Welcome Indie Author Jan Hawke

   Wow…day three of the #RRBC Bethany Turner “Pay It Forward” week already! While most of us in the Indie Author world spend a lot of time promoting other people’s work as well as our own, Bethany had the idea to spend this week spotlighting one different author – and only that author – each day, on all of our social media platforms. There is no self-promotion this week, but while we are focused on the day’s assigned author, someone else is busily promoting us. What a great way to introduce others, and in turn be introduced, to new audiences who might be interested in the work that we do.  This experience, very simple in concept and execution, has been so much fun for me. I can’t wait for the next go-round.

   Today I have the honor and pleasure of hosting fellow #RRBC member, Jan Hawke. Jan is the incredibly talented author of Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey, which twines around a single day, in an unremarkable border village that snuffs out the lives of four people and shatters many others, only to draw the survivors back to a different time and, perhaps, a hope of atonement and peace. Step out on the journey and discover an Africa that could have been, is and might one day come to be.

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Two Great Reviews

 If you are looking for a book filled with fast-paced action and adventure on an African safari, this is not the book for you. Although it has all of those things, and beautifully written descriptions of the land and wildlife of Africa, the book is more more thought-provoking. It is a story about the tragedies individuals and nations have suffered. It is a story of genocide, personal loss, despair, grief, acceptance, and forgiveness. You learn about the killing of a nun and Brit from the perspective of all parties involved and how this tragic event affected each of them and those they came in contact with. Don’t expect to read this book quickly; it is one you need to contemplate as you go.

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 Dr. Sophie Taylor, a British physician and psychotherapist, has taken a job at a UN-sponsored refugee community in central Africa. Before reporting for work, as a favor to her sister she accompanies a group of filmmakers on a guided safari. During this period she meets an attractive wildlife veterinarian who finds her equally attractive. The couple begins a serious love affair, the veterinarian applies for and gets employment with Sophie’s employer, and before long the two become involved in an emergency rescue effort following an earthquake, complicated by a search for a group of elephant poachers.

This, in essence, is the plot of the story presented in “Milele Safari.” Yet the story is much deeper and very much darker than such a plot summary suggests.

For this is not Sophie’s first trip to Africa, nor her first love affair. And – like the areas she visits now, and like the characters she meets – she is haunted by the tragic events of her earlier experience, which coincided with a widespread genocide.
“Milele Safari” is not in any sense an easy read. It moves steadily from present to past to present again, from the journals and memories of one character to those of another and another. It circles, always, around inexplicable hatreds and unremitting guilt. It does not shrink at shocking truths. At the same time, it never gives way to despair. If you are looking for a conventional thriller, or for a simplistic inspirational “message,” you won’t find either here.

What you WILL find is a hard look at the complexities of the human spirit, told in terms of modern Africa but pertinent to what has happened and is happening everywhere else in the world. And you’ll find characters, situations, and places that will stay with you for a long time.

By M. Thornburgon

 

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 Contact Information:

Website:  https://janhawke.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @JanHawke

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#RRBC’s “Pay It Forward Week” Day Two

   Welcome to the second day of RRBC’s “Bethany Turner Pay It Forward” week. Each day I will introduce you to another amazing Indie author, and hopefully you’ll follow them on Twitter, LIKE them on Facebook, and visit their websites. It’s an awesome way to learn about some authors and books that you might otherwise never discover. Today, I have the pleasure of spotlighting Lizzie Chantree

 About Lizzie

Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.

Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators.

Lizzie lives in Essex, with her gorgeous family and a very unusual dog.  In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them!), she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel and she is currently working on her second.

 Lizzie’s Inspiration

 “I don’t know if it is the same for everyone, but as a writer I’m constantly taking note of the things that are going on around me. I often scribble a record of things that inspire me and it can be something small, like an interesting stone on the beach, to something profound that someone says to another as I am walking past them in the street.


Sometimes these things can develop into an idea for a story, but every so often it is good just to sit down and enjoy finding or seeing something that makes the world seem incredible. We have so much technology at our fingertips to help us communicate with each other, but it is still the little things that mean so much.”

