Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gift Giving At Christmas ~ Helping others

A couple years ago, once the gift giving became nothing more than exchanging gift cards, our family stopped exchanging gifts at Christmas and began donating to local shelters and associations of our choice. I don't say charity because I don't look at it as charity. We've been blessed with a healthy family and truly have what we need to be happy, so we knew it was time to give to others who might need a little help.  There may come a day we're that family, but for now, we are happy to help where we can. 

My book Dragonfly Dreams is a story all about the true Spirit of Christmas and in that spirit, I'm donating all my author profits from this book for the month of December to family friends who can use a little help.

Let me introduce you to the White Family, and share what they're going through in Becky's own words.

Becky, Bob, Kayden, Karder, and Kamden

The onset of Lyme Disease has changed our lives dramatically. I never knew very much about Lyme Disease until my family was diagnosed with it. What has Lyme Disease done to our lives??  Some of our daily symptoms due to Lyme consist of; migraines, anxiety, dizziness, blurred vision, joint pain, sensitivity to light, fatigue, heart palpitations, jaw pain, burning in extremities and so on..

Lyme Disease has not only affected our family physically, it has affected us financially as well. Lyme Disease needs aggressive, ongoing treatment. The majority of Lyme treatment and testing for Lyme Disease is expensive and not covered by insurance.

We as a family are daily trying to educate ourselves on Lyme Disease. If it hadn't been for our own research, we might not have ever figured out what was wrong with us. Our Hopes and Dreams from this point on are to not only be a healthy, energetic family again, but to also educate others about this horrible disease.

Thank you to Bob and Becky for helping to spread the word about this disease. You will help others to a more speedy diagnosis, and hopefully soon your family will be healthy again! I can't imagine my kids having to deal with those symptoms and how helpless I'd feel not being able to relieve their pain.

My goal is to sell 250 copies of Dragonfly Dreams, which would allow me to donate $500.  I can't do this alone and need your help!

So I’m asking you to:
1. Please pick up a copy of Dragonfly Dreams for just $2.99. I know it's an over-used cliche, but that's less than a large latte at the local coffee shop, or a Big Mac, or you get the picture...

2. Know someone with a Kindle, Nook or a smart phone?  Gift them a copy via Amazon or Barnes and Noble using the button "Give as a Gift" under the buy button on the websites.

3. Please spread the word via email to any of your friends who might do the same, and post on your blog, FB, Twitter, Goodreads, ect.

All we need is 250 people to buy just one copy!  That's nothing when you think about how many readers are out there!  I have a running tab on the top right side of my blog so everyone can see where we're at for the month. 

Don't have an ereader? You can still help!

Even if you don’t have an ereader, you can still read the book on your computer, Smart phone, or tablet. Amazon Kindle and BN Nook have free PC applications that can be downloaded on the computer and other devices so you can read ebooks. Smashwords has the PDF file that also can be read directly on your computer.

So, what's the book about, you ask??  Here's the blurb. 

Can a family connection to the ill-fated Titanic bring new hope to sinking dreams?
With his antique shop on the brink of bankruptcy, Jake Coburn knows he shouldn’t buy costume jewelry at a price that won’t turn a profit.  Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to say no to Loral Evan’s since the first time she entered his shop.
Desperation is what drives Loral Evans to sell precious family heirlooms, but Jake’s offer of one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch she knows is fake stings her pride.  If only she could afford to walk away from the handsome antique dealer.
During a season of giving, Loral learns there’s a big difference between pride and dignity, and Jake’s determination to do the right thing brings rewards beyond what either of them ever dreamed of.

Got Romance Holiday Reviews ~ 5 Stars ~ “I sincerely adored this story. Dragonfly Dreams smacks of Gift of the Magi while remaining original, heartwarming, and honestly lovely. Dragonfly Dreams sucked me in and held me from start to finish. Jake is sweet, kind, and noble – everything a true romantic hero should be. Loral, on the other hand, is tough yet vulnerable and adorable – the perfect heroine. I give this the highest rank because I would read it again and again.” ~ Becca

Where can you get the book?? Click a link...

(Smashwords offers the ebook in formats for Kobo, Sony, iBooks, and other devices.)

Also, if the title sounds familiar to some of you, yes this is the same Christmas novella I released four years ago with TWRP. (Nominated at LASR for Best Short eBook 2007)  I’ve re-edited, added an epilogue, and had a beautiful new cover designed.  A second read might just be worth it and you can help out at the same time.

On the other hand, I also realize that times are tough for everyone, so at the very least, some “Likes” and tags on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble would be greatly appreciated, too. What does that do?  It increases the book's visibility so hopefully more readers can find it online and purchase a copy.

Lastly, I ask you to keep the White's and their extended family ~ my cousin Jimmy, my aunt, uncle, and other cousins in the Tiemann Family ~ in your prayers for hope and comfort.

If you have someone you would like added to our prayers, leave a comment with their name. We may not know each other, but additional people praying loved one's names is always a good thing.

Thank you all very much for your help and Merry Christmas!

Stacey Joy Netzel

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