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Hoo Rah: A Giveway for the Troops

Update: The Kindle is ordered. According to Len, they want the K2 or K3 in wifi so that is what we have purchased.

Amazon receipt

WINNERS of Into the Crossfire by Lisa Marie Rice are:

1) Winnie P
2) Victoria Zumbrum
3) Tracy
4) Amy P.
5) Dana
6) Breanna
7) kzoet
8) Julie
9) StacieDM
10) Jessie Patterson

Please use this form:

Into the Crossfire by Lisa Marie RicePamela Spengler-Jaffee, the publicist for HarperCollins, emailed me yesterday and asked if I was interested in doing a giveaway to support the troops and celebrate their service. Absolutely! Together we came up with the following. LIsa Marie Rice writes books about former special forces heroes. Her 2010 book is Into the Crossfire features Sam Reston, a former Navy SEAL. We are giving away 10 copies of Into the Crossfire to any random commenter.

But that is not all. Regardless of whether you comment or how many people comment, HarperCollins is donating a couple hundred books through books for soldiers AND a brand new K3. To match that, Dear Author is also going to be donating a K3 to the ebooks for soldiers.

If you would like to get involved here are the two links:

Additionally, Dear Author is interested in adopting a platoon and if you are interested in helping us do this, drop me an email and let me know what you would be interested in doing. I’ve emailed the Adopt a Platoon organization to find out what kind of commitment would be required of us and how we can best help to boost troop morale.

Thanks guys and happy reading.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sara Horney
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:18:30

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Lisa Marie Rice’s books about SEALs, special ops, mercenaries, etc are fantastic!

  2. Chelsea
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:18:35

    This is awesome! Military men=super sexy :D

  3. Clarissa Southwick
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:25:28

    What a great way to support our troops. Thanks for doing this and please count me in on the drawing.

  4. Natasha R
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:33:24

    yay giveaways! I love them :)

  5. Ren Puspita
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:33:24

    Thanks for the giveaway! Military men are hot and sexy ;)

  6. Babs
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:36:17

    Don’t enter me, I’ve read this and liked it!

    Great idea and thanks for the links.

  7. Alana Caldwell
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:39:02

    When I was younger my dad said the Navy Seals were the best. He was in the Navy and has great respect for the Seals.

  8. Jaime Zalinski
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:39:36

    I think it is a great idea to send some K3’s to the soldiers. I have donated many well loved books to be sent overseas and I think the Kindles will help keep our service men and women occupied in their down time!

  9. Sotheara
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:42:50

    I’ve not read books by Lisa Marie Rice, but I love military romance. I’m excited to pick this one up.

  10. Jessica
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:49:50

    What an amazing idea! Our troops give so much its nice to give back.

  11. Lisa Hutson
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:51:27

    I want this book! :-)
    That is so wonderful of them to be giving the readers!! I know lots of military must love to read! So what a great thing to hand out. Will they load any books on?? :-)
    Good job to all!!

  12. Cassie
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:52:18


    Also, do you think they’d be interested in my first gen Kindle? I got a 3rd gen for Christmas, and gave the old one to my mom, but I don’t think she’s using it at all. I’d much rather it go to someone who’ll get some use from it! It still works really well (in fact, aside from the design issues, I thinks it’s better than the newer ones!).

  13. Amber Shah
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:53:09

    Gah, too many charities, not enough money! Although these are the first books-related ones I’ve seen.

  14. Jane
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:54:24

    @Cassie: No, they accept only the K2 and above.

    @Lisa Hutson: No, but right now we get a $25 GC with the purchase of the Kindle and that will be sent to the troops as well.

  15. Marianne
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:56:18

    I have 20+ years working for various VA hospitals around the country. I see firsthand the end result of what wars and other conflicts can do to our servicefolk on a daily basis. Each and every one of them are big heroes in my mind. Whether they end up stronger or broken as a consequence of their sacrifices, they deserve our unending support, God bless them all!

  16. Angela
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:59:15

    What a great giveaway, and for such a great cause! You guys are awesome :)

  17. Shelly
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:02:38

    I think adopting a Platoon would be an awesome thing to do! My friend and I adopt a different group each year depending on how many of us are involved at Christmas! Kudos Jane!

