Kindness During Bleak Times by Tracey Richardson

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Tracey Richardson is here to share a story. Also, Tracey is giving away 1 ecopy of Thursday Afternoons. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Tracey.

Kindness During Bleak Times

Kindness has been the most positive thing to come out of the world pandemic. Or maybe in bleak times we just notice acts of kindness more.

During the early Covid lockdown (April, 2020), without warning I came down with an abscessed tooth. The pain was excruciating, and so was my anxiety because dental offices were mostly closed and help was extremely limited. A phone call to my doctor resulted in antibiotics right away, but as for fixing the problem (i.e., root canal), the situation was a sticky one. My dentist allowed me in but only to diagnose the problem with an X-ray and exam. Under lockdown rules he wasn’t allowed to do anything else.

My anxiety heightened as the days and weeks went by. I messaged a friendly acquaintance of mine because both she and her husband are dentists. Through that contact, I was able to get in to see my friend’s husband for a root canal. He had completely rebuilt their dental practice with all the safest measures available, like sealing off rooms, installing air scrubbers and so forth. So off I went for my two-hour root canal.

While I was there, I asked him if he could also finish crowning a different tooth, which I had been in the middle of completing with my regular dentist when Covid hit. I had the permanent crown in my possession, I just needed someone to install it. Happily, he agreed to do this in a separate half-hour appointment.

When I finished up, I asked what I owed him. He said “nothing. Nobody should profit because of Covid.” So even though he and his assistant spent a half hour of their time installing my crown, he refused to take any money for it.

I felt like I got my life back because for weeks, between the abscessed tooth and the other tooth that needed a crown installed, I was in a real state of anxiety wondering when my dentist’s office would be able to fully open again. Kindness was very much shown to me throughout that ordeal, for which I’m so grateful!

 

GIVEAWAY

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS

by Tracey Richardson

Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present.

The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure valve from her cutthroat job and the mistakes in her personal life she’s trying to rectify.

But soon the pair discover that their outside worlds are on a collision course with the carefully constructed world they’ve created on Thursday afternoons. What will happen when they discover the truth about each other? Will their weekly assignations come to a screeching halt, or will they turn into something much, much more…

  • 1 winner

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Thursday Afternoons giveaway begins on June 16 2021 and ends on July 15 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Tracey Richardson is a retired newspaper journalist who’s written 13 lesbian romance novels for Bella Books, two of which were Lambda Literary finalists.

She lives with her wife and dogs in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada.

 

CONNECT WITH TRACEY RICHARDSON

Website / Twitter

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

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One Percent by KC Luck

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful KC Luck is here to share a story. Also, KC is giving away 1 ecopy of Darkness Falls. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, KC.

One Percent

When I was a student at a small college back in the nineties, I worked for the school’s mailroom/motor pool. My jobs were simple—deliver the mail to the academic departments around campus and keep the cars clean. The pay wasn’t much but there weren’t many other places to work in the small town and I was happy to have the job. My boss, Doris, was a great person. Truly one of the kindest people I have ever known. Every Friday, she brought in baked goods and lunch for the four students who worked there. I looked forward to it all week, not only because she was a great cook, but it really helped my budget that it was free. At Christmas, she had cookies and treats for us every day and the day before the holiday break, she brought us all gifts.

One day, after another free Friday lunch, I asked her why she did so much for everyone. Her answer was simple—always give back one percent. At the time, I honestly didn’t get what she meant, but the saying stuck with me. Always give back one percent.

I graduated, moved away, and started to build a career. Eventually, I had a team of interns who reported to me. I thought nothing of buying them coffee or stopping to grab bagels for us to enjoy on Fridays. Being generous simply felt right, but it wasn’t until one of them asked me why I did so much for everyone that it clicked. I had learned from Doris, my boss at the college and my answer to the intern was the same—always give back one percent. I have no idea if the young man understood the meaning any more than I had at the time I first heard it, but hopefully, he did eventually. For me, though, from that day on, I embraced the philosophy even more.

Over the years “always give back one percent” has become how I live my life. I’ve passed the message on to dozens of people and have even witnessed it turned into action. It’s how I show my gratitude and respect to the ones who gave before me. Now, through Project Kindness, I have a chance to share it even further.

Be kind, be grateful, and always give back one percent.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

DARKNESS FALLS

by KC Luck

Available in Kindle Unlimited

If the lights go out forever, can love survive?

