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These are the featured posts from Traffic Jam Weekend #160...

  Upcycled "We've Moved" Cards Using Project Life Cards by Pop It Up Girl   

Kimberly chose Upcycled "We've Moved" Cards Using Project Life Cards by Pop It Up Girl. "OK, this post had me at 'We've Moved.' Love this cute idea to inform family, friends, and vendors about my new address (yet again!). Seeing 'The Smith Family' in the images put a smile on my face too!"  

DIY Bug Repellents & Traps by Chas' Crazy Creations 
Evelyn chose DIY Bug Repellents & Traps by Chas' Crazy Creations. "Great alternative to using toxic chemicals."   

   Cash Back Apps I Use Part 1 by Joyful Reliance, Resourceful Moxie   

Gail chose Cash Back Apps I Use Part 1 by Joyful Reliance, Resourceful Moxie. "The key thing is to remember to use them, which I tend to forget."   
Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole-Jas' Kickasserole by All That's Jas   

The post with the most views was Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole-Jas' Kickasserole by All That's Jas.   

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The Immortals' Requiem by Vincent Bobbe | Book Tour and #Signed Copy #Giveaway | @JumpStartPub Presents Epic Grimdark #Fantasy

The Immortals' Requiem by Vincent Bobbe is on virtual book tour. The epic grimdark fantasy stops at the blog with an excerpt. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a signed copy of the book dedicated to the winner or a $25 Amazon GC (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Immortals' Requiem
by Vincent Bobbe
Genre: Epic Grimdark Fantasy

There are beings that live a shadow's breadth from our reality...

They are the dreams and nightmares of humanity, the ancient seeds of fairy-tale and superstition. These are the Immortals, creatures of magic that should live forever... and they are fading.
When a horror two thousand years dead returns to contemporary England, creatures long thought lost to myth and legend collide in a scramble for survival that could tumble civilisation back into the dark ages of blood and death.
Immortals’ Requiem is a Tolkienesque grimdark fantasy based in both a modern day city and vast supernatural worlds. If you like the idea of a drunken elf with a shotgun, an ancient warrior with a chainsaw and a whole host of violent supernatural beings you’ll love this gritty Amazon Number 1 Bestseller.

Buy Immortals' Requiem to lose yourself in this epic award winning dark fantasy adventure today!

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Vincent Bobbe is nearly forty years old. When he was about ten, he tripped on an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel and fell into his own brain. He's not quite managed to climb out yet, because the things that found him in there keep clawing him back in. 

He's happily married with two young children and lives in Manchester, England. His wife is horrifically allergic to pretty much everything, so he doesn't have any pets. This suits him.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Something round and hard smashed against the wall near Cam and rolled up the aisle to rest between his legs. It was a head. A human head. It looked very surprised. Not as surprised as Cam. He shouted in shock and scrambled to his feet, grasping the shotgun automatically. The Glamour fell away just as the pretty police officer and three other shoppers came running towards him.
Cam could imagine what they were seeing and was about to slam another Glamour into them when something large and pink crashed around the corner. It slipped on the polished floor, knocking a display of crisps everywhere. Tentacles looped up as the Barghest shrieked in rage, its wide worm’s mouth opening to reveal massive fangs.
‘Get behind me,’ Cam shouted, pumping a round into the breach. The four humans quickly obeyed, deciding to ignore the fact that he was armed, surrounded by empty wine bottles, and – to them at least – had just materialised out of thin air. Cam emptied all eight rounds into the creature, knocking it from its feet and sending bits of tentacle flying everywhere. ‘Is there another way out?’ he called over his shoulder.
‘This way,’ the police officer replied. ‘I think there’s a loading bay or something.’ The Barghest was forming into its more canine shape, tentacles writhing around each other to give it legs. Slowly, it pulled itself upright.
‘Run,’ Cam shouted.
It was a haphazard scamper down the aisle and into the storerooms. Cam slammed the door shut behind him just as the Barghest crashed into it, knocking it off its top hinge and warping it in its frame. They fled through a narrow rat-run of crates and trolleys and tiny offices, and emerged in front of a set of steel shutters. ‘Open them,’ Cam commanded the police officer as he quickly slotted another eight shells into the Remington.
‘What makes you think the gun’ll work this time?’ asked one of the shoppers.
Cam turned to look at him. The speaker was a small man in a business suit. ‘Have you got a better idea?’
‘Are you drunk? You stink of alcohol. My God, you are drunk!’ squawked the little man.
Cam stared at the man incredulously. ‘So what?’
‘I just don’t think you should be holding a firearm while you’re under the influence,’ he said primly.
‘Jesus Christ,’ Cam muttered. He finished loading the shotgun and looked back the way they had come. The roars of the pursuing Barghest were getting louder.
‘Look, all I’m saying,’ insisted the little man, ‘is that you can’t fire a gun, drunk!’

