Archive for the ‘Author Profiles’ Category

David (Dave) Maine joins mandythebookworm’s author profiles.  Please get more acquainted with Dave by clicking here where you will find links to his blog, Goodreads page, links to his work and much, much more.

Dave’s On Tour!!

Exciting news, Dave’s on tour.  He is set to tour one of my favourite blogger’s and friend’s blog next week – the now very well known Lori over at TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog.

Click here to read all about the upcoming tour.

And if you haven’t navigated Lori’s blog then you must and you can do that by clicking here.

It will be well worth your time, loads of reviews, interviews, guest posts and interest in indies. 

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I am pleased to announce we have a new author joining us.  Please welcome Peggy Tibbetts, the author of Letters for JuniperLetters for Juniper is currently on its way and I will be reading and reviewing this book.  In the meantime please get to know Peggy by clicking here  and visiting her author profile on this website and stay tuned for her guest post which will be here in the very near future.  Welcome, Peggy!

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I would like everyone to please give a warm welcome to Shalini Boland, our new friend at mandythebookworm.  Please visit Shalini’s author profile by clicking here where you will find out a little more about our new author and her books.

Shalini is the author of Hidden, a book I will be reading and reviewing hopefully in the not too distant future.

Welcome, Shalini!  I hope you enjoy your stay at mandythebookworm 🙂

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I invited Jon to post about the Wounded Warrior Project on my website. I think what he is doing is wonderful, donating his book sale proceeds to a worthy cause, as well as spreading the word about WWP.

Please take a moment to read through this post and then perhaps a moment of silence and reflection after reading.

Writing For A Cause! A Commitment To Wounded Warriors.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss

These simple words from my child’s story book convinced me that I was the one that needed to make a difference, not wait for others around me to do it.

Hello Mandy the Bookworm readers, I’m Jon Renaud, the author of the newly released fiction novel, Dereliction of Duty. An exciting action novel that was published to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping wounded heroes returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help them return to a normal and productive life.

Your friend and mine, Mandy, is allowing me to use her wonderful platform, not to promote my book, but to share with you a cause that is dear to my heart and hopefully bring it a little closer to yours.

First, a little about myself, I’m a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer who served twenty years including tours in Panama, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. By the grace of god, I returned from those conflicts unharmed and able to enjoy a productive life. But I was one of the lucky ones. I saw the horror and devastation the wars brought to some of my brothers and sisters in uniform.

Shortly before retiring, I began to write many of my memories from my time in the service, more for history’s sake than to actually write a novel. At the urging of friends I took those notes and transformed them into a fictionalized representation of my career. The true stories quickly faded away and an exciting series materialized, blending real life with fiction. It was around that time that I discovered the Wounded Warrior Project and came up with the idea of using my writing as a way to raise money for this incredible charity. Being blessed with a new career to support my family, I did not need to depend on my writing for financial support. I decided that if I could actually publish and sell these books I could donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project and maybe, just maybe, I could create something that could provide support to this organization for years to come.

So, what is the Wounded Warrior Project and why should you care?

Here is a little of their history taken right from their website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org:

Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need.

One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades
The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution (compared with what the warriors had sacrificed while serving our country) has become WWP’s signature program: “WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors.”

What started as a few people sitting around watching television with great ideas grew into a nationwide movement to help our wounded soldiers. Just as Dr. Seuss said it should be 🙂

The WWP doesn’t just talk about helping, they roll up their sleeves and get out there and make a difference. They sponsor sporting events, such as ski trips where they teach amputees that there is nothing they can’t do. They work with national and international businesses and show them that these heroes, although wounded, still have incredible talents and would make great additions to their corporate teams. They don’t just talk about what should be done, they do it!

I can’t think of a more worthy cause than protecting those who protected us. And that was why my decision to help them was an easy one. If my book sells one copy or a million, I know it was worth it.

So I invite all of you to visit the WWP website and see if you can also find a way to help in your own special way. Make a donation, send a book to a recovering soldier, sponsor an event or just write an encouraging letter to a soldier recovering in the hospital. There is nothing you can’t do when you decide it is the right thing to do.

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way. ~Dr. Seuss

Many thanks to you Mandy, for allowing me to share this wonderful organization with your readers and I look forward to reading your review of Dereliction of Duty.

My warmest regards,

Jon Renaud
Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Jon, thank you very much for guest posting on my website about something that is obviously close to your heart and important to you. Many thanks for taking the time to share.

Thank you readers for reading the post and please visit WWP by clicking HERE

And visit Jon’s website by clicking HERE

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