The Gift of Love and Gia Dawn
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jun 23 2010, 5:00 am
Sponsored by Donna MacMeans
Every year for the past three years, New York Times bestselling author, Lori Foster, has taken the lead to compile an anthology of stories with a central theme. The author proceeds from the sales of the anthology benefit a charity. This year’s book benefits a charity close to my heart, the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati www.clcgc.org. They work to educate and empower those individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other motor challenges. It’s special to me as my youngest sister attended the learning center. I can remember neighbors coming to our house to take shifts to “pattern” Mary’s muscles to teach her to crawl. Mary, born with cerebral palsy, is in her 40s now. That’s her at the bottom of the blog.
So let me say Thank you to Lori and all the contributing authors to this year’s GIFT OF LOVE. Don’t forget, if you click on the book cover, it’ll take you straight to Amazon to purchase. I’ve loaded the covers of previous charity anthologies down the blog as well in case some have slipped your attention.
My good friend, Gia Dawn, one of the contributing authors is with us today. Pl
ease welcome Gia into the lair.
We’re talking The Gift of Love Anthology featuring: (Front row): Lori Foster • Paige Cuccaro • Gia Dawn (middle) • Jules Bennett (back row)• Helen Kay Dimon • Ann Christopher • Lisa Cooke • Heidi Betts (not in photo)
Here’s a description of their stories in their own words:
FOR THE LOVE OF WENDY – I’m a big believer that everyone should be looking out for children, their own and others. It’s a responsibility that we share, and that often plays into my stories. Since the proceeds from this book are going to special needs children, I was inspired to write it into the story. At first, my hero, widower Jack, only wants a mommy for his special needs daughter. But he soon realizes only one woman will do – because he’s loved her all along.
AVA’S HAVEN -
Being part of this anthology was an amazing experience because I was able to bring to life a story that has been in my heart for a couple of years. Added to that, we’re able to hopefully touch the lives of children we will never know by donating all proceeds to the Conductive Learning Center, a special school for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. I’m honored to be in the company of such amazing authors doing selfless acts all for the sake of love.
SKIN DEEP -Being part of this anthology gave me the chance to write a story I don’t think I ever would have considered otherwise. SKIN DEEP deals with physical injury and addiction, & I suspect that fans of America’s Next Top Model will recognize where part of my inspiration came from. I hope you enjoy! And remember what Helen Keller said: “I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do” so do a good deed whenever and wherever you can!
ATTICUS GETS A MOMMY – As a mother, I understand the value of a program that provides early intervention so children can have the tools they need to succeed in school.
THE REDEMPTION OF BRODIE GRANT is a story about a woman who falls in love with a man despite the fact he’d destroyed her family’s livelihood years before. Passion, absolution, and redemption drive the story and drive our heroine into the arms of Brodie Grant. This charity holds a special meaning for me. I lost my eldest sister due to complications from Cerebral Palsy and being able to contribute in this way to a school for children with
CP and spina bifida is a blessing.
THE WOLF WATCHERS DIET is about Ella Blackwood, a young school teacher who’s always struggled with her weight. Those struggles have had an unseen affect on her body. But when she’s bitten by a werewolf and changes into one, the new wolf in her won’t let her return to human form until she’s perfectly healthy. Lucky for Ella her new pack mate happens to be fellow hunky teacher Luke Danhurst who’s wanted her as his life-mate for years. With his help Ella learns how to live happy and healthy, and to love herself in any form. I love the charity Lori chose to benefit from this anthology. Having a cousin with special needs, I know the importance of schools like The Conductive Learning Center, and I’m thrilled that I can help in their mission in some small way.
A FAIRY PRECIOUS LOVE - When Summer lost her wings to blight, she was forced to live life on the ground and to give up the love of her life, the Fairy King Wolf Moss. Now blight has touched the royal household and Summer is called in to help. Is she fated to have her heart break again, or will she be able to claim at last her Fairy Precious Love?
I think we are all looking for ways to find a deeper meaning in our lives and career, and give back as a way of offering gratitude for our own blessings. This anthology provided a way for me to do all of that…plus work with Lori Foster, which was amazing in and of itself.
SECOND TIME AROUND – The one word I use to define how I feel about my life is grateful. This is true both on a personal and professional level. My life isn’t perfect or stress-free, but I am truly blessed compared to the difficulties some other people face every day. My professional good fortune started a few years ago. Lori Foster ran a writing contest on her website. She provided this amazing opportunity for unpublished writers to get their work in front of an editor. I benefited from Lori’s generosity. Over the years I watched her put together anthologies
to benefit different charities and thought those books were the perfect way for those of us who have been blessed to give something back. When Lori asked me to participate this year, I didn’t hesitate. Knowing the proceeds would go to special needs kids only made the anthology more special. I love this story and the celebration of family. I hope you do, too!
“I appreciated participating in the anthology because it allowed me to give back to the community, but I’m always looking for new ideas. Tell me some ways you give back, or how you’re received from the efforts of others”
One person leaving a comment will recieve a copy of the GIFT OF LOVE.
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