We’re off to the holler! According to Mapquest, it’s a 330 mile trip that should take us 5 1/2 hours. Travelling with three kids and an 80-year-old man, we should arrive sometime in the next decade. We expect gas for this trip to now total approximately $7,490 roundtrip.
We’re stopping on the way to West Virginia to play tourists in Mount Airy, the hometown of Andy Griffith and the town Mayberry was based on. We’ll eat at the Snappy Lunch, shave the kids at Floyd’s Barber Shop, then drop them off at the Old Mayberry Jail on our way out. Or something like that.
Time for a giveaway! My romantic comedy Weekend Engagement is based on my family’s history in West Virginia, and is set in the 100-year-old farmhouse where we’ll be staying. I’ll give away 10 copies by random drawing–if you’re interested in having your name in the hat, let me know! Winners will be announced tomorrow–with photos LIVE FROM THE HOLLER. (Could you ask for more excitement?)
We’ve all seen the devastation beyond imagining in the aftermath of the hurricane in the Gulf states, but there’s nothing that brings it home more than to read a personal story of tragedy. Writer and Coast Guard wife Larissa Ione has lost everything. Get a Kleenex before you go read her story. The romance community is putting together an auction to help Larissa–I’m contributing signed books and a PAX totebag–please watch Stephanie Tyler’s blog and RomAid for information about the auction. Larissa’s husband is a real-life hero, continuing to work to rescue others while his own home is gone and his own family is homeless.
MORE HELP FOR REAL-LIFE HEROES–many of our military members serving overseas have also lost their homes without even a chance to salvage photographs or a few mementoes as other evacuees were able to do. Together with ArmyWifeToddlerMom, I’m helping to gather items for an auction to benefit hurricane relief for our military heroes via Soldiers’ Angels. I’ll be donating signed books and PAX League items. If you’re an author, please consider donating signed books. If you’re a reader–are you crafty? Do you knit or…anything? If you have a craft or a talent, please consider donating for the soldiers’ auction. If you’re interested in donating by bidding on items for the auction, we already have blog designs, signed books, handmade candles and soaps–and more to come! Watch this spot for more information coming soon. Email me by clicking the Contact button on the menu bar above if you have something to donate for the auction!
Back in Texas, my sister and her friends have adopted Louisiana evacuees at a local hotel, providing food and basic needs. If you can help, contact Shannon– sdrobinetteATsbcglobal.net.