2019 LIFT – In Action for Autism

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It’s Here! Time for the 2019 LIFT Campaign!

Every April, it’s amazing to see the romance reading, writing and loving community rally around families living with Autism. A few years ago, authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan launched LIFT 4 Autism, the charitable initiative raising funds for ASD families during Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

With 1 in every 59 children diagnosed, Autism is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. Many of the therapies and services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It can be an expensive and difficult diagnosis to navigate. We are once again partnering with Kulture City, an amazing organization that does incredible things for ASD families. Discover more about their programs at kulturecity.org.

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors! 

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here:  
charityauction.bid/lift4autism
(Must register to bid)

The auction is open for browsing, and BIDDING opens Monday, April 22 and will close Friday, April 26.

If you would like to donate book-ish items for auction, sign up here: http://bit.ly/LiFTDonation2019

* If you want to donate gift cards to the auction, please consider donating the amount of the gift card here instead. Thank you!

  1. Make a financial donation to Kulture City through the LIFT Campaign.

DONATE:  https://bit.ly/2JLKLuP   

    2. Buy LIFT Wear (T-shirts, totes, mugs, kids tees, onesies, cell phone covers, etc…) All proceeds to Kulture City.

BUY: teespring.com/stores/lift4autism

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QUESTIONS?

Contact us at liftauction@gmail.com with questions.

Don’t miss a thing! 

 

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Cover Reveal: Love After Losing Anthology

 
 
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Cameo Readers Blitz: Between the Pages – A Book Boyfriend Anthology

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READERS CAMEO BLITZ: Between The Pages- A BookBoyfriend Anthology

20 Authors have gotten together and are giving readers the opportunity to become part of their fictional worlds by appearing in their stories with a cameo role. Isn’t that cool? Check out your BookBoyfriends and the writers who created them for your reading pleasure.

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Eric “Slate” Slater – (G-Man Series by Andrea Smith)
Roan Diamond – (Syndicate Series by Kathy Coopmans)
Alan Manzone – (Half Shell & Sand & Fog Series by Susan Ward)
Dominic Valetti – (Valetti Crime Family Series by Willow Winters)
Harry Brown – (Love by Numbers Series by E.S. Carter)
Jaxson Phillips – (Author Theresa Sederholt)
Luke Craven – (NSB Series by Alyson Santos)
Cole Sterline – (UCC Saga by Eva LeNoir)
Blade Montgomery – (Six by Hilary Storm)
Brandon Montgomery – (Club 24 Series by Kimberly Knight)
Jace Stone – (Lexi Buchanan)
Nathan Fraser – (Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland)
Matt Lathem – (First Class Series by AJ Harmon)
Damien Reynolds (MJ Carnal)
Shadow – (The Devil’s Dust Series by M.N. Forgy)
Ares “the Butcher” – (Author Sapphire Knight’s Series)
Grayson James – (GEG Series by Jacquelyn Ayres)
Jack Falcon – (Beautiful Rose Series by Missy Johnson )
Taz Matthews – (G-Man Series by Andrea Smith)
Jack Lair- (AM Madden)
Xander MacKenzie- (Anne Mercier)

A BookBoyfriend Anthology information

Have you dreamed of meeting your Book Boyfriends?
Do you fall asleep to the words of fictional heroes?
Do the words ‘The End’ always come too soon?

What if you had the chance to be a part of their worlds?

20 Authors are giving readers just that.
21 short stories with 20+ Reader cameos and all profits going to charity.

Get between the pages with the men who put all others to shame.

All proceeds of the sales will go these charities; 50% to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund (AFFSP) and 50% to The MS Society

READERS

CLICK ON THE LINK AND ENTER YOUR DETAILS FOR A CHANCE OF A CAMEO ROLE IN ONE OF THE STORIES IN THIS FABULOUS BOOK BOYFRIEND ANTHOLOGY

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MEET THE AUTHORS

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Andrea Smith is a USA Today and Amazon Best-Selling Author of the G-Man Series! She has a wicked sense of humor. No matter the genre, she is able to infuse laughter throughout.

She self-publishes Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Sensual Romance with a paranormal twist. She also writes New Adult Romance, and has recently collaborated with Author Eva LeNoir on three M/M Romances.

Here is a listing of her published fiction to date:

Baby Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense w/erotic tone)

These Books should be read in order:

Maybe Baby (Book 1)

Baby Love (Book 2)

Be My Baby (Book 3)

Baby Come Back (Novella) (Book 3.5)

G-Man Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense w/erotic tone)

These Books do not have to be read in order, but they are most enjoyable if done so.

