Saturday, December 21, 2013

Giveaways, Giveaways!! And The Winners Are...

Hello everyone!

Christmas is a time of giving, or gift-giving I should say, and there were several giveaways this month so let's get right to it!!


The winner of the November Legend of the Firewalker Giveaway is Shena M!!



Congratulations Shena!! You will receive the following:
  • An autographed paperback copy of The Legend of the Firewalker
  • A white paper cut of The Legend of the Firewalker (signed by the artist and myself)
  • A $25 Amazon gift card 
There were 2 Goodreads winners for the month of December. Both winners of this giveaway will receive one autographed copy of the Legend of the Firewalker. Over 2,000 people entered and the winners are from Constantine, Algeria and Bucharest, Romania. Congratulations and happy reading to both winners!


Okay, now on to the GRAND PRIZE!!! The winner of the Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway is Micah H. from Illinois. Congratulations Micah!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the giveaways and to all those who took the time to leave a review on Amazon!! You guys are amazing!


Happy Holidays!!






Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Legend of the Firewalker & The Fussy Librarian!

Hello everyone!

The Legend of the Firewalker is being featured Friday, December 06, 2013 at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized eBook recommendations. If you sign up with The Fussy Librarian you can choose from up to 40 genres and indicate preferences about content!

After you become a member the computer, also known as “The Fussy Librarian”, will work her magic.  
  
Happy Wednesday and check it out!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Goodreads Winners from Lincoln Park, Michigan and the Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy!


Hello everyone, 


The winners of the last two Goodreads giveaways were from Lincoln Park, Michigan and the Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy! Combined over 2,200 people entered and congratulations to the winners. Both winners will receive an autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker. 


Also, don't forget there are two giveaways currently in progress! 



Happy reading and I hope those of us in the U.S. had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway Still in Progress & $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Happy Monday everyone!

The Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway exclusive for Fans of Steve Bevil’s Writing is still in progress! Log-in to Amazon.com to rate and review The Legend of the Firewalker by Friday, December 13, 2013 and get entered to win. Only the first 100 to enter and only 77 slots left. **Don’t forget to email me at stevebevil.blogspot@gmail.com to secure your entry or leave me a message on Facebook. 

http://goo.gl/nCKA5s (link to leave a review)

Also, don’t forget to enter the $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway that includes some other great prizes at the link below. 

http://goo.gl/K9f8zn (link to $25 giveaway)

Happy Reading!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway Exclusively for Fans of Steve Bevil's Writing!

I am pleased to announce another Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway exclusively for Fans of Steve Bevil's Writing! The giveaway will close promptly after the first 100 entries and the winner will be randomly selected from those entries. 

Here's how to enter:

1) Over the next 3 days (Starting Monday 11/18 at 6am) go to Amazon.com to download The Legend of the Firewalker for free! (The Kindle Reading App is available for your Mac, PC, Android, IPad, IPhone, and other compatible devices.) 

2) Rate and leave your honest review of The Legend of the Firewalker on Amazon.com. 

3) After you have rated and reviewed the book, email me at stevebevil.blogspot@gmail.com and include your Amazon public/profile name

***Only those who have liked Fans of Steve Bevil's Writing are eligible to enter. 

Good luck to all those that enter and happy reading! 


October eBook Cover Design Awards: The Legend of the Firewalker

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am very pleased that the book cover for The Legend of the Firewalker received a favorable comment from the eBook Cover Design Awards although it didn't win. I've been following the e-Book cover design awards for sometime and I am still in awe that the time had finally arrived for my very own book to appear among all the great book covers!

The eBook cover design awards can be found at www.thebookdesigner.com and Joel Friedlander, self-published author and award-winning book designer, administers the awards. For the month of October, there were 99 book covers submitted for the category of fiction, and 17 for non-fiction. Joel commented that the book cover for The Legend of the Firewalker was effective, however the typesetting of the smaller letters could have been better. I have spent some time on Joel's blog and have come to know that he is a stickler for typesetting.

Just seeing The Legend of the Firewalker appear on the website with all the rest was rewarding enough, at least this time around..haha! I can't wait till the day comes when book #2 in the series is being nominated and I will definitely see what I can do to improve the typesetting. ;)

One last note, for those of you interested in a second chance at winning an autographed copy of book #1 in the series, there is currently a Goodreads giveaway in progress if you want to enter.

Also, don't forget to enter the November Legend of the Firewalker Giveaway, which includes some great prizes. The deadline to enter that giveaway is Sunday, December 15, 2013.








