Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A BIG contest in time for the holidays!

I love Christmas. Love it, love it, love it. And this month, well, in a little more than a week actually, I have a new release coming out, and I want to celebrate it with all of you. Many of you will already know it, but the book is called Pride and Passion, and it involves a very passionate couple, Lucy Ashton, and a duke, Adrian York. I loved writing this book. It made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think.

You see, Lucy is a product of her times. She's basically a pawn, as most women were back in the day. But Lucy has a voice. Sure, her father isn't hearing it, but she voices it all the same. It made me rather grateful that I was born in the century I was, because I don't believe I would have fared well back then, when I was expected to hold my tongue and obey the commands of the men around me, even if they were...gasp...my father or husband! No, I surely would not have been a very obediant daughter, or wife. I am much too independent, too stubborn, and yes, something very volatile bristles inside me at the thought of a man telling me I cannot do something!

But you know, there are still places in the world today where a woman's voice is stifled. Where women and girls are second class citizens, to even little boys. It makes me angry to be honest. I am a daughter, a wife, a professional, a writer, and a woman. There is not much closed off to me, I've had a dream of being a writer since I was eight years old, and I've achieved that dream because no one told me I couldn't. No one  told me it was silly or useless, or not my place to leave the house. No one forbid me an education, no one denied me the right to follow the dream I saw before me. I am the mother of a daughter who has the same dream laden path awaiting her. She has a father who is not only invested in her life, but in her dreams as well. He's never told her she can't. She's never been anything less than wonderful in his eyes, despite the fact she's 'just a girl'. I have two beautiful nieces, and they do whatever boys can do--and enjoying telling you they can!

We are so blessed in our Westernized countries to be independent, to be able to follow dreams and speak our minds. To grow up loved and protected, educated, and encouraged. To be what we want to be. To write what we want, and read what we want (yes, all those sexy romance novels! Imagine being denied reading them. I for one cannot imagine being denied writing them!)

I am supported by absolutely wonderful, successful women, my agent Jessica Alvarez from Bookends Literary Agency (an agency founded by a woman, and run by women btw, and rather successful, I might add), my wonderful editor, my wonderful cover artist, my friends, my coworkers who work alongside me every day as I work as nurse, helping women bring their babies into the world. My mum who taut me my worth was more than that of the man whose arm my fingers were laid upon. These are all women who have made a difference in my life, and other's as well.

It is in this spirit of women giving back to women, and of Lucy being able to at last have her voice heard, and to be gifted with love by a man who not only listens to her, but accepts her for who she is, that I am happy and excited to announce that I will be donating half of my royalties for Pride and Passion to the wonderful organization of Because I am a Girl. Please have a quick peek at the videos, or have a look around the website to see what wonderful things they are doing for girls and women. It`s not charity, it`s empowerment!

 It's my hope that myself, my readers, and Lucy from Pride and Passion might make a difference in the world of women! I will keep everyone up to date of how much I donate, and when. In the meantime, watch these very powerful short videos.

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QcMxxT6rr3o

Now have a peek at this one:



I am very passionate about this cause, thankyou for helping me to share it.

Now, a big contest you ask? YES!!!!! So, in keeping with the spirit of sisterhood, my most talented friend, Heidi has made me a wonderful prize to give away. for the release of Pride and Passion. The prize is rather fitting, I think, for Lucy from Pride and Passion collects these. And I was thinking that it`s a fitting way to not only represent the book, but also the girl themed organization. Without further adieu, I give you the grand prize; the Pride and Passion doll, just in time for Christmas gift giving and keep for yourself, or give to a daughter, grand daughter, neice, mother, grandmother, god child, and the list goes on and on!


Grand Prize. This exquistie doll from Victorian Nursery, and a signed copy of Pride and Passion.







Prize Number Two: A Fifty dollar Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of Pride and Passion

Prize Number Three: The beautiful bookmark, and a signed copy of Pride and Passion


Prize Number Four: Any signed copy of any book from my backlist (just not the Secrets one, I`m out of those!) and a Because I Am A Girl T-shirt.

So what`s the catch, right. There is one, but nothing too heavy. Just blog, review, chat about Pride and Passion, Tweet the book, this contest, or Facebook it, and come back to this blog and send a link to whatever you did in the comment section. Do it a couple of times and increase your chance of winning. And that`s it. Easy peasy.

The contest will close on Thursday, Dec 1, at Midnight EST so there is enough time to ship it for Christmas, or whatever holiday or special occasion you might be celebrating.
Please visit Victorian Nursery and discover all the beautiful dolls that Heidi has made. Good luck to everyone! I`ll keep this post up so it doesn`t get missed.

happy holidays, and Peace On Earth!

40 comments:

Barbara said...

Aw, she's absolutely beautiful! So sweet.

Alycia said...

Wonderful cause and contest!

Danielle Gorman said...

Great contest. Do you want us to do a new post every time we post a review or chat about the book somewhere? Well here's my review on Pride & Passion from Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/226924258

iqb99@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

Great cause and great contest, thanks :) I had the pleasure of reading Pride & Passion early so here is my review from my blog:
http://underthecovers-lisa.blogspot.com/2011/10/pride-passion-by-charlotte-featherstone.html
Can't wait for Temptation & Twilight!

Punya said...

