A couple of years ago, I lost everything (including, very nearly, my mind) in hurricane Katrina. The writing community came together in an AMAZING way to help me and my family – not only financially, but emotionally. Because of that, I’m back on my feet, writing, and published. Authors and editors are such amazing people, and because I reaped the benefit of their generosity, I do the same to help others when I can.
And now, one of the people who was massively helpful to me back then is in need. Here's the story, and the letter we've sent out to various loops:
One of our own, author Jo Leigh (aka Jolie Kramer) lost her husband on June 13 after he courageously battled cancer. If you don't know their story, which is the stuff romance novels are made of, you can read it here and see their wedding picture here.
In addition to being a fabulous friend to so many and a multi-RITA nominated author who has written for Harlequin Blaze, Temptation, Intrigue, Special Projects, Silhouette Intimate Moments and Meteor Kismet, Jo is known across the country for the amazing writing classes she teaches, including one on plotting that is incomparable. She has been incredibly generous to so many in sharing her knowledge and expertise.
Unfortunately, Jo has been left with a lot of medical expenses she will be struggling to cover as they had no health insurance, and we would like to help her out by holding several fundraising auctions. If you have items to donate - books or book baskets/collections, critiques, ARCs of upcoming releases, mentoring opportunities, web or promotional material design work etc., please email the item description to the following email address: forjoleigh AT gmail.com This is the address we're using to organize the items.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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For anyone who would like to contribute money, please email any of us privately and we will tell you how to go about doing so. (My address is larissa AT larissaione.com ) We will have a website up shortly listing all other contributions and auction details. Stay tuned.