Friday, November 15, 2013

Thor 2 Review & November Legend of the Firewalker Giveaway Now Open!

Happy Friday everyone!

Before I get into my review of the Thor 2 movie, I want to announce the November LOTFW giveaway! The giveaway is now live and the deadline to enter is Sunday, December 15th. There are some very cool prizes this time around including a $25 Amazon gift card. To enter, click here.

For those of you paying attention, I know I announced it will be live November 16th, but hey, I got it done
early. ;)

Now, on to the review...Thor: The Dark World! I thought the movie was a good sequel to the first Thor movie starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. Also, I want to mention that co-star Kat Dennings was great in this film and delivered her role as comic relief very well.

There were a couple of rumors floating around the internet that the wonderful actor Tom Hiddleston would not be returning as fan favorite villian Loki, half-brother to Thor, or even worse, the character dying in the sequel. John Campea, AMC Editor and Chief,  talked about the buzz or rumor surrounding this on AMC Movie Talk, which if you're interested you can watch below. Other than that, you will have to see the movie to find out the fate of Loki.



Overall, I enjoyed it and the special effects were fantastic. Returning to Asgard was visually an epic experience and as I mentioned above, seeing Tom Hiddleston return as Loki was a two thumbs up! I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it as a must see with family and/or friends.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12th Goodreads Winner is from Belgium & The Next Rafflecopter Giveaway Details

Hello everyone!

I feel like time is going by so fast! It feels like only yesterday that I was announcing the Nov 3rd Goodreads giveaway winner. But without farther ado, the November 12, 2013 Goodreads giveaway winner is from the province of West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) Belgium. Over 1,200 people entered and the winner will receive an autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker.

Also, here are the details for the next Legend of the Firewalker Rafflecopter Giveaway. The giveaway will open for entries starting this Saturday, November 16, 2013. At that time, you can enter through this blog site at the following link or by clicking on the "Rafflecopter Giveaway" tab located on the main menu.

http://stevebevil.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_8.html

The prizes for this Rafflecopter Giveaway are as follows:

(1) Autographed Paperback Copy of The Legend of the Firewalker
(1) White Paper Cut of The Legend of the Firewalker (signed by the artist and myself)
(1) $25 Amazon gift card

Good luck to all those that enter and thank you so much to Trevor Wanamaker for donating the artwork for this giveaway.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Goodreads Winner is from Ledbetter, Texas & The Next Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

The winner of the Nov 03, 2013 Goodreads giveaway is from Ledbetter, Texas. Over 1,100 people entered and the winner will receive an autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker.  Also, if you are still interested in winning a signed paperback copy, the next Goodreads giveaway is going on now! 

To enter, you have to be a Goodreads member and it takes about 5-10 minutes to register. Good luck to all those that enter this giveaway and congratulations to the November 3rd winner!
Giveaway  - Signed White Cut

In other news, I am still working out the details for the next Legend of the Firewalker Rafflecopter Giveaway. As of now, the prizes are as follows and I plan to add one more prize to "sweeten" the pot. 

  • (1) Autographed Paperback Copy of The Legend of the Firewalker 
  • (1) White Paper Cut of The Legend of the Firewalker (signed by the artist and myself)
  • (1) ??? (Prize to be determined)


Congratulatory Colored Cut

The white paper cut of the book cover for The Legend of the Firewalker looks amazing!! The artist is Trevor Wanamaker and he does excellent work and is very creative. I also received a congratulatory colored paper cut from the artist and it looks great! 

I plan to blog about Trevor; spotlighting his work. Until then, check out his Facebook fan page and if you stop by, please don't forget to like his page!



  




Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Winner of the Kindle Paperwhite is from the University of Michigan...Go Wolverines!

 Hello everyone!

The winner of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wifi) & autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker hails in from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were over 450 entries and  a special thanks to all those that entered!

I will be announcing another giveaway with some great prizes soon so stay tuned! I should have all the details worked out for the new giveaway by the end of the week.





Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! The Legend of the Firewalker is now Top Rated and a Best Seller!!

Hello everyone!


Today is Halloween!! One of my favorite holiday's of the year! It's also the official release day of The Legend of the Firewalker....woohoo! The Legend of the Firewalker is now available exclusively through Amazon.com for $3.99 eBook and $8.06 paperback.

To learn more about the series or to preview it, you can visit the Amazon page for the book and check out the description, reviews, and even read chapters 1-3.

