The Fergus Book Tour & Giveaway

The Fergus by Tori Grant Welhouse Genre: YA Fantasy

In the mystical Highlands of Scotland, Rork, missing his beloved gran, wakes up with the ability to hear voices. And not just any voices. Fantastically Rork can hear voices of the dead, which lead him to a charismatic banshee and a colorful near-death survivor. The three are bound together in a time-tested banshee tradition with perhaps a side-goal or two. In the course of their adventures, they are pitched into an otherworld of before-death, after-death and in-between-death.The Fergus will appeal to fans of ghost stories, parallel universes and life-not-being-how-it-always-seems as in the worlds created by Laini Taylor, Stephenie Meyer or Helene Wecker. Goodreads * Amazon

Tori Grant Welhouse is a poet and writer from Green Bay. Her most recent poetry chapbook Vaginas Need Air won Etching Press’s 2020 chapbook contest. Her YA paranormal fantasy The Fergus won Skyrocket Press’s 2019 novel-writing contest and will be released Summer 2020. She is an active volunteer with Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Goodreads

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! $25 Amazon a Rafflecopter giveaway


Motorcycle Console Vault Safe Giveaway

Console Vault Motorcycle Safe Giveaway

Welcome to the Console Vault Motorcycle Safe Giveaway!

1 Winner Console Vault Motorcycle Safe for the Harley Davidson Bagger

This giveaway is part of our Fall Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

I don’t ride motorcycles but I know plenty of people who do. I could see where this could definitely come in handy. Especially at big events like bike rallies.

Host is Michigan Saving and More

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This giveaway’s Sponsor is:

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Console Vault has been providing truck and SUV owners safe and secure protection from in-vehicle theft for over 20 years. Along the way they have built an industry leading reputation for innovation, quality and advanced design technology, based on a simple promise … no matter what you ride, they believe you should have the confidence that when you leave home most important valuables will be safe and secure from saddle bag theft.

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1 Winner receives a Console Vault Motorcycle Safe for the Harley Davidson Bagger

1 Console Vault Motorcycle Safe for the Harley Davidson Bagger

up to $399 RV

See review HERE.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/30/20. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Sponsors interested in joining our gift guides can see the information HERE.


$150 to Spend at EvgieNev Giveaway

Win $150 To Spend On Wall Decals From EvgieNev!

  Fall is finally (almost) here ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather gets nicer, the holiday season is close, and I get to put away all my hot summer stuff! It’s also the time of year I like to freshen up my home and breath some new life into it! One of the ways we like to do that is by putting up some fun wall decals to change up the look of a room without having to commit to something permanent. If you have been a reader of mine in the past, you have probably heard me gush about how much I love EvgieNev Wall Decals and if you are new to my site, let me introduce you to this amazing company!   

About EvgieNev

  • Their decals always get great feedback from their customers. And their customers come back and buy again!
  • It is easy to remove the wall decals and redecorate anytime you get that itch to change it up. 
  • You can find hundreds of animals, themes, landscapes, and more coming from books, historical facts, and well-recognized charters. If you can dream it, they probably have it.
  • They are completely customizable! They have many themes and you can change out the colors to any color they have. 
  • The removable Sticker is made using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Safe for your walls, bright, and colorful. 

Here are a few of my personal favorite wall decals that EvgieNev has to offer: 

This Removable Christmas Tree with Ornaments Sticker is handmade using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Quick and fun holiday update to any space. Just peel and stick, it’s easy! Perfect to decorate a family room or a child’s room for the holiday season. It just puts me in a holiday mood, right!? 

This would be an easy way to decorate up a room without taking up space or using tape or tacks. Especially since they peel right off and are reusable.

  Inspired by Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme this decal features Moon Star Fairies Sprinkling new stars, with Magic Wands, Silver Moon, Planets, and Shooting Stars. The removable Sticker is made using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Perfect to decorate and add your personal touch to any space, switch themes in your child’s room. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! Included FREE test decal.  

Halloween is such a fun time of the year, so you know I had to add in a fun Halloween tree decal! This Removable Sticker is handmade using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Perfect to decorate during the holiday seasons.  

Are you ready for a EvgieNev Wall Decal giveaway!? Good Luck!

