Sunday, February 17, 2019

Win a $100 Amazon gift card from Your Money Geek!

Want to treat yourself to something on Amazon? Check out this $100 Amazon giveaway, brought to you by Your Money Geek.

Your Money Geek is all about having fun and helping you reach your financial goals. Pay down debt, save more money for retirement, and enjoy the good things in life.

 

This giveaway is open worldwide, ending February 28, 2019.
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Win a $100 Amazon gift card with author Case Lane!

Are you the type that prepares for the future? Join me in welcoming Case Lane back to the blog!

Case is a global writer, traveler, entrepreneur, and observer to the future. Her overall theme for writing and entrepreneurship is 'prepare for the future.' In her thought-provoking Life Online book series the majority of people are non-technologists who have to learn to live and manage in a technology-controlled world they do not understand. Case envisions a next century world where the essential battle is between the advancement of technology and the instincts of our basic humanity.

Educated in communications, political science, business, law and economics, Case has lived and worked all over the world, and has been a reporter, diplomat, digital media corporate executive and lawyer. You can find all these influences from her knowledge and experience in the books.


The Life Online Book Series is speculative science fiction for thinking people considering the impact of future technologies. Book #2, The Unbroken Line, is a future tech cyber thriller.

BEYOND THE TIES OF OUR COMMON KINDRED can a digital human be controlling an act of war?

In the near future, the dead live on as virtual holograms interacting with humans through an omnipresent cyber Network. But when undetectable drones suddenly change the outcome of government policies, digital humans become criminal suspects.

The Unbroken Line is a future tech cyber thriller highlighting the battle between the disturbing consequences of humanity’s dependence on programmed machines, and the visionary benefits of the technology. The artificial intelligence providing ongoing contact with the departed could be instigating a terrifying military stand-off between the USA and Russia.

In The Unbroken Line, the war in Cyberspace goes to the edges of the Universe. To prevent a world ending outcome, a global team of diplomats, Intelligence agents and rogue technologists must reverse engineer the error, and avert a war threatening to shatter the stable unity maintained in a world of cyber control.

Care to get to go inside the author's mind? Here are a few interview questions with Case from last time.

What inspires you to write?
I have stories in my head, I always have. And my writing is related to my own experiences and interests. What usually happens is I will start thinking of a scenario. For example, right now there is a lot of discussion about self-driving cars. What about airplanes? Could we get to the point where planes operate without pilots? That led to the premise of my next book in the Life Online series about a plane that goes off the grid. Once I have the general idea I can start writing. At that point, the inspiration is in wanting to get the story completed and out for distribution.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
Once I have the story decided and I know when I want to release the book, I set a deadline. When I'm actively writing to hit a deadline, I aim for 5,000 words a day. So the length of time depends on the length of the book. The Life Online books average around 115,000 words each, so about 23 days. But that said, I can edit and re-edit forever. If I do not set deadlines I will keep re-editing, not to change the basic story, but certainly to reset dialogue, or change scenes around. I cannot read my own writing without editing. So without deadlines, I would probably still be working on my first book.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Keep writing. Be persistent. Keep at it. I know many people want to write a book so I recommend that you start immediately and write a few words every day until it's done. Because of technology and the ability to access a global market of readers, anyone can publish a book and find enthusiastic readers. And there's a great variety of styles and approaches that people can use. What hasn't changed is the readers' interest in good stories. So don't worry about technique or style or market size or any of that - just get the story together and finish the writing you started.

So who wants to win something?!

Case Lane and I have partnered up to give away a $100 Amazon gift card to 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.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Win a set of rustic wood shelves from Barnwood USA!

Look no further for your shelf needs. Enter the rustic shelf giveaway and you could have two flat shelves hanging on your wall soon!

The giveaway is brought to you by Barnwood USA, who continues to build on a history of creating more than just quality wood products. They invest in the members of their team to develop a company of character.

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This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Ends on February 17, 2019.
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$40 Amazon gift card and the return of thriller author Luana Ehrlich

Ready for a thrill? Welcome back to the blog, Luana Ehrlich!

Luana is an award-winning author, minister's wife, and former missionary with a passion for spy thrillers and mystery novels. She began writing the Titus Ray Thriller Series when her husband retired from the pastorate.

Now Luana writes from an undisclosed location (I like a good mystery), where she tries to avoid the torture of mundane housework, golf stories, and grocery shopping.


One Night in Tehran is the first book in the Titus Ray series. Who is Titus Ray, you ask?

Titus Ray is a veteran CIA covert intelligence officer who's spent most of his career at the Agency assigned to the Middle East desk. During that time, he's been involved in some of America's most clandestine operations, assignments he's taken in order to keep the nation safe from terrorists or from anyone else out to destroy the "land of the free and the home of the brave."

Learning the truth...
Veteran CIA officer Titus Ray--on the run from the Iranian secret police--finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians in Tehran. While urging Titus to become a believer in Jesus Christ, they manage to smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Dealing with the past...
Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. In a hot-tempered outburst, he delivers a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, and, as a result, the deputy forces Titus to take a year's medical leave in Oklahoma.

Facing the future...
Before leaving Langley, Titus learns he's been targeted by a Hezbollah assassin hired by the Iranians. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Norman, Oklahoma has ties to the man who's trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a local detective with an intriguing past, can be trusted with his secrets.


So who wants the chance to win a prize?

Luana Ehrlich and I have partnered up to give away two things - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a $40 Amazon gift card and another winner will get a paperback copy of One Night in Tehran!


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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Amazon gift card and the return of coauthors Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

Up next is a pair of award-winning coauthors - twice the talent and twice the personality. Welcome back to the blog, Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson!

Jessica and Stephanie 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.

Stephanie Robinson (left) and Jessica Haight

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? Here are a few interview questions from last time...

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'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!


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 to two lucky Giveaway Guy readers:
  • Winner #1 gets a hardcover bundle of two books:
    • The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow 
    • Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library 
  • Winner #2 gets 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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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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