Thanks to you The Legend of the Firewalker is an Amazon Best Seller and is now Top Rated in the following categories:

  • #3   Coming of Age Fantasy eBooks
  • #8   Myths and Legends eBooks
  • #16 Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery eBooks

Also, today is the very last day to enter to win the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wifi) & Signed Copy of The Legend of the Firewalker Giveaway. To enter, click here to submit your email address. There is also another way to win an autographed copy of the book by going over to the Goodreads Giveaway to enter.

Thank you so much to everyone for all the feedback I have received about the first book in The Legend of the Firewalker series. I appreciate all the support, the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and the likes on Fans of Steve Bevil's Writing on Facebook.

Don't forget to spread the word about the giveaways and to share the book with family and friends.

Again, Happy Halloween and Happy Official Release Day!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway...Tomorrow is the Last Day to Enter!!


Hello everyone!

The clock is ticking and the conclusion of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite & Autographed Copy of The Legend of the Firewalker Giveaway is almost here! Tomorrow, October 31, 2013 is the last day to submit your email address to enter. The winner will be announced shortly after and contacted by email.


To enter click here.

Also, several people have inquired on how to get in on the action to win a signed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker through the giveaways that are sponsored by Goodreads. To do this, you must sign-up with Goodreads using your email address and once you are signed-in, click on the giveaway section. There you will find hundreds of books that are currently being offered as a giveaway. You can also browse or find books by category/tag such as by supernatural, urban fantasy, teens, romance, mythology, mystery, and the list goes on!

To view or to enter the current Goodreads signed copy giveaway being offered for The Legend of the Firewalker, click here. The book currently has 340 entries and the giveaway ends on Sunday, November 3.

The Legend of the Firewalker is now available exclusively through Amazon.com for $3.99 ebook and $8.06 paperback

     

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway...Just 4 Days Left to Enter!!

Hello everyone,

There are only 4 days left to enter the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway!! The deadline to enter is on Halloween, Oct 31, 2013. The prizes??

  • 1 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wifi)
  • 1 Autographed Copy of The Legend of the Firewalker

Click here to submit your email address to enter. The winner will be announced promptly following the close of the giveaway.

Also, to learn more about The Legend of the Firewalker or to read sample chapters 1-3, please click here.

Good luck to all those that enter!








Friday, October 25, 2013

The Legend of the Firewalker is now $7.97(paperback) & Interview with The Single Librarian!

Happy Saturday!!

The weekend is finally here!! Before I get into the interview I had with "The Single Librarian," yes, you did read that correctly, I have great news!! The paperback for the Legend of the Firewalker is now $7.97 at Amazon.com!! If you wanted to get a paperback copy, now is a good time to get it. Also, for a little while longer the ebook is $.99 and will soon return to $2.99. 

Okay...so on to the interview with "The Single Librarian!" Please see the interview below and maybe you'll learn something about me or the series that you didn't already know. Happy Reading!

You can read it as it originally appeared on her website/blog by clicking here.



What is the hardest part about being an author?
I would say the hardest part about being an author is wearing the marketing/publicity hat while still doing what we love, which is to write books. Whether you are a traditional author and published with one of the big publishing houses or independent, in today’s economic climate we are all author entrepreneurs.
Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
Hmm, lol! There is so much going on in the first book, but I will try. The Legend of the Firewalker is about nineteen-year-old college student Nathan Urye and the supernatural challenges he faces as camp counselor over the summer. The story takes place in the town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois and mainly on the Illinois Cahokia Falls campus. The town itself is rich with history and ancient American Indian Folklore and Legends. Nathan embarks on a journey of self-discovery because of these supernatural occurrences that keep popping up, and his character is pushed to the limit while trying to keep his new-found friends at camp alive.
For more information about the characters and the real Cahokia American Indians behind the story, click on the link below to FAQ’s about the book.
Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
After people read The Legend of the Firewalker the first response I usually get is, “I know there is another book…there has to be!” So, yes, this book is part of a series and there are definitely several other books planned.
How many hours do you write per day/week?
A lot! I love spending time with the characters in their small college town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois. I find it a good escape after I've caught up on all my favorite TV shows and movies. I guess it satisfies my appetite for more supernatural mystery.
What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Hmm…I don’t know if I have a favorite in the supernatural mystery/thriller genre, but I just finished reading Carrie by Stephen King in preparation for the movie remake being released this Friday and loved it. (I saw the movie and it rocked btw...click here to read my review of Carrie in a previous post!)
What are you working on now?
Revising the chapter I just finished in book 2 of the series. It was 22 pages and for me, that’s a lot! I typically don’t like my book chapters to be long, but sometimes you have to flush out the story.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24th Goodreads Giveaway Winner is from Semarang, Indonesia!

