Thursday, February 26, 2015

Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest #UrbiniDreamNursery

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Are you a first-time mommy-to-be? Or, maybe you're already a mom and have another little one on the way? If so, and you find yourself needing to create a new or updated nursery, you have to check out this great contest from Urbini!


Urbini has recently added a new line of nursery furniture, including wooden cribs.



To help promote their new line, Urbini is hosting a Dream Nursery Instagram contest. One lucky winner will win a professionally designed nursery that includes Urbini furniture and decor. Other prizes are up for grabs as well...

Grand Prize:
-One Urbini Crib
-One Urbini Changing Table
-One Urbini 6 Drawer Dresser
-One Urbini Cubi Play Yard
-In addition to the Urbini furniture, the winner will receive a home visit by Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally outfit a newly designed nursery.

Second Prize: 
-Choice of one Urbini Crib

Third Prize: 
-One Urbini Cubi Play Yard

Sweepstakes Winners:
-Each day, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card.

To enter the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, contestants must post a photo of the room they want to redesign to their personal Instagram account and tag #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest.

For all other entry information, including entering to win the daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards, please visit www.UrbiniDreamNursery.com. You may also enter using the widget below...


Urbini Dream Nursery

Russell Madness - Activity Sheets and Blu-ray Giveaway #RussellInsiders

I am sharing this information as a member of the Fox Home ENT Insiders Blogging Program. In exchange for my participation in this campaign, I will receive a free copy of this movie. Any and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

FANDANGO and AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE AN ALL-NEW MOVIE FROM THE CREATORS OF THE BELOVED ‘AIR BUD’ and ‘BUDDIES’ FILMS

Russell Madness
RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family. 

RUSSELL MADNESS is rated ‘PG’ by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).





Check out these cute and FREE Russell Madness activity sheets...





Giveaway 
One lucky Alas 3 Lads reader will win Russell Madness on Blu-ray

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents who are 18 or older. One random winner will be selected from all eligible entries. Please make sure I have valid contact information for you in case you are the winner. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

*Giveaway ends at 10:00 pm EST on March 5, 2015.

To enter the giveaway simply tweet the message below and leave a comment on this post with your tweet link (you may do this 1 x per day; must leave separate comment for each tweet)

 Check out the cute #RussellInsiders Activity Sheets and Blu-ray #Giveaway via @alas3lads and @FoxHomeEnt - http://tinyurl.com/qx3da2x

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter In The Soul - Book Blast and Giveaway


Winter in the Soul Cover

Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney 

In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul. When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul. Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

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Praise for the Book 
 “This book is original, cleverly written and most of all a great read.”
 “This novel is very suspenseful and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.”
 “I really, really liked the story line, it is fresh take in the high fantasy/magic genre.”




 

EXCERPT: CHAPTER ONE
Spring Bloom
Pulling her blond locks away from her face, Lilika headed outside her cozy house to do her morning chores. When she hit the doorway, she stopped and lifted her face skyward, soaking in the sun’s beams. She reveled in the heat beating down on her and the feeling of warmth that bathed her skin. She walked to the garden and sat down. Lilika pulled the weeds with the sun shining on her. Her fingers ran across something smooth. “What is this?” she muttered to herself, digging quickly to try to see just what was in there. She exposed something gleaming from underneath the brown soil. What could be under the dirt here? She pulled out a gold heart locket from the garden bed. It glittered in an almost magical way, like nothing she’d ever seen before. “Lilika!” Jet yelled through the open kitchen window. “It’s almost time for school.” She shoved the locket in her pocket. “Okay! I’m coming.” Her little brother could be such a nuisance sometimes. She would have to wait until later to inspect her find up-close. “Hello,” a female voice came from behind her. “Hello?” She jumped up and turned around, shielding her eyes from the sun. It was so bright, all she saw was a figure blocking out the light, a black silhouette outlined by the sun’s rays. As her eyes adjusted to the change in light, the figure became clearer and clearer: A beautiful, golden-hued woman stood before Lilika. “Lilika,” the woman said. How does she know my name? “Lil! It’s time to go,” her brother yelled again. She whipped her head around. “Okay, I’m coming.” By the time she turned back, the golden woman was gone. She stood, walked to the side of the house, and peered around the corner, but the golden woman wasn’t there. She swiveled her head to each side, but didn’t see her. Could this all have just been a figment of her imagination? Maybe sitting in the sun was affecting her. Butterflies danced in her stomach at the thought of the locket she’d found, and she hurried into the house to get ready for school.  

