Friday, December 12, 2014

Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway Event

***See below for Prize details***

A few of my favorite things...

1. As I wrote this, I was a week into a stubborn cold, so one of my very favorite things are TISSUES WITH LOTION!

2. Another favorite thing of mine would be toads. And I'm adding squirrels. Just because I think they're so cute.

3. romantic movies and books

4. Thunderstorms

5. Cinnabons - ooohh, the gooey, cinnamony heaven that they are

6.  the glorious Rocky Mountains

7. All those are great, but my most important favorite thing is Giving Back in December

This year, my Giving Back in December sales drive benefits Wounded Warrior Project.

Mallory can't wait to get out of town~until she meets the one man who tempts her to stay. Still she fears if she stays, she'll lose herself forever. Army veteran Levi can't leave~but then Mallory steals his heart and takes it with her when she goes. Will they learn to compromise, or is a Happily Ever After doomed from the start?

Grab a copy of AUTUMN BLISS, and 100% of my author profits benefit the brave men and women who've been wounded while serving in the US Armed forces.

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"As a Wife of a U.S.Marine veteran I highly recommend this book. LOVE LOVED IT." ~ Marine'sGirl, Amazon reviewer 

And now for the prize details!

For my individual Blog Prize:
$15 gift card (winner's choice)

To Enter: leave a comment with your #1 favorite thing AND your email address!
Earn 5 EXTRA entries by buying a copy of Autumn Bliss and emailing the receipt to 

For the EVENT PRIZES which include:
  • Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD 7 w/30 preloaded books from AR authors
  • 1st prize: $50 gift certificate
  • 2nd prize: $20 gift certificate
  • 3rd prize: $15 gift certificate

To Enter: Visit the Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway event page by clicking HEREand enter via the Rafflecopter

Additional prizes??? YES

Visit the rest of the Addictive Reads authors to see who else is offering individual blog prizes of books and gift cards!

Thanks for stopping by,
best of luck with the prizes, and

Stacey's First in Series ebooks that are FREE at most retailers:
1. Evidence of Trust, Colorado Trust Series
    (full length romantic suspense)
2. A Fair to Remember, Welcome to Redemption Series
    (small town romance)
3. Mistletoe Mischief, Romancing Wisconsin Series
    (small town romance)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Back in December - Year 4

Thanks to my awesome readers (YOU), my donation total is now at $8300.00

This December 2014, 100% of my author royalties for the Romancing Wisconsin book AUTUMN BLISS will be donated to Wounded Warrior ProjectI've chosen WWP again, in honor of my son in the Army, my veteran husband, father, and father-in-law...not to mention all the other brave men and women who serve or have served in the US Armed Forces. I am grateful for their service, their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their families every day.

I can't help the veterans without you, so how can you help?

Buy the book for just $2.99
To put it in perspective, that's less than the cost of a greeting card at Hallmark or a fancy cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Gift copies to friends
Share with other readers on social media

I make approximately $2* off of each book sale, and every penny will be donated to WWP. Last December I rounded up to send Wounded Warrior Project an even $1000. I'd love to increase that donation this year, but I can't do it without YOU.

If you already have a copy of AUTUMN BLISS, then consider gifting a copy to all your friends who enjoy reading. Every sale will help!


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After a string of bad luck, Mallory Parker is convinced her future lies way beyond the streets of the small home town that stole her mother’s hopes and dreams. As soon as she saves enough money at her new job, she’s going to get out and get a life, and no one can tempt her to stay—until she meets the man who does.

Army veteran Levi Jenkins is still dealing with the aftermath of his last tour of duty. Working in the background as a maintenance man at Whispering Pines Lodge gives him the peace his soul craves. The last thing he wants is the distraction of a woman who charms his heart while teaching him to smile again. Or maybe, that’s exactly what he needs.

Levi fears loving her and losing her would be too much to endure—and yet, asking Mallory to stay could destroy the very essence that makes her so special. If either of them are to be happy, he must find the courage to set her free.

I picked Autumn Bliss this year because Levi Jenkins is a Army veteran who works at Whispering Pines Resort. Whispering Pines is owned by Major Mark Riley (Mistletoe Magic, book 2), who operates the resort half as a business, and the other half as a donation funded retreat location for veterans, military members, and their families. His wife, Janelle, also runs a non-profit no-kill animal rescue on the same property. (See my Dec. 2012 charity drive HERE.)

Mallory teaches Levi how to smile again, and he helps her see that home is where the heart is.

Grab a copy for yourself, or gift one to a friend (or both) and help me help the veterans

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"As the wife of a Vietnam Vet it is great to see books that go into some of the wounds these Vets from all wars suffer that are not all physical. I also love the setting of a place where Vet family's can come to help heal. Not all people who need to heal their soul are vets and it is wonderful to see two damaged souls come together and help each other find happiness. I loved this book and all of the books in the Romancing Wisconsin Series." ~ Darlene, Amazon Reviewer

"As a Wife of a U.S.Marine veteran I highly recommend this book. LOVE LOVED IT." ~ Marine'sGirl, Amazon reviewer

"I have now read all the Romancing Wisconsin series to date, & have to say I've loved them all, but Autumn Bliss is my favorite." ~ Jaqueline, Amazon Reviewer.

