Sunday, December 10, 2017

Win a Scotty Cameron Putter worth $600!

Don't miss this if you're a golfer. The Scotty Cameron giveaway is brought to you by Golf Headquarters. You'll always find a wide array of brand name equipment and accessories with these guys.

The winner will have their choice and receive one (1) Scotty Cameron Limited Edition My Girl Putters with an estimated value of $600!


This giveaway is open to residents of the United States. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway runs through December 19th.
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$20 Amazon gift card and coauthors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

This is a first for me - a pair of award-winning coauthors featured on the blog. Twice the talent and twice the personality.

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson were award-winning finalists in the 2011 International Book Awards in the Children’s Fiction category and placed 13th in the Children’s Fiction category for the 80th annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.

Jessica grew up in New England (like me!). She has a deep love of the ocean and a personal desire to experience the four seasons every year. I'm with her - a change in weather and scenery is a good thing.

Stephanie lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. She has been a fifth grade teacher for 10+ years and learns something new everyday. I try to do the same thing, even if it's something that may not be that important.

One of their coauthored books is Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library. 11-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Watch the book trailer:

Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery.

Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time.

But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.

When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets.

What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

Still curious about the authors and Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library? Time for an interview...

What inspires you to write?
Jess: I love stories. Ideas for plots and characters are all around, in every moment. Thinking about scenes from different perspectives sets my imagination free. Linking ideas and working with words is fun!

Stephanie: I always have stories floating around in my mind. It is so much fun to dive deeper into them and bring them to life. Talking about plots and characters with Jess gets me excited to write and create worlds where anything’s possible.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
Jess & Stephanie: To flesh out the story and get it on the pages is about 8-12 months. The editing process will add on about 4 months, so a year to a year and a half would be a good estimate for us to complete a book.

What are you working on right now?
Jess & Stephanie: We have just released book 2 in the Fairday Morrow series, Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library. The next case in the DMS files is in progress!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Jess: Be yourself. It’s important to love what you’re doing and continue to work because you enjoy the process. If you take your projects seriously and make time for them to flourish, you’ll feel your own sense of validation. It’s important to protect creative time and space and keep up the practice- there is no failure or wrong or right in art, it’s all worthwhile, and your skills will develop as you continue to craft your writing.

Stephanie: Write at your own pace and use a process that works for you. It is easy to look at other writers and compare yourself to them. Some people write fast, some are like me, and the pace is a bit slower. That is okay! I appreciate that there are writers who can sit down and type thousands of words. I tend to nitpick over words and sentences. Learning to be comfortable with your process will allow you to enjoy yourself. Don’t lose sight of why you are writing and don’t worry about the rest. Creating stories is fun!

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Jess: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Stephanie: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Jessica Haight (left) and Stephanie Robinson

So who wants to win something?! Jessica, Stephanie, and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a signed hardcover edition of Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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Your pet can be on a shirt or canvas with Pop Your Pup [giveaway]

If you missed the last blog post with Pop Your Pup, pay attention to this one!

Pop Your Pup is changing the game when it comes to customized products. We all know that ordering things custom can have long turn-around times. But at Pop Your Pup they're constantly growing their team of artists to handle the workload to maintain a fast turn-around.

My wife's got a shirt with Henry's face on it, and you have to admit it's pretty cool.

Jennifer and Henry

It's not just for dogs though. Put your cat's face on a shirt too! All you gotta do is provide a photo or two. Let Pop Your Pup worry about the angle and the lighting of the image. They've seen it all and they do their best to make it work.

No one likes waiting, so in just one business day the artists will have your pop art ready for you to review.

And then Pop Your Pup sends back the art for you to approve. Since they guarantee everyone will love their custom art, this means you can revise as many times as you want 'til you're 100% happy. I changed the color background a couple times and it wasn't a big deal.

They won't print or ship unless you approve! I'm surprising my sister with her cat on a canvas, and here's what Lucy will look like:

Lucy the cat

There are a variety of shirt styles to choose from. Jennifer's wearing a v-neck and the sizing fits true to size. They only print on white shirts since it helps the pop art really stand out.

Again, pop art is not just for dogs - you can get any pet you like on a shirt or canvas. Check out their animal art.

Make something custom to order! Pop Your Pup has been gracious enough to offer a gift card to TWO lucky Giveaway Guy readers - one will get $100 and another will get $50.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners 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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Reach Out by Molly Beck [review]

I've been trying to improve my email communication skills, and Reach Out is just the book I needed to get my butt in gear. I reach out to people to be featured on my blog, and also to people I want to partner with in the business world.

Crafting an email that gets a reply isn't easy, but Molly offers tips that I didn't even consider. And guess what, they work. They also apply to speaking to people in person. It's really about being polite and offering something of value.

As soon as I finished the book, I sent my first cold email using what I learned. The person responded two days later saying they were interested in my proposal. Bam!

Molly's estimated response rate for cold reach outs is 20%, but as of this writing my rate is 35%. I'm beyond pleased. Even if you're a master communicator, you'll probably learn something in this book.
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Why Kids Will Love Mensch on a Bench

This post is authored by lucycodex.

The Mensh on a Bench, a plush Rabbi, is a fun Jewish version of the traditional Christmas toy, Elf on a Shelf. However, it is slightly different. As while Elf on a Shelf reports back to Santa to see who has been naughty or nice, Mensch on a Bench is a new toy that is meant to teach you and your kids about the virtues of being a good person.

It is fun for kids to hold and carry around with them. If you squeeze the doll, they have many sayings that are taken from Jewish tradition and sayings. Many people have even thanked the creator of the doll with bringing the old term “Mensch” back into the vocabulary. Mensch is a Yiddish word that stands for “a person of honor and integrity.”

The sayings will make children laugh as well. Also, as kids love to learn new things, they will enjoy sitting there and learning more about the Jewish holidays and traditions. This can also help children not feel so left out, as many children wonder why they don't celebrate the popular holiday Christmas.

The doll comes with a book, portraying the story of Moshe the Mensch. Your kids will love reading the book with you, making this a new holiday tradition that they can spend with their loved ones. It will help to teach children the ideals and transitions of the Jewish tradition Hanukkah.

So, buy this wonderful and well-made doll for your child this holiday season. You may even be able to create a new tradition out of it. So snuggle up next to your loved one, and enjoy the new tradition as you read the story of Moshe the Mensch and learn about being a good person.
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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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