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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Stacey Joy Netzel


A couple years ago, once the gift giving became nothing more than exchanging gift cards, our family stopped exchanging gifts at Christmas and began donating to local shelters and associations of our choice. I don't say charity because I don't look at it as charity. We've been blessed with a healthy family and truly have what we need to be happy, so we knew it was time to give to others who might need a little help. There may come a day we're that family, but for now, we are happy to help where we can.

My Christmas novella Dragonfly Dreams is a story all about the true Spirit of Christmas and in that spirit, I'm donating all my author profits from this book for the month of December to family friends who can use a little help.

Let me introduce you to the White Family, and share what they're going through in Becky's own words.

Becky, Bob, Kayden, Karder, and Kamden

The onset of Lyme Disease has changed our lives dramatically. I never knew very much about Lyme Disease until my family was diagnosed with it. What has Lyme Disease done to our lives?? Some of our daily symptoms due to Lyme consist of; migraines, anxiety, dizziness, blurred vision, joint pain, sensitivity to light, fatigue, heart palpitations, jaw pain, burning in extremities and so on.

Lyme Disease has not only affected our family physically, it has affected us financially as well. Lyme Disease needs aggressive, ongoing treatment. Majority of Lyme treatment and testing for Lyme Disease is expensive and not covered by Insurance.

We as a family are daily trying to educate ourselves on Lyme Disease. If it hadn't been for our own research, we might not have ever figured out what was wrong with us. Our Hopes and Dreams from this point on are to not only be a healthy, energetic family again, but to also educate others about this horrible disease.
Thank you to Bob and Becky for helping to spread the word about this disease. You will help others to a more speedy diagnosis, and hopefully soon your family will be healthy again! I can't imagine my kids having to deal with those symptoms and how helpless I'd feel not being able to relieve their pain.

My goal is to sell 250 copies of Dragonfly Dreams, which would allow me to donate $500. I can't do this alone and need your help!

So I’m asking you to:

1. Please pick up a copy of Dragonfly Dreams for just $2.99. I know it's an over-used cliche, but that's less than a large latte at the local coffee shop, or a Big Mac, or you get the picture...

2. Know someone with an ereader or a smart phone? Gift them a copy via Amazon or Barnes & Noble using the button "Give as a Gift" under the buy button.

3. Please spread the word via email to any of your friends who might do the same, and post on your blog, FB, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.

All we need is 250 people to buy just one copy! That's nothing when you think about how many readers are out there! I have a running tab on the top right side of my blog so everyone can see where we're at for the month.

Don't have an ereader? You can still help!

Even if you don’t have an ereader, you can still read the book on your computer, Smart phone, or tablet. Amazon Kindle and BN Nook have free PC applications that can be downloaded on the computer and other devices so you can read ebooks. Smashwords has the PDF file that also can be read directly on your computer.

So, what's the book about, you ask?? Here's the blurb.

Can a family connection to the ill-fated Titanic bring new hope to sinking dreams?

With his antique shop on the brink of bankruptcy, Jake Coburn knows he shouldn’t buy costume jewelry at a price that won’t turn a profit. Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to say no to Loral Evan’s since the first time she entered his shop.

Desperation is what drives Loral Evans to sell precious family heirlooms, but Jake’s offer of one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch she knows is fake stings her pride. If only she could afford to walk away from the handsome antique dealer.

During a season of giving, Loral learns there’s a big difference between pride and dignity, and Jake’s determination to do the right thing brings rewards beyond what either of them ever dreamed of.

Where can you get the book?? Click a link...

Amazon, BN, Smashwords, ARe, Breakthrough Bookstore

(Smashwords offers the ebook in formats for Kobo, Sony, iBooks, and other devices.)

Also, if the title sounds familiar to some of you, yes this is the same Christmas novella I released four years ago with TWRP. (Nominated at LASR for Best Short eBook 2007) I’ve re-edited, added an epilogue, and had a beautiful new cover designed. A second read might just be worth it and you can help out at the same time.

On the other hand, I also realize that times are tough for everyone, so at the very least, some “Likes” and tags on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble would be greatly appreciated, too. What does that do? It increases the book's visibility so hopefully more readers can find it online and purchase a copy.

Lastly, I ask you to keep the White's and their extended family ~ my cousin Jimmy, my aunt, uncle, and other cousins in the Tiemann Family ~ in your prayers for hope and comfort.

If you have someone you would like added to our prayers, leave a comment with their name. We may not know each other, but additional people praying loved one's names is always a good thing.

Thank you all very much for your help and Merry Christmas!

I’ll give away 3 copies of Dragonfly Dreams today (because every sale counts toward the goal!), so make sure to leave a comment with your contact information.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her books have received numerous 5 Star reviews from reviewers and readers alike, and her Christmas anthology, MISTLETOE RULES, took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award. Check out her romantic suspense Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered trust, and Shadowed Trust. Other titles include: Lost In Italy, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series, Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk.

An avid reader and big fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.


Frank said...

Wow, Stacey, thank you for sharing that post and the information about the White family--I'll pray for them and for your book to sell splendidly for them to be blessed by that too! What a great way to celebrate this season!

--flchen1 using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Debby said...

Wow Stacy, that is great. I live in Connecticut where Lyme disease was first discovered.
debby236 at gmail dot com

shadow_kohler said...

Aww. That poor family. Its awesome what your doing for them. Im gonna keep you all in my thoughts and hope this book is a best seller! Thank you!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing. That family is lucky to have such a special friend as you.

VampedChik said...

That is an amazing thing that your doing. I really hope for the best for them and you.

Chrisbails said...

This book looks good and would love to win and read. Stacey is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Thank you all very much for the comments! (and sorry I wasn't here yesterday-I was without internet) Hope you had a Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

It's Dec. 31st, 1008p Wisconsin time. To kick-start the New Year for all who commented, instead of picking 3 winners, I'm going to gift all 6 of you with a copy. Again, each copy will count toward the goal, so check out my blog to see the final total on Monday.

I'll be in touch, and thanks!