Sunday, February 11, 2018

Win a Penny Skateboard prize pack!

I just took up longboarding a few months ago. This Penny Skateboards giveaway is brought to you by Absolute Board Co.

The winner of the prize pack will get a 32" Penny cruiser skateboard, a Penny backpack, and a long-sleeve Penny shirt. That's a total value of about $200!

Even if you don't want the skateboard, the backpack is pretty cool. Easy to carry as it just slips on your back, offering great style for those looking for a travel bag or just a good looking backpack for school.

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This giveaway is open worldwide and ends at 11:59pm PDT on February 16, 2018.
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Amazon gift card and romance author Robin Patchen

This next author is from New England like me. How fitting.

Robin Patchen writes contemporary Christian suspense, romance, and romantic suspense. Her books are often set in New England, where she grew up. She creates strong, protective heroes and intelligent, courageous heroines.

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin has two loves - writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beach side burger joints.


What happens when a woman marries her greatest enemy?

When Rae runs with her infant in Convenient Lies, she lands in the arms of her first love. Brady determines to discover all her secrets. What he learns could destroy them all.

She married her enemy…

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He never quit loving her.

Detective Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he plans to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.

The death toll rises.

But when Rae's husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.

Curious to know more about Convenient Lies and the author? Time for an interview with Robin...


What inspires you to write?
So many things. Sometimes, something I see on TV or read about in the news will inspire a new story. Most of the time, I just get these random images. For instance, in Convenient Lies, I got this image of a woman returning to her hometown with a newborn. She was alone, and I knew she was running from someone, but I had no idea who, or why. I didn’t know where the baby’s father was. I didn't know why she’d gone home. But from that image came the story, which led to a four-book series.

The last book in the series, Innocent Lies, was inspired by another image. A little boy alone in the wintry woods. Again, I had no idea who he was or why he was there, but the story started to take shape, and once it did, I had to write it.

Inspiration is a mystery to me, one I don’t want to solve. I love the surprise of it, the magic.


How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
If I write without stopping, I can write about 130 pages per month, so it shouldn’t take much more than three months to write an entire novel. The problem comes with that, “if I write without stopping” thing. Because sometimes, I get stuck on a story issue and can’t figure out how to fix it. And then I get distracted, because there’s always the lie that I’ll just finish this, and then I’ll get back to the book. But there’s always one more “this” that needs to be finished. So often, it takes four or more months to write a full-length novel. But I’m working on that.

What are you working on right now?
I’m starting a new series that will take place in the same town—Nutfield, New Hampshire—as the last series. I’m at about the halfway point after taking one of my “short” breaks—for 5 weeks. Here’s another novel inspired by an image. A young woman and an old man relocating to Nutfield for no apparent reason. An issue considering the man suffers from lots of medical issues, including dementia. Why would she take him away from his home? Trust me. There’s a great reason. Or at least there will be when I fix this little story issue I’m having…

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Just one? Oh, my. Well, I’d say the most important tip to being a great writer is to be a writer. Writing is like any other skill. The more often you do it, the better you’ll be. If I could offer a second tip, it would be to read a variety of books, some in the genre you want to write and some outside, and analyze them to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Well, you probably mean “besides the Bible,” though perhaps not as many would give that answer as I would hope.

Is it too cliché to say the Harry Potter series? I personally find the entire series to be extraordinary. Yes, sometimes the overuse of adverbs and other writing foibles get on my nerves, but what an amazing story of good vs. evil, of weakness prevailing over darkness, of love prevailing over evil. Would that I could create such stories.


So who wants to win something?!

Robin Patchen and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Convenient Lies 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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BEARZ Outdoor Microfiber Towel Set [giveaway]

Wouldn't it be nice to wipe off sweat at the gym or get dry after a dip in the pool?

Enter BEARZ Outdoor and it's new product, the microfiber towel set.

Whether you use these towels for sports, camping, or the beach, the cloth is perfect for the outdoors and your travels! Wipe your sweat off at the gym, lay on it at the beach, get dry after the pool, bring your BEARZ Outdoor towel with you!