Hello everyone!

I am happy to announce that the winner of the autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker is from Semarang, Indonesia!! The giveaway ran from October 18-24, 2013 and there was only one selected winner. Over 1,100 people entered to win and a special thanks to all those that entered.

Also, there is just one week left to enter the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite & Autographed Book Copy Giveaway

The deadline to enter is next Thursday, Oct 31, Halloween and the winner of this giveaway will be announced soon after.

Good luck to all those that enter and as usual,  happy reading!! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TOP 40 Amazon Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Books! The Legend of the Firewalker

Hello everyone!

I mentioned in a previous post that I would post pictures of The Legend of the Firewalker in its current ranking on Amazon’s Bestseller List for Kindle Books. As of this post, The Legend of the Firewalker is in the TOP 40 in the categories listed below; however please note that this list fluctuates hourly depending on current sales. Since my last post, the book has consistently appeared in the TOP 100 and of course, I have you guys to thank for that!

TOP 100 Paid

#39 Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery
#39 Myths & Legends
#84 Mysteries & Thrillers

Also, I can’t stress enough how important leaving reviews are so please keep them coming on Amazon and on Goodreads. They are not only helpful for feedback purposes as a writer, but they also help your fellow readers when deciding to purchase a book.

If you haven't picked up your copy yet, for a limited time



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Carrie Movie Review, The Remake is Just As Good!


Happy Monday!
 
Next week is Halloween and of course, it wouldn't be October without a good scary movie! I just saw the latest adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 best-selling novel and loved it!

Now, for those of you that don't know what Carrie is about...it's a horror tale about Carrie White (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore). ***Spoiler Alert*** Eventually, the sweet shy "little girl" is pushed to her breaking point and unleashes telekinetic terror on everyone; only sparing a few.

ChloĆ« Grace Moretz delivered an awesome performance and Julianne Moore was phenomenal! OMG!! I don't think I will ever see Julianne Moore the same again.

The reboot was as good as the version starring Sissy Spacek and the new version had me wishing and thinking the same as I did after seeing the original, "Can I get a sequel?"

I give it 5 Stars!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Amazon Kindle Bestseller The Legend of the Firewalker is now on sale for $0.99

Hello everyone!!

I wanted to announce the wonderful news that just 1 month after its publication,  The Legend of the Firewalker is officially an Amazon Bestseller for paid and free books! I couldn't have done it without you guys and I am really grateful! I will post pictures, like in the previous post, of the Bestseller TOP 100 Paid Categories soon.

Also, if you haven't picked up a copy of the book, now is a great time!


The ebook is only $0.99 for a limited time and the paperback is at it's lowest price ever! In addition, if you purchase the paperback, you can now get the Kindle ebook version for free!

Don't forget too that there are two giveaways currently in progress that you can enter.

Click the links below to enter:


Thank you again to all those who left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and thank you so much to all who have purchased books!!





Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Legend of the Firewalker Reaches #1 on Amazon's Best-Sellers List!!

Hello everyone!!

I am so pleased to announce that The Legend of the Firewalker peeked at number #1 and #2 in the following Amazon Bestseller Lists for Teen & Young Adult Books.


Top 100 Free

#1 Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery Books
#1 Action & Adventure Books
#1 Mysteries & Thrillers
#2 Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

It is truly amazing and a honor to see The Legend of the Firewalker do so well and thank you to everyone that made this possible. I hope you guys have just as much fun reading it as I had writing it and I hope you stay with the series.

Again, thank you so much and happy reading!!!

October 10th Goodreads Giveaway Winner is from Virginia, USA!




Congratulations to the winner of the October 10th Goodreads giveaway! The winner is from Arlington, Virginia and will receive an autographed copy of The Legend of the Firewalker. There were over 1,100 entries and a special thanks to all those that entered.

I plan to have another Goodreads giveaway this Friday, October 18th, but until then, don't forget to enter the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite & Autographed Book Copy Giveaway

The deadline to enter is Oct 31, Halloween. 








Sunday, October 13, 2013

Author Interview with Cassidy Crimson & Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway!

Hello everyone! 

