Friday, March 8, 2013

Kharisma Rhayne Wraps up Paws With a Cause Week

We’re rounding out our week for Paws With a Cause with a generous offer by Kharisma Rhayne. Not only will she give away any book on her backlist to one commenter, but she’ll kick in a $2 donation for each comment received. Let’s help up those numbers, and thank you all for visiting this week.

What can I say? I’m a rescue mom. I won’t buy a dog (well, unless it’s to adopt it from the pound), I make sure as many dogs are spayed and neutered as possible (I’ve gone as far as paying for neighbors and parents at schools, etc), so, of course, I definitely don’t breed. There are simply too many wonderful furbabies in need of homes to add more to the same possible fate.

Owning a dog isn’t, in my eyes, a right or even a purchase. It’s the same as adopting a new child. A member of your family that you love unconditionally no matter what wrongs it does. Would you kick out your child if he chewed up your shoes? Of course not.

I’ve had all manners of rescue dogs over the years I’ve been rescuing. Some chewed shoes, some furniture, some door frames…some even managed to chew through walls. So, my house is a constant state of repair some years and of replacing already purchased items. But, you know what? That’s OK. My non-furry children ruin clothes, write on walls, break toys, ruin shoes….is it really so different?
At one point, I had eleven rescue dogs. Talk about a circus. I did have to part with some, but I found them wonderful homes with proper time and interviews. So, when you pick up that stray and give it to the first person of interest…make sure you’ve adequately checked them out. If they’re offended that you want to visit their home, keep a phone number and address to pop in to visit, then they’re likely not the right home for this pet, or any pet.

Each one of my wonderful family additions has a quirk or quality that makes them unique. Most of them growl at you (not in a mean way, but so you don’t forget they’re there) when you’re eating. I swear they count bites and if you get more than they do, they let you know it’s their turn.

There’s no way I could decide who to talk about today – Bruiser, my old boy who I snuck food to in a neighbor’s yard because they treated him so terrible. The day I got the call to come get him made me so happy. He never looked back when he got in my car. Ares, the poor baby that shouldn’t have even been away from his mama…he’d been dumped in the street and the car turned and was going to run him over. I placed myself in front of that car, and brought him into my home (almost 5 years ago). 

Bones, the poor little baby that I got a call about who was half starved and scared of his own shadow. Or Cleo and Chloe, my sister pit bulls who were hated because they’re bullies. Cleo had parvo and after a few thousand dollars, our wonderful vet saved her. Or Sabryna, the Great Dane who’s only 10 months old and still thinks she’s a mini poodle. Her owners couldn’t handle the puppy still in her with her great size and thought it best to try to have her killed. Thankfully, I was called and convinced them to give her to me.

The companionship each has given me and my children have been absolutely astounding. I have Pit Bulls, Boxers and Great Dane and wouldn’t trade one of them in. So, obviously I don’t believe in banning breeds, I believe in banning and putting down stupid people.

On a side note, each quarter, I donate a percent of my book sales to a non-kill dog rescue as well as donate to the ASPCA. So, if you can’t adopt, keep in mind, they’re expensive, they need regular medical checkups just like your children, I ask that you consider donating when you can. Any and all amounts help those people trying to save animals that wouldn’t stand a chance.

Chloe Giving Kisses

Today, give all those precious furbabies an extra hug and kiss from me (remember, slobbery kisses are always the best).

Highlander Mine Serial Blurbs (Episode 9 to be available in March):

All 8 episodes and purchase links can be found HERE

Here's a brief run down:

Season 1 - Episode 1

Meet Auralee Fraser and see into her life as it is in 2012. As a history major doing Scottish research (and fluent in Gaelic) she feels misplaced - perhaps born in the wrong century. But, she is still a woman and her over-protective brother is on her last nerve.

Season 1 - Episode 2

Meet Breandan MacKinnon, his friends, his family and his need for survival in his century--the one Auralee can only dream about. He knows he needs to prove himself to his father, the MacKinnon chief so that he can take his rightful place.

Season 1 - Episode 3

Auralee and Breandan are brought together in this episode of the serial. How did she get there? What does Breandan think? Was Argus right?

Season 1 - Episode 4

Breandon and Auralee should have had time to get to know one another, but Breandan's still hell bent on avoiding what Angus and Niall believe to be his fate. When a betrothal is announced, it won't go without consequence.

Season 1 - Episode 5

Find out what happens after the betrothal refusal. See a new side of Tor.

Season 1 - Episode 6

Breandan has become enraged at the doing of his brother, Tor and Auralee. Who does Auralee really belong with?

Season 1 – Episode 7

We've been keeping an eye on Breandan & Auralee, but what about Trystan in current times? What effect is Auralee not returning home having on him?

Drostan shares some much needed words with Breandan.

After confronting Tor yet again, Breandan makes a shocking decision.

Season 1 - Episode 8

Will Breandan and Auralee's stubbornness be their downfall? When does the time to swallow your pride come?

