Saturday, July 19, 2014

Education is the Most Powerful Weapon by Beth D. Carter

We posed the following question to our authors: 
"What does education mean to you?"

As usual, our authors did not disappoint! Please join us throughout the week as we share their incredible stories and memories. 

Please welcome best selling author, Beth D. Carter...

I never went to college.  I was always one of those people who couldn’t wait to get out of school to experience life.  I somewhat blame my voracious reading habits growing up because I wanted to live those adventures.  Harlequin Presents set a very high standard in my imagination.

And in fact, in my twenties, I did go on some amazing adventures.  I traveled to New Zealand, lived in France, took a cruise from Sweden to Finland, went to the highest place in the Swiss Alps someone can go without hiking gear, and went topless on the beach in Cannes.  I met celebrities, walked down the red carpet for the Emmy awards, went to exclusive Hollywood parties…and I loved every minute.

And then something came into my life that changed everything.  My son.  I was in my thirties and suddenly realized I had to provide for this little tiny person who depended on me for everything.  I couldn’t do that by working jobs that might have great side benefits but didn’t pay anything.  I needed a career.

So I went back to school, at age thirty-six, to a two year trade college.  I worked my butt off and when all was said and done I graduated at the top of my class with my certification as a surgical technician.  Out of twenty people who started the program, eleven graduated, and only three passed their certification test.  I was the person who handed the instruments to the surgeon as well as made sure everything remained sterile in the operation.

Going back to school changed my outlook on the world.  It provided me with a foundation to find higher paying jobs, in a field I was interested in, so I could make sure my son had everything he needed.  It also made me feel good about myself, as if I’d accomplished something that had seemed so far out of reach.  Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world…it’s also the most powerful weapon you can use to change yourself.


Plus, it gave me great stories to tell about where these hands have been. 

Beth D. Carter is a multi-published, best selling author of numerous Evernight titles, including As Midnight Loves the Moon and Proposition from the Planet Alpha series.


Give the Gift of Education

We will donate 100% of  sales from the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites from July 15 - 21 to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund.

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."
~Sydney J. Harris






Friday, July 18, 2014

Author Stacey Espino Shares her World Vision Sponsoring Experience

We posed the following question to our authors: 
"What does education mean to you?"

As usual, our authors did not disappoint! Please join us throughout the week as we share their incredible stories and memories. 

Please welcome best selling author, Stacey Espino...

My family has been sponsoring children through World Vision for over ten years. We now sponsor children from five different countries around the world and hope to expand that soon. We enjoy getting updated photos and progress reports throughout the year. We can’t help every needy child personally, but as a whole, and with the help of World Vision and other charitable organizations, we can make a wonderful difference.

Food and shelter are necessities, but education is also vital. I started my family early and had to juggle daycare and university, diapers and homework. It was difficult, but I pushed myself to succeed because I wanted to create a good life for my kids. Without an education I couldn’t achieve that goal. Unfortunately choice isn’t an option for many children in third world countries. Girls are often the most vulnerable which is why World Vision has a fund to help these at-risk girls get an education and the chance they desperately need and deserve.
This week you have the chance to help World Vision while stocking up your e-reader. 

Evernight will donate all the proceeds from e-book sales to World Vision. Let’s make that check as big as possible!

Stacey Espino is the multi-published, best selling author of Cowboy Outcasts, Cowboys Mine, Catch Me if You Can and many others. Find Stacey's books here!

Give the Gift of Education

We will donate 100% of  sales from the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites from July 15 - 21 to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund.

"There is no wealth like knowledge,
and no poverty like ignorance." ~ Buddha






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Door to the World by Erin M. Leaf

We posed the following question to our authors: 
"What does education mean to you?"

As usual, our authors did not disappoint! Please join us throughout the week as we share their incredible stories and memories. 

Please welcome best selling author, Erin M. Leaf...

I grew up in a very poor town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Most of the available jobs were menial and male-centric (factory work and mining), and the economy was failing. The only way out that I could see was to somehow go to college. I was certain that somewhere there was a place where a woman might have the opportunity to become more than a footnote to a man. Through a combination of luck, federal loans, and a great deal of hard work, I managed to go to college. I was the first woman in my family to attain a bachelor’s degree.

Education, for me, was a door that opened out into the greater world. Beyond the door were things I didn’t even know existed when I was seventeen: stability, career opportunities, and most importantly, the liberty to choose my life’s course. If I hadn’t had the help of my teachers in high school, my life would be very different today. If I hadn’t learned from a few excellent professors in college, I would never have become an author. If I hadn’t met independent women at my first two jobs, women who taught me what it meant to work as a professional writer, I would never have escaped the poverty of where I was born.

Education opens minds. It teaches not just facts and history and sums—it gifts women with the knowledge that there is more to life than the small room where they were born. Sometimes, learning that there is life beyond the door to that room is the only thing that gives girls the courage to turn the knob and slip out into the wide world. Education is both the door and the ability to open the door. Without it, life is mere survival. With education, life can be so much more.

Erin M. Leaf is an erotic romance devotee, the steamier the better. Ménage is her favorite flavor of sultry because nothing is more smoking than two gorgeous men loving one lucky woman. After years of devouring romance novels, Erintried out technical writing, editing, and proofreading before turning her fingertips to writing, mostly because she loves a happily-ever-after ending every time.

Erin is a multi-published, best selling author of more than a dozen Evernight titles. Most recently you can find Erin's Planet Alpha books, BROKEN and DAMAGED on Amazon, All Romance and BookStrand's best seller lists. 


Give the Gift of Education

We will donate 100% of  sales from the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites from July 15 - 21 to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund.

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." ~ George Washington Carver






Monday, July 14, 2014

Education Makes Dreams Come True: A Guest Post by Daisy Phillips

We posed the following question to our authors: 
"What does education mean to you?"

As usual, our authors did not disappoint! Please join us throughout the week as we share their incredible stories and memories. 

Please welcome our first author, Daisy Phillips...


For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a relatively new Evernight author.  I just found out that for the week of July 14th to 21st, Evernight will donate 100% of website sales to World Vision’s Education for Girls Fund.

Education, something so many of us take for granted.  Even more so, we, as women, can’t contemplate not having the same educational opportunities as our male counterparts.  It wasn’t always possible for us, and in some parts of the world, it still isn’t possible.

I grew up on welfare.  Needless to say, we were poor.  We didn’t have a telephone until I was in high school.  One year my mother bought me a pair of new winter boots.  When I got home from school and tried them on, I declared them ugly and refused to wear them.  She sent me to the store to return them.  I did and stuffed that $20 bill in my pocket and came home.  I didn’t mess around or detour, but somehow I lost that $20.  I didn’t get new boots that year and I knew better to complain. 

I grew up believing the professional careers available to women were are a teacher, secretary or nurse.  Nothing wrong with any of these, but none suited my interests or abilities.  But these were the only jobs females did, right?

My mother loved me, but she had only a ninth grade education.  She had no ability to guide or advise me.  She couldn’t do anything but provide love and support.  My future seemed pretty clear.

But then, in the tenth grade, I read a newspaper article about MBAs.  Until then, I’d never heard of an MBA.  I had only the vaguest notion about university as it wasn’t something that was destined to be in my future.  This MBA degree, it sounded intriguing.  And it sounded like a way to get out of poverty as graduates could make $12,000 a year or even more!

I asked my high school guidance counselor about getting an MBA.  She was a wonderful, kind woman, but I can still remember the look of skepticism on her face.  She didn’t tell me I couldn’t, but she didn’t tell me I could.  To give her credit, when I came back to her a decade later asking for a recommendation for MBA school, she was delighted to write an enthusiastic endorsement.

Fast forward three more decades.  I have my MBA.  I hold a responsible position with a large bank with six people reporting to me.  I have my own home.  And I am a published author.  If you had told the younger me that any of these things were possible, I would have laughed. 

Education opens doors and helps make dreams come true, even those dreams you didn’t know you could have.

Daisy Philips was born in Nova Scotia but has lived most of her life in Toronto. In addition to writing, she loves photography and travel.  She's visited 20 countries and counting.  She also loves hearing from readers. Find Daisy on Facebook.
Daisy is the author of the Dave & Lida Series (Turning Tricks, Crawl for Me, and Bad Teacher).


Give the Gift of Education

Evernight will donate 100% of sales from the Evernight website from now until July 21st to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~ W.B. Yeats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

We're Teaming Up with @WorldVision to Give the Gift of Education!


We're Teaming Up with World Vision to 
Give the Gift of Education!

During the week of July 14 – 21, the full amount of every book purchased on the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites will be donated to World Vision’s Education for Girls Fund.

57 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, early marriage, and lower income-earning potential. World Vision addresses barriers to education and works with communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive.

Help support World Vision’s Education for Girls Fund by purchasing a book or two (or more!) from Evernight Publishing and Evernight Teen’s websites. The full price of each book purchased from July 14th to July 21st will be donated to this important cause.

Look for our authors' blog posts about what education means to them during this special fundraising week. Don’t miss their inspiring stories!