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Watch for book give-aways

We will have a book give-away at least once a month, so be sure to stop by regularly. Our next scheduled event is next week, Tuesday December 8. Our guest will be Caroline Linden, author of , For Your Arms Only.

Caroline writes terrific Regency set, sensual romances. For Your Arms Only is a RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

Read an excerpt at Caroline’s website, here.

Come back in on the 12th of January when I’ll be giving away a Trade Paperback copy of the anthology, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. The anthology will be released in mass market paperback in February 2010.

In March 2010 we’ll be featuring Paula Reed, author of Hester. Paula’s novel follows the life of Hester Prynne following the end of Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Read an excerpt of Hester.

We’re looking forward to more great book talk and book give-aways throughout 2010 as we gear up for our next Read/Write-a-thon in September. Best of all, each guest author is giving away 2 copies of her book. One copy will go to a random commenter. The second copy will be added to our $100 books for the 2010 event.


December 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Final total

The money has been rolling and in and we are finished counting. Our grand total for the 2009 UYS event is $7,535. It’s a bit disappointing that we weren’t able to top last year’s numbers, but we gave it a good effort. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and donated prizes.

In our first two years we’ve raised close to $19,000. That’s a lot of money for a great cause. We’ll be back next year with a bigger and better event.

We’re in the process of awarding our final prizes. Watch here for an announcement soon.

October 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Racing for the finish line

Tomorrow is the last official day of the event. As of yesterday we were at $6451. There’s still time to add to that total!

Just click here to donate.

September 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Kick to the end

We’re entering the last week of Unleash Your Storywith a total raised to date of $4,268. Let’s see if we can’t hit $10,000. You can help by making a donation in honor of your favorite participant or team. Click on the list of teams, participating authors, readers and bloggers.

Congratulations to these winners from Week Two:

Top Writer—words written week 2 Maisy Yates 11573

Top Reader—words written week 2 Suzanne Gochenouer  4005

Donation leader week 2 ($25 Starbucks card and $25 BN Card)  PJ Ausdenmore $245

Wk 2 donation leader (not cumulative) $25 BN card  Mary O’Malley with $100 new dollars

Highest #  donors wk 2 BN Gift card

$100 Books—Mary O’Malley

$25 books  We’ve given out several. If you or one of your donors has made a donation of $25 or more, please let us know so that we can send you a book.

September 23, 2009 at 12:08 am

Week 3

We are entering the second-half of our event. I’ll get an official report from CFF tomorrow to see how we’re doing with the money.

What I can tell you is we have a lot of terrific prizes yet to give away. So–Week 3 Bonus prizes.

Top Money earner in Week 3 (most donations from Sept 14-20) will receive a choice of:

Medallion Necklace donated by Lori Devoti.


Or the set of Naked Books by bestselling author, Sally MacKenzie.

Or a critique by agent Kate McKean or author Sandy Blair.

The top total money earner as of September 21 will win a choice of:

The book cover pin by Diane Plumley

or  Harlequin-Bag

The 60th Anniversary Harlequin Bag full of Harlequin Books


A critique by agent Alexandra Machinist

Top reader (most pages read) and Top writer (most words written) for Week 3 will receive an Unleash Your Story tote bag.

See Prize page for details on these great prizes.

September 15, 2009 at 12:59 am

2d Saturday

We are reaching the half-way point to our event.

How are you doing on your goals? Have you surprised yourself with how much you can read or write when you set a goal?

We’ve racked up some great numbers in the reading and writing category. Keep it up!

If you had a slow start, that’s okay. You can still get a lot done with over two weeks left. Figure out some times and places where you can squeeze a bit more time in with your story (whether reading or writing).

Don’t forget to also take some time to send out those e-mails to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Don’t think of it as asking for money. Think of it as giving them an opportunity to donate for this great cause.  If you’re having trouble getting those invitations out, check out our FAQ and Tips page. Remember you can always send any questions to Also, any questions about CFF or the CFF website can be directed to:

Thanks so much for your support! This event is only possible because of your efforts.

September 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Top Reader/Writer

Announcing the Top Reader and Top Writer for Week 1.

Top Writer is Becke Davis with over 16,200 words written. Way to go Becke!

Top Reader is Irene Phelps with over 3600 pages read. Go Irene!

Becke and Irene received $5 Amazon gift e-cards. This week’s top Reader will receive an Unleash Your Story tote bag. Top Writer will receive a copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan.

September 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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Support for your fellow readers and writers while you help fight cystic fibrosis! It's easy to donate online. Thanks in advance for your support!

How we’re doing…

In 2008, Unleash Your Story raised $11,366 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our 2009 goal is $23,000. Dollars Raised
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What is Unleash Your Story?

A combined read-a-thon and write-a-thon that challenges readers, writers and published authors to unleash their stories and make a difference.

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Pacesetter Author

Lori Wilde is our 2009 Pacesetter Author.

Lori has sold 47 books to 4 major New York publishers--5 books coming out in 2009. She's prolific and dedicated to writing regularly to keep up with all those deadlines!

Lori promises to set a sizzling pace for all our writers to follow! Her goal for the event is 60,000 words!

To learn more about Lori, visit her Pacesetter Page

Michelle Buonfiglio Pacesetter Reader

We are proud to have Michelle Buonfiglio as our 2009 Pacesetter Reader.

Michelle hosts Barnes &’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) daily romance fiction blog and is the creative force behind (RBTB), a fun and positive place where readers and writers hang to talk love, sex, family, life -- and, of course, romance novels

Michelle's goals are to read 10,000 pages and write 10,000 words in her blogs and comments.

To learn more about Michelle, visit her Pacesetter Page