The Gift (and a Gift for You)

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The Story

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling these last few months—especially financially. Being in the hospital cost me valuable marketing time. My income tanked, to be honest. I’ve been trying to catch up on bills and get back into the swing of things. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m on my way. (I’m even writing a new book! More about that later.)

Last week, my husband came home from work with the mail. It’s almost always junk and bills, but some Christmas cards have been trickling in. Buried in the stack was an envelope, handwritten, addressed to me—no return address. I opened it up, expecting another Christmas card, giddy with the warmth of the season. It was a card, but what was inside shocked me.

Money tumbled out. On the card, handwritten, was the word “Enjoy!”

Santa came early.

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I immediately started to worry. I didn’t feel comfortable taking someone’s money. It just wasn’t right. But there was no one to argue with. I couldn’t even thank them.

I scrutinized the handwriting. I thought it looked vaguely familiar, but I’m no expert. I asked a few family members to see if anyone knew anything about it. None of them knew what I was talking about.

They all had a gentle laugh at my stubbornness, then suggested I simply pay it forward.

I’ve been racking my brain, trying to think of something good. And I think I’ve finally got it. But first, if my Santa is reading this, thank you. You are so sweet. You made me smile. I took your advice to heart; I got myself a little gift, and used the rest to pay off some bills. Now there’s one more thing I’d like to do.

Paying It Forward

I want to pay it forward, but I also want to spread even more cheer.

A few months ago, I joined forces with three other New Adult authors: Molli Moran, J.C. Hannigan, and Rebecca Paula. We created a group on Facebook, Romance Readers Anonymous. It’s a fun group for romance addicts. We post something new every day, sharing romance writer confessions, crushes, games, and more. Sometimes, on Wednesdays, we give away books.

For this Win a Book Wednesday, I’m throwing in a little twist.

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One lucky winner can pick one of our Kindle books. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the app FREE for your computer, phone, tablet, etc.)

To enter, simply join Romance Readers Anonymous. Do something nice for someone, and let us know here. It can be something small, like holding the door for a stranger or texting something nice to someone you cherish.

I’ll draw a winner at random sometime next Wednesday (December 30th).

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No matter what you celebrate, the holiday season is about spreading goodwill toward others. And I don’t know about you, but I think our world needs some light right now.

Let’s do this.

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Elizabeth Barone

Welcome to The Crazy Chronicles, the personal blog of Elizabeth Barone. I primarily write contemporary New Adult romance and suspense, but I also write YA under another pen name. This blog is named after my novel, Crazy Comes in Threes, and follows my publishing journey. I blog about everything from my latest work in progress to living with chronic pain.

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