Wherever you are in the world, preparing your home for the holidays, I hope and pray you are enjoying the comforts and treats that this holiday season brings. Good times distract us from the day-to-day problems in the world—it’s easy to forget matters that make us uncomfortable, like distant catastrophes in another state or another country...maybe even a neighbor.
Stop. Take a deep breath. Smell the Christmas trees and the Chanukah bushes. Appreciate the scent of fresh pine mixed with holiday spices. This is what the Tennessee mountains used to smell like. But now, after thousands of acres of forested land have turned to ash, all that is left behind is a bad odor—stale and stagnant. Tennessee’s landscape will never be the same. It will take decades for the land to begin to return to what it once was.
The dying embers in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are still glowing, trying to fight back against the firefighters.
Organizations have begun relief efforts to help those who have lost their homes and possessions, and I want to be part of that effort. I am donating 100% of my royalties from Pinnacle Lust on copies sold between November 23 and January 2017 to the relief efforts to replenish Tennessee’s landscape. I have set a goal of $25,000 to be donated toward the cause which comes to about 5,000 copies that must be sold (as an average of all formats).
And I’m realistic. I know that I cannot reach this goal without your help.
But when I consider the number of trees that have been cut down to make paper for books, and now the devastating loss of trees in Tennessee, I can’t help but to think that buying a copy of Pinnacle Lust is, in a way, giving back.
By giving the gift of a book to a loved one, you will help bring new growth to Tennessee’s landscape and pay back the trees for the paper.
Please. Stand beside me as I help bring relief efforts to a land ravaged by fire.