‘You’d be quite amazed at what I can do while I’m drunk,’ Cam snapped. The man didn’t answer. The sounds of the beast crashing after them were very close. ‘Get back,’ Cam said. The little man obliged. He could hear the shutters rising and risked a glance over his shoulder. It was going to be too late – they weren’t rising fast enough.

Read an Excerpt of CRUEL by Jacob Stone | Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | @DaveZeltserman #Thriller #Suspense

CRUEL by Jacob Stone is on virtual book tour. The suspense thriller stops at the blog with an excerpt. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

A Morris Brick Thriller #4
by Jacob Stone
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Rarely is an author so skilled at portraying such unremitting evil and the poignant, human side of his characters in a single tale.”

Jeffery Deaver
Jacob Stone is equal parts Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, and Stephen King. CRUEL will leave you shaking . . . with fear, excitement, and the uncontrollable compulsion to keep on reading.” 

Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of True Fiction 

17.” L.A. detective Morris Brick knows the number all too well. It was the gruesome signature the Nightmare Man left next to his victims’ bodies. Brick’s father was the first to investigate the killings. Five women were butchered before the perpetrator vanished. Seventeen years later he resurfaced—to kill again in the same depraved ways. Now another seventeen years have passed. Brick knows in his gut that it’s time for the Nightmare Man to reawaken. But even Brick can’t imagine the madman’s true agenda. Or just how terrifying the sleepless nights are going to get in the City of Angels . . .

Jacob Stone is the pseudonym for award-winning author Dave Zeltserman. Dave's crime and horror novels have been picked by NPR, the Washington Post, American Library Association, Booklist, and WBUR as best novels of the year, and his short mystery fiction has won a Shamus, Derringer and two Ellery Queen Readers Choice awards. 

Dave's crime noir novel, SMALL CRIMES, has been made into a major motion picture starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver, and will be premiering April 28th on Netflix. Several of his other books are currently in film development.

Morris Brick thriller novels written as Jacob Stone: DERANGED, CRAZED, MALICIOUS, TWISTED.

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Downtown Los Angeles alley, 2:18 a.m.

The rat grew frantic in its efforts to escape the trap, its front claws a blur as they scratched against the wire mesh. This one was older than the juveniles already collected, and showed the scars of a lifetime spent  skulking through Los Angeles alleyways and sewers. Half of one ear had been torn off, its grayish-black fur matted, and a dozen wounds scabbed over. While the rat was larger than the others, it was still emaciated enough to be able to squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. Rats like this one were crucial for what was coming.
The newspaper stories from 2001 didn’t mention rats, and neither did the ones from 1984. That had to be because the reporters hadn’t been told about them, or really about any of the specifics. In 1984, the newspaper and TV reporters described the murders only as depraved and sickening.