Diamond Girl (Book 1)

Love Plus One (Book 2)

Night Moves (Book 3)

G-Men Holiday Wrap (Novella) (Book 3.5)

These Men (Spin-off) Part of the BEND anthology. (M/F/M)

My Men (Sequel to “These Men”) (M/F/M)

Taz (G-Man Book 4)

G-Man: Next Generation (New Adult Romance)

Walk of Shame (Book 1)

WTF? Series

Jaded

Limbo Series (Contemporary Steamy Romance w/paranormal edge)

Silent Whisper

Clouds in my Coffee

September Series (New Adult- Taboo)

Need to be read in order.

Until September (Book 1)

When September Ends (Book 2)

M/M Romance

Black Balled (Co-Authored with Eva LeNoir)

Guns Blazing (Spin-Off from Black Balled)

Hard Edit (Co-Authored with Eva LeNoir)

Social Media Links:

To sign up for her monthly newsletter, visit her website: http://www.andreasmithauthor.com/

Follow her on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Smith/e/B00A1MLQGY/

Stalk her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AndreaSmithAuthor/

Follow her on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GManAuthor

GOODREADS:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869343.Andrea_Smith


Theresa Sederholt

Theresa Sederholt was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. She is a graduate of Campbell University in North Carolina, with a degree in Criminal Justice. Theresa now calls Delaware home, with her husband, a professional chef, and her two dogs.

Theresa has been writing since 2014 when she released her debut novel, The Unraveling of Raven. She has since added to this with Darkness into Dawn and Shattered Lies, completing The Unraveled Trilogy. Not stopping there, she continued the story with The Letter: Dear Michael. During this time, she also published the first book in a second series, Uniquely Mine A Fitz Series.

Experiencing life first hand is what she does best. Believing she can do anything has put her in many crazy situations. Whether it’s babysitting a pig farm or cutting the top off of a mini truck; nothing is ever out of reach. Her list is endless, A to Z.

Theresa enjoys connecting with her fans. She can always be reached through her website at:
http://www.theresasederholt.com

Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/TheresaSederholtAuthor/

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1IxL0xT

Amazon Author Page Author.to/Theresa-Sederholt

Books by Theresa Sederholt

The Unraveled Trilogy

The Unraveling of Raven book one

Darkness into Dawn book two

Shattered Lies book three

Uniquely Mine A Fitz Series

The Letter: Dear Michael

Unraveled: The Next Generation

The Bench


Kathy Coopmans

USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son’s Aaron and Shane.

She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is “I got this.”

Instagram- @authorkathycoopmans
Twitter-@authorkcoopmans

Anne Mercier is the author of the bestselling Rockstar, Truths, and The Way series. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and still lives there today.

She’s an avid reader who gets inspired by reading the stories from her favorite authors as well as listening to various types of music. She is a huge fan of music, chocolate, fruit, desserts, autumn, M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold, and Milo Ventimiglia. Through my books, she is proudly creating new Avenged Sevenfold and Milo Ventimiglia fans one reader at a time.

Anne truly believes – “The best part of being an author, to me, is being able to take the reader to that one place they long to go when they need to escape reality. Knowing I can do that, for even one reader, makes what I do worthwhile.” ~ Anne Mercier

Kadence(Rockstar #7) – Coming November 22
Harmony(Rockstar #7.5) – Coming December 12
A Very Xander Christmas 3(Rockstar #8) – Coming December 18
Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year’s Eve Anthology – Coming December 19
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Rockstar, Truths, and The Way series.

Melanie Moreland

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

Author Page https://www.facebook.com/authormoreland/

Amazon http://tinyurl.com/zrs3hhd

Twitter @MorelandMelanie

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7355350.Melanie_Moreland

Newsletter http://eepurl.com/b06k19


 

Susan Ward

Bestselling Literary Fiction author Susan Ward is as eclectic as the books she writes. A #1 bestselling author in Gay Fiction, LGBT Erotica, and Rock Genre, and a bestseller in Contemporary Romance, Coming-of-Age, Women’s Fiction, Sagas, Erotica Humorous, Humor & Satire, Historical Romance, and Regency. She once explained her success in so many genres as: “I can’t say I believe in love unless I write about all love.” Known for complex, gritty, and unpredictable emotional reads, to the delight of her readers she is always expanding her fictional universe.

Hello! Thank you for checking out my Amazon Author Page. My series include: The Half Shell Series; The Affair Without End Series; The Sand & Fog Series; and The Locked & Loaded Series. I’m the mother of grown daughters, a grandmother, and I live with my husband and dog, Emma. My favorite things to do are writing an angsty HEA love story, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, having a good glass of wine, traveling, watching sappy movies, and chatting with my readers.

