Every year around this time, my aunt and uncle send a message out to the family asking for any kid clothing hand-me-downs. My aunt and uncle do a lot of volunteer work with their church, and I never asked what they’re using the clothing for. I’ve just used it as an excuse to venture into my son’s closet–GAH!–and get rid of anything I no longer recognize. If he hasn’t worn it in the last year, either it doesn’t fit or he doesn’t like it that much, so we don’t need to keep it anymore. This year I talked more with my aunt and learned the this clothing is going to abused kids in the foster system–boys and girls ages 7-12–who often have nothing but the clothing on their back when they’re removed from their homes. My heart broke thinking of all these kids, ones who’ve been shown abuse and neglect instead of the love they deserve, and I wanted to do more than clean my son’s closet and hand a few sets of clothes over.
The Internet makes our world a much smaller place, allowing me to reach out beyond the circle of people I know locally. I’m collecting clothes from anyone who wants to send me something. I want to make sure that we clothe as many kids as we can. I will happily make multiple trips to my aunt and uncle’s house an hour away to bring them boxes and boxes of clothes.
What we’re looking for: Clothing for boys and girls ages 7-12. Pants, shirts, jackets, swimsuits, shorts, sweaters. etc… Any hand-me-downs (without holes or stains please).
When we need it by: June 15
Where to send it: Ashleigh Raine 22504 6th Street, Newhall, CA 91321
If you live locally and want to drop it off, please email me first at firstname.lastname@example.org. The above is my husband’s work address, so we’d need to make other arrangements.
As a small token of my appreciation, I will email a digital copy of Acting on Impulse to anyone who donates, whether one item or boxes full. You can email me to let me know you’ve shipped something and what your preferred format is, or include that info in a note with the clothes.
Thanks to everyone who helps, either by sending something or sharing this information with others. I’m excited to see what we can do together.
A week ago, we visited the Samhain blog, sharing photos of our recent adventures with two of our favorite celebrities, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Wanna see the visual proof? Head here to see them.
Today we’re guest blogging on Delilah Devlin’s blog (thanks, Delilah!) and talking about instant attraction. We’re also giving away a copy of Acting on Impulse to one commenter, so stop by and share your favorite instant attraction stories.
Откъде да купя иконаХудожникWant to know our deep dark dirty secrets? Or at least what we like to do to celebrate finishing a novel? Head on over to Reader’s Edyn where we answer those questions and about a billion more. Plus there’s prizes to be won, so go check it out.
After years of writing, and more than a few months of eager anticipation (by us…and hopefully some of you), Starstruck is now available.
To say that Lisa and I are happy and giddy would be one giant understatement. Our first new release in four and a half years is out. We’re ready to throw a freakin’ parade. Instead, we’re holding a weeklong contest here on the blog. We’re giving away an ebook a day and one winner will get our Hollywood gift set. Head over to this blog post to enter.
Behind the scenes, beneath the covers…
Hollywood Heat, Book 3
Jenna Byers approaches her first day as a background actor on Sexy M.D. with one goal in mind—impress the right people with her acting, make connections, and prove she’s a hard worker. Things go sideways when an up-close-and-personal encounter with the uber-sexy lead ends with Jenna flat on her butt, and she’s noticed for all the wrong reasons.
In all his years of acting, there’s only one thing Micah Watley hasn’t done: accidentally punch an extra in the face. Going against protocol, he hunts her down to apologize and discovers a rare phenomenon in the entertainment industry. A sweet, uncorrupted-by-Hollywood woman, whose smile grabs him by the heart—and other not-so-innocent body parts—and won’t let go.
Their attraction is instant and intense, and Micah finds himself desperate to believe the woman with the beautiful smile, hot body and naughty mind wants him, not the doors he could open for her. When the press catches on, twisting Jenna and Micah’s love story into a Hollywood scandal, they’re forced to fight for their happy ending—both on and off camera.
Warning: This book contains a hero and a heroine who don’t know a household surface they won’t get horizontal on. Sometimes vertical too. Counters, sinks, showers, sofas, washing machines, beds, walls…they’ve got all the angles covered.
We’ve gotten a couple AWESOME early reviews.
“I seriously enjoyed this novella…The sexy times were hot as all get out, and yet didn’t feel frivolous in any way either…the romance played out so beautifully, the characters were fun and the ending left me felling all warm and gooey inside.”
4 1/2 stars and a Recommended Read!
“I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite of mine for 2012 and I can’t wait to read more from this author. She has managed to write a heartfelt, hilarious love story in just a few short pages…Readers can rest assured that they won’t be let down by Starstruck! It takes true talent to write characters as sincere and real as Jenna and Micah.”
Thank you to all of you who’ve sent us encouraging notes, who’ve visited us at conventions with stacks of our books and smiles on your faces. We have the best readers in the universe. No one can tell us otherwise.
Thank you to all of the readers only just now reading us for the first time. Thanks for choosing to read an Ashleigh Raine book. There are a ton of options for your reading pleasure, and it’s an honor for you to choose us.
We hope you enjoy getting Starstruck by Micah as much as we did. Drop us a line and let us know what you think.
Starstruck releases tomorrow. Eeeee! Thank you to all of our readers for being awesome and patient and amazing. We finally have a new release for you! Hopefully more to come soon too.
To celebrate we’re throwing a contest. Every day this week we’ll be giving away a digital download of Acting on Impulse, the first book in our Hollywood Heat series.
It’s super-duper easy to enter. All you gotta do is leave a comment on this post and share your Hollywood crush. It’s that simple. To get it started, I’ll share my Hollywood crush with you. I’m madly in love with Chris Hemsworth. *sigh* *swoon* I will be first in line to see all four of his movies this year in the theater. I need a Chris fix! I love him so.
You only have to enter once, but you’ll be eligible to win every day. Don’t forget to include your email address so we can contact you if you win.
And that’s not all…
On Monday, February 27 we’ll pick one grand prize winner to win our Hollywood gift set, which includes an autographed paperback copy of Driven to Distraction, a Hollywood magnet, deck of cards, other Hollywood memorabilia, and a star ribbon choker, just like the one Jenna wears in Starstruck.
So who’s your Hollywood crush?
The amazing and talented author team of Moira Rogers is doing a giveaway on their blog to win a copy of Starstruck (which releases on Tuesday. Eeeee!). Head on over to their blog this weekend to enter for a chance to win!
БогородицаA quick update to let you know that the AOI book page has been updated to include links to all the stores that are now selling Acting on Impulse, all for only 99 cents! I also posted a new review too.
Acting on Impulse is now available for sale at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, Smashwords. Thanks to all of you who’ve purchased it so far. We hope you love this story as much as we do.
We’d love to digitally autograph your copy, if you bought a Kindle copy. Request a Kindlegraph from us here: Ashleigh Raine Kindlegraph titles
More to come in 2012, with the release of the third book in the Hollywood Heat series, Starstruck, and hopefully a few more surprises along the way. Thanks for reading our books!
For those of you who buy and read your books on Kindle, I’ve added our available Kindle titles to Kindlegraph.
What’s Kindlegraph? It’s a really cool way authors can digitally autograph Kindle books. Find out more about it here.
Request a Kindlegraph from us here: Ashleigh Raine Kindlegraph titles
Acting on Impulse, the first book in the Hollywood Heat series, is available again.
Originally released in May 2003, Acting on Impulse was our very first release, though not the first book we wrote. When we got the rights back from our former publisher, we were excited to spend time with Samantha and Connor again. We revised the story and ended up adding an additional 3000 words–spicing the story up even more and letting Sam and Connor have fun with their fantasies, the sweet and the naughty ones.
And what’s the most exciting part about Acting on Impulse being available again? It’s only 99 cents! If you’re in the mood for a sweet and sexy short story, we hope you’ll give Sam and Connor’s love story a try.
Right now Acting on Impulse is only available for sale on Kindle, but it will be showing up at other vendors very soon. It should be available at Barnes & Noble within the next few days, and other vendors soon after. We’ll update the book page on our website as it becomes available at other locations.
Update: Acting on Impulse is now available at All Romance eBooks.
Update: Acting on Impulse is now available at Barnes & Noble.
Behind the scenes,
beneath the covers...
do come true.
Dodging explosions, crashing cars, jumping off rooftops…and falling in love.
Is she a victim of a madman's agenda, or a willing player in his demonic games?
Welcome to Talisman Bay, where all hell breaks loose on a daily basis, especially when you fall in love.