Facebook Events Hack for Giveaways


Facebook events are an awesome way to spread the word about your book (or whatever cool thing you have going on.) And a lot of times, there are giveaways involved. Maybe it’s a copy of a book, a gift card, some swag… Whatever it is, the way Facebook has events pages set up, sometimes it’s hard to go back in and find your posts. This little hack is an easy way to track your giveaway posts, or any posts you want to be able to find later on, so you can go back in, close them and pick a winner. ***Also good for participants who want to track a giveaway they have entered***

Step 1: Make sure the post has an image attached to it. This hack will NOT work unless there is an image. A links image doesn’t count either.

Here is an example of what DOES NOT work: “Add my book to your TBR list on Goodreads *www.goodreads.com/mybook*”
The link will post a preview image. This will not work.

Here is an example of what DOES work: Click on the little camera icon and add an image before you even type up your post. This could be an image of the book, some swag, or even just a goofy little picture. Then type up your post: “Add my book to your TBR list on Goodreads *www.goodreads.com/mybook*” The image you uploaded will be what is displayed instead of the link preview. This will work20141123_194050
Step 2: After you make the post click the “Share” button. Share the post in a private message to yourself. The message will be the image. Just click on the image in your message and it will pop up with the post. You can go close it out and post the winners right there in the comments. Easy as pie 🙂


Anyone who is actually attending the event (by clicking “Going”) can do this. It is not limited to the person who created the post.

*Side Note* The event needs to be set up so posts can be shared. I believe in order for that to be the case, under the event setting, you need to click “Edit” and select either “Public” or “Open Invite”. If you are not a host for the event, ask the host to do this.

SammyDress- SCAM! Don’t Waste Your Time or Money



You’ve found yourself parked on my little patch of digital land in the world wide web. I’m guessing one of two things happened. You’re either thinking about ordering something from SammyDress or you already have.

Thinking about it? Look at you! Researching the company and stuff….. You go girl! (or boy!) Me? I didn’t, which is why you’re here.

Did you actually order something? Here’s a chair. And grab that popcorn, Real Housewives of Atlanta is fixing start.

Seriously though, lets chat.

I bet you saw an ad on Facebook for the cutest little dress you’ve ever seen at a price that had you clicking the link faster than you could say “MINE”. Or maybe it was shoes? We love shoes. And handbags! Lord Jesus we can never have enough of those!! For me, it was a swimsuit. An adorable little one piece blue number, 50’s era, pin up inspired cuteness. But that’s not the one I settled on. Because once I clicked on their webpage, I was in swimsuit heaven!! I could have ordered a dozen suits and still found one more to “Add to Bag”.

Image(bet this is the one you saw on the add right?)

“Why on earth are you ordering a swimsuit on the internet” you ask. Let me tell you. Like most women, swimsuit shopping is a traumatizing experience for me. I’ve had babies. I have tiger stripes. I’m proud of my tiger stripes. I’ve earned every single one of them, but that doesn’t mean I want YOU to see them. And like every other Momma on the planet, I’ve struggled with my weight. So when I walk into a department store and see all these adorable little bikinis, I start panicking. I really WANT those cute little boy shorts, but my butt says “bitch you cray cray.” And that v-neck top? Aint holdin’ nothin’ in let me tell ya. I have to go all the way to the back of the store, behind rows and rows of tauntingly skimpy little suits, to that one rack (usually reserved for the elderly) to find something that offers a bit more coverage. After that harrowing experience, I usually find myself at LongHorn packing away one of those 11oz Renegades with a baked potato covered in bacon. And I STILL don’t have a swimsuit.

So when that cute little bowed number popped up on my computer screen, I squealed a little bit. I LOVE the 50s! It was a great era for clothes all the way around. You got the coverage you needed, and STILL looked sexy. After about two hours of browsing (comfortably in yoga pants and my big chair I might add), I narrowed my choices down to two. The Man took my measurements, I got some outside opinions and BOOM! I hit “Add To Bag” on THE perfect suit. You know what that feels like? Its amazing! Like finding the lost Rembrandt at a garage sale.

