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Critique Partner Meet Up!

Because my forum has some tech issues (that I am not savvy enough to fix), and because people still use it to connect with CPs… Well, I thought I’d start a post here instead, where you all can connect in the comments!

Just share the following info in your comment, read over what others have shared, and CONNECT!

Name:

Genre you like to write/read in:

Project and a short summary:

What you are looking for in a CP/beta reader:

And if you want more information on critique partners and beta readers, here are some posts I’ve written in the past.

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Flash Auction #5: The White Helmets in Syria

syrian_civil_defense_logoHey, guys. I’m sure you’ve seen that Aleppo is in trouble. Civilians are dying, and they need our help.

So I’m doing a FLASH AUCTION and winners will be picked in 24 hours at 11:59:59 AM EST tomorrow (Dec. 14).

Whatever you donate, I’ll match for the White Helmets.

What You Can Win

  1. A signed paperback of Truthwitch.
  2. A 10-page critique!
  3. A query letter critique!
  4. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

The White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defense, is a volunteer civil defense non-governmental organization that operates in rebel-controlled Syria. Their mission is “to save the greatest number of lives in the shortest possible time and to minimize further injury to people and damage to property.” The bulk of their activity in Syria consists of urban search and rescue, medical evacuation, evacuation of civilians, and essential service delivery. Since the intervention of Russia in Syria, much of the work of the White Helments has been responding to attacks by Russian Air Force attack aircraft, and right now, things are really bad. The White Helmets need our help so they can keep evacuating, rescuing, and aiding civilians trapped in Aleppo.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on December 14, 2016. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe.
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For reading my blog post. And here’s to helping Aleppo!

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Charity Auction #4: Islamic Relief USA

islamic-relief-usa-1Thanks to the trials of Windwitch, it’s been a while since I had the time to offer up my critiquing time in the name of charity. But here we are again!

This month, I want to raise money for the children displaced by ISIS. Why? Because despite my own country falling to pieces, there is still a massive war going on in the Middle East.

I was recently listening to the BBC World Service, and they were discussing Syria’s “Lost Generation” — an estimated four million Syrian children, who have no means of getting to school because of terrorism.

And it’s not just Syrians, of course, who are affected. Which is why we have to help in any way we can — and it’s why I have chosen Islamic Relief USA for this month’s charity auction.

What You Can Win

  1. A signed paperback of Truthwitch.
  2. A signed advanced copy of Windwitch.
  3. A 25-page critique!
  4. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

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Two Syrian boys smile in the rain after leaving their school in the refugee camp of Erbil, Iraq. ⠀ Photo by Ridwan Adhami

Islamic Relief USA is a 4-star charity that provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. For nearly two decades, Islamic Relief USA has been working to improve the lives of children around the world. Areas of focus include:

  • emergency relief
  • orphan support
  • health and nutrition
  • water
  • sanitation

Learn more about Islamic Relief USA on their website, and remember: you CAN make a difference. Even if you can’t participate in this auction, simply spreading the world can effect change.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on December 5, 2016. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe.
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For reading my blog post. And here’s to making the world a better place, one donation at a time!

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Charity Auction #3: Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

It’s that time again! Time for a charity auction! I’m a bit late (erm, a whole month!) thanks to touring, but hey! Better late than never.

HESCThis month, I want to raise money for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Why? Because conservation is one of the most important causes to my heart. It’s probably the greatest passion of my life and what drove me to work in fisheries during my time with marine ecology. It’s why I keep the Seafood Watch List on my phone and nag my friends about choosing responsible fisheries. It’s why I dream of one day uniting career as writer with my love for ecology and the environment.

So in other words: this won’t be the last time you see a conservation charity pop up on my auctions. 😉

Now then, let’s do this! You all know the drill by now: whoever bids the most will win, and I’ll match the donation from my own pocket!

What You Can Win

  1. A signed copy of ANY of my books. (Truthwitch, Something Strange & Deadly, A Darkness Strange & Lovely, or Strange & Ever After)
  2. A 25-page critique!
  3. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

Matimba, saved at one month old after his mother was brutally killed by poachers.

Matimba, saved at one month old after his mother was brutally killed by poachers.

I first fell in love with the HESC after I discovered their instagram. They share the most incredible, heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) images of the various wild animals they save.

The rhinos are my favorite. Oh, and I love the cheetahs. And okay, and the caracals are kind of amazing. FINE. I love all the endangered critters, and I want to support this incredible center that helps heal and protect them.

The goals of the HESC include:

  • The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species
  • The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild
  • The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre
  • The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities
  • Eco-tourism
  • A hands-on Student’s Program to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Learn more about HESC on their website, and remember: nature is our most valuable resource. Once it goes, humanity goes too.

Gertjie, orphaned at 3 months old and the first rhino at HESC.

Gertjie, orphaned at 3 months old and the first rhino at HESC.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on April 18. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe.
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For reading my blog post. And here’s to making the world a better place, one donation at a time!

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Charity Auction #2: Good Work Foundation

GWF-1024x1918It’s that time again! Time for a charity auction to help raise money for different causes close to my heart.

This month, I want to raise money for the Good Work Foundation. GWF’s dream is to provide digital learning centers and access to world class education and opportunity to the rural people who have chosen wildlife as their economy.

So let’s do this! Whoever bids the most will win, and I’ll match the donation from my own pocket!

What You Can Win

  1. A signed Truthwitch advanced reader copy (American version or UK version!). Admittedly the book will be in stores by the time the auction ends, but it’s still a collector’s item. 😉
  2. A 25-page critique!
  3. A 15 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

I first heard about GWF while reading Boyd Varty’s incredible Cathedral of the Wild. Kate Groch (who founded GWF) was Varty’s tutor, and after reading Varty’s book, I felt like Groch was as much my friend as his. And more importantly, I found I’d become a true believer in the cause she’s working toward.

Learn more about GWF and their sustainable, powerful goals in this video:

Remember what you have; remember what they lack; and let’s try to fill that gap!

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on January 21. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe. (There was some confusion last time, and I take full blame on that!)
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

 

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Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For  reading my blog post. And here’s to a charitable new year!

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