Giveaway Details:

  • Enter to win a $150 credit to EvgieNev Wall Decals.
  • It is open Worldwide (but if you live outside of the US or Canada you will pay the difference in shipping. You can also pay the difference of a decal if you find more than $150 worth of products you want to buy.)
  • This giveaway ends on 9/21/2020 at 1159pm EST 
  • This giveaway is hosted by SavingYouDinero.com and sponsored by EvgieNev.com

Goshen Book Tour & Giveaway

Goshen: A Memoir by Jordan Gerdes Genre: YA Fiction Memoir

Goshen is a collection that chronicles a battle with depression, heartbreak, and moving forward. Written first as a collection of notes in a phone, this became the only thing that kept me alive over those few years. It is my hope that you find hope within these pages, a kindred spirit, solidarity, and know that you are not alone. Goodreads * Amazon

Jordan Gerdes is an English teacher in Central Oregon, where he lives with his fiancée, Justy and their two goldendoodles, Huck and Finn. He is the owner and editor of Features of Fright, a horror website focused on genre analysis. He is currently working on a collection of short horror stories. Website * Twitter * Instagram * Goodreads

He was surrounded by people waiting in the falling snow, all hoping to escape whatever version of
Christmas they had dealt with that day. That’s when he saw her. He could feel his heartbeat in his palms.
Throbbing. His lungs were tight. His eyes were dead. His voice was sad. It was cold outside. But that’s
not why his hands shook.
They had sat a few desks apart during his senior year. She was cute. He was too much of an asshole for
his own good.  And that was that. They rekindled their friendship one holiday break while she was back
from school. And subsequently jumped into an ill-advised-long-distance-not-so-relationship.
No labels. No terms or conditions. It was just a friendship that seemed to mean something more. At
least to him. She would call and ask him questions about his day and he would help her with her
problems. It wasn’t much but it worked for him. And one day, it just didn’t work for her.
It had been months since they had talked. They had played the follow/unfollow game on social media
only to follow each other again a few weeks down the road just to check in, mostly fueled by his jealousy
and a few well whiskeys. She had made sense to him.

$50 Amazon – 1 winner, Character Named after you in my next book- 5 winners! Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway


Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day + Giveaway

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Authors, readers, and bloggers are uniting again his year to fight stigma, spread mental health awareness, and support the prevention of suicide. To encourage participation, we’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt to one lucky winner.

Two kinds of stigma continue to persist: public stigma and self-stigma. Public stigma occurs when other people view a person with a mental illness in a negative way. Public stigma feeds into self-stigma when people with mental illness internalize the negative talk they hear from others.

Well-meaning people say things like, “Suck it up,” “Choose to be happy,” “Turn that frown upside down,” or “Focus on your blessings,” as if mental illness were a mood, a frame of mind, or an attitude that can simply be overcome at will.

Often, people who suffer from mental illness blame themselves instead of seeking help. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, a person with mental illness may need treatment.

People who contemplate suicide don’t want to die; they just can’t fathom how to live because they are so miserable. They can’t see past their pain and misery, and they see no point in going on.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, “Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.”

IASP explains that “[e]very life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.”

If you’re contemplating suicide, please don’t do it! Instead, seek help. You might be suffering now, but you never know what tomorrow brings. Reach out to a friend or family member. See a doctor. If that doctor doesn’t help, try another. Please don’t give up.

If you’re in crisis, please reach out to the toll-free hotline in your region. You can find your hotline here: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/.

If you are grieving the death of a victim of suicide and need help, here are resources that can help: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Postvention/National_Suicide_Survivor_Organizations/.

If you suspect that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, please reach out. We often hesitate because we’re afraid we might make things worse by saying the wrong thing. According to IASP, “Evidence suggests that this is not the case. The offer of support and a listening ear are more likely to reduce distress, as opposed to exacerbating it.”

Warning signs to look for include severe anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, rage, feelings of being trapped, a strong urge for vengeance, engaging in risky activities, excessive alcohol and/or drug use, withdrawing from people, trouble sleeping, and dramatic mood changes.

Click to Tweet: Mental illness isn’t a personality flaw; it’s an illness that comes on through no fault of the individual who suffers with it. Mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable. #WSPD

MY STORY

I was 24. I was pregnant with our 2nd child. We were drowning in debt. I mean utilities being cut off, not sure how to put gas in the car, will my card work at the grocery store, DROWNING. Our dream of moving to South Carolina from Pennsylvania became a nightmare. Nothing was what it was supposed to be. We had no family to help with the kids. My husband (at the time) and I had to take turns calling off of work when the kids got sick and couldn’t go to daycare. Not working wasn’t an option. I was given an ultimatum at work. No more calling off or I wouldn’t have a job anymore.

