Kind of an Odd Day

How is, or did, everyone survive without Twitter and several other forms of media? Here in Idaho, Twitter has been down all day due to a malicious hacker who decided we all have better things to do. (we probably do, but that’s not his choice to make.)

For me, it prevented some of my promotional efforts. Today was supposed to be a light day anyway, but I have a couple of things going on I’d like to spread the word about. I’ll just regroup and mention them here.

First, the Paranormal Bar & Grille is at the CBY Book Club today. This post has excerpts from all the books being promoted. I’d appreciate it if people would check it out, and Twitter isn’t available. Here is the link (LINK), maybe you’ll find your next great reading adventure.

Second, my Amazon Giveaway is still going on. It has exceeded my expectation, because I set it up to run until the 30th of this month and it’s almost over. I purchased five copies of Will O’ the Wisp to giveaway. The odd thing is that three of them went in about 30 hours, the fourth one went about ten hours later. Now it’s been seven days, and that last copy is still there. I really don’t want to run a second giveaway for one copy. Therefore; I’ll give you a little inside information.

When I set this up, I had several options. One invoved the first five contestants winning the prizes. The second one involved some kind of convoluted algebraic thing that I couldn’t make much use of. The third one is what I did. It works like this, pick a magic number and every multiple of that number wins a book until they’re all gone. I chose the magic number of 70. Someone won at 70, 140, 210, etc.

Right now the entrants are standing at 338. This means the odds of winning this thing are astronomical right now. You just have to be the one to hit 350 on the nose. If anyone is interested, Will O’ the Wisp is a great Halloween story. Here is the contest link (LINK)

Third, I’ve compared notes with some of my Story Empire compatriots, and the entrants into our various scavenger hunts have slowed down. There are ten Amazon Gift Cards you could win. You can spend these on anything you like, and aren’t limited to books. In addition, there are five ebooks being handed out. But wait, there’s more. There is also a Rafflecopter for a larger Amazon Card that doesn’t even require any thought.

The best page to link to is the Paranormal Bar & Grill homepage. Right in the middle is the path to the Rafflecopter. At the bottom are links to the individual scavenger hunts. Just pick an author’s name and have fun. Here is the link to get in on these prizes (Also a LINK)

Like I said, Twitter is a decent place to share this info, but it’s not available right now. Besides, I’d like to see one of you guys win something anyway. When my month of promotion ends, I’m going to post an assessment, but I’ll probably post it over at Story Empire. That site needs some love too.

It sounds like Old What’s Her Face and I are going out for pizza and beer tonight. That means I drink beer while she goes deeper into the Boise Townsquare Mall and spends money. At least today is payday. There is no baseball tonight, and Boise State played last night. I’ll take my phone, maybe some of you will comment here.


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32 responses to “Kind of an Odd Day

  1. I keep seeing people talking about Twitter and other social media getting hacked. Not sure what’s going on since I haven’t had a problem at all today. What exactly happened?

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  2. I had a little Twitter trouble but nothing major. Trying to hit 350 might be tough. I think I’ll just go and buy it.

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  3. I just bought it, so good luck to the rest. Happy weekend. Have a Porter for me.

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  4. I am in England and willow doesn’t wisp this way, but good luck to you. If everything happens for a reason… something good will come out of the twitter hack * startled look* this post for one! 😇

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    • Yeah, Amazon hasn’t expanded this program into other areas yet. It’s kind of a bummer, because I have a lot of readers over there. I managed a 99 cent sale over there once though, so that program works. I may have to look at that for you folks.

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  5. Mmmmmm. Pizza. And beer. 🙂

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  6. I know you enjoy beer and shopping night. We had date night a la Outback and it was quite nice 🙂 Tomorrow the girls and I shop and he’ll study.

    I hate when Twitter goes down. It’s like cars, I just want stuff to GOOOOO! Our software went down at work today. Somethin called DNS Server Error. Pttthhbbbt!

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  7. I kept hearing about Twitter being down yesterday, but the few times I went on there there didn’t seem to be a problem for me. Not sure how widespread it was.

    Sounds like lots of good promotions going on! Next time you have something to promote, if you want to do another interview over at mine, let me know, we’ve had fun with those before haven’t we! If there was something in December maybe, we could do a fun Christmas themed thing.

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  8. Ali Isaac

    Pizza and beer sounds good to me! Enjoy that!

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  9. I never lost Twitter, oddly enough. It was slowed way down that day, is all.

    I’ve been thinking about doing an Amazon giveaway. Do they charge a fee along with the free books? I’m so happy for you that your marketing efforts are paying off.

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  10. I was lost without Twitter when it went down. I have no qualms about losing Facebook, but I can’t exist without Twitter. Hope you had fun with the pizza night and your wife got in some good shopping. 🙂

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