The Departed…Giveaway…Day 5

Winner to be posted shortly (upcoming week.)  At this time, the giveaways are now closed for comments.  thanks and be sure to check back to see if you were the winner!

Just so ya know, today will be a little different.

Next Round! (FYI, the winner must check back to claim the prize-if you think you might forget, try setting up a google alert. It’s easy, I promise…)

So far, this is the prize stash.  It’s all for one winner…

From The Departed

They were there. Some of the departed . . . not all of them rested, not all of them called for help. Some of them just lingered, their cold, dry touch like a skeletal hand on the nape of her neck. She could feel their presence and now that she’d allowed herself to think about them, to focus, her mind reached out and tried to lock on one of those whispers. Tried to grasp something real . . . a voice, something, somebody she could help.

But their voices, they were so indistinct, like listening to dry leaves skittering down a street. There were no words, hardly any feeling left to connect to those disconnected souls.

She jumped as Taylor curled his hand over her nape, his fingers digging lightly into her skin. “Stop it,” he murmured, leaning in and speaking almost directly into her skin.

“Stop what?” she asked sourly. She would have glared at him, but the firm hold he had on her skin kept her from doing that, and she was reluctant to break that contact. Just like always, his touch made everything else fade away.

“You know what. You’re not shielding. I can see it. Shield up or you’ll be a mess before I even get you to her room.” His voice lowered when she tensed and tried to pull away.

“You don’t get to boss me around anymore, Jones.”

She tried once more to pull away, but this time he herded her into a narrow dip in the wall. A quick glance showed that it led to the chapel. She glared up at him. To her surprise, he was glaring back, his pale blue eyes glittering at her, and his normally emotionless face was anything but. “I’m not trying to boss you around, damn it. You’re walking around looking like you’ve got death dancing on your shoulders and you’re not doing shit to stop it. Should I just ignore it?”

“What does it matter to you?” She shouldn’t be looking at him. She told herself that, told herself to look away, to look anywhere but at him. She couldn’t, though. She couldn’t look away from his eyes. Swallowing, she rested her head against the wall and repeated, “What does it matter to you?”

A heavy breath rushed out of him, his shoulders rising and falling. His blue eyes, so fiery hot and so unlike the cool, icy professionalism she was used to seeing, bored into hers. “Just shield up, damn it.” Then he shoved off the wall and stalked away.

Immediately, Dez sagged a few inches and covered her face with her hands. Damn it. What in the hell . . . Damn it. Her knees were shaking. Her belly felt all tight and hot and jittery, and damned if she knew why.

You damn well do know—

No. She wasn’t thinking about that—

She took a deep breath and lowered her hands. Then she looked up and gasped when she realized Taylor had returned, silently. One hand came, curled over the back of her neck. “This is why it matters, damn it.” He hauled her against him and as his mouth crushed against hers, her brain clicked off, shut down . . .

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Now.  About today’s giveaway.  I’m going to give away $1 for every comment up to $50…to a charity.  You all choose from the three below and whichever has the highest picks, I’ll donate.

  • World Vision (Christian charity, I generally do one of their ‘animal’ gifts which provides something like ducks or chickens to a family~provides eggs for food, money, etc)
  • Kiva (micro-loans…a cool concept, too hard to break down simply.  You can check out their site, though)
  • Young Survival Coalition (Young survivors of breast cancer)

All of these charities have a 4 star rating at Charity Navigator, and I think that’s the highest they rank.  So they are all solid charities who use their donations wisely.

Okay… so that’s it.  Today’s giveaway is a gift. Just tell me who you want to see getting it.

ETA:  FYI, your comment today is also your entry. 🙂  You can still go back and enter the previous days, too.  One entry per day!  Just look for any post that days The Departed… Giveaway. 🙂

All names entered will go into the pot.  One winner will be drawn at the end of the contest and posted here.  Make sure you read my disclaimer-the winner is responsible for checking back to see if they’ve won- (hint…you can always set up a google seach for your name/whatever handle you see use.  Good way to keep track of contests).

Entering means you agree to the rules and that you’ve read the disclaimer.

More prizes will be randomly added with each giveaway post. (Or that’s the plan…).  Entries must be made at my blog, not via facebook, twitter, GR, etc)

60 Replies to “The Departed…Giveaway…Day 5”

  1. I would like to see it go to World vision. I’m a big fan of their work, I’ve participated in some fundraisers with them in the past. .

