18 THINGS FREE + Caleb’s Crusade

Free 18 Things

They say nothing in life is free, but that is a lie! Because for today & tomorrow,  for the first time ever, 18 Things (book #1 in my trilogy) is TOTALLY FREE on the Kindle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would my wonderful publisher, Curiosity Quills, do such a thing? Read their message below:

“To round off our ‪#‎18Thoughts18Days‬ promo – in which you could win a $50 amazon Gift Card – and to celebrate the conclusion of the Amazon bestselling YA coming-of-age paranormal-romance My So Called Afterlife series, with the release of book three, 18 Thoughts, on January 27, 2015, we’re offering the first book in the series,
18 Things for free between 01.25.15 – 01.27.15!”


That’s right! The final installment of my trilogy releases TOMORROW! I’m so so sooo excited, you guys!!! My “Share Your Thoughts” bloghop is still going on through Wednesday, and it’s not too late to sign up! If you participate, you’ll be eligible to win one of fabulous 18 prizes, and so far, I’ve only had 9 participants, so what are you waiting for? Here’s the linky link:

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Today is also the last day you can tweet or FB the “thought of the day” for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card from my publisher. Click on this link for the Rafflecopter on their site (again, there’s only 130 something entries, so there’s a good chance at winning!).

You can retweet this status, then enter: https://twitter.com/jamiemayres/status/556937501232078848

Share on Facebook, then enter: https://www.facebook.com/CuriosityQuills/photos/a.385312724855334.97616.176690689050873/782716198448316/?type=1&pnref=story

Okay, now that I’ve gotten all the announcements out of the way, I want to share about a family & their charity that’s near & dear to my heart. Monqiue Whan and I were classmates in the same graduating class at Cape High, and I reconnected with her in August 2008 when I signed up to run a marathon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team In Training. Afterward, her and hubby, Rob, started their own charity. And on release day, when you download or buy a paperback of 18 Thoughts, all of my royalties will be donated to their organization. But first, let me introduce ya’ll to this wonderful family.

Tell us a little bit about your family and your journey.
Rob and I had a family we always dreamed of, a boy and a girl. Sadly, our dream for a perfect little family quickly turned into a nightmare when our 3-year-old son, Caleb, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007. Bella, our daughter, was just 2 months old. Caleb underwent 7 months of treatment before he lost his battle 11 days after his 4th Birthday in 2008. Since then, Rob and I still keep up the fight. We fought so hard for those 7 months, we just couldn’t give up. Bella helped us a lot in the healing process. She was just 9 months old when her big brother passed away. We feel she helped us to do the simple things in life, like getting out of bed and making new memories. It has been almost 7 years since Caleb’s passing. One thing I can say is it never gets easier; you just get better at living the life of a grieving parent.

I can’t even . . . can’t even imagine. How did you find the strength to move on and start up Caleb’s Crusade?
Faith helped a lot, knowing that God is in control of our lives more than ever. We fought for 7 months next to our son. We saw him go through unimaginable treatment; he endured so much for such a young child. When Caleb passed, we still had a small fight in us. We still wanted to fight for him and other children who were fighting cancer. Maybe it was the anger we felt inside that our little boy died? When you witness children dying from a dreadful disease it is heartbreaking. No child should have to endure that. We saw our son take his first breath, and sadly, we saw our son take his last. We cannot give up on our children. It could be your child who is next, and we want you to know we will be there right with you fighting.

I remember when my cousin’s young son relapsed. You and Rob were the first ones to call to say Caleb’s Crusade would be there to help with anything they needed, and I was so grateful. How does Caleb’s Crusade differ from other cancer charities?
Caleb’s Crusade is pretty hands on, we are available to our families 24/7. We not only provide the financial support, but we also are there for emotional support too.We take our jobs of childhood cancer leaders very seriously. We know how devastating it is when you hear the words your child has cancer. Rob travels to DC and is a voice for our children; he fights for more federal funding for childhood cancer research and legislation that helps bring drugs to market for these sick and dying kids. On the national level, childhood cancer only receives pennies on the dollar. We just try to do as much as we possibly can. Yes, it is tiring and emotional, but we feel as though this is what Caleb would want us to do.

