Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Fellow Author's Selfless Efforts

Authors have various reasons for starting a blog. Some do it to have an outlet to advertise and discuss their books. Some do it to discuss the books of others. Some focus on writing tips and advice, and some simply use their blogs to voice random thoughts and talk about things that are important to them. (Like celebrating making it through an entire day using only your "inside voice" or successfully not scalping a child, or feeling guilty about that big slice of chocolate cream cake you basically inhaled in record time:-))
I do all of the above. (Really, I truly don't scalp my children. The dog is another story:-))

Today I chose to post an email by Cheri Chesley, an amazing lady who is also a great author.

"My friend, Rebecca White, is 35 years old and has breast cancer. She got her diagnosis May 11th. She had a mastectomy May 13th. Three days later, she went back to the doctor to have the bandages removed. She confessed, almost in a whisper, that she just wasn't ready to see under the bandages.

Rebecca is an amazing, strong person. She's so skilled in all those craft-type things that leave me with glue on my fingers and glitter in my hair. She has a happy marriage and three great kids age 10 and under. Rebecca could be me. She could be your sister, your friend, your mother. She could be you. You can meet her and get to know her on her blog, http://allaboutthewhites.blogspot.com/

In general terms, we know cancer can strike anyone at any time. It's not an old person's disease anymore. It strikes children, mothers; in short, anyone. Soon Rebecca will start her chemotherapy. We're all optimistic for a positive outcome, but cancer surgeries and treatments do not come cheaply. Since she won't let me shave my head, I've decided to show my support for Rebecca in other ways.
This is more than taking her meals and taking her kids to and from church; I've done that. Anyone can do that, and they do. We have a supportive ward out here. But I wanted to take it a step further.
I'm donating all my book sales income through August 31st to help Rebecca and her family pay their medical expenses. This is something they need, and in order to make it the most effective I need all the help I can get.
And this is why I'm appealing to everyone I can. My book sales don't just mean the royalties from selling print copies of The Peasant Queen (which, incidentally, is on LDS Living's Summer Reading List), but also all income from my two e-books--The Wild Queen and my short story, Ghost Bride.
It's so easy. All you have to do is purchase depending on your interests and ability to help.
The Wild Queen and Ghost Bride can be found at http://www.smashwords.com/, which not only
offers the e-books for every e-reader including simply your home computer, but also offers the highest revenues. Printed copies of The Peasant Queen can be purchased at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com Barnesandnoble.com and Borders.com Amazon and Barnes and Noble also offer each book for the Kindle or Nook, respectively.

Thank you in advance for your help, and happy reading! Blog post: http://cherichesley.blogspot.com/2011/05/easiest-way-to-give.html "

Let's help Cheri out. You'll feel good and read some great books as well:-)

1 comment:

Matt and Rebecca said...

Thanks Jewel for your help. :)

Rebecca White