Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coffee Chat 5.1 with Author S.K. Anthony: Flash Giveaway!

Hey, everyone, S.K. here. I just snuck into Lynda's house (I climbed in through the window, in case you were wondering), and I'm washing my cup. I just had some coffee and ate two of her muffins, but let's not tell her...I still want more during our chat. Shhhh . . .

SKA: Oh, hey, Lynda. Fancy meeting you here . . . in your kitchen. Err, why the murderous look? [Frantically wipes crumbs away from face.]

ER: Hey . . . um . . . good morning, I think. I hate to say this, but what are you doing in my kitchen? Wow, I didn't even hear the door . . . did someone let you in?

Oh, well. I made muffins and I—oh, man! I told those kids not to touch the muffins until later! At least they left us enough that we can still have a few apiece. [Hands S.K. a plate.] Have a couple. They're great!

SKA: Look, look at my phone! I've been busy online, entering giveaways like a mad woman. Um . . . why are you inspecting your coffeepot? Here, lemme fetch a couple mugs for us . . .

ER: [Looking at coffeepot in confusion.] I'm not sure why this pot isn't full. I made 12 cups when I set it last night. I need to stop using those ShamWow filters; they're sucking up too much of the coffee.

SKA: You know, I think I'll only have one muffin. I'm watching my waistline.

ER: I'm getting excited about our giveaway. People have been asking about the Mother of All Prizes, though, and I feel so bad every time I have to tell someone they can't have Raymond's VCR. He did promise it to me for Christmas, and I was really counting on that gift.

SKA: Yes, I've received a few emails for Deb's Pong as well, but she's holding onto it because she still hasn't beaten the third level. Ah, well. Sorry, folks!

ER: So how's it going? Have you had a good week? 

SKA: My week has been okay. Sadly, I haven't won any prizes lately, but participating in your giveaway has been just as rewarding . . . I guess. I've tweeted and I've taken advantage of the groups on Facebook, and have posted our giveaway at different intervals. I have to say, it's proven its worth, since I've received a few "likes" on my links and a couple entries from it.

Speaking of, have you heard about those "Flash Giveaways" that are going around Facebook?

ER: I've heard things here and there, but I'll admit I'm not clear on the concept. I don't have to burst into song in public to win something, do I? Because you know how shy I am when it comes to singing . . .

SKA: Shy? You and singing? Sure . . . unfortunately, that's not how it works. Unless you upload a video to Facebook of you singing, but it still won't help in this case because YOU'LL be offering the Flash Giveaway—

ER: Huh? I will?

SKA: Yes, and the entrants are the ones who have to do the dirty work.

All right. Quickly, so people can't say we don't teach them anything here on our chats, a Flash Giveaway is:

  1. a giveaway (duh)
  2. . . . that happens in a flash (double duh)
ER: Well, that seems easy enough to follow so far. Duh, indeed.

SKA: For real: it's when you decide you want to run a giveaway for a few minutes, hours, or however long you want, but it's usually within the same day. You ask participants to "like" your pages, share your posts, tell a secret, guess a lie, etc., and then you use a strategic way to choose a winner from the comments. I suggest you close your eyes and point to the screen; others suggest you use or even a separate Rafflecopter widget. In any case, a winner is chosen, and they get their prizes in a—wait for it—FLASH!

So now that we're all on the same page, Lynda, let's do one on Facebook tonight. What do you say?

ER: I think, as usual, that you are a genius. Yeah, what the heck. Let's do it.

If I were going to flash someone, what would I flash them with? I've always wanted to flash an FBI badge at somebody, but I don't have one of those anywhere close by. Any suggestions? I don't really have a second choice.

And are you sure you don't want another muffin? I can't believe your willpower, only allowing yourself to have one. That's incredible.

SKA: Well, I'm really serious about this diet. I don't want to mess it up, but this muffin is delicious.

Flashing people . . . flashing people . . . I think the FBI badge is pretty cool, but then you'd go to jail for impersonating a federal officer. I can't exactly bail you out right now, so let's stick to maybe . . . a gift card?

ER: Amazon gift card! I love Amazon gift cards!

SKA: Let's test this Flash Giveaway thing tonight and have our friends share and tag their friends. All of them will come back here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway and comment that they did. Then we'll announce a winner on Facebook. 

Easy Reader Editing's page will start the giveaway tonight at 7 p.m. EST and end at 10 p.m. EST.

If you're on Facebook, come over and help us spread the word!

ER: Sounds great to me. I think I could get addicted to this flashing stuff . . .

Okay, everyone. You know what to do and when to do it. We'll see you tonight on Facebook. And don't forget to enter the Share the Love Giveaway while you're here, if you haven't already. Lots of easy ways to enter, lots of prizes to win.

You can find everyone in the following places:
S.K. Anthony:
Easy Reader Editing: you are here. :)
Raymond Esposito:
Stephen Fender:
Debra Ann Miller:
Sisters Baking Company:
Sarah YourBetaReader:


  1. Pong! I used to have one of those.
    A lot of things come to mind with the word flash. We'll just stick with fiction and FBI badge.
    Funny interview, ladies!

    1. Thanks, Alex! Don't forget to join us on Facebook tonight. Flashing can be very liberating, you know...

    2. Yeah, good advice, Alex. If Lynda and I deviate from fiction and FBI badge flashing, things could get really dangerous...

  2. Great Interview.. And Thank you for the giveaway

    1. Good luck, Sammie Sue! Stop by anytime. :)

  3. What a nice giveaway. Thank you. I love winning stuff. You DO have a diamond tennis bracelet for me, don't you?

    Janie Junebug

    1. Umm…sure? Does a tennis ball with the word "diamond" written on it count? We can find some rope to make the band…

      Thanks for stopping by and entering, Janie ;)

    2. Well...if "diamond tennis bracelet" is the code word for "handful of Scrabble tiles," then yes! Yes, we do! Go, Janie, go!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, James! We're here for coffee every Thursday. And sometimes...sometimes muffins. IF you arrive early enough.

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    1. Methinks the man doth protest too much...

      Either that, or he's going to arm-wrestle someone for the Hasselhoff picture. It's a classic, you know.

    2. Lynda, I am sure you have guessed by now my real identity...


      lol, yes, J.T., I did figure it out, but not right away.

    4. Yes, I think David Hasselhoff Still keeps my picture on his desk. XD

  6. Great Interview, Flash Giveaway sounds cool.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cathrina. The Flash Giveaway was a lot of fun, and we'll be doing another one between now and Valentine's Day. Good luck in the big giveaway!

    2. Thank you, Cathrina!
      The FG was fun, well we survived it so we'll say its fun… things could have gone really wrong with all the flashing, but it worked out lol

  7. Wow so I have been sucking at getting on the blog stuff. But I am here, if late. Hmm food thought...lets see. Hosting giveaways are like a box of chocolate, you open the box and never know what you are going to get. I may have stolen part of that from somewhere. You guys always make me smile reading these. Keep them going.

    1. Better late than never! You are always welcome, especially if you bring chocolate. And it seems that someone has been getting to my snacks before I've arrived, so...

    2. Oooh chocolate! It *almost* sounds like you're offering us chocolate, you know by just mentioning it, it means you're offering us some. So…if you two agree I'll pick up the box and bring it over to Lynda so we can share. I'm a bit uncoordinated so if the box is missing some pieces, its because…I tripped and some lost their battle with gravity.


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