I’m not shy about my Houston love. I went to university there and if all my family hadn’t still been in California, I’d have stayed. My first book is set there. I was just back in March for an alumni event. I have amazing friends and readers all over that part of Texas, so obviously, I’ve been glued to the news since Saturday.
Online fundraisers have their place, but right now there are organizations on the ground in Houston who are working and need money. That’s why I’m doing a raffle for a bunch of signed books over on my Facebook author page. Currently, my readers have raised over a thousand dollars for four local charities I’ve designated:
●Houston Food Bank (http://www.houstonfoodbank.org)
●Coalition for the Homeless (https://www.homelesshouston.org)
●Texas Diaper Bank (http://www.texasdiaperbank.org)
●Houston SPCA (http://www.houstonspca.org)
All readers have to do to enter the raffle is donate $10 to one of those local charities and post a screenshot of the receipt with all the personal info blurred or cropped out. That’s it!
As for prizes, I’m giving away:
★10 signed paperback copies of A Hidden Fire ($11.99 value)
★5 signed four book sets of the Elemental Mysteries ($48.96 value)
★1 signed set of my COMPLETE WORKS. That’s 25 signed paperbacks at a value of $283.74 (if I’ve done my math correctly.)
I know not everyone is on Facebook, so I wanted to extend the invitation to enter the raffle to my blog, too. Donate and post a screenshot in the comments here and you’ll be entered to win too. Currently, my readers have raised $1063.00 for these four charities, but I’d like to double that before Sunday when I pick winners. In addition to donating books, I’m also matching funds up to $2000.00 to be divided equally between the four charities.
It’s ten bucks, you guys! You’ll be entered to win some signed books and you’ll be helping on-the-ground organizations in one of the worst disasters in Houston history.
This is a city that has opened its arms to refugees from all over the world and taken in countless evacuees from other disasters like Katrina. Houstonians have big hearts, but they need our help now. I know I have some of the best and most generous readers on the planet. Let’s make a difference here.
Thanks in advance for being awesome. I’ll be picking winners on Sunday at 4pm PST. I’m limiting this to domestic entries for paperbacks right now, just to keep down shipping costs on the book sets, but if you want to enter overseas, I’ll be happy to send you e-book or audiobook copies of whatever book(s) you might win.