Want to Win Books, ARCs, and Critiques? Please Read!

Last week, I received an email from my friend Erin Bowman about what we could do to help with Hurricane Irene relief. See, Erin lives in New England where the storm had hit hard, causing flash floods and landslides. Although Erin is safe and doing well (thank goodness!) many other Americans weren't so lucky. Hurricane Irene may have been a Category 1 storm but she wrecked havoc across the U.S. East Coast.

A woman walks on the remains of Highway 12, the route that connected Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the North Carolina mainland. (Image courtesy of Buzzfeed.com)

A week after the hurricane, homes still sat submerged in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. (Image courtesy of AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A before and after of Bartsonville, Vermont's historic covered bridge, which was lost to raging waters (Image courtesy of Buzzfeed.com)

And so, Erin and I, along with Tracey Neithercott and Sarah Enni, have created an online auction, called Read for Relief, that will raise funds for the Red Cross. The auction items will include:
  • Query critiques, including a critique from my agent, Jim McCarthy!
  • Manuscript critiques, including partial critiques from Elana Johnson and Natalie Whipple!
  • Books, including ARCs of SHATTER ME and BORN WICKED!
  • Book-related swag, including cool stuff, yo!

For more information, check out our website and our Twitter account as well. The auction will start on Monday, September 12th, and we'd love for you guys to spread the word--you can grab a badge from the Read for Relief homepage--and please feel free to participate in the bidding if you see anything you fancy. Also, we're still accepting donations for the auction so you're more than welcome to fill out our form if you'd like to contribute something!

For updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter, which is the best way to find out what items are up for bidding and when an auction opens and closes. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope to see you over on the Read for Relief site! Let's raise some funds for a good cause!