Following is a reprint of a blog post that I received.  I was so impressed with this effort that I not only volunteered to donate copies of my books, but I am also picking up the gauntlet and running with it. I truly hope that many of my author friends and fellow bookaholics will join me….read on

Originally posted by Renea Winchester

The images from hurricane Sandy are in and they are heartbreaking. Our Northern brothers and sisters have been hit hard. Homes destroyed. Unimaginable loss. Desperation.  It is during these times that we feel helpless asking, “What can I do?”

We empathize with those who have lost everything and those working hard to restore the area. We understand that compensation from insurance companies will come, but may not cover all the damage.  That is why many churches and schools are hosting food drives, delivering water, food, batteries and love-filled hugs. The Red Cross is boots-on- the- ground as are our military and regular everyday folk who just want to do something. For those who can give financially, please do so either to the Red Cross, or Because We Care Ministries who arrived in New Jersey days ago.  I mention these three charities because I personally know people who work there.

The news has reported that people with less than noble intentions are already taking advantage of folk. C’mon now. Let’s work together.

Today I write asking  my fellow authors to participate in a book drive. Realizing that times are tight and some people can not write a check; I urge authors to give what they already have . . . copies of their work. Plenty of helpers will rebuild neighborhoods but who will help the libraries? Prior to this storm, libraries had already experienced deep cuts. Doing more than ever with limited resources.  That is why I need your help.

If you are an author, please help me send copies of your work to Sandy victims. I am one woman on a mission to give books to those in need. This little project is not a quick fix. Yes I realize that people need homes, but they will also need books. I figure if students can send coats, authors can send books. If we all do what we can then every little bit will help. This book drive is my “little bit.”

When I mentioned this idea to local booksellers and my NYT author friends, I quickly realized that southern authors and readers were ready to ship tons of books to our friends up North. I don’t want to burden anyone with books they might not need. That is when George Eberhart, Editor of American Libraries Magazine, suggested I  assemble a list of authors, and their titles. In the days to follow, I will post a list of those authors on this blog. I will also be in communication with libraries who will select books from the list. If your are an author, or library staff, my goal is to build a relationship that benefits readers.

Folks along the coast: North Carolina, New Jersey, Long Island, Delaware  if  Sandy damaged your library and you would like to add books to your permanent collection, please contact me using the address below.

AuthorsPlease follow the instructions and include all information requested  to add your title to the list.

Please email me at: Reneawrites(at)gmail(dot)com. Include the title, ISBN, CIP, Genre, URL link and, of course, contact information. 

From my heart to yours, thank you.

 Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love & Tomatoes. Visit her at She is passionate about literacy. When she isn’t writing, she shelves books at the public library.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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