Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Tuesday Talk-Time - Giving Back and Paying It Forward


Pink Heart Society columnist Barb Han is talking about the most adorable new member of her family - a puppy!


Recently, I had the honor of being part of an event that raises money for adult literacy. The tally is still being calculated from 2016 Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy so I’m not sure how much money we raised yet but one thing is certain; I always gain so much more than I give. The benefits from the afternoon tea go directly to a local library’s adult literacy program (you already know how much I love librarians!). They contribute so much to the community without a lot of money to work with. The tea is their biggest fundraiser. 

And people came…

We had an amazing lineup of romance authors from around the country who donated the best gift—their time—for a good cause. And have tea. Which isn’t to say the afternoon was all pretty hats (although there were lots) and sitting with our backs straight on the edges of our chairs listening to literacy statistics. 


My table was conveniently located next to the bar. 

I enjoyed meeting so many readers and getting to spend the afternoon together talking books. We shared a lot of stories, laughs and toasts (all while supporting literacy). 

There’s a quilt... 

Every year, one of the volunteers makes a quilt to be raffled off. I think Wanda outdid herself this year, don’t you?


And then there are bears… 

Teddy bears. 

A volunteer painstakingly makes each outfit by hand. This year’s teddy was a surfer: 


As you can imagine, these guys sell out pretty quickly. A grandmother at my table snatched one up for her granddaughter. 

There are baskets to bid on (this picture was taken moments before the doors opened):


And there’s a chance to meet and talk to each author at a signing (located along the back wall). I met so many fantastic readers!

In America, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. We pause our hyper-busy lives for just a moment and take time to appreciate each other (and, you know, fight over sports team picks while we munch on turkey legs—LOL) and the many blessings in our lives. 

Maybe that’s why I’m even more aware of the gift I’ve been given in being part of the romance community. Romance readers are the most intelligent and interesting people. And I’ve met so many wonderful and giving authors who I’m fortunate to call my friends.

It’s your turn. Tell me about a favorite event in your area or one of the ways in which you give back to your community.

Barb's latest novel, Delivering Justice, is out now:


A sexy cowboy comes to the rescue of a beautiful woman who has no idea who she is… 

When Tyler O’Brien finds a woman lying helpless after an ATV accident on his ranch, nothing adds up. Especially his real, sudden attraction to “Red.” But aiding the amnesiac only compounds the rich Texas cowboy’s doubts. How can he unlock the truth? 

Learning that Red is desperately searching for her twin sister who may have come to harm, Tyler—who doesn’t “do feelings”—promises help and protection. Soon he’s also burning with desire. As the two race against time to find Red’s sister, they’re drawn deeper into a complicated mystery. Tyler will have to draw on every ounce of strength to keep this stranger safe…and resist taking her to bed.

You can find out more about Barb Han's writing on her website and Goodreads. Follow her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for regular updates and pretty pics!

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