Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guest Post ~ Cherish D'Angelo

An Author's Random Acts of Divineness - Part 3: In Edmonton, Alberta

Many people have done Random Acts of Kindness, bestowing some kind of gift on a stranger, but only I do what I call my Random Acts of Divineness. There are global movements and Facebook groups that embrace doing something spontaneous or unexpected for a complete stranger and anyone who has been on either the giving or receiving end can tell you it's a wonderful experience.

I love giving gifts. Even to complete strangers. Sometimes I do this anonymously. Sometimes I am inspired by meeting someone for the first time. The Divineness comes into play when I decide to give them one of my novels―and I know instinctively which one they need to read. That's often what it's about for me. What someone else needs to read or learn or think about. Random Acts of Divineness is what I think of when synchronicity and serendipity come calling and put me in a particular situation with someone special.

This name I came up with was inspired by my suspense thriller Divine Intervention and by the word "divineness", which means "sacred", "holy", "spiritual". What amazes me is that I am presented with moments to engage in my Random Acts of Divineness and these bring me such great pleasure. I believe we are all led to meet the people we meet. We just have to be open to meeting them.

The other day my husband and I stopped at a stranger's house. They had a hot tub in the backyard and we wanted to see how they raised it. We didn't know them; they just happen to live on the street where we're building our new house. So I dragged my husband to the front door and I knocked.

It was answered by Roseann, a woman who runs a house sitting business. It wasn't her house. I explained about the hot tub and she allowed us to come in and check it out in the backyard. After a few minutes of talking to her, we discovered that the hot water had shut off in the house and she didn't know how to fix it. My husband is Mr. Fix-It, so I volunteered his services.

While he worked on that, I visited with Roseann, found out she was going to college to become a career counsellor and not once did we discuss books. It was a great visit and upon leaving I'd decided to give her a book, but wasn't sure what she'd enjoy. I couldn't judge by the house as it wasn't hers and I didn't know enough about her to even know if she even liked reading. But Divineness stepped in.

On the stairs by the front door, I saw Dean Koontz's book Velocity and commented on it. She immediately said she loved suspense. A-ha! I'd give her The River! But there was something about her that made me reach for a copy of Whale Song I found at the bottom of my bin when I went out to my car to get her a book.

I went back to the house with both books signed and in hand and gave them to her. Roseann seemed confused at first. Then I told her I was the author. The look she gave me was indescribable. Amazement bordering on disbelief maybe. Then she shared a dream she had―to write a book. She shared that she always made notes, but had no idea how to start or where to start.

Divine Intervention? I'd say. Random Acts of Divineness? Definitely.

Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."

About The Author ~

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a Canadian author, whose is best known for Whale Song, which is now available in its third edition, the 2010 ebook edition. Born in Vancouver, BC, Cheryl Kaye Tardif was a "military brat" and a "military wife" who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. Now residing in Edmonton, AB, with her husband Marc, daughter Jessica and the family dog, she is an author that Booklist calls "a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border".

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Her Latest Book ~ 

Lancelot's Lady

When palliative care nurse Rhianna McLeod is given a gift of a dream holiday to the Bahamas from her dying patient, billionaire JT Lance, she has no idea that her 'holiday' will include being stranded on a private island with Jonathan, an irritating but irresistibly handsome recluse. Or that she'll fall head over heels for the man.

Jonathan isn't happy to discover a drop-dead gorgeous redhead has invaded his island. But his anger soon turns to attraction. After one failed marriage, he has guarded his heart, but Rhianna's sudden appearance makes him yearn to throw caution to the wind.

To live fully in the present, Rhianna must resolve her own murky past, unravel the secret that haunts JT, foil the plans of a sleazy, blackmailing private investigator and help Jonathan find his muse. Only then can Rhianna find the love she's been searching for, and finally become...Lancelot's Lady.

Other books by Cheryl ~ 

Enter to WIN a KOBO eREADER!

FREE ebooks given to those who comment with email address at most of my blog stops. Also during the tour, bonus giveaways and other prizes, including a grand prize giveaway of a Kobo eReader, will be given away. View the prize list & rules.

Have you experienced this? Have you ever given a complete stranger a gift? Try it. Have you ever received a gift from a complete stranger? How did you feel?

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.

Visit Cherish on the rest of her tour ~

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October 11:

  • Cherish will start emailing free ebooks to commenters who followed the rules
  • She'll then draw names for the regular prizes
  • Points will be calculated for each commenter for the grand prize
  • Kobo ereader will be awarded to one lucky winner by October 31st
  • This concludes the Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour. A special thank you to all prize donors/sponsors and to everyone who followed the tour and left comments