Monday, August 18, 2014

Evernight's #AntiBullying Selfie Challenge Week Message from Khloe Wren

Welcome to a special week at Evernight Publishing. We're joining the #WritersAgainstBullying #Selfie Challenge to promote awareness for the anti-bullying efforts of Writers Against Bullying.

Writers Against Bullying was created to show support against bullying. It's not a page just for writers to show support, it is a page for EVERYONE, who is interested in showing their support. Tell your story if you have one. Let us know what you think. Send us suggestions on helping those who have been bullied. If you have suggestions on how to help bullies get help, because some do want help, let us know.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide please contact the US National Suicide Helpline at 1-800-273-8255 or for young adult and teens to chat anonymously on line.

Please welcome Evernight author Khloe Wren as she shares her personal story....

I know a lot of people don’t see the seriousness in bullying.  Bullying is not simply giving someone a ribbing about something, poking a little fun at them, or having a laugh when someone does something silly.

Bullying IS serious.  It’s something that happens to an individual day in, day out seemingly without end.  It can be verbal, physical and sexual.  While the bully may find it amusing, the victim does not.  Majority of my school days were spent holding my head high against incessant verbal abuse and the odd act of physical abuse.  I only ever had one or two friends at most.  I spent a lot of my time alone reading (so not a huge surprise I’m now an author, right?). Stephen King was my best and only friend for a number of years in late primary and early high school.

By early high school, I was truly struggling. Puberty hormone changes added to my torment and I slipped into deep depression.  I attempted to end my life on a number of occasions when late at night it all seemed too hard.

The thing that saved my life? One friend. It only took one single person to stand up and show they cared. To see I was struggling and pull me aside to say it was okay to feel hurt and cry but life was worth living.  School will finish and life will go on.

Sadly, bullying isn’t limited to school.  Of my several jobs I have suffered working under a bullying supervisor at one of them.  It was months of hell as she degraded me and tormented me in the workplace.  I would catch the train home and the moment I was in the car at the station, I would fall apart every night.  Eventually I went to the HR officer at work after she embarrassed me with cruelty in front of the entire department.  They had witnessed her behaviour and were mortified by it.  I chose to leave with the small payout they offered and moved on.

When I saw the Writers Against Bullying challenge I jumped on board in a heartbeat.  Helping kids and adults cope with being bullied along with raising awareness of how serious bullying can be is important to me.  Especially now that I’m a mother of two young girls.  My eldest is in primary school and has already had trouble with verbal, physical and sexual bullying against her.  Her first encounter was when she was in pre-school!  I’ve been horrified at how young it can start.  These young kids are simply copying what they see.  As adults, we need to behave as we want them to.  With compassion and kindness to everyone.  That is the biggest thing we all can do. That and provide our kids with a strong sturdy foundation for them to land on.  We need to give our kids the love and self-confidence so they don’t crave the acceptance of bullies to feel okay about themselves.  By having open communication with our kids, we leave the door open so when they’re struggling, they’ll come talk to us about it.

Every single one of us can make a difference, whether it’s a good or bad influence is up to us.

Xo

Khloe Wren
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Thank you for sharing your very personal message with us, Khloe. 

Readers, please check our Facebook page all week long for pictures as our authors take on the Writers Against Bullying Selfie Challenge!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Evernight Publishing wins the Swirl Award!

Evernight Publishing wins  
BEST IR/MULTICULTURAL PUBLISHER 
in the Annual Swirl Awards!

Thank you, readers! We take great pride offering a diverse collection of smart and sexy interracial/multicultural titles and we're honored you voted us the best IR/multicultural publisher. 

And that's not all...

BEST PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI

RUNNER UP for BEST NEW ADULT


About the Swirl Awards...

The Swirl Awards is the brain child of many, many conversations with several authors who write interracial and multicultural romance. Often overlooked and unrecognized for their contributions to romantic fiction, the Swirl Awards was created to promote romance without color barriers!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A World Vision Thank You from Evernight and Carlene Love Flores


Thank you to everyone who made our fundraising week a success!  100% of website sales from July 14 - 21 made up the generous donation to World Vision's Education for Girls fund.

Please welcome author Carlene Love Flores and her wonderful education story....

“It’s the only thing that can’t be taken away from you, and it’s your way up and out.”
            I can hear my mom’s voice clear as day telling me those words so often as a young girl when I was growing up. She was talking about the value of an education and sitting here writing this blog post as an almost forty-year-old woman with a son of my own, I’m reminded of how right she was.
            Simply put, the things you learn are yours. They may come to you by way of a teacher in a classroom or a life story told to you by a wise family member. You may be touched by something you read in a book, whether it’s true or fictional. I can’t tell you how much I’ve soaked up and put to use from some of my favorite stories. There is something to learn in almost everything happening around you and to you and to others. Whether you’re learning in a classroom or on life’s busy streets, the wonderful thing about education is that it’s there for the taking. I love the fact that an education is one of those rare things where you get back what you are willing to put into it.
            Growing up the daughter of a working single mom, I always knew those words she shared with me about an education were true. She’d been told it over and over by her dad who’d had to drop out of school in the fifth grade to work and support his family and wanted better for his daughter. I’m thankful it was the one major thing she drilled into my head because when other things were lacking, I always had Mom’s words to trust in and fall back on. I might not have lived in the nicest neighborhoods, worn the name brands like everyone else at school or had the means for extracurricular activities, but I did know that I could shine in a different way. I was just telling my son the other night that I wasn’t always the smartest kid in school either, but I was willing to work the hardest. As a result, I graduated as Valedictorian of my high school class. Again, I was no genius and definitely not the most popular kid in school, but because I cared and frankly was afraid to fail, because I believed with all my heart that the hard work would pay off and help me out in life, I was motivated to do my very best.
            Who knows if Mom hadn’t come at me with her words day after day if I’d have believed in myself enough to accomplish my dreams and goals? My wish is that every kid out there has someone telling them it’s gonna be hard but it’s absolutely worth it to put everything you can into your education. Be present today and who knows what wonderful places you’ll make it to tomorrow. Here’s to many more “Up and Out” stories and thank you to Evernight for allowing me to share in this drive for World Vision’s Education for Girls. Hard work, learning, and supporting each other rocks my socks!

Carlene is the best selling, multi published author of the Sin Pointe Novel series, including Sidewalk Flower, Sin's Flower, Sin's Haven, and Touch of Sin.
           

            

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