A new month and a new year is here. I have another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway post from the now-cancelled 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. I'm hoping we'll be able to do something in 2021. Fingers crossed. Until then, enjoy these books from the authors who offered to sponsor the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

This week's spotlight features Mary Jo Putney‘s THE BLACK BEAST OF BELLETERRE. It's set in Victorian times and is a standalone novella. Here's what a reviewer had to say:

“One of my favorite fairytales and Ms. Putney does it justice. Yes, it is a well-used plot. Ms Putney creates such wonderful characters I finished reading with a huge satisfied ‘ahhh.’ Charm, angst and a sigh-worthy HEA (of course) – smiling all the way.” —Amazon Reviewer


The Beauty and the Beast: a haunted and hidden lord, a desperate young beauty, and a marriage of convenience between two people who yearn for more…

James Markland, Lord Falconer, knows that he is ugly, very ugly, and he lives a life of seclusion, wearing a heavily cowled mantle to conceal his face from the world. When he learns that a neighboring girl, the exquisite young Ariel Hawthorne, is about to be sold into marriage with a revolting lecher, he offers her the only protection he can: his name. Of course it will be a marriage in name only, because what woman could want him?

A talented artist, Ariel is cursed by her beauty and vulnerability. Though she never sees her husband's face, she is drawn to his kindness and generosity, but he is determined to push her away. Will he allow her to love him before it's too late? Perhaps the magic of Christmas can bring them together…

To read the book, click here!

If you enjoy Beauty and the Beast, you won't want to miss this one by Mary Jo Putney. I've read her books for a long time, and she never disappoints.  What do you think? P.S. For MJP fans, this novella is in another Christmas Collection of hers so be sure to check the title of that before you purchase so you don't wind up with two.

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (January 11th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, January 18th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Amy Ikari. Amy, please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, January 5th to Monday, January 11th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 1/18/21. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Mary Jo Putney for sponsoring tote bags for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.