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!

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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.


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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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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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Sunday, December 3, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card and fantasy author Lucia Ashta

Step into otherworldly fiction.

Lucia Ashta has always been a writer. She published a short story about an unusual cockatoo when she was eight years old. Wow, what was I doing at eight? Certainly not writing any books, and probably sorting my trading cards...

That story about a cockatoo was the first of many stories, poetic anthologies, and novels to follow. Lucia never stopped writing, though she went through a long phase believing she needed to be a “responsible adult” and that writing didn’t meet that standard.


It is Lucia's greatest hope that her work will make your life more magical. She wishes that we may all learn how to make our own version of the impossible possible.

Magic Awakens is the first book of six in The Witching World series. If you like stories with non-stop adventure, a new kind of magic, heroines who own their power, and intriguing sorcerers, you'll love Magic Awakens.

Clara’s parents have her life all planned out for her. It’s the 1800s and she’s a daughter of the aristocracy. Her duty is to marry the man her parents choose for her, hold her tongue, and practice needlepoint.

Clara has no intention to marry into a life of misery. But she isn’t looking for a life of magic either. Magic is dangerous. Her parents have worked hard to keep her from it.

But magic is coming for Clara, whether she likes it or not. When her powers awaken, she can choose the safe path and pretend it isn’t happening. Or she can claim her power and face all the dangers it comes with, including the dark stranger with a secret past.


And now, the moment you've been waiting for. Lucia Ashta 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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$50 Amazon gift card and fantasy author Thaddeus Nowak

If you consider yourself a geek and like the outdoors, this next author is right up your alley.

Thaddeus Nowak has always been interested in fantasy and science fiction. Some of the first things he read back in junior high were fantasy novels, and these instilled in him a passion for fantasy.

As you’ll find with other people who are fond of science fiction and fantasy, Thaddeus truly considers himself a geek or geeky-nerd-dork, and it seems knowing the difference between a geek and a nerd makes one a dork.


Mother's Curse is the first book in the Heirs of Cothel series.

Tradition holds that a mother who commits a mortal sin against the gods will be cursed with a daughter born a witch. Stephenie, the youngest princess of Cothel is just such a curse.

Hostage to her mother’s will while her father and older brother fight a war two countries away, Stephenie must overcome her mother’s plots if she is to save her father, brother, and the many soldiers she trained with.

Fearful of her mother’s growing traitorous behavior, Stephenie must escape Antar Castle. But to do so, she might have to rely upon her hidden powers, risking others discovering she is a witch…a risk that would most certainly result in her death by burning.

With the help of a select group of soldiers and an unexpected ally, she just might survive.


Still curious about Mother's Curse and the author? Time for an interview with Thaddeus...

What inspires you to write?
Writing for me is just something I must do. I get unpleasant to be around if I cannot find at least some time to write or be creative.

With regard to my stories, I get inspiration from a lot of different sources. Sometimes a song or an image will spark an idea for a story. Most of the time I build the stories around a character or characters.


How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
When I started Mother’s Curse, I moved from being a “discovery” writer to having a more architect style of planning. As a result, I wrote Mother’s Curse in about two months. Each of the other books in the series was written in roughly the same time frame.

What are you working on right now?
I have an expansive world I created for my series and my current project involves a new set of characters set in the distant north. I am borrowing some aspects of Scottish and Norwegian history and culture for the setting and the main character has found herself living in an occupied country and she has to figure out what she wants to do about that.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
The best advice I ever received, though it took me several years to understand it, is “write a bad novel.” At the time I heard this I thought to myself, “A bad novel, that would be such a waste of time. I want to write a masterpiece!”

The other part of the advice was that you can learn a lot from finishing a story. If you get hung up in editing and making it perfect, you will never get to that last word on the last page. Give up the internal editor for a while and just finish the piece. Then take what you learned and write the next story. First, you’ll have proven to yourself it can be done, which is a great emotional release. Second, even if you don’t realize it, your writing will have improved greatly between when you started and ended. A new project won’t have the baggage left over from when you were first experimenting with writing.


What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
For me, this is a hard question as I have a lot of books that I really enjoyed. However, one that I have read more times than most is Jane Lindskold’s Through Wolf’s Eyes. The bond that Firekeeper and Blind Seer have resonated with me strongly.