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 Contact Lizzie:

Website:   http://lizziechantree.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook:   Facebook.com/LizzieChantree

 

#RRBC’s “Bethany Turner Pay It Forward Week”

   I apologize for the lateness of this post, but today is #eyeneedle day, so I was up in Federal Way, getting stabbed in the face by my eye doctor, and I had to wait for my eyes to un-dilate enough to see what I was typing.

   Today I am bringing you the first of a series of posts to celebrate the very first Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Bethany Turner Pay It Forward Week.” Bethany‘s idea was to support one author each day, and not support herself or anyone else on that day. So, as part of this fantastic event, I’ll be posting about a different author for the next five days, and hopefully you will take a look at their author pages or websites, and maybe pick up a book or two.

   Today’s featured author is Carl Stevens. Here are a few words about his novel Canterbury tales in Neverland.

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   “Stevens’ fictive world is vibrant and lived-in, with a fully realized
culture and a quasi-Shakespearean diction that’s vigorous and musical without being fusty or quaint. His characters don’t mope and mourn in the ruins, but look to them for inspiration—and swag—while they seek to build their world anew. An engrossing yarn that embeds an off-kilter perspective on history in rich language and storytelling.” 

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   Read more about Carl and his work on his website: http://www.carlstevenswriter.com

Follow him on Twitter:  @carlstevenswrit

And find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carl.stevens.1069

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   Carl has several books available, and I encourage you to check them out and possibly find your next favorite read. 

If Only There Was Music…

   I am so thrilled to be hosting a stop today on  “Celebrating Poetry As Love” tour with Nonnie Jules. Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties on my end, and a power outage on hers, so this is not the perfect post that I had hoped for. However, I was able to put together a basic post, and will add snippets of the poetry as soon as Nonnie is able to send them to me. 

   I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club, of which Nonnie is the founder and President, and I have so enjoyed getting to know her over the past year or so. I have yet to meet a person who is more supportive of Indie authors and their work, and she inspires me on a continual basis. And now, please welcome Nonnie Jules.

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BOOK INTRODUCTION:  “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…”

Thank you all for allowing me to celebrate INTERNATIONAL POETRY MONTH with you by sharing excerpts from my first co-authored poetry book, “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love.  Here is a bit of the book’s introduction below:

“Ever read poetry that was so soothing, so mellow, and just so perfectly sweet, you felt it should have been a love song?  “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” is just that kind of poetry…but it’s also poetry written about forbidden love.
Back in the summer of 2014, I was approached by an up-and-coming author by the name of Giani Jordan.  Giani said that he had been following my writing for over a year and was extremely impressed.  He was reaching out to me because he wanted to collaborate on a poetry book.  Well, since I didn’t know Giani and wouldn’t attach my name or my writing with just anyone, I asked if he would send me a few samples of his work, and he did.  I was blown away by the intensity and the depth of this man’s writing, and wanted to know more about this person he clearly was in love with and was writing so fervently about.” 

In summation, Giani was in love with a woman {Christine}, who belonged to another, and to make this situation even more complicated, he, himself was also involved in a relationship.

In this piece, Christine speaks of her wonder of a love which some might question, yet, a love she and Giani are sure of.  Take a peek…

We Know

Flowers dance, roses bloom
New love grows faster in the month of June
Heat rises, water flows

There are just a few, of the things we know.

In my dream…

I held his hand, he kissed my brow
We fell in love, I don’t know how.
Eyes never seen, hands never touched

Yet the wanting and longing, still hurt so much.

How can you love, what you don’t know is real?

How can you trust, what you “think” you feel?

When you’ve never kissed, yet your lips feel so…kissed
When you’ve never laid eyes, yet your heart knows the “miss”…

If you’d like to read the balance of these particular pieces, I invite you to pick up your own copy of “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love on Amazon.  I’d also like to invite you to follow this tour in its entirety as each day, at each stop, you will find more and more of these love songs without music, and even more reasons to fall in love with your lover, and Poetry, again. If you aren’t in love when you start reading this book, you will go seeking a love afterwards.

Please visit my complete tour line-up HERE: https://t.co/KxZe66wGNw and at each stop that you leave a comment (including this one), your name will be entered that number of times, into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Thanks to my awesome host for today and thanks for stopping by, dear Guests. I hope to see you every day throughout this amazing tour to help keep Poetry alive!!!  Always remember, that Love IS Poetry…they’re truly one in/and the same.

