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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June What a Wonderful Month! by Paty Jager

half of the hay field is cut
Finally! We have warm weather and it isn't raining anymore. Keep your fingers crossed it stays that way. At least until we get the first cutting of hay off the field. ;) 

It's June! Did you know that June is Audio Book Month? Many of the audio book vendors have specials going on this month. Check out your favorite audio book store or if you haven't listened to an audio book join one of the many audio book stores and listen to your first book free! 

I have 9 of my Shandra Higheagle books in audio and am beginning to start on the Gabriel Hawke series. I can "read" more books but listening to them when I walk. So I have become a fan of audio books. 

Another great thing happening this month is our annual Authors4Veterans Giveaway! 

Authors4Veterans is a non-profit organization started by Stacey Joy Netzel and PJ Fiala in 2017. The purpose of Authors4Veterans is simple; they contact fellow authors like myself, asking for a small monetary donation and books, swag and comfort items. They bag them up in beautiful canvas zippered bags and deliver them to Fisher House Wisconsin. Fisher House is a fantastic organization, located on the VA grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where military families who need temporary housing can stay while their loved one receives care at the VA hospital. This is all free to the families. There are currently 84 houses in operation. You can find out more about Fisher House here -

Authors4Veterans’ came to be as Stacey and PJ both come from strong military backgrounds and they wanted to give back in some way. To date, our author bags have been given to over 115 families. Sometimes families have little notice that they have to rush to the hospital and these bags come in handy as they usually contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower soap, hand lotion, etc. in them as well as the books and swag. Families are given a bag upon check-in. Fisher House has shared that the families are often over-come with emotion at the generosity of the authors and how comforting the bags have been.

So, all that said, we also want to give something to our readers! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own Authors4Veterans bag filled with goodies. The giveaway ends at 11:45p CST on June 20th. Four winners will be drawn and announced on June 21st. There are several opportunities for you to enter the giveaway, and of course, sharing it is always appreciated.

Enter the giveaway here -

The second pest thing for me about this being June is I'm giving myself a birthday present. I'm going to Iceland through The Authors Guild. We'll meet authors from Iceland and go on literary and scenic excursions. While I'm taking in the sites, I'll also be figuring out how to set a Gabriel Hawke book in Iceland. 

What are you doing this month? Is it a month you look forward to?

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  1. As a four-generation military family, I want to thank you for being a part of Authors4Veterans. What a nice project. And Iceland? My son, a navigator for the Texas Air Guard, has flown into Iceland and had the nicest things to say about that country. Be sure to take pictures to post so we all can see. Best of luck with your writing.

    1. Thank you Judy! Our family has many members who have been in or are in the military. Everything I've seen and heard so far, I am really looking forward to this trip. Thanks for commenting!

  2. What a great idea Authors4Veterans is, Paty! Have a great trip to Iceland.

    1. Thanks Caroline! I wish it had been my idea but I'm humbled to be part of Authors4Veterans.


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