LIFT4Autism MegaGiveaway – WEEK 3!

LIFT banner justifiedWeek 3 of LIFT doesn’t let up!  We have such incredible donations from amazing authors this week.

If you missed the LIFT t-shirts, there’s still a chance! Reserve yours in our “round two” LIFT order today! Don’t be left out when we have LIFT selfie day!

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This week’s MegaGiveaway benefits The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation.

Thank you to the generous authors donating!

A.L. Jackson

Amalie Silver

Cindi Madsen

Faith Andrews

Gia Riley

Jen Frederick

K. Bromberg

Lia Riley

Mandi Beck

Molly McClain

Nicole Storey

S.R. Grey

Whitney Barbetti

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Week 2 – LIFT MegaGiveaway!!!

LIFT banner justifiedIt’s week two of LIFT: Authors Raising Autism Awareness!

More than 50 authors are banding together this month, donating their great work, and increasing awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism.

This Week’s LIFT Authors

Aleatha Romig
B.L. Berry
Cassie Graham
Claire Contreras
Elisabeth Grace
Eliza Freed
Jasinda Wilder
Jennie Marts
Kimberly Knight
Kimberly Rose
Rebecca Yarros
Stephanie Rose
Whitney G.
Zoe York

The Rafflecopter is loaded with e-books, signed paperbacks, swag and gift cards from these amazing authors! Make sure you enter!

We are highlighting The Autism Society this week. With more than 50 years of service to the autism community, they are one of the nation’s leading grassroots autism organizations. Please consider supporting their efforts!


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LIFT 4 Autism!

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April is Autism Awareness month, and the romance reading community is celebrating!

1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism every year, making it the fastest growing and one of the most prevalent developmental disabilities. As many of you know, my son has autism, so I’m very personally passionate about this cause. Ginger Scott and I have organized a MegaGiveaway called LIFT featuring more than 50 authors to raise awareness and acceptance! Each Monday in April, a new rafflecopter will go live, loaded with e-books, audio books, swag packs, signed paperbacks and gift cards from these amazing authors doing their part to LIFT4Autism. (scroll down for this week’s rafflecopter!)

And there’s LIFTWear – 4 styles to choose from! All proceeds from the LIFT t-shirts will go to a national autism organization.

Order t-shirts HERE until MONDAY, APRIL 13!

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Good luck and #LIFTOff!

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#LIFT4Autism: Full List of Authors + A cool limited-time-only t-shirt!

I’m pleased to reveal the LIFT List! More than 50 authors are donating e-books, paper backs, swag, and gift cards to raise autism awareness! Check out some of your favorites below!


Each week in April, a new rafflecopter will go live with e-books, signed paper backs, swag packs, gift cards and even audio books from these authors!

And….there is LIFT Wear! This t-shirt is available only until April 13! ORDER yours today!

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1. If you are a blogger, and would like to help spread the word, sign up here.
2. If you would like to be notified by email each week when a new rafflecopter goes live so you don’t miss the chance to enter, sign up here.
4. IF YOU ARE A PARENT/GUARDIAN/PRIMARY CAREGIVER for an ASD child or adult! We have a group launching April 1 to bond around our struggles, triumphs and our favorite escape – BOOKS! If you’re looking for a place to build community with other parents on the autism journey, and maybe chat about your fave books and book boyfriends, we hope this will be it! Sign up here to be notified when it goes live.  (for authors and readers alike)

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1 in every 68 children is diagnosed with Autism every year. That’s more than are diagnosed with childhood cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, AIDS and Down Syndrome. It is now second only to mental retardation in prevalence, and needs our attention!

I am beyond excited to be lifting up the incredibly worthy cause of Autism this April! My friend Ginger Scott and I started talking about doing something fun and meaningful for Autism Awareness months ago. I, as many of you know, have a son on the severe end of the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed 12 years ago when he was 2 years old. Seven years ago, I started and still run a foundation for families in Georgia living with Autism. Ginger has a nephew on the spectrum, and volunteers with an autism organization in her home state of Arizona.

We have recruited 50 other authors to help spread the word. Some of these authors are Warrior Mamas like me. Some of them have relatives or friends touched by Autism. Some of them just want to do their part to lift the cause. ALL of them are amazing!




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T-SHIRTS!  We also have a tee spring campaign! We’d love people from all over posting pics of themselves in their LIFT t-shirts to raise awareness! Click HERE to order until April 13. All profits go to organizations serving ASD families.

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WEEK 1 Giveaway!

(Starts April 6)

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Week 2:  Monday, April 13

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Week 3:  Monday, April 20

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Week 4:  Monday, April 27



Eleanor Green #IndieChicks Spotlight!



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Author Eleanor Green

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Eleanor Green resides in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She enjoys the things everyone else does—reading, writing, cooking—but is also an adventure seeker.

Terrified of cats, passionate about hot tea, allergic to being cold.

Her favorite place to write is a cabin in the woods.


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When Katie Harrington becomes engaged to Branson Stone she believes her life is right on track for all her dreams to come true.