  18. Kristi
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:03:43

    Hoorah! Awesome giveaway!

  19. Jessie Patterson
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:05:47

    Great idea for a giveaway! I love our troops. I’ve got a brother in the Marines, my father was in the Army, and my grandfather was National Guard.

  20. Winnie P
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:07:00

    This is a wonderful idea. I didn’t know about the eBooks for Troups.

  21. Lisa Lopez
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:07:05

    great give away and charity at the same time!

  22. JoanneF
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:12:30

    Sign me up! Please post when/if you adopt a platoon and what we can do to help. I’d love to pitch in for our awesome troops, but don’t know where to start. Thanks DA!

  23. Cathy Phillips
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:12:31

    What an awesome giveaway! This is a wonderful thing to do for our troops. They really rock!

  24. Sue P.
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:12:52

    So excited you are giving away stuff to our troops! Thanks so much for supporting them.

  25. Nadia Lee
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:19:02

    What a fantastic giveaway. :-)

    Thanks for supporting our troops!

  26. Billie
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:20:49

    What a wonderful idea for a giveaway.

  27. Sherie L
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:22:19

    What you guys are doing are amazing! Many people forget our troops overseas, especailly when local families are in need of our help as well. I am looking into donating some books to the troops. It is a small gesture but any little thing counts!

  28. Kim in Hawaii
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:27:46

    @Chelsea: href=”″>Chelsea: Military women are sexy, too!

    I can’t say enough about Operation Paperback. It enables readers to donate paperback books (new or used) to troops looking for specific titles, genres, and/or subjects. So many of my friends have received books from generous readers – it makes a difference.

    And for those seeking to support deployed troops, the USPS has discounted its large flat rate priority mail book for APO/FPO addresses. Instead of the regular price of $14.95, you only pay $12.95. It offers the best way to ship stuff to the desert (in terms of cost and time).

  29. ms bookjunkie
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:28:56

    *making note of author name to check out later*

  30. Diane P. Diamond
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:30:06

    What a wonderful idea for Pam to come up with. Our troops put their lives on the line everyday so as we can all sleep safely in our beds at night. God Bless them and all their families too.

  31. Breanna
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:40:12

    awesome way to support our troops!

  32. kim
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:42:11

    Thanks for the giveaway. Delta Force & Navy SEALS are the best.

  33. Sonya
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:42:51

    I find it really weird how the death of Osama Bin Laden has created this huge interest in military romance. Did people seriously not know about it before?! It’s my absolute favourite subgenre!

    Here in Australia we have ANZAC Day, and once a year everyone remembers the military exists. America has a much better track record with respecting their soldiers than Australia does. My father fought in Vietnam in the 1960s (as a conscript, so he had no choice), and it wasn’t until 1987 Australia recognised those who fought in Vietnam. There were huge groups of idiotic protestors who prevented food supplies being sent to the soldiers! It’s easy to get all political and start hating on the wrong people, but those men weren’t in the wrong! Those in the military always deserve respect.

  34. Little Lamb Lost
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:44:14

    What a wonderful way to give support. Kudos to HarperCollins and to you.

  35. Jerriann Graff
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:45:05

    Thanks for the info on helping out the troops, I had heard they can’t get books very easily. Thanks also for the contest.

  36. Kaylea Cross
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:48:16

    I love Lisa Marie Rice’s books! I haven’t read Into the Crossfire yet, but it’s on my list.

    There’s another great organization called SOS America that helps support soldiers too. Kim Adams from SOS Aloha (she just posted an earlier comment as Kim from Hawaii) has been a great promoter for their cause, so if any readers or authors want to get in touch with her to see what they might donate, I’m sure she would love it.

    Kaylea Cross

  37. Lynda the guppy
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:13:11

    Oooh. I’m an alphaslut, so military heroes are my cuppa. I haven’t tried her, and would like the chance to.

  38. Tonya
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:13:38

    I would love to help any way I can! I think that’s a great cause!

    I love Lora Leigh’s Tempting SEALs series & Suzanne Brockmann also has some military romance books. My mind just went blank trying to think of the names of them but they are really good books.

  39. Debra D.
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:19:22

    I haven’t read her before but would definitely try her so count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. CrystalGB
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:31:48

    Awesome giveaway. Love books with Navy SEALs.

