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Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty-Three Hundredths Reasons You’re Awesome

What a random number, right? Well, that’s the final total for #SMSG12!!! See?

Heh. The $0.33 comes from a time when I noticed the numbers – and thought charity: water displayed cents, so I donated $3.33 off the cuff to be cute. Et voilà.

I cannot thank you all enough for your generosity and support. So many people helped spread the word, with hundreds of retweets on twitter, numerous people who were willing to blog about it when I asked, or let me take over their blogs to spread the word. I know many of us gave more than we planned. A special shout out to Kindle Gal, and Romance Man who helped a lot. Joey W. Hill’s generous donation made me cry when I got the notification… and an anonymous donor whose giving almost made me faint.

I got a little discouraged at times, and extended Social Media for Social good so much longer than I ever expected to, and I promise you all. Never again. Promise. Never. But I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who was so positive about it, and encouraging.

And thanks to everyone in general for putting up with me. I totally understand the fear of people thinking you’re spammy, and the desperate need to make sure people who hadn’t heard about SMSG before do. (And yes, that happened.) So authors, you have my sympathy.

I can’t believe the results – I was going for a long shot with my goal of $10,000. I hoped it might happen – thought there might be a chance, but didn’t expect it. In fact, for a long time I thought we might not even make $5,000 in contributions. Near the end I amended my goal to $7,500, and look at how much more we went beyond that!

You all ROCK! <3

We brought one hundred and twenty seven people sustainable clean water! (Most likely – the numbers depend on the specific region, but $65/person is the average.) In 18 months we’ll be provided GPS coordinates and reports, and we can follow along the actual ground work to see how the project is going. Isn’t that amazing?

And a big thank you to all the people who offered prizes to help drive up comments and awareness. They are: R.E. Butler, Lauren Dane, Leslie Dicken, Cecilia Grant, Lynn Raye Harris, Kim in Hawaii, the International Heat authors et al, Samantha Hunter, Crystal Jordan, Yvonne Lindsey,  Sarah Mayberry, Erica Ridley, Sandra Schwab, Shiloh Walker. All winners have been drawn via the rafflecopter widget, and notified. If you’re curious, you can also check out the list of awesome donors here.

I’m so glad we’re done with this – and that there are so many amazing, generous, lovely, caring people in the Romance Community. You all did good!

… I’ll see you next year. 😉

Limecello and the Terrible Twos (It’s My Blogiversary!)

Hello my lovelies! Can you believe it’s my second year out on my own? I’ve actually been blogging on and off since 1996. Yes! Since blogging was even a term! But I’ve been blogging continuously since 2002. Crazy, right?

I had something set up with the Plotmonkeys (Janelle Denison, Leslie Kelly, Julie Leto, and Carly Phillips) in June, but life and their deadlines and other issues have led to a slight delay. I’m hoping we can do it up in style on the 31st, but know either way, they’re with us in spirit!

In fact, they were all kind enough to write something last minute around the theme “Two.” Carly and Leslie are on super deadline, and Janelle is very sick – and Julie I’m sure is about to stab me in the face. Heh. So, wish Carly and Leslie luck, Janelle well, and that Julie likes me again at some point in the near future!

I’m weird about numbers…I like even numbers.  And since two is the first even number, it’s special.  When I think about the TWO or second, I think immediately about second chances.  Like right now, for instance, I’m writing again in a series of books that I thought died in 2006 when the publisher decided they didn’t want anymore of the series after only TWO books.  And since no other publisher wanted to take a series that another publisher abandoned, my Dirty series, starring a kick-ass, Latina ex-bounty hunter, was dead in the water.  Until it wasn’t.  In 2012, I finally won the rights back from Pocket (blows my mind how they’d give me such a hard time about getting the rights back to a series they willfully no longer wanted to publish!) and re-released them digitally.  The reader response was so strong, I published a third book in the series (a short novel called DIRTY LITTLE CHRISTMAS) and now I’m working on what will be the first full-length book in the series that I’ll publish in the spring.  Here it is seven years later and my beloved series and characters are getting a second chance.  Best.  Thing.  Ever.

