2017 Gratitude Giveaway Hop


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 Welcome to my post for the 2017 Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds.

What is a giveaway hop? It's when a bunch of blogs each host a giveaway on their own site and then all link together so visitors can "hop" from one giveaway to the next. All the links to the participating blogs are at the bottom of this post. Be sure to visit each site to enter their giveaway. You may find some great new blogs to follow in the process!

With this hop, we are celebrating and thanking our followers/readers/supporters. This means you!

I'm so thankful for my readers and all the people who have supported me on my publishing journey, which started five years ago. Through my books, I have met so many wonderful, generous, and kind people - and, of course, kindred spirits who love books as much as I do. While the media may say that books are dead and no one reads anymore, my experience says otherwise!

To celebrate and thank you all for your support, I came up with a special giveaway prizes for this hop. One is a personal, hand-made item - made from the very first skein of yarn I ever hand spun! - and the other is a signed, limited edition printed chapbook. I wanted to give away something personal and meaningful for this hop, to show how much you all mean to me! I hope you like these prizes.

On to my giveaway!


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My giveaway for this hop is two-fold:

a) As a special thank you to my fans, I am giving away a signed, limited-edition print chapbook of my short story, "Stone Baby." Stone Baby has never before appeared in print. This offfer is limited to U.S. postal addresses only and to the first fifty people who sign up. To claim this prize, fill out this form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JFFPGY: (I am collecitng mailing addresses for the purposes of mailing your prize only. I will not retain your mailing address or add you to any lists or send you anything else by mail). PLEASE NOTE: Stone Baby has trigger warnings for miscarriage/loss of a child.

b) I am giving away ONE signed paperback copy of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone," which contains my short non-fiction piece, "A Night in Philadelphia," a $5 Starbucks gift card, and a hand crocheted cowl (made by yours truly!). Please note: I have cats/this is not a pet free home and the cowl contains 100% wool yarn (as well as acrylic yarn) so if you have allergies, this might not be the prize for you! :-) Entries for this prize are being collected via the Rafflecopter form below.

The Gratitude Giveaway Hop ends November 30th at midnight EST. I will select my giveaway winner on December 1st.


While you're here, check out my contemporary fantasy Afterlife series. Here is the description for Hereafter, the first book in the series:


hereafter cover jpg 72 smallWhy let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?

Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

Unfortunately, what waits in the Great Beyond isn’t much better. Stuck between the boring life of a ghost in this world and the terrifying prospect of three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment in the next, Irene sets out to find a third option—preferably one that involves not being dead anymore.

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 Hereafter is the first book in a multi-book series...

The 4th book in the series, Whenafter, releases April 2018! Stay tuned for more information. All of the books are available in ebook and paperback; Hereafter is also available in audio book.

Irene's story continues in Thereafter (Afterlife #2)...

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Nothing in life is free. Turns out, nothing in the afterlife is, either.

When recently-deceased Irene Dunphy decided to “follow the light,” she thought she’d end up in Heaven or Hell and her journey would be over.

Boy, was she wrong.

She soon finds that “the other side” isn’t a final destination but a kind of purgatory where billions of spirits are stuck, with no way to move forward or back. Even worse, deranged phantoms known as “Hungry Ghosts” stalk the dead, intent on destroying them. The only way out is for Irene to forget her life on earth—including the boy who risked everything to help her cross over—which she’s not about to do.

As Irene desperately searches for an alternative, help unexpectedly comes in the unlikeliest of forms: a twelfth-century Spanish knight and a nineteenth-century American cowboy. Even more surprising, one offers a chance for redemption; the other, love. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to have either if she can’t find a way to escape the hellish limbo where they’re all trapped.



Fifty individuals (selected first come, first served) will receive a printed, signed copy of a limited edition chapbook containing the story "Stone Baby." Chapbooks will be mailed in December, to arrive by December 31, 2017.

One winner will receive a prize pack consisting of a signed paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, a $5 Starbucks Gift Card, and a hand crocheted cowl (made from a combination of acrylic and wool yarns).

Open to U.S. entrants only.

Ends November 30th, 2017. Winner for the prize pack will be drawn on December 1, 2017.

Winner of the prize pack will be notified by email (to the email address provided in the rafflecopter form). Winner will have 3 days to claim their prize, after which I will select a different winner.