Author Bio:

Nonnie Jules is a mom, a wife, an author and also President of Rave Reviews Book Club. Her passion is children and her advocacy lies in supporting others and encouraging others to do the same. She has authored other fine books such as: “The Good Mommies’ Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND (A Novel),” and “Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids!”

Although Poetry should be celebrated every day of the year, the month of April has been set aside specifically to lift it up , and so this is why Nonnie has embarked on this blog tour to keep it alive and bring awareness to the fact that Poetry is a great medium for release and expressions of all kinds.

PURCHASE LINKS:

THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS: www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56

DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND: www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLM2VVM

SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS: www.amazon.com/dp/B00IRIA014

BOOK TRAILER:

https://youtu.be/g2gNns8ZVFI/

CONTACT:

Twitter: @NonnieJules

Blogs:

www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

www.Nonniewrites.wordpress.com

www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

www.RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com

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4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

April 26th is almost here

   April 26th is just a few days away, so I’m doing another promo for the Wounded Warriors fundraiser that White Knight Derek Ryder and Debutante Lilith Thorne of Tacoma, WA will be hosting at the Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife, WA.

    Derek and Lilith have worked very hard to make this event a success and I’m sure that their efforts will result in a fantastic evening of fun and frolic. I am so proud I am of them and of how hard they’ve worked for this wonderful cause. If you’re reading this and live within driving distance of Fife, WA, please consider stopping by the Poodle Dog on April 26th to support Derek and Lilith’s fundraiser. There will be some top of the line entertainment, and a silent auction for some great items, including two signed photos of Ruth Buzzi that she sent specifically for this event.

   I’ve done a couple of posts on this subject, and I’ve asked you to please write a check for $1.00 and mail it in as a contribution to this fundraiser. Some of you have already done that, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Today, I’m asking the rest of you to google Wounded Warriors and take a quick look at the services they provide, and then send a dollar to add to the success of this event. I know it may seem like a lot of work to write a check and address an envelope to mail a buck, but when compared to what our wounded and disabled service members have done for us, it’s a very small thing.

   Please make your check out to ISCOTDEC, and write Wounded Warriors on the subject line. The mailing address is:

That ISCOTDEC

PO Box 488

Tacoma, WA

984401

   Granted, a dollar is not a lot of money, and if you’d like to send more it will be greatly appreciated. But those dollars will add up, and when they’re added to the money raised the night of the show, they’ll make a real difference in a Wounded Warrior’s life. Just think – your dollar, giving someone hope and helping them to rebuild a life that they might have thought was beyond repair. It’s a buck, and a little bit of your time. What a great way to spend five minutes! 

   Thank you so much for the dollars sent, and for the dollars that are on their way. $1.00 won’t change the world, but it can certainly help to change a life.

Juliette & Ryo by Peter Philipp

    The other day, I received a request to read and review a short children’s storybook entitled Juliette & Ryo, written by Peter Philipp. I found it to be a cute little tale about a brother and sister who have an adventure in dreamland, and I wrote a review, posting it on Amazon. But since the genre of children’s books is one that I’ve never dabbled in, I thought that I would ask him where this story came from. His response is below, followed by my review and the links to purchase his book. If you have small children in your life, I encourage you to purchase Juliette & Ryo. They’ll love the story, and you’ll be supporting an indie author who is helping tomorrow’s readers discover the joy of books.

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   I wrote Juliette & Ryo for a very personal reason– they are my godchildren!  In real life, they are younger than in the story.  Juliette is 3 and Ryo is almost 2.  Their parents have been good friends and lived close by in San Francisco until a change in jobs lead them to move to Pasadena.  We go down to visit them at least twice a year, but I wanted to do something special for my godchildren.  

   Then I hit on the idea of writing a children’s book featuring them in the story!  My goal is to show how siblings grow and support one another by modeling good behavior.  I also want to encourage a sense of adventure and exploration.  Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a great thing to introduce to children at a young age.  Having no kids of my own make Juliette and Ryo very special to me.  My hope is to publish a new story annually for them and share it with a growing group of friends.

   Thank you Rhani for giving me this opportunity to tell my story.  I believe we can learn from every person we meet along the way.  We just have to be willing to take the time and listen.

