Harlequin’s More than Words + Giveaway!

more than words If, like me, you read a fair amount of Harlequin novels or you’ve ended up on the company’s mailing list, you’ve probably seen flyers in recent years touting Harlequin’s More than Words program and the annual anthology that goes with it. From the ad copy, I understood that Harlequin was putting out anthologies celebrating charitable work by women in their communities, but didn’t know much more than that. When I had a chance to chat about it via email with a publicist, I found out more and was very impressed by the work supported.

For the past several years, Harlequin has issued the More than Words anthology with stories based on the lives and work of the women who have won a contest through their charity program. The winners are described as women who have taken action to help those in need, and the hope is that their stories will inspire others to act. The aim of the program is “to enhance the well-being of women,” by raising awareness about causes that are of concern to women, providing money to these and engaging authors and readers in these worthy causes.

This year, five women have been chosen to receive $10,000 for their charities as well as to serve as inspiration for a novella in the More than Words anthlogy, proceeds of which will be used for further charitable work. This year’s winners are:

Nancy Abrams of the Eva’s Intiatives Family Reconnect Program – Ms. Abrams is supervisor of a program that works with homeless youth in Ontario, Canada as well as working to help broken families rebuild relationships.

Gracie Cavnar of Recipe for Success Foundation – This Foundation in Houston, Texas makes healthy meals for elementary school children and has programs to help combat childhood obesity.

Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone of WET’s Risk Takers Series – This program, serving teenage girls in New York City, teaches media literacy and leadership skills.

-Valerie Sobel of the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation – This foundation, created as a tribute to Ms. Sobel’s son, provides financial assistance to single caregivers of children with life-threatening illness so that they can care for their children full-time.

Karen Thompson of Literature for All of Us – Since 1997, this organization in the Chicago area has weekly book groups reaching out to the community with reading, writing and discussion.

And the 2009 winners are:

Katharine Chon of Polaris Project – Based in Washington DC, Polaris Project works to combat human trafficking, and to offer support to victims.

-Rhonda Clemons of Zoe Institute – Founded by a single mother after the death of her husband, the Zoe Institute is a faith-based agency supporting single mothers.

Barbara Huston of Partners in Care Maryland – A resource for elderly people and their families, Partners in Care helps the elderly remain in their homes as long as possible.

-Roni Lomeli of Shoes that Fit – Shoes that Fit provides new shoes for schoolchildren who otherwise wouldn’t have them.

Lara Tavares of Sky’s the Limit Youth Organization – Based in Ontario, Sky’s the Limit has set out to eliminate the digital divide for Canadian children by providing computers to underserved communities.

These are all wonderful causes and the 2009 winners are the inspiration for novellas this year by Joan Johnston, Robyn Carr, Christina Skye, Rochelle Alers, and Maureen Child. The More then Words book will go on sale on April 1, 2010, but we have 2 copies to give away to readers. To enter, simply comment below with one of your favorite charitable causes. The contest will be open from now until 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Please note that, at the request of the donor, this contest is open to the United States and Canada only.

– Lynn Spencer

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22 Responses to Harlequin’s More than Words + Giveaway!

  1. anon1001 says:

    Please enter me in the Giveaway. I donate to St. Jude’s when I shop online You can through the goodshop website to hundreds of online stores and the Merchant automatically makes a donation to the charity of your choice–no cost to me.

  2. My Linh Nguyen says:

    What a wonderful idea due part to everyone involved.

  3. I would love to win a copy of this book…This is such a wonderful way to raise awareness of various charities. I love to donate to our local Food Bank (I usually buy groceries and drop them off at the local Food Bank bin at our grocery store) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (they have a wonderful recycle used goods programs where you can send off your furniture, books, clothes, china and other items-the funds they receive by selling them to a second hand retailer is then put towards the organization).

  4. farmwifetwo says:

    Masonic Foundation
    Community Living

    I use to give to Autism Ontario, but I’m not happy with their agenda at this time.

  5. Quilt Lady says:

    We use to donate to the Unitedway but was not happy with the way they do things, now its more the food banks, churches, Salvation army. This book sounds really good and would love to read it.

  6. janbaja says:

    Please enter me for the giveaway. I give to my local library by donating money to a program called Friends of the Library and I also donate books that are later sold at book sales to raise money for reading programs. I support greyhound rescue (I have 3 adopted greyhounds) and the local humane society. In also give to Goodwill, the March of Dimes and Autism Speaks.

  7. Barbara Elness says:

    My favorite charities that I support are The Red Cross, ASPCA, and the USO. I usually donate to my local newspaper’s charity fund as well.

  8. Tina S. says:

    I’d love to be entered!

    I support the Salvation Army and the Disabled Veterans of America.

  9. Karen Coleman says:

    I would enjoy this book. I support Feed America. Mercy Corps and the American Red Cross among others.

  10. Virginia C says:

    What a wonderful combination–charitable good works and Harlequin! I regularly donate to the Salvation Army (among other causes). They provide many needed goods and services when the need arises. I also shop there every week, have a great time, and find wonderful buys!

  11. denise says:

    I would love this book. I support St Jude’s and American Cancer Society.

  12. JOYE says:

    My favorite charity is the American Cancer Society.

  13. Lisa B says:

    The charity i like to support the most is the Susan G Koman breast cancer awareness charity. Relay for Life. My mom is a 8 year breast cancer survivor and i was her primary caregiver at the time she went thru it and we’ve participated in some form every since.

    I didn’t realize Harlequin did this but what a awesome thing to do. I’m really excited to hear they honor wonderful women this way!


  14. Shauna says:

    I have read one of the earlier More Than Words anthologies and really enjoyed it. I support Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

  15. Karen W. says:

    My favorite charities are those who help animals and animal causes like the ASPCA, the North Shore Animal League, and The World Wildlife Federation.

  16. Cindy O says:

    Please enter me in the contest. My husband and I donate to a number of charities like the National Epilepsy Foundation, Disabled Veterns of America and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

  17. elainec says:

    Please enter me in the contest. I give to many charities that work to help people, animals, and the environment. One of my favorites is the International Rescue Committee. It saves people all over the world with food, medicine, and whatever they need in a crisis.

  18. Kira W. says:

    I read Harl. books but had no idea they did this project. How neat! I like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and I also do service projects with my colleges under-35 alums club.

  19. Roxanne J. says:

    I love reading. I would always donate to the Humane Society’s Thrift Store. It would benefit the animals of South MS.

  20. Tammy S. says:

    With as much as I read I’m always giving books to the Salvation Army store to resell, as well as to several nursing homes. I also donate to the Humane Society when I have extra money.

  21. Rebecca says:

    I donate mostly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund—I just can’t imagine anything worse than losing your home and belongings to floods, hurricanes, fires etc.

  22. Excellent blog post! I have to tell my father about this site. Excellent work.

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