I've blogged before about my awesome friend Rob Wells. He's a very talented and hard-working writer who has done a tremendous amount of service in the writing community. He's a devoted husband and father. He's an all-around great guy--and at the moment, he's going through trials that make the Perkins Family Janupocalypse look like a day in the park.
He's struggling with a whole host of mental illnesses. He's got little kids to feed. And he's looking down the black maw of a cancer diagnosis.
EDITED on 4 February to add: Rob found out this morning that he is cancer free! He's got this other weird thing, but it's NOT cancer. (But he still needs your help.)
You, the readers of this blog, have amazed me before with the depth of your compassion, and I'm asking for your help again on behalf of my friend. Here are ways you can help:
1) Read this post and click on the Donate button.
3) Spread the word via Twitter or Facebook or a blog post of your own.
I want to reward you for your generosity. If you either donate directly OR buy a book AND Tweet or post to Facebook or your own blog about it, come back to this post and leave me a comment. On Wednesday, February 5th, I'll put all the comments in the hopper at RANDOM.org and draw a couple of numbers.
- The first commenter I draw will win a $50 Amazon gift certificate.
- The second name I draw will win a goodie box from me that will include signed copies of my books Dispirited, Premonition, and Comfortably Yum; chocolate; and other fabulousness. (This prize is actually worth more than the first prize.)
- EDITED TO ADD: The wonderful Sarah M. Eden has donated a prize! The third person whose name I draw will win a signed two-book set of her excellent Longing for Home series--the second of which isn't even out yet. SO awesome.
- C. Michelle Jeffries will donate either a hand-covered journal or a query critique to our fourth winner!
- Annette Lyon has donated signed copies of her amazing cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth, and her compelling historical romance, Spires of Stone! Thanks, Annette!
- YOU GUYS: Holy cow. Literary agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary has generously donated a query and first chapter critique as a prize.
- Fantasy writer C. J. Hill has donated signed copies of her hugely popular books Slayers and Erasing Time to one lucky winner!
- Accomplished writer Shallee McArthur has donated one critique of a book submission package--query + first five pages + synopsis--to another lucky winner! Better than gold!
- The highly decorated Dan Wells has donated a signed copy of one of his award-winning books! Awesome!
- Heather Moore has donated a signed copy of her new and suspenseful Whitney Finalist, Finding Sheba!
- Christy Dorrity has added a signed copy of Awakening to the prize pile!
- Multiple Whitney Award winner Stephanie Black has donated signed copies of her thrillers The Believer and The Witnesses!
- The lovely LuAnn Staheli has donated a copy of When Hearts Conjoin and a 10-page critique/edit!
- Angel cellist Michelle Beauchesne has donated two of her fantastic CDs!
- Renaissance man Braden Bell has donated a copy of his awesome middle grade fantasy trilogy The Kindling/Penumbras/Luminescence!
- The über-popular J. Scott Savage has donated a unique and VERY cool prize: he will name a character after one lucky winner (or a loved one of their choosing) and then (most likely) kill that character off! LOVE IT.
- Professional editor Chris Todd Miller has offered TWO prizes: a ten-page critique and a copy of his most excellent Gold Quill-winning fantasy novel By Blood Bequeathed!
- Danyelle Ferguson has donated a $10 Redbox gift card and a copy of her upcoming novel, Sweet Confections!
- Julie Daines has donated a copy of her latest YA fantasy novel, Unraveled!
- WOW! The world famous Brandon Sanderson has donated a signed copy of the #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart!
(If anyone else wants to jump on board and donate something else for the drawing, please let me know!)
Such a deal, right? Let's summarize:
2) Spread the word linking back either to this post or to Rob's blog via Facebook, Twitter, or blog; and
3) Leave me a comment reporting your actions. Don't mention the dollar amount you donated. In fact, if you'd like to be relatively anonymous, feel free to email me privately. Then check back here Wednesday evening for the results.
Make me proud, people. I know you will.