Image (cute as hell isn’t it?!?!?)

That was back in May. I was given the option to pay an additional charge to speed up the shipping, but I wasn’t in too big a hurry so I figured nah…. I can wait the 8-15 days SammyDress says it will take to ship.

Flash forward 10 days. No sign of the suit, no biggie though right? Still have five more days. But I decide to log in and see where it is anyways. And right there, in bright red letters- “Processing”. I hate that word. If you’re reading this because you’ve ordered something from SammyDress.com, you hate that word too.

So, I give it a few more days and log in again. Still “Processing”. At this point, I’m ready to hit the pool. My kids are ready to hit the pool. They’ve asked me everyday for the last week if my bathing suit was here. My irritation starts to mount and I do what I should have done BEFORE I ordered the damn suit. That’s right, I said it. “Damn suit.” Because now- I’m pissed.

I punch in the same words you probably did- “SammyDress Scam” and what do I find? Page after page of reviews on good ole SammyDress.com that all complain about the same damn things. “Ordered two months ago, still not here.” “Tried to call, phone number doesn’t work.” “Contacted customer support, they tell me the item is no longer available.” “Item showed up three months later and its cheap material, poorly made,” or “not what I ordered.” 

I submit a request form and it sits there, “Processing” for two days. So I decide to leave a review on one of those sites. Less than 24 hours later, a representative from SammyDress.com responded to my review. My request form on their site? Still “Processing.” Here is a link to my review and BrandsDragon’s reply. While you’re over there, check out all the other reviews. Another day goes by before I get a non-scripted, poorly written reply from anyone.

So sorry for the inconvenience caused to you and keeping you
waiting for so long.
As for your order, please kindly note that the item
Sweetheart Neckline Padded Striped One-Piece Swimwear For Women YZ0248901
is now not available.
So we are here to ask for your idea do you still need us to ship it out
for you?
Again please accept our sincere apology for causing you so much trouble.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Best regards

Ok, now I’m confused. If the item is “now not available” exactly how do you plan to ship it out for me? I ask for clarification.

Thank you for your reply and sorry I did not make my words clear.
Since the item is not available now,
so we are here to ask do you still need the order or do you
need to change other items? 

It would be very appreciated if you could tell us your idea. 
Again please accept our sincere apology for causing you so much trouble. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
Best regards 

So, long story short- I fell into the “no longer available category.” I guess that’s something right? I’ve requested a complete refund, and of course that request is still “Processing”. I’m not holding my breath either. I will probably end up disputing the charge with my credit card company.

My conclusion- SammyDress is a Scam. Don’t waste your time or money. As for me? I’m going to cue up the Katy Perry music, march my pleasantly rounded rump into Kohls and buy—–a wrap!

This is their Facebook page. Read some of the comments on their posts. They don’t have a problem responding to negative reviews/comments, but they can’t seem to deliver the product they’ve marketed and sold. If you’re so inclined, scroll up to the little dot dot dot on the top of their page and click “Report”.



Exciting Things Coming VERY Soon!!


The lovely Ms. Jae Lynne Davies (who I happen to have a major girl crush on) has a brand spanking new book coming out very soon. I managed to get my hot little hands on an ARC of Desires of a Dark Lord and let me just tell you….HOT doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface on Desires of a Dark Lordthis one! I will be posting my review of this in the next few days so make sure you check back. I will also be giving away an ebook copy of Mythic and Blood Moon (two of my all time favorite books) with my review, so make sure you get in on that. You’re gonna love these books I promise 🙂

Check out Jae’s website HERE
and find her on Facebook HERE

I am super excited to announce I will be participating in the Inescapable Desire blog tour for author Danielle Jamie.


I will posting an interview with the author as well as my review and a chance to win some goodies, so hop back over here for a complete list of tour dates and locations!

You can find Danielle’s Facebook Page HERE

And Finally!!!

My website was launched a few weeks ago but it wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be. Its ready now so go check it out!! http://www.DLKANE.com

I’ve also decided to join the wonderful world of social networking. You can find me on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE. I’m a Twitter Newbie, so hang in there while I figure this out 😉