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Meet *2 Who Care* -- Actually 3

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They’re everywhere across the country: couples who are reaching out to others, striving to make a difference in their communities, to improve the lives of others, and I wanted to hear about them.  My goal: to award $1,000 to one such couple—to “2 Who Care.”

It all started when the leading couple in my latest release, Fair Play, saw a plethora of children playing leap frog, hide-and-seek, and run-sheep-run in filthy, rat-infested streets of the 19th Ward in 1893 Chicago. And instead of simply saying a quick “bless them,” they decided to build them a playground. Based on the first historic playground Chicago ever had—which ended up sparking an entire playground movement across the nation—Fair Play’s characters team up to do something small, which ended up being something big.

It made me wonder what couples were doing in our day and age. What kinds of things were they accomplishing? Who were they helping?

 I asked for your nominations, and then your vote. It is my honor to introduce to you the Giordanos from Virginia, winners of our 2 Who Care contest and recipients of the $1,000 Grant of Appreciation.

Mathias Giordano was a regular 12-year-old kid. Just like yours. Just like mine. He loved computer games. Helped his little brother with his homework. And played competitive soccer five days a week. Until a nagging pain in his right shin wouldn’t go away.

Two weeks later, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Cancer that had already spread to his lungs.

Within three months, Mathias’s leg was amputated below the knee. Within a year, he’d undergone chemo and two lung surgeries. A few weeks after finishing, a scan revealed the tumors were still growing and he needed another lung surgery.

He had the operation and started new chemo drugs, but they didn’t work. So this past Thanksgiving—sixteen months after his original diagnosis—he took a break and went to Hawaii with his family for his Make A Wish dream. And thanks to a contest run by John Hattingh and his Prosthetic Care Facility of Virginia, Mathias went to Hawaii with a brand new prosthesis, which allowed him to begin walking immediately.

This January, Mathias endured more clinical trials. They were unsuccessful. After that, fourteen rounds of radiation and another new chemo drug.

Yet through it all, the now 13-year-old seventh grader has remained in good spirits. He’s laughing. Smiling. And loves life.

As parents, Chris and Roya Giordano wanted to do anything and everything they could for their son. So when Mathias mentioned the nausea he experienced whenever he looked for hours on end at the neon-colored chemo IV bags, the murky platelet IV bags, and worse, the transfusion bags, his parents sprung into action.

Soliciting the help of a crafty friend, Mrs. Giordano made a smaller version of a pillowcase out of fun fabric. She draped it over the offensive IV bag, yet left an opening in the back so the nurses could access it.

Mathias loved it. So much so, that when he met a family in the waiting room whose daughter, Grace, had just been diagnosed, he immediately dug inside his mother’s purse and passed the girl a soccer-themed bag cover for her IV. She loved it, too.

Within weeks, the bag covers were in high demand. Mr. and Mrs. Giordano organized some friends to help them make up dozens upon dozens of bags out of Nemo® fabric, Sponge Bob® fabric, Hello Kitty® fabric, Spiderman® fabric, and just about any other fun fabric they could find. Mrs. Giordano even learned to sew just so she could contribute to the cause.

Word spread, and requests for Mathias Bags came in from New York, Philadelphia, Canada, Boston, Houston, and a number of other cities across the nation. They sewed and shipped the bags free of charge and posted the pattern online. In the corner of each was a Team Mathias logo.

The Giordanos contacted the IIIB’s Foundation—an organization that makes baskets for women who are diagnosed. Mathias Bags are now inside their baskets as well, and the women love them.

These bag covers are the reason the Giordanos were nominated for our 2 Who Care contest, and why you, our readers, voted them the winners of a $1,000 Grant of Appreciation.

“We feel so honored to have been chosen,” Mrs. Giordano said. “It’s been a blessing to be able to help others, but it is Mathias who inspired us.”

For it seems Mathias has a heart for others—just like he had for Grace. He met another kid his age at the treatment center, but the boy was alone since his mother was working and single.

As soon as Mathias returned home, he filled a moving box with toys, movies, and video games, then asked his mother to drive him back to the hospital.

