Welcome to the Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop, sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, Just Another Book Addict, Fire and Ice, and Page Turners. Here at JDP NEWS, I am giving away a copy of the e-book, The Key to Charlotte, by E.A. West. E.A. writes sweet and inspirational romances, and is herself autistic. She speaks eloquently about autism in her April 1, 2012 blog post on Autism Awareness Month. Here is an excerpt that particularly touched my heart:
"Unfortunately, I’m afraid too many autistic girls will have to deal with the same confusing adolescence I did, where they are told by professionals that they are perfectly normal yet know inside that there is something “wrong” with them, something that makes them different from everyone around them.
If you’re a girl dealing with these feelings or you know a girl who is, I can say one thing with absolute certainty based on my own experiences: There is nothing wrong with you. You are perfect the way God made you. It’s tough never fitting into any group, even your own family, and always knowing you are different from everyone around you, but there are other people in this world like you, other people who have been through what you are going through now."
I hope you will take time to read the rest of E.A.'s post here.
Now here is a description of The Key to Charlotte:
Charlotte Harris can't speak due to a quirk in her autistic brain, but that doesn't stop her from communicating with others. Unfortunately, it prevents her from achieving two of her dreams--praising God through song and to carrying on a simple conversation using her own voice.
Zakaria Rush is the new Director of Children's Ministries at Charlotte's church, and he can't keep his thoughts off the partially mute blonde with a love for guitar music. Her love of the simple things in life intrigues him and makes him long to give her what she wants more than anything: her voice.
Can Zakaria help Charlotte find the key to unlocking her ability to speak, or will his attempt to help her only lock away their chance for love?
My giveaway is open to international entries, as long as you're able to receive a Kindle or Nook gift option. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address. If I can't contact you because I don't have your email address, I will draw another name.
This giveaway ends at midnight PST on April 17th. I'll announce the winner here at JDP NEWS on April 18th.
All entered? Then hop along to find some more great prizes at the links below!