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Operation Auction

From the blog:

Operation Auction will be going live on Sunday, March 27th at 12:01 am PDT. We will have all items in the Operation Auction ebay store.


None of the items will show up until the auction is live and not all items are going up at the same time. We have divided the items as equally as possible into three batches.

  • Batch One will be up March 27th at 12:01 am PDT, ending March 30th at 12:01am
  • Batch Two will be up March 28th at 12:01 am PDT, ending March 31st at 12:01am
  • Batch Three will be up March 29th at 12:01 am PDT, ending April 1st at 12:01am

All listings will run for three days. The only exception is the breakfast at RT with Angela James, Jane Litte, and Sarah Wendell. Because that event is approaching very soon, it will be in batch one and be a one-day auction only.

We are going to try our best to get lists up of what items are in which batch, but with new donations still coming in I’m not sure everything will be included. There will be categories in the store to help you find the items you want.

Shipping details will be in the description of each item. Please read those carefully before you bid to see if it is US only or international.

Don’t wait, go bid!

On generosity.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out
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I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll have cause to say it again in the future: readers and writers and bloggers in the romance community are some amazingly generous folk.

  • There is Shiloh Walker’s campaign to help save the life of a good man in Congo by matching dollars to comments up to USD$400.
  • There is Operation Auction (set to start next Sunday–mark your calendars and start budgeting for some really cool items) to benefit Fatin and her family after their terrible loss.
  • There is the auction held by The League of Reluctant Adults to benefit Japan’s recovery efforts.
  • There is Ann Bruce’s generous offer to match Canadian dollars to every comment here, up to a thousand dollars.

Plus the many other individual and group efforts I know nothing about. So share the love and the generosity and let me know of them! And, while you are at it, go visit these four and help someone out.

Operation Auction!

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out

Operation Auction

The generosity of the romance community is a moving and powerful force.

As I mentioned before, Fatin and her daughters lost their husband and father to a terrible and senseless act of violence last week. Authors, editors and readers have rallied around one of our own, organizing in record time a series of eBay auctions to benefit the family. Click on the image to read more about it.

People interested in helping can donate all sorts of things (contact Lillie or Sharon directly for more details) or bid on them once the auctions go live–or they can simply use the handy PayPal button on the blog.

Thank you–and please, keep Fating and her family in your thoughts.

Very sad news.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out

Many of our readers have probably heard by now, via twitter or blogs, of this terrible, senseless tragedy.

Fatin, known widely throughout romance blogland as Mad of the Novel Thoughts blog, has lost her husband to a workplace shooting. You can offer your condolences to her and their four daughters there.

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Lillie, who for the past several months has helped Mad run Novel Thoughts, will keep the community updated as to what we can do to help Fatin and her family during the aftermath of their loss.

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ETA: Information on an education fund set up for Fatin’s daughters has been added. Let’s do what we romance lovers do best and give them our support.

People helping people (and yes, authors there too)

After yesterday’s edition of yet another over sensitive author deciding who is qualified to review her masterpiece, I bring you something refreshingly different:

Helping out.


In your lifetime, there are few moments when you’re given the opportunity to directly save another person’s life.-Bryan Mealer, HuffPo

If you had a chance to save somebody’s life, and it didn’t take all that much… would you do it?  Well, here’s that chance.

Check out Shiloh Walker’s blog for a chance to read how you can help save a man’s life…


You can read all the details over at Ms Walker’s blog, but here’s the short version: she’ll match a dollar per comment, up to $400, to donate to the fund to finance the kidney transplant that Congo minister Marrion P’Udongo needs to survive.

Right now there are close to 200 comments in that thread–go, leave yours, and help save a good man’s life.

Haiti: we ALL can do SOMEthing.

Friday, January 15, 2010
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Helping out

It doesn’t have to be big. As incredible as it may seem, five dollars (less than a fast food meal) can and do make a difference.

It is also made easier by technology–from the Red Cross taking accept $10 donations, charged to your cellphone bill, by texting HAITI to 90999 to bloggers like the DailyBeast compiling lists of trustworthy non-governmental charities, to the ability to confirm any one charity’s bonafides by looking it up at the Charity Navigator’s Haiti page or The Foundation Center.

Five dollars, ten dollars–most of us can afford it, right? Let’s help out, just a bit.

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(thank you for the Discriminating Fangirl and to LifeHacker for links)

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Edited to add: or you can go check out what Shiloh Walker is doing to help.

I am posting this on behalf of a friend of mine, whose daughter has been fighting breast cancer for some three and a half years. Laura is a young, bright and loving woman who has not let her health issues dominate her life. However, her cancer keeps coming back, and soon she’ll be participating in a study for aggressive treatment. (Please keep her in your prayers and good thoughts)

Both Laura and her husband, and both their families, have been helped by the good offices of the Young Survival Coalition, an international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer.

Young Survival Coalition logo

From the YSC Research page: (more…)

Ron Bath/Business First
Ron Bath/Business First

From Shiloh Walker‘s blog: (more…)