However, flashes of a life she never lived haunt her—leading her to discover a past that has been purposely erased from her memory in order to protect her from horrible truths.


The look on her fiancé’s face as she retells everything she remembers about being a victim of human trafficking will forever be etched in her mind. Instead of catching and comforting her, he lets her go.


Retreating to the family’s cottage in the Outer Banks for the summer, Katie’s heart begins to heal. She succumbs to the allure of a dangerously handsome local, Aidan Romero. But as soon as Katie begins to let go and move on with Aidan . . . Branson finds her.


Now Katie is torn between two lives—facing her painful past with Branson, or moving on with Aidan and keeping the secrets safely buried forever.





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USA Today Article on Sexually Abused Male Heroes

One of the characters, Cam from BE MINE FOREVER, book 3 in my debut trilogy, is a very special character to me. He has always been my favorite of the BENNETT series. I know many readers felt the exact opposite, especially in books 1 and 2. And I get it. Completely. He made some real jerk moves in the first part of the series. I guess what I loved were the things the readers didn’t know about him yet. How tender and affectionate he could be. How much of a reprieve his art had been from the truly horrid existence of his childhood. The sexual abuse he had suffered and how it shaped him. Made him desperate enough for affirmation, affection, acceptance to marry a girl he didn’t love in the right way. To marry a girl he suspected loved his best friend.

So, yeah. There were things I knew that readers didn’t know yet.

I don’t see a lot of sexually abused heroes in romance, but I knew a few writers who had tackled this challenging topic. I talked with them and with the folks from 1in6, a national organization helping male sex abuse survivors for the piece I wrote for USA Today. The response was overwhelming. It was shared in so many places. At one point, a friend tagged me on  a comment on Facebook. When I went to check it out, she was posting in a thread Anne Rice had posted about my article. She called it interesting and encouraged her followers to read it. Yeah, that Anne Rice. Um…freak out.

I guess what I’m saying is that the article hit a nerve for many. Resonated with many. I hope, maybe, helps some who may have hesitated talking about their abuse. It was an article about sexually abused males in romantic fiction, but never have I been more conscious that the fiction I created was someone’s reality than when I wrote that piece.

Find the article HERE. Writing this helped me understand Cam even better. Maybe it will do the same for you. If you haven’t read BMF, all the links are below. :-)


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Candace Shaw’s MY KIND OF GIRL

I’m so pleased to have bestselling author and fellow Georgia peach Candace Shaw on the blog today! She has a sale going on and a fabulous excerpt to share with us! Take it away, Candace and thank you for being on deck! :-)


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Thank you so much for letting me stop by to share an excerpt from my latest release, My Kind of Girl. It’s the 5th book in my contemporary romance series, the Arrrington Family. Enjoy!


Dr. Sean Arrington loves his family, patients, and the ladies. With no interest in settling down with one woman, he dates women—who like him—just want to have fun with no commitment and no strings attached—unless they like being tied up. Literally. However, when he lands his eyes on the cute-dimpled, quirky botanist Traci Reed, something tugs at his heart and he figures rules can be broken.

Traci has been infatuated with the rivetingly handsome bad boy since his mother showed her Sean’s picture a few years ago. When he asks her to design the gardens in his backyard, Traci can’t refuse. After they share a heated first kiss, she can’t believe Sean actually has feelings for her. She’s drawn to his smooth charisma and intellect; however, she’s cautious for she knows he prefers his bachelor lifestyle. Can Sean prove to Traci she’s his kind of girl after all?



Following the directions of his car’s navigation system, Sean made it to the Memphis Nursery on time. He shook off his tie—tossing it in the passenger seat—and unfastened the top two buttons of his dress shirt. He’d noticed the day before that Traci drove a lime green Volkswagen Bug. Odd car in his opinion, but then again it sort of went with her quirky personality. He glanced in the rearview mirror and spotted a flash of lime green pull into the lot and park next to his Porsche. She waved and fiddled around with her cell phone while he hurried out of the car and made his way to her driver’s door. After opening it, she glanced up at him with a weak smile and back to her cell phone screen which had a series of text messages he couldn’t make out. She shut it off and grabbed her purse from the passenger’s seat.

“Hi,” she said softly, placing her tennis shoe clad feet on the pavement.

Taking her hand, he helped her out and closed the car door. She was dressed casually in jeans and a yellow T-shirt that pulled against her cleavage. He was suddenly aroused, but remembered she wasn’t happy about something.

“Hey. Everything all right?”

“Yeah … just some family stuff. Ready to go flower shopping?” she asked in a more upbeat tone.

“Lead the way.”

For the next thirty minutes, they browsed a variety of flowers and plants for his tranquility hummingbird garden she was creating in the right corner of the yard. Traci informed him that a landscape company would arrive the next day to pull up the grass. The day after, another company would lay the pavers for the walking trails, along with a patio for the pergola and fire pit area.

“So if all goes well this week, I’ll be able to begin planting the hummingbird garden on Friday around two o’clock,” she said, glancing over the work order for the flowers that were scheduled for pick up on Friday.

