The Least of Us

“I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40

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It’s that time of year, when the holidays are staring us in the face, along with the bombardment of Christmas commercials and displays in the stores.

I do love the holidays, but not that part. I love the music (which I was listening to in July). I love seeing the lights on the houses as we walk the dogs in the dark now (and yes, some houses in our neighborhood already have their trees in their windows).

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that since I founded Corgyn Publishing, I’ve been doing twice a year fundraisers for two charities: the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Pets of the Homeless.

So many people support food banks at the holidays that I have chosen to dedicate my winter fundraiser to Pets of the Homeless. They have collection centers at pet stores and vet offices all around the country. They help the homeless with food and veterinary care for their furry (mostly) family. These people have so little, that it’s especially devastating to them when something happens to what may well be the only family, the only source of mutual comfort they have.

I’ll be donating 100% of all of my November and December royalties to Pets of the Homeless. Please, if you’ve thought about buying any of my books (Amazon), this is a great time to do so. (This blog also has links to Ylva Publishing and Bella where most of my books can be found) If you’ve already read my books, thank you! (Books make great gifts, just sayin’)

I hope you and your family are safe and warm and fed this holiday season. But there are some people who aren’t any of those things. Please think about helping out. A direct donation to Pets of the Homeless or your local food bank would be a fantastic way to celebrate this season’s true meaning.

Pax,

Caren

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Grab Your Halo

I don’t mean the cute little oranges.

Today, I had a BookBub promo start for She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things.

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I love a lot of things about this story, and I hope new readers will love it, too! But I don’t just want them to love this story.

I’ve blogged before about the seeming weirdness of paying to give your book away for free to folks who’ve never heard of you. But that’s the point. Because they’ve never heard of me, maybe they’ll take a chance on a free book, discover they like it, and then buy my other books. Francis Guenette called it “the halo effect”, and it’s real. Book sales do blossom under its effect.

But there’s another reason to buy my other books – the ones that aren’t free. It’s time for my fall/winter fundraiser. For several years, I’ve donated all or part of my royalties spring and fall to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, with some matching donations from friends. To date, I’ve donated over $1500 to them.

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Last year, I discovered another charity, Pets of the Homeless. I researched this because one of my novels, Cast Me Gently, released October 2015, featured a homeless man with a dog. Last year, thanks to a matching donation from a friend, we were able to send a check for $700 to Pets of the Homeless.

Around the holidays, a lot of people remember food banks and food pantries. Churches host Thanksgiving dinners and make up food baskets for needy families. I know there’s never enough to go around, but they get way more help now than they do in the spring when schools are letting out for the summer.

So, I’m going to make Pets of the Homeless my fall/winter recipient again. I will donate all of my royalties from now until the end of December to Pets of the Homeless.

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(Source: people2people.com.au)

So now, grab your halo! Do something great for a terrific organization. Buy any of my books, give them as gifts (did you know you can gift e-books with just an e-mail address?), build up your To Be Read pile a bit more, and help me help homeless folks who aren’t just taking care of themselves, but a four-legged companion as well.

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(Source: Pets of the Homeless)

Pets of the Homeless helps with food donations, emergency veterinarian care and surgeries. Some of the stories are heartbreaking.

Your support is really very much appreciated.

Peace and full bellies to all.

UPDATE: For those of you who have already purchased all of my books (thank you so much!) but still want to help, you can donate directly to Pets of the Homeless HERE. They also have a list of donation sites around the country where you can drop off pet food, leashes, beds, etc.

Cast Me Gently Release and Fundraiser

I am so pleased to announce the release of my latest novel, Cast Me Gently, available exclusively through Ylva Publishing’s brand-new webstore! (CLICK HERE) This novel will be available at Amazon and Smashwords and other distributors by mid-October, but this site is really cool! It even has the capability of letting you leave reviews!

Cast Me Gently has received some wonderful pre-release reviews over on Goodreads and at Publishers Weekly.

Those of you who have followed my blog know that for the past three years, I’ve been doing summer and holiday fundraisers for my local food bank. To date, I’ve been able to donate over $1000 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, thanks to your support.

 

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I’m really excited about this book (but don’t I say that about all of them?). This novel of first love took me back to my first love, all the neurotic anxiety, the super-high highs and the super-low lows. I blogged last year about writing this novel. You can about that HERE.

Cast Me Gently features a large cast of supporting characters, including one who is a homeless man with a dog. In researching this book, I came across an organization which provides food and veterinarian assistance for homeless people with pets.

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I’ve lost pets before and the heartache is bottomless. I cannot imagine how much more heartbreaking it must be to lose a pet when it is almost all you have. This organization helps provide vaccinations as well as spaying and neutering and sick care for the animals of homeless people. So this fall, my fundraising efforts will support Pets of the Homeless.

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I will donate 50% of my October and November royalties to this cause. Purchases of any of my books from Amazon, Smashwords, Ylva and Bella Distribution will all go toward this fundraiser – paperbacks and e-books.

Together, we can do something really cool for a very worthwhile organization!

So, please, pay a visit to Ylva’s brand new website and webstore and remember to leave a review to let other readers know what you thought. Thank you so much for your support.