Sunday, February 6, 2011


Rane from The Lit Express blog is hosting an event "WHO IS SAINT GIOVANNI?" 

Here is the information about the event from her blog. Do check it out ....

This is the very first post to announce an epic year long blogging adventure that will take place here at The Lit Express. The best way to read about this event is to click on this link, which will take you to a newsletter I created especially for this event! It really has all the particulars you need to understand what is happening and why it's happening.

I AM SO EXCITED I couldn't sleep last night. No joke!

So do you want the gist of it?
I've written a book. It's a YA paranormal romance novel that I've decided not to try and publish traditionally (via publishing house, etc). I have decided to post it on my blog in weekly installments until the whole book is available to the public for free.

Say what?

I'm doing this because it will be fun. And we all need some good fun!!!! Charles Dickens published some of his major work in installments. So did George Eliot. And now Rane Anderson will do it too.

What can you expect in the next few months? Well, it's going to take some time to prepare. I'll be posting about it regularly leading up to the very first launch day (April 11, 2011!). I'm working with a very talented artist to create a cover for the book and a new illustration for each post! I can't wait to see my characters come alive on paper!!!!

There are ways to participate in this event. But you really have to read this article for the best explanation.

AND when you sign up to participate, you are actually signing up to win prizes too. The Grand Prize will be a Kindle Graphite 6".

Here is a summary of the book, but really, please read this article that took me something like 8 hours to prepare (all last night until 5am).


Emily Edwards has snooped too far into her father’s personal affairs—affairsbeing the key word—and is sent away from home for calling him out. She is an aspiring journalist who seeks the truth behind every story—good and bad—so her dilemma is a tough one. Emily can tell her mom the truth, breaking the heart of the person she loves most. Or, she can suck it up, bend her principles, and start her junior year in the land of her Roman ancestors.

Miserable, and hating herself for not coming clean, Emily’s arrival in Florence, Italy feels like the start of a grim prison sentence. But the world gets a little brighter after she meets Giovanni. Or rather, after she meets his lips as he pulls her into his arms, kisses her, and then vanishes, leaving her with the most dangerous desire of all: curiosity.

When fate brings them together for a second time, Emily the Journalistemerges, determined to replace her curiosity with the truth. Who is this mysterious boy? Why did he kiss her and then disappear? But as Emily already knows, poking into people’s private lives doesn’t always end well.  Although some people call Giovanni a saint, others call him a devil. Emily soon discovers she’s put herself in peril just being near him. After going her whole life without making a single enemy, someone suddenly wants her dead. And her life depends on finding the answer to a single question. Who is Saint Giovanni?

That essentially would have been my query letter had I chosen to submit to agents! Now, I'm going to leave you with a couple important links:

Really, this is going to be sooooo much fun, and I hope you all see it for its potential. If you've got some time, leave me some love in a comment to share your enthusiasm! :-D

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Change is possible. and you Can make it happen.

The issue
every day, 22,000 children die from preventable causes. lack of safe, clean water is the second
biggest killer of these children. Right now, nearly 900 million people worldwide don’t have access
to clean water. uniCeF is doing whatever it takes to change that.
Join us
sign up as a uniCeF tap project Volunteer and help uniCeF provide safe water for children around
the world. you’ll increase your community’s awareness of global water issues and meet others like
you who want to make a difference.
How it works
during World Water Week, march 20 to 26, restaurants around the country will ask their customers
to pay $1 for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. all funds raised will support uniCeF water
and sanitation programs.
as a tap project Volunteer, you have three roles:
• Recruit and support restaurants to participate in the UNICEF Tap Project
• Promote the UNICEF Tap Project locally
• Host UNICEF Tap Project events and activities in your community
Become a Volunteer
Visit to register or email for more information.

The UNICEF Tap Project

The UNICEF Tap Project
This March, When you Take Water, Give Water
If you go to a restaurant this week, as you sit down for your meal chances are you aren’t thinking about tap water. That’s probably because clean and plentiful drinking water is a daily privilege millions of us take for granted.

Unfortunately, the lack of clean and accessible drinking water is one of the most urgent health crises facing children all over the world.

Nearly 900 million people do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation.  Every day, 22,000 children die of preventable causes, and water related illnesses is the second largest killer of children under five.

UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. Since 1990, UNICEF has helped 1.6 billion people gain access to clean water and sanitation. UNICEF’s goal is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2015.

During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants are helping UNICEF save lives by doing something incredibly simple – inviting patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free.

Since 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has provided $2.5 million towards water and sanitation programs for children in Belize, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Togo and Vietnam. In 2010 alone, the UNICEF Tap Project raised over $1 million to help fund water and sanitation programs for children in Vietnam, Togo, Haiti, Guatemala and Central African Republic.

As a UNICEF Tap Project Volunteer, I am working with thousands of other volunteers in Lexington, Sc and nationwide who are recruiting restaurants planning numerous fundraising and awareness-building events in their communities to support the campaign. I believe in the work of UNICEF and am doing whatever it takes to save a child’s life. You can help too!  By dining at a  participating UNICEF Tap Project restaurant or attending a UNICEF Tap Project event, you’re helping UNICEF to reduce the number of needless deaths  to zero-- just $1 raised can provide a child with safe drinking water for 40 days.

All 2011 donations to the UNICEF Tap Project will support UNICEF water programs, in Togo, Vietnam and the Central African Republic.

I hope that the citizens of Lexington, Sc and USA will support the UNICEF Tap Project. It’s so easy! By dining in a participating restaurant we can enjoy a meal with friends, learn more about UNICEF’s work to provide clean and safe drinking water to children around the world, and donate just $1 to make a difference! A single glass of water can make a difference for children around the world.

To learn more about the UNICEF Tap Project, or to locate participating restaurants and scheduled events in Lexington, please visit or call 1-877-PROJ-TAP.

Lexington , sc 
UNICEF Tap Project Volunteer

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