  41. Kerensa
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:36:30

    Books for our troops is a FAB idea. Thanks so much for sponsoring!

  42. Sabrina
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:50:41

    Thanks for doing that for our Troops, they will appreciate it! I get my man in uniform fix everyday when I watch my husband go to work;) He’s not a Navy SEAL but the Air Force has hot guys too!

  43. e_bookpushers
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:03:49

    Well one “troop” here is saying a huge THANK YOU! The books that have been donated by those organizations as well as individuals have certainly made the deployments especially for those who don’t have a lot of other comforts better. Plus it reminds us that people who don’t know us individually care about what we are doing and that we are away from home. Thank you again.

  44. Kim in Hawaii
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:05:21

    @Sabrina: My Air Force man indulges me in my romance habit, including conventions!

    The Navy Seals justly deserve our praise this week but it is team work from all five services plus other civilian entities which enable us to celebrate our freedom. A big Mahalo to them all!

  45. j3nny
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:07:48

    Operation Paperback sounds amazing! It’s definitely something I’d like to do :)

  46. Julia Broadbooks
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:08:59

    Thanks for all that you do to support the men and women of our military.

  47. ChrisS
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:29:47

    I got chills while reading this post. What a wonderful way to show your appreciation of our servicemen and woman. They are true Heroes.

  48. Susan Laura
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:42:30

    Wonderful! I have sent care packages to our troops in the past and I’m going to check out Adopt a Platoon’s website now!

  49. Kristen
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:59:17

    What a great idea. I have tons of paperbacks that I could give away. Uhm, but they’re mostly romances. At the risk of slighting my fellow romance readers/writers, are the troops into receiving a boat load of romances? :)

  50. elaing8
    May 05, 2011 @ 14:13:54

    What a great idea.

    Thanks for the giveaway.Please count me in.

  51. Sarah W
    May 05, 2011 @ 14:32:14

    Yay for SEALS! Sign me up!

  52. TrishJ
    May 05, 2011 @ 14:34:30

    Count me in! LOVE military stories and Lisa Marie Rice — great combination!!

  53. Kimberly
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:14:01

    I love to see contest that support the troops.

  54. vita
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:16:02

    It’s very heartwarming to see that Jane and DA are not only highlighting the military but also going the extra mile to support our troops. Thank you!

  55. Erica H
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:21:38

    Great idea!

  56. Renda
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:31:56

    Very generous. Thank you.

  57. Tessa K.
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:57:44

    This is such a great giveaway – Yet another way you all at Dear Author are completely wonderful!

    Keep up the AWESOME!!

  58. Julie
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:14:41

    Thanks for the chance to win, but mostly thanks for listing all the ways we can try to help by giving back.

  59. Val
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:14:43

    Thanks for letting me know about Operation Paperback. In a twist of fate, I have been culling my library in hopes of getting it to fit in one room so this is perfect timing!

    Let us know how the platoon adoption goes and what we can do to help. Your support is so great!

  60. emmad
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:16:31

    Must admit I can’t get over how well most american’s support their troops :) Our miltary doesn’t get anywhere near the public support. Not that we have as big a miltary ;)

  61. Lori
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:24:04

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for supporting our troops.

  62. Patrice
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:32:00

    Great job supporting the troops with books! One of my friends has done 2 tours and always appreciated books while she was “in the sandbox”. Keep us posted.

    And TY for a new (to me) suspense book. I’ve read all of the Troubleshooters and her earlier books so was looking for suggestions. TY for the giveaway!

  63. cyclops8
    May 05, 2011 @ 16:58:22

    It’s great to see these donations to the soldiers.

  64. Kim in Hawaii
    May 05, 2011 @ 17:17:32

    @Kristen: This is a great question! Start with the two organizations that Jane listed – I am familiar with Operation Paperback but not Books for Soldiers. Operation Paperback specifically lists what book genres, authors, or titles that deployed troops are looking for. If neither organziation need romances, then consider some other options:

    – USO Airport lounges (
    – libraries on a military installation (if you live near one, google “library on Fort X”)

    If you run into road blocks, contact me at [email protected] I know a Navy doctor in Afghanistan and a Marine Mom in Iraq – both are romance fans!

