Sunday, August 20, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card and author Samie Sands [giveaway]

Need a bit of suspense and terror in your next book? How 'bout one written by a zombie lover?

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 three-part zombie series called AM13 Outbreak. All three books are available now, and you can get them free on Kindle today!

Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

Still curious about the AM13 Outbreak series and the author? Time for an interview with Samie...


What inspires you to write?
For my first book, I wrote the book I wanted to read. I'd read a lot of book based in the zombie apocalypse and I found that the characters were always very capable. It made me wonder what would happen with an ordinary person trying to survive. Leah in Lockdown is normal, girl next door type without any skills to survive. Sometimes she's flawed and she doesn't always make the right choice, but that makes her more realistic.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
From the first idea to the finished book, I would say it takes me about a year. I feel like I have to do a few drafts to get it right, and I need to leave a gap in between each draft so I can create some distance to help me spot plot holes. Sometimes I get so involved in the story and the characters that I forget the reader doesn't know as much as me about the worlds I've created!

What are you working on right now?
Right now, I've just signed a contract for a completely different book. It's called Lottie Loves and it's very different from the zombie apocalypse in the Am13 Outbreak series. That isn't done though, I will be writing more!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
That a terrible first draft is better than writing nothing. Sometimes it's hard to just get started, but once you get past that hump and you get the general idea down, you can go back and make things right afterwards.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
In the apocalypse genre, I would say Outpost by Adam Baker. It's a zombie style book, but with a real difference. I love it, I could read it over and over again!


So who wants to win something?! 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. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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$50 Amazon gift card and author Tish Thawer [giveaway]

Bestselling and award winning author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Myth, magic, and superpowers hold special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris.

She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).


Author Tish Thawer has a two-part paranormal romance series called The Witches of BlackBrook, and the most recent novel is The Daughters of Maine. Both books are available now!

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

After being reunited in the present day, three sister witches are forced to separate once more in an effort to save their newly formed coven and themselves.

Foes from their past now threaten their future, and a trip that spans centuries is their only hope of survival. Chasing their enemy back through time seems like the right choice, but will walking in the footsteps of their previous lives provide the answers they seek?

Only time will tell.


Check out the book trailer for The Daughters of Maine above.

Still curious about the The Witches of BlackBrook series and the author? Time for an interview with Tish...


What inspires you to write?
I grew up watching superhero cartoons and have always loved anything along those lines. Anything based on fantasy, myth or magic, were all things that sparked my imagination which fed straight into my writing.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It depends. I've written a book in three months, while others have taken over a year.

What are you working on right now?
Dark Seeds, which is a short-story novella from my Ovialell series. It's to be part of a "witchy" anthology coming out this October.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Do your research and don't give up. Keep working towards your goal, but make sure you're always bettering your craft.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Harry Potter, and another I love is Falling Out of Focus by Brynn Myers.


So who wants to win something?! Tish Thawer and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.


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Amazon gift card and author Angela Ford [giveaway]

What if you gambled with the fate of the world?

Angela J. Ford is an imaginative and entertaining writer who creates stories of fanciful worlds that enable young adults to confidently believe in possibilities and overcome differences to be stronger together. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not too far from my wife's stomping grounds.

After high school, she moved to Nashville, TN, where she currently resides, to pursue a degree in Music Business at Belmont University. Although her career has not been largely focused on creative writing and being an author, it has been an integral part of her lifestyle.

Brought up as a bookworm and musician, she began writing The Four Worlds, a fantasy action, adventure series at the age of 12. What was I doing at 12? Certainly not writing any books...

The story line of Angela's books was largely based on creative games she played with her sisters. She later re-wrote The Four Worlds series, bringing it from a child's daydream to an adventure everyone can enjoy.


The Five Warriors is the first book in her series, followed by The Blended Ones (book 2) and Eliesmore and the Green Stone (book 3). A fourth book is coming in 2018.

Inspired by fairy tales, high magic and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within The Four Worlds.

