Christmas is over, Hanukkah is in full swing, and the New Year is fast approaching. Whether you celebrated Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, or the pop-culture holiday Chrismukkah, giving gifts is most likely still on your mind.
And yes, there is always someone who you still need to buy for—or, if you are like me, when you see a gift you know exactly who it will fit.
As this is the time for gift giving. Remember that your purchase of my book, Pinnacle Lust, this season will be a double gift. Not only will it enrich the holidays with its story of the resilience of the human spirit, it will also help to bring a different kind of resilience to the charred landscape of Tennessee. At the end of November, fires swept through the area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, destroying over 700 homes and buildings, over 18,000 acres and killing 14 people. Although the flames were extinguished earlier this month, the pain and horror of what happened there lives on among the charred rubble. Possessions can be recouped and lives rebuilt, but the landscape of Tennessee will be marred by this event for decades to come.
I have extended efforts to help restore the landscape that has been destroyed by the Sevier County wildfires. From November 23, 2016 through January 30, 2017 I will be donating 100% of my royalties to efforts to restore trees to the landscape in Tennessee. My goal is $25,000 and I will be disappointed if I don’t reach it.
Many people have helped to bring awareness to my efforts. I extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the bookstores that are selling my book, in particular Bookmiser in Roswell, GA and Once and Again Books in Marietta, GA. A special thanks to The Lavender Cottage & Garden gift shop in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, 5 miles outside of Helen, which is also selling copies of my book to help with the relief efforts, and of course to Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications, with his help in sharing my posts and giving me guidance and direction.
Mostly, I am thankful for each and every one of you who has supported me in this goal. I know that my target of raising $25,000 is just a drop in the bucket compared to what disaster relief organizations raise, but I feel compelled to help bring relief in whatever way I can. I hope you’ll stand beside me as I strive to reach my goal.
Now is the best time of all to make a difference. With every purchase of my book Pinnacle Lust, you help to replant trees that will restore the landscape ravaged by fire. This holiday season open your heart to those in need. Buy a book, give it as a gift, and know that the proceeds will help restore trees to the smoldering mountainous landscape in Tennessee. Pinnacle Lust is one feel-good present you need to buy this holiday season.