When four women from different walks of life are brought together by fate to witness the end of the world as they know it, each must find a way to survive against the odds as well as learn to rely on each other.

Jackie Scott wields incredible influence as a magazine executive in Seattle. As she plans a smashing party for her fortieth birthday, everything is precisely as she wants it. But when a solar storm lights up the night sky in a dazzling display, it not only ruins the party but destroys power around the planet and Jackie must turn for help from the one woman she has tried so hard not to want… Taylor.

Taylor Barnes is an Army veteran new to Seattle and wants nothing more than to find some peace and quiet working as a rent-a-cop in a corporate high-rise. When she is asked to attend the birthday party of the building’s powerful and sexy CEO, she can hardly say no. Little did she realize every skill she ever learned would be put to the test to save the woman she can’t seem to stop thinking about… Jackie.

Anna Patten is a nurse practitioner who has returned one last time to the town she ran away from to pack up the house where she grew up. Trying to avoid any drama, she cannot get away fast enough, or so she tells herself while her heart wonders about her high school crush. When fate lands them together in Seattle at a birthday party, suddenly Anna must lean on the woman she once left behind… Lexi.

Lexi Scott has built a simple life of writing novels and remodeling her farmhouse, but when she runs into a long-lost friend, her world is turned upside down. It’s not until she attends her sister Jackie’s birthday party that she is forced to not only face the apocalypse but now she must decide if she is willing to risk her heart again to save the only woman she ever loved… Anna.

The end of the world is only the beginning.

If you like a story with romance and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KC Luck’s page-turning new book.

  • 1 winner

Darkness Falls Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Darkness Falls giveaway begins on June 10 2021 and ends on June 30 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Bestselling author KC Luck writes women loving women action-adventure, contemporary romance, and fiction. Writing is her passion, and nothing energizes her more than creating new characters facing trials and tribulations in a complex plot. Whether it is apocalypse, contemporary, or a little naughty, with every story, KC tries to add her own unique twist. She has written nine books (which include The Darkness Trilogy and The Lesbian Billionaires Club series) and multiple short stories across many genres. KC is active in the LGBT community and is a member of the GCLS Board of Directors.

 

CONNECT WITH KC LUCK

Facebook / Twitter / iReadIndies

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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Rescued by McGee Mathews

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful McGee Mathews is here to share a story. Also, McGee is giving away 1 ecopy of Delivering Generations. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, McGee.

Rescued

I am fortunate to have had many acts of kindness over the years, but one occasion rises to the top. There was a time in my past when I needed to leave a volatile domestic situation. I had a storage unit to dump my stuff, all 4 x 10 feet of it. I’d gotten a post office box. I just didn’t have the cash for a down payment for an apartment. I had started a new job, and it would take some time to save up. I had a little terrier mix that I could not, would not, leave with my ex.

A friend at work was willing to have me move in, but her complex did not take dogs. If I could board my dog somewhere, or give her up, I had a place to stay for a couple months.

I contacted some friends; I’ll name them Wilma and Betty. I had known them less than a year. I called and explained the situation, tears rolling down my face, trying to sound like I wasn’t crying. Wilma paused and muffled the phone with her hand. In a few moments, she replied that they had to talk it over. Betty worked with my ex and her job would be at risk.

I said that I understood it was a big ask and hung up. Before I released the receiver into the cradle, the phone rang. Wilma said, “We discussed it. Meet us in an hour for a house key.”

You might consider it paranoid, but I parked my truck in a different parking lot every day at work and borrowed a car as often as I could so my ex wouldn’t see my vehicle in their driveway. On the weekends we moved it behind their garage. A mutual friend gifted me a locking gas cap. I never answered their phone nor answered the door. On the first weekend there, my little terrier started fussing at their huge dog. Then my little darling ate their couch. I spent two full days hand sewing to fix it. We agreed that if my dog kept terrorizing theirs, I’d have to find a new arrangement. As if she understood, the next day the two dogs were playing. The only other issue was that I needed to stop trying to cook dinner before I gave us all food poisoning or something. They had been a couple for a long time, and I’m sure that I annoyed the stuffing out of them but they never complained.

On the day that I moved into my first house, Betty and Wilma gave me a tool box. Inside was the money I paid them for rent.

As for my ex, well, she found me the third day in my new place and parked in front of my house every night for weeks. I waved from the porch, and haven’t seen her since.

