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Longtime followers know that I donate to/fundraise for various charities each year and I usually drag you all in too.  I want to do something for the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  The worst of the storms may have passed but the devastation hasn’t.

Here’s where you come in.  If you buy a book from my website bookstore, I’ll donate the value of your order to charity–dollar for dollar.  Not only will you be giving to charity but you’ll be getting a book out of it.  So don’t miss your chance to run me up.

Not everything is listed on the bookstore so if you’re looking for translated titles, out of print titles, hardbacks of the Aidy Westlake series and audiobook editions, let me know.  I can do a few MYSTERY BOXES.  If you’re ordering out of the USA, please contact me first so I can quote shipping costs.  Thanks.

I hope you’ll pick up a book or two for you, a friend or even an enemy.  And even if you don’t get a book, please share this post.  Thanks.

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Longtime followers know that I donate to/fundraise for various charities each year and I usually drag you all in too. If you buy a book from my website bookstore, I’ll donate the value of your order to charity–dollar for dollar. So don’t miss your chance to run me up. I can do a few MYSTERY BOXES. I’m thinking of donating to MEALS ON WHEELS this year.

Not everything is listed on the bookstore so if you’re looking for translated titles, out of print titles, hardbacks of the Aidy Westlake series and audiobook editions, let me know.  If you’re ordering out of the USA, please contact me first so I can quote shipping costs.  Thanks.

I hope you’ll pick up a book or two for you, a friend or even an enemy. And even if you don’t get a book, please share this post. Thanks.

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royston (2)As keener followers will know, I lost my longhaired dachshund and sidekick, Royston, two weeks ago.  It’s been a hard loss to take.  He was one in a million.  I want to mark his passing by doing something special.    In his last weeks, he needed a lot of treatment.  Luckily, we’ve been able to afford to keep up with the bills but not everyone can.  I couldn’t save Royston but I can save someone else.  So, in Royston’s honor, anyone who buys a book or download from my Bookshop this week, I will donate 100% of the proceeds to Best Friends Animals Sanctuary.  If there’s an out of print title/hardback or any audio book you’re looking, drop me a note, as I may have one hidden away.  For the more adventurous among you, you might be interested in one of my famous Mystery Book Boxes.  Whatever you want, just let me know.  My goal is to raise $500.  Whatever the shortfall, I will make up the difference.  If I exceed the goal, then I will match whatever is raised dollar for dollar.

BF Primary Logo_Orange ProcessWhether you’re a first time reader of mine or you’re looking for a gift for a friend, I hope you’ll take part and help me support a great charity.

Feel to share this post this post online.  I’d really like to send Royston off in style.  Thanks.

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As people are aware, well I hope they’re aware, I am the toastmaster at this year’s Bouchercon (aka the World Mystery Convention) to be held in Long Beach, California next week.  With every Bouchercon, the convention supports a couple of local charities.  This year, it’s the Long Beach Library Foundation and WriteGirl.
I’m doing my best to support both these auctions.  Last month I auctioned off a poster of me from my motor racing days that went for $350.  The proceeds went to the library foundation.  Now, I’m doing something to benefit WriteGirl, a charity that encourages creative writing and mentors teenage girls.
So between now and the Bouchercon live auction on November 14th, I will donate the royalties from the worldwide sale of the first Aidy Westlake novel, DID NOT FINISH.  This applies to the paperback, eBook and audio book and isn’t restricted to where it’s bought. 
If you haven’t read the book, I hope you’ll buy a copy.  If already have the book, I hope you’ll give it to someone.  At the very least, you’ll share this message or direct people to this post.  You’ll be making a difference in someone’s life.
Thanks to all.

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I have contributed a story to the Piercing the Darkness anthology.  It’s an anthology of horror stories and all the proceeds go towards the Child Literacy Initiative. The book has an all-star cast featuring stories by Gary A. Braunbeck, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, F. Paul Wilson to name just a few.
 
As you can see, the book has cracking cover art which nails the mood and illustrates the cause.
The proceeds are going to a good cause, so I hope you’ll pick up a copy or three.  You can get yours today from:

PUBLISHER
B&N
SMASHWORDS
 AMAZON

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A quick update for everyone.

For keen readers of this blog will remember that I promised to donate the royalties earned on the eBook version of THE FALL GUY during the month of January to Karen Laubenstein’s family.  She’s a writer, a great champion of writers and the committee that staged Bouchercon (aka the World Mystery Convention) in 2007 in wonderful Anchorage, Alaska.  Sadly, her husband has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and the medical costs have wiped them out.  The money raised will go towards covering a trip to see a specialist in St. Louis.  
Well, it’s February which means it’s check writing time.  THE FALL GUY sold 642 copies in January, earning $360 in royalties.

I’d like to thank everyone who either bought the book or shared my earlier blog post on Twitter and Facebook.  I really appreciate it and so does Karen and her family.

If you didn’t get the chance to pick up the book last month, you may want to consider a contribution to Karen’s  GoFundMe page.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the book.

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This is a SHELF LIFE entry with a difference, so I hope you’ll indulge me.
Karen Laubenstein is someone I’ve known for a number of years now.  She’s a writer and a great champion of writers.  She headed the committee that staged Bouchercon (aka the World Mystery Convention) in 2007 in wonderful Anchorage, Alaska. 
Sadly, her husband has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and the medical costs have wiped them out.  Over Christmas, a whole host of people stepped forward with donations and help that have really turned fortunes for Karen and her family. 
And I wanted to do my bit too.  I will donate all the royalties earned on eBook version of THE FALL GUY during the month of January.  The money raised will go towards covering a trip to the Mayo Clinic scheduled in February.
I hope you’ll support me by picking up the book and even if you already own the book, I hope you’ll consider gifting a copy to a friend. You’ll be getting an entertaining read while helping someone.  I hope that seems like a fair deal.  J
Please feel free to share this appeal on your Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Alternatively there is a GoFundMe page for the family. Thanks for listening and thanks for your support.

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Last year, my wife suffered a cancer scare that resulted a benign tumor being removed. In her honor, I’m riding in a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for two cancer clinics. I’ve raised over a $1100 so far.

In addition to the bike ride, anyone who purchases the ebook version of my thriller PAYING THE PIPER from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords during the weekend of May 14-15 and I’ll donate royalties to the cancer clinics. My wife and I chose this book because it’s her favorite and it’s one we think people enjoy.

Alternatively, people are welcome to sponsor me, you can make a donation to the charity here.

Please feel free to forward this to others, I’m hoping to have to write a big check. 🙂

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