If you read my Facebook page, you've seen my posts about the Fisher House Mother's Day tote bags I organize each May. Fisher House provides military families with a place to stay while a loved one is receiving medical treatment plus offer many other wonderful programs. These Mother Day goodie bags started as a solo endeavor five years ago when I answered a request from care package group I belonged to. The second year authors and friends helped me by sponsoring thermal totes and donating books/swag. In 2015, 2016, and this year, authors did all the sponsoring and donating. I'm so touched by their generosity and call them #authorswithheart!

This year, thirty Thirty-One Gifts thermal tote bags were filled (so full they couldn't be zipped). Inside recipients received 6-7 romance novels, a goodie bag filled with author swag (a variety of items from bookmarks, pens, stickers, tattoos, nail files, recipe cards, etc.), a goodie bag filled with pampering items (mini shower gel set, shower puffy, tissue, hair band, comb, footie socks, and manicure set), a small bag of Hershey's Kisses, and a cone of flavored popcorn!

Here are a few pics from this year's project!

2017 Authors with Heart

Special thanks to the authors who participated by sponsoring totes and/or donating books and/or donating swag. Some did all three:

Barbara Freethy Joanne Rock
Christine Rimmer Lenora Worth
Cindy Kirk Linda Goodnight
Deborah Blake Mary Jo Putney
Denise Stout Melanie D. Snitker
Donna Alward Melissa McClone
Elizabeth Boyle Melissa Storm
Jane Porter Michelle Major
Jean C. Gordon Susan Mallery
Jeannie Moon Scarlet Wilson
Jennifer Faye Tracy Solheim
Jennifer Snow Terri Reed

I'll be featuring books from these Authors With Heart here on the blog between now and April 2018. There will also be a prize pack up for grabs so I hope you'll check out the posts.

Tote Bag Reader Giveaway!

Now it's your turn to win a tote bag! This year we are giving away four Thirty-One Gifts Thermal Totes—the same kind donated to the two Fisher Houses. These totes are filled with books, swag, and other goodies!

To enter, use this widget (or if that doesn't work for you click here):

Tote Bag Reader Giveaway

The four winners will be announced here on this blog post as well as on my Facebook page. Good luck!