WHAT IS SHADES OF PINK?
As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, the first Shades of Pink event raised over $10.000 through more than 1300 donations!
For our second year, 22 authors have allied for 1 cause: fundraising for research. Their gift to everyone who makes a donation? A romance anthology (ebook) titled Shades of Pink (volume 2), totaling almost 150.000 words / about 400 pages as a PDF.
The suggested donation is $5. Funds are raised via Stayclassy.org and all proceeds go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Readers can also donate to the charity organization of their choice (with a focus on breast cancer) and email their receipt to receive their copy of the anthology in either PDF, ePub or mobi (kindle).
Who: Catherine Bowman, Mitzi Calderone, Vivien Dean, JJ and TA Ellis, Sabrina Garie, Nina Day Gerard, T. Hammond, Susan Harris, Laura Hunsaker, Kallysten, Amara Lebel, Alicia J. Love, Deelylah Mullin, C. Deanne Rowe, Cynthia Sax, DJ Shaw, Alice Stark, Ashley Suzanne, Gill Taber, Natasza Waters, Zoe York, Angela Yseult
When: Now through November 15th.
What: 22 short stories, including…
- 4 paranormal, 1 sci-fi, 11 contemporary, 1 historical, 2 military, 3 BDSM, 2 YA (some stories have more than one genre)
- 3 spicy (ménage or kink), 7 sexy (explicit sex scenes), 12 sweet (no sex)
- A couple of vampires, about three dozen humans including soldiers, geeks, teachers, librarians, writers, survivors, bosses, rock stars, teens, mages, wives, husbands and fiancés, 1 succubus, 1 genie, a few aliens, some werewolves and other shifters.
- Pink, pink and more pink, including tattoos, plenty of flowers, precious stones, jewelry, a bookmark, a drawing, ropes, lingerie, a car, a bag, a vase, various clothes, an anteater and a squirrel.
Where: Kallysten’s blog
Here you’ll find links to teasers for the stories, interviews of the authors and blog posts during all of October, a FAQ, and of course the link where you can donate and help this worthy cause.
Link to donate to a great cause: Donate
About Deanne’s writings .
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways– either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
When I was asked to talk about my writing this quote came to mind. It’s because of a tragedy in my life I found the strength to give my writing life.
You see, I have been making up stories as long as I can remember, playing with dolls, with my brother and sisters or friends. I started writing poetry then added writing short stories. I had no clue everyone didn’t write down their thoughts or ideas or weren’t able to pick out the villain before the end of the movie. I always believed everyone had a voice in their head telling them stories, waking them up in the middle of the night with ideas and asking ‘what if’ to situations they found themselves in. It wasn’t until I became a teenager I realized I was different. As a teenager you hide things that make you different. You don’t want to be made fun off. So I hid my writing never letting anyone read it. It wasn’t until I was much older that I summoned the courage to take a writing course. Being around other writers gave me the courage to allow others to read my writing and also made me realize I wasn’t alone. There were other people like me, inner voices and all. A whole new world opened up for me.
I decided in October of 2010 I was going to allow myself to dream big. I was going to put myself and my writing out there and see exactly what the universe had in store for me. How I came to this decision was after I attended my Saturday Writers Group on October 2, 2010. I was sitting across the conference room table from a friend, Smiley, trying to convince her to take her sense of humor and start her own blog or to enter her writing in contests. We left our meeting and she was so excited about her writing and the possibilities ahead of her. The next Tuesday, October 5th she was hit by a car while crossing the street with her son. She died of massive head injuries on October 10, 2010 leaving behind a thirteen year old son. Smiley died a day after my birthday.
I’ve been trying to make sense of why Smiley graced my life. What was I supposed to have learned from her? I came to the conclusion I needed to live my dreams. To not wait any longer because we don’t know how much longer we have. I had been holding on to my dreams, protecting them like they were my children. Smiley taught me it was time for me to give my dreams life, to give them wings and see what place they had in the universe. Don’t be afraid to let them go. You never know where your dreams might take you.
My dreams have taken me to publish five books of my own.
My Valley Series:
In the Heart of Valley
Return to Valley
Dream of Valley.
My Cowboy Temptation Series:
Cowboy Temptation ~ Colt and Cassy
I also have seven published books as a one of The Stiletto Girls:
Blue Jeans and Stilettos
Ms. Claus Wears Stilettos
Venus in Stilettos
Stilettos (Flip Flops) in the Sand
Stilettos in the South
Stilettos in Wine Country
Stilettos in Sturgis
You can find more about my writing and my books on my website www.cdeannerowe.com
You can also find out more about The Stiletto Girls on our website www.thestilettogirls.com.
Don’t be afraid to live your dreams. Fate has plans for you but you have to do your part.
- Deanne Rowe