Stephen King said a writer’s work should, “Get under your skin, and make you react.” That’s exactly what we want to do at our next book launch, but the reaction we want may not be what you think.
On Friday, June 26, from 7 – 9 pm, Barnes & Noble at San Tan Mall will be hosting us for a book launch/signing to promote awareness and raise money for House of Refuge, a local charity that provides help to the homeless. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to support the literacy efforts of the organization, and we will be auctioning off creative items through a silent auction (see list below). All proceeds from the auction will go to the House of Refuge.
Items for silent auction:
#1 – Soccer Jersey: Authentic Alianza Lima soccer jersey (as mentioned in the novel The Charity Chip) adult small. Starting Bid: $10
#2 – Personalized Short Story: Be the main character of your own short story written by Brock Booher. 1000-1500 words. Starting Bid: $10
#3 – Autographed Poster: Own an autographed poster signed by Janette Rallison, Brandon Mull, Stephenie Meyer, Shannon Hale, James Owen, and several other famous authors. Starting Bid: $25
#4 – Character Name in upcoming novel: See your name in Janette’s next novel (you might even survive until the end). Starting Bid: $10
#5 – Writing Critique: Get the first 100 pages of your manuscript critiqued by successful writer, Janette Rallison. Starting Bid: $20
#6 – Micro-Fiction: Here’s your chance to be the hero of your very own story. Randy will have you fill out a short questionnaire and then put together a story based on the information provided. Starting Bid: $10
#7 – Author Visit (AZ): Randy Lindsay will visit your classroom, office, book club, or private gathering and do a reading from his soon-to-be released second novel – Call to Arms: Nations Fall. Or if you prefer, Randy will offer a class on working as an author and about the publishing industry in general. Starting Bid: $10
#8 – Author Visit (AZ): Adrienne Quintana will visit your classroom, office, book club, or private gathering to perform a reading and teach about the writing craft. Starting Bid: $10
#10 – Character Name: Be a character in Laura Walker’s next romance novel and maybe find even find true love. Starting Bid: $10.
To bid visit— http://www.32auctions.com/CharityChipSilentAuction Bids will open June 8that midnight and close July 1st at midnight. All auction proceeds will be collected by the House of Refuge, and prizes will be distributed after funds are donated. No purchase necessary. You do not need to be present to participate, but shipping costs are not included in the auction.
House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing. Their vision is to take the broken human spirit and restore it body, mind and soul by educating and assisting not only the individual, but the family as well. Since 1996, House of Refuge has served over 6,000 people, or roughly 2,400 families, and is one of the largest transitional housing facilities in Arizona.
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I was driven to writing by my own arrogance. In January of 2009, I finished a book by a popular author and was very unimpressed. I turned the book over and saw that it was a NY Times best seller. “I could do better than that,” I mumbled under my breath. So I began to dabble in writing and pondered various book ideas. Although I didn’t share my writing with anyone for several months, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed my writing time and found myself eager to get back to my computer. Writing gave me new purpose, and filled an emotional void in my life. It allowed me to be creative. I began sharing my work and was encouraged. I attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp, and came away with greater desire and respect for the writing craft. Today, I am still arrogant enough to think that I can succeed, but not so naïve that I think success will come without great struggles and many failures.