  65. Kaetrin
    May 05, 2011 @ 17:22:13

    I love Navy Seals – count me in!

    And, well done Harper Collins & DA!

  66. Laura
    May 05, 2011 @ 17:40:20

    Love the cover. Looks like something I’d impulse-read.

  67. Robin W
    May 05, 2011 @ 18:00:08

    Great idea to support our troops. Please count me in the contest.

  68. Mariee
    May 05, 2011 @ 18:10:43

    Greta giveaway!

  69. stephannie
    May 05, 2011 @ 18:14:44

    OOOh this sounds delish! I usually read historical romance but thinking I need to switch it up!

  70. Penny
    May 05, 2011 @ 18:23:16

    Wonderful way to support our troops! Good Job – Harper Collins & DA!

  71. The Romantic Scientist
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:20:57

    Wonderful idea!

  72. Barbara Elness
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:23:51

    What a great event and a great way to support the troops.

  73. StacieDM
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:24:39

    What a great idea! I hadn’t heard of these organizations before. Thanks for the giveaway and for letting me know about this program!

  74. LoriK
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:33:26

    This is a really wonderful idea. Thanks to both Harper Collins & DA for doing this.

  75. Stacy S
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:37:35

    That’s awesome! Thanks for the giveaway

  76. Laurel Flowers
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:40:42

    I would love to win! I like to donate all my read books to Blue Star Mothers to send in their boxes of treats to their troops!

  77. kzoet
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:55:56

    I had no idea platoons could be adopted! Want! Thanks DA and HC for the giveaway opportunity.

  78. Amber E.
    May 05, 2011 @ 20:24:48

    A Giveaway for the Troops is such a great idea and so nice!

  79. tae
    May 05, 2011 @ 20:26:12

    what a great idea, email sent and I’d love to get involved with your Adopt a Platoon idea.

    Military romances are my favorite genre of romance so I’ll be looking into this author as well

  80. Tracy
    May 05, 2011 @ 21:35:05

    This is a really cool idea.

  81. Kris M.
    May 05, 2011 @ 21:46:10

    That is awesome!! I love military heroes, real and fiction :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. Andra
    May 05, 2011 @ 21:59:14

    What a gorgeous cover! Thanks for the lovely giveaway DA and for all you do (and hurray Harper Collins, too).

  83. MichaeleneJ
    May 05, 2011 @ 22:48:10

    This is a great idea! Book giveaways to those who keep us safe overseas! :) America is pretty darn awesome.

  84. Heather H
    May 05, 2011 @ 23:19:13

    Love Lisa Marie Rice! She’s on my kindle app and love her heros. *ahh*

  85. Chelsea B.
    May 05, 2011 @ 23:31:18

    That is wonderful what y’all are doing.
    Thanks for the givaway!

  86. Leni
    May 06, 2011 @ 00:53:01

  87. Ivy
    May 06, 2011 @ 05:34:12

    Great giveaway…I love that Y’all are giving books to soldiers.
    A friend & I each adopted an individual soldier, they had no family to send them anything. My friends daughter also went over recently. She’s a civilian but is head of a gym in Iraq, keeping the fellas in shape etc. She’d be more than happy to give any info needed also.

  88. JessW
    May 06, 2011 @ 06:02:06

    great giveaway idea!
    I know a few men and women who served in the military in the Middle East. They all loved the packages from home, especially books.

  89. elizabeth84
    May 06, 2011 @ 06:37:20

    A favorite author, and a worthy cause.

  90. Victoria Zumbrum
    May 06, 2011 @ 06:51:08

  91. Kaye
    May 06, 2011 @ 07:24:17

    Love Lisa Marie Rice books & am definately going to check out sending books to troops. I have read a lot of military romances and I know that we never really hear much detail on the news, but NAVY SEALS ROCK! !!!!

  92. LisaCharlotte
    May 06, 2011 @ 07:27:25

    Fantastic idea! I sent care packages when my husband was in Desert Storm. Now I’m sending care packages to my son in Afghanistan. My husband has decided to take this to “extreme care packaging.” I think we will end up adopting my son’s platoon just based on the number of packages we send.

