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I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy life and spending time with friends and family.
Generally, my emails are new releases, reviews, sales, or other publishing-related content, but today it’s about something much more important.
Today my post is about how the indie book community is full of some of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sure, many people I’ve never met in person, but the interactions I have with them are far beyond those of passing acquaintances.
Many have become friends, and some close enough to call family. Sure we don’t share the same DNA, but these are the people I’ve trusted and chosen to hold a piece of my heart.
These are the friends who would go to battle with me. Protect and support me through the difficult times. Celebrate with me when life treats me right. Cry alongside me when something tragic or heartbreaking rears it’s ugly head. I do my best to make sure they know I am here for them too.
A perfect example of this togetherness came when I received the news a fellow author announced her cancer battle was in full force.
Author Luna Lopez is one of those special people who have entered my life and is more than a friend. She’s part of my family from across the pond. I’d do anything to take away the days she has felt pain. Luna has assured me feeling pain is better than feeling nothing.
Another round of treatment will begin soon. My hope is this will do its job, allowing this feisty, beautiful woman to be with her children for many years to come. No mom should face the thought of leaving her family, yet I have no doubt those fears have filled Luna’s thoughts from the day she was first diagnosed. I’ve been asked what I want for Christmas and my answer has remained the same. The gift I want the most is for Luna to spend an unforgettable holiday with her kids and come out on the winning side of this battle for her life.
Our indie community has rallied around Luna and her family, offering emotional and financial support. This past October, we came together for an online Facebook auction. Donations from all corners of the world were provided to the Stronger Together fund. Our book community raised over $3100 with even more private contributions sent directly to Luna.
With the upcoming new treatments comes new expenses. This new procedure has taken Luna and her family away from their home for the holidays. They are together, and for that, I know they are grateful.
Fortunately, medical fees have been paid. However, #TEAMLUNA has plans to help ease some of the everyday financial burdens ahead, especially during Christmas. We want Luna to focus on healing and making memories with her children.
Keeping in mind Luna is a proud woman who has never asked for assistance, #TEAMLUNA has taken it upon themselves to run an online raffle. Signed paperback, custom items using Luna’s book covers, ebooks, and more have been donated for this special raffle. (See image below.)
How can you help?
By purchasing a raffle ticket, you will help raise funds for Luna and her family, and you will be entered into the random drawing for the prizes listed below. FULL DETAILS HERE
You can also send a gift directly to Luna Lopez here – PAYPAL STRONGER TOGETHER
- Grand Prize (1) Winner 5 signed paperbacks from Zane Michaelson, 30cm stuffed toy, custom phone case, coffee mug, and tote bag.
- Second Prize (1) Winner 3 signed paperbacks from Zane Michelson, 20cm stuffed toy, custom coffee mug.
- Third Prize (1) Winner 2 signed paperbacks from Zane Michaelson, 10cm stuffed toy, custom coffee mug.
WHO IS #TEAMLUNA?
Friends Kaylee Rose (aka Red from The Redheads Book Blog) and Gloria Nuckols (Naughty Book Friends Blog) have collaborated to support and raise funds for author Luna Lopez and her family. Along with a long list of supporters from the indie book community, they have raised over $3400 to date (12/17/2020).
About Luna Lopez
Late in 2019, after believing the odd ache and pain meant nothing more than old age creeping in, our friend, author Luna Lopez was given the devastating news none of us ever want to hear.
In the blink of an eye, cancer turned her world upside down.
Diagnosed with breast cancer she waded into battle with all the vigour of an Army general leading his troops to victory. She was determined to win the fight and after countless chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions, surgery followed, and for a time, she kicked cancers arse into submission.
Sadly, cancer had other ideas and returned, metastasizing in other parts of her body. Still, she is resolved to fight and to this day continues to do so if only for her five young children who spur her on.
