A visit with Donna Grant and giveaway *part of “cancer” week*

Today our guest is author Donna Grant, I’m so thrilled that Donna agreed to be one of our guests for this special ‘week’. Please join us in welcoming Donna to My Book Addiction.

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I love that Wendy and April have dedicated this week on their blog to cancer. I hate that it seems the disease touches nearly everyone in some way.

My father-in-law had prostrate cancer. He found out about it a month before our wedding. The Monday after the wedding he began his treatments, and luckily beat it after an operation and chemo treatments.

For almost 14 years he beat cancer, but toward the end the doctor’s grew concerned that the cancer was coming back. We never learned if it did because he died after following a heart condition and then a stroke while in the hospital.

I’d like to say that was the only way cancer has affected my life, but it isn’t. I remember vividly being pregnant with my oldest when we drove the five hours to visit my brother. He’d suffered through years of having kidney stones that formed too hard to be broken up as most people’s had. He’d gone through so many surgeries that the doctors couldn’t chance doing more.

So, I thought the family was just going for a visit. Imagine everyone’s despair when he announced he’d been diagnosed with leukemia.

There was talk of doing a bone marrow transplant, but my husband wasn’t a match, and I was pregnant. My parents, the doctors said, were too old to be considered, and my other brother had health problems of his own that prevented him from being considered.

My brother lived for another six years before he was taken from us. I came a bit late in my parent’s life as my brothers’ were 9 and 12 years older than me, so at times he was more of a father than brother.

I pray for the day they find a cure for the many forms of cancer. Until then I hold out hope the medicines they’re developing will help everyone.

ForeverMine_300x190I’ll be giving away a copy of my Scottish Medieval novella FOREVER MINE to one lucky commenter! J

Here’s a blurb:

A Highlander bent on revenge…
Braden MacAlister only has vengeance on his mind. It has consumed him since the murder of his family. His every thought, every action is in bringing down the man responsible. Until he lays eyes on Jean.
A lass who dared to challenge her heart…
Jean MacKay’s entire existence is turned upside down when her clan is invaded by Niall MacDougall and he takes her prisoner. Yet, everything changes when Niall and his men are surrounded by The Ghost.
A union of two hearts…
Whispers of Braden MacAlister run rampant through the Highlands, but it isn’t until Jean sees the imposing warrior for herself that she realizes he is the answer to all their prayers. Jean defies everything to stand next to Braden and the love developing between them. But will it be enough to put an end to Niall once and for all?

Thank you again Donna for being our special guest today. And thank you for offering a copy of your great ebook FOREVER MINE as a giveaway. Readers keep in mind today one commenter will also win a “goodie bag” with some bath and body products, a note pad, a few surprises, and a tote that says “fight like a girl”, as well as an ebook copy of ENTANGLED (the anthology where all proceeds go to cancer research). So be sure to comment. And who knows there maybe a few extra books thrown in the goodie bag just because.

Also remember the purpose of this week to remind people to get tested, to talk to your family about cancer in all it’s many forms, please remember to hug your family today, let them know you love them and tell them to talk to their doctor about anything, to ask questions! There are sites where you can get a list of questions to ask. Thank  you again Donna for being our guest and sharing your story with us. You are an inspiration to us all!

*as a note this means there will be 1 winner of FOREVER MINE by Donna Grant and 1 winner of the goodie bag and ebook copy of ENTANGLED, so 2 winners*

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25 Replies to “A visit with Donna Grant and giveaway *part of “cancer” week*”

  1. Hi Donna. It is so hard to lose those you love to cancer. My dad had kidney and colon cancer last year. After surgery and treatment, he is surviving. I also hope some day that there is a cure for cancer.

  2. Hi Donna!

    Thank you for being here today and sharing your story with us.
    So sorry for your loss of your loved ones.

    I have also lost loved ones to cancer. Hopefully they'll find a cure soon. Love all of the Cancer Awareness programs going on, I always pray that soon, real soon, all of the sadness will turn to joy.

    I enjoy your books, wonderful to read when all curled up in my reading chair with my tea. I can't wait to get my hands on SISTERS OF MAGIC, I read them a while ago, soon they'll be on my Kindle forever! YAY you!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Donna, thanks for visiting with us today. I so enjoy your books. Cancer is a terrible disease that I hope one day we can be rid of with advance treatments,and findings. Cancer has affected most people at some point or another.
    AprilR

  4. Hi Donna. I have lost loved ones to cancer too. They were taken to early from us.
    I always pray that when I hear someone has cancer that they doctors have found it early enough to deal with it successfully.
    I just wanted to say that your books have given me hours of entertainment and that I am glad that your other books are now available.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  5. Hi Donna. I'm very sorry for your loss. Its devasting to watch and know that there is nothing you can do about it. I've lost a grandmother to pancretic cancer, grandfather and uncle to Lung Cancer. I have an aunt that is a breast cancer survivor. I have a cousin-in-law that is fighting lung cancer. I pray that they will find cures soon.

    Thanks for the contest.

    [email protected]

  6. Hi Donna, I'm honoured to wear the pink ribbon for all the many brave souls and for your and your family who have endured so much already. I prayer that a cure will be found soon

    Thank you for the opportunity of winning

    Rita from South Africa
    bitemeash(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Hi Donna
    I've only had one person in my family deal and loose to Breast Cancer.My grandmother.I was in my teens when she died and I wish I had more time to get to know her.Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. In 1975, we lost one of our younger sisters at age 31 to an especially aggressive breast cancer. We, the remaining four sisters,
    were instructed to have yearly mammograms. This year's version, as three before had, showed a suspicious area on the film.
    A stereotactic biopsy and a lumpectomy followed and I received the results today. The area of concern contained calcifications
    and was found to be benign. My next mammogram will be done in one year, same time, same place. I would counsel everyone
    to see their physicians on a regular basis and urge all women to get their mammograms on a regular schedule!

    Pat Cochran

  9. Thank you Donna for sharing. I think most of us are touched by the loss of someone to Cancer. I lost both my Paternal Grandparents to Cancer.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  10. Thank you for sharing about your families bouts with cancer. My grandmother is a 15 year breast cancer survivor, my mom a cervical cancer survivor. I did loose a great-grandfather to cancer when I was in my mid twenties. I hope that soon doctors and scientists will find cures for all forms of cancer.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. thank you for this post which was special and touched my heart. We should all be vigilant with our health. many thanks and wishing you the best of health.

  12. Donna, thanks for sharing your story. It's incredible how devasting this disease can be. I lost my beloved grandmother a number of years ago to it. I always thought she was so strong, but this disease made her so weak…

  13. Sorry to here about the loss in your family, I guess we all have family memeber we lost to cancer, with me my grandmother and my aunt. I wish they would find a cure.

  14. It is so important to know the facts about cancer. I am an Ovarian Cancer surivor and an October Birthday Gal, so this is the most important month of my year, every year I am granted. Many cancers can be cured, if found early. So know your body and if something feels off, don't just pass it off. I was very young, 21, when I was diagnosed. I had no idea what the symptoms of ovarian cancer were, and cancer was no where in my family. I wish I had known more earlier, because I was diagnosed stage 4, and only by God's grace, and experimental medicine am I still here to read my favorite scary books. You'd think I'd have had enough scares, right? 🙂

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