Events

2020


October

Halloween Horror Story Book Giveaway and Discount Deals

How would you like to have a chance at a FREE copy of Dark Attic Manuscripts for your Kindle reading library? 

I figured Halloween is the perfect time for reading stories to creep you out.  Therefore, I’m going to provide one (1) free copy of the book to ten (10) lucky randomly chosen folks on each of three (3) days—on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of October 2020.  Here’s how it works:

  • Submissions begin from 0001 CDT (GMT = 0501) on 20 October 2020
  • Log onto my Author website: https://authorsamwesthoek.com/
  • Navigate to Blog || Contact
  • Fill in Your Name, your Email address, and type “Halloween Book Giveaway” in the Comment section
  • Use the Submit button BEFORE 7pm CDT (GMT 2400)
  • All submissions received AFTER 7pm CDT (GMT 2400) will be rolled into the following day’s Giveaway opportunity, again with Cut-Off at the same time
  • Any submissions received BEFORE 0001 CDT (GMT = 0501) on 20 October 2020 or AFTER 7pm CDT (GMT = 2400) on 22 October 2020 are EXCLUDED from the Giveaway

This process gives me a few hours before bedtime to collate all the Entries, run the Randomizer, and send a Kindle copy to the ten lucky souls whose names came up.  Yes, it’s a bit of work, but it’ll be well worth it when You contact me afterwards to share what You thought of each of the five stories.  You will do that, won’t you?

If you happen to miss out on participating in the Giveaway, don’t get your knickers in a twist.  You’ll still have opportunities to snag a Kindle copy of the stories for $0.99 on the three (3) days following my event.  If you miss that, the price at Amazon will be $1.99 for the next three (3) days.  After that, it goes back up to $2.99 for the eBook of “Dark Attic Manuscripts.”

So… Enjoy this Halloween, with all its decorations and creepy atmosphere, and be sure to “keep things clean” so as not to spread CoViD-19.  Check the interwebs for all manner of innovative ways to make this season fun, while still practicing Social Distancing.  After all, this is one of the few social traditions in which “wearing masks” is the norm!

 Oh… and while you’re reading my stories, be sure to keep the lights onMuwahahahaha…!


November

National Novel Writing Month

Every year, now for over 20 years, the Office of Letters and Light has hosted NaNoWriMo. It’s a fast-paced, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, no-holds-barred challenge with a built-in deadline. In the month of November, YOU write 50,000 Words in 30 Days with 0 Excuses.  You get off your “but” and JUST WRITE!  It’s best to bind and gag your Inner Editor, stuff ‘em into a closet, and ignore any cries to “fix” what you’ve just written. There will be plenty of time AFTER the NaNoWriMo event to tidy up your verbiage, shore up the character arcs, fill in the plot holes, and get critical feedback from trusted Beta Readers to ensure you’ve done it right with writing your tale.

Anniversary of Finishing my Fantasy Novel

How would you like to have a chance at a FREE copy of “Chasing the Dragon” for your Kindle reading library? 

3D Book: Chasing the Dragon

I figured November is the perfect time for paying homage to how the story finally came to see the light of day.  Therefore, I’m going to provide one (1) free copy of the book to ten (10) lucky randomly chosen folks on each of three (3) days—on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of November 2020.  Here’s how it works:

  • Submissions begin from 0001 CST (GMT = 0601) on 13 November 2020
  • Log onto my Author website: https://authorsamwesthoek.com/
  • Navigate to Blog || Contact
  • Fill in Your Name, your Email address, and type “November Novel Giveaway” in the Comment section
  • Use the Submit button BEFORE 6pm CST (GMT 2400)
  • All submissions received AFTER 6pm CST (GMT 2400) will be rolled into the following day’s Giveaway opportunity, again with Cut-Off at the same time
  • Any submissions received BEFORE 0001 CDT (GMT = 0601) on 13 November 2020 or AFTER 6pm CDT (GMT = 2400) on 15 November 2020 are EXCLUDED from the Giveaway

This process gives me a few hours before bedtime to collate all the Entries, run the Randomizer, and send a Kindle copy to the ten lucky souls whose names came up.  Yes, it’s a bit of work, but it’ll be well worth it when You contact me afterwards to share what You thought of this Fantasy Novel.  You will do that, won’t you?

If you happen to miss out on participating in the Giveaway, don’t get your knickers in a twist.  You’ll still have opportunities to snag a Kindle copy of the novel for $0.99 on the three (3) days following my event.  If you miss that, the price at Amazon will be $1.99 for the next three (3) days.  After that, it goes back up to $2.99 for the eBook of “Chasing the Dragon.”

The reason I’ve chosen November for this event is because of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  It was because of my participation in this “no-holds-barred, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” online venue that I finally finished writing the rest of the content for the story I’d been toying with for 35 years. I was able to make it palatable for human consumption and then press GO with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, in order to get my story out into the World.  To hold that first copy of the BOOK in my hands was absolutely mind-boggling…to think that in today’s technological environment, even a Schmoe like me could publish a book!  So…in homage to this process, I’m doing a two-fold Promotion—for the story and for National Novel Writing Month.


December


2021


January


February

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to add a little poetry to someone’s life, whether it’s for a loved one or for yourself. I’ll be running a Valentine Special similar to the Giveaways late in 2020. Keep your eyes on this page for details.


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