I had an author interview with Cassidy Crimson and I thought I would share it with you guys. You can also find the interview on her blog or by clicking here. The interview was fun and I hope you guys get a laugh or a smile from some of my comments. 

Also, don't forget to enter the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wifi) & Legend of the Firewalker Signed Copy Giveaway! As of today, 120 people have submitted entries, and the deadline to enter is Oct 31, 2013.  You can purchase a copy of the book now through Amazon, and to celebrate the official release, I am having the giveaway.  

Now on to the interview...enjoy!!




1) Please tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Steve Bevil and I am a fan of all things unexplained, particularly paranormal. My favorite shows right now are The Vampire Dairies, Supernatural, Scandal, Tru Blood, Teen Wolf, and Pretty Little Liars. I also love to watch movies about those same genres including ones that are good for a good fright, so I guess that’s why its reflected in my writing. The only odd ball out of the bunch is the television show Scandal, but thanks to my mom, I’ve grown up appreciating strong and independent women and that is reflected in my writing and taste as well.
2) Tell us about your book.
The Legend of the Firewalker! Well, I think you can find a little bit of all those shows mentioned above in the series, minus the wolves and the vampires. I would say its a good bet you will find strong female characters, paranormal mystery, unexplained deaths, strong friendships, budding romantic relationships, unexpected twists and turns, and a series you can escape to. And lets not forget a little comic relief and fright here and there!
3) What inspired you to write Legend of the Firewalker?
I know this may sound cliche, but I didn’t find the courage to write a story until I came across an article spotlighting author Stephenie Meyer. After reading her story, I had a daydream about one guy trying to teach another how to operate and co-exist in two worlds; the spirit world and the natural/physical world. It was more like an argument if you know the protagonist of the story Nathan Urye, but it ended up appearing mostly in chapters 11 and 16 of the book.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?

A lot! I love spending time with the characters in their small college town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois. I find it a good escape after I’ve caught up on all my favorite TV shows and movies. I guess it satisfies my appetite for more supernatural mystery.

5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Amanda Hockings, Rick Riordan, and Joanna Penn to say thank you for inspiring me as an author.

6) What are you working on at the moment?

Book two in The Legend of the Firewalker series. I have a working title, but I don’t want to reveal it yet. I am working with the same artist that did the artwork for the first book cover and the concept art looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the final product.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway & Oct 2nd Goodreads Giveaway Winner!

Hello everyone!

Even though The Legend of the Firewalker is now available through Amazon for purchase ($0.99 Kindle) the official release day is still October 31, 2013. To celebrate its release, I am having a release day blog party and giveaway!! Click on the link below to enter to win an autographed copy of the book and the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite! The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the giveaway on Oct 31, Halloween.


In other giveaway news...the winner of the Oct 2nd Goodreads giveaway is from Quezon City, Philippines!! Over 1,300 people entered to win an autographed copy of the book and a special thanks to all those that entered.

I plan to have another Goodreads giveaway soon, but until then feel free to enter to win a Kindle!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Legend of the Firewalker Blog Tour Schedule and Oct. 2nd Goodreads Giveaway

Hello and happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a relaxing and wonderful weekend. I just have three announcements for you today. First, The Legend of the Firewalker starts its blog tour tomorrow, October 8, and will run until November 08, 2013. The blog tour schedule is listed below and as you can see there are interviews, book excerpts, and even a few book reviews in-store for you guys. I am so excited, especially for the book reviews! Book reviews are an authors bread and better so to speak so please, when you get a chance head over to Goodreads.com or Amazon to rate or review the book. I would be so appreciative if you do!
Second, the October 2, 2013 Goodreads giveaway is still going strong. The giveaway is over tonight so head-over to Goodreads now if you want to enter
And finally, The Legend of the Firewalker received an early release and is now on sale! For those of you who would like  to purchase a paperback copy, the book is now $8.36. Ebook price $0.99
That's it for now, talk to you soon and have a great day everyone! 
Online Blog Tour Schedule for The Legend of the Firewalker
October 8th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
October 8th: Book Excerpt @ Stories of Romance
October 10th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
October 12th: Book Excerpt @ Deal Sharing Aunt
October 14th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading
October 16th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily
October 18th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian
October 20th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading
October 22nd: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books
October 24th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog
October 26th: Book Excerpt @ Stephanie’s Bookshelf
October 28th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover
October 30th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette
November 1st: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene
November 3rd: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading
November 5th: Book Excerpt @  Fiery Fantasy Book Reviews
November 6th: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog
November 8th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness