Kay Bratt & Tanya Gleadall Giveaway!

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Celebrating our new collaboration of my new ‘Father & Son Adoption Tale’, titled EYES LIKE MINE,

Artist/Illustrator Tanya Gleadall and I are doing a joint giveaway. Two winners!

First Prize:

Celebrating the launch of Eyes Like Mine, Artist Tanya Gleadall will award one winner this

Original watercolor triptych titled  ‘Time Flies’.

It consists of three separate paintings each measuring 3.5″x5″ that will be mailed to you.

Second Prize:

Kay Bratt will give one signed copy of Eyes Like Mine, personalized for your child,

mailed to you to be hung in a special place in your home.

Sometimes only a Daddy’s dose of wisdom high up in a tree house can make you see it’s not what we look like on the outside, but instead the love on the inside that makes us family. Eyes Like Mine is a story of a father and son, but more importantly—a tale of love, acceptance, and the gift of adoption.

How to Enter:

1. ‘Share’ the post that brought you here from Facebook on your wall

2. ‘Like’ Kay Bratt’s Author page ‘Here

3. ‘Like’ Tanya Gleadall’s Artist page ‘Here

4. Comment below that you’ve done the 3 steps

Winners will be drawn Thursday, June 20

**Tanya is available for commissioning other art pieces to specification and her prices are awesome! See more at her website http://www.tanyagleadall.com/TanyaGleadall/Welcome.html **


Using Random.org the winner of the Tanya Gleadall original paintings is:


The Winner of the Signed copy of Kay Bratt’s ‘Eyes Like Mine’ is

Kim Ortmeyer

Thanks, all! My next giveaway is ready to go, so please go to my homepage and sign up for my Kay Bratt newsletter!

Kay Bratt’s Birthday Bash Giveaway!

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A few (okay, more than a few..) years ago on a beautiful March day (the 19th), I came into this world all smiley and curious. Well, maybe screaming and totally ticked off, but still… I’ve got three main prizes to give away for my birthday!

Follow the prompts and use the comment box below to enter.

The drawing will be on Friday, March 22 and there will be 15 winners!

You may not know this but unless you are Hugh Howey or John Grisham, writers these days have pretty much a zero to nothing budget for marketing our titles. So we must depend on our readers to help get our books out there and noticed! I’ve always been very lucky that my sales have continually increased due to pleased readers and the magic of word of mouth. For my birthday (thank you very much) and this giveaway, I’m hoping that we can together improve the ranking and visibility of my latest novel, A Thread Unbroken. So here goes… and I hope you win something!

Grandparents Day is coming up. Do you know a grandparent or elderly person in your life that you’d like to read my memoir, Silent Tears? To be entered to win one of 5 signed copies given away of the first edition (larger print) Silent Tears; A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage, post this Amazon link to A Thread Unbroken on your blog or Facebook, then comment below that you’ve done it and who you want to be entered to win the Silent Tears first edition larger print book.

To be entered to win one of 5 copies given away of Silent Tears MP3-Audio, post this Amazon link to A Thread Unbroken on your blog or Facebook, then comment below that you’ve done it and want to be entered to win the Silent Tears audio version.


To be entered to win one of 5 copies given away of A Thread Unbroken MP3-Audio, post this Amazon link to A Thread Unbroken on your blog or Facebook, then comment below that you’ve done it and want to be entered to win the Thread Unbroken audio version.


 The winners have been drawn. If you didn’t win a first edition of Silent Tears, I’ll be doing another giveaway for it before my next book release, so be sure to sign up for my Kay Bratt newsletter to get first notification! (Go to home page and sign up is on left hand upper corner)

If you are a winner listed below, use the contact tab to send me where you’d like your prize sent to, and who to sign it to if it is a book. Or you can reach me on Facebook!


Winners Are:

Thread Unbroken Audio MP3

Brenda @ March 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm |

Krista Dolan March 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

Jacqui March 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

Pam Raspante  March 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

Valerie A. March 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

Silent Tears Audio MP3

Jacqui March 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Traci Golden March 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Margaret Stalcup March 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Karen R March 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Tanya March 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Silent Tears First Edition in Print

Rett Foster March 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm | #

Kathy mansk Billehus March 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | #

Beth Hubbard March 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm | #

Linda somerton March 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm | #

Mellissa Pipitone-Tallacksen March 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm | #

Kendra Allen March 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

Kay Bratt Giveaway of ‘Let Me Paint Your Profile’ package!