For future releases, upcoming book signings, or to contact me:www.susanwardbooks.com

Or follow on Twitter @susaninlaguna

Or Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanwardbooks?ref=hl

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PUBLISHED BOOKS

The Deverells Box Set

Broken Crown

Pistol Whipped

Rewind

The Girl in the Mirror

The Girl of Sand & Fog

The Girl on the Half Shell

The Girl of Tokens & Tears

The Girl of Diamonds & Rust

The Girl in the Comfortable Quiet

The Manny

The Signature

One Last Kiss

One More Kiss

One Long Kiss

One Forever Kiss


Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants win World Series and the San Jose Sharks kick butt. She’s also a two time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter that’s made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like watching hot guys waterski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading romance and erotic fiction.

WEBSITE: http://authorkimberlyknight.com

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/2gozZvO

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKKnight/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Author_KKnight

GOODREADS: http://bit.ly/1sT0Vnn

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/kimbrulee10/

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/authorkknight/


Alyson Santos takes readers on two very unique and different journeys through her characters. She loves to interact with her readers. If you ask her what she she writes about she will tell you…

“I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.

Amazon:http://amzn.to/1R3xSnA

Facebook:https://www.instagram.com/authoralysonsantos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAlySantos?lang=en

Website:http://www.alysonsantos.com/

Goodreads:http://bit.ly/1ROLHpU

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/authoralysonsantos/

Books by Alyson

Night Shifts Black

Tracing Holland

TRICENT Commissioning


A M Madden

A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.

A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.
“It’s all about the HEA.”

A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House.

Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.

A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going.
She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.

A.M. Madden, Independent Romance Author.
Sign up for A.M. Madden’s newsletter at www.ammadden.com to get up to date information on new releases, cover reveals, and exclusive excerpts.

Copyright © A.M. Madden, Author, All rights reserved.

A.M. Madden is a Goodreads Author and can be contacted on Facebook, twitter, or at am.madden@aol.com

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorammadden/

Twitter @ammadden1

Website http://www.missycjohnson.com/


Missy Johnson

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog…you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MissycJohnson/

Twitter @MissycJohnson


Jacquelyn Ayres

I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in New Jersey) whose sole responsibility is guiding three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work all of this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade working in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the queen.

I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn’t reading about people and the places they lived, I created my own characters and adventures. Finally, I started putting a pen to paper and allowing my characters to come to life. When I don’t have a pen in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head. When I don’t have a pen in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head.

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JacquelynAyresAuthor/

Twitter @jacquelynayres


Sapphire Knight is the International Bestselling Author of Secrets, Exposed, Relinquish, Corrupted, Forsaken Control, Unwanted Sacrifices, Friction, Unexpected Forfeit, Russian Roulette, Princess and 1st Time Love. The series are called Russkaya Mafiya, Oath Keepers MC, Ground and Pound, and Dirty Down South.
Her books all reflect on what she loves to read herself.
Sapphire’s a Texas girl who is crazy about football. She’s always had a knack for writing, whether it is poems or stories. She originally studied psychology and believes that it’s added to her passion for writing.
Sapphire is the proud mom of two boys and has been married for twelve years. When she’s not busy in her writing cave, she’s playing with her three Doberman Pinschers. She loves to donate to help animals and watch a good action movie.

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSapphireKnight/

Twitter @sapphireknight3


M N Forgy is a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. She started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author-MN-Forgy-625362330873655/

Twitter @M_N_FORGY


MJ Carnal

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, MJ Carnal, is an Ohio native who has settled down in the state of South Carolina. The daughter of a poet, she spends her time writing everything from romance novels to children’s books. When she isn’t writing, you can find her watching reruns on Netflix, Singing karaoke for anyone who will listen, spending every possible second with her daughter, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She has a small obsession with all things Winchester and Supernatural, Sour Patch Kids and So You Think You Can Dance.

She loves to hear from fans, fellow writers and book lovers. Find her online at www.facebook.com/mjcarnalauthor or on Twitter @mjcarnalauthor.


Lexi Buchanan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance. When not writing stories that’ll make you sob, sin, or melt your panties, you’ll find her sitting in the sunshine or yelling at the cat to put the hamster down!

