Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hoppy Easter Blog Hop! Leave a Comment and I'll Donate to St. Jude's!

 HOORAY! I donated $35 to St. Jude's and here are the names of the winners! I will be contacting you for your choice of book:
Dear Jean Joachim,

Thank you for helping the children of St. Jude

On behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and especially on behalf of the children and their families, thank you for your generosity.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-805-5856 or email us at

Your donation information:

Confirmation number: 1714445
Date: April 09, 2012   4:41 PM
Payment method:
Bill to: Jean Joachim

New York, NY
US 10024
Email address:
Donation amount: $ 35.00

Welcome! Happy holiday! I'm celebrating children. FOR EVERY COMMENT, I'LL MAKE A $1.00 DONATION TO ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.    GIVEAWAY -- unscramble any ONE of the scrambled words listed below from these snippets of my books & be eligible to win 1 of my books (your choice). 5 winners will be chosen, so leave a COMMENT, 1 UNCRAMBLED WORD and YOUR EMAIL ADDY, to be entered and to donate to the wonderful work at St. Jude's. So come read favorite snippets from my books, relax and smile at the kid pix.
This is my son, Steve. He's 20 now. This excerpt is from NOW AND FOREVER 1, A LOVE STORY:
Mac felt his attraction to Callie growing, pulling him to her. He couldn‘t take his eyes off
her lovely face or her beautiful breasts. He knew he shouldn‘t stare at her chest and he tried, but
when she came into his office wearing a low-cut blouse and bent over to put papers on his desk,
he was mesmerized. He looked away before she noticed, he thought, but sometimes it was a
close call. Still he felt she had a painful secret. While her beauty drew him, her quiet pain made
him cautious.

This excerpt is from NOW AND FOREVER 2, THE BOOK OF DANNY:
Her hands stopped, he closed his fingers around hers and she lifted her eyes to his.
“You’re right,” she said, hunger evident in her gaze.
“You deserve a man who can send you to the moon,” he murmured. He gazed at her face,
lovely in the candle glow. He focused on her delicate mouth and inviting lips. He couldn’t keep his eyes from traveling
over her body. His fingertips tingled when his gaze lit on her breasts, wondering how they would feel, anxious to find out but afraid to rush her.

 This excerpt is from  THE MARRIAGE LIST:
“So…is this a job interview for a wife?” She persisted.
He took a sip from his wine glass.
“Getting to know you, that’s all. I take a keen interest in all my dates,” he said, sidestepping the question.
She eyed him suspiciously when the waiter arrived with their food.
“All your dates? And am I one of many…hundreds…thousands?” she teased.
He laughed. “Right now, you’re the one and only.” He put down his glass and his gaze met hers.
Good and let’s keep it that way. She grinned at him.

This is my son, David. He's 24 now. Here is an excerpt from THE LOVE LIST sequel to The Marriage List:
With his light brown hair falling in his eyes, he reminded her of a large puppy with his tail between his legs, and her heart lurched. Grey slipped one arm around her waist and drew her to him. His other arm went around her shoulders and he tightened his grip.
Carrie melted into his arms, resting her forehead against his chest
and sobbed. He stroked her hair.
“I’m so sorry I hurt you. I love you so much. Say you’ll never
leave me, no matter what stupid thing I say or do.”
Here is an excerpt from SUNNY DAYS, MOONLIT NIGHTS:
“I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun. Thanks,” she said, looking up at the half moon shining above.
“Me, too. You have a great voice. Draws, paints and sings. A Renaissance woman,” he said, smiling into her eyes.
“You guys are amazing. I can’t sing a cappella like that.”
“Have you tried? Don’t know till you try,” he said, watching the moonbeams catch the glow of her hair.
“No, I haven’t. There are so many things I haven’t tried yet…” she sighed.
“Here’s one you can take off the list,” he said, leaning over and kissing her.


 Here is a pic of my kids at Halloween and a snippet from APRIL'S KISS IN THE MOONLIGHT:
The dogs took off, running. April tried to run but pain stopped her and she stood still; feeling his gaze, she turned to look at him. Gavin’s eyes met hers, his breath stopping for a moment before he went back to work. April’s fingers raked her hair as she turned away from the house.
He winced when he saw her doubled over from the pain. He wanted to fold her in his arms, soothe her with kisses until each bruise disappeared. A slight heat crept into his cheeks when he remembered the engagement ring she wore. Never before had he wanted another man’s woman; this was the first time.
************************************************** UNSCRAMBLE ANY 1 OF THE FOLLOWING WORDS TAKEN FROM THE EXCERPTS ABOVE:
Now and Forever 1, a Love Story - SCETH
Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny -ONOM
The Marriage List - STADE
The Love List -  SPUDIT
Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights - SWARD
April's Kiss in the Moonlight - VINGA
Winners will be posted after 9pm on Sunday, April 8.
All my books are available on AMAZON  and Barnes & Noble
The Now and Forever books are on Secret Cravings website, too.
Find more about my books on my  WEBSITE.

