have survived these experiences… people who take these experiences and transform them into something good. These people inspire my sometimes broken but always heroic characters who seek to right the wrongs in this world.


How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
A book can take me anywhere from six months to a year to write, depending on the novel and the number of university courses I’m teaching at the time. Like most authors, I’m juggling two careers and a family. Hence, my addiction to coffee, and chocolate, and nocturnal writing.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a tween fantasy novel steeped in Celtic Mythology entitled Saving Tír na nÓg, which will be released in early July. The story involves three young girls who represent faith, hope, and love. They serve as the counterbalance for Dain, Dother, and Dub, the black-winged Sidhe who incite violence, evil, and darkness in the human realm. I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated when I first began, but I’ve discovered I thoroughly enjoy world building, magick, dragons, druids, and kelpies. Still, I’m not walking away from romance. I plan to write another romantic suspense novel, a spin-off story for The Broken series, over the summer. This story will be based in part on the 2016 military coup in Turkey.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Walk away. Seriously, walk away. If you’ve been staring at that page for three hours, rewriting that same sentence over and over again, please just walk away. Give your brain a break. Go do something with your kids. Snuggle with your dog. Read a book. Go for a walk. Then, come back with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. That’s easier said than done, I know. But, trust me, that scene will work itself out. Often, the solution will present itself while you are away from your computer, when you are no longer growling at the screen. If it doesn’t, then find some place quiet and let the scene play like a movie inside your mind. Ask yourself, “How are these characters feeling right now, in this moment?” Step back and weigh those emotions. Is your protagonist bored? Giddy? Anxious? Worried? Afraid? Does her face, her hands, her voice, her feet convey that? How should your supporting characters react? How would they be feeling in that situation? Protective? Frustrated? Angry? Amused? Do their actions reflect that? How do you want your reader to feel in that moment? Focus on the emotions, and those actions, your narrative, and the dialogue will sort themselves out.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
That’s easy. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It’s one of my favorite books. It’s the only novel I’ve read five times. The story was so engaging I mourned the loss of those characters when the All Souls trilogy ended. I’m anxiously awaiting two spin-off books in the series; Time’s Convert and The Serpent’s Mirror. Last I heard, both were scheduled to be released in September. I will NOT be writing that month. I may flee the country just so I can hole up somewhere and thoroughly immerse myself in those stories.

So who wants to win something?!

K.S. Ruff and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback of The Broken Road and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


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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