Please sign up for my newsletter to keep up to date with all my books.

www.lexibuchanan.net

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lexibuchananauthor/

Twitter @AuthorLexi


Hilary Storm is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Rebel Walking Series, Bryant Brother’s Series, Six, and a co-author of the novel Seven, the Elite Forces Series and the Alphachat.com Series. She lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. Sign up for her newsletter here: http://www.hilarystormwrites.com

Social Links

Webpage: http://www.hilarystormwrites.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123141.Hilary_Storm?from_search=true

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HilaryStormAuthor/

Twitter @hilary_storm


Eva LeNoir grew up travelling with her parents to various countries in the world. Reading was her constant companion during her travels and her ability to adapt to different cultures fed her mind with endless possibilities. The characters swimming in her head are always from various horizons with a multitude of dreams and aspirations however they always have one thing in common: The women are strong and independent. A true believer in the female cause, Eva’s wish is to portray the women in her books as the leaders. She sees them walking hand in hand with their partners and not be the sheepish followers of the male gender. But most of all, Eva LeNoir wants to offer her readers a moment of pleasure as they dive into the world of her mind’s creation.

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/evalenoirauthor/

Twitter @evalenoirauthor


E S Carter is a mum of three from the U.K.
She is a stay-at-home mum and a part-time advocate for families of children with special needs.
Her life is pretty manic, and she often gets asked, “How do you find the time to write?”
The answer is simple; she never sleeps, but not from lack of trying.
Reading and writing are her therapy, her solace and often the one thing that gets her through the long nights. (That and copious amounts of caffeine and sugar!)
She loves to connect with readers, so please feel free to friend/follow her on Facebook, IG and Twitter or join her reader’s group, E’s Elite ❤

Goodreads https://goo.gl/2b0fDE

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/escarterauthor/

Twitter @escarterauthor


Willow Winters

I’m so happy to be a #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. My dark romance novel Broken reached #10 on the US Amazon Kindle Bestseller list and my cowritten bad boy next door novel, Inked reached #9 in fall of 2016. I’m so grateful and honored!

I like my action hot and my bad boys hotter. And I don’t hold back on either one in my writing. Be the first to read my new releases and get my sexy, possessive bad boys FREE by joining my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/b2izzf

Reading order for the Valetti Crime Family Series:

Dirty Dom
His Hostage
Good Girl
Bad Girl
Bad Boy

Standalone Novels

Broken: A Dark Romance
Shattered: A Dark Romance (coming soon)

CoWritten Novels with Lauren Landish

Inked: A Bad Boy Next Door Romance
Tempted: A Bad Boy Next Door Romance

Author Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWillowWinters/

Twitter @willowwintersbb


A J Harmon

AJ was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, and currently resides in the United States. She has been married to the love of her life for over 30 years and has two grown children, and a dog named Max. She is an avid reader, writer and wannabe chef.

Romance author AJ Harmon published her first romance novel “First Class to New York” after accepting a challenge from a friend to write a book. She self-published the book on November 17, 2012 in Amazon’s Kindle eBook store as a contemporary romance.

“I just write about what I like to read as a romance novel enthusiast myself,” stated Harmon in a press release. It must be working as readers from around the world have downloaded thousands and thousands of her books and left rave reviews across the internet.

AJ Harmon’s ‘First Class’ romance series is available in paperback on Amazon and for digital eBook download from the Kindle store. She has released nine of the books in this series of contemporary love stories, including a boxed set that includes a bonus novella and has been ranked #1 in Top-rated Collections. Sky Romance Novels currently has three books available for purchase, San Diego and Las Vegas, and Chicago. AJ also has standalone novels and novellas available for her readers.

You can follow AJ Harmon on her website, www.ajharmon.com, GoodReads, Facebook, www.facebook.com/authorAJHarmon, Twitter @1stClassNovels, and YouTube.

Twitter @authorAJHarmon

THANK YOU!!

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Second Advent – Snowy Stockholm and Rune

Brunnsviken in winter. Photo: Tord Malmgren

Brunnsviken in winter. Photo: Tord Malmgren

As I write today’s post, the view outside my window is one of pale gray sky and snowy sidewalks. On Friday we had our first proper snowfall of the winter. We Stockholmers were beginning to wonder if there would be any snow before Christmas–and it was getting a bit depressing, the dullness of the winter darkness, the heavy sleep feeling that settles upon you and makes you feel perpetually tired. You need snow to break it up and remind you that Christmas is just around the corner.

Today it’s around -7C (that’s 19.4F) and it looks like we’re going to get more snow soon. It makes me think about Rune, the homeless man I often see on my way to work. Sometimes I am late in the morning because I want to make sure he has had something warm to drink or I check on him and see if he has enough warm winter clothing. Last year, I gave him some winter gloves, a hat, an old fleece jacket of Tord’s that was still in good condition but that he no longer wanted. Rune was so happy. He said he had looked for similar items at the shelter where he stays when it’s too cold to be outside but they didn’t have any that would fit him. A few days later, he looked devastated. Someone had stolen the winter gear I’d given him. “It’s what happens at the shelters,” he said. “Someone sees you have more than them, and they take it because they are angry and desperate.” I was surprised he didn’t begrudge the people who stole from him. He said he’d been homeless long enough to understand why they do it.

