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Friday, May 16, 2014


Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament. Learn more about Lauren and her books at her website. 

When you make the decision to have a child, your first thought isn’t often about what could go wrong. The fact of the matter is, however, that you roll the dice every time you mix that cup of genetic soup… and sometimes that soup comes flavored with Type 1 Diabetes.

My son Benjamin was diagnosed with this disease at just two years of age. I was, for lack of a better word, absolutely dumbfounded. Not only had we thought that we’d had a perfectly healthy child, but even weirder than that, I’d been a volunteer with my friend Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research for several years. She was the one who told me to take him to hospital. With no history of diabetes in our family, I thought, what are the odds?

But that’s exactly the point. It can happen to anyone. It can happen to you. And while yes, at least diabetes is treatable, it’s still a scary, scary thing to live with, especially as a parent. There is nothing that will prepare you for a life of counting carbs, sticking needles into your sweet child’s flesh, dealing with hypoglycemia, and being the meanie that says your toddler can’t have the grape juice at his preschool’s Mother’s Day tea party.

This is why I’m so glad that some force in the universe led Brenda Novak into my life. Though once I was only vaguely aware of diabetes at all, I now, like Brenda, desperately want a cure. While I have volunteered with the auction in the past, this year she gave me an opportunity to make a bigger difference by helping to put the A Sweet Life boxed set together. This set features fourteen—that’s right, FOURTEEN—full books from New York Times bestselling authors. It’s available for only $2.99. And it’s only available until the end of May.

Why should you go buy this set RIGHT NOW? Apart from the fact that all proceeds (every penny) go straight to the Diabetes Research Institute through Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research, if you wait until it’s gone, you can expect to pay over $50 to get all of these books onto your e-reader. So basically… if you like contemporary romance, why wouldn’t you?

A Sweet Life
Featuring a foreword by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber.

1500 pages/ 675,000 words

I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre (The Sullivans)
The only woman wealthy Irish pub owner Jake McCann wants is the one he can't have--Sophie Sullivan, his best friend's off limits sister. But when the beautiful librarian appears on his doorstep as his every fantasy come to life, even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn't the right thing to do...how can he possibly resist?

On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy (Callways #1)
From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes the first book about the Callaways, a big Irish family born to serve and protect, many as San Francisco firefighters.

May Day! by Heather Graham
Members of the Krewe of Hunters team plan a relaxing vacation to jolly old London for the English celebration--they never figured that a May Pole just might be murder.

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia Kent
When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men's room of one of his stores, it's love at first flush.

Built to Last by Susan Mallery
The tale of Aaron Cross, a man who doesn't know he needs saving...until he meets Marissa Spencer, a heroine inspired by the real life founder of the Motheread/ Fatheread Literacy Program.

A Baby of Her Own by Brenda Novak
Delaney is tired of waiting for the right man--all she wants is a baby. After seducing a handsome stranger, she returns to Dundee to find that same man is actually taking up residence on a ranch just outside of town--where he will very likely realize she's expecting.

Dare to Love by Carly Phillips
In relationships, Ian Dare offers the bare minimum--until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor changes his perspective. Their affair heats up and love comes into play, but Riley's secret past just might cost them everything.

Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst
When Chandler Santell turns to Logan Grant, the most ruthless CEO in the finance industry to save her beloved Yoga and Arts Center, she never intended to have seduction as part of the plan...

In Too Deep by RaeAnne Thayne
Though fiercely drawn to the comfort of Andrea McPhee's arms, Will Tanner isn't sure he can find room for a woman like her in a life focused on vengeance--until he discovers she has secrets of her own.

Every Girl Does It by Rachel Van Dyken
Amanda gets a flash from the past when the nerdy kid she rejected in high school suddenly reappears in her life...dead sexy, he's all man and he wants her.

Homecoming Season by Susan Wiggs
Miranda Sweeney and her family find hope and healing while spending an autumn at Willow Lake after Miranda survives breast cancer. Inspired by the founder of Cottage Dreams.

Unspoken by Lauren Hawkeye
Once, Ellie Kendrick was the only thing that Dominic Gabriel wanted. Now she's back and her version of what happened between them so long ago makes him question everything he knows about himself.

Sweet Memories by Steena Holmes
Thinking her marriage is over, Tessa is shocked to fall into the arms of her husband... literally. What's a girl to do when her heart still goes pitter-patter for a man who ran out on her once but comes back determined to take another chance?

Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
Jilted at the altar, Jenny Wright is devastated that bull riding champ Colton Thorpe witnesses her shame, but tough sexy Colton is a man who knows what he wants... and he wants Jenny.

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1 comment:

Angela Adams said...

So many talented authors in this collection! Thanks for the post!!