“Are there beings with the ability to shift forms?” he asked.
She reached out a hand to caress his serious face and laughed lightly. “Why would you ask me that?”
“Tell me, would I know if I saw one?”
“You are serious.” She stood, letting the moonlight filter through the waves of her waist-length hair. “Changers are old beings from the beginning of time, the last scraps of the creator’s spark which formed this World. You would be unlikely to meet one, for they are above us; too distinguished to flirt with the people groups, and too haughty to lower themselves to live with the immortals.” Her long fingers rested on the balcony, gripping it tightly as she continued. “If you ever met one it would be unexplainable. They have two forms which makes them indestructible. One is physical and another is spirit.”
“Would you know if you met a Changer?” he pressed. “Are they dangerous?”
She laughed again, her voice rippling gently through the air like the tinkling of silver bells on a crisp night. “Dangerous? There are no creatures in the World more powerful or dangerous.”
“What if I met a Changer? What should I do?”
She turned back to him, bending to take his face in her hands. Her intense gaze met his questioning eyes. “Run as fast as you can and never stop.”



So who wants a book or something?! Angela Ford and I have partnered up to give away a $30 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.


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Amazon gift card & natural Day Dream Soaps [giveaway]

I did a soap giveaway with Day Dream Soaps in August of last year and I'm back on the soap train again!

Day Dream Soaps is run by Krystal and her family in Michigan, and she's always been interested in pure and natural things. She started creating products for her family like lip balm, body butter, and even beard oil. What does beard oil do? I have no idea.

Krystal has two granddaughters, one of which has sensitive skin and many allergies. As a result, her granddaughter has had reactions to store bought items, including soap. I know the feeling very well being fair-skinned and all.

Most importantly, Krystal loves her job and creating each soap. She listens to customers and the number one request is, do you have something for dry, sensitive skin? This issue is addressed with most of the soaps in the shop. Most of the soaps are cold process, hot process soaps made as well.


Pictured above is the soap for sensitive skin, a great bar of soap for sensitive, dry, irritated skin. It's made with calendula tea, calendula-infused olive oil and aloe juice, and colloidal oatmeal to sooth your skin. It also has olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter which are great for sensitive or dry skin. It has a bubbly, creamy, conditioning lather.

This bar lacks artificial coloring and fragrance (otherwise it wouldn't be suitable to us sensitive folks), but it does contain essential oils of lavender, orange, and patchouli. As you can see, the color is a natural light yellow from the calendula petals. If you ask me, it kinda looks like cheese.


You can get the most out of your handmade soap by treating it with care. How 'bout a soap dish? I bought one and it's lasted a year!

So who wants to win something?! Day Dream Soaps and I are offering a $10 Amazon gift card and two bars of sensitive skin soap to a 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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Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Kindle Fire & Curse Breaker: Darkens [giveaway]

In a land where magic is their only hope, can a man of faith triumph?

In 2014, life set a deadline for author Melinda Kucsera. Her sister, Carolyn, died at the age of 29. Carol's last words were a request - she made Melinda promise to publish her stories. At first, the prospect daunted Melinda as she had no idea how to make it a reality.


So she started a blog and put out the first chapter of Curse Breaker: Enchanted. Readers loved it and lobbied her to publish it.

On her late sister's birthday, Melinda published Enchanted in its entirety. In the Author's Note at the end of the book, she promises to never stop writing or publishing until she has no more stories left to tell.

Curse Breaker: Darkens picks up where Enchanted left off, although you can read it as a stand-alone book or as part of the series. Enjoy!


God’s never had a warrior quite like Jerlo on his side.

That’s probably a good thing since a body and a book are unaccounted for. Both formerly belonged to a vanquished demon, but neither were found when the dust cleared. The question of what happened to them prods Jerlo to seek out the one person he swore he’d never speak to—a man everyone thinks is long dead.

Jerlo’s relentless quest leads to the oubliette and a psycho’s cell where shadows of his past take him captive. Jerlo must outwit the dark force rising in his home without magic before he falls under its sway. The life of his ward hangs in the balance.

One wrong move and the young man God asked him to protect will end up a mindless automaton, or worse, dead.


So who wants to win something?! In celebration of the release of Curse Breaker: Darkens, Melinda and I have partnered up to give away a Kindle Fire 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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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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