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Tanya does awesome work with her watercolors. And now, she’s also able to make them into a profile pic for Facebook. Why would we want these? Here’s a few reasons:

  • It’s so cool
  • Great for kids so they don’t have to put their ‘real’ photo
  • Love how hobbies or pets can be included (see my pets and my books?)
  • Use it to advertise ‘who’ you are (see the Orphan’s Wish logo bird?)
  • Give them as a shower gift for new baby or wedding shower

So…now that you see my logic….

Do you want to win one! It’s so easy. Just go to Tanya’s “Let Me Paint Your Profile” Facebook page. Find my painting and comment on it…then LIKE the page. The drawing will be this coming Saturday and you might win!

Happy Release Date to Kay Bratt! A Thread Unbroken is now available! (Winners Announced)

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I’m happy to say that finally, after a year of hard work, A Thread Unbroken is now available on Amazon.com. Get it now!

And as a celebration for the release, it’s also time for my annual Christmas giveaway. This year, the first prize winner will receive a Nischi doll, valued at over $100. (If an overseas winner is drawn, they must agree to pay shipping to receive.)

The second prize winner will receive signed print copies of Chasing China and A Thread Unbroken, autographed to the name of your choice so you can use them as Christmas gifts!


The fourth place winner will receive a signed print copy of Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi, autographed to the child of your choice!

And I even have something for last place! The final winner will recive a keychain with the Chinese characters for Daddy!

Now we get to the HOW TO WIN section! These are some great prizes, if I do say so myself. And I’m happy to do it because my readers mean everything to me. It’s with your help that I am able to market to a wider audience. Each time you read my books, write a review, post a link…you are doing me an amazing favor. So this giveaway is my thanks to you.

But I still need you! So here’s the rundown:

Do the following, then comment on this post that you’ve followed each step and to enter you into the drawing!

1. Go to my website home page and join my new release newsletter. I promise not to bombard you with emails or share your email address! The join box is in the top left side bar here. I’ll be sent a message that you joined and when future books are released, I’ll send out a news alert.

2. Since junior high we’ve all wanted to be liked, and facebook has given us an adult version of that cruel taunting. So, please LIKE me at my Kay Bratt page here!

3. Because A Thread Unbroken is brand new and I need all the help I can get, the last task is to post the Amazon link to it on your own wall or blog with some sort of short message like, “Kay Bratt’s new book just came out!” or whatever….as long as it’s friendly and it’s not something like, “Don’t read this because Kay Bratt is making me do this.”  *wink*

That’s it! Then come back and comment below that you’ve done the 3 tasks and want your name entered into the drawing. I’ll use random.org to draw winners on December 14, so I can get the prizes to you in time for Christmas. (Can’t guarantee!)


As promised, if you have written reviews for any of my books on Amazon.com, you will get your name in an extra time for each review. As you may not know, reviews are like gold to authors, and I appreciate the time you take to give your honest opinion on each title. Your words also help me improve! So note in your comment if you get bonus chances for reviews and again, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world in some small way.


Winner of Nischi Doll is Carly Parks, commented November 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm  

 Winner of (2) signed Kay Bratt novels is Erin Donaldson, Commented December 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm  

Winner of signed Mei Li book is Jennifer Ashford, Commented   

Winner of Baba Key Chain is Desiree Christopher, Commented

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for participating!

Winners, please contact me via the email link on my home page, left column.

The Bridge is FREE today and tomorrow!

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The Bridge is a FREE Kindle E-Book Today! Click HERE to download!

Out of everything I’ve written, The Bridge is still my favorite little story. It is like the little train that could…it just keeps going and going. I’ve tried to analyze why this book has gained such traction, but I think that O’Scarlett Reviews says it best:

It is a story of hope – where none existed or should have existed. Love – and giving of the little you have to make another persons life worth living. It is a picture of China – and the hopelessness for some, and the heart that still beats. O. Scarlett! Reviews

And I also love what an Amazon Reviewer had to say:

If you like chocolate, you’ll know the feeling of tasting an exquisite chocolate that pleases every taste bud in your mouth and has you pining for more once the flavour fades… The Bridge is like that, only with words. It is balanced and well written and is a delight to the senses. There is something beautifully symbolic about it that will give readers different experiences to take away, and they will find themselves reflecting on the meanings and the intent of the author…or maybe it was just a good telling of a story. A good book club contender for readers to enjoy and discuss. Lea Owens, Amazon Reviewer 

The book is featured on this site along with some other good free choices. Be sure to bookmark Free Kindle Books and Tips! And you can find them at Facebook, too!

Happy Reading and if you enjoy The Bridge, I would truly appreciate it if you would take the time to post a review on Amazon or GoodReads. Thank you!

Want to Win an Advanced Reader’s Copy of A Thread Unbroken? [Winners Posted]

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If you would like your name to be in the drawing to win an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of my latest novel, A Thread Unbroken, before it is even released to the public, please comment below. I’ll draw 10 names on Tuesday, September 18 using Random.org.

If you are chosen, you graciously agree to:

1. Write a review on Amazon for the book

2. After the release date, link to the book on Amazon from your facebook page

ARC’s are usually sent out to magazines, newspapers, authors and blog owners who help promote the book upon it’s release. I’ve put aside 10 copies just for my readers (ie: Facebook friends) as a huge thank you for their support. I wish I had more than 10 but I’ve had to sneak those from my marketing manager..shhhh!

Comment below if you agree to the stipulations and would like to be in the drawing. You can find the book on Amazon at this link to pre-order the Kindle or Print version.

Winners! Okay, after counting backwards and forwards multiple times…I’ve come up with these names as winners: Cassandra Wilson, Amy Aichele, Mia Danielle, Alice Harris, Cherie Jones, Danae Aman Meister, Dennis Wiemer, Sarah Scott, Sandra Dotson Sawwan, Connie Chung. Please email me at Kaybratt70@Hotmail.com so I can match your email address to the one linked to the comment to ensure I have the correct people. In your email, please give me the physical address you would like me to ship the book to. Thanks so much, everyone, for your participation! I wish I had more I could give away!

Christmas In August

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I know we are a bit early for preparing for Christmas but I just had to alert you to these awesome new Christmas stockings made by Mollie Anderson, an AP who has talently discovered a new way to provide for her adoption fund so she can bring her child home from China. Please take a look at these stockings made from fabric purchased from Xi’an, China. The stockings measure 15 inches long and 9 inches across at the foot. Her stockings are all shown on her Etsy page here and can even be monogrammed!

One lucky reader will win a stocking from Mollie. All you have to do is go to Mollie’s Etsy page and take a look around, then come back and comment on this blog post to tell me which stocking was your favorite. A winner will be pulled from random.org on August 31.

And we all know I love to reward those who support my writing and help me spread the word by posting reviews on Amazon. If you have done at least one review for any Kay Bratt books, add that to a seperate comment to get your name in 1 additional time! (that’s my way of saying THANK YOU for your support!)

Introducing Lydia Love Petals! A Kay Bratt & Ruffled Feathers Giveaway!

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AP Valerie has created something so sweet…

Lydia Love–“Things Knot Seen”

Introducing … a new line …

“Things Knot Seen”

this is:

Lydia Love Petals!

She’s a little bit shy, but oh so cuddly! Bound to be one of your best-buddies … From her cotton knot-tied pony-tails to her pigeon toed feet, she’s soft, one-in-a-million sweetness.

Each doll is approximately 14″ tall and has Sunny-Happy-Skies Panda Fabric torsos and a coordinating, removable cotton skirt.

Her eyes are brown and have a glint of Asian in them. Lydia’s hair is styled into cotton knot pony tails decorated with ribbons. Her right leg has her very own heart-circle-stamp. It’s just up high enough to be hidden by her skirt but close enough to remind you how much you are loved in a heart-beat.
Lydia Love Petals can be yours! To get your name in the drawing you only have to do 2 things:
Step One: Go to the Lydia Love Petals blog post and comment here.
Step Two:  (of course I have to get in on the fun) Post the link to my newest novel, A Thread Unbroken, on Amazon on your facebook or blog! Here is the link.
To make that more fair, I’ll draw a 2nd place winner to receive an e-book copy of A Thread Unbroken upon it’s release.  You might be the first one to read it!
Then COME BACK and comment here that you did both steps to get your name in the drawing.
Drawing will be June 1. Hurry, not much time left!

Sweet Moon Baby Signed book as the next Kay Bratt Giveaway!

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Sometimes I find books that just speak to my heart and that is just what happened with Sweet Moon Baby. The book, written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, is just one of the most beautifully done adoption tales I have seen. I cannot say enough about the illustration and the story!

Amazon Blurb: A lyrical fantasy about a Chinese infant’s magical trip to her adoptive parents. Her birth parents declare her “perfect,” but are unable to provide for her. Thus they place her in a basket and set her adrift: “We must trust the moon. Only good things will happen to our daughter.” Helped by a variety of animals as well as a beneficent-looking moon, the baby girl floats down the “winding river” to her adoptive parents, who have been preparing for her arrival by planting vegetables and trees, building a new bedroom, and buying books. Their hands are shown parting reeds to reveal her smiling up at them from her basket. The vibrant watercolors capture her journey and her delight in her new family and home. Although most youngsters will understand that the journey on the river is a fantasy, adults should be prepared for questions from literal-minded children who may wonder why a baby had to make a solitary voyage and depend on the kindness of wild animals in order to reach her destination.

You can win a signed hardcover copy of this book to be in your hands by Mother’s Day. With just a few Clicks, you are in. Become a fan by Liking both the Sweet Moon Baby and the Kay Bratt Facebook fan pages. Then come back and comment here that you have “liked” both pages. The drawing will be in two weeks, Saturday, April 28.

If you Link to the Sweet Moon Baby Amazon book page or share this post from your facebook wall, tell us in the comments below and your name will go in an additional time!

Thank you and get on with your clicking/sharing!



I wish I had a hundred Sweet Moon Baby books to give away, but alas I had to use Random.org to pick one. And the winner is ……drumroll….. Ellie April 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm….

Congrats, Ellie, and I hope you return to see if you won. Please use the Contact Me tab at the top to send me your physical address.

And as a second winner……for your choice of an ebook copy of Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi or a signed paperback copy of Chasing China…. random.org picked Marla Caliri April 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm.. please contact me with your choice of prize and an email or physical address.

Thank you everyone for your participation and for liking me! (so junior high but love to hear it anyway)

Stay tuned for the next giveaway soon!

Creating Treasures; A Collaboration between Portrait Artist Marla Michele and Kay Bratt, Author and Advocate

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So for a week now I’ve been buzzing about a new project. Some of you may not know this but I’ve recently jumped on board with AOW, An Orphans Wish. I’m very excited to work with such a reputable and amazing organization to continue my work supporting and advocating for China’s children.

That leads me to my GREAT news.

Portrait Artist Marla Michele Must of ~Enchanted Photography~ by Marla Michele and Kay Bratt, child advocate and best selling author of “Silent Tears; A Journey Of Hope In A Chinese Orphanage” are joining forces to create a treasure for adoptive families.

Illuminating real-life stories, our book will be an unforgettable photographic expression of the life changing and inspiring journey adoption has for families all over the world. Adoption is not always a fairy tale story. This compelling project will give you a snapshot of tears, trauma, laughter and joys of the unforgettable gift of building a family.

Open casting calls for the project are in the works. If you are an adoptee from China, Russia, Korea, or elsewhere and would like to be a part of this project, or if you are the parent of an adoptee from China or another country and would like to enter your child in the project and share a small part of her story with the world, please contact Marla at MarlaMichele68@yahoo.com for details.  A portion of all future net proceeds will benefit AOW (An Orphans Wish).

All participating models will have a photo included in the book, and some models will also have aspects of their stories highlighted. Written pieces will be submitted to and edited by Kay Bratt, and will include memories of Forever Family Day and/or other special moments that should be captured in print for others to share. The sharing of the stories, however, is optional and up to the discretion of the family.

One of my online friends sent me a message and said, “I love the idea, but who is this Marla Michele?”  That’s a great point. If I’m going to ask you all to participate in such a project, I should give you a bird’s eye view of the woman leading it, right?