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TERRI BRUCE is the author of the paranormal/contemporary fantasy AFTERLIFE series, which includes Hereafter (Afterlife #1) and Thereafter (Afterlife #2), and science fiction and fantasy short stories, including "Welcome to OASIS" ("Dear Robot" anthology, November 2015), "The Tower" (Non-Binary Review #8: 1001 Arabian Nights, Zoetic Press, November 2015), "The Well" ("It's Come to Our Attention" anthology, Third Flatiron Press, February 2016), and "Death and the Horse" ("Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths" anthology, Left Hand Publishers, November 2017). Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces hard to classify fantasy and adventure stories from Downeast Maine where she lives with her husband and various cats.



















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# Mary Gardner 2017-11-29 21:34
I am grateful for my children and grandchildren.
# patty 2017-11-29 14:55
I am grateful for my family !
# MonaG 2017-11-28 02:25
This year, I am thankful that my family and I made it safe and sound through Hurricane Irma.

Thanks :)
# Dawn Monroe 2017-11-27 21:24
Im grateful for my familys health and jobs.
# shirley emitt 2017-11-27 07:39
I am so grateful for our family.
# Jeanna Massman 2017-11-26 22:56
I am most grateful for my family.
# nichole machia 2017-11-26 03:59
thank you so much!!! my house has two cats and four dogs right now, one is a foster dog
# Jane Squires 2017-11-25 00:06
I am grateful to be done with eye surgeries.
# Linda Herold 2017-11-24 23:45
I am most thankful for my Mom, son, and cat!!
# BookAttict 2017-11-24 16:28
I'm thankful for the health and happiness of my family and friends.
# Mallory D. 2017-11-23 14:47
My boyfriend, and his family (who I'm spending the holidays this year since I can't go home)
# Edye 2017-11-23 14:19
For my family and health!
# kim charlton 2017-11-21 13:51
Grateful to have the family all in one place even if it's only for a few hours.
# Jana Leah 2017-11-21 05:03
I'm thankful for healthy family & friends.
# Katie Bellamy 2017-11-20 01:32
I'm so grateful for the health of my family!
# Sarah L 2017-11-19 08:15
I'm thankful for good friends and a warm house.
Thanks for the contest.
# Penny Olson 2017-11-19 05:16
My family. Thanks.
# Dawn Webb 2017-11-19 04:04
That we are all healthy for once and getting to stay home for Thanksgiving this year together!!!
# Shelley G 2017-11-18 16:10
I'm grateful for the time I get to spend with family!
# Velvet 2017-11-18 12:36
I am grateful for every single day I get to spend with my family and friends
# Kelly McGrew 2017-11-17 21:04
I am thankful for
My family and my job 8)
# Crystal Rose 2017-11-17 13:48
I'm grateful for my families health.
# Amber C. 2017-11-17 03:04
I am grateful for my family and well-being
# polly 2017-11-17 00:59
I am so grateful foe our 2 grandsons!
# Judy Cox 2017-11-16 19:42
I am grateful for my husband's health improving so much daily!!
# amy guillaume linder 2017-11-16 14:44
i'm thankful my dad recovered from his heart attack in august
# peggy clayton 2017-11-16 05:30
I am grateful for my hubby and pups as I am severely disabled they help me out so much
# Marianna 2017-11-16 03:20
I'm grateful for good friends and new opportunities
# Dee Johnson 2017-11-16 01:34
I am thankful for my hubby.
# KV 2017-11-16 01:25
I'm thankful for my family and health.
# Ann Fantom 2017-11-16 00:41
I'm thankful for my family's good health this year
# Linda Kwolek 2017-11-16 00:31
I am grateful that there are compassionate people who can give without asking for anything in return.
# Tammy Brewer 2017-11-15 20:57
I am grateful for my family and friends and also having a job that lets me spend lots of time with them. Thank you for the giveaway!
# danielle hammelef 2017-11-15 20:27
I'm grateful for my family.
# bn100 2017-11-15 19:06
# Samantha Martin 2017-11-15 15:47
My family and my son most of all time together.
# Crystal Young 2017-11-15 12:56
I am grateful for my family and friends and for my cancer doctors and nurses who are helping me though this fight.
# jayneewins111 2017-11-15 12:48
I am grateful for all the time I've spent with family this year.