Paying It Forward

Times are tough. Books are expensive. And it seems silly to let books sit in a box in a closet when they could be read and enjoyed.

Hence the Paying it Forward Give Away.

My original plan for the Paying it Forward Give Away was to offer up a few copies of the new books to those who might want them but couldn’t afford them– but I hadn’t quite reckoned with the amount of move-related chaos. Somewhere, I have copies of the new books. But I just haven’t quite worked my way through the tectonic layers of boxes to find them.

What I did find? A stash of audio CDs of the early Pink books.

Once I find my copies of The Other Daughter and The Lure of the Moonflower, I’ll have that give away I’d originally intended.

But, for today, I have two stacks of audio CDs that need to find a home. On each stack are the audios for Pink Carnation, Black Tulip, Emerald Ring, Crimson Rose, Night Jasmine, Blood Lily, and The Orchid Affair.

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Do you know someone who could use a pick me up? (And who likes listening to books on tape. That’s a crucial component.) Here’s your chance to play fairy godmother. Or if you’re the one who could use a pick me up and you want it for you, that’s okay, too. Just email me at The first two people who email will receive the sets listed above.

This paying it forward thing is a bit of an experiment– so if it doesn’t work, we can always return to the traditional contest form where winners are chosen by the electronic equivalent of eeny meeny miney mo…. As always, this News page is a work in progress, so all feedback is welcome!

UPDATED: All of the CDs have now been claimed! But I’ll have more give aways here soon.

Happy last day of August!


  1. Shenandoah Strojek on August 31, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I would love to have these! I could also share them with my friends who love audio books!

  2. Shelly Rothschild on August 31, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    One of my best friends has a long commute (3 hours) each way to get to work each day. She listens to audio books and I am sure she would love yours.

  3. Jane B. on August 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Purely personally and selfishly, I like the random selection approach better. I’m trying really hard to do more work and less amusing reading with my computer time, so I probably won’t see things fast enough to have a chance.

  4. Debra Fortney on September 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I have all the Carnation books, except Moonflower. If you find the new ones on CD please keep me in mind. Thank you. 🙂

  5. Ashley Peter on September 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Awww, I wish I had seen this sooner, but I guess I picked a bad time for a Facebook hiatus. I was visiting my grandma in FL last month and told her all about your Pink series and she said that she would love to read them. The problem is she has developed cataracts and her near vision is not very good and she can only listen to audiobooks. This would have solved the problem.

    • Lauren on September 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Ashley, my Pink audio books are all gone, but I just found a few “That Summer” and “Other Daughter”– so if you’d like one for your grandmother, just email me and let me know where to send it!

  6. Betty S. on September 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for all of your wonderful giveaways. I also prefer your original contest format. It seems fairer in that it gives more people an opportunity.

    Hope you get settled without too much trouble!

  7. Alexandra on September 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love the idea of giveaways to people who could use a book/CD…I hope that you continue this in the future.

  8. Lauren on September 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    All feedback duly noted! I’ll be going back to random selection for the next one.

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