Monday, May 14, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness BLITZ


Kindness ROCKS!
Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community.

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, retweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.


To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too!

I'm selecting two amazing authors today who went out of their way to help me out with my current book that's in submission.

One is Dianne Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead and Caged Graves. When I was struggling with conflicting advice for my query, Dianne emailed me with some suggestions that really helped me see what I needed to do with it and be confident about it.

The other is Laura Josephson, author of  Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld (Also Known as High School) and Rising, Book 1. Laura was also kind enough as she watched me struggle with my query to offer help. She also voluntarily critiqued my full manuscript.


My gift to each of these awesome ladies if an amazon gift card. If you have a minute, please stop by their blogs and tell them how awesome they are.

If you know someone special you'd like to randomly acknowledge, please don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send an email, give a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way.

Kindness makes the world go round. 



I know Becca and Angela over at The Bookshelf Muse don't want any attention on themselves during the Blitz, but I need to thank them, too. Because their Emotional Thesaurus blog--now a book as of today--has been a fabulous resource for me. I can't tell you how many times I've run to them to trigger my old lady gray matter. Kudos to you both!


They have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to to pick it up.

Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness?

Do tell!


35 comments:

  1. Awesome choices. I've heard great things about Diane but never visited her blog.

    I'm participating too! So excited for Angela and Becky.

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  2. Aw, thanks, Donna! You're so sweet! I'm glad I was able to help. We've all had that conflicting advice. It's hard to know what to do with it sometimes!

    And thanks so much for the gift card! There's this THESAURUS I've been wanting to buy. :D

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  3. Awww! I love that! People can really make such a difference at really pivotal times. Great choices!!

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  4. Yay!!! I know Diane is supercool, but I haven't met Laura! Great highlights, Donna! :o) <3

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  5. Such a cool idea for a blogfest. I think they should make it a quarterly thing maybe. I have a couple of critique partners that give amazing feedback and really make me think. We should never take those great people for granted. :)

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  6. I totally believe in ARK's and Pay it forward. sandie

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  7. I adore Dianne. She is completely supportive and amazing. I know Laura a little - clearly something I need to work on :)

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  8. You know I'm all about the random acts of kindness!

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  9. Great blogfest. Seeing this one around a lot today. I'm glad they were able to help you and now they get an amazon gift card, a very nice thank you!

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  10. That's so cool that a book came out of their emotion thesaurus~ I've definitely used their blog resources before! So sweet of you to give the gift cards :)

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  11. Yeah tons of kindness in blogland, more than I ever expected.

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  12. I'm loving this blogfest! There is so much love going around today :)

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  13. Oh, my goodness, thank you so much, Donna! You are so incredibly sweet and you have helped me so much with my books, too. You are wonderful! Thank you so much for the gift card.

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  14. I LOVE when people choose to be kind!!! This is such an awesome idea :) I never regret being kind.

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  15. Dianne is great and I need to go meet Laura!

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  16. Congrats, Laura and Dianne! And thanks for the kind words, Donna! We're excited to see so many people sharing the love today.

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  17. Thanks for introducing me to Dianne and Laura! I'm going to check out their blogs.

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  18. I love the topic. I too have had so many wonderful writers help me along the way. I'm definitely going to check out Dianne's and Laura's blogs. It's a tribute I can't pass up.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today, Donna. It's so nice hearing from you again. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

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  19. What a wonderful way to acknowledge people who have helped you along the way. This makes me appreciate those who've helped me.

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  20. Good for you, Donna. Isn't great when writers reach out and help each other? I swear, there's no other community like it. I'm always acknowledging my friend Lisa Regan. I'd be nowhere without her.

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  21. It's hard to narrow it down isn't it?! Great choices though. Love this!

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  22. Love seeing another blogger I follow doing the RAOKBlitz!! It's been a great day, hasn't it. I loved my recipient's reaction. ;-)

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  23. thank you for your example of thoughtfulness for others...a beautiful thing!!
    I am your newer follower..pls follow back if you can.
    I do not underestimate the power of kindness..

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  24. Someone else also picked Dianne. Awesome choice!!!!

    I love the thesaurus. It's my new BFF. :D

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  25. I'm loving all of these RAOK festivities! :D We have the best community!

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  26. You're right - kindness does make the world go round. This is the second time I've seen Dianne recommended today - she's very special :-)

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  27. I see why they're so fabulous to you! That is really sweet to return the love:)

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  28. You are so right, Donna! Every day I thank heavens for my critique partners and family. Without them I would have never gotten published!

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  29. How apropos that one of the kindest people I know is paying it forward in this Random Acts of Kindness thing. I'm not even surprised. You GO, Donna!

    I also want to give a shout out to Mary DeWalt for being an extremely helpful editor, great friend, and listening ear. She's an outstanding person and well worth knowing.

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  30. Ohhhh... *love* this post, Donna...

    It's amazing how kind people are... I don't know what I'd do without the people who have inspired, uplifted, taught, and helped me thus far through this process. It's near impossible to do alone. This post makes me happy! :D

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  31. This RAOK Blitz is amazing. I'm on my to visit Laura and Dianne right now. Thanks!

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  32. Hooray for RAOK week! And Laura IS quite awesome. :)

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