Saturday, December 17, 2011

Paranormal With a Cause

It's always hard to follow an act with the weather warming tips that J likes to post. But I shall endeavor to do my best--or I can just introduce our guest blogger this Saturday.

Please help me give a warm welcome to paranormal author Seleste Delaney, who is posting not only today to entertain us, but to raise some money for a great cause. It's all yours, Seleste.

The holidays are upon us. Quite literally. Today is the day my little family of four opens gifts. We’re topping the day with a concert tonight from a local guy who’s taking Nashville by storm (and puts on one hell of a show). Within the next few days, Hanukkah starts, Yule occurs, and then Christmas Eve & Christmas, followed closely by Kwanzaa. (If I missed your holiday, apologies…)

It is the busiest time of the year for most people. Sometimes in that frenzy of activity, we forget a couple things:

1) Take time for yourself. You might not have time for a mani/pedi or a massage or whatever helps you relax, but a soak in the tub or curling up by the fire (or in a blanket) with a book can make a world of difference in both your productivity and your outlook on the season. Stress makes the holidays fun for no one. So be sure to take care of yourself in the midst of taking care of everyone else.

2) Often when we’re busy thinking about cooking, baking and gift buying, we forget about those in need and worthy causes. Don’t forget to take a moment to give to something you believe in and spread the magic of the season around. Again, you’ll feel better for it.

What does this have to do with the paranormal? After all, the magic of the season is usually relegated to virgin births and a jolly old elf being pulled through the sky by flying deer. But every year, more and more authors are embracing the season to bring you stories set in the worlds of their creation. The supernatural is no exception to this.

The Ghost of Vampire Present deals with a ghost and a trio of vampires visiting a woman named Jocelyn. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge receives a different but similar group of visitors that teach him how important his place in the world is in order to make him change his outlook on life. The ghost and vampires in The Ghost of Vampire Present do something very similar for Jocelyn, or at the very least begin to cement her place in the vampire world.

I’ve been told it’s a fun read, and for the rest of this month, whenever you buy my paranormal novella, The Ghost of Vampire Present, Decadent Publishing will donate all their profits from the sale to the American Cancer Society. In addition, I’m donating fifty cents for every copy sold this month to Relay for Life (on top of my normal annual donation). Taking time for you and donating to a good cause all in one handy package. How’s that for holiday multi-tasking?

A huge thanks to Seleste for guest-posting today and a bigger thanks for allowing us to be a part of her Relay for Life endeavors.

Have a great Saturday,



Maureen said...

Must remember to visit the gift tree at the mall to come closer to my finish.

Hoorah on the Relay for Life stuff, Seleste!

D L Jackson said...

Seleste, thanks so much for blogging today on Paranormal Romantics. May you have a miilion sales, for you and your worthy cause.

Kate Richards said...

Such a good cause, there are a lot of opportuinities to do kindnesses in the holiday season!

Jessica Subject said...

Seleste, this is truly a worthy cause, and I see in my own family how cancer research can help. All the best to you! :)

Clarissa Yip said...

Great advice! It is important to take time for yourself! Happy sales and congrats on all your success!

Kerry said...

There is definitely truth to the adage "It's better to give than receive" -- it always feels good to help. Very cool that you are supporting these worthy causes.

Hales said...

It is so great to give. I haven't done read for a cure yet but I really want to! Hugs and I can't wait to get this story it sounds phenom!

Valerie Mann said...

I edited this book and I loved loved loved it! It's part of a great series and you'll have to decide whether you're Team Max or Team Chad. It's a tough decision, just warning you!

Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka said...

Thanks, everyone! And a huge thanks to DL for having me here. I can't think of a single person I know whose life hasn't been touched by cancer in some way. It's a horrible, frightening disease. I appreciate the support from each and every one of you <3

Becca Dale said...

All the best, Seleste. What a great cause and your story sounds equally great.