So the word “second” doesn’t have a negative connotation for me!  It’s about getting another go at something…just like Lime (and her readers!) get another chance to enjoy her blog, read her reviews and feel charitable when we help her donate toward clean water resources.  It’s win-win for all of us!

Congratulations on your second anniversary, LIME!!!
~ Julie

And now Leslie who took the time to write this note (my apologies to her readers for taking her away from you for a period!)

When I think of the word ‘two’ I can’t help thinking of a loving relationship between two people. Like the one I have with my husband. Yes, I adore my children, and my family unit–five if you include them, dozens if you extend it to all my siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, etc. But the foundation upon which I build everything else in my life resides in Bruce. Together, we two are the island on which everything else rests.
~ Leslie

And we’re all wishing Janelle a swift recovery from her bug. And congratulations on such a lovely milestone!

The number “2” reminds me of the day I met my husband – – July 2nd.  It was a very good day, and we’ve been together for over 30 years!
~ Janelle

And last but not least Carly who is also on an OMG deadline.

When I think of the number two, I think of a couple.  A perfect pair.  Two people meant to be together forever.  Can’t you tell I write and read romance? That’s what makes two a very special number!
~ Carly

Now… at first I was going to say – guess I’ve planned as a gift for all of you? … The gift of me!

But then I thought about it, and was like – well, frankly if I were you, I wouldn’t think that was a great prize. So I sent out a desperate plea. Even from a while ago, the lovely and kind @Monikarw has been wanting to give something away on my blog. And at 2 AM I sent out a plea – and got a wonderful response from generous readers, which made me sniffly, so touched was I with their generosity. So, no glib statement from me. 😉

First up, from Monika, the winner has a choice of two things – either any book up to $15 from Book Depository, or a $15 gift card to Amazon! Monika is an avid reader, and brightens up everyone’s day with her unflagging positive and upbeat attitude. I don’t know why, but she thinks I’m great. We exchange bitchy sister stories, and ranty emails. 😀 Monika’s rules for her giveaway are that you have to say something nice about me. (Isn’t that a riot? And I can’t make this shit up.) <3 She’s a darling. [For sure she likes me better than I like me :P]

Next, we have a giveaway from *Priscilla Shay and Vicky Dreiling! Patricia is offering a signed copy of How to Ravish a Rake and some author swag. And Vicky, catching the discussion has generously offered another signed copy as well as some promo items! Two signed copies! Whee!

Who is Patricia? Bio: She is fascinated with all things historical and the only way she can explain it is by claiming she was – clearly – born in the wrong century. (Although, she has been dabbling in the Paranormal and Young Adult.) She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing, Honors (with a minor in History) and currently lives in New York pursing a M.A. in History. She is also a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America). When not writing she can be found in a corner crafting, drawing, or baking. August 2012 she signed a contract with Boroughs Publishing Group for a short story. Details coming soon!

THEN fabulous prizes from Lorelie Brown and Katie Porter! <3 Lorelie is giving away both Wayward One and An Indiscreet Debutante. From Katie Porter, Lead and Follow.

(You can click on any of the book titles for more information.)

I’m hoping to add more – and there’s a chance the Plotmonkeys (and others!) might be joining in to chat, so please. Tell me – how would you like to celebrate a blogiversary? I think I’ll keep everything open for all of this month. 🙂

Oh! And! Keep your eyes peeled! This post might be getting edited and I’m hoping to debut a new look!

Now let’s all celebrate! \o/

#SMSG12 ARC Giveaways With an Explanation

Hi friends! In about twelve hours, SMSG and all of it’s giveaways will be over! I promise I will never do another “Social Media for Social Good” charity drive for such an extended period. But! I want everyone to do this right. Because you know what? There are giveaways!