Sharing this post with friends on FB, Twitter, Google Plus and all your other social sites would be a big help as well.

Thank you very much ~

May you have a safe and healthy
Merry Christmas!

(*sales in some countries only receive 35% royalty -vs- 70%, in which case the amount is $1 per book)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Auction, by Anna Erishkigal - sales benefit HSUSA

Proceeds for this book during the month of November 2014 will benefit the Humane Society of the United States to help in the protection of all animals, including the fight to protect horses from being slaughtered.

As an author myself, I don't usually write reviews for business reasons, but as a horse owner, this one is special, and for a great cause.

My thoughts: Anna did an awesome job with The Auction. I was instantly drawn into the characters' lives, and felt like I was right alongside Rosie as she struggled to keep her life from falling apart, and then also the lives of the adorable, Pippa, and her father, Adam. The book is long, but Anna's writing style had me settling in to read with pure, relaxing enjoyment instead of paging forward to see when I'd get to the good stuff. It's ALL good. The courtroom scene is especially well crafted. Great job, Anna!

I loved the whole book and highly recommend buying a copy to enjoy while helping out a great cause. 

The Auction
by Anna Erishkigal

Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian outback. There she meets Pippa Bristow, a sensitive child who copes with her parent's bitter divorce by escaping into a magical world of fairy queens and unicorns. Pippa's enigmatic father, Adam Bristow, is willing to endure whatever he must to keep his daughter safe from his oil heiress ex-wife.

Struggling to shield Pippa from her mother's games, Rosie must face the ghosts of her own painful past while fighting a growing attraction to her handsome, emotionally unavailable employer. When Rosie and Pippa save a small, white pony from slaughter, their ill-timed compassion puts Adam's custody dispute, Pippa's fantasies, and Rosie's worst fears all up for bid in an epic showdown.

The Auction is a sweet, contemporary romance styled with the heart-wrenching, Gothic undertones of Jane Eyre and just a hint of the supernatural.

Here's what Anna had to say when I asked her why she wrote this book:

Beginning last year, one of my Australian friends became involved in a legal case to rescue horses from an owner who had essentially turned their horses out into a field to starve.  Because most unwanted horses go to a slaughterhouse, the government is put in the untenable position that intervention is often worse than the neglect itself.

Now nobody wants to read a story about horse slaughter.  So as I was daydreaming about how to cast this difficult social issue in a palatable, hopeful light, I asked my daughters about what kinds of human characters I should set into this story.  My 10-year-old wanted a little girl who got a pony, so thus Pippa was born.  My 12-year-old, on the other hand, is into 'dark' young adult novels, so she suggested a girl whose mother didn't like her.  Since it's infeasible for a 10 and 12 year old to go to an auction to buy a horse, I made Rosamond older, and made her a teacher/governess because, if she was Pippa's mother, she could simply buy the horse for Pippa.

That, of course, got into the issue of Pippa's parents, who they were and why they needed to hire a governess who had enough leeway to sneak the little girl to an auction in the first place, so thus was born Adam Bristow.  At that point, I had three characters (one of them a governess) and a horse, all living on a cattle station in drought-ridden Australia, so they took over.  I claim no responsibility for my characters actions!!!  Once they start whispering to me, they take me down some strange rabbit-holes of fascinating research, hijack my life and won't shut up until I write down all the sordid details!

I set the story in Australia because that was where the horse rescue case which initially caught my imagination happened and I was under the impression that here, in the United States, horse slaughter was illegal.  Boy, was I wrong!  As I researched real-life horse auctions, I discovered we (in the USA) ship 200,000 horses a year to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses in horrifically inhumane conditions. The worse thing is that most American's are blissfully unaware they have just condemned their family pet to a horrific death.

Since I live in the USA, I will donate any royalties I earn during the month of November to the Humane Society of the United States so that 100% of the royalties can go to help the horses (when you donate internationally, the tax-man takes 30%).

You can donate to the Humane Society of the USA and learn more HERE:

There are many wonderful organizations worldwide, ranging from national RSPCA organizations to tiny rescue organizations that peruse the auctions and save one horse's life at a time.  They are all worthy of your support.  It's my hope, by writing an entertaining love story with a horse rescue hidden in the middle that more people will become aware this problem exists.


You can grab your copy of The Auction at any of the following links:

Kindle (Amazon)

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United States

Nook / B&N

B&N    Nook.UK    

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About Anna:  Anna Erishkigal is an attorney who writes fantasy fiction under a pen-name so her colleagues don't question whether her legal pleadings are fantasy fiction as well. Much of law, it turns out, -is- fantasy fiction. Lawyers just prefer to call it 'zealously representing your client.' 

Seeing the dark underbelly of life makes for some interesting fictional characters. The kind you either want to incarcerate, or run home and write about. In fiction, you can fudge facts without worrying too much about the truth. In legal pleadings, if your client lies to you, you look stupid in front of the judge.

At least in fiction, if a character becomes troublesome, you can always kill them off...

Thank you, Anna!

Readers, again, I encourage you to enjoy this book and help out.