Gabrielle Bisset

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Elaina Lee and Sarah Ballance Guest Post

This week, I want to welcome authors Elaina Lee and Sarah Ballance to my blog.  Elaina and Sarah are here today to talk about what they're doing to help the victims of the Alabama tornadoes and Japanese disaster that occurred earlier this year. Tomorrow and Wednesday, I'll be featuring each of their books, which they're donating 100% of the profits from to help the Alabama and Japanese relief efforts, so be sure to check back for a taste of both and links so you can show your support for this wonderful cause.

When disaster strikes, there's a moment when we forget all boundaries.  Geographic, political, and socioeconomic divisions fall, and there, for some of the most painful, beautiful moments in time, we are one.

Then—hour by hour, day by day, week by week—the vast majority of us lucky enough to do so will move on. 

As the headlines change our focus moves elsewhere, and save for the occasional media update, many of us don't look back.

Some, however, struggle to look ahead.  Here's a glimpse at the staggering numbers and the broken realities affected residents of Alabama and Japan must face every day.

ALABAMA TORNADOES – April 27, 2011
The mile-wide F5 tornado that literally sliced the state of Alabama in half stayed on the ground for an astonishing 300 miles—a record-breaking distance, according to National Geographic.  It also left a path of utter devastation in its wake, and recovery  hasn't been easy, as evidenced by these facts reported by

·     25,081 families were denied FEMA insurance, including many whose homes had been wiped completely off their foundations.  FEMA's reason?  Insufficient damage. 
Following the April tornadoes, FEMA deployed 523 inspectors to the region.  Together, they've inspected over 5,000 properties a day.  That's a lot of destruction, folks.

·     Of the $4 million in initial FEMA aid for Alabama, $3.1 million went for temporary housing alone.  

A June 29 update from Red Cross Japan reveals the following sober statistics:
75,215 people from the three most affected prefectures are still living in shelters or other temporary housing. 

7,427 are still missing, their loved ones fearing the worst.
119,776 claims for unemployment were filed between March 11 and June 8 in the three most affected prefectures.
97,183 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. 

35, 514 have left the Fukushima prefecture, forced to start over with nothing.

You Can Help … Today
Authors Elaina Lee and Sarah Ballance, through the generosity of the Astraea Press charity program, are proud to announce 100% of profits from their novellas below will go toward Alabama and Japan Disaster Relief, respectively.  To help raise awareness, every comment on their individual blogs or guest blog posts (including this one!) from July 12 through August 8 will double as an entry into a weekly drawing for a $10 gift e-certificate or a free e-book.  Winners will be announced on their blogs and contacted via e-mail.  As an additional token of appreciation for your support, if you have purchased either of their titles you are invited to contact Elaina or Sarah for a free gift (while supplies last).

TO URN HER LOVE | Elaina Lee | romance | BUY LINK | BLOG 
Caylie Abrahms bad day gets worse when the teen brother she's responsible for proudly hands her a gift.  Just wanting to show how much he appreciates all his sister does for him, Kyle steals what he believes is an ornate glass vase.  The gift is anything but however, and now Caylie has to find the owner of an urn.  Worst yet, she has to explain her dear brother stole someones loved one.

Against all odds she learns the urn belongs to Rick Marshall, her best friend from college, the man she'd poured her heart out to and been rejected by.  She never thought she'd see him again, let alone have to hand him back his father in glass.  Will her resolve remain strong in his presence, or will she suffer another broken heart?

HAWTHORNE | Sarah Ballance | mystery, romance | BUY LINK | BLOG 
After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it took ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home.   She sought peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she found was an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she could right.

Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett never forgot about Emma Grace.  In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents revealed a truth that could cost him everything.  What he found gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?


Elaina Lee said...

Thank you SO much for having us, Gabrielle! I love your butterfly thing and siggy line, how did you that? Anytime I try, I get a white box around the graphics... grrrr...

Gabrielle said...

No problem, Elaina. I'm happy to do it for such a great cause. I have your post tomorrow and Sarah's on Thursday. And as for the graphics, I have no idea. LOL I wish I did. The person who designed my blog, Emily, did it. I can't even figure out how to open Photoshop! LMAO

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Gabrielle! I'm so excited when I see a new-to-me venue helping us get the word out. I really appreciate your help, and I'm thrilled about the upcoming features. And great to "meet" you! ;c)

Gabrielle said...

Nice to meet you too, Sarah. :) I'll be tweeting about this wonderful thing you and Elaina are doing for the next few days, in addition to showcasing you two here until Friday.

Nadja Notariani said...

This is a wonderful thing you all are doing to help these people. I'll be heading over via the links today.
Really, Elaina - Sarah, what a great idea! I hope you both raise scads of money for each cause. ~ Nadja

Elaina Lee said...

Thank you so much, Nadja! I hope you enjoy the story's! Don't forget about your thank you gift, just head over to my site and fill out the form to receive it (or email me, LOL!). :-)