This is what you do – find your comment from this post, and hover your mouse over the date time stamp. Like so.

Now, if you have a mac, hold down the “control” button and click. If you have a PC, use your right mouse button and click. Like so.

The link for my comment is: http://www.tartsweet.com/2012/10/27/water-changes-everything/comment-page-39/#comment-8872
See? Once you have the link url copied, you can enter it into the giveaway widget. If you commented a while ago, feel free to just leave a new one instead of digging through trying to find your original one. Nobody will mind.

For our new friends, the post where you’re supposed to comment is right here: Water Changes Everything.

Now here are a few giveaways I’d like to bring to your attention. I do want to note that you do not have to donate in order to enter the giveaways. I just hope that you do. 😉 Any amount counts – even $1, and hey – it’s a charitable donation and thus tax deductible!

The newest that you may not have seen, from Lauren Dane. You might get an ARC of Going Under!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And another from Shiloh Walker. There is one book giveaway for ever 100 comments… and for ever 500 comments one ARC of Night Blade or The Reunited. a Rafflecopter giveaway

It’s my blog so I can highlight what I want to 😉 you can win either a website review, a 5 chapter beta read, or a bespoke hand painted silk.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

An incredible giveaway from Yvonne Lindsey, an autographed set of the Diamonds Down Under Harlequin Desire series!!! This is what introduced me to most of the Down Under authors! <3 a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can get Sarah Mayberry’s 3 newest SuperRomance books here.

Two people can have a chance to win a R.E. Butler backlist book.

A gift from Kim all related to The Aloha State!

An exciting giveaway from Lynn Raye Harris, with books not readily available..

A complete set of Samantha Hunter’s Berringer books.

An incredible set of prizes from the International Heat authors.

Books from Erica Ridley.

A lovely giveaway from Cecilia Grant.

A special giveaway with more than books from Sandra Schwab.

A giveaway from Crystal Jordan here.

Leslie Dicken is offering some great ebooks too!

All of these giveaways have fabulous odds. Enter! Win! It’s for charity! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments of the Water post, or email me via the contact form.

Reader Guest: @McVane is MIA!

Hi friends! So it’s the third Saturday of the month… which means I have a special reader guest post at ALBTABLS! Our guest M is … well I don’t know where she is. I reminded her months ago, because she was worried about this post, but then we both were like “oh but you’ve got lots of time.” I emailed her about a month ago, but… she’s nowhere to be found!

Now normally, this would make me really mad. (I wouldn’t say it though, if I was, publicly.) But this time, I’m not! “Why?” Do you ask? “Why is Lime so nice to this McVane person?” Well… it’s because she was hit by a car earlier this year.

No joke.

Hit by a fucking car. She was in the hospital for a while, and I know last I spoke with her she was home, but I still say this gives her a pass for like… anything. Not to mention I know how hospital time and general craziness can put you insanely back.

So hopefully, I’ll hear from her at some point and be able to update/change this.

But for now, this is what’s going on. I hope to post winners soon :X cuz you know, I haven’t done that since August. *whimpers*

Anyway, how are you today? How have you been? I feel like we haven’t chatted forever! Who followed me here from the wordpress blog? I mean, you just couldn’t give up the tags, right? 😉

Oh! And did you see there are PRIZES up for grabs, just for commenting on the charity fundraiser? Yes there are! 😀 (Hint; here: http://www.tartsweet.com/2012/11/03/smsg12-challenges-and-giveaways/)

Also, what would you like to see on this site? As always I’m open to new ideas and projects! <3

#SMSG12 Challenges and Giveaways!

What am I talking about? First of all, SMSG = Social Media for Social Good; my charity:water fundraiser. The 12 stands for ’12… because it’s 2012 of course. 😀

First of all, there are a few challenges. If 50 bloggers (or readers) donate, I’m going to increase my donation by $25, for a total of $325. I really hope we get this – and any amount counts. So if you give $1, that counts!

