I'm kicking off this month's Countdown To THE LOST SAINT Contest a little early this month in order to help a good cause.
My blogger friend C.J. Redwine has asked for my assistance in helping her family bring their adopted daughter, Johanna Faith, home from China. They've been waiting for five years to be assigned a child (a process that was only supposed to take 6-8 months) because of bureaucratic red tape and many changes in rules and policies. Unfortunately they've had to pay their adoption fees many times over in order to keep their application active over all this time. And now that Johanna is finally allowed to come home to the Redwine family, their nest egg of money they've been saving for this occasion has dwindled to almost nothing.
They've only got a few weeks to raise the $8,000 needed to finalize the adoption and pay to bring Johanna home--and that's where the rest of can pitch in a help out.
C.J. is hosting SKIP A STARBUCKS DAY in which a bunch of us bloggers and authors are asking our readers to skip they're daily (or weekly) indulgence (such as a trip to Starbucks. Or Dove Dark chocolate bars in my case.) and donate the money you would have spent to helping the Redwine's bring their little girl home.
And in return, you get entered into contests to win many fabulous donated prizes!
C.J. is hosting the GRAND PRIZE giveaway, so go visit her blog to read all about it--and get more details on her family and their struggle to adopt Johanna. Enter her contest by making a donation, and then you can go aorund to all the other bloggers who are also hosting giveaways (including me) and enter.
Here's what I'm giving away to an awesome donor:
An Egmont Paranormal Prize Pack!
That's a hardcover copy of RAISED BY WOLVES by Jenn Lynn Barnes
A hardcover copy of SIREN by Tricia Rayburn
The Egmont UK paperback edition of THE DARK DIVINE (signed)
And one of my (very few) ARCs of THE LOST SAINT (signed)
And here's how to enter:
Visit C.J.'s blog and donate money to help bring baby Johanna home.
For every $5 you donate, you are eligible for 1 entry in my contest.***
You can earn 1 additional entry by promoting Skip A Starbucks Day fundraiser. (Only 1 extra entry total though. NOT 1 per time you promote.)
Come back here and tell me how many entries you qualify for. (Example: If you donate $10 to the cause and then promote the fundraiser you get 3 entries.)
You can either leave your entry number in the comments here on this blog, or if you're more comfortable (since this involves money) you can EMAIL your number of entries to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please title your email: Skip a Starbuck's Day
The contest runs until 11:00pm CST on Wednesday, August 25th.
I will randomly draw a winner and announce it on August 28th
***Entries will be verified with C.J. Redwine's donation receipts, so please be honest!