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Those of you who follow my blog know that I held a contest in the month of December asking readers what they would do if they had a windfall of $1 million dollars. This contest was a part of a larger Blog Hop created by one of my fellow authors of young adult books, Jo Ramsey; the goal of which was to give each other’s writing blogs exposure and get some great books donated to individuals and charitable organizations.

I want to thank all of you who took a moment to share with me what you would do with your unexpected cash; it was fun seeing what would make you happy! After reading all the entries, I was tempted to announce my mom as the winner of Napoleon Hill’s inspiring book, Think and Grow Rich, since she said she would share the money with her kids, but that wouldn’t be fair and I can just loan her my copy, so, the winner is…

Actually, the winners (plural) are Fenisia Pacini and Jennifer Martin. If I had a million dollars to dole out, I would hire these two to combine their plans of building more animal shelters in Chicago (Jennifer) and hiring more full-time police /animal control officers to educate pet owners about the proper treatment of animals (Fenisia). If the two winners would email me privately with their addresses, I will send you your prizes!

As 2011 draws to a close, I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2012. Maybe this will be the year you get a windfall of $1 million. And, if you do, please don’t forget the humble blogger who inspired you to think and grow rich…

Happy New Year to all!

Those of us who love to read are bonded by the written word. Of course the act of reading is magical all on its own; after all, stepping into a fictional world and experiencing a riveting story is even better than a vegan chocolate cupcake. (For those who don’t personally know me, vegan cupcakes are my reference point for all that is good in the world).  And,  non-fiction books can be just as compelling as fiction, giving us insights and expanding us as individuals on a myriad of topics.  But, the whole reading experience is further enhanced by sharing the feelings and information we glean from our books, which is how they bond us with one another and one of the reasons my favorite gift to both give and receive is a book. It’s just so much more enriching when you can trade thoughts about the same text. Sometimes the other readers will agree with you and other times they won’t. Either way, it doesn’t the matter. The point is that you have a common experience; you have bonded over a book.

Over my life, I have given and received dozens of books. My favorite book that I was given as a child was From the Mixed- Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg. My mom gave me this book when I was in third or fourth grade,  just when I was starting to think of myself as having a separate identity from my family. I remember reading it over and over again. I was entranced by the protagonist, Claudia, for having the nerve to run away from home and live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. How cool that an 11-year-old could take her own life into her hands like that! Thankfully, I never had a need or desire to run away from home, but reading about a young girl who did run away empowered me. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized that even kids could make choices for themselves. And, if those choices don’t always happen to be the best choices, it isn’t the end of the world, because you can always go back home.

Because of the power the written word has over me, I have always loved sharing books with my loved ones. In fact, when all my friends and relatives had babies I was never one to give cutesy outfits or burping cloths. Nope, baskets of Sandra Boynton board books would be forthcoming from “Auntie Sandy” upon the birth of a baby. It’s never too early to start that bonding over books. Just try not giggling as you say the words, “Moo, Baa, La, La, La!”

So, in the spirit of bonding over books this holiday season, I am participating in a BOOK BLOG HOP. What this means is that a bunch of us authors for young adults have gotten together to share our favorite books with the readers of our blogs as well as our local library or non-profit organization. I will be giving away a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill to the person who writes what I deem to be the best answer to the question, what would you do if you had a windfall of a million dollars? Just post your entry by December 31st in the comment section of this blog and I will choose my favorite and mail it (the book-not a million dollars, sorry!) off to you in time for you to start making your millions in 2012! I have found Think and Grow Rich to be absolutely fascinating in that Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview hundreds of successful people to find out how they made their millions. The answers may just surprise you!

As for the book I will be donating to a local group, I will be giving a copy of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to Cabrini Green Tutoring Project in Chicago. This is a wonderful organization that provides tutoring to underserved children. http://www.cabrinigreentutoring.org/

But the fun and book bonding don’t stop here! There are dozens of other authors doing book giveaways from December 4-31st! Go check out their contests as well:


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