Next, Jax Cassidy said if 50 of her friends give, she’ll double her donation, for a grand total of $140! Awesome! (I asked her, and “her friends” is to be interpreted as “however I want.” … and I want it to be anyone who knows her, has met her, or ever heard of her. ;D

There are a few giveaways going on. (The “log in” is just your name and email – so I know who won.) Continue reading

I’m Thankful for November Sponsors

Some new friends with us – and one loyal one, authors Barbara Monajem, Jax Cassidy, and Mandy M. Roth.

I have some spots left for 2013, so if you’re interested, please let me know. I also love the representation from a variety of genres this month.

What do you think? Did any of the covers catch your eye? Have you read any books by these authors before?

Water Changes Everything

It’s my third annual Social Media for Social Good (SMSG) fundraising drive. Today is Make a Difference Day, and this is how I’m choosing to do it. Some of you might have heard of charity:water when Rachel Beckwith’s tragic story made the news. She was an amazing little nine year old, and you can read more of what happened here. I dare you not to cry.

I spent a lot of time researching reputable international charities, and I love that charity:water is so transparent. I think it’ll be fun to check what our little ALBTALBS drive does too.

Did you know that:

  • 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and they prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map
  • 800 million people around the world don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water
  • That is one out of every nine people
  • More people die from lack of clean water and sanitation each year than are killed by all forms of violence, including war
  • 90% of the deaths that result from diarrheal disease occur in children under five
  • About every nineteen seconds a mother loses her child to a water related illness
  • In sub-Saharan Africa 16 million hours each day are spent by women collecting water. This takes time away from work, school, and family.
  • 10% of disease could be reduced with improved access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene education, and water resource management.
  • $1 invested in water becomes $4-12 dollars for the local economy
  • Communities choose a small group of people to oversee each completed charity: water project. Equal numbers of men and women are encouraged to be included. These Water Committees are often the first chance women have to take on elected leadership roles.
  • The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Feeding our world takes up to 90% of our freshwater withdrawals but many people in developing nations still don’t have access to enough water for irrigation.
  • Just $20 $65 can provide one person with a clean water project in his/her village

We can make a huge difference.

I know it’s difficult to give, but I’m asking everyone to do what they can. And if you can’t – help spread the word. This is a comment drive, so even just leaving a comment and having one friend do the same helps. Believe me – I know it’s hard out there. I know what it’s like to make well under the poverty rate. I still do. Which is why I’m doing something where everyone can get involved.

These people have already given:

Pledges:

  • I’m going to give $300 if we reach 1,000 comments.
  • Cecilia Grant will give $1 per comment up to 100 comments
  • The Romance Man will give $50 when we reach 250 comments will match my $300 if we get to 1,000 comments!!!
  • C2 will give $150 when we reach 500 comments
  • Farrah Rochon will give $10 for every 100 comments

You can see who all the wonderful, generous people who donated are on the campaign page. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Won’t you join us?

And in the spirit of friendly competition … I’m asking – challenging – 50 bloggers to donate. Even if it’s $1. I think we can do it. (In fact – I’d love to see more bloggers donate than authors. How’s that for competition? But a concrete goal of 50.)
And if privacy is a concern, you can donate anonymously. *coughs* Someone *coughs* already donated $50 to check that out. 🙂

Let’s do this!

*ETA: I have a specific campaign created for the romance community: http://mycharitywater.org/albtalbs if you’d like to donate. Also, if you’re donating, I would love to add you to the list, to let other people know (peer pressure! :D) and to give you a shout out. Please feel free to email me with any questions, or to talk about whether or not you want your name/amount to be listed. Thank you!!!

Also, for clarification, my SMSG drives go on for a month. I figure that’s enough time for word to be spread and people to budget what they can to donate. For all of us in the states, it’s a tax deductible charitable donation! (For our international friends, I would look into that too.)

You can check out the numerous giveaways here. To enter, just use your comment url and you’re done!