Friday, March 1, 2013

Bloggers Help Paws With a Cause

Welcome to Bloggers Help Paws With a Cause, hosted by Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance!  A total of 59 blogs have gotten together to have fun and help raise money for a great cause, offering some awesome prizes and giveaways.
Pets play such an important role in so many lives.  They also can play interesting and entertaining roles in books.  Since I don't currently have a pet myself, I decided to make this the focus of my post.  :-)

Traditionally, pets have made few appearances in paranormal romances.  More often than not, animals shy away from the powerful preternatural beings found in them.  Not so in my series.  Animals love my Immortal Guardians.  :-)  And my Immortal Guardians — powerful and dangerous warriors — all seem to have soft spots for animals.  So today I thought I would post an excerpt of Night Reigns, Immortal Guardians Book 2, in which the hero's pet first makes an appearance.

(For those who are unfamiliar with my series, Seconds are mortals who — as part of a vast network of humans that aids Immortal Guardians — are assigned to individual immortals, whom they guard and assist in numerous ways.)

She smiled.

“He needs a Second,” Seth stated.

Surprised, Ami turned back to Marcus. “You don’t have a Second?”

All immortals had Seconds. Seth insisted upon it.

Well, all except for Roland Warbrook, one of the more irascible immortals.

Marcus glared at Seth. “I do not need a Second.”

“You need a Second,” Seth responded implacably.

“I have a Second.”

“Slim is not a Second.”

Ami frowned. She had met quite a few Seconds since Seth had taken her under his wing, usually via telephone or the internet, but none had gone by the nickname Slim. “Who is Slim?”

Seth looked pointedly toward the bay window on the opposite side of the room. Ami followed his gaze to the wicker basket on the floor in front of it. A small black cat that probably wouldn’t weigh eight pounds with a full belly returned her stare with one back paw raised high in the air.

“Um . . . is that cat bald?”

There seemed to be substantial bare patches above its eyes . . . and across the top of its head . . . between its shoulder blades . . . on one elbow . . .

“No,” Marcus denied defensively. “He isn’t bald. He’s . . . scarred from fighting with animals twice his size.”

“Oh. Poor little guy.” Ami hated bullies, be they human or animal. And, judging by his ragged appearance, this cat must lure them like rancid meat lured flies.

“Don’t feel too sorry for him,” Seth drawled. “Slim is the one who instigates the fights.”

Ami eyed the cat doubtfully. “Really? Has he ever won one?”

Seth’s dark eyes sparkled with amusement while he and Ami awaited Marcus’s response.

When it came, the words emerged as though they had been dragged from him by force. “I think one ended in a draw.”

Ami bit her lip to keep from laughing.

Slim went back to licking himself.

Here is a little about the company that we are raising the money for:

Paws th A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.  PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.

Paws With a Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

The Grand Prizes

There are four grand prizes up for grabs for those who donate to the cause:

$65 gift certificates to an online
bookstore of your choice


huge boxes of books and swag from
Romance Book Junkies

and Bitten by Paranormal Romance
for US residents only

My Prize

A signed copy of one of the first three books in my Immortal Guardians series — Darkness Dawns, Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows — (winner's choice) + Immortal Guardians swag.

Our Bloggers Help Pause With a Cause hop lasts March 1st through March 8th.

To Donate and Enter to Win
one of the FOUR Grand Prizes

1. Go to

2. Go to Click on "Make a Donation"

3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 

4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.

5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.

6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.

7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.

8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.

9. You're all done. Thank you for donating!

To Enter My Contest

Since the goal here is to raise awareness and raise funds for the cause, you will receive one entry into my contest for each of the following.  Please leave a comment below, listing all entries, and include your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.

1. Donate to the cause.  (You don't have to tell me how much, just that you did.)

2. Tweet about our Pause With a Cause week.

3. Facebook about our Pause With a Cause week.

4. Google+ about our Paws With a Cause Week.

My contest is international.  I will choose a winner and announce it here by March 12th.  I will also email the winner, who will have one week to respond.

Thanks so much!



  1. I thought this was an awesome idea!!

    I did donate to this great cause (susan platt)!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  2. such a neat idea. happy to participate for such a cause. donated & shared on facebook (DA Kenney for both)
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Donated, tweeted, facebooked, and G +'d!

    Donation made under: Evanlea Authoring & Editing (Josette Schaber)

    evanlea at gmail dot com

  4. Tweeted -
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    purple975 (at) msn (dot) com


  6. I donated under Froggy

    I tweeted -

    I FB'ed -

    I pinned -

    I googed +'ed -

    Such a great cause! Thanks for being a part of it!!