Wilma and Betty would continue to meet me for breakfast once a week and they teased me about needing to see the resume of any woman I wanted to date. For the record, they like my wife very much. After my long-distance move, we have rarely seen each other.

During our last visit, pre-covid, I again repeated my thanks for when they rescued me. Wilma nodded. “You needed to be.”

That’s the most we talked about it, and I will be always grateful for their act of kindness, sheltering me at my darkest hour.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

DELIVERING GENERATIONS

Ladies of Diamond Lake: Book 3

by McGee Mathews

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The newest officer to join the Diamond Lake police force, Jackie Dupuis is a little eccentric. She finds deciphering people exhausting, which leaves her lonely in this small town. She isn’t quite ready to say that she made a mistake taking this job, but she’s close. If not for the success of her paranormal hobby in this extremely haunted place, she might have already left.

When Angie Stolmeijer arrived, she assumed she wouldn’t be in town for more than a few months. A budding musician and a cosmetologist, she works at the hair salon of Winnie, her Aunt Nancy’s partner. As her aunts try to help her find direction, they watch with knowing eyes as Angie develops an interest in a certain new cop. Even with their support, though, there are some journeys in life that you must walk alone.

Amy Gilbert and Molly Gorman enthusiastically prepare for their baby. Amy’s footloose lifestyle is challenged while attending to a stubborn, usually self-sufficient, and now pregnant partner. To her shock and pleasure, her parents embrace the upcoming grandbaby.

Molly has her eye on the future, yet her family history haunts her. Her parents are opposed to her having a child. Molly’s paternal grandfather was her hero, upholding the law. Small-town gossip has her wondering if it’s true that shady characters are sprinkled on her family tree. When a body is found, the rumors gain traction.

  • 1 winner

DELIVERING GENERATIONS GIVEAWAY

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Delivering Generations giveaway begins on June 3 2021 and ends on June 30 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

McGee Mathews won the 2019 Lesfic Bard Award for her novel Moving Violations.

Her books Exceeding Expectations and Delivering Generations, part of the Ladies of Diamond Lake series, are self-published, Keeping Secrets is a historical romance published by Sapphire Publishing and Slaying Dragons is with Stone Soup Publishing.

McGee and her wife of over 28 years raised three children on a farm in South Carolina.
 

CONNECT WITH McGEE MATHEWS

Twitter / Website

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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April Book of the Month Winners

 

April 2021 Winners

 

ROMANCE 

 

EVOLUTION

Symphony Series: Book 3

by MJ Duncan

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Life in The Royal Ballet comes with a set of unwritten rules, and no one knows them better than Nina Devereaux. Even in her current role as the Company’s Artistic Director, those expectations still loom menacingly over her life. But when she’s granted the opportunity to bring her revolutionary ballet to stage, the little voice that has always kept her playing by the rules begins to waver as she watches her love letter to the woman who has held her heart for years come to life. She knows better than most that it’s a long road from wanting something to having it, but perhaps this time she’ll finally manage to get it right.

This can be read as a stand-alone. It’s set in the same ‘verse and runs concurrently to Pas de Deux, but features different characters.

 

EROTICA & EROTIC ROMANCE

 

PREWRATH AND RAPTURE

The Wrath Trilogy: Book 1

TJ Dallas

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Four years ago, Harry’s first act of Humility sent her hurtling to the deepest recesses of the dream world. When Death gives her the chance to save her family, her second act will prove infinitely worse. When Persephone arrives at the Cardinal, it’s time for Harry to keep her end of the deal. But it isn’t Pride, or even Humility, that Persephone wants; it’s Wrath. Emilia must join ranks with four forces of evil that long predate the Seven Deadly Sins; Death, Pestilence, War, and Famine. Emilia’s ruthless volcano has lain dormant for centuries, but a hidden agenda and a betrayal could tip her over the edge, causing an eruption felt throughout the very fabric of time and space.

 

FANTASY / PARANORMAL  / SUPERHERO

 

THE MERCY CHRONICLES

The Superheroines Collection

by Fiona Zedde

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The two thrilling halves of Fiona Zedde’s lesbian superhero book series come together in The Mercy Chronicles.

In The Power of Mercy, shape-shifter Mercy is a blade that can cut both ways. To her family, she is weak. Her power is nowhere near as impressive as their abilities to alter the world around them.