I called and asked my mom for help. Enough money to get our water turned back on. She told us no, they didn’t have the money to help us. I was devastated. Then to top it all off I had a sinking suspicion my husband was cheating on me which I later found out was true. I stuck with him because I was pregnant and couldn’t afford to go anywhere but home to my parents. The cheating continued, the money issues continued, and I decided I didn’t need his help to drag me down after a while. I left with the kids.

I had to live with my parents until I got back on my feet. I feel like I could really write a book about this whole time in my life but we don’t have time for that now. In short, my ex didn’t help with any of the bills from the marriage. Debt collectors were calling almost daily demanding money. I wasn’t receiving child support and I was afraid to ask for it. I felt like the harder I tried the worse everything got until the day my car was finally repossessed. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I melted to the floor crying. My parents, who were raised on the idea that there is a stigma to mental health and talking about it, stood over me yelling at me to “knock it off” and “stop acting like that” and “If you don’t stop we’re going to take you to the hospital and the hospital would lock me up in the psych ward”.

I ran up to my room to get away from everything, or a least try for a minute. I had one last life line, my boyfriend who I had started dating a couple months after my ex and I separated. I called him and told him I didn’t know what to do anymore and I felt like I didn’t want to be here anymore. He got irritated and said “I thought you were stronger than that. I can’t deal with this. People that kill themselves are selfish. I can’t be with a selfish person”

At that point I had no one but my kids but they were babies. I thought, maybe they’d be better without me. I laid on the floor and thought about the best way to do it. Do I leave a note? No, nobody cares. I laid there crying and contemplating until at some point I fell asleep. The weirdest part. When I woke up, I was renewed. Like, a fire was lit inside me. My whole frame of mind changed and I started fighting. I had to hit rock bottom to get there I guess. Thankfully I never did the things I was thinking about. I still have depression and anxiety that I really feel stem from those couple years of my life and some of the bullying in high school. I can honestly say I’ve never been that low again and my life and mindframe is in a much better place now.

The only thing I can say is, if someone reaches out to you upset, talking things they don’t normally say, please listen. You don’t have to solve the problem, sometimes you just need to listen or maybe a little reassurance.

THE TOUR

Book lovers from all over the world have joined together to share their stories and spread mental health awareness. Please follow this tour guide to find our posts and to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 t-shirt:

P.D. Workman, Author

Triple A Book Blog

Jessica Burkhart, Author

Here Is What I Read Blog

Crossroad Reviews

Jazzy Book Reviews

Book Corner News and Reviews

I Love Books and Stuff Blog

Luv Saving Money

Debbie Manber Kupfer, Author

Ash Ineski, Author

Allie Burton, Author

Book Butterfly in Dreamland

Sara Crawford, Author

Tawdra Kandle, Author

Quinn Loftis, Author

Kat’s Indie Book Blog

Day Leitao, Author

Steph Weston, Author

Lanie Bynum, Author

L.B. Carter, Author

Holly and Mistletoe

Eva Pohler, Author

THE GIVEAWAY

From September 1-10, enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt. There are lots of ways to enter below–choose one or all. You can also tweet daily for extra entries. We’ll email the winner by September 11th.

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OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

1. On September 10th at 8 p.m. your time, light a candle to remember all those we have lost to suicide and to represent the hope of preventing suicide. People all over the world will be participating. You can send an ecard in 63 different languages to invite others to participate. Find the ecards here.

2. Purchase a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 for $20. For every shirt sold, five dollars is donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Order yours here.

3. Spread the word about this giveaway, to encourage more people to read our posts and tweet about overcoming stigma. Use the share buttons at the bottom of this post, and

Click to tweet: #EntertoWin a $50 #giftcard and #Tshirt while fighting #stigma and spreading #mentalhealthawareness for #suicideprevention #WSPD.

OTHER RESOURCES

Here are videos on suicide and mental helath that I have found to be helpful:

The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

You’re Still Here: Living After Suicide

This Is for All of You in a Dark Place

Suicide Is Preventable