***   The mile-long walk to school was a quiet one except for Jet humming to himself. Children said goodbye to their parents and walked out of their rural homes surrounded by lush green grass and foliage, through the center of Spring Bloom. Boys in button down shirts and long pants and girls in light colored, pastel dresses lined the walkways when Lilika and Jet got closer and closer to their destination. Lilika walked along with a solemn expression on her face. She couldn’t help but think about the golden woman, whether she’d simply imagined her or if their conversation had really happened. What did it mean? She couldn’t tell Jet or their mother or father. They wouldn’t believe her. Something was actually happening to her for a change. The sun cast bright light over all the individual stone cottages and gardens. “Good morning, Lilika!” Mr. Woodland waved from his garden. “Good morning.” Lilika hurried toward school. “Lil! Slow down,” Jet said. “Come on,” she said with pursed lips, “we’re going to be late.” More and more residents filtered out of their houses, tending to their gardens, trimming their bushes, and cleaning windows of their homes. With every stone cottage Lilika passed, the people smiled and waved. She greeted everyone with a wave and picked up her pace once she reached the hill. Standing in front of the school, she paused and caught her breath before opening the classroom door. “So, do you want to do something after school? Maybe we can go for a walk or something.” Bryony stopped her just outside the door. Lilika had been friends with her for as long as she could remember. “Oh, I can’t.” Lilika sighed. “I have to do my chores right away when I get home since I didn’t have time to do all of them this morning.” “Well, I found something I thought you might be interested in.” Bryony pulled out a big book from her backpack and wiped the dust off of it. Lilika whipped her head around. “What? What is that?” “It’s called The History of Winter in the Soul.” Bryony moved her fingers along the raised gold title on the front. “It’s all about Wits.” Bryony opened it and read from the book. “It was a cold that could only manifest out of the coldness in the soul. That is how Wits got to be known as the Winter in the Soul.” “What are you doing?” Violet butted in. Great, she was always putting her nose where it didn’t belong. “Nothing. Keep your voice down.” Lilika glanced toward the window to make sure no one was looking. Leave it to Violet to try and join in with them when they were trying not to bring attention to themselves. “What do you have there, Bryony?” Violet put her hand on Bryony’s shoulder to get a glimpse. “Nothing.” Lilika shook her head. “Well, what is it? What’s so interesting?” Violet leaned in closer. “Oh, please,” Lilika whispered, “just stop. Someone’s going to see, and then we’ll all be in trouble. Just mind your own business and leave us alone. Go, go on.” Lilika waved her hand at Violet. “Fine.” Violet rolled her eyes and stormed off. “Bryony, you really shouldn’t have that book. Where did you get it anyway?” “I found it under my parent’s bed. Aren’t you curious about Wits?” “I am, but…” “But what?” The golden locket popped into Lilika’s head. Who was she to tell Bryony not to ask questions about Wits? She had questions of her own. “Nothing, come on, we’d better get inside. We’re going to be late.” Bryony shoved the book back inside her backpack and followed Lilika into school.


   Jennifer
Author Jennifer Novotney 
Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

FREE - A Young Adult SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopian, and Paranormal eBook Box Set

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Riot Girls: Seven Free Teen Books With Girls Who Don't Need A Hero: A Young Adult SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopian, and Paranormal Box Set 

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 Riot Girls: Seven Free Teen Books With Girls Who Don't Need A Hero is a collection of Young Adult Speculative Fiction (Fantasy/SciFi/Dystopian/Paranormal) for readers who like it when a girl can take care of herself. These teens don't sit around waiting for someone to rescue them from their situation, they act! The collection has something for everyone--dystopian societies, trained assassins, strange creatures (faeries, vampires, werewolves, and zombies), super heroes, and witches. What binds our stories together is our heroines--girls who have the inner and outer strength to take care of themselves.

Included in the collection: 

xGeneration 1: You Don't Know Me - Genre: SciFi / Superhero - Full Length Novel (95,000 words). Fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mostly worried about soccer, school, and keeping her older sister from running her life. But when strange things start happening to her including out-of-body experiences and the sense someone is watching her, she finds herself working with an unlikely but loyal ally to discover the source of the danger she senses around her. Rated PG-14 (Language).

The Blemished: Blemished #1 - Genre: SciFi / Dystopian - Full Length Novel (85,000 words). Below average and imperfect in a world of stunning clones, Mina Hart is denied an education and a normal life. But when she meets a new friend's mysterious brother, she finds herself willing to share a dangerous secret...

Xoe: or Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! - Genre: Paranormal - Full Length Novel (50,000 words). Xoe Meyers liked her normal small-town life. But things change fast when the new guy in town turns out to be a werewolf who goes after her best friend in a big way. Determined to save her friend, she finds herself allied with creatures she never knew existed in a battle that threatens all their lives. Rated PG-13 (Language).

Magic Unbound: Book One in the Fae Unbound Series - Genre: Contemporary Urban Fantasy - Full Length Novel (45,000 words). Not-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation. What she wasn't expecting was a fifteen-hundred-year old fae hiding in her back garden. Murderous monks, memories of her past lives, and the race to save the fae from destruction change her summer in ways she could never have imagined.

Avoidables: Book 1 - Genre: Fantasy / Dystopian - Serialized Novella-length Fiction (25,000 words). Hope is an Avoidable in a world that belongs to the Perfects. She was born with only one arm, but when she discovers that her disability is actually a gift, she joins a group of rebels who are determined to change the rules of her society. Rated PG-14 (Language, Mature Situations).

Chronicles of Steel: Raven 1: Episode 1 - Genre: Fantasy / Steampunk - Short Serialized Novelette (17,300 words). Raven was trained by her father to be a Reaper. Just as she's saved enough lives to redeem the ones she's taken, she agrees to take on a last mission that's too important to ignore. Will it force her back into the life she's trying to escape?

Halloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson - Genre: Paranormal / Comedy Romance - Novelette (15,000 words) . On her sixteenth birthday, Emily Rand discovers she is a powerful witch. Her experiment with a spell accidently turns a ghost back into a boy and reanimates a group of zombies. It will take all of her power to undo what she has done. Rated PG-13 (Language).

Please note: Riot Girls contains books by authors from both the United States and Great Britain. Spelling, punctuation, and sentence construction can be different from what is correct grammar on the "other side of the pond".