Back in 2010, I wrote about an anthology from Harlequin called More Than Words, Volume 6. (read the post here) This book, sixth in a series of collections that tell the stories of real-life women making a difference in their communities, is part of Harlequin's philanthropic More Than Words program. All proceeds from the sale of these books are reinvested into the program which, according to their website, aims to enhance the well-being of women through the following goals:
* Raise awareness about worthy causes that are of concern to women
* Provide financial assistance to these important charities
* Engage employees, authors and readers and the general public in worthy causes and provide opportunities for them to make a difference.
Nominations for the 2014 awards are now open and Harlequin is inviting you, the readers, to tell them about the real-life heroines who inspire you...or tell them about yourself! Nominations will be open until August 9th and can be submitted by completing this easy online form. All you need to do is write a few sentences about the person you're nominating, the charity with which she's involved, what inspires her and how she's inspiring others. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to honor those women who give tirelessly to others, making a positive impact on the lives of the people in their communities.
After the nomination deadline, Harlequin will select five finalists and, in November, the public will vote for the three winners for 2014. Those three women will each receive a $15,000 donation from Harlequin to the charity of their choice. They will also each be paired with a bestselling Harlequin author who will use their story as inspiration for a novella that will be released to the public as a free e-book.
Check out these free e-books that were inspired by the dedicated women who won the awards in 2012:
- Good Neighbors by Sheila Roberts (inspired by Sally Spencer, who manages a mentoring program that rescues at-risk children)
- Just Joe by Carla Cassidy (inspired by Helen McGovern, who oversees Emergency Food Network, a food bank that serves all county residents, including those with health restrictions)
- Light This Candle by Cindy Dees (inspired by Mindy Atwood, who runs Patches of Light, a nonprofit organization where anonymous angels pay the rent for parents of desperately ill children)
You can download these (and other free) More Than Words novellas, as well as purchase the More Than Words collections, at http://www.
Tell us about the women you know who are making a difference in their communities. Or, tell us how you make a difference; how you give back to others. One person, randomly chosen, will receive a copy of the More Than Words Collection (choose among volumes 4-7) of their choice.