Right now, the world is in a mess, and nothing is certain. But for Luna, the happiness of her children is paramount, and for them, her fight continues. Sadly, her beloved youngest son is unable to comprehend the possibility of mummy no longer being there and while this does not bear thinking about, his love for her reignites her desire to never give up.
Today, her battle is a rollercoaster, but she has waded through single parenthood, losing her job and surgeries with a smile clinging to the belief opportunities are waiting just around the corner for her.
As her friends, we want to believe this to be true, but we also know the strain she is under as a single mother of five.
Too proud to accept charity, let’s get together and show the world what the book community has in abundance, a great big heart.
#TEAMLUNA was organized to support Luna Lopez and help ease the many burdens she faces on a daily basis, to give her the option of spending quality time with her family, to do the things she has always wanted to do, just the little things most families take for granted, but for reasons beyond her control, she is unable to do right now.
Luna is a beautiful lady with real heart and soul
who deserves so much more than fate has given her.
A simple act, no matter how small, could make all the difference.
Helena Hunting captured my attention immediately with her book dedication.
“For the ones who feel everything so intensely that it makes the world as painful as it is wonderful.”
I knew Lavender’s story was going to rip my heart out, I just didn’t realize it would start here.
I’ve read the entire Pucked series, including the spinoffs, which is helpful with understanding the small details and personalities of each character, especially the parents, in this emotional love story. However, Little Lies can be read as a standalone. I will say I HIGHLY recommend you start at the beginning. I personally believe the reader will have a completely different and enjoy the experience a little more knowing the complete back story.
The prologue left me gasping for air immediately. I closed my Kindle twice because of my own anxiety kicking into overdrive. The protective mom in me was wound up instantly and that same level of alertness stayed with me through the entire book.
I loved that there is a lack of labels but on the anxiety and social differences Lavender and Kody experience. Everyone is different when faced with these problems. There is no, it should be this way and it only presents itself that way. The difficulties Lavender and Kody experienced was specific to them.
From young children to young adults, life is hard for anyone to navigate, but even harder when fighting an uphill battle with fear and emotional turmoil. Helena Hunting succeeded in making me feel what the characters were experiencing.
Kody is a jerk, Lavender is weird, but together they make sense.
One of my favorite lines isn’t even from the two main characters but from BJ.
“It must be kind of messed up to have found your soul mate before you even understood what it meant.”
For me, this line explains Lavender and Kodiak’s love story perfectly.
*Little Lies is a 105k standalone new adult romance.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After reading and absolutely loving Book 1 in The Unfinished Business Series ” The Making of Jonty Bloom”, I was dying to read Tay’s Story “A Long Way Back”, I didn’t think that it could possibly live up to Jonty’s story or even come close to it, but boy was I wrong.
This angsty and at times heartbreaking story is one of despair, and hopelessness as both the main characters Tay and Ink together try to find a life worth living for. Reading Ink’s backstory broke my heart and made me see what a truly incredible man he is, I absolutely fell in love with him, Tay and Dog as their story played out.
But OMG!!!!! that ending threw me for a 6…… without giving anything away, I can only say it had me very emotional………..
5 Stars all the way !!!!!!!
A serious accident may have left Tay’s body broken, but he’s determined to live an independent life at any cost. Except he’s barely coping. Alone and isolated in London, his only solace comes from the pain numbing drugs he’s become addicted to.
Ink’s on the run. He keeps his head low, but London streets don’t feel safe. The only way to stay under the radar is to keep moving and not let anyone or anything get close. But the stray mutt that’s latched onto Ink has other ideas.
A chance encounter and Ink’s bungled attempt to free himself from his four-legged companion leads to the offer of a job as a live-in helper. Tay’s moody and difficult, but he’s also scared and vulnerable, and Ink finds himself saying yes when he should be saying no.
Can Tay and Ink find a clear path on the road towards true love? Or will their broken lives prove to be one roadblock too many?
This is the second book in the Unfinished Business series but can be read as a standalone.
This story has dark elements and possible triggers for some—bullying, death of a minor, violence, terrorism and drug addiction.
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