Authors Give Back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures, Saving Children

Dec 15, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Helping Hands, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kim Hornsby

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We are ten bestselling authors with Christmas-themed stories who have come together to create a gigantic e-book set to support a cause. This year we decided to donate our proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’ve seen the ads on TV, the heart-tugging photos of children undergoing chemotherapy. St. Jude has an amazing success rate, and part of the reason is the donations they receive to develop cures.

This year’s boxed set of stories is called Christmas Heartwarmers & Holiday Smiles, because we have a wonderful mixture of mysteries set during the festivity of the holidays, Christmas romances, and stories of family and community that are sure to make you all warm and fuzzy. christmas st jude

Every year at this time, I put the call out to my author friends to join me in writing an anthology, chip in a little money to get the book launched, and help me promote it to make sales for our charity. In the past years we’ve donated thousands of dollars to charities such as the Breast Cancer Research Fund. This year is the children’s turn to benefit.

For only 99 cents, you get 10 books, ranging from full novels to shorter reads—hours and hours of happy reading and probably a laugh-out-loud or two. And who doesn’t need a distraction at Christmas with all the running around we do to make the holidays perfect and wonderful? Even if you have a relatively peaceful month with little on your To-Do List, these books will help you get into the Christmas spirit and take you all the way through to the New Year.

Here’s what you can expect for your 99 cents (most of which goes to St. Jude):

Road To Christmas Past, by Kathi Daley

Holly Thompson’s life changes forever when she receives an early Christmas present from her late Aunt Meg, who was a gorgeous private investigator. When Ben Holiday claims to have a clue about Holly’s unknown parentage, Holly sets out on a Christmas road trip in the hope of finding the family she never knew she had.

Christmas Deadline, by Pam Binder
Bestselling thriller writer, Noel never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome, until his editor paired him with stubborn romance author, Holly. Living on his estate in England, Noel has managed to avoid love…until now.

Cowabunga Christmas (Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery), by Anna Celeste Burke
It’s a Cowabunga Christmas in Corsario Cove for newlyweds, Kim and Brien, until an unexpected visit from Santa changes everything.

Christmas in Crystal Creek, by Kim Hornsby
A road closure and snowstorm traps country music star, Luanne Billings in a small town at Christmas, where she finds herself at Crystal Creek Inn’s Holiday Extravaganza. When a brief opportunity to escape presents itself, she must decide between a career-changing performance and helping a child in st jude

A Season For Hope, by Tammy L. Grace
From the award-winning author of the Hometown Harbor Series, comes a new heartwarming and inspirational story for the holidays, filled with the magic of the season. A Season For Hope is a charming story about the kindness of strangers and finding hope where you never expected it.

A Light In The Window, by Heidi Hostetter
On the eve of the tree lighting in the Inlet Beach town square, police find a runaway in trouble. Residents gather to help, but complications arise and unraveling the boy’s past is harder than they imagine.

Two Hearts’ Christmas Promise, by Tamara Ferguson
Recently-engaged news correspondent Alexandra Evans, and her fiancé Sean Reynolds, an Air Force pilot, are planning a holiday wedding. But when Alexandra’s overseas assignment turns deadly, she returns scarred, and breaks their engagement.

Bells Are Still Ringing, by Lori Leger
No stranger to loss, Bill Broussard keeps his heart in protective mode, avoiding complicated relationships. He raised his late brother’s only son; now, his nephew faces bitter challenges of his own.

A Marine’s Christmas Wedding, by Jacki Delecki
Maddy and Hunter’s plans for a courthouse wedding unravel when a friend decides the Marines deserve a real wedding. Overwhelmed by the attention, loner Maddy realizes falling in love with Hunter comes with big changes, as Hunter struggles not to ruin his fiancée’s dream wedding.

The Santa Trial, by Tess Thompson
Neither Ryan nor Rena is thrilled about jury duty. Ryan is a widower with a small daughter and Rena can’t afford to miss a day’s pay as a struggling single woman in Seattle. Faced with the trial of a man who believes he’s Santa, the two strangers rely on a little Christmas magic to find romance.

Find the Book Set on Amazon:

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories (including more Christmas short stories) in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters. Our latest episode is set at Christmas time.


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  2. Thanks so much for featuring our holiday box set on your amazing site. We’re grateful for your help getting the word out about our Christmas stories and our efforts to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Merry Christmas!


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