What a great way to honor him & leave a lasting legacy in his name. I know he’s smiling down from heaven at you and Rob for sure.

To learn more about Caleb’s Crusade, or to even donate, visit their website. And please, if you already plan on purchasing 18 Thoughts (& why wouldn’t you!), consider purchasing it on release day (which is when? TOMORROW . . . you guys are so good!) to benefit this wonderful organization. Also, did you know about shopping on Amazon Smile? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (*coughs Caleb’s Crusade). AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. So support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.


Thanks for all your marketing help & enthusiasm! I’ll probably post again tomorrow because I’ll be up all night anyway, obsessively checking my Amazon rankings . . . I really can’t help myself sometimes. Self-control really isn’t my thing *opens mouth, inserts chocolate* Be sure to download 18 Things on your Kindle, too . . . what have you got to lose at FREE? It’s the BEST PRICE EVER!!!

23 comments on “18 THINGS FREE + Caleb’s Crusade

  1. So very sorry for your loss, Monique. Having lost my husband recently, I know a bit about the pain we go through during these times.That’s great you continued your fight for your son through your charity. Having purpose like that can so help in the healing process.

  2. That’s an awesome cause, and really great of you to donate your proceeds. Also, I feel like an idiot. I buy constantly through Amazon and never had even heard of Amazon Smile. Consider me putting my Amazon purchases to better use!

  3. Jamie, I am so glad to be back with my favorite blogs. Been a while. Congrats on the last book. I hope all of this has convinced you to continue writing. We need more of you.

    I don’t know what it is like to lose a child … but I remember what my middle brother’s death did to my mother. That your friends took this unbearable grief and turned it into something wonderful is so amazing. Thanks for sharing their story.

  4. Got my copy of 18 Thoughts today! That is a very sad story about Caleb, but wonderful how the family is helping others in his name. My son’s name is Caleb, and we also know a family who lost a son Caleb to a tragic accident a few years ago. Very sweet of you to donate your royalties, Jamie. Good luck with your release!

  5. Thank you so much Jamie. You are helping keep us in a big way to keep Caleb’s story and short life alive with sharing. Thank you all for the kind, thoughtful words about my son Caleb. God Bless.

  6. So sad – Caleb sounds like he was a joy and brought people lots of love. We have a little one with leukemia at our school and we’ve increased awareness and funds over the last couple of years.

  7. Thank you for sharing Caleb’s story with us. My heart goes out to his family. Glad you introduced us to such amazing people! Thanks for offering your book for free- that really is the best price! I might have missed the giveaway- but it sounds awesome and generous! I think it might end today- so I am going to try to enter. Thanks! 🙂

  8. My condolences on your and your friends’ loss. Good luck with the charity and your release. It’s a really special thing to donate proceeds to a personally meaningful charity.

  9. Lot’s going on here. Best wishes to Caleb;s Crusade. The world needs more of these. And I’ll have mine posted on my Weekend Follies post tomorrow afternoon.

  10. I won’t say I know how you feel,because I don’t. I do know loss all too well and the bumpy road of grief. I still am very active in two charities for cancer. I think fighting for something like that does draw on the anger you feel and gives it a positive outlet. At least it make me feel like I’m battling and gaining victories. I like your story about Caleb’s Crusade.

    My nephew Ryan contracted a rare form of brain cancer when he was 10. His mother, my sister, is my best friend as well as sister. She had her children before I did. I was there when they were born and she generously shared them with me. I’ve always been very close to them. I was actively there through all the treatments both as a support to my sister and her husband and because I loved Ryan. I was there for the battles and the victories, the tears, the laughter, and death. Ryan’s death left such hole…it’s still there and always will be.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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