Friday, November 22, 2013

A Fractured Heart Giveaway! And A Helping Hand

I am so excited to bring you this special news. It has been very difficult keeping it to myself for the past 3 weeks, but today I can share it with everyone. Three weeks ago, I made a decision, and when I made it I got this feeling of extreme elation. I got goosebumps all over and I knew that it was what God was calling me to do. I want to tell you a little about me before I tell you the news so that you can understand why I am doing this. When I was five, I was taken from my home and placed in a temporary home with foster parents. I had a foster mom, dad, brother and sister. It was not a pleasant experience, unfortunately. I just want to be clear that not every foster situation is unpleasant. I was lucky enough to be blessed with a grandma who had a huge heart. She fought for custody and won. Six months after I was in the foster home, all of my stuff was thrown into a garbage bag and I was being picked up by my grandma. Don't feel sorry for me. Every single thing that has happened to me, I chalk it up to experience and move on. My grandma was a wonderful woman who loved me. I was lucky enough to have a family member that wanted me, loved me, and took care of me.

Today, there are still an alarming number of kids who have to go to foster homes. I commend the people who foster children. I love that they have hearts that are big enough for kids who are not their own; who have been neglected, need medical help, or just need someone to love them.

In 2011, 11 percent of the children (over 26,000) exiting foster care aged out of the system. Research has shown that teens aging out of the system are highly likely as adults to experience homelessness, poor health, unemployment, incarceration, and other poor outcomes.

Here is what I am going to do, and here is how you can give back just by doing something you love to do; reading. For every electronic book of Fractured Heart sold from any site the purchase is available, from the time it is released and everyday thereafter, I will donate 10% (with hopes to increase this percentage in the near future) to an organization called Together We Rise. I happened to find this organization as I was searching for non-profit organizations that help children. I had a couple in mind, but when I came to the Together We Rise website, I got those goosebumps and felt my heart twist. What they do is simply amazing. They are giving these kids a chance at some normalcy, friendships, and hope.

Up to 80 percent of all children in foster care have serious emotional problems.

This organization provides children with a way to carry their belongs when they are moved around. They have a project called Sweet Cases for Foster Kids, where they collect duffel bags and suit cases- stuff them with hygiene kits, blankets, coloring books, crayons, and toys. In 2 years they have provided over 2,000 bikes to children in foster care. Not only do they go on a tour through the United States delivering these bikes, but they stay and help these kids build them. Building a connection with them, giving them some normalcy even for a day. That is something special. That day can change a child and bring hope into their lives. The best part about all of this time and energy they are giving- they are all interns. Young people who are helping make a difference.

At Together We Rise we do what we do, not because of the fame, glory, or recognition, we do it because it is the right thing to do.
I am so thrilled to be able to give back in some way. No matter if it's a little or a lot, it all matters. It can all do something. When you go out and purchase you e-book of Fractured Heart; you are helping make a difference in a foster child's life. We have some amazing people in the world. They far outweigh the bad. Let's enable them to do the good that is needed.
Nearly 700,000 abused and neglected children will spend time in foster care in the United States this year.
If you would like more information on Together We Rise or Foster Care; please follow the links provided below, or click on the Together We Rise banner at the bottom of this post.
I want to bring you a giveaway today too. Three author's, besides myself, have donated to this giveaway so that you have a chance to win 7 awesome prizes. Here they are:
Prize Pack 1
Kindle Fire HD w/ Fractured Heart and 2 books of your choice pre-loaded
Prize Pack 2
Signed paperback of Fractured Heart
Paperback of Wicked
Metal heart bookmark with silver tassel from Kate Aspen
Fractured Heart magnet
Fractured Heart pen
$5 gift card to Starbucks
Prize Pack 3
2 e-books of Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale
Prize Pack 4
1 e-book of Winter Shadows by Casey Bond
Prize Pack 5
2 e-books of Revelation by Doug Couse
Spread the news, enter the giveaway, and don't forget to join the Fractured Heart Online Book Launch Party on November 30th (See Link Below) where you have another chance at winning another Kindle! This giveaway will run from now (November 22, 2013) till December 16, 2013 at midnight.

*U.S. residents only for prize packs 1 and 2. All others are international. Thank you.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Online Book Launch Party For Fractured Heart

Come join the party on November 30th! I am celebrating the release of Fractured Heart with an online Book Launch Party. Just click HERE.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Fractured Heart by Krystle Lewallen

I am so excited to be revealing the cover of my book. There is no feeling that I can compare to what I feel right now; completion, accomplishment, and progress. Those are just a few. This cover would not have been possible without a few people,
Makaela Hall - Makaela was the most gracious cover model. She turned, twisted and inched in every which way that she was asked so that Pam could capture the perfect picture. This was her first time modeling and she was simply amazing. The picture speaks for itself.
Pam Bell Photography - I could not have had such a beautiful cover without such a wonderful photographer. I can not say enough good things about Pam. She was professional and captured some of the best pictures I have ever seen. I would encourage you to check out Amelia Island Scenes on Facebook to see more of her work. The scenic pictures are breathtaking. It's great to get on Facebook and have those beautiful pictures popping up on my page every once in a while.
Mia - Mia was the make-up artist on site. If there was a glitch she stepped up to the plate and took care of it. Mia is also a hair stylist and also touched up hair as needed.
Without these 3 ladies, I would not have been able to introduce this cover to you. I am truly blessed to have had them on my team for this shoot.
Book Information
Title: Fractured Heart
Series: The Redemption Series Book One
Release Date: November 29, 2013
I won't keep you waiting any longer, here it is...

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