Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrating A Need So Beautiful with Random Acts of Kindness & Giveaway

Happy Book Birthday to Suzanne Young and her phenomenal new book, A Need So Beautiful

Today, we, along with fourteen other authors and bloggers are celebrating this amazing book by sharing how someone's random act of kindness or self-sacrifice has impacted our lives. There are also some amazing giveaways that you can find listed below.

I've decided to tell you about my grandpa (aka Paw Paw) because he was, without a doubt, one of the best things in my childhood and teenage years. He was an amazing man, a man of his word, a man that other men could learn a thing or two from. He embodied kindness in ways maybe a grandfather only can. 

During the summer months, my brother and I always spent our days with him and my grandmother while my parents worked. My brother tended to gravitate toward my grandmother while I was always drawn to my grandpa. My grandmother was always trying to eat healthier so she'd have snacks like vanilla wafers. My grandpa, though, he always had a stash of chocolate of some sort. It was usually some Little Debbie treat that he'd sneak me when my grandma wasn't looking. He'd hand it to me and shoo me away quickly before anyone could see what I had. I will always remember the smile on his face and the way his laughter always made me laugh too. 

We didn't have a lot of money growing up and neither did my grandparents, but when it came time for me to finally get my first car, he was the one who offered to buy it. I can't imagine how he had the money to even offer, but he did. He had a good heart and his love of his family was fierce. When he was in the room, the place was always brighter. His smile was infectious.

When I was seventeen he had a heart attack. When he was finally allowed to come home, he pulled me to his side with his church leaders looking on. He beamed at me and held my hand, introducing me to them. He'd said, "This is my granddaughter Cindy. She takes care of me." 

He passed away only a few days after that and it still makes me tear up remembering that moment. My grandpa was an incredible person and he definitely helped to make me the person I am today. His love and support were a constant in my childhood and he will always hold a very special place in my heart. 

I love and miss you Paw Paw! 

Thank you for stopping by today and reading about my grandpa with me. You can stop by these other blogs to read about their random acts of kindness and a list of what each blog is giving away as well.

I am giving away a critique of your first 3 chapters or up to 10K words. Just so that you have some background on my own writing, I can tell you that I've drafted my own first YA novel and am currently working on revisions to it. I'm also critique partners with two authors that are published. 

First 3 chapter critique (Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic)
YA Lit Swag Bag (Sara at Novel Novice)
Hourglass Order from TBD – Int (Corrine at Lost for Words)
Random Books (Jessi at The Elliott Review)
2 Header/Button Packs (Jessica at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile)
First 15 pages Critique & Signed ARC of Hereafter (Kari at A Good Addiction)
Query Letter Critique (Shannon Messenger)
Signed copy of Invincible Summer – US/Can (Hannah Moskowitz)
First Chapter Critique and a Skype Chat (Keri Mikulski)
Signed copy of Tell Me a Secret with signed TMAS art print - US (Holly Cupala)
Signed copy of Chasing Brooklyn – US (Lisa Schroeder)
The Pledge Swag Pack including ARC (Kimberly Derting)
Facebook Contest (Daisy Whitney's Blog)
First Chapter Critique (Lisa and Laura Roecker)

Want to know how you can win? It's simple: Fill out THIS FORM. The form is the same on each blog, so you only have to enter ONCE. You can select more than one prize when you enter. Multiple entries will be deleted so please be sure that you have all of your entries/links before you enter. 

There will be 1 winner per item, and then three people will also be chosen to win a signed copy of A Need So Beautiful in addition to their other prize. The signed A Need So Beautiful copies will be US only. Giveaways run through June 28th.

Earn one extra entry for each of the following:
Take a picture of an author's book in the wild and tweet it to us and the author
Post a positive Amazon review for a book you loved
Donate a book to a library or classroom
Tweet a good deed you plan to do this week, using the #ANeedSoBeautiful hashtag

Earn 10 extra entries for each of the following:
Take a picture of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL in the wild and tweet it to us and Suzanne Young
Post an Amazon review for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL
Donate a copy of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL to a library or classroom

Happy Release Day Suzanne and A Need So Beautiful! Congratulations on such a spectacular book!  

We'd love hear about your own random acts of kindness. Please leave us a comment! 


  1. This is an amazing post AND story. Thank you for sharing it. I honestly teared up. Love what you're doing here and all the blogs that are participating! Congrats to Suzanne on her special release day!

  2. WOW Cindy! You had me in tears! What a heart warming story! So sorry to hear about him passing on but what a wonderful memory to have for the rest of your life!!! You totally take after your paw paw my friend! You are an incredible person and I know that he is SO PROUD of you!!!!



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