But when Mai Redstone puts on the costume to become Mercy, a rooftop-climbing chameleon with a thousand disguises and at least nine lives, she feels almost invincible. Until the day she must make the cruellest of choices, between family loyalty and self-preservation. How can she decide?

In A Lover’s Mercy, Mai returns to prowling Atlanta as its hero, Mercy. For all her new strength and heightened powers, her heart remains good and kind. Her passionate lover, Xóchitl, is the opposite. The softest thing about her is her love for Mai. Xóchitl hunts and punishes anyone who dares to break her people’s rules.

When Mai ends up in an enemy’s crosshairs, Xóchitl is terrified. She’s used to being the most dangerous one in the room, but when she suddenly isn’t, will she allow herself to surrender to her lover’s mercy?

 

A & A / MYSTERY / THRILLER

/ SUSPENSE

 

LOVE’S WITNESS

by Claire Highton-Stevenson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Frankie Shaw moves 250 miles south, hoping to start a new life without the ghost that haunts her, the last thing she expects to see is her ex-girlfriend Lisa Bittern.

Because Lisa was murdered fourteen years ago.

Alice Trent is the mother of two little boys and the wife of a local police officer, could she have any answers that would give Frankie peace of mind, or is it really just a case of mistaken identity?

 

HISTORICAL

 

THE IMPERATIVE OF DESIRE

Passing Rites: Book 1

by Elena Graf

Available in Kindle Unlimited

In the waning years of Queen Victoria’s reign, a brilliant daughter is born to an aristocratic, military family in Prussia. A quirk of inheritance law allows Margarethe von Stahle to inherit her family’s titles. Her elders collaborate to educate her to take on her future duties, which include administering her family estates and supporting an order of nuns.

Margarethe’s curiosity and precocity delight and perplex her teachers as they try to mold her. Her father trains her with his military cadets. A retired opera singer teaches her how to sing. Her grandaunt, headmistress of the convent school, educates her in philosophy and classics. At an early age, Margarethe heads to Oxford to follow in her father’s footsteps. Gifted with both musical and intellectual talents, she must choose between singing and service. Raised to take her duty and noblesse oblige seriously, she decides to study medicine and becomes one of the few female surgeons in 1920s Germany.

Because she needs heirs to her titles, Margarethe reluctantly marries, but that doesn’t prevent her from finding solace in the arms of women. She trains under the best surgeons in Germany and England and rises to prominence as London’s infamous “Lady Doctor.” Finally, duty requires her to return to her homeland and take the reins of the family fortunes.

The Imperative of Desire, the first volume in The Passing Rites Series, is a coming-of-age story that takes a young woman from La Belle Époque, through a world war, a revolution that outlawed the German nobility, the roaring twenties, to the decadent demimonde of Weimar Berlin.

 

GENERAL FICTION

 

ACCIDENTAL DESPERADOS

by Lee Lynch

In this second book of the Rainbow Gap Lesbian Family Saga, MJ Beaudry, an angry, brilliant, abused runaway, is dumped in Rainbow Gap, Florida, and almost immediately discovers an aptitude for crime. The lesbian cop who catches her expects good-hearted lovers Jaudon Vicker and Berry Garland to save the kid. Although Jaudon’s business has suffered a killing blow and she’s frantic to make it right, she was once a besieged gay kid herself and reaches out, only to find herself in cahoots with MJ.

Berry is left in the dark, her own big dream on hold, and fears losing her love as Jaudon is swallowed by work and guilt. Berry, salt-of-the-earth Gran, besotted-with-MJ Vonnie Lowe, Allison the social justice warrior, and scofflaws Shady and Tad all stand behind Jaudon, but are they enough?

Or will it take this next generation of lesbians—MJ and Vonnie—to lead the way?

 

AUDIOBOOK

 

FINDING FAMILY

Your Way Series: Book 2

by Jamey Moody

narrated by Morgan Southard

How many life changing events can a brand new relationship stand?

Erin Evans is hoping the fourth time’s the charm in her quest to have a baby. At 41 she’s out of time and doing this on her own. She knows the odds of finding her happily-ever-after are slim, but she wants to be a mother more than anything.

A semi-flirtatious conversation with a tall, fit, dark-haired woman in the waiting room of her fertility clinic gives Erin pause, which she attributes to hormones until she comes out of her procedure to find the alluring Desi Shaw still waiting.

