Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Operation Auction

I am crazy busy trying to finish a (very sloppy) first draft of SHADE3, mail out prizes from the Give a Little (to Japan), Get a Little giveaway (which is still open through tomorrow) and write some guest blog posts and interviews before I go to the RT Booklovers Convention next Tuesday, AND OH YEAH, SHADE IS COMING OUT IN PAPERBACK THAT DAY, TOO! (See sidebar for order links.)

But I had to take a few moments to let you know about a great fundraiser ending late tonight, Operation Auction. From my friend author Lauren Dane's blog:

My beautiful friend Fatin (also well known as “mad” or “mad4rombks”) has been an integral part of the romance community for years – she owns and runs the RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk blog, is an administrator of the WriteMinded loop my author loop and facebook page as well as my assistant and friend. She’s also a tireless advocate for romance novels and a friend to so many in this community. On Tuesday, March 8th, she lost her husband in a senseless act of violence, leaving her alone with four children. You can read more about the tragedy here.

When I heard about this horrible tragedy, I wanted to do something special to help out.

So I've donated a "marked-up" (director's commentary, annotated, whatever) version of Wicked Game. You can learn all sorts of inside information, like which of my real-life first-grade classmates the bully Jolene was based on, how I chose the different playlist songs, how certain scenes played out differently in earlier drafts (hint: one involves David and a LOT of drinks), and which details of Sherwood and vampires are true to "real-life."

I've only done this once before, so this is a two-of-a-kind prize. It takes a lot of work--fun work--to come up with amusing anecdotes and tidbits, which is why I don't often offer a prize like this.

As of now, the bidding is only up to about $15--which is the same amount you would pay for this trade paperback if you bought it in the store! (EDITED TEN MINUTES LATER TO ADD: Wow, it's up to $50 now--y'all rock!) Please consider bidding so that you can have this unique version of the book and to help out Fatin in her time of need.

Thank you so much!

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Fellow romance author, Kerri Nelson, here. Just wanted you to know that I came out to the auction to bid on your item specifically. I wanted to show my support for this terrible tragedy.

But also, I wanted to show my support for you. I believe you are one of the most under-appreciated talents in the writing market today.

I'm a huge fan and this special edition of your book will be something that I will treasure for years to come.

My best,

Posted by: Blogger kerribookwriter at 3/31/2011 8:43 AM

Thank you so much, Kerri! That means a lot to me.

I hope you enjoy the marked-up edition. I'll be adding a few new notes to this one, so it really will be one-of-a-kind. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/31/2011 1:58 PM

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