So how do I know Rune? Well,  I see him when I am on my way to work. He is often standing outside Åhléns City, selling Situation Stockholm, a magazine features articles about Stockholm, the situation of those in need, etc. Many homeless people in Stockholm sell it and I always buy an issue from Rune. Sometimes I buy several issues. I do it because I want to help him in his struggle to find a place to live. Rune is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He is always more concerned about others. He is always polite, even to the people who walk past him and make rude remarks. On the day my father died, Rune saw how unhappy I was and his kind words and his compassion lifted my spirits.

You’ll know Rune if you see him. He looks exactly like Santa Claus. Or, at least, *I* think he looks like Santa Claus. You’ll recognise him as soon as you see him. So if you’re in Stockholm and you happen to see a man selling Situation Stockholm and he reminds you of all your childhood dreams of Santa, then that’s Rune–buy a Situation Stockholm from him and, if it’s cold, ask him if he’d like a hot chocolate. But don’t just buy the magazine from Rune. There are hundreds of other Situation Stockholm salespeople out there who want to find homes, who want to get off the streets and restart their lives. So buy your copies from them as well.

My goals for 2014 are: once my new novel is ready, buy advertising space in Situation Stockholm to help support this cause and donate money to Stockholms Stadsmission. I also want to be more active in helping, so I am going to figure out something I can do to make more of a difference.

I hope Rune has a warm place to sleep tonight. I worry about him when the temperatures begin to dip. Tomorrow, I will keep an eye out for him. I always do.

 

Stockholmers, buy a Christmas tree and support Stockholms Stadsmission

mission treeI already told you about my mission for the month of December–to donate all the profits from December sales of Linger: a short story and The Melanie Chronicles to Stockholms Stadsmission. Now I’ve found out that those of us in the Stockholm area can buy Christmas trees in Kungsträdgården and help support the mission at the same time. I think this is a great way to support Stockholms Stadsmisison‘s endeavors in helping the homeless, substance abusers, and at-risk women and children.

If you purchase a “typical” Swedish tree, 135 kronor will be donated to Stockholms Stadsmission. If you splurge and get the King Spruce, 185 kronor will go to the mission. Stockholmers can even order their tree online from hemgran.se and have the tree delivered to their door. But then the amount that goes to the mission is 50 or 95 kronor, depending on which type of tree you order.

For more information, click here. Note: this information is in Swedish only but you can use the translate plug-in on the website to see the info in English.

For those of you who don’t live in Sweden, I hope you’ll do something to support your local charities this holiday season. Donate old clothing that’s still in good condition to the Salvation Army or a homeless shelter. Help out at a soup kitchen or food bank. Volunteer at a senior citizen center. Volunteer at your local library and start a story hour for kids or offer to be a homework helper.

Remember the message of this season: It’s better to give than to receive. And giving doesn’t have to cost a dime.

By the way: I’m near done reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so later I’ll be posting a review of it and Santa Maybe by Scarlett Bailey, whom I interviewed for the blog last Christmas.

Might be time to check in with Scarlett again and see what she’s got planned for Christmas.

Happy First Advent!

Post-Nanowrimo Update: Last three chapters online

That's me! :)

That’s me! 🙂

Now that Nanowrimo is over, I can do useless things like watch TV and do laundry (actually, I managed to do both of these things while I was doing my Nanowriting). It also means I can start my Christmas Movie Bonanza–the annual event when Tord and I overload on our favorite Christmas movies like Elf, the Holiday, Surviving Christmas, the Preacher’s Wife and Love, Actually. And we drink glögg (Swedish for mulled wine).

Now, for those of you who’ve been following Laney, Mads & Niklas’s story, you can now read the last three chapters of Maybe Baby. Please remember it’s still really, really rough. And there are still plot holes–already thinking of ways to correct them. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story. It’ll  be online until the end of the month. After that, I’ll start a new page to keep you updated on the revision status of Maybe Baby and when I hope to make it available.

Also, this month, I’m trying to raise money to donate to Stockholms Stadsmision, an organization here in Stockholm that helps women and children in need, the homeless, and substance abusers who are trying to recover. If you buy a copy of  The Melanie Chronicles (ebook or print version) or Linger: a short story (Kindle-only), all the profits for the month of December will be donated to the mission.

Happy First Advent! 🙂