What Desi does next surprises them both….

This is Book Two in the Your Way Series. Get yours now! Each is a stand-alone.

 

Lisa won the $15 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

VOTE FOR MAY’S BOOK OF THE MONTH

It’s time to vote for your favorite May 2021 books.

Voting is open until the end of June.

Results will be announced in July.

Best of luck authors!

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A Precious Gift by JM Dragon

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful JM Dragon is here to share a story. Also, JM is giving away 1 ecopy of My Dear Vet. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, JM.

A Precious Gift

Ten years ago, my cat Molly died. She was my first ever pet, I had always been too busy working in the UK to provide enough attention to have a pet. When I moved to New Zealand it was a whole new ball game. Molly adopted me within a month of me living at the rental property and she never left. You can imagine I was devastated. One of the vets who had taken care of Molly over the years, visited me for a cup of tea, she knew I had taken it hard. We talked about having a new pet. I said I did not think I could after the heartbreak of losing my ‘little girl’. Anyway, she left with my pathetic yes, I probably would.

Two weeks later I received a call from the senior vet nurse of the practice. She said they had the perfect cat for me. If I was interested as the vet had informed them that I might be open to another cat. Though she said if I needed more time to not rush, they would keep her until I decided to see her. Of course, I agreed to see the cat.

When I saw her, I hesitated bringing back too many memories. Then she placed her in my arms, a twelve-month cat, on the small size. Abandoned by her owners because they didn’t want to pay the vet bills when she was sick. That should have been motivation enough for me to take her home. Still, I hesitated. Until this furball snuggled into my shoulder and I was lost. From that day forward I was given a precious gift. Katie, named after the vet nurse who persevered with me, is my darling princess.

The kindness if you wonder is that a vet took time out to see a patient’s parent and console them, when it was so easy to say, just another day at the office. A vet nurse who promised to keep Katie until I could deal with losing Molly. From their kindness I made a commitment to place anonymously $500 NZ dollars as the Molly fund, renewed each year, at their disposal if someone had difficulties in paying for surgery for their cat. To-date Molly’s fund has helped 7 cats and their parents. I see the recipients either by photo or visit the vets and see them after surgery. Kindness is contagious I for sure am a recipient.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

MY DEAR VET

JM Dragon

Ava Lawrence a research veterinarian is thrown in the deep end when her uncle asks her to cover his country practice while he has a vacation of a lifetime. How could she refuse? His team shouldn’t be any different than the crew at her parents’ practice, oh, was she so wrong. What she now has to work with is a sassy nurse, an obnoxious receptionist, and an animal whisperer, or so it seems. The patients, or at least their owners, a whole other story. Ava finds herself embroiled in taking care of animals in the area and local issues outside her experience, making her question her sanity. Two women show her she is missing one of the most wonderful things in world—allowing love into her life. Throw in chickens, cats, dogs, a donkey named Theo, along with various other animals. This turns out to be Ava’s unexpected adventure with far reaching romantic benefits.

  • 1 winner

MY DEAR VET Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The My Dear Vet giveaway begins on May 27, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

JM Dragon a New Zealand citizen, living in the beautiful Canterbury countryside. JM loves to garden, travel, write, take care of her animals, family, and pursue her business interest-Affinity Ebook Press NZ Ltd. A keen reader of sci-fi, crime/mystery, classics, and romance.

 

CONNECT WITH JM DRAGON

Email: jm1dragon@yahoo.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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Kindness That Changed My World by Mary D. Brooks

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Mary D. Brooks is here to share a story. Also, Mary is giving away 1 ecopy of In the Blood of the Greeks. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Mary.

Kindness That Changed My World

Everyone knows what kindness is, and usually, we are on the receiving end by someone who has given us the gift in person. The kindness I would like to talk about is the act of being generous and kind via another method.

On September 9, 2001, I was in Washington DC, visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. My adopted grandmother was a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. When I was fourteen years old, she gave me a book called “I Am Rosemarie” about a sixteen-year-old in a concentration camp. That book changed my world. My grandmother was why I chose to write my first novel, “In the Blood of the Greeks,” about the holocaust in Greece.

I was at the Museum and struggled to keep my composure. I knew what the Nazis did, but it’s the stark visual like a room full of shoes that survived when their owners did not make it, that significantly impacted me.