“All these plants can’t fit in your little beetle.”

She stooped down to look at the leaves of a ground cover plant he’d noticed was also in his mother’s garden but couldn’t remember the name.

“I have a truck with a trailer. I do it all the time.” She stood and they continued walking along the trail of plants.

“Cool, and I’ll be home by that time to help you unload and plant. I only do half days on Fridays unless it’s an emergency.”

“Thank you. It shouldn’t take too long. I’m sure we’ll be done in time so you can hit the streets on Friday night.

“I don’t have any plans for this weekend.”

“Mmm … I’m sure someone will pop up.” Traci winked and sat on a bench in the middle of a slew of potted crepe myrtles.

Sitting next to her, he stretched out his long legs. “I hope not. What you saw yesterday was actually out of the norm. My pet peeve is people showing up unannounced. That’s one of the reasons I told her to leave.” And the other is since I’ve met you, I’ve only wanted you. Wait. What? Did I say that out loud? Realizing he hadn’t, he exhaled in his head.

Traci giggled. “Well, Ms. Thang was heated strutting down your sidewalk quite fiercely to her Range Rover.”

“She’ll be fine. She’s in New York and then off to Paris and Milan for the next four to six months. She’s not thinking about me nor am I thinking of her. Not that kind of relationship.”

“Of course. I’m sure you have other women to take her place while she’s gone.”

“Contrary to what you may think, I don’t have a bunch of women lined up waiting. I go through dry spells like every other single person.”

“You just prefer to stay single.”

“Yes. And you? How’s your dating life?”

She pondered for a minute. “I guess you could say a dry spell at the moment. It’s the beginning of April, and I haven’t had an actual date since January.”

“What happened?”

“Nothing. No sparks. Nice guy, but not my type.”

Her cell phone vibrated in her purse. Letting out a frustrated sigh, she checked the caller ID and smacked her lips as she tossed the phone back into her purse as it continued to vibrate.

“Family issues again?”

She stood and motioned for him to join her as she looked at the potted crepe myrtles.


“Care to discuss? I’m a really good listener … or so I’ve been told.”

“I’m sure you are for a couple of hundred bucks or more an hour, but there’s nothing to discuss.” She turned toward him, sliding her hands into the back pockets of her jeans. “I’ll deal with it like I always do.”

“How? By working all day at the gardens even on your off days, and then moonlighting by designing gardens for residential homes?”

“If that’s what you want to believe, go ahead. Now what color trees would you like? Crepes come in purple, pink, white or red.”

“I like the deep purple ones, and if you want to avoid the question, I understand,” he said sincerely, placing his hand on her cheek. “I just hated the crumbled look on your face when you arrived and again when your phone rang. I love seeing your dimples.”

Traci trembled when he placed his hand on her face, and her chest rose and fell a few times as she breathed out. He found himself in her personal space and the urge to taste her pouty lips ran rampant through him. He’d never wanted to mix business with pleasure, but she was so close and the homemade rose oil she wore engulfed his senses. The puzzlement in her eyes as she stared up at him needed to be answered, so he had no choice but to lower his lips and pray she didn’t push him away.

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About Candace

Candace Shaw was born and raised under the sunny skies of northwest Florida and knew she wanted to become a writer after reading Little Women in fourth grade. After graduating from the University of West Florida with a degree in elementary education, Candace began teaching and put her dream of becoming a writer on hold until one summer vacation she started writing again and hasn’t stopped.

When Candace is not writing or researching for a book, she’s reading, shopping, learning how to cook a new dish or spending time with her loving husband and their loyal, overprotective Weimaraner, Ali. Candace is currently working on her next fun, flirty and sexy romance novel.

You can contact Candace by emailing her at or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter.


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My Greatest Release…Is not what you think!

***My Greatest Release***

I am celebrating my greatest release today. Yes, BE MINE FOREVER is out today, but that is not the greatest release I’m talking about. Today is my son’s 14th birthday. How apt that the book I released and the sweet miracle I gave birth to share this date. He has been my greatest gift and my greatest challenge. As parents, sometimes we get things we didn’t count on with our kids. Check that. As parents, we ALWAYS get things we didn’t count on. For my husband and me, it was autism, and it capsized our world and every expectation we had for our son.

Can I tell you something? I used to cry on his birthday. I’m ashamed to say that, but I did. Because every year I found myself saying, “Gosh, I just knew he would be doing this by this age. I just knew he’d be doing that. I just knew he’d be BETTER!” And I always felt this gulf growing and growing between how old he was chronologically and where he was cognitively and socially and developmentally. I am crying as I type this, not because of that but because this was such a great day. A day that has sometimes been really hard for me, was awesome. And a lot of you were a part of that!

We are about to take him out for his birthday, but I couldn’t go “offline” without making sure that every one who has bought a book or who plans to knows you are doing a small part to raise Autism awareness. 25% of my royalties go to support families living with Autism. So, look what you did! :-)



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