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 I don’t know what age this book is intended for, but I read it as though I was reading to my son when he was very young. The story is short, which makes it perfect for bedtime, and moves along well. There is adventure, which will appeal to boys, and fairies for he girls. Juliette is a strong female figure, and shows good leadership skills. My only complaint with this book, and the reason I didn’t give it a 5 star rating, is that the character of Ryo could have just as easily not been there. I would have liked to have seen more participation from him, more involvement in the story. I know he’s a young child, but every little boy I’ve ever known would have been more involved in the situation. Aside from that, it was a cute little story The illustrations were beautifully done, and would really bring the story to life for a child. I gavve Julliette & Ryo a 4 star rating.

 Juliette & Ryo can be purchased at  www.EssentialLibrary.com and on Amazon at http://t.co/ViRgajs36p

Please Welcome Liz Gavin

Today I have the pleasure of hosting a stop on Liz Gavin’s “Upside Down” blog tour. I met Liz through the Rave Reviews Book Club, and was thrilled to have a chance to participate in her tour. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this peek into her novel, Upside Down.

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Thank you AWESOME READER for visiting today and AMAZING HOST for having me in your blog!!

Did you miss any stops on the UPSIDE DOWN BLOG TOUR? Check the lineup at 4WillsPublishing site.

CAROL & MARK

I wanted to give you a taste of UPSIDE DOWN without spoilers and/or steamy scenes so I’ve chosen one of my favorite ‘light’ ones! ENJOY!

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“Hey, Carol. What’s up?”

Mark sounded positively wasted.

“Are you drunk? Where are you?”

“I’m at this nice little bar near your house. It was too hot in my place I decided to take a walk, you know. But I’m not drunk.”

“Hot? What do you mean? It’s mid-November, Mark.”

“I don’t know, Carol. I felt stifled and went out for some air. I walked around, ended up in front of your place. I knew I shouldn’t go up so I saw this little bar across the street and went in. Here I am, now.”

“When was that?”

“Oh, a couple of hours ago.”

“I’m coming down.”

“Don’t worry…”

I hung up, put a pair of jeans on, grabbed my keys and took the elevator down. I was in the bar less than five minutes later. He was sitting at the counter, staring at a glass of a golden liquid that looked like whiskey. I had never seen him drinking anything stronger than wine and it was the first time I saw Mark drunk. And he was as drunk as he could be without passing out.

I worried. Mark hated alcoholics in general. He had once told me that he hadn’t liked getting drunk even before the horrible car accident he was in. The one a drunk driver had caused, which almost got Mark killed, and had busted his knee. I was afraid our time-out had brought this on. I had fought the urge to drink half of my own cellar throughout most of the day. 

I sat beside him without saying anything. He didn’t register my presence as he stared at the cell phone in his hand. I put my hand on his arm and he took forever to look up at me. His eyes were blank and unfocused. My mouth went dry and bile filled my stomach, threatening to go up my throat. I swallowed hard to keep it down. I hated to see him like that knowing I caused his pain, in the first place.

“Mark, honey. Come with me. You’ve had enough.”

“Hey, gorgeous. That’s you!” His words were slurred. “How did you get here so fast? You were on the phone a second ago.”

He handed me his phone. I got it, got his wallet from the counter, stood up and put both in my back pockets.

“Please, come with me, sweetie. I’ll take you home.”

He stood up but staggered. I held him and we almost tumbled together to the floor. I regained my balance, put an arm around his waist, and his arm around my shoulders. I changed my mind about taking him to his place. It would be easier to take him to my apartment, if we could make it across the street!

“Do you need a hand, madam?” one of the bartenders offered. “He’s been in here, drinking, for over three hours. Non-stop. He’s in very poor shape.”

“Thank you, but I’ve got this.”

We had taken two steps away towards the exit when Mark pulled my top up and cupped my breast. I was mortified because I hadn’t had time to put a bra on, “I missed you, gorgeous.”

I swatted his hand away and pulled my top down. My face was on fire but I looked at the nice bartender begging for his help. He was beside Mark in a flash, “Come on, buddy. Leave the nice lady alone, now,” he grabbed Mark’s free arm and threw it around his own neck. “She’s got a great rack but I don’t think she wants the public to know that, right?” he winked at me and I mouthed ‘thank you’.

