Today I renewed my vow to raise a bunch of money for the American Cancer Society. I’m ready to hit the ground running! Team Check ‘Em Out is poised to break our record this year by building our team, trying new ways to fundraise, restaurant nights, dessert sales, percentage donations, and good old fashioned bowling-alley-panhandling! Hey, we’re not proud!
Well, actually, we are. We have a great team of dedicated, passionate and motivated members, each with a personal reason to fight this horrendous disease. Sadly, our Reasons to Relay still grow with each coming year, but we remain confident that our efforts will be rewarded someday.
Planning will soon begin for our SIXTH ANNUAL wine tasting,
POP A CORK FOR A CURE!
This awesome event will be held in early May, date TBD — but you can bet we’ll let you know. In the meantime, I’m humbly accepting donations at my Relay page. Donations of $100 or more will get you an autographed copy of my latest book–but I’d take just your Starbuck’s money for a couple of weeks, too!
Who’s with me?
Some of you know that besides my passion for serving education through the SCV Education Foundation and supporting the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life, I also serve of the board of Circle of Hope, Inc., a tireless group of warriors who support local breast cancer patients. One tiny way I can help is by donating a portion of my book proceeds to this worthwhile non-profit organization. So from every copy of CAPE SEDUCTION purchased through this website, I’m passing along $3.00 to Circle of Hope. Just click HERE to take advantage of this special offer. More about…
Circle of Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit breast cancer organization located in Santa Clarita Valley, California. We are dedicated to making a difference today, for a brighter future tomorrow. Circle of Hope is the only breast cancer organization in the Santa Clarita Valley that provides financial, emotional, and educational support services for uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer, their families, and the local community. We have helped over 130 clients to date, issuing over $100,000 in financial support.
I’m happy to be a part of the Circle of Hope family. I hope you will take advantage of this offer–and don’t worry, CAPE SEDUCTION is worth a read even without the donation!
Thank you for your support.
That’s the theme for this year’s Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea and Champagne Reception, being held tomorrow, October 15, 2011. This is my first time going, and I can’t wait. Picking up my pal Kath and heading out to a “luxury Sand Canyon estate” where we’ll be escorted to our delightfully decorated “Vine to Wine” tea table with eight other guests –and thirty other tables. (Then what do we do? Sip tea whilst holding out our pinkies? Chat with the bourgeoisie? Fiddle with our pearls, smile and nod knowingly?)
All silliness aside, I am thrilled to be a part of this 8th annual event benefiting breast cancer patients of the Santa Clarita Valley. The weather has been ordered up special, too.
Besides sponsoring a table (mine this year is “Snowy Night”), I am donating copies of my first lighthouse mystery, POINT SURRENDER, to all attendees. I’m happy to do it. And should any of my new 300+ fans wish to buy CAPE SEDUCTION, I’m passing along $3.00 from their purchase to Circle of Hope. In fact, I’ll make that deal to anyone who happens along here between now and year end. Just click HERE to take advantage of this special offer. (Sounding a little like a TV commercial!)
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
What does that mean, exactly? It’s the time of the year when we
- renew our commitment to detecting—and fighting—breast cancer;
- review the latest information on how to help ourselves stay cancer-free;
- remember those who are working through recovery, and those who lost their battle;
- support those who work hard to research, to heal and to help those affected by breast cancer.
Did you know that >one in 100 breast cancer patients are men?
Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, the chance for a woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer is 1 in 8?
Did you know that weight control is one way to decrease your risk?
For more information, here are some helpful links:
If just one reader acts on this message by scheduling a mammogram, remembering a friend in need or making a donation, my time in writing it will be well spent.
To lighten the tone after my last cranky post, here’s a snapshot taken yesterday at Barnes & Noble, Valencia, California. Kwei Quartey is the author of the Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery series, the most recent of which is CHILDREN OF THE STREET. Kwei is a delightful guy and I’m always glad to see him. He periodically sends me lighthouse photos he snaps while traveling, most often from Ghana, his home country.
Big thanks to Jackie Vick and Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles for setting up our panel discussion. Also to Lori Christian of Barnes and Noble, a most gracious and knowledgeable hostess! We’re hoping to put together a lighthouse discussion in the future.
If you missed this event, all of our books are available at Barnes and Noble, as well as that other big online bookseller you might know about.
Barnes & Noble Valencia
Sisters in Crime is back to host another up-close and personal chat with a panel of captivating mystery writers. This month we'll be joined by authors Anne Carter and Kwei Quartey, so don't miss it!
Creekside Place, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355, 661-254-6604