So, is the contest open worldwide Ms. Featherstone? I live in South Asia and my book might be a bit late to reach me. Darn! I especially love the bookmark, very pretty. I know Heidi makes dolls so was wondering if they were from her. Great gifts! :)

So, if it's open worldwide and I get my copy in time, I promise to post the link of my review. Also, in general, I'm telling my friends (or GR users in different groups) about your books all the time, to anyone who wants to read great Erotic/HR books. How can I not recommend Addicted and Sinful! Those two books stole my heart. *sigh*

elisha carlson said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/
Great contest, i want the doll soooo bad. but i want the signed book just as much.

elisha carlson said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000705572414

repost with right location.

elisha carlson said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/deb.m.carlson


im on a role.

LadyVampire2u said...

This is such a great contest. Thank you for being so generous. I definitely spread the word..

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tinyman#!/groups/156581234376482/287442197957051/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LadyVampire2u/status/134539951168684032

Thank you and Happy Holidays!
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Punya said...

From my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/phrashid

In my blog: http://punyareviews.blogspot.com/2011/11/quill-and-inkwell-big-contest-in-time.html

Right now, I don't really care if it's worldwide or not, I'm just glad to spread the words. :)

heartoftexasbooks said...

Hi Charlotte,

Here's my facebook page where I posted about your contest: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000681998450

Can't wait to read it!

Laura T
heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

heartoftexasbooks said...

Oops, forgot to include the link to my tweet about the contest: http://twitter.com/#!/heartoftxbooks/status/134724858541117440

Thanks,

Laura T
heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

Eli Yanti said...

i want christmas's gift ;)

fantastic giveaway

it's international?

Eva's Flowers said...

The doll is gorgeous, looks lovely.

Spreading the word, here's my Twitter post:

https://twitter.com/#!/perez_evita/status/134906828357246976

Great cause and thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

This sounds like a wonderful story, I can't wait to read it. The giveaway is awesome. Thanks fo posting this! What great Holidays gifts for yourself or someone else.

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Hi to everyone, and a BIG thanks for all the great feedback and for getting the word about this cause, and my contest! Thanks!

Also, it is international, but I cannot promise Christmas delivery of things outside of North America and Great Britain. I am reasonably certain that it should make it in time, but sometimes things happen...

Good luck to all!

carrie said...

Shared the contest on my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000428727454

Danielle Gorman said...

I shared on my facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/ramblingsfromthischick/posts/123717767738668

iqb99@yahoo.com

elaing8 said...

Great cause.
And thanks for the giveaway

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/elaing8/status/135875492267048961

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

arlenadean said...

The doll is beautiful and I know the novel will be a good read.

Kerry Sutherland/Medora said...

My review, just posted today:

http://www.bookspotcentral.com/2011/11/14/pride-and-passion-by-charlotte-featherstone-review/#more-1092

Can't wait for Elizabeth and Alynwick in July - thanks so much for the excerpt!

arlenadean said...

I just posted again on my Facebook page for my facebook friends to get the novel....

This is a wonderful cause...

Anonymous said...

I put it on Facebook. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=235702193158661&id=1650256914

Danielle Gorman said...

I shared on my Google+ page.

https://plus.google.com/106523335252968189666/posts/FsBTehnvLt2?hl=en

iqb99@yahoo.com

arlenadean said...

I just posted again on Facebook for my friends to take a look at this...

Elaine said...

So excited to find out about this giveaway and have posted it on my Facebook. I've known Heidi for a number of years and have always had a huge appreciation for her awesome talent. Can't wait to read this book too.

Elaine said...

So excited to learn of this contest and have posted it on my Facebook wall. I've known Heidi for a number of years and always had a huge appreciation for her talent for reborning. Can't wait to read the book and appreciate the wonderful cause.

Elaine said...

ooopps! Forgot to leave the Facebook link. Hope I did this right!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000232956499#!/profile.php?id=613996023

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Thanks to everyone who has entered! MUCH appreciated!

arlenadean said...

I am still letting my Facebook friends know about this great book and doll!

arlenadean said...

I am here still promoting this on my facebook page. This is a good novel and beautiful doll. I want it!(smile).

arlenadean said...

This is a wonderful cause and great contest. I really need this doll to hug. She is so cute and I hope I win!

arlenadean said...

The book and doll is a beautiful thing and I hope I win!

Punya said...

I've put the contest news and of course, the book publication as a sticky post in my blog. It will be there til the contest ends. Also, I have the book in my 'eagerly awaiting album' in flash player on top of my blog. This is great! :)

http://punyareviews.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I just want to say I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! You are my all time fave Author.

here is my blog:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510755330&sk=notes#!/notes/me/

Anonymous said...

I really want the sign copy of the book!

here is another:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=510755330

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOUR CAUSE TOO!!

I am a firm believer that women should be treat as same as men and we have every right to voice our opinions.

here is another:
http://community.indigo.ca/reviews/Belle/all-93638.html

Anonymous said...

here is another of my blog:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pride-Passion-Charlotte-Featherstone/9780373776177-item.html?ikwid=charlotte+featherstone&ikwsec=Home

Anonymous said...

I don’t have a google account and i am anonymous on here. I am Belle on facebook. Love your books.!!!

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pride-Passion-Charlotte-Featherstone/9780373776177-item.html?ikwid=charlotte+featherstone&ikwsec=Home

Anonymous said...

Great cause and a wonderful contest!

here is my blog again:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=510755330

 
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