A Very Austen Valentine Celebrate Lit Blog Tour – PRIZES!

Robin Helm takes A Very Austen Valentine on tour with Celebrate Lit!

Hop on over to Celebrate Lit to see the list of fabulous blogs on the tour.

And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win:

Grand Prize: a $50 Amazon gift card
1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 1
2nd Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
3rd Place: A set of three ebooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of Robin Helm’s books
4th Place: a $5 Amazon gift card

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Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway!

Fall into Cash $250 Giveaway

October 15th to November 15th

The holidays are just around the corner.

Are you in need of some extra cash?

Here is your chance to win some!

The winner of this giveaway will receive $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

Giveaway Details

 

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 11/15/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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$250 #Giveaway! Back to School Back to Books

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Back to School – Back to Books $250 Cash Giveaway
August 17th to September 7th

Hosted by I Am A Reader

 

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash (alternately the winner can choose a $250 Amazon.com Gift Code)

Ends 9/7/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Blog Hop!

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Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice!

I’m having a giveaway, too!

My love affair with Pride and Prejudice began in 1996, believe it or not, with seeing an ad for the movie “Emma” with Gweneth Paltrow. Later that day, I was at the video store where I saw the miniseries with Kate Beckinsale and grabbed it.  I was hooked, and the next day found myself at the bookstore purchasing a compilation of all of Jane Austen’s books.  Once I finished Emma, I moved on to read Pride and Prejudice, which immediately became my favorite, and I’ll admit that I became obsessed.

That poor paperback was soon worn out to the point that I had to throw it away and get a copy of each novel instead, and of course read them again. For some strange reason I must have always skipped Northanger Abbey whenever I read the compilation and was thrilled to bits to have found a “new” book by Austen. I started searching the stores and internet for any versions of movies based on Jane Austen’s books, and fell in love with them all, time and time again – especially P&P! (I have to say that I threw away the 1940 version after seeing the ending, only to receive it again for Christmas later that year – fate must want me to have a complete collection.)

For a few years, this was enough, and then I became just a little distracted by the birth of my triplets (understatement!) Once I began to find a little time to myself, I re-read all of Jane’s novels and joined the The Republic of Pemberley, where I discovered the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, and went searching for more. It took me by surprise to find so many stories out there, and I couldn’t get enough!

And now, I’d like to share the love….

I’ll be giving away one paperback copy of

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Annotated and Edited by David M. Shapard

(Sorry, USA only):

Annotated P&P

AND

one eBook copy of each of my novels (from Smashwords, so that winners can download it in any format they’d like)

(International)

Promises

Dreams and Expectations
All Hallow’s Eve

Click here to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then hop on over to

Alyssa Goodnight’s blog and Stiletto Storytime

for a list of the many other blogs participating in the

blog hop party!

Enjoy the hop!

Please note:

Winners will be notified by email and announced here on January 30.

If a winner does not reply by Midnight Eastern Time, February 2,

another winner will be selected.

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop – April 11th to 17th

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

April 11th to 17th

There are at least 75 will post a giveaway!  Be certain to check one of the sites below to see the list of other blogs that will be hosting great giveaways!
Hosted by:
Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict:
Heather @ Fire and Ice Photo:
Pixie @ Page Turners:
Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer:http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/
April is Autism Awareness Month.

Each participating blog is hosting a giveaway.  You will find lots of variety among the prizes.  Some of the blogs are giving away prizes that relate to autism, other blogs are giving away gift cards or other prizes and posting information about autism to help make others aware.

I’ll be giving away:

1 $10 Gift Certificate to Amazon (international) 

1 ebook copy of Promises (international) and

1 signed copy of Promises with a bookmark (USA only)

To qualify, please leave a comment on this post with your email address. If you have a preference as to which prize you’d like to win, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll enter you in all three listed above.

For an additional chance to win, sign up to follow my blog by email.

Don’t forget to check out the sites listed above that are sponsoring this hop for links to the other blogs that will be hosting great giveaways!

Thanks for entering and helping to increase awareness of Autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month

With the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s recent announcement that Autism is now estimated at being found in 1 out of every 88 children, the need for public awareness is at an all-time high.

Please check out the following information about Sensory Processing Disorder, which often co-exists with Autism, though it can be seen alone.

As the mom of triplets all diagnosed on the Spectrum (one with Autism, one with PDD-NOS, and one with Aspergers Syndrome), I have put together the following pages of links to more information about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  If there are any broken links on these pages, please let me know— though I did my best to make certain that all the links are updated, I may have missed a couple.

I have also found that the podcasts at Midnight in Chicago are very helpful.

Information about Non-Verbal Learning Disorder can be very informative as well.

My Gifted and Talented page includes a few links to information about “Twice Exceptional” children—those who are Gifted as well.

My own experience:

In 1982, while in college going for a degree in psychology, I had to volunteer at an approved organization.  The one I chose was an organization that provided afternoon recreation program to children with autism.

Years later (2000), my triplets were born.  One day when my children were 16 months old and receiving multiple therapies due to being so delayed (we were thinking it was because they had been preemies, but we were at the stage where they should have been beyond that delay) I walked through a room and saw one of my children doing something very particular… something that I had seen many of the children in the program I worked at in college doing , and it got me thinking. The conclusion: my kids did a LOT of things the children in the rec program had done!  I ran to the computer and did some research on the earliest symptoms of autism, and when I recognized my kids, I promptly went into denial.

A couple of months later, one of the special education therapists that had been coming to the house asked to see me alone and dropped what she thought would be a bomb shell – she believed the child she worked with was on the spectrum.  Surprising the heck out of her, after an initial moment of thinking I was right! I replied, “I know, and since you don’t see them, I should tell you that so are the others.” It turned out that the other therapists were all trying to find the courage to give me the same speech, not realizing that I wasn’t going to be shocked.  Eventually, one was diagnosed with severe autism, one with severe PDD-NOS/Autism (depended on which doc you spoke to) and the school system declared her mentally retarded, and the other had Asperger’s Syndrome and was Gifted.

I did one heck of a lot of research into therapies, took a little from here and a little from there, and made up my own for each child, based on what I thought would be helpful to each. I worked with them almost constantly, while the county Early Intervention therapists continued doing their thing.  If something didn’t work out, I researched some more and found something else to try.  When it was time for preschool, I chose the one that was the best fit with what I had been doing with the children.

We still have our share of challenges, mind you, but all three are in 6th grade, mainstreamed, and don’t need IEPs.

Thank you, God!