  93. Amy P.
    May 06, 2011 @ 07:41:31

    What an awesome idea! I have sent many boxes of books to the military – fiction, romance, mystery, etc. From the letters back, both men and women LOVE getting books. My only recommendation is sending PAPER back books. The hard cover ones are heavy and (some) soldiers move around a bit and have to carry their gear.

  94. Mandi
    May 06, 2011 @ 08:15:49

    Love supporting the troops! Love this author too :)

  95. Sophia (FV)
    May 06, 2011 @ 09:15:31

    What a great way to support the troups!!

  96. Joni G.
    May 06, 2011 @ 09:25:15

    Thanks for the contest – LOVE that you’re giving servicemembers K3s!!

  97. Maureen
    May 06, 2011 @ 09:38:24

    I think this is a great idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

  98. jayhjay
    May 06, 2011 @ 10:16:28

    Great idea! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  99. Darlene Marshall
    May 06, 2011 @ 10:54:59

    I get a lot of satisfaction from donating my own books, and books I’ve read, to organizations like SOSAmerica, Books for Soldiers and Operation Paperback. I love the idea of adopting a platoon!

  100. SarahM
    May 06, 2011 @ 10:55:14

    What a great way to support our troops! Thanks :-)

    smaccall @

  101. LEW
    May 06, 2011 @ 11:29:35

    My brother is in the Air Force and I have a cousin in the Marines, so I appreciate the links on donating books to soldiers and for HarperCollins for donating!

    Romance Suspense is my favorite subgenera, so I read LOTS of military romances (not to mention that I’ve always had a military thing). Giveaway or not, I’ll have to pick up some Lisa Marie Rice!


  102. Sweeney
    May 06, 2011 @ 12:26:43

    I love military romance! Sign me up. And thanks for the intro to an author I hadn’t heard of. I’ll preview tonight.

  103. Ilona
    May 06, 2011 @ 13:54:40

    What a wonderful idea. As an ex-soldiers wife I am all for helping our men in uniform :D Unfortunately living in the UK means I feel obligated to help the British soldiers with the little bit of funds I might ever get spare :S

  104. Sandy D.
    May 06, 2011 @ 15:33:00

    I think I need to branch out from Suzanne Brockmann’s books, and this looks like a good opportunity. :-)

  105. Diane V
    May 06, 2011 @ 15:37:06

    I signed up for Operation Paperback and asked for 2 addresses.

    Any recommendations for Action/Adventure books, mysteries, true crime, historical fiction and suspense/thrillers?

    I’m going to exchange some of my many romances at a local UBS and try to get enough books to send to the 2 soldiers. Thanks in advance for the recommendations.

  106. Snowdance
    May 06, 2011 @ 16:39:27

    What a wonderful idea! I love hearing good works for our soldiers.

  107. Diane
    May 06, 2011 @ 19:45:37

    This is a wonderful donation, congratulations to Harper Collins.
    Lisa Marie Rice is a fantastic author and I enjoy her books.

  108. MarieC
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:27:36

    What a great giveaway!

  109. Dana
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:48:41

    What a great idea and giveaway!

  110. Moonsanity (Brenda H.)
    May 06, 2011 @ 23:19:10

    What a cool thing to do for the troops! Thank you so much for the giveaway, and for what you are doing:)

    wayfaringwriter at

  111. Lisa Hutson
    May 07, 2011 @ 00:18:14

    what a great idea! an event like this makes us all think of a new way to contribute. i never thought of sending books before!! and to see businesses adding in too. excellent!!

  112. Karen B
    May 07, 2011 @ 08:26:11

    What a fabulous idea! If I don’t win the giveaway, I will be buying this (I’m always on the lookout for new authors).

    I’m going to do the eBooks for Troops as well.

    Thanks for doing this!

  113. Nicolette
    May 07, 2011 @ 18:43:45

    What a great idea. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan and I regularly include paperbacks (and even the occasional hardcover if he special requests it) for him in his care packages. I’ve even repurchased the entire set of Temeraire books for him because I first bought them for my Kindle.

  114. Maria. Maria
    May 07, 2011 @ 22:17:13

    This is Wonderful!!! My husband’s BFF is overseas. I told him it would up his standing with the ladies if he let me send all my old romances to him to distribute :)

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