Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Support the Next Chapter in Innovative Research



Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000
in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®





 Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.

Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…

Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers
“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”

Karen White, The Time Between
“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”

Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”

Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”

Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren't there yet. There's a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”

Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”


Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
Karen White, The Time Between
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes


Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October.  Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!

For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit penguin.com/readpink.

Read Pink® Blog Tour Schedule
Please support the blogs taking part in this special, Read Pink® Spotlight Tour!

October 1 – Exclusive guest post with spokesperson Beatriz Williams on LizandLisa.com
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September 22                                   Cheryl's Book Nook; The Readers Den; Gone with the Words;
                                                            Pretty Sassy Cool
September 23                                   Reading Reality; You Gotta Read; Adria's Romance Reviews
September 24                                   Kimberly Faye Reads; Nicely Phrased; I Smell Sheep
September 25                                   Romance Junkies; To Read or Not To Read;
September 26                                   Cindy's Love of Books; Chick Lit Plus;
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September 29                                   LitChat; Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf; Chris Book Blog Emporium
September 30                                   Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!; Grave Tells; Britt's Book and Life Blog;
                                                            Sincerely Stacie
October 1                                          Cocktails and Books; The Reading Nook Reviews; 2Bookaholics;
                                                            Wit & Sin; Raw Books
October 2                                          SOS Aloha; Bookish Things & More; Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads
October 3                                          Dew on the Kudzu; Peace Love Books;
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October 6                                          My Book Addiction and More; Book-alicious Mama;
October 7                                          A Dream Within A Dream; Thoughts in Progress; Mundie Moms
October 8                                          Flirty and Dirty Book Blog; Readers Live A Thousand Lives;
                                                            That's What I'm Talking About
October 9                                          Book Lovin' Mamas; Lori's Reading Corner; The Book Reading Gals
October 10                                        Supernatural Snark; Once Upon a Twilight;
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October 13                                        Fallen Angel Reviews; Parajunkee's View; As I Turn the Pages
October 14                                        Reading in Black & White; Keepin It Real Book Blog
October 15                                        ABCD Diaries; Fictional Candy; Paranormal Book Club
October 16                                        Sexy Bibliophiles; Book Sniffers Anonymous;
October 17                                        Wicked Lil Pixie; The Book Swarm; Addicted 2 Novels;
                                                            Stephanie’s Book Reports
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October 20                                        News & Sentinel, “Book Nook”; The Reading CafĂ©
October 21                                        The Book Bellas; The Book Cellar


October 21                                        The Book Bellas; The Book Cellar
October 22                                        The Novel Life; My Book Muse;
October 23                                        Rock Stars of Romance; Silver's Reviews; Journey of a Bookseller
October 24                                        Sunshine & Mountains
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October 27                                        Bewitched Bookworms; Ramblings From This Chick
October 28                                        Reading in Pajamas; Turn the Page
October 29                                        Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks; Stuck In YA Books;
October 30                                        Fang-tastic Books; No BS Book Reviews; Marie’s Cozy Corner
October 31                                        In Shadows; Love Romances & More
                                                                    

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are Dream Eyes Watching You?



The next novel to be featured is Jayne Ann Krentz’s novel Dream Eyes. If you like romance with a little mystery with paranormal element thrown in, then this is the novel for you!  This is the second novel in the Dark Legacy series. 

Synopsis: 

Gwen Frazier is Psychic Counselor who helps people through their dreamscapes.   But can anyone help Gwen when she discovers yet another dead body?  Enter Judson Coppersmith a Psychic Investigator sent by his soon to be sister in law Abby to help her sister Gwen.  Will they be able to put the clues together about the present murders?  And maybe shed a little light on ones from the past?  While Gwen and Judson work on their investigation issues from his past creep up as well.

My Thoughts: 

I am not usually a fan of novels with a paranormal element.  I read this book out of turn in the Dark Legacy series.   I think that readers can still enjoy this novel if you haven’t read Copper Beach the first title in the series.  I had one question pertaining to some of the events mentioned in this story.  Gwen has some flashbacks to events that took place earlier maybe in either Copper Beach or another previous novel?  It did not keep me from continuing in the novel. 

The characters in this novel are well developed.  The one key to great characters is showing growth throughout the novel. I think we can check this one off as complete.  Gwen and Judson are complicated characters that you will get to know well as you read.  The plot for this novel created other complicate characters that helps add to the dimension of the story.

I could not wait to find out the answers!   I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Rating: 

4.5/5

Please visit Jayne on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.