Monday, August 23, 2010

Skip a Starbuck's Day + an early Countdown To THE LOST SAINT Contest


Hey all-

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:

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!


Unknown said...

You gotta love all this support for each other - I love this community...
((HUGS)) I am praying, and donated - I would be humbled to be entered to win a Lost Saint ARC! Thank you! :)

Danielle Ellison said...

I love this cause! I REALLY hope that Johanna gets to come home. I donated $10 and promoted on the blog and on twitter.

Lo Hughes said...


I donated $5 and promoted the contest on twitter

C.J. Redwine said...

Thank you so much for doing this!! *hugs*

Jill said...

Hi Bree, I donated $5 and promoted the contest on twitter. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Happily donated $5, and promoted on twitter and my blog ;)

Put me down for 2 entrys!

Karen aka CurvyAmazon

Sarah N Fisk said...

i'm so happy to see so many people supporting this!

I donated $5 and I tweeted (, so that's two entries for me.

Email: sarah.n.fisk(at)gmail(dot)com

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

Email sent!

Anonymous said...

What an AWESOME giveaway!!! I donated and promoted, so 21 entries.

Oh, and The Lost Saint cover? Simply beautiful.

Caitlin said...

This is such a great cause to support! I donated ($20) and just sent it in the mail.

I also blogged and tweeted about it!

So my total: +6


Jami Gold said...

I love this support for CJ and her family. Thanks for doing this, Bree!

I donated $25 and tweeted and FB'ed. (I think that's 6 entries? Math? You want me to do math? ;) )

Candace said...

I donated $10=2
and promoted. One of the ways was posting on my blog.

So a total of 3.


Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed at how supportive and HUGE the book blogger community is! I'm glad everyone is getting together to help this amazing cause! Thanks for the awesome contest :)

I donated $20.
Blog post--

5 entries!

Unknown said...

Donated $12.00 and promoted on twitter, my blog and facebook.!/intensewhisper?v=wall&story_fbid=125529787494844&ref=mf

So is that 5?
robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Aimee Bartis said...

I donated $15 so that's 5 entries.
I also tweeted about the fundraiser.
So, 4 entries.
aimeebartis (at) gmail (dot) com

Lisa Potts said...

Happy to donate! Thanks for the contest.

Donated $5.00 and tweeted (2 entries)


Scorpio M. said...

I donated $10 & Tweeted:

3 entries

jenma76 at hotmail dot com

Ben Langhinrichs said...

I donated $25 and blogged about the contest at
(and tweeted), so I guess that makes 6 entries

Jade said...

I donated $10 and tweeted about it:

That's 3 entries.

Thanks for offering up such an awesome prize.


Misha said...

+1 For donating

+1 promoting

Total 2
Please enter me for the contest if its international

Angela Hoffman said...

What a wonderful way to help a friend and their future child! My spouse and I plan to adopt one day, so I can sympathize greatly. I donated $20, so I believe that's FOUR entries.

ahoffman1979 at gmail dot com

Jena said...

Wonder cause! I defiantly donated $10.00 ! I hope they reach their goal :)

I also tweeted it:

So that's 3 entries for me! Thank you for being an awesome author and helping the cause :)


Ishta Mercurio said...

It's so great to see so many posts about this great cause.

I donated $10 with hubby's and my joint PayPal account, and blogged about it at

Thanks for doing your part!
-Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth
ishtamerc (at) gmail (dot) com

Val said...

I hope they raise enough money. I donated $5.

Thanks for this awesome opporunity as well.

truthbetold004 at gmail dot com

Val said...

I also sent a tweet
RE and blogged

Ellz said...

What a great cause. I donated $10 and tweeted.


Overlook Building said...

I donated $40 for 8 enteries and I promoted on twitter

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Flippin' Fabulous said...

Awesome cause.

I donated $5.00 + posted about it in my blog-
It's in the right hand column

SO that's two entries for me!

beedee said...

Wooh.. cool.. e-mailing you.. :)

nikki brandyberry said...

I donated $5 and promoted on twitter, facebook and my blog. I think thats 2 entries?

Jessy said...

I hope they bring Johanna home. It's a shame they have had to wait so long to see their daughter.

Donated $5


findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Valerie Kemp said...

I donated $10 and promoted on my blog at

So that's +3 entries!

It's so awesome that you're doing this!

Sara Kankowski DeSabato said...

I donated $20 and I blogged about it at, for a total of 5 entries. It's so wonderful that the blogging community is able toe rally in this way!

Unknown said...

I donated $10 and tweeted it for a total of 3 entries.

I'm so glad I am able to help. It's great to see so many others helping out as well.

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

I donated 5$ and blogged about it here:


Becky B. @ Bibliognome said...

Donated $5 and tweeted

so 2 entries :)

Lulu said...

I donated. Such a great cause!

2 entries.


Katie said...

Such a great contest! And it's for something worthwhile! Love it :)

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

What a wonderful and beautiful cause! I love CJ's blog and am thrilled that they are close to bringing Johanna home! Thank you Bree for not only having a great contest, but more for being such an outstanding person and helping a friend!

$5 +1
Blog Post Promotion +1

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Fedora said...

Donated $50 towards bringing CJ's baby girl home! Thanks for helping us help them!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Fedora said...

Donated $50 towards bringing CJ's baby girl home! Thanks for helping us help them!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Oh & my donation is under our paypal account (which has the hubby's name: M.Barr) forgot to mention that!

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Taffy said...

This has been a great event to particapte.
I've earned 3 pts!