*** The eight winners have been randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. I emailed them this morning (Monday, the 28th.) I will have the names posted on the widget after I hear back from them. Thanks to all who entered! ***

It's that time of year again! If you're a visitor to my Facebook page over the past month or two, you've probably seen my posts about the Fisher House Mother's Day tote bags I organize each spring. 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, 2017, and this year, authors and a publisher did all the sponsoring and donating. I'm so touched by their generosity and call them #authorswithheart.

This year, we added a third Fisher House to the project which meant an sixteen additional tote bags needed sponsoring and donations. A big thank you to Jane Porter and Tule Publishing for sponsoring several thermal totes without being asked. We also had so many donations I could add to the reader prizes this year, too!

In early May, forty-six Thirty-One Gifts thermal tote bags were filled (so full they couldn't be zipped) and hand-delivered to the three Fisher Houses located in Western Washington (my hubby drove north to make two of the deliveries for me and accompanied me to the third.) Each tote bag included 9 romance novels (at least one hardcover, at least one trade size, one audio book, plus six more), a goodie bag filled with author swag (a variety of items from bookmarks, pens, measuring spoon, luggage tag, zipper pouch full of stuff, lip gloss, recipe cards, and so much more.), a goodie bag filled with pampering items (mini shower gel set, shower puffy, tissue, head band, footie socks, mini note pad, candy, mini sticky notes, and manicure set), a small stuffed animal, and a cone of flavored popcorn! Each also had something extra that authors had donated. Some of these fit inside the swag goody bag and others were tucked inside the tote.

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

2018 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. We also had two sponsor additional tote bags. They are noted below.

Barbara Freethy Lara Van Hulzen
Christine Rimmer Lenora Worth
Cindy Kirk Linda Goodnight
Dani Collins Mary Jo Putney
Deborah Blake Melanie D. Snitker
Denise Stout Melissa McClone
Donna Alward Melissa Storm
Elizabeth Boyle In Memory of Paula Graves
Jane Porter (10 bags) PJ Fiala
Jean C. Gordon Roxanne Snopek
Jeannie Moon Sierra Donovan
Jennifer Faye Scarlet Wilson
Jennifer Peel Stacey Joy Netzel
Jennifer Shirk Stacy Claflin
Jennifer Snow Teri Wilson
Jolyse Barnett Terri Brisbin
Joanne Rock Terri Reed
Kaira Rouda Tracy Solheim
Karen Rock Tule Publishing (4 bags)

I'll be featuring books from these Authors With Heart's books here on the blog between now and May 2018. There will also be a gift card 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 or a box full of books! This year we are giving away four Thirty-One Gifts Thermal Totes that were generously sponsored by Jane Porter. To save on shipping costs, we aren't stuffing them before we mail like last year (these are too big), so each of the four winners will receive a USPS Large Flat Rate Priority Box with a tote and lots of other books and goodies inside. Due to all the generous donations, we're able to add four more prizes. Each is a USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Box filled with books and swag.

Tote Bag Prizes

Tote #1: Thirty-One Gifts Dandelion Dream Thermal Tote sponsored by Jane Porter, Coffee mug from Lara Van Hulzen, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Measuring spoon from Tracy Solheim, Sticky note pad from Stacey Joy Netzel, Luggage tag from Jane Porter, Rubber bracelet from Karen Rock. Pen and vintage Harlequin postcard from Dani Collins, Bottle cap key ring from Melissa McClone, Bookmarks, postcards, and recipe cards from various authors, Stuffed dog, Kettle Corn Cone, Goodie bag containing socks, travel manicure set, bath gel, shower puffy, tissue, small notepad, mini sticky note pad, candy, Beautiful Stormby Barbara Freethy, A Recipe for Romanceby Lara Van Hulzen, Say I Do in Good Hopeby Cindy Kirk, Odd Mom Outby Jane Porter, Love’s Prayeraudio book by Melissa Storm, Blazing Earthby Terri Brisbin, Treacherous Slopesby Terri Reed, This Rake of Mineby Elizabeth Boyle, An Uncommon Dukedonated by Terri Brisbin, Lone Wolf Lawmandonated by Jean C. Gordon, The Mercenarydonated by Tule Publishing, and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie donated by Deborah Blake

Tote #2: Thirty-One Gifts Bloomin Bouquet Thermal Tote sponsored by Jane Porter, Pumpkin candle donated by Melanie D. Snitker, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Measuring spoon from Tracy Solheim, Sticky note pad from Dani Collins, Luggage tag from Jane Porter, Pen from Jeannie Moon, Rubber Bracelet from Karen Rock, Notepad and Bottle cap key ring from Melissa McClone, Bookmarks, postcards, and recipe cards from various authors, Stuffed dog, Goodie bag containing socks, travel manicure set, bath gel, shower puffy, tissue, small notepad, mini sticky note pad, candy., Between Now and Forever by Barbara Freethy, Then Came You by Jeannie Moon, Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter, Forever in Good Hope audio book by Cindy Kirk, Alaska Sanctuary by Teri Wilson, Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward, Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek, The Italian Millionaire’s New Year Bride by Scarlet Wilson, The Secret Marriage Pact donated by Terri Brisbin, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing

Tote #3: Thirty-One Gifts Loopsy Daisy Thermal Tote sponsored by Jane Porter, Zipper pencil pouch from Terri Brisbin, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Pen from Stacey Joy Netzel, Measuring spoon from Tracy Solheim, Sticky note pad from Tule Publishing, Luggage tag from Jane Porter, Rubber bracelet from Karen Rock, Notepad, flower sticky pad, and Bottle cap key ring from Melissa McClone, Bookmarks, postcards, and recipe cards from various authors, Stuffed dog, Caramel Corn Cone, Goodie bag containing socks, travel manicure set, bath gel, shower puffy, tissue, small notepad, mini sticky note pad, candy, On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy, The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight, Shadowed Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel, Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter, Be Mine in Good Hope audio book by Cindy Kirk, Alaskan Homecoming by Teri Wilson, Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue by Terri Brisbin, Duty Bound Guardian by Terri Reed, Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer donated by Terri Brisbin, The Rancher Inherits a Family donated by Terri Brisbin, The Wealthy Frenchman’s Proposition donated by Tule Publishing, Married for His Convenience donated by Terri Brisbin, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Merry Christmas Baby donated by Deborah Blake

Tote #4: Thirty-One Gifts Geo Pop Thermal Tote sponsored by Jane Porter, Pen from Lara Van Hulzen, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Measuring spoon from Tracy Solheim, Sticky note pad from Tule Publishing, Rubber bracelet from Karen Rock, Luggage tag from Jane Porter, Candle, coloring notepad, and bottle cap key ring from Melissa McClone, Bookmarks, postcards, and recipe cards from various authors, Stuffed dog, Goodie bag containing socks, travel manicure set, bath gel, shower puffy, tissue, small notepad, mini sticky note pad, candy, Between Now and Forever by Barbara Freethy, Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter, Dangerously Devineby Deborah Blake, A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock, For the Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock, Love’s Prayer audio Book by Melissa Storm, Angel Rogue by Mary Jo Putney, Do You Believe in Santa? by Sierra Donovan, Lone Wolf Lawman donated by Jean C. Gordon, Forbidden Nights with the Viscount donated by Terri Brisbin, The Secret Marriage Pact donated by Terri Brisbin, No One But You donated by Deborah Blake, The Magnificent Seven donated by Terri Brisbin, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing

Book Box Prizes

Book Box #1: Pen from Tule Publishing, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Bottle cap keychain from Melissa McClone, Travel Manicure Kit, Shower Puffy, Note pad, Mini Post-it pad, Candy, Bookmarks, recipe card, and post card, On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy, Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, The Cowboy Target by Terri Reed, For the Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock, The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney, Love’s Prayer audio Book by Melissa Storm, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing, Whispers at Court donated by Terri Brisbin, Miss Murray on the Cattle Trail donated by Terri Brisbin, Married for his Convenience donated by Terri Brisbin, The Wealthy Frenchman’s Proposition donated by Tule Publishing, High Society Mistressdonated by Tule Publishing, The Wildflower’s Mistletoe Wedding donated by Terri Brisbin, A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake donated by Terri Brisbin

Book Box #2: Pen from Tule Publishing, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Bottle cap keychain from Melissa McClone, Travel Manicure Kit, Shower Puffy, Note pad, Mini Post-it pad, Temporary Tattoo, Candy, Bookmarks, recipe card, and postcard, So This is Love by Barbara Freethy, For the Sake of His Hei rby Joanne Rock, Love’s Prayer audio Book by Melissa Storm, Miss Murray on the Cattle Trail donated by Terri Brisbin, The Cinderella Governess donated by Terri Brisbin, His Mistress in the Morning by Elizabeth Boyle, Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, Twist of Fate by Mary Jo Putney, Duty Bound Guardian by Terri Reed, The Spanish Aristocrat’s Woman donated by Tule Publishing, Lone Wolf Lawman donated by Jean C. Gordon, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing

Book Box #3: Pen from Tule Publishing, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Sticky pad from Dani Collins, Bottle cap keychain from Melissa McClone, Travel Manicure Kit, Shower Puffy, Note pad, Mini Post-it pad, Temporary Tattoo, Candy, Bookmarks, recipe card, and postcard, Love’s Prayer audio Book by Melissa Storm, Murder Under the Mistletoe by Terri Reed, This Rake of Mine by Elizabeth Boyle, For the Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock, Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, Joint Investigation by Terri Reed, The Wealthy Frenchman’s Proposition donated by Tule Publishing, An Uncommon Duke donated by Terri Brisbin, Lone Wolf Lawman donated by Jean C. Gordon, Western Christmas Brides donated by Terri Brisbin, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing, Map of the Heart donated by Deborah Blake

Book Box #4: Pen from Tule Publishing, Lip gloss from Joanne Rock, Sticky pad from Tule Publishing, Bottle cap keychain from Melissa McClone, Travel Manicure Kit, Shower Puffy, Note pad, Mini Post-it pad, Temporary Tattoo, Candy, Bookmarks, recipe card, and postcard, The Doctor’s Defender by Terri Reed, The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight, Love’s Prayer audio Book by Melissa Storm, The Hired Man donated by Terri Brisbin, Endless Beach donated by Deborah Blake, For the Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock, Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney, Her Lone Cowboy by Donna Alward, High Society Mistress donated by Tule Publishing, Marry Me Again donated by Terri Brisbin, The Rancher Inherits a Family donated by Terri Brisbin, The Mercenary donated by Tule Publishing, Texas Conquest donated by Tule Publishing

To enter the 2018 Tote Bag Giveaway, you'll be asked to follow an #authorswithheart on a social media platform of their choosing. Each counts as one entry. Your info will not be used for anything other than to contact the winners. Just use the widget below or you can enter on the Rafflecopter site by clicking here. Mobile users, click here. This is open to US residents only due to the weight of the books.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Entries are open from Monday, May 21st to Sunday, May 27th at 11:59 pm  PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winners are chosen using rafflecopter.com and will be notified by email. Winners names will be listed on this post and my Facebook page. Winners must respond within a week of email being sent or a new winner will be chosen. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Packages will be sent using USPS priority mail with tracking. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. By entering the giveaway, you are agreeing to these terms. Void where prohibited.

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