The towels are made of a soft, super absorbent, antibacterial microfiber material that will smoothly wipe away any sweat or unwanted water from your skin. The towels pack up compactly and conveniently to fit in the included carry bag, which even has a water-resistant pocket.

The towels are quick drying, so simply use the adjustable hang loops and let the towels dry wherever you are.

Here's what I like that kind of flies under the radar - the towel material is great for the golf course. Use it to wipe down your clubs, golf ball, or just your own sweat or whatever.
  • Keep your butt dry from the wet ground beneath you
  • Wipe sweat away while doing yoga and sports
  • Keep your camping stuff dry by placing it underneath
  • Or even use it as a tarp and wrap your belongings with it


The large towel set includes one large towel, one medium towel, one face towel, and two carry bags. If you don't think you'll need the 60x30 towel, go with the standard set.

Now... who wants some microfiber towels?!

The folks at BEARZ Outdoor have been gracious enough to offer their large microfiber towel set to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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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.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Amazon gift card & Summer Lane's "Resurrection: Shadows of Omega"

This is a guest post authored by Summer Lane.

Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 20 hit novels, including the popular Collapse Series and newly launched Resurrection Series. She owns Writing Belle (an online magazine) and Writing Belle Publishing (a management company). Summer is also an experienced writing instructor and journalist.


The war is over. At last, Omega has been defeated, and the militias have found peace and stability. General Cassidy Hart has been elected to lead the newly resurrected post-apocalyptic government as President of the Western Republic.

The world is a different place. From the ashes, structure emerges. From death, hope blossoms. Yet the shadows of Omega remain. Omega loyalists and dangerous anarchists infect every level of the crestfallen civilization, threatening to undermine the Republic’s attempts to maintain peace. Most of the world’s population has been slain: those who remain alive have very different ideas about what must be done to continue to survive.

It’s hard to quantify how many times people asked me as a teenager, “What are your plans after high school?” I would usually reply with something like, “I’m going to major in journalism and work on my novel.” I wanted to be a writer, but I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to do that without starving to death. Making a living as a writer is pretty difficult, especially if you’re betting everything on a book that may or may not sell. Add to that the fact that I had no major publishing house behind me to promote my work or get it into the hands of the public, and I was a little overwhelmed.

Suffice it to say that since I wrote my first novel and started Writing Belle Publishing, I’ve been blessed to find success. But I will say this: it wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t luck. In this business, it hasn’t necessarily been any one thing that has helped me fight my way to the top of the proverbial dog pile. It’s been many things put together. It’s been the people I’ve worked with, the stories that I’ve written, the things that I’ve learned, and the failures that have paved the way to where I am now. I think what helps to keep what I do fresh and exciting is that I’m always setting the bar high for another project – always looking ahead, never behind.

When I was a teen, my goal in life was to publish a novel before I was 18. That didn’t happen, but I did manage to get my first novel out when I was 19. Later on, my goal was to have published 10 bestselling novels before I got married. I did achieve that goal. And now, before I’m 25 years-old, I have just published my 20th bestselling novel. How did this happen? How am I standing here, launching my 20th publication? How have I made a living doing this crazy thing we call “living the dream?”

I have never taken my eye off the prize. I share this with you because the question I get most is “How did you sell as many books as you have? How do you keep selling them?” I say, focus. Determination. The willingness to accept failure and turn it into a learning experience, so that you will know which mistakes to avoid next time.

I’ve done so much in publishing, that here, at the age of 24, I feel that I have only just barely broken the surface of my career. There is so much more I have to write about, and so much life I have to live. Every experience, to me, is a new inspiration. Not only am I working as a writer and an instructor, I’m also a student of veterinary science. I find that working with animals and being outside helps to cleanse my mind from the stressful whirlwind of deadlines and publishing pressures. I feel that no matter what happens – and no matter how old I am – I will never be too old to stop learning.

