From The Associate Press/npr: Extremely hot, dry and windy conditions [Feb. 8] fanned dozens of fires into raging infernos that reduced entire towns to ashes. The confirmed death toll is 181 but is expected to exceed 200. More than 1,800 homes were destroyed and 7,500 people displaced. ©Associated Press
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17, Bella Anna Campbell GuestBlogs to tell us how Romance Writers of Australia's Bushfires Book Appeal -- spearheaded by authors Anne Gracie and Rom Writers' of Australia prez Kelly Hunter -- is reaching out to YOU, and to the international online romance community.
Take a moment to view some of the video of not only havoc wrecked in the blink of an eye, but valiant effort of Australians to save human- and wildlife as well as land. You'll understand why Anne Gracie says, "We know that for many affected families, books will not be high on their list of necessities for some time to come. But we also know how valuable books can be in providing time out when reality gets tough."
So RWAustralia's come up with the RWAustralia Bushfire Book Appeal. They need/kindly request your new -- or -- in-pristine-condition used fiction books -- children's, romance, mystery, thriller, genre fiction, whatever! Please pack 'n send 'em to: RWA Bushfire Book Appeal: c/o 89 Rennie St; Thornbury Vic 3071. When folks DU have time to take a breather, they may enjoy having a little escapist read time thanks to RWAustralia and you, before heading back in with sleeves rolled up.
Anna'll be here tomorrow with more info, plus news on how thing's are faring Down Under with our resilient Aussie friends...
What message would you like to send Anna, our RWAustralia mates and folks Down Under who're shoring things up and moving forward?