Auralee learns that love can be shown in a variety of ways.
Trystan & Galen meet in current time to learn about their mutual connection - Auralee.

About Kharisma

Years ago, Kharisma traded in snow, ice and tornadoes for sun, heat, sand and mountains. She now lives in beautiful Arizona with her husband, kids & rescue dogs and goats.

Now, in her eleventh year in Arizona, she is once again braving new terrain and has moved up into the White Mountains.  This will be the first year that she will see freezing temperatures and snow.

Her love for nature and animals is well known and she gets to indulge it in her new home with wolves, coyotes, snakes, and various other creatures as her nearest neighbors. Living in the middle of nowhere is something she wouldn’t change for the world.

Dabbling in writing through Junior High and High School, Kharisma officially got her start writing LGBT, BDSM and erotica. Never one to slow down, she started writing several additional genres including crime, medical, historical and paranormal. Her latest adventure is a dark horror. Her Highlander Mine serial is an unexpected success of which she hopes to have more of.
When you pick up one of her books, she wants you to walk away turned on and inspired! Come take a stroll into Kharisma’s worlds of ecstasy, love, adventure and fear. 

Her website is here: and you can also find her on Facebook:

Grand Prizes & How to Enter

  • We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
  • We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online bookstore.
  • Also we have 2 huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for U.S. residents only.
We have a total of 59 blogs that have gotten together to help raise money for a great cause. There are going to be some awesome prizes up for grabs for people that donate money to the cause. Here is a little about the company that we are raising the money for:

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter an amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the Everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make an anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the U.S. or are International.
9. You’re all done. Thank you for donating!

Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle receives more than one email with the same person’s name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

Thanks for much to all for participating!


  1. Great cause. Here in snowy New England today getting lots of writing in. Maybe that's where everyone else is too. Social media been quiet too.

  2. Aww how cute! My little poms are rescue dogs. One was rescued from a puppy mill and has a broken tail. But I still love him bunches! :)

  3. Great cause. Like Marian, I'm also in New England and I'm finally back inside after clearing snow. My pups aren't rescue, but I support rescue groups because every pet needs a loving, safe home.

  4. Marian -- The weather is actually horrid in SoCal today -- cold and rainy = hail! So I'm definitely staying inside for the most part -- with my own pups.

    Danielle -- Wow, pom rescues? Were they given up? I have a friend with 3, and the youngest pup she's having major problems with right now. Said she won't give up on it yet.

    And Debra, I have to admit to two pedigree shelties, myself. We used to have a black lab who was a rescue though. We lost him a few years ago at almost 16 ;-) A long life for a big dog.

  5. Furry hearts are the best to be loved by. So sweet! I'm not much on the slobbery kisses, sorry. Lol! But I love the cuddles and wiggles and sparkly loving eyes. I hope you find much success with this.

    1. Charlene,

      Your description warmed my heart. My male pup is 14, and was diagnosed with nose cancer yesterday. We don't want to do extra measures -- he had major surgery 3 years ago -- and the prognosis is 3-6 months. So, going to cherish this time.

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Wonderful cause. Today posted on my FB page the new book about Navy SEAL canines. There are so many wonderful companions made for veterans too. Anyone who loves an animal is special in my "book." I even killed off a whole family but had to spare the dog in Fallen SEAL.

    Congrats for all you do.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing and for donating per comment :) Great idea. We aren't puppy parents because my hubby is allergic, but we do own the best 2 cats in the world and our lives wouldn't be the same without them. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to read the serial. I've been dying to try reading a format like that.


  8. Paws for a Cause is a wonderful organization - I admire your dedication to this cause Kharisma - Hugs for all you do:) Congrats on your Highland Mine series, too:) Okay...I'm off to donate. Best always!

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention Louisa - really great cause.

  9. All our dogs have been and will continue to be rescue dogs. My mother calls our house The Home for Wayward Dogs. I'm thinking about having a sign made for the yard.

  10. I apologize for my delayed absence in responding. It's been one of those weeks. Even in Northern AZ the weathers been pretty icky until the last couple of days. Today was finally t-shirts and jeans.

    If Louisa doesn't mind, since I didn't promo this much...I'd like to keep it open until tomorrow night to see if we can get some more comments

  11. I have my own furbaby I saved. My sister in law dog gave birth to a litter of pups. And being mixed breed, no one really wanted them. My Missi is half rat terrier and half shi-tzu. Adorable too, looks like a mini holstein cow. But I've always got my animals either from the pound or from friends who had litters. My last cat was a Maine Coon and we got him from our local animal shelter. He was one cool cat...who thought he was a dog.


  12. I'm a sucker for animals and have a house full, except for the goat..she stays outside. One of our dogs is a chocolate pit bull we rescued for a local shelter. It took a couple of days to convince DH she was the one for us, but I knew the moment I looked in her eyes.Three years later, I can't imagine not having her in our "pack". Its wonderful to see support for Paws for a Cause. Not only do these dogs provide assistance, they offer friendship and limitless love!