So here, before 25, I release my 20th book into the world. I thank all of my readers for being here on this journey since the beginning. Cassidy Hart has been the backbone of my publishing success, and I will never, ever forget that. I will always be proud of her and everything that she stands for.

Here’s to the next 20 books.



So who wants to win something?! Summer Lane and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Resurrection: Shadows of Omega and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

$50 Amazon gift card and fantasy author Diana Anderson-Tyler

Three small-town young women face big-time battles.

If your writing journey, like that of Diana Anderson-Tyler, has proved much more than a transient phase, then you've likely discovered that pursuing your passion as an adult is no longer like playing in a sandbox.

Gone are the care-free, easy-going days of simply devising clever stories or thinking up unique characters and hastily following after them with your pen. Diana's writing has made the beautiful transition from hobby to profession, from curiosity to obsession, from amusement to craft, from passion to purpose.


Diana has come to believe that writers are also warriors. Many giants must be slayed as we strive to share our stories with the world. Many invaders must be routed as we defend the work whose characters, settings, conflicts, and themes keep us up at night.

Armor for Orchids is a story of hope, inspiration, and life-changing belief.

After suffering a heart-aching breakup, Marissa retreats into herself, over-exercising and depriving herself of food. When she takes on an acting role portraying a mysterious woman named Poppy, she realizes that to find joy again, she must fight for it.

Still reeling from the void left after her father died, Elise fills the space with short-lived thrills and flings, each leaving her lonelier than before. But when she meets Brady Bradshaw, the lead actor in a movie being filmed in her hometown of Bluebonnet, she finds herself drawn to something more than his charm and good looks.

The honeymoon phase ended long ago for Charlotte and her husband, who pays more attention to his phone and sports than to her. After meeting handsome, blue-eyed Wes, her imagination shifts from the fantasy world of her romance novels to reality. Will she strive to save her marriage, or will lust and apathy undermine what she knows is right?

Poppy McAdams calls these women the Orchids. Despite barely knowing them, this sage older woman assigns each a particular species of orchid, one that reveals what they struggle against and how to fight back victoriously. Her own life has been rife with hardship and heartache, but it serves the Orchids well as they learn to trust in God’s work.

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

What inspires you to write?
Inspiration, to me, is most often birthed from life experience – the peaks, the valleys, the smooth seas and the storms. When I allow myself to draw from the well of my own life, I find inspiration flows infinitely more freely. When I try to leave my personal life out of my work by suppressing memories and refusing to reflect, my writing suffers because I’m not allowing myself to be vulnerable.

As Brené Brown says in her popular TED Talk on the power of vulnerability, to be vulnerable is not weakness. Rather, it’s “our most accurate measure of courage.” If I don’t feel somewhat nervous or vulnerable when I’m writing, I’m not being courageous. I’m not giving my all.


How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It depends on the genre and how many point-of-view characters I have. Each book in The Petros Chronicles (a fantasy series with four POVs) took me a little over four months to write. The current series I'm editing, the Orchid Series, features one point-of-view character per book; they each took me just over three months to write.

What are you working on right now?
I'm actually working on a TV sitcom pilot! I majored in screenwriting, so it's been fun getting back to my storytelling roots!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Never give up. Even when life gets in the way and every writing door seems to be slamming, never stop writing. Even if it’s just 100 words a day. Even if you have no aspirations to be published or to let anyone see your work. If you love writing, you must write, because, as Franz Kafka so perfectly put it, “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

Write to express yourself. Write to explore. Write to play. Write to find light in darkness. Write to find hope in despair. Write to find peace amid chaos.


What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Wow, what a good - but tough!- question! I would say Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. It's based on the ancient Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. As is all of Lewis's work, it's beautifully written and explores themes of love and its subtle counterfeits, sacrifice, self-deceit, and self-sacrifice. Lewis thought it "far and away" his best book, and most critics agree based on its imaginative scope. It's excellent!


So who wants to win something?! Diana Anderson-Tyler 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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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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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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