Thursday, November 6, 2014

HEAs for Everyone!

Custom Bookmark/Ornaments for my two November Releases
My favorite part about reading and writing romance is the Happily Ever After, HEA. I need the emotionally satisfying ending--otherwise, what's the point? This has spilled over into real life as I try to support active duty military and their families as much as I can. Each one of us can do our part--if you're interested in doing yours, just pop on over to my blog this month (it costs nothing more than subscribing to my newsletter). Together with Harlequin I've sent over 200 books to the military and their families who will be away from home this holiday season. It's thrilling (and a bit daunting) to put up a different author each day, and you should see the shipping center I've set up in my college kid's room (how many weeks before American Thanksgiving do I have to clean it out?).
The best HEA ever for me to write is in my current release, Navy Christmas. My editor suggested I offer to raffle off a character name when I was approached by the National League of POW-MIA Families for a donation to their fundraiser. They expected a book and got an eager author!
Here's where the magic happened, however. The winner of said raffle used the name of her grandfather--who was a World War II veteran, like a character in my book. Navy Christmas has a WWII subplot which my publisher asked me to include as my first book with Harlequin Everlasting,  A Rendezvous to Remember, had parallel contemporary and historical plots as well. Readers seem to like the integral plots, and I love writing about World War II. Not only was the winner's grandfather a WWII vet, he'd served in the war in the Pacific, where I have my character serving. It worked out to be an HEA for all of us, including the character and his real-life inspiration. If you're interested, please read about it here.
Do you have a special HEA in your life you're willing to share? Please do! And thanks for letting me have my HEA by being such a wonderful, loyal reader. All commenters are entered to win a custom bookmark/ornament as pictured. Canada and the US only, please. Thanks!

5 comments:

Cindy Jones said...

My daughter is a Marine. She was deployed last year and had orders to deploy again in October. At the last minute her orders changed and she will be home for Christmas. All my children will be together. This is what Christmas is all about in our family.

Natalija said...

No entry for me, but I just wanted to say how much I like "Cucina di Gery" :) That's what it says, doesn't it?

Rachel Brimble said...

Fabulous that you are doing so much good for the military, Geri & I love the sound of mixing WII characters into your novel - I am popping over to Amazon to download Navy Christmas right now :) No need to enter me in contest as I'm in the UK!

Rachel x

Geri Krotow said...

Oh Rachel, bummer about not being in the contest and thank you so much for getting my book! Natalija--yes, that is a custom tile I had made when we lived in Italy for 2 years. Cindy, please thank your daughter for her service, and thank YOU for being a Marine mom. I'm happy for you that you'll all have a wonderful holiday together.

Geri Krotow said...

Cindy, please send me your mailing address at geri@gerikrotow.com and we'll get your bookmark ornament in the mail! :)

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