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  1. NAF 1 - Chest
    NAF 2 - Moon
    The Marriage List - Dates
    The Love List - Stupid
    Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights - Draws
    April's Kiss in the Moonlight - Gavin

    Great excerpts. Love the word scramble. Happy holidays


  2. For April's Kiss in the Moonlight- Gavin

    LOVED the Marriage List and The Love List

    Have a great holiday!


  3. Great post - loved the pictures of your kids. They all grow up so fast! And what a wonderful idea - to donate to St. Jude's - they do such remarkable things for children!

  4. What a wonderful way to donate to St. Jude's! Fabulous post. The Love List: stupid
    April's Kiss in the Moonlight: Gavin

  5. How great that you're donating to St. Jude's. I had to comment just for that reason!

    My unscrambled word is: DATES

    allisonmwrites (at) gmail (dot)com

  6. From April's Kiss: Gavin['s]. St. Jude's is an absolutely wonderful institution! Love the pics of your kids--mine are adults now too. M. S. Spencer

  7. Great post and great pics! Isn't it fun to remember when they were young? Mine are now 36, 26, 24, 22 and almost 21!

    Unscrambled words: chest, moon dates, stupid, draws, Gavin

    Enter me, please!


  8. Great Post and I love what St. Jude's does for kids!

  9. Great post Jean. Your boys are gorgeous! And I think it's wonderful that you are donating to such a good cause. Loved the excerpts by the way.

    My words is STADE from sometimes, travelling, and, disappeared engagement. Did I do that right? lol!

  10. I think it's a great thing you're doing for St. Jude's and since I already have all your books I'll pass in entering the contest

  11. Now and forever... Moon. Creative blog, Jean. I hope you get a lot of comments

  12. What a wonderful thing you're doing by donating to St. Jude's and thanks for giveaway. My unscrambled word is MOON from Now and Forever 2

  13. My word is from April's Kiss in the Moonlight- Gavin
    Such a great thing your doing.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. April's Kiss- Gavin.. I picked that because it is my nephews name :)I think you are awesome! For the Valentine Hop you did ASPCA and for the Easter Hop St. Jude, you are amazing!! Thanks for giveaway and Happy Easter

  15. What a wonderful thing to support and donate to St. Jude's! Kudos to you, Jean!

  16. This is the best kind of Easter gift. Making a donation to St. Jude's. Those kids are just starting their lives. They deserve a chance to live it and making a donation is a great way to do that. I've always believed that saying "It is better to give than receive."

    Happy Easter Everyone,

  17. Thanks for participating in the hop and making the donation to St. Jude's.


  18. I love the way your site is designed, Jean. It sure as heck beats mine. And here's to a noble cause like St. Jude's. Very classy.


    1. Thanks, Mike! And thank you for stopping by.

  19. Thank you for the giveaway and I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.


    seriousreader at live dot com

  20. Gavin
    Happy Easter and thanks for donating to St. Judes. Great Cause.
    Seawitch Reviews @

  21. Happy Easter! I love your blog! Love the kids pictures. They do grow so fast. My oldest is 20 as well. Yikes!

    Unscrambled words:

    I LOVE scrambled words!! Thanks for such a great cause too.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
    April's Kiss in the Moonlight - Gavin

  22. Beautiful blog; beautiful cause. Blessings to you.

  23. Happy Easter!
    Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny -ONOM - MOON

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  24. You are so sweet! Happy Easter! What a wonderful cause you support. :) My unscrambled word is Moon. :)
    Thank you!

  25. Chest - Moon - Dates - Stupid - Draws - Gavin. Great post and noble cause. Happy Easter

  26. The word from Now and Forever 2 is moon.


  27. The Marriage List - dates

    Love your cause! Happy Easter!

  28. Moonlight is Gavin and this is such a great giveaway

  29. I love the scrambled words Chest , Moon , Dates , Stupid ,
    Draws , Gavin. Happy Easter

  30. I just cost you another buck... Good of you to do this. Love the pictures of your kids!



  31. The Marriage List - Dates

    Have a lovely Easter :)

    xandrajames AT rocketmail DOT com

  32. I am probably too late but only saw your post about the charity today. That is very generous of you. *hugs*