Mark mumbled a lot of nonsense on the way. It was hard to hear most of it but some things stood out, “You know I’d do anything for you, Carol, right?”

“Yes, I know that.”

We were crossing the street when he realized Peter, that was the name on the bartender’s vest, was carrying him, too, “Is this the guy, huh? Is this the one who’s f***ing you behind my back?”

Mark tried do take a swing at Peter but his fist hit the air, a good foot away from Peter’s face. I grabbed his hand and told him off, “Stop it! Peter’s helping us. He works at the bar and probably had to listen to you whining the whole night through. Enough!”

“Yes, Madam. Oh, I love it when you play rough, Madam.”

I kept looking ahead as we waited for the elevator and Mark mumbled some more. I was too ashamed to look at Peter. Once inside the metal box, Mark turned to me and tried to kiss me. I pulled away, “Are you angry at me, Madam? Are you going to spank me? Please, do it! Grab my ba..”

I covered his mouth with my hand.

“Please, Mark, shut up! Or I swear to God I will gag you.”

“Oh, goody!”

I rolled my eyes and heard Peter laughing.

“I’m sorry. I can’t help it. He is funny.”

Despite myself, I had to laugh, too. I saw Peter’s point. Mark and I made a very dysfunctional but rather funny couple. Still, my face was red and I could hardly look at the bartender by the time I opened my front door. He helped me settle Mark on the couch.

“Thank you so much, Peter. I’m so sorry for all your trouble. And I’m so sorry for all that garbage you heard on the way here, too,” I blushed and looked back at Mark to avoid his eyes.

“Hey, no big deal. You wouldn’t believe what I have to listen to in this line of work,” there was the charming wink and the beautiful smile again. Peter was a handsome man and his sunny disposition put me at ease,“But, he talked about you all the while he sat on that bar stool. I really feel like I know you and Mark.”

“What did he say to you?”

“Don’t worry. No specifics. Well, not until we carried him here, at least.”

“Oh, my!” I blushed again and Peter chuckled.

“You know, it’s a bartender’s job to listen to the clients’ crap. Although, in Mark’s case, it was a very nice conversation. You should give the guy a break. He’s head over hills in love with you. That’s something you don’t see very often.”

I sighed and looked back at Mark snoring on my couch. He was a sweet guy.

“Yeah, you’re right. I’ll thread carefully. I don’t want to hurt him more than I already have.”

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Please, leave your thoughts below before you go!!

 

Author Bio

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When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade – just a couple of years ago, really – her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

 

Contact Information

My blog =  https://lizgavin.wordpress.com

Twitter handle =  @LizGavin_author

Facebook = www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54

Email = lizgavin@elessarbooks.com

 

Book Blurb

Carol Anne Sullivan is a tough New York stock broker. She’s suffered enough in order to learn a hard lesson – never let love spoil her relationships. Her boyfriends know that rule from the start. She’s domineering and assertive but also faithful and fair while the relationship lasts.

Mark Aikens is Carol’s boyfriend. He’s been in love with her for a while but his submissive side hasn’t allowed him to rebel against her golden rule and to tell her how he feels. Fear of losing her forever might spur him into action.

Cindy O’Rourke has admired Carol from afar. So, she jumps at the opportunity to work for her idol. Little does she know, things will never be the same for her after that job interview

Carol has been going through a rough patch: world economical crisis, dysfunctional parents, demanding clients, faulty equipment. Without much time for herself, her love life is suffering. So what is the big deal if she fantasizes about a new employee when her boyfriend, Mark, can’t give her what she needs? The big deal is – the new receptionist, Cindy, is a woman who threatens to turn her world upside down

This is the steamy tale of an unconventional love triangle which should be read with an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes, love comes to our lives in unexpected ways but with such overwhelming power that the best course of action might be to surrender to it.

Book link on Amazon US = http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IFMMJY0

Book link on Amazon UK = http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IFMMJY0

 

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4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

April 25th is getting closer.

   Today’s post is (no surprise) another plug for the Wounded Warriors fundraiser that White Knight Derek Ryder and Debutante Lilith Thorne of Tacoma, WA will be hosting on April 25th at the Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife, WA.

