Sunday, August 3, 2014

How to Double Your Chance To Win - Giveaway

This is a Win-Win.  Everyone who enters is a winner because I will post all entry stories on my blog.  In addition, there are two opportunities to win an autographed copy of Battered Hope.   Click here to read the first couple chapters.  
@BatteredHope  Giveaway

It's a no-brainer that I am a dog lover and I know there are a lot of dog (and cat) lovers out there.  This will be a fun contest for all dog lovers and even those who don't own dogs.   Listed in my blog archive are 26 posts in April - one for each letter of the alphabet.  These are all stories about the dogs (and cats) that I have loved, and some..... lost.  

Here's the "R" word.


#1 - Read and Relate to one of the stories and tell me about your dog/cat experience.  You can choose from any of the 26 posts and I will list the most popular ones here.  The best (most entertaining and/or compelling) story, whether it be hilarious or a tear-jerker will be chosen by a panel of judges shown below.  I will send the winner an autographed copy of Battered Hope.  If you don't like the book, you may return it for a full refund!  Win-Win! :)

#2 - You can enter as often as you like

#3 - Send your Entry to:

Here are some of the most popular posts (but you can choose any of the dog posts from April or click on any of the judges names to read about them) 

Loveable, Crazy, Lap Dog Dobie - Babe

Dying Babe's Hair to Save Her Life

Mini Dachshund, Texas, attacked by a Bull Mastif - and survived

Goofy Sinker - Doberman - Flying Snakes and Flying Dogs

Incredible Story of a Dobie chasing my car for miles to rescue her from abuse

Another Rescue Dobie who was embarrassed to wear clothes

Lily - the Chihuahua INTIMIDATOR

Louis Vuitton - One incredible mini Dachshund who is probably smarter than.....

Definitely MY GIRL - Mercedez

Near Death Experience in Puppy Birth

Who are the judges?

Our judges are Dakota (12 year old German Shepherd), Willow (?? old Husky Cross), Mercedez (14 year old Black Lab/Dalmatian cross), Texas (18 year old mini Dachshund), Louis Vuitton (10 year old mini Dachshund), Lily (9 year old Chihuahua), Lola (9 year old Chiweenie) and Charlie (1 year old Bernese Mountain Dog).  Hubby and Rochelle will help them because as smart as they are... NONE OF THEM CAN READ!  Daughter Rochelle has 6 dogs, a cat and 3 sheep.  She has some pretty funny stories, some of which I have posted on this blog. 

I will then do a blog post of all of your stories.  I know that many of you have a dog story you want to tell but possibly it is not long enough for an entire blog post. 

One of our most Prestigious judges - Lola
Two Astute Judges
Senior member of the panel
These two are easily influenced

This contest ends around the middle of August -- BUT -- the Goodreads Giveaway ends August 5.  Enter BOTH now.  

What's 'Battered Hope'

Book Description:

Unbelievable memoir -- Carol is a resilient woman who endured traumatic events that would cause most others to roll over and quit.  The challenges of cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, suicide attempt, loss of child and financial ruin coupled with a determination to succeed compels the reader to root for her to triumph.  You will identify with Carol on many emotional terrains of love, loss, suffering, pain, heartbreak and ultimately renewal.

This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel - character, conflict, suspense and resolution.  Follow her family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for Carol to survive.  This is her true gripping story of hope, perseverance, and faith.

From the back cover:

Everyone make choices, some good, some not so good.  The difficulty lies in learning to live with them.  Carol learned the long-term effects of one bad choice that led her life into a downward spiral.  Her sharpest memories were shrouded in darkness and no amount of hope for the future could change the past.  This is not the story of an abusive childhood but one of mistakes, poor choices and circumstances as an adult that developed into a series of major physical, financial and emotional losses.  Her story of triumph shows incredible strength and tenacity, as well as sheer determination to become successful against all odds.

I CAN'T WAIT to read your stories -- I know we will all love them.  

Send your entries to me at: 

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