What I know is this. Portrait Artist Marla Michele Must of Enchanted Photography, is the proud mom of three remarkable children ages 12, 10, and 5 and lives in Metro Detroit. She is fluent in Hebrew and Mandarin (and her children speak Mandarin as well!). Her youngest cutie pie was adopted from China. I have to share a photo of her, get ready….

Marla has been a vegetarian since she was 11 years old. (33 years!). She loves photography because along with feeding her passion to find the beauty in everything, it allows her to bring awareness to adoption, parenting emotionally intelligent children, PTSD, and anti-bullying.

 And without further adieu, let me introduce you to Marla Michele in her own words:

 ~Planting Seeds~
Portrait Artist Marla Michele Must’s Story

When I was 13 years old I was given a camera by a family member who was someone I looked up to. She took an interest in showing me how to use the camera and how to properly compose a photograph (without shooting a tree growing out of the top of someone’s head, or a stop sign in the back-round of a portrait). Her encouraging words were very powerful to me at my young impressionable age when I was shy and not very sure of myself.

As I spent time getting to know my new camera, I realized that I had an innate habit of “composing” the world around me with my eyes long before ever picking up the camera. My new camera became my tool to capture all that I composed, all that I found to be truthful, meaningful, unique, precious, sacred, beautiful, enchanting, unusual and momentous in the world- and to capture it on film forever. It was magic!

I still feel that way today, much more so now that I’ve become a mom and have my precious three children to photograph. After years of hearing the question “do you do this professionally?” it occurred to me that the amount of time I was spending shooting, editing on the computer, and obsessing about photography might actually be translated into the practical world and perhaps something I get paid to do… so…. I hung up a shingle and things began to fall into place. The amazing part- all it took was for me to acknowledge and believe in myself enough to follow my passion wholeheartedly. I entered and won a photography contest and started to construct a website. I called a professional photographer in my area to learn more about the field, and now he is one of my mentors. I considered building out a studio space in my home and suddenly an opportunity for the Royal Oak studio came about. All of this leads me to the conclusion that following my intuition led me to my authentic path- and that path is lined with a higher purpose.

Life has a way of offering up opportunities to pay it forward… for example; in photographing children I’ve recently noticed a repetitive theme arising, especially with young girls. During our portrait sessions my young subjects will often confide in me and reveal something they are self-conscious about, or something they’ve been told is unflattering in their appearance. It’s at that moment that I recognize I have been given an opening to “plant a seed” of empowerment- either with a few words of encouragement or a sincere compliment. I strive to replace the negative thought with a positive empowering one instead. The words I offer are very powerful to the recipient, likely because they are perceived as coming from an “expert”, a stranger looking through the lens, someone aside from a friend or family member, someone with no perceivable motive. I can usually see a reaction following our exchange, sometimes its apparent in the softening of their body language, or an expression of relief, the renewed sparkle in their eyes.

The most exciting part of photography for me- it’s given me the ability to apply my passion towards a greater life purpose. I’m happy to be able to use my craft to support and endorse local businesses in Metro Detroit through a combination of my photography, social media, writing, and collaborating. The businesses and projects I am attracted to endorsing are those modeled on authenticity, integrity, driven by passion, and those that encourage giving back to the community. Causes I hold dear to my heart include bringing awareness to parenting emotionally intelligent children, anti-bullying, and parenting empathetic mindful children. I hope to bring awareness to therapeutic adoptive parenting, having just recently adopted my youngest daughter. I’m grateful for the medium of photography and the messages it allows me to send out into the world.

Hope to see you on the other side of the lens!

Web: www.MarlaMichelePhotography.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EnchantedByMarlaMichele
Adoption Blog: www.MustLiveALifeLessOrdinary.com

”You may choose to spend your time and efforts raising your glass, raising your hopes, or raising your IQ.
You can raise the bar, raise your expectations, raise the roof, and raise hell if you decide to.
You can work hard to raise the bottom line of your bank account, or to raise a family in the most exclusive neighborhood with the most prestigious schools in order to raise other people’s perspective of you.
As for me, I choose to spend my time working on raising three remarkable children to be empathetic, emotionally intelligent, to live in the moment, and to be mindful. I am choosing to use my talent to raise awareness.”
~Marla Michele Must