A police officer must’ve given them that description, and someone with a touch of poetry in his soul named the killer the Nightmare Man. That name stuck—both in 1984 and in 2001—but it didn’t fully do the killer justice. While horrific, monstrous things were done to the victims, they were things that could only have come from the nightmares of a lunatic.
Just as some species of cicadas awaken only every seventeen years, the same was true of the Nightmare Man. October second would mark the seventeen-year anniversary of the start of the last killing spree, and new victims had already been chosen. They were both the least and most fortunate people alive. They would be dying the worst deaths imaginable, but they would have a kind of immortality, their fates forever entwined with the Nightmare Man. Because of that, they would never be forgotten.

The cage was picked up, and the rat inside backed up and got on its hind legs, its small black eyes shining with malevolence as it bared its teeth. It was an ugly thing and would do nicely for what was needed.

A homeless woman lay curled in a fetal position as she slept beside a dumpster. She stirred as the cage holding the rat was carried past her. Her red-rimmed eyes cracked open, her round, craggy face turning toward the soft padding of footsteps. In a raspy croak that sounded as if her throat had been scraped raw with sandpaper, she asked for money. Even from several feet away, the sour smell of cheap gin on her breath assaulted the senses. A decision now had to be made: whether to kill the old woman or ignore her. A moment of reflection revealed a third option—simply hand
the homeless woman a twenty-dollar bill, and that was what was done. The woman mumbled something unintelligible as she accepted the money. She turned away as she hid the bill within her layers of clothing, and then she presumably fell back to sleep.
That was how it needed to be. It wasn’t time yet for the Nightmare Man to awaken from his slumber. October second was still a full ten days away. That was when the killings would start again. Besides, snuffing out the life of this old woman wasn’t necessary. Her alcohol-addled mind wouldn’t later connect this late-night intrusion of her makeshift home with the Nightmare Man’s return.

But the Nightmare Man was coming.

And Los Angeles would soon be weeping tears of blood.

#FallBreak2018 #Giveaway Hop | September 21 - October 3 | Banned Books Prize Pack (U.S. only)

Welcome to the FALL BREAK Giveaway Hop (September 21 - October 3, 2018) hosted by Savings in Seconds ( 

For many of us, outside temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing color. We’re starting to think fall thoughts that include pumpkins and blankets. One of the events that let's me know fall is coming is Banned Books Week (as it is typically held during the last week of September). Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. 

To celebrate the week, Readeropolis is giving away a Banned Books Prize Pack at this hop stop. The pack includes a $5 GC to buy a book (or use for something else if you'd like).

Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. -

One winner will be selected to win a Banned Books Prize Pack. The giveaway is open to United States residents with mailing addresses in the 48 contiguous states (18+ years old).

The prize pack contains:
  • One $5 GC 
  • One copy of the American Library Association Field Report 2017: Banned and Challenged Books
  • One Banned Books Week Bookmark
  • One Secret Love Book Charm (can be used on jewelry, bookmarks, zipper pulls, cell phone, etc.)
  • 2018 16-Month Cats Calendar (5.6 in x 5.3 in) (buy it now)

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FALL BREAK Giveaway Hop 2018

Be sure to enter all of the giveaways on the Fall Break giveaway hop!  Please note, hosts and participating blogs are not responsible for sponsors that don't deliver prizes.  Read each giveaway's guidelines.  Good luck! 

Bring Home The Farm #Giveaway | Ends 10/10 | @SMGurusNetwork @las930

Welcome to the Bring Home The Farm Giveaway. 

Thank you so much for helping to support this giveaway! It is part of the Social Media Gurus Network's Fall Gift Guide.

Be sure to check the blog often for new giveaways.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Bring Home The Farm Giveaway

Welcome to the Bring Home The Farm Giveaway!

1 winner

This giveaway is part of our Fall Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More

Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

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Mini Maker Tube

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Learning Resources

Build and Spin Farm Friends

$19.99 RV




Farm Friends Wooden Book

$12.99 RV


Educational Insights

Educational Insights

My First Game: Petting Zoo

$21.99 RV



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