Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspirational Warrior Goddesses Reading List 2014

Twenty-six years ago, I watched my mother battle cancer.   Now, I watch as my friends and cousins battle.  Tink and CherryMary have similar stories.  The positive lining to this dark cloud is that treatment and early detection of cancer has improved the chances of survival for women, men, and children.  Cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was.  We are grateful to all the researches and fundraisers that have worked to make this come about. 
Literature has also noticed the survivors.  The role of cancer was once to provide the pain and angst in the story.  Now cancer is the jumping board to a new lease on life.  Authors have delved into the psyches and fears of survivors and helped them to reach for their stars.  The cancer heroine is now a source of inspiration. 
Many of our auction authors have heroines who are cancer survivors.  In Sable Hunter's Cowboy Heat, Libby has spent most of her young life in hospitals.   Now that she is in remission, she plans on LIVING!  Skye Michael's Anne's Courage follows the journey of a breast cancer survivor as she deals with her body image issues.  And this year's Literary Ambassador Linda Gillard shared her fears from her own fight with cancer in the Gothic romance Cauldstane.  The Warrior Goddesses spirit is alive and well in these heroines.  
So I sought out additional novels that featured cancer survivors to list here for you. I must send a shout out to the bloggers at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books who first compiled these titles in 2011. I simply cleaned it up and added a few titles.  Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below:
  • A Wife Worth Waiting For by Maggie Kingsley
  • Anne's Courage by Skye Michaels
  • Away From Me by Sophie Oak
  • Barefoot in the Grass by Judith Arnold
  • Because of You by Jessica Scott
  • Broken Destiny by Sally Wentworth
  • Cowboy Heat by Sable Hunter
  • Cruise Control by Sarah Mayberry
  • Fix You by Mari Carr
  • Here Comes the Groom by Karina Bliss
  • His Tattooed Virgin by Heather Rainier
  • Home for the Holidays by Sarah Mayberry
  • Legacy of the Wolf by Lori King
  • Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
  • Mystery of the Mermaid by Merla Zellerbach
  • Reconstructing Natalie and it’s by Laura Jensen Walker
  • Seaview Inn by Sherryl Woods
  • Snowbound by Larissa Ione
  • Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
  • The Last Good Man by Katherine Eagle
  • The Older Woman  by Cheryl Reavis
  • The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
  • Time is a River by Marie Alice Monroe
  • Uplift by Barbara Delinsky
  • Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning
  • Wish You Were Here by Christie Ridgway
The volunteers at The Pink Door nonprofit work to provide help with real life Warrior Goddesses as they too reclaim their lives.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped by promoting and/or donating to this charity auction.  I would especially like to thank Natasha Blackthorne who organized a kick-ass Twitter campaign. 
We have already passed the total raised last year, so Thank You to all those who bid on auction items.  I will be working next week to get the winner's names to the authors.  Please remember our wonderful sponsoring authors who donated their books and swag!
A.B. McKinley
Alanea Alder
Aoife Brennan
Beverly Preston...
Brenda Zinn
Caitlyn O'Leary
Cassandra Carr
Cerise DeLand
Desiree Holt
 Erika Reed
Honor James
Isobelle Cate
Iyana Jenna
Johanna Rae
Laurie Olerich
Laurie Roma
Linda Gillard
Lisa Renee Jones
Lori King
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
Mardi Maxwell
Natasha Blackthorne
Oh Whimsical Me jewelry
Randi Alexander
Renea Mason
Sable Hunter
Sherri Hayes
Skye Michaels
Sophie Jordan
Susan Hayes
Tara Rose
Tracey Steinbach
Wild Wicked Weekend authors' basket-- Desiree Holt, Cerise Deland, Samantha Cayto, Dalton Diaz, Brenna Zinn, Regina Carlysle
Elle Boon's Sirenista Basket--Elle Boon  Diane Leyne   Tara Rose   Andrew Jericho  Kelsie Belle  Eileen Green  Doris O'Connor    Michelle Graham  Fiona Archer  Suzy Shearer Parkes   Suzette Cauler    Caitlyn O'Leary    Debra Ann Fisk    Michelle Roth   Sophie Oak  Skye Michaels    Rhea Regale   Marla Monroe
The Warrior Goddesses Auction ends Sunday night May 11, so hurry over to make your bid...

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