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Monday, December 17, 2012

Live and Love

 Like so many, I have no words to express my sorrow at Friday's tragedy in Connecticut. I read the stories and stare at pictures of angelic faces through bleary eyes, and ask, "Why?"

There are no answers. Instead, there are only families bereft as the holidays approach. I cannot fathom their pain, and wish it was possible to turn back time, to give them another day, even another hour with the loved ones they have lost.

Shelli Johannes Welles and Miral Sattar have organized a week-long auction at Publishing Hearts Connecticut to help the families and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. A variety of agents, editors, and authors have donated an impressive list of books, critiques, cover art, and much more to raise money for the Newtown Youth & Family Services. 

I'm donating a 50 page manuscript critique and an ARC of The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora. 

There's so little we can do, except to send our thoughts and prayers to those grieving families, hug our loved ones a little tighter, and appreciate the precious moments of everyday life. 

Live and love. After all, those are really the only things that matter.  


Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

All I can say is that this is all so true!

Jemi Fraser said...

So true. It's been so hard to watch and impossible not too. My heart is so heavy for those poor people.

What a lovely thing you're all doing. Beautiful.

Luanne Smith said...

Cannot imagine what those families are going through. I can't even look at the faces of those little ones without my heart breaking. It's awesome to see people come together to do something to try and help them through it.

Julie Dao said...

Amen amen amen. It's so wonderful to see everyone pitching in to help the families.

Miranda Hardy said...

Such a great initiative to undertake. Thank you for donating.