So, I realized after a while of saying in various places that newsletter subscribers would have first notice if I made Cocker on the Porch available again, I forgot to tell you. It was for a good cause, and in my head I also let you all know, but in reality I did not.
So, while I am going to post the books for donations post here, I will also add that newsletter subscribers who want a copy can also have a free copy Cocker on the Porch by emailing me by July 31, 2022 and just saying they want it.
And for scrollers, the sneak peak is going to be of something new, after all the donation stuff.
Books for donation receipts:
Following the lead of others, particularly R. M. Virtues, I would like to offer folks books in exchange for donation receipts. Or a query review, if that is a thing that you are into.
With so many things calling for attention at the moment, I am not going to be super picky about where you donated.
With recent legal news in Florida and Texas, Lambda Legal might be a great option. There's also romance folks raising money for the Transgender Education Network of Texas here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/heafortranskids-tent
I know I have readers in Japan, if there are places that are more open to donations for you, I'm going to trust that.
Some fine print.
This will be for ebooks. I don't have capacity to be shipping at the moment.
Send me your receipt either using the contact form or emailing tara+contest @ tarakennedy dot com.
My preference is to route you through Book Funnel for the freebie. If you hate that, let me know in the email, along with your preferred format (mobi, epub) and I'll send it to you.
$5 - donation - 1 novel or 2 novellas
$10 donation - 2 novels or 1 novel and 2 novellas/shorts
$15 - 2 novels and 2 novellas/shorts or 4 novellas/shorts
$20 - Query Critique or 2 novels and 3 novellas/shorts or 5 novellas/shorts
$25 - 7 titles of your choice, or query critique plus 1 title
$30 - 8 titles of your choice, or query critique plus 2 titles
$35 - All 9 titles or query critique plus three titles
Novellas/Shorts are: Bait Girl, Aloha to You, Repeated Burn, Bored By the Billionaire, and Cocker on the Porch, which is currently not for sale anywhere.
Also Let's Talk About Fictional Sex is novella length.
Novels are: Undercover Bridesmaid and Hot Bartender.
List of books with blurbs is here.
Query Critique means I will review and make suggestions/revisions on your query for up to 3 rounds or 60 days, whichever comes first.
I will update this post when the offer is closed.
So, I've been working on a little something for newsletter folks. It's a short romance, that will go out in serial form. It's not quite done, but it's close enough that I feel ready to share a snippet. It has been gently edited.
From How May I Help You:
Rita Ulani Lai checked her headset and answered then phone. "Global US HR consulting, how may I help you?"
She had tried to convince her manager that Global US made no sense. But Global Corp provided human capital management consulting to multinational companies, the kinds with billionaires and trillionaires as CEOs, and while the Rita handled the US market, they felt reminding their customers about their Global reach was important.
"So, I have a question," the caller said. "I believe I may need to add a spouse to my coverage. Could I get more information about this process?"
"Sure," Rita said. "Do you mind if I get your employee ID?" Sometimes they did, and while she was supposed to log every interaction, Rita found somehow their client base seemed to have a lot of people who might have married someone, might have a child, things that before this job Rita would have been sure were certainties in life.
He gave her the number and she quickly scanned his record. Rita scrolled down to the info for his company. Even within the IRS regulations, their different clients had some nuances to how spouses and such got added. "So generally speaking, you have thirty days to add a spouse. We'd ask for the spouses information, which you can add yourself in the employee portal if you wish, and then also a copy of the marriage certificate which you can fax or upload to us."
"Thirty days from when," Mr. Parker asked.
"Thirty days from the date of marriage," Rita said keep her voice firmly in the bright but neutral category.
"So," Mr. Parker said, "what if I only just found out I was married but it was more than thirty days ago?"
Rita's eyes scanned to the corner where the team chat was. She had another. She grabbed a post it adding a tally mark to her list.
"So, your company's rules are pretty strict about the deadline for making changes. You will of course be able to add any dependents you wish to during the open enrollment period for next year."
Rita mentally crossed her fingers. Hoping he wasn't one of those that went from charming to screaming on a dime.
"Ah, okay. If I want to add my spouse as my beneficiary do I still need to send anything in for that?"
"No, you may change your beneficiary to whenever you want whenever you like."
"Okay. She told me I was too late, but I figured I'd check."
Rita smiled, the warmth in his voice was incredibly cute. "It doesn't hurt to check," she said. "Any other questions I could answer?"
"No, thank you."
Rita opened the team chat.
Rita: Got another oops, I didn't know I was married.
Eden: How do you get so many of these?
Rita: Just lucky I guess.
Ben: I'll update the scoreboard. Any details.
Rita: Not a lot. He said he hadn't known he was married within the thirty days.
Eden: I feel like it's a bad sign to not know if you're married.
Rita: He seemed happy to be married.
Ben: Maybe he's been in a coma.
Rita: Huh, I wonder if the IRS would accept coma.
Eden: I feel like no. So if I'm ever in a coma, you all better file my taxes for me.