So who wants to win something?! Thaddeus Nowak and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Mother's Curse and another reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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$40 Amazon gift card and paranormal author D.R. Perry

Say hello to a fellow New Englander!

D.R. Perry writes all kinds of things. Mostly, they have strange and unusual elements. Not isotopes of Strontium, but speculative fiction; stories that ask "what if?" Creatures who are people or people who are creatures.

In 2017, A Change In Crime earned a shortlist nomination for Alternate History in the Dragon Awards, a nomination for the McGrath House Indie Author Award in the Historical Fiction category, and an Imadjinn award.

D.R. hopes you have as much fun reading her books as she did writing them.


Bearly Awake is the first of nine books in the Providence Paranormal College series. A charmed life can tumble down in an avalanche of problems.

Bobby Tremain’s the first in his family to attend college, also the first to see snow. A massive magical blizzard makes this not-so-average bear want to sleep all winter, but he needs to pass exams or risk flunking out of Providence Paranormal College.

Lynn Frampton’s got a brain of epic proportions and an even smarter mouth. She went to college on the other side of the country to escape the town where everybody knows and fears her brain. At college, Lynn's barely able to make friends, let alone influence people. At least she’s at the top of her class.

Bobby needs Lynn’s help to stay awake and pass his exam. She might just need his companionship, too. Can Lynn and Bobby find new hope together or will their failures send them both packing home?

Let this introductory novella transport you to Providence Paranormal College. Extrahumans of all types abound on this urban campus on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. This Ivy-League college recently opened its doors to anyone with enough talent. The Admissions Department at PPC enrolls humans with extraordinary grades, the magically and psychically inclined, vampires, werewolves, changelings, and even magic shifters like dragons and Kelpies. Come take a tour! If you like YA and NA Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy with strong romantic subplots, you’ll feel right at home here.


Still curious about Bearly Awake and the author? Time for an interview with D.R...

What inspires you to write?
It's this: what if? Those two little words are like a trail of breadcrumbs to me or maybe a laser pointer to a cat. I see something shiny off in the distance when those two words come around. I just have to know where they lead.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
The first draft doesn't take too long, maybe a month if it's a short novel like PPC. The longer a series gets, the longer the books take to draft and then to revise and edit. I do a lot of thread-connecting and looking back to make sure everything's tied up at the end of a series and stuff makes sense. One-offs or books in the same universe without the same overall plot arc take the least time, especially when the characters are familiar to me.

What are you working on right now?
I'm working on way too many things. There's the humorous series about a crime-fighting group of dissatisfied supernatural people, stories to go between the Providence Paranormal books when I bundle them, more Decopunk in my 1929 series, two different Game Lit projects, and a utopian science fiction about a couple of intergalactic lounge singers. Oh and I am working with my cover designer on redoing all ten of the Providence Paranormal books. I'm not busy, I have coffee!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Just keep writing. I know it sounds a lot like what the blue fish from that movie says but it is true. The more you write the more you can think of to write later.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Everyone should read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. It's an important book and so simply written. I'll always envy Vonnegut's ability to create huge impact so directly.


So who wants to win something?! D.R. Perry and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Bearly Awake and another reader will win a $40 Amazon gift card.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Amazon gift card and young adult fiction author Angel Leya

Have you ever had a dream you couldn't shake?

Angel Leya focuses on creating clean young adult fiction with a touch of magic and romance, and this also happens to be what she enjoys reading. With a tendency towards writing different shades of fantasy and light science fiction, her stories are intended to transport readers into worlds of possibility and wonder.

When she isn't writing, Angel can be found daydreaming about her stories and searching for her own adventures. She hopes you enjoy her fiction as much as she enjoys writing it!


Skye's Lure is clean young adult fiction. You'll enjoy this modern sweet romance with all the charm of The Little Mermaid. And who doesn't like The Little Mermaid?

I should've let him drown.

That's what any normal Mer would have done. Of course, if I was like the rest, I wouldn't have been lurking around that party yacht, trying to catch a glimpse of the humans.

My people will kill me if they find out--literally--but I can't help going back every time he shows up.

And he's offering me everything I've ever wanted: A chance to see land.

Those stormy blue eyes don't hurt, either.

Now I have to decide. Is it worth risking everything I've ever known, everything I've ever believed, to follow my heart? How can I say yes?

But how can I possibly say no?


So who wants to win something?! Angel Leya and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Skye's Lure 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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