Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrating A Need So Beautiful with Random Acts of Kindness

Hi everyone! Suzanne Young's A Need So Beautiful releases today, and what better way to celebrate a book about random acts of kindness by talking about random acts of kindness that have been given or received in our lives. Across multiple blogs this morning, both authors and bloggers have joined together to mention some random acts of kindness that they have perpetuated, or have had done towards them. 

I had a hard time coming up with a specific act. Not to say that I haven't ever been on the receiving end, or perpetuated said acts. I just couldn't think of any one act. I'm going to set up my post a little differently and just name off some of the things that I've seen others do, and what I have done myself. 

-Helping an elderly lady cross a busy intersection at the hospital when I was heading in to visit someone. 
-Holding doors open for others, and especially for those inundated with strollers or walkers. 
-Knowing someone who helped an elderly gentleman who was lost. This person went above and beyond by contacting the family of said man, and waited with him until they arrived. Who knows what trouble could or most likely, would, have befallen him had he continued to drive around the city, completely lost. His family had been searching for him for hours, and my friend's phone call relieved and assured the family that he was in good hands until they could get there.
-Having someone bring in a box of cats (to my work) that they found on the side of the road on the hottest holiday weekend of the year, and being able to re-home every single one of those cats. 
-Making up Christmas baskets for the families in the surrounding area who might not be able to afford Christmas on their own. 
-Helping others when needed, if they are lost, or if they need help finding something, or just by giving them a smile.  

Seeing others helping those around them, and being able to help out those in whatever way is needed has shown me that though there is a lot of bad in this world, there still is also a lot of good. Humanity is not gone, and there are still a lot of people out there who will help those around them. It's wonderful to see. 

Now that you know more about what random acts of kindness mean to me, read on for more about Suzanne Young's A Need So Beautiful. 

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway

Earn one extra entry for each of the following:
Take a picture of an author's book in the wild and tweet it to us and the author
Post a positive Amazon review for a book you loved
Donate a book to a library or classroom
Tweet a good deed you plan to do this week, using the #ANeedSoBeautiful hashtag

Earn 10 extra entries for each of the following:
Take a picture of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL in the wild and tweet it to us and Suzanne Young
Post an Amazon review for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL
Donate a copy of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL to a library or classroom

There will be 1 winner per item, and then three people will also be chosen to win a signed copy of ANsB in addition to their other prize. The signed ANsB copies will be US only.

The contest will run June 21 - 28.

You can enter here by filling out this FORM. It is the same form on all of the blogs. Please enter only through one blog, and please wait until you have all of your links together. Multiple entries will be deleted.

Prize List:

First 3 chapter critique (Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic: http://www.totalbookaholic.com/)

YA Lit Swag Bag (Sara at Novel Novice: www.novelnovice.com)

Hourglass Order from TBD – Int (Corrine at Lost for Words: http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com)

Random Books (Jessi at The Elliott Review: http://elliottreview.blogspot.com)

2 Header/Button Packs (Jessica at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile: http://www.hopelessbibliophile.com/)

First 3 chapters Critique (Cindy at Books Complete Me: http://www.bookscompleteme.com/)

First 15 pages Critique (Kari at A Good Addiction: http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/)

Signed ARC of Hereafter (Kari at A Good Addiction: http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/)

Query Letter Critique (Shannon Messenger: http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/)

Signed copy of Invincible Summer – US/Can (Hannah Moskowitz: hannahmosk.blogspot.com)

First Chapter Critique and a Skype Chat (Keri Mikulski: http://kerimikulski.com/books/pay-it-forward-the-author-edition/)

Signed copy of Tell Me a Secret with signed TMAS art print - US (Holly Cupala: http://www.hollycupala.com/search/label/blog)

Signed copy of Chasing Brooklyn – US (Lisa Schroeder: www.lisaschroederbooks.com)

The Pledge Swag Pack including ARC (Kimberly Derting: http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com/)

Daisy Whitney's Blog: http://daisywhitney.com/blog/
Daisy Whitney will also be hosting a contest on her Facebook page for 5 copies of the book.

First Chapter Critique - Lisa and Laura Roecker: http://www.lisa-laura.blogspot.com/

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