  2. I think the Young Survivors Coalition is a fabulous charity choice. I’m sure that no matter who wins, the charity will be grateful for your generosity.

  3. Young Survivers, because the children are our future. Hope the New Year is brighter for all.

  4. I’m going to go with Kiva….I’ve heard you mention it before, and when I looked into it, I was really impressed with how one simple donation can reach so many lives. I’m leaning towards making a donation in my MIL’s name for her upcoming birthday 🙂

  5. I would like to see World Vision recieve ur awesume gift!!! I am so counting down the days for THE DEPARTED!!! God Bless u and urs Shiloh! U keep writing and i’ll keep buying!

  6. All three are great causes. My choice is Young Survivors Coalition. I have a great grandmother who died of breast cancer.

  7. They all sound like wonderful organizations to support. I really like the idea of knowing how a donation is going to be used to help someone. So in this situation I would pick World Vision.

  8. All are great choices but I choose World Vision. What a great way for your readers to be involved in your giving! Thanks!!

  9. Hands down, the Kiva micro loans.

    In fact, I tried to post a comment the day you first mentioned them here (but the captcha was eating my comments). I love the concept of micro loans because a person who lives very tightly within a reduced budget can still make a contribution that will, in a very real way, change someone’s life. One doesn’t have to wait until reaching an (often) unattainable amount or goal–$25 will do it! Don’t buy that gallon of ice cream or indulge in those chocolates, and there you are!

  10. Being a breast cancer survivor of 5 yrs now I have to say Young Survival Coalition. Thank you so much for all of your generosity.

  11. I’m voting for Young Survival Coalition (Young survivors of breast cancer). I had my first mammogram this year (turned 40) and I’m now going thru radiation for the cancer they found (day 3 out of 30).

  12. Shiloh,
    You are killing me with these teasers. It’s enough that everytime I open my Nook “Departed” is staring at we with it’s pre order label that I’m waiting to change to new. The Missing is one of my favorite books so I can’t wait for the sequel.
    Now on to the question. All of the charities look good but I choose Young Survivial Coalition.
    Happy New Year 🙂

  13. My vote’s for Kiva! My first loan through them is in the process of being repaid and ad soon as it is, I’ll loan the money to another person in Kiva’s system. I think they’re a pretty great organization. 😉

  14. I would go with Young Survival Coalition. They are all great choices, but this one would be my first choice. It is wonderful of you do do this!

  15. i love the excerpts and i have the book on the top of my TBR so that i can get it asap. i vote for World Vision.
    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

  16. Sounds like a great give away. I’d love to have it go to Kiva. I also love getting names of authors and books I haven’t read from your posts. Thanks.

  17. I would love to see Young Survival Coalition get the donation, although all of the charities you chose sound really great.

  18. They are all very good choices. It is hard to just pick 1. But the young survival hits home for me. My son had a best friend die of cancer at the young age of 15. It was so heartbreaking to watch that young man fight and lose the battle.

  19. Kiva. I think giving microloans is such a great concept. I truly believe a dollar can change someone’s future!

  20. I have supported Kiva but this Young Survivors sounds like something I should look into. Thank you for your choices.

  21. Love this idea – what a wonderful thing to do!

    I love the idea of the micro-loans. I’d never heard of that site before, but it seems like such a perfect idea, especially in these tough times where even $25 can make such a huge difference in someone’s life.

  22. I had no problem finding your blog and I have to say it’s I love how honest you are. (I’m referring to your piracy blog and the spamming I have to agree with you). I haven’t had time to read much but it is nice to meet someone who rambles about as much as I do lol. My favorite childhood memory….I loved that we actually had penny candy stores when I was little my sis and I could search the couch cushions and come up with enough money to share a pretty good size bag of candy we use to walk around town and play at the park snacking on candy 🙂 if we were lucky we found enough to hit the ice cream parlor and could get a cone for under a quarter. Now you’ve made me feel old lmao, I would like to put my vote for your charity for world vision. thanks for answering me so I could find your blog today 🙂

  23. All three sound good, but I vote mostly for young survivors. How hard it must be to lose a breast when you are young!

  24. World Vision is my favorite out of the ones you suggested. My mom has been sponsoring children through them for years.

  25. I agree World Vision sounds like a great charity. Thanks for being so generous. Christina_92 at

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