In addition, I will be joining Lachesis Publishing publisher LeeAnn Lessard & editor Joanna D’Angelo on the Ovarian Cancer Walk for Her, September 11th, to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.
Five Canadian women are lost to this disease every day and 2,800 will be diagnosed this year alone. With no reliable screening test, ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and often caught in its late stages. More than half the women diagnosed are not expected to live past five years.
Surprise! My publisher has decided to release LOVE & HOPE early on its website. Here’s a personal message from publisher LeeAnn:
Joanna and I are always excited on release day for one of our Lachesis Publishing titles, but we couldn’t wait until the official release day for LOVE & HOPE. We decided to release it early on our site only. Here is the link http://lachesispublishing.com/?product=love-and-hope-an-anthology
LOVE AND HOPE, by Kayla Perrin, C. J. Carmichael, and Brenda Gayle, is a special release for me. Why? Proceeds from the sale of this title will go to Ovarian Cancer Canada. I lost two important women in my life to this horrible disease my Aunt Phyllis and Grandmaman.
Please share this post and link with friends, family and readers. Every penny counts toward finding an accurate test and cure for Ovarian Cancer.
I am absolutely thrilled to (FINALLY) be able to announce the details of a new project that’s been in the works for some time. My good friends LeeAnn Lessard and JoAnna D’Angelo, at Lachesis Publishing, have put together a beautiful anthology featuring three original and poignant love stories, the proceeds from which will benefit Ovarian Cancer Canada.
I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to contribute, not only because I love LeeAnn & JoJo and was pumped to be included in an anthology with such wonderful authors as USA TODAY bestsellers Kayla Perrin & C.J. Carmichael, but because cancer is a terrible disease that has touched virtually everyone in some way or another.
Ovarian cancer is Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer, claiming the lives of five Canadian women each day. Statistics from the US are similar, showing that almost 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and more than 14,000 will die from it. Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and often found in its late stages. Yet there is still no screening test, and many people don’t know much about it. Help us change that.
Love & Hope will be released on August 30–just prior to the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month (September)–and is available for pre-order now from Amazon and Kobo. I’ll post more links as they become available. In addition to checking out our anthology, please take the time to educate yourself about this horrible disease.
Here is a teaser for each of the stories.
Twice and Forever by Brenda Gayle
Devoted to Her Cowboy by C. J. Carmichael
Her Angel by Kayla Perrin
It’s wedding season, and to celebrate my publisher has discounted the price of Father of the Bride? to 99-cents at all eBook retailers.
If you haven’t yet, you’ve only got a short time to enter to the Rafflecopter contest to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. [Added: Congratulations to Mafalda V. who is the winner!]
Here is a wrap-up of this week’s stops.
I hope you have a lovely and romantic Valentine’s Day.
Thanks to Tasty Book Tours!
Flowers. Candy. Romantic dinners. What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? I am having so much fun in the build up to February 14 jumping around the web to celebrate the release of my Valentine-themed novella, ME+YOU.
Here’s a wrap-up of the week that was. And don’t forget, at each stop you can enter the Rafflecopter contest for more chances to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Check out Tasty Book Tours for where I’ll be next week.
Today is release day for my Valentine-themed novella, Me+You, part of The Wild Rose Press’s Candy Hearts Romance series. I’m so pleased to be hosted by many of of the other Candy Hearts authors today. Plus, as an added bonus, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to someone who drops by these blogs and completes the Rafflecopter entry.
Look for me at:
And don’t forget our Candy Hearts Valentine’s Facebook party, February 11. I’ll be co-hosting from 7:30 – 8:00 pm EST.
Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a Kindle Fire from The Wild Rose Press at the blogs listed above and HERE to increase your chances of winning!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the past few weeks, and are ready to face 2016 refreshed and with a sense of optimism.
For me, this year is getting off to a very sweet start. In just a few weeks my new novella, ME + YOU will be released as part of The Wild Rose Press’ very fun Candy Hearts Romance series. Close to 40 short stories and novellas, from all romance genres, will be released between now and Valentine’s Day, and all will revolve around themes from the famous Candy Hearts (also known as Conversation Hearts and Sweethearts) confectionery. I gave you a bit of a hint about the setting and characters a while back (see #amwriting, Story 2), but now I can share more details.
I love this story and I’ve got a lot of fun things planned to celebrate its release. I’ll be joining my fellow Candy Hearts authors for a variety of blog hops, and we’re planning a huge Facebook Party on February 11. Plus, lovely Lisa, at Tasty Book Tours, has arranged a killer book tour for me, running from February 1 – 12, and I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to someone who joins me on the tour. More details on all this will be coming soon.
We’re all familiar with the tasty Candy Hearts that are so popular on Valentine’s Day, but how much do we really know about them? I’m going to share a bit of history here, and then each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until Valentine’s Day, I’m going to post a fun fact about them on Facebook and Twitter under #CandyHeartFun.
A Brief History of Candy Hearts
Daniel Chase was inspired by the growing market for Valentine’s cards and wondered if it would be possible to print sentimental messages on candy. In 1866 he created the first conversation hearts by devising a machine that would press food dye letters onto the candy lozenges made famous by his brother and NECCO® founder Oliver Chase.
People loved conversation candies (they weren’t available in heart shapes until 1902) and their witty messages. Daniel’s candies were bigger than today’s version and had phrases like MARRIED IN WHITE YOU HAVE CHOSEN RIGHT and HOW LONG SHALL I HAVE TO WAIT? PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE emblazoned on a pastel, scalloped wafer.
Over the years, conversation hearts lost size, but gained many more phrases. NECCO estimates that it makes nearly 100,000 pounds of the hearts each day throughout the year in preparation for Valentine’s Day. For the first time in its history, in 2010, NECCO invited the American public to participate in an online survey to decide which phrases of love would appear on its Candy Hearts. The winners included: TWEET ME, TEXT ME, YOU ROCK, SOUL MATE, LOVE BUG, and… ME + YOU.