Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Jerrica Knight-Catania!


A big welcome to our guest today, romance author Jerrica Knight-Catania! Jerrica is an absolute doll and we are so happy to have her with us today, which just happens to be her birthday! Happy Birthday, Jerrica! After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the "glamorous" life of an actress in favor of writing romance. She continues to reside in the New York City area with her husband, cat and ever-expanding belly, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest addition to their family. In the meantime, she continues to work on the fourth installment of the Wetherby Brothers' Novels.

In the last few years, my husband and I have really gotten into the spirit of giving. We've been so blessed in so many ways in our own lives, it just felt right to start paying it forward. With so many in need, especially nowadays, we love to think of new ways to give back. Last year we came upon a wonderful organization called Wish Upon a Hero. This organization is a place where those in need can post what it is they are in need of. Needs vary from "Please send Christmas cards to my kids" to "I need a donor for a liver transplant." And in return, those who have a desire to give back can go on, find people they are able to help, and do just that. Last year, Eric and I picked out several families who weren't going to have any Christmas at all, then we gathered games, toys and clothes for them, and shipped them off. As much as I would love to do that again this year, I find that I'm not in a position to do so. Right now, I'm 35 weeks pregnant, and I'm just not as mobile as I would like to be. Not to mention, any energy I do have is going into preparations for our new little bundle. So instead of hunting and gathering, I decided to go another route. I've written a short story called Christmas Warms the Harts, and I've made it available for a small price on my website. 50% of the net profits will go to benefit the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation so that they may continue to do the amazing work they do all over the country.

Giveaway: If you purchase the short story Christmas Warms the Harts, you will automatically be eligible to win a free, signed copy of my debut release, A Gentleman Never Tells. **Please make sure you note at Paypal Checkout that you would like to be entered for the chance to win!

Links for purchase are on the main page of www.jerricasplace.com and the contest will run through December 9th!


Blurbs

A Gentleman Never Tells

Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquessate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors' prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.
Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

Buy your copy of A Gentleman Never Tells here!

Christmas Warms the Harts - A short story

Catherine Wetherby Hart, Duchess of Weston, is convinced Christmas will be ruined if the famous Hart Christmas Ball isn't perfect. But two special guests might just make it the best Christmas ever.

Links

Website: www.jerricasplace.com
Blog: romancingthebook.wordpress.com
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerrica-Knight-Catania/117398793629
Twitter: princessjewel78

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14 comments:

Jerrica Knight-Catania said...

Jessica, thank you so much for having me here today and for saying that I'm "an absolute doll." :) It's starting out to be a great birthday so far!

Jessica Park said...

We're delighted to have you, Jerrica, and wish you tons of success with your latest ventures (baby and book!)

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday Jerrica!! Wonderful post and thought.

Samantha Grace said...

What a wonderful way to give back, and a feel good thing for others. I'm giving so I can be entered for a chance to win your book. Congratulations on the release!

Lise said...

What a wonderful way to turn your talents to benefit others as well, Jerrica! Sharing the blessings you've received with others is certain to ensure they keep coming. Congratulations on both your first book and your first offspring.

Michele said...

Jerrica--Thank You for joining us today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Congrats on birthday and baby and all of ther wonderful deeds you do. I'm looking forward to reading Christmas Warms the Hart.

Jerrica Knight-Catania said...

Thank you to Kwana, Lise and Samantha for stopping by!

And Michele, thank you to you and Jessica both for having me! You guys are great! :)

Melissa Dawn Harte said...

Jerrica,
Happy Birthday! And what a wonderful thing to do, such a brilliant idea! I wish you luck with both the book and the baby as well! Now wonder you're such a happy jubilant person, someone with such a giving heart could never be anything but. =)

Phyllis Campbell said...

Jerrica - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You and your husband are wonderful to put together this organization. What a great idea. Your story sounds very interesting, and it's on my TBR list. (grins)


~Phyllis~

Gail Z. said...

Happy Birthday, Jerrica!

I loved both the book and the short story. What a great idea for the holiday season.

Jerrica Knight-Catania said...

Thank you for stopping by Melissa, Phyllis and Gail! I'm so encouraged by all the love from my crit partners and local chapter-mates :)

Mageela Troche said...

Wonderful post, Jerrica. Wish upon a Hero sounds like a great charity and you're short story is a great way to share the "Christmas feeling"

Jerrica Knight-Catania said...

Thanks, Mageela! It really is a great foundation! :)

Michele Scott and Jessica Park said...

We'd love to have you back anytime, Jerrica! Birthday or new release not required. :)