    Derek and Lilith have put forth a great deal of effort to make this a festive event, and I’m sure that the night will be a huge success. I can’t tell you how proud I am of them and of how hard they’ve worked for this wonderful cause.

   Because I so strongly support what they’re doing, I want to do what I can to help. Therefore, I’m asking everyone who reads this to write a check for $1.00 and put it in the mail in the next day or two. I know it may seem worky to write a check for a buck but when compared to what our wounded and disabled service members have done for us, it’s a very small thing.

   Please make your check out to ISCOTDEC, and write Wounded Warriors on the subject line. The mailing address is:

ISCOTDEC

PO Box 488

Tacoma, WA

984401

   Granted, a dollar is not a lot of money, and if you’d like to send more it will be greatly appreciated. But those dollars will add up, and when they’re added to the money that’s raised the night of the show, they’ll make a real difference in a Wounded Warrior’s life. Just think – your dollar, giving someone hope and helping them to rebuild a life that maybe they thought was beyond repair. It’s a buck, and a few minutes of your time. Am I asking too much? 

 

Please Be A Candle

I’m going to be a bit shameless in today’s post, but I have a good reason. A very good reason. I mentioned last Sunday that two friends of mine who belong to a 501c3 non-profit  fundraising organization are going to be holding an event to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Foundation on April 25, 2015 at the Poodle Dog restaurant in lovely Fife, WA. It’s going to be a festive event, for a GREAT cause, and the kids have really put their hearts into making it the best it can be. Which is why I’m asking for your help. One candle can bring some light to a darkened room, but many candles shining as one can push that darkness back so far that it’s as if it never was. Today, I’m asking you to be a candle. Hopefully, one of many.

  Wounded Warriors is an organization that gives assistance to wounded service members and their families. Their mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors ad they do this through benefits counseling, peer mentoring, family support, and caregiver retreats, to name just a few of the ways that they help wounded servicemen and women.

   What I’m asking of you is to take a minute and write a check for $1.00 and throw it in the mail. Please feel free to send more, but I’m only asking for a buck. If even half of you do this, those dollars will add up quickly and give a nice boost to the funds raised at the show.

  Please be a candle and give your support to White Knight Derek Ryder, Debutante Lilith Thorne, and the Wounded Warrior Foundation by mailing a check for $1.00 to

 ISCOTDEC

PO Box 488

Tacoma, WA

98401

    Please make the check out to ISCOTDEC, and put Wounded Warriors on the subject line. I’ll give an update in the next couple of weeks, telling you how the show went and how much money was raised. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who have given so much for us.

 

 

 

          

Ruth Buzzi comes through!

I had originally posted this to my Facebook page, and then decided to put it on my blog in hopes of reaching a few more people and possibly helping to raise a few more bucks.

   Let me start by saying that I belong to a 501c3 fundraising organization that raises money for many different charities through a variety of different events. These events are generally hosted by one or more elected or appointed titleholders, and the monies are raised by pretty much any means that sound fun. Later this month, two titleholders will be holding a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. If you can attend the event, please stop by and see some great entertainment while helping to raise money for this great cause. If not, please consider making a small donation to the event by sending a check or money order to:

ISCOTDEC

PO Box 488

Tacoma, WA

98401

    Please make the check or money order out to ISCOTDEC, and put Wounded Warrior Foundation on the subject line. Even a dollar or two will help. Together, we can make a difference in an injured service member’s life.

 

– Ruth Buzzi comes through –

    I got a GREAT surprise in the mail yesterday! I had asked Ruth Buzzi (of “Laugh-In” fame), if she would be kind enough to send an autographed picture that would be auctioned off at the White Knight/Debutante Wounded Warriors fundraiser, to be held at the Poodle Dog in Fife, WA on April 25th. She said she would be happy to do so, & would mail the picture off. This made my day because I had asked a couple of other celebrities to do the same, with no response. When the envelope arrived, I saw that she had actually sent TWO signed color photos, (One from her Laugh-In days & one more recent), and a short note saying how happy she was to help. What a class act she is! I’ve adored her for decades, & this is why. She is such a genuine, down to earth, person with a heart as big as her beloved Texas. If you live anywhere near Fife, and if you are also a fan, please come down to the Poodle Dog on the 25th, support the Wounded Warrior fundraiser, & bid on Miss Buzzi’s pictures.