He rolled in on his wheelchair and handed the boy the box of toys. “These are all for you. Stuff I had that I think you should have.”

Had Mathias performed a miracle, the boy could not have been more awed.

“No child can do it alone,” Mrs. Giordano said. “Kids from Mathias’s school have held bake sales and raised almost $500. The entire community has been great. Our mission in life is to let other parents and families know that kids get cancer too and no child can do it alone. We want to paint our city gold.”

As of June 18, 2014, some of Mathias’s tumors had shrunk, but there were also signs of new growth. There is another clinical trial in July that the Giordanos are hoping he will qualify for.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Mathias and all the children who are fighting this grueling disease, let’s help spread the word. Not only this coming September, but every month of the year.

To be a part of Team Mathias, go to For more information about Mathias Bags, go to Sylvia’s Stiches at

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Win All 9 Books On Deeanne's Backlist!

To Qualify, Go On Scavenger Hunt!

To Qualify, Go On Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to my brand new website! We've been hard at work putting together a site where you can get to know me and I can get to know you!

In celebration of the launch, I thought it would be fun to do a *SCAVENGER HUNT* and whoever finds all the items (and sends me an email with the correct answers) will be put into a drawing for ALL 9 BOOKS ON MY BACKLIST!

(Fair Play--Book 10--will NOT be included since it is not part of the backlist. Tempest in the White City will NOT be included since it is a short story and electronic only.) 

All scavenger hunt entries must be emailed by midnight CST on Mother's Day, May 11, 2014.

So here's 6 items in honor of my new book that comes out on May 6th:

  1. What surprise does Dee reveal in her "Welcome!" video? (Home Page)
  2. Where will Dee be on Saturday, May 17?
  3. How many wrong choices did you make when you went on the Video Adventure "Romp Through 1893: The Invitation?"
  4. Which is your favorite book club activity from those suggested for It Happened at the Fair? (For Readers page)
  5. Who was Dee's inspiration for the heroine in It Happened at the Fair? (For Readers page--Insider Information)
  6. What's the name of the video blog Dee does every Tuesday?

Once you have the answers, go to the "Contact" tab and email them to me. Then I will put your name in the computer-generated, random drawing. Good luck everyone and let me know what you think of the new site!

(To leave a comment, click on the speaker-bubble just above the title of this blog. It's a tiny little icon next to the "likes" and "shares" link. Do you see it?)

Unveiling My New Animated Video Adventure!


Introducing Animated Video Adventure (and a chance to win both books!)
Romp Through 1893: The Invitation

This BRAND NEW animated video adventure featuring Cullen & Della from It Happened at the Fair is NOW LIVE!

It was a YEAR in the making and to celebrate its launch, I'm GIVING AWAY not only a hardback of Fair Play, but also a hardback of It Happened at the Fair to one lucky winner!

To enter:
1. Go to
2. When you get there, share a link to the social media of your choice.
3. Watch the video! :D (Four one-minute vignettes connected by choices you make.)
4. Then, go to my Facebook Page and:

  • Give me the link to the place you shared the video *AND*
  • Tell me how many wrong turns you took! (But don't give the answers away!)

5. Do this before midnight CST on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page.

Naughty or Nice?

RT Book Reviews Magazine has billed me as the "Naughty Girl of Inspirational Fiction" in this month's Magazine Extra. Find out why as I tell about my first revision letter--which I affectionately refer to as the Swearing and S.E.X. letter. :)

Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Luncheon

Pre-Release Booksigning
Saturday, April 26 in Milwaukee

The Barbara Vey Readers' Appreciation Luncheon is all sold out, BUT the Friday Night Live is open to the public and the Saturday booksigning is open to the public. My publisher has done a special early-bird printing of Fair Play specifically for this signing. I'll only have 50 copies, then that will be it until the May 6th release date. So, if you're in the Milwaukee area on the weekend of April 25-26, be sure to stop by--I'd love to see you! There will be 50+ authors signing books--including DEBBIE MACOMBER, SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, ELOISA JAMES, and many, many more!

Friday Night Live Q&A
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 pm 

Saturday, April 26, 2014
3:30 am - 4:30 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Milwaukee Airport 6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Hope you can stop by!