The Museum has a section where Holocaust survivors give testimony of their experiences via video. By this time, I was emotionally overwrought (that’s the whole idea – if you didn’t feel overwhelmed by the barbarity, you must check your pulse because you’re more likely dead).

I watch the videos, and they make an impact on me. It’s one of those videos that would leave the biggest impression on me. To my shame, I don’t remember the woman’s name, but I remember her words and how she made me feel. I’m going to call her Edith.

Edith started her testimony by talking about her experience in the camps. She was the only survivor of a large family. Edith then began to talk about her life after her liberation. She found love and married an Allied soldier. She had advice for people who had undergone a traumatic time in their lives. Edith said she would look back at her time in the Concentration Camp and be overwhelmed by sorrow and regrets. Her memories didn’t allow her to move forward. She was stuck in the past. Edith found that by looking back and reliving her pain, she let the Nazis torture her again. Her mental wounds would never heal because she wasn’t letting go of the past. Edith decided that she didn’t want the Nazis to win by wallowing in the past. Edith’s solution was to live in the moment and look to the future. That takes a lot of strength to achieve, and suffice to say, it’s not easy to will yourself not to think of your trauma. We are all at the mercy of our past, but there is a way to deal with painful memories.

I was in awe of this woman, and I lost the battle not to break down and cry. I felt sorry for myself because I had walked out on an abusive marriage, and that’s all I was doing; living in the past. Edith had undergone the brutality of the Nazis, but here she was, showing unimaginable strength and a solution to a problem

My life had been a piece of cake compared to Edith’s experiences, but the principles were the same. Don’t live in the past. Don’t allow those who hurt you to repeatedly reopen those wounds. It sounds like an easy plan, but it’s not; you have to force yourself to adhere to the ‘no wallow rule.’ Of course, that’s not to say your memories won’t try to resurface; they will. It’s up to you how you handle them.

Edith’s kindness was to pass along her wisdom to those who watched the video, such as myself. If a woman who had undergone torture and the loss of her entire family can find that strength, undoubtedly, I could as well.

I walked out of the Holocaust Museum on that gorgeous sunny day on September 9, 2001, with a new mindset. Edith’s kindness has given me peace of mind and allowed me to grow beyond my past experiences.

Sometimes, you just never know when a simple act of kindness may lead. Edith changed my world, and I thank God for her kindness.

 

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IN THE BLOOD OF THE GREEKS

Intertwined Souls Series: Book 1

by Mary D. Brooks

Forbidden love, heart racing suspense, an epic tale set in war-ravaged Greece.

Two women — one a German officer’s daughter, the other a young Greek woman filled with fury — race against time to help Jews and Allied soldiers escape a Greek town during World War II. They are moments from death if their clandestine operation is exposed.

Eva and Zoe should be enemies but fate brings them together to work as a team to accomplish their life saving mission. They find themselves in an unlikely friendship that transcends the barriers between them and while they work to help Jews escape, their unlikely friendship turns to love. Zoe Lambros’ faith in God is shattered after her mother’s death at the hands of the German Commander. She determines to defy the enemy in every way she can–including a festering urge to kill the German Commander’s daughter, Eva Muller.

Eva Muller has a tortured past, and a secret, if revealed, will lead to certain death at the hands of her father. Despite knowing the risk, Eva is working with the village priest to help the Jews escape. With her activities closely observed, Eva needs help to continue the clandestine operation and Zoe Lambros is the answer despite her antagonism to the fiery Greek.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Mary D. Brooks is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of historical romance fiction with a splash of urban fantasy. Passionate about the exploits of heroic women throughout history but especially during WW1 and WW2. After years of not giving birth to the story in her head, she finally relented and wrote her first novel, “In the Blood of the Greeks,” about the Greek Resistance during WW2 in 2001. She was inspired by her grandmother, who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, and her grandfather’s experiences in the Greek Resistance. Her characters Eva Muller and Zoe Lambros were born – heroic women standing up to the Nazis in Occupied Greece, all thanks to the bravery of unsung heroes. What intended to be one book has blossomed to ten books! When the characters don’t want to leave…

Mary lives in Australia, works as a graphic and web designer, runs her own publishing company, AUSXIP Publishing, and writes her WW2-themed fiction and brings forth art. When she’s